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Welcome to Second Grade!

I am Holly Steed, second grade teacher, wife, and mom of two. My own children have been educated at Creekside Forest, Creekside Park Junior High, and Tomball High School, so I can sing the praises of this school and district both as a teacher and as a parent.

I am excited to have each of you as part of our team this year. This is my eleventh year teaching second grade at Creekside, and it is my 21st year in the classroom, with experience in first grade, (so I know where they are coming from,) and third grade, (so I know where they are headed.) I have also been a reading and math specialist in a previous district. I have my ESL certification, as well as extensive training in Gifted and Talented education.

Our class is a place of engaging learning, where students are expected to work hard, and have a great time while they do. I focus on differentiating instruction for the needs of the students.

I look forward to getting to know each of your children, and spending exciting days with them this year!
 

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Weekly update April12-16

Hi Families! 

Thank you so much for your amazing support of our school.  So many of you participated in the activities, auctions and raffles of Camp Creekfest 2021 and we are all so grateful.

Here’s what we will be learning next week…


Academic Updates:

Reading & Writing - Students will begin research note taking on their selected animal. 


Math - Students will focus on 3 digit addition and subtraction problem solving. Students will have to determine which operation to use, write the number sentence, and solve. 


Science - Students will study the parts of a plant and how those parts work to help a plant meet its basic needs. 


Social Studies - Students will begin learning about changes over time, inventions and inventors. 


Have a great weekend!

The 2nd Grade Teachers

Weekly Update April 5-9

Hi Families! 



We are headed into another busy week! 

 

Cougar Campout is next Friday, April 9th! It will be an ALL DAY of FUN! 

Face to face students will need to bring:

- a beach towel or small blanket to sit on at lunch 

- a board or card game (no electronics)

Virtual students will have ONE LIVE MEET on Friday morning at 8:45.  Note the time difference from our usual schedule.  Cougar Campout activities will be posted for virtual students to participate in throughout the day.

 

*Don’t forget to check the  PTO website and the Parent Trail Guide for more information about the day! 

 

Reading - Students will focus on learning different research skills and how to use different sources. 

 

*Students can also login to a great program, Lexia, which students can access at home through Clever! 

*Keep reading each night!! 



Writing - Students will learn about synonyms and writing in complete sentences. 

 

Word work - Students will continue to work on adverbs.

 

Math - Students will begin 3 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will focus on problem solving

 

Social Studies - Students will review for their economics assessment and take a major grade assessment on Tuesday. 

 

Science - Students will begin learning about and studying plants as our garden continues to grow.

 

Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

 

Weekly update March 29-April 2

Hi families! 

We are back into the routine after Spring break and next week we begin the fourth quarter in 2nd grade! 

 

2nd graders have started working in our school garden. This is always a special and exciting time for our grade level. 

 

Academic updates:

 

Reading - Students will continue reading and writing poetry and take a major grade assessment on Thursday, April 1st. 

 

Writing - Students will begin our research unit. Students will practice writing statements versus questions and understand the difference between “thin vs. thick” questions. We will also practice paraphrasing information. 

 

Phonics/Word Work - Students will focus on digraphs and vowel teams. 

 

Grammar: Students will study adverbs. 

 

Math - Students will continue working on place value and locating and placing numbers on an open number line. Students will take a major grade on Thursday, April 1st. 

 

Science - Students will begin studying objects in the sky and why seasons change. Students will also look at how shadows change from day to night. 

 

Social Studies - Students will look at where things come from/the process they go through (“farm to table”). 

 

*Reminder- no school on Friday, April 2nd! 

 

Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Gt Testing information

Please see the message below from Mrs. Lummus regarding GT testing.

Hello Parents,

 

This year we have made some changes to the GT testing that we use in Tomball ISD.  We are now testing in NonVerbal, Verbal, and Quantitative areas.  If your student has returned their permission to test, ​I have added your student to a Schoology group where I have put some "Study Guides" for this Ability portion of the test.  Please have your students log on to the Schoology class and practice a few questions so they know what to expect.  CoGAT is a IQ type of test, so it is often strange or difficult for students to process the directions of the test.  This is often the reason they miss the questions rather than ability, however, these study guides are OPTIONAL.   This is a test to see how your brain works and to test its capabilities.  I plan to start testing this Friday.  

 

Thank You, 

Cecelia Lummus

GT Specialist CFES, CPJH

Happy Spring Break

Dear Families,


Spring break is here!  Here is a note from our room mom, Mrs. Loftus:

Dear Parents, 
 
I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy! Our annual fundraiser and funday Creekfest is coming up and although it may look a little different than usual we are still trying to make sure the kids have an amazing day.  Camp Creekfest will be here before we know it! Our class is participating in the Silent Auction portion of the event by creating our very own basket. Each class will be donating a themed basket. We would love for you to participate by visiting the link below where you will find an itemized list via SignUpGenius. Then click on “View Full Description” to see details and instructions. I know the due final due date is not until March 23 but if you are able to donate if you could please try your best to have your items to me by March 12 that would be greatly appreciated as we will be going out of town for spring break and it would be wonderful to have it completed before then.  But, if you need more time we’ll make that work too! 
 
All items are due to me no later than  March 23rd.
 
LINK HERE:  
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support and making this another successful year!
 
 Sincerely,
 
Staci Loftus

Here is what we will be learning when we return! 


Reading - Students will continue identifying elements of poetry and reading a variety of poems, 


Writing - Students will continue drafting and publishing different types of poems in their Poetry Collection. This will be due on Friday, 3/26 and taken as a major grade. 


Word Work - Students will review adjectives. 


Math - Students will review place value to 1,200. Students will learn to  compose numbers in multiple ways (example: 12 tens is the same as 120).


Science - Students will be analyzing the four seasons. Students will complete their weather project and it will be taken for a major grade. 


Social Studies - Students will review economics vocabulary (goods, services, wants, needs, producer, consumer). We will then begin learning the “steps” of how a product goes from “farm to table”. 



Have a great break! Keep reading!  

The 2nd Grade Teachers

Weekly Update March 8-12

Dear Families,

With one final week before Spring Break, we will be working hard to finish the third quarter strong. Mrs. Bohnert will be with us this week, and  we are so grateful for her sharing her time and talents in Mrs. Thorne's absence.

VIRTUAL PICK UP:

(Virtual students, please stop by Wed., Thurs., or Fri. to pick up a tomato plant so they will be able to grow, observe, and record data.)


Reading-We will practice visualizing what we read in poetry, and using sensory language.


Writing-We will continue writing poems using sensory and figurative language.


Math- We will continue working on money and financial literacy.  Especially important are the words: deposit, withdraw, save, borrow, loan, spend, producer and consumer. Major Grade assessment will be Friday, March 12th.


Science-We will begin our weather unit by studying the tools meteorologists use to measure weather, and learning about 4 types of precipitation: rain, sleet, snow, and hail. We will also be planting our Second Grade Garden near the end of the week.  


Social Studies-We begin our economics unit to understand needs and wants, goods and services, consumers and producers.


Grammar-We will review adjectives and many other grammar skills we have practiced this quarter.


Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, March 9th-Spring picture day

March 15-19 Spring Break

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs. Steed and Mrs. Thorne

Weekly update March 1-5

Hi Families! 

We were excited to get back into the swing of things! We will be very busy and working hard!


Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will take a major grade on Monday, March 1st over comparing texts across genres. Students will then begin reading and analyzing different types of poetry and identifying poetry elements. 


Writing - Students will revise, edit and publish their expert writing. Their writing piece will be taken for a major grade. Later in the week, students will begin writing different types of poetry. 


Word Work - Students will continue to work on contractions and verb tenses. 


Math - Students will begin our money and financial literacy unit. Students will identify coins, their values and compare sets of coins. 


Science - Students will be studying sound energy. 


Social Studies - Students will review continents and oceans. They will take a major grade assessment on Tuesday, March 2nd. 



Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Tuesday morning LIVE MEET info

Dear Families, 
Please have your student log in to our LIVE MEET Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. using the class code Steed.  Whether they are in the virtual class, or Face to Face, they will need to log in to the same meet on Tuesday.  This will be the only time they will get on live that day.  Otherwise, all their work will be posted in Schoology for them to complete.
Thank you,
Mrs. Thorne and Mrs. Steed

Next week Feb 15-19

Hi Families, 

 

Don’t forget there is no school for students on Monday! Plus, Tuesday, February 16th will be remote learning from home for ALL students.  On that day, my virtual class will log on for ONE LIVE MEET ONLY at 10:00 a.m. Class code Steed (They will not  log on with Mrs. Thorne in the afternoon.)

Mrs.Thorne's Face to Face homeroom class will log on with her Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Class code Thorne

Assignments will be posted in Schoology, so please go to each course to complete work for the day. Enjoy the long weekend and stay warm! 

:

  • Please make sure your child is still reading a “good fit” book EVERY night! They can take AR tests at home (Mon-Fri) to check their comprehension. 
  • Students should be writing in complete sentences. If you see your child is struggling with this, please practice at home. 
  • Students should continue to practice writing personal narrative stories and adding details. 



Reading - Students will compare and contrast paired texts (fiction and nonfiction).  Students will also answer comprehension questions and use text evidence to support their answers. 

 

Don’t forget to keep reading your Texas Reads One book -  Fenway and Hattie!  

 

Writing - This week we will focus on informational writing. 

*Please help your child brainstorm some ideas of things they are an “expert” at doing. 

 

Word Work - Students will practice identifying and writing contractions. 

 

Math - Students will focus on one-step and multistep addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping) problem solving. 

*There will be a major grade assessment on Friday, February 20th. 

 

Science - Students will study light and sound energy. 

 

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



Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Weekly Update Feb 8-12

Dear Families,

Reminders:

Please check and read the parent trail guide about Valentine’s exchange.  

For Face to Face students, Valentine Boxes/bags/cards are due Wednesday, February 10. Virtual students, please have one Valentine made for the class to share during our class meet at 10:00 on Friday, February 12th.

Academic updates:

Reading - Students will focus on identifying the central idea and supporting details of non fiction texts. Unit 5 Informational Text Assessment  is Friday, 2/11 for a Major Grade.

Here is this week's small group schedule small group schedule

Writing - Students will review writing personal narratives that focus on a small moment. 

Grammar - Students will learn about conjunctions.

Math - Students will begin learning how to solve 2 digit subtraction problems with regrouping. We will also focus on problem solving. 

Science - Students will learn about natural vs. man-made resources. We will also look at ways to conserve resources.  Major Grade Test Thursday 2/11.

Social Studies - Students will locate and identify continents and oceans. 

Have a wonderful week and a Happy Valentine's Day!

Mrs. Steed

Weekly update Feb 1-5

Hello CFES Families,

Can you believe it is already February? Your children have made so much progress the first half of the year and we are so excited to see the growth on their middle of the year assessments. 

We will continue to strive for excellence and help your child reach their full potential the second half of the year. Please continue to encourage your child to always do their best and uphold our CFES creed:

I am proud to be a Creekside Forest Cougar.

I come to school each day respecting my teachers,

my classmates, and myself. 

I am responsible for my choices and their results.

I care for others with all my heart. 

Never quitting is my #1 tool;

I am a leader at the #1 school.

Go CREEKSIDE!

Reminders:

Please check and read the Parent Trail Guide regarding our Valentine’s exchange for Face to Face students.  Virtual students, please make ONE CLASS VALENTINE for us to hold up to display and share on screen Friday, February 12th. We will celebrate kindness that day with a special project and some games during our live meets. Virtual students may also stop by the front of the school this week to pick up a copy of a book from Mrs. Hock.  This book, Fenway and Hattie, is provided by Tomball ISD to all students and I we will be having it as our next read aloud.

Academic updates:

Reading - Students will focus on chronological order and sequencing of non-fiction texts. 

Writing - Students will review writing personal narratives that focus on a small moment. 

Grammar - Students will learn about conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and how to use these words to enhance their writing.

Math - Students will begin learning how to solve 2 digit addition problems with regrouping. We will also focus on problem solving. 

Science - Students will learn about natural vs. man-made resources. We will also look at ways to conserve resources.

Social Studies - Students will locate and identify continents and oceans. 

Have a great week!

Holly Steed

Weekly update Jan. 25-29

Dear CFES Families, 

We are ready to begin another hard-working week in second grade!

Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will continue to practice identifying nonfiction text structures as they compare and contrast and use chronological order to sequence events in informational text.

Writing - Students will continue procedural writing this week by following the steps of the writing process to complete their invention user manual that will be taken as a major writing grade. Students will continue to identify prepositions in text and begin adding commas to a series in their writing. 

Math - Students will identify and extend patterns on a number line as well as work with open number lines. Students will take a major grade assessment on Place Value to 1,200 on Friday of this week. 

Science - Students will continue learning about Earth’s resources as they identify natural and man-made resources. Second graders will take a major grade assessment on Rocks and Water this Thursday. 

Social Studies - Students will continue to learn about symbols and monuments of the United States. An end of unit monument project will be completed this week and taken for a major grade. 

Small Group Schedule for our virtual learners:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pAyf50j2na_eHIsIcVnXW0X4C5epf_UZw8FYLyVABmM/edit

Best regards,

Holly Steed

Weekly update Jan. 18-22

Dear CFES Families, 

Our students are working hard each and every day. We are wrapping up middle of the year assessments this week and are so proud of the growth our students have made. *Reminder that there will be No School on Monday, January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Enjoy your long weekend. 

Academic Updates:

Reading - Students will practice identifying the text structures of cause & effect and compare & contrast in informational text.

Writing -Students will continue procedural writing this week by following the steps of the writing process to write a “user manual” describing the purpose/function of their self-made recycled inventions, along with steps as to how it works. Virtual students, please save recyclable materials at home so you can use them to create your own invention.  Examples of useful things:  cereal boxes, bottles, plastic containers, lids, paper towel tubes, etc.This will be a 2 week project which will be a major writing grade when complete.

Math - Students will practice comparing and ordering numbers up to 1,200 based on place value.

Science - Students will continue learning about Natural Resources - Rocks and Water.

Social Studies - Students will continue to learn about symbols and monuments of the United States and Texas.

Small Group Schedule for our Virtual Learners: 
 
Looking forward to a great week!
Best regards,
Holly Steed
 

Weekly update Jan. 11-15

Dear Families,
It was wonderful to be back with the children this week.  We are ready for a busy week ahead.  Here is what we will be learning.
 
Reading:  We continue our study of non-fiction text features.  We will also begin using a new program called Lexia for phonics and comprehension practice.  Students may get on this program from home, too.  They log in through their Clever homepage. 
 
Writing:  Our focus will be on procedural writing using transition words and prepositions.  We will learn many revising techniques as well. Virtual students, please begin saving recyclables such as boxes, bottles, plastic containers, etc. for a special project coming up the following week.
 
Math: We continue our study of fractions with our assessment on Tuesday.
 
Science:  We will start our study of the physical properties of rocks.  EVERYONE PLEASE BRING ONE ROCK (that you can hold in one hand) BY FRIDAY, Jan. 15, FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT. 
 
Social Studies: We will learn about the special symbols and monuments of the United States.
 
THURSDAY is Mix and Match Dress Up Day.  We can't wait to see those fun outfits both face to face and online! Let's celebrate how we are different and how we are similar!
 
We look forward to a wonderful week.
Sincerely, 
The Second Grade Team
 
 

Welcome back January 4-8

Week of January 4th -8th


Welcome Back!


We hope everyone enjoyed their winter break.  Hopefully everyone is rested and ready to get back to the business of learning.  We are looking forward to seeing all of our students Wednesday morning.  For our new face to face students, please ask any adult you see for help finding our classrooms.  Everyone will be on the lookout and eager to assist you!


What We Are Learning This Week!


Reading - Informational Texts - Students will begin learning about nonfiction text features.

Here is this week's small group schedule.  Please note individual reading assessment times. Please have your child get on promptly at their time.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gWL33XIzYMuPcNn05wk_FbLUra0SAUQKWEyX6XySgpo/edit?usp=sharing


Phonics - Students will read and write words with ew/oo/ue/ui.


Writing/Social Studies - Students will be writing about their best moments in 2020 and then focus on writing personal and school goals for 2021.


Grammar - Students will identify prepositions/phrases and use them correctly in their writing.


Science - Students will  learn how magnets attract and repel.  


Have a great week!

Second Grade Teachers