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room: 420
email: kasandrakirbow@tomballisd.net
phone: (281) 357-4526 x 3886
scholastic code: N9WNX
 

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Important

Starting today, 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...)

Exciting things this week

 

Dear Families,
This week we have many exciting things going on.  Here is the latest:
 
Donations needed by 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 bags of chips and 48 small water bottles for our class.  THANK YOU!!!
 
Wednesday-chopping day- if you would like to come help chop veggies from the garden, please contact me.  I still need one more volunteer. You would be needed from 11:45-1:15.
 
Friday, May 25th-Salsa celebration, 2;30-3:30-pink form went home last week if you would like to preregister to attend, saving you much time signing in
Kids will present individual garden projects, group technology prjects, the grade level garden timeline, and you can sample our slasa and pico de gallo
 
Next week-
Monday- No school
Thursday, May 31st- the last day- party day-early dismissal at 12:50
Our fabulous room mom has put together a great party for us! Please consider signing up to help using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4daead29a5f85-2ndgrade2

Wednesday updates!

 

FIELD DAY: Tomorrow (Thursday)! A list of reminders was sent home in your child's red folder today! Wear RED!
 
School Photo: Tomorrow (before field day). I have e-mailed you if your child is on the "no media" list. You will need to send in a note for them to be able to participate in the photo for Mrs. Deyoe. 
 
Salsa Party registration: A pre-registration form was sent home today. If you plan on attending the Garden/Salsa celebration on May 25th, please fill out the form and return it ASAP. The form will allow the front office to check in parents quicker and get you back to the classrooms in time! 
 
Volunteers needed: I need 2-3 volunteers to help kids clean and chop their vegetables on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11:45-1:15. You will  just need to bring a cutting board and a paring knife. Please e-mail me if you are able to help! 
 
Picnic in the pod on Friday: The cafeteria is closed. All students need to bring a lunch from home. 

What's happening this week (week of 5/14)

 
 
Happy Mother's Day! I hope you all were able to spend some time with those you love, relax and be spoiled! 
 
Don't forget:
- Wednesday May 14th - 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 tents (wish us/them luck!), setting campsite expectations, reading by flashlight, and participating in "camping" theme activities that match our learning objectives. 
 
- NO visitors this week due to STAAR!  Our lunchtimes this week have changed. You may send in 2 snacks if you would like.  
 
- Thursday & Friday: Please make sure your child has a lunch from home! 
 
- Thursday: Field Day - wear red, tennis shoes, sunscreen/bug spray, 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!
 
What we are learning this week:
Reading/Writing: Students will work on, apply and review many reading and writing strategies and skills that they have learned throughout the year. 
 
Last spelling test! 
Spelling words - giant, digit, gym, jam, badge, green, goose, games, gems, garden, jumps, gifts, frog, young, sentence, idea
 
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.
 
A Note From Coach Baxter & Coach V:

Parents,

Your child will participate in field day this week. K-2nd grade will be on Thursday from 9:30-12:30, and 3rd -5th grade will be on Friday from 9:30-12:30. Please make sure that they wear the color that their teacher has given them, and tennis shoes. Field day attire must follow the school dress code. Kindergarten lunch on Thursday is from 10:30-11:00, 1st grade from 11:00-11:30, and 2nd grade is from 11:30-12:00. On Friday, Grades 3-5 will eat after the games at 12:30. If you did not order a box lunch for your student, please be sure to send your student with a sack lunch. On Friday the cafeteria will be closed, and will not be serving the regular menu to ANY grades. Only box lunches that were pre-ordered, will be served on Friday. Please pack a lunch on Friday as well, if you did not order a box lunch.

 

Please make sure that your student puts on sunscreen/bug spray before they come to school. Also, send them with a water bottle and towel for picnicking at lunch. We are hoping for beautiful weather, but you never know what could happen. Unless it is storming, we will plan to go on with the day. Thank you for allowing your child to participate. We are looking forward to 2 days full of fun!

Coach Baxter & Coach V

Thank you!

A big THANK YOU to everyone for spoiling me this week during Teacher Appreciation Week! The students were so excited about giving gifts and seeing me open them.  I am so thankful to have a class full of such thoughtful families! 

Google Classroom

 

Some students have been wanting to login to google classroom at home and have had some difficulty logging in.... try using the instructions below:
 

Go online and copy and paste:     google.classroom.com 

Log into Google Classroom using your Google Account login and password.    You already have a login and password.

*Correction

login:  Your login is  your student id which is your lunch number.  For example if your lunch number is 123456  then your login is:  123456@elem.tomballschools.net

 

password:  Your password should be   tisd  followed by your 8 digit birthdate.  For example if you were born on May 3, 2004  then your password is:      tisd05032004

 

There are lots of great resources for studying for their Continents and Oceans Test on Friday!

Important dates and info

 

Dear Families,
There seems to be so much going on right now.  Here is the latest from second grade.
Upcoming test dates:
Tuesday, May 8-money and financial literacy test-review pages coming home today
Friday, May 11-Oceans and continents test
                         Reading how-to text test
 
Other important information:
 
Wed., May 9th -students need a posterboard (any color) for their garden projects by this Wed. ( No trifolds please)
 
Thurs., May 10th- yearbooks will be delivered-we will have yearbook signing for 2nd grade that same day at 3:10.
 
Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-16-STAAR testing for older grades.  No visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building on these days to insure test security.
 
May 16th-Camp Learned A Lot kick-off- Students should bring a flashlight and a stuffed animal that can stay at school for 2 weeks.  
 
Thursday, May 17th -FIELD DAY See information from Coach Baxter below...

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

Field day for second grade will be Thursday May 18th in the morning.  Students should bring a sack lunch and drink if you did not preorder from the cafeteria.  They should also bring lunch Friday, May 18th as the cafeteria will be closed that day due to upper grade field day.

 

Wednesday, May 23rd-Parent volunteers needed for chopping garden veggies in the afternoon. If you can help please e-mail me for details.

 

Friday, May 25th-Salsa Celebration-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!

Thanks for reading all the way to the end!

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 8th-math test-financial literacy (spending, saving, borrowing, lending, deposit, withdrawal, wise spending, unwise spending)
 
Friday, May 11-social studies test-continents and oceans
 
May, 14, 15, 16-STAAAR testing in upper grades-NO VISITORS or volunteers those 3 days
 
Wed., May 16th-Camp-Learned-A-Lot begins-a second grade tradition-
***IF ANYONE HAS A 4 PERSON TENT THAT WE COULD BORROW FOR 2 WEEKS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. We set it up in the classroom, and set clear expectations for its use, so it will be well taken care of.
 
May 18- all Library books due

 

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

 
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.

What's happening this week (4/30-5/4)

 
 
I cannot believe we are headed into the month of May! The remainder of the year will fly by! We are currently doing end of the year assessments and testing. I would love to meet with you to share the data about your child's progress and growth this year. If you would like to schedule an end of the year conference, please e-mail me! 
 
In a couple of weeks, we will start  "camp learned a lot" in our classroom. 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! 
 
What we are learning this week: 
Reading & Writing - Students will now begin using their note taking chart to complete their animal research project! 
 
Spelling words: lick, leak, snake, sleek, weak, croak, whack, brook, bank, smack, kick, rock, spoke, ask, back, sometimes
 
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. Continent Naming Game: http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/continentNames/continentJig.htm
 
Science - Students will identify physical characteristics that help animals adapt and survive in their environments. 

What's happening next week (4/23-4/27)

 

What are we learning this week?
 
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.There will be an in-class review prior to the test.
Here is a link to our kahoot review if you would like to go over it at home, too. Just copy and paste it into your address bar to begin on any device. (you will need 2 devices)
 
 
Spelling words - chalk, fall, talk, calm, bald, salt, stall, stalk, small, all, call, palm, ball, almost, always, animal
 
 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 this next week!
 
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.). 
 
Upcoming dates:
April 23rd-April 27th (Monday)- Book Fair
*We will go to the book fair as a class during on our regular library day/time - Wednesday at 10:00.
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with mom
 
 
 

Weekly update (4/16-4/20)

What are we learning this week?
 
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 week. This project is taken for multiple major grades across multiple subjects. 
 
Spelling words - haul, maul, gaunt, pauses, raw, paw, draw, claws, dawn, yawn, hawk, launch, haunt, saw, because, off
 
Math - Students will take their fraction test tomorrow. I have attached a fraction review above. Students also are bringing home math homework (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. 
 
Upcoming dates:
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
April 24th (Tuesday)- Muffins with mom 

Reminders

CAMPUS CLOSED TO VISITORS             DURING STAAR TESTING

 

STAAR is around the corner, and we are all working together as a team to encourage our

students because we know that they are all stars! On April 10th and April 11th, we will have our first round of STAAR testing for this school year. On Tuesday, April 10th, our fourth graders will be taking STAAR Writing, and our fifth graders will be taking STAAR Math. The following day, April 11th, our fifth graders will be taking the STAAR Reading.

 

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.

 

What are we learning this week?
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. 
 
Word Work - Students will practice their dictionary skills and focus on using guide words to find information. 
Spelling words -how, counts, cow, clown, found, town, loud, now, ouch, down, shout, brown, ground, around, house, until
 
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. 
 
*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. 

 

Field Trip Reminders

Tomorrow is field trip day to Mercer Arboretum!
We depart at 9:00 and will be back between 1:30 and 2:00.
Students should wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and bugspray.
They should bring a fully disposable lunch and a drink to go with it.  They should bring an extra water bottle to carry through the gardens. Lunches will be kept in coolers so you do not need to send ice packs or anything else that cannot be thrown away after eating. 
 
Friday-No school