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Dear Parents,
 
I know this is going to be a great year! I am honored and excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience in second grade. This website will tell you a little about me and some important second grade information.
 
I understand that your child comes to me with unique experiences, interests, and learning styles. My goal is to truly know your child well and use this knowledge to guide, support, and motivate him or her. I value parent involvement and encourage you to partner with me to give your child the most powerful and joyous learning experience possible.
 
Thank you in advance for all of your support and help this year!
 
Kind regards,
 
Hollyann Apel
HollyannApel@tomballisd.net
281-357-4526 x3891
 
Conference Period: 2:10 - 3:05
 
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Recent Posts

Happy Salsa Day!

What a great day!  Thank you so much for helping with this project, from chopping, bringing in water and chips, to coming up here to show your support!  It is such a great project and they work really hard!  
 
 
Another note:
As you saw yesterday, consumable workbooks will begin being sent home a little at a time in order to take a load off of our kiddos' backs! Please empty their backpack NIGHTLY of anything sent home that should remain at home (extra supplies, folders, spirals, workbooks, etc...)

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/21

This week we have many exciting things going on! I know May is such a busy time and there is so much going on... thank you for all of the "extra" things you have done to help us finish up the year (sending in poster boards, supplies, making sure you kid wears red, has a disposable lunch, etc.).  Y'all are the best :)
 
Donations needed by this Thursday-if you would like to donate a bag of tortilla chips or some bottled waters for our salsa party, please e-mail me.  We need 3-4 bags of tortilla chips and 48 small water bottles for our class.  THANK YOU!!!
 
Wednesday-Chopping day! Thank you to those who said they were available to come help. You would be needed from 11:45-1:15. Please bring a cutting board and a couple small cutting knives. 
 
Friday, May 25th-Salsa celebration, 2:30-3:30: A pink form went home last week if you would like to preregister to attend (it will save you a lot of time signing in!)
Kids will present individual garden projects, group technology projects, the grade level garden timeline, and you can sample our salsa and pico de gallo.  You will be able to sign your child out from the celebration.
 
Next week-
Monday- Memorial Day: No school
Thursday, May 31st - end of the year party 11:30 - 12:30, dismissal 12:50.  You will be able to sign your child out at the party.  
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Apel

This flyer went home in Wednesday folders today regarding Field Day tomorrow!  Please be sure students are dressed appropriately and have water and a lunch.  Thank you!  It should be a fun, hot day!

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/14

I hope you all had a good Mother's Day and were able to spend some time with those you love, relax and be spoiled! 
 
Reminders:
-STAAR Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Campus closed to visitors.
 
- Wednesday your child may bring a flashlight, labeled with their name, and a small stuffed animal. We will begin our "Camp Learned-A-Lot" adventure! We will be setting up a tent (wish us/them luck!), setting campsite expectations, reading by flashlight, and participating in "camping" themed activities that match our learning objectives. 
 
- Thursday & Friday: Please make sure your child has a lunch from home! 
 
- Thursday: Field Day - wear red, tennis shoes, sunscreen/bug spray (applied at home), bring a towel, hat (optional). More info/reminders will be sent home. 
 
- May 21st - yearbook signing day - please have your child bring their yearbook back to school. 
 
- May 25th - Garden Celebration at 2:30PM. All are invited to attend this special event.  Students will present individual garden poster projects, group technology projects, a grade level timeline project, and serve the salsa and pico-de-gallo they have planted, grown, harvested, chopped and made. Come join us for this amazing celebration of learning!
 
Academic Updates:  
Reading/Writing: Students will work on, apply and review many reading and writing strategies and skills that they have learned throughout the year. 
 
 
Math: Students will continue to work on multiplication strategies (repeated addition, arrays, equal groups). Students will also begin learning about how to use different strategies to solve division problems (repeated subtraction, equal groups). 
Monday, May 21st - Students will have their Spring District Math Benchmark Test! 
 
Science - Students will continue to work on their garden projects. Students will also review 2nd grade science objectives and participate in many fun experiments and activities. 
Students will have their Spring District Benchmark on Friday, May 18th!
 
Social Studies - Students will learn and identify major landforms including hills, mountains, plateaus, valleys, canyons, islands, plains, peninsulas, isthmuses and volcanoes.  There will be a quiz Friday.
 
We have a busy week ahead!
Mrs. Apel

THANK YOU!

Dear Families,
 
I have been SO spoiled this week!  Thank you so much to each and every one of you and your children for making me feel so loved and appreciated this week.  While I do truly appreciate all of your generosity, please believe me when I say that teaching your children really is the best gift of all.  One night, I was getting some paperwork together for the end of the year and part of it included gathering work samples from the beginning of the year to put with some from now.  It made me a little teary eyed and I was honestly AMAZED at the growth this class has made in one year.  I am SO proud of them and all the hard work they (and you) have put in this year.  I know that they are ready for third grade and I have been so blessed to be their teacher this year.  Thank you again!
 
Love, 
 
Mrs. Apel 

Weekly Updates and Reminders 5/7

It's May!  So much is happening between now and the end of the month..it's hard to believe we are headed into the final few weeks of 2nd grade! 

 

Garden Project: Students will need a poster board for their garden project.  It can be any color, but it is just a regular, flat poster board.  No tri-folds.  

Salsa Celebration-Friday, May 25 from 2:30-3:30-all are invited to attend this special event.  Students will present individual garden poster projects, group technology projects, a grade level timeline project, and serve the salsa and pico de gallo they have planted, grown, harvested, chopped and made. Come join us for this amazing celebration of learning.  For volunteer opportunities, please check that page of this website.

 

Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will be analyzing procedural text.

Writing - Students will be writing their end of the year narrative writing sample. Students will also  be working on the writing portion of their garden project. 

Math - We will review for the money test on Monday...Test on Tuesday. On Wednesday, students will begin learning about multiplication strategies (repeated addition, arrays and equal groups. 

Science - Students will begin putting together their garden projects and creating their technology project. 

Social Studies - Students will continue to study the continents and oceans.

Upcoming Tests:

Tuesday, May 8th - Math: Money and financial literacy test

Friday, May 11- Social Studies: continents and oceans test, Reading: Procedural Text 

Week of May 21st - 25th - 2nd Grade Math Spring Benchmark Test

 

Reminders:

STAAR test: Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 14th, 2018:  3rd, 4th Math, 5th retest

May 15th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Reading

May 16th, 2018: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5thgrade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

Field Day: Parents,

We really need field day volunteers for both Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th. Please follow the link below and sign up to help!

https://creeksideforestpto.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/20786

Thank you!

Debi Baxter

 

Have a great week, 

Mrs. Apel

Garden Project starts Monday!

If you are out and about this weekend students will need a poster board for their garden project.  It can be any color, but it is just a regular, flat poster board.  No tri-folds.  
 
Thanks!

Dates & Reminders

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5, will have an opportunity to show all that they’ve learned this year as they take a variety of STAAR tests.   

May 14th, 2018:  3rd, 4th Math, 5th retest

May 15th, 2018: 3rd, 4th Reading

May 16th, 2018: 5th Science STAAR

Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), will eat lunch with their children on other dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. Here at Creekside Forest, we have the most amazing parents who provide their time and care to volunteer and make our school a nurturing environment.

 

May ???( TBD)  Garden Harvest/Salsa Celebration-We are closely watching the growth of our garden and will let you know ASAP when we will be harvesting.  We will have technology projects to present, individual project posters to share, a grade level garden timeline, and delicious salsa and pico de gallo for you to sample, that your children grew, will harvest, chop, and prepare.  You won't want to miss it!

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/30

Thank you so shopping the Book Fair to support our school and for all the new books for our class library!  The kids have loved reading them.  :)
 
In a couple of weeks our classroom will be transformed into "Camp Learned-a-Lot!"  This is such a fun time for the class, we read by flashlight, set up tents, and participate in fun "camping" activities, experiments, snacks, etc. If you have a tent we could borrow for a couple of weeks, please let me know! 
 
Academic Updates: 
Reading & Writing - Students will now begin using their note taking chart to complete their animal research final project! 
 
Math - Students will continue learning about money. This week we will focus on financial literacy. Students will understand the difference between saving and spending, producers and consumers, responsible and irresponsible borrowing, and deposits and withdrawls. 
 
Social Studies - Students will be able to identify continents and oceans. 
 
Science - Students will identify physical characteristics that help animals adapt and survive in their environments. 
 
Have a great week! 
Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/23

Reminders:
It's Book Fair Week!  Students can go after they finish lunch or first thing in the morning after checking in with me.  We will go to the Book Fair as a class on Thursday from 9-9:30, you are welcome to join us!
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with Mom 7:45
 
Academic Updates:
Reading & Writing - Students will continue their animal research project. Students will learn how to take notes. Students will locate and record facts about their assigned animal using different sources (trade book, encyclopedia, internet). This project is modeled and done step by step throughout the week. This project is taken for multiple major grades across multiple subjects. 
 
Students will also have a "research test" on Tuesday, the 24th. We will review Monday.  
 
Math -  Students will continue to identify coins and their values, collect a collection of coins, and compare collections of coins. Students will also practice problem solving with money. 
 
Science - Students will look at the life cycles of different insects. 
 
The garden is growing! If you haven't seen it or talked about it with your child, I encourage you to do so! The students wrote persuasive letters to Mrs. Deyoe to convince her that we needed flowers (and researched reasons why) ...she agreed. We will plant those soon!
 
Social Studies - Students will identify how humans can cause positive and negative consequences one the environment. Students will also explain how land effects people (i.e. climate, geography, natural disasters, economy, etc.). 
 
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/16

Academic Updates:
Reading & Writing - Students will begin their animal research project. Students will learn how to take notes. Students will locate and record facts about their assigned animal using different sources (trade book, encyclopedia, internet). This project is modeled and done step-by-step throughout the upcoming weeks. This project is taken for multiple major grades across multiple subjects. 
 
Math - Students will take their fraction test tomorrow. I have attached a fraction review (see post below). Students also are bringing home math pages (fractions) to practice at home. 
On Wednesday, we will start studying coins. Students will identify coins and their values, collect a collection of coins, and compare collections of coins. 
 
Science - Students will learn about  the basic needs of animals. Students will understand how animals meet their basic needs, how different animals have different needs, and how the environment effects an animals ability to meet their needs. 
 
Social Studies - Students will identify positive and negative consequences of technology on the environment. Students will also explain how humans impact the environment. 
 
Reminders:
April 19th (Thursday) - Book fair preview - students will go to the library and make a "wish list" for the book fair. 
April 23rd (Monday)- Book Fair week begins
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with Mom 
 
Have a great week!
Mrs. Apel

Weekly Updates and Reminders 4/9

After a cold and drizzly weekend, I'm happy to be busy back at school this week!
 
Reminders:
Visitors will not be allowed on campus due to STAAR testing tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. 
Our lunch time will also be 12:05 these days.
 
 
Academic Updates:
Reading - Students will determine, locate, and explore relevant sources (encyclopedia, trade book, internet) when researching a topic. Students will organize and present their research and information in various ways. Students will also review fact and opinion. 
 
Writing - Students will review the 5 parts of friendly letters and write letters to different audiences. Students will practice their dictionary skills and focus on using guide words to find information. 
 
Math -Students will continue to identify, name and partition fractions and fractional parts. Students will learn the relationship between the number of parts and the size of the parts. Students will also identify a set of fractional parts that is more than one whole.  Our test is next week. 
*The problem of the day this week will be taken for a daily grade.
 
Science - Students will learn that dependency occurs in environments such as lakes, parks, and gardens. Students will explore dependency by observing different food chains. Students will also learn that all living things have a life cycle. 
 

 

http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/lifecycle.htm

Social Studies - Students will be assigned an inventor and research the person and invention. Students will use the information they research to complete their inventor research project (note taking sheet and inventor illustration). This project will be taken for a major grade and will all be done in class. 

Have a great week! 

Mrs. Apel