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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, Tomball 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 eighth year teaching second grade at Creekside, and it is my 19th 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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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 slasa party, please e-mail me.  We need 3 bags of chips and 48 small water bottles for our class.  THANK YOU!!!
 
Tuesday-I will have a sub-I am attending an award ceremony for my graduating senior!
 
Wednesday-chopping day- if you would like to come help chop veggies from the garden, please contact me.  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

Field day and flashlights

Dear Families,
A reminder that this Wednesday, students should bring a flashlight (fresh batteries, please) and a stuffed animal that can stay at school for several days.
 
Yearbooks:  We have moved our yearbook signing to Monday, May 21st at 3:10.  Please make sure yearbooks come back that day if your child would like friends to sign them.
 
This Thursday is field day. Second graders should wear red. Please see information below from our coaches.
 
 
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
 

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.  WE STILL NEED A TENT.  Please e-mail if you have a 4 person tent we could set up in the classroom.
 
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 17th in the morning.  Second grade needs to wear red. 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!

 

 

 
 

The last month of school???

Dear Families,
Is the end of the school year here already? I CANNOT believe it.  This month promises to be one filled with many activities and pleanty of fun.  Get you calendars ready:
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
 
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.
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
 

Muffins with Mom

Dear Families,
This week our Spring Book Fair runs all week.  Tuesday morning, beginning at 7:30, join us for Muffins with Mom.
 
Also on Tuesday, we have a reading test over research.  As always we will review in class.  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 such as a phone, tablet or laptop. Questions appear on one device, answer choices on another.  The kids know how it works!

fraction test Tuesday

Dear Families,
Tuesday we have our fractions assessment.  Students are coming home today with review homework if you would like to have them do extra practice at home. As always we are reviewing in class, so this homework is optional for those who would like to study this evening. 
 
In reading and writing we are beginning our animal research.  The children will compile their notes using Google Slides from a variety of sources including internet, trade books and encyclopedias.  Ask them about the animal they chose to research and the forest it lives in!  All work on this project will be completed in class.
 
In Social Studies we begin learning about Geography-physical geography of the land and how people change it.
 
In Science, we are continuing to cultivate our garden, and have learned about the basic needs of plants.  We now begin learning about the basic needs of animals, just in time for our animal research projects!
 
Have a wonderful week!

No visitors or volunteers Tuesday or Wed

Dear Families,
Please remember that this Tuesday and Wednesday, older grades will be taking the STAAR test.  No visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building on these days due to test security.  This includes lunch guests, so please plan accordingly.
 
On Friday of this week, students have a major grade project due in Social Studies.  It will be completed in class.  They will be researching an inventor!  They will choose their inventor from a list we have.
 
In reading, we begin learning about sources people use in research including encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, trade books and web pages.  This is in preparation for our upcoming animal research project.
 
In writing, we will review persuasive writing and friendly letters.
 
Math-we continue fractions, looking at parts of a whole in halves, fourths and eighths.
 
In Science, we will be learning about dependency of living things in a variety of habitats, looking at food chains and other ways creatures depend on each other for survival.  Here is a fun link about food chains:
 
Have a wonderful week!

The week ahead...

Dear Families,
We had such a great time on our field trip.  The children were wonderfully behaved, and seemed to enjoy our photo scavenger hunt.  Thanks to our parent volunteers for all you did to make the trip a success!
 
Remember, no school tomorrow, Friday, March 30.
 
Coming up next week:
Monday, April 2nd-Science test-plants, their parts and their basic needs
 
Tuesday, April 3rd, Geometry test-review the 3 pages that came home last week
 
Wednesday, April 4thReading assessment-media literacy.  Help your child prepare by discussing techniques they see in ads that are used to persuade consumers.
 

Field trip is on!

We are still planning on going on our field trip tomorrow.  All forecasts show storms ending by sunrise tomorrow morning.  We depart school at 9:00 a.m.
We look forward to a great day at Mercer Arboretum!

No school Friday, field trip, and more...

Dear Families,
Here is the latest in second grade:
 
Thursday-field trip day to Mercer Arboretum.  (We are closely watching the weather.  The current forecast shows stroms ending on Wednesday.)
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
 
Monday- plants test over the parts of plants, the basic needs of plants and our garden responsibilities.
 
Here is a message from our counselor:
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 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.
 
Just a few test-taking tips:
1. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the test.
2. Have your child eat a high protein breakfast the morning of the test.
3. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
4. Double check that your child has his/her eyeglasses and any needed medications.
5. Arrive to school on time.
6. Explain to your child to listen carefully to all instructions and use his/her time wisely.
7. Encourage your child to do his/her best and that if they do that, you will be proud of them, and they will be proud of themselves!
 
 

field trip volunteers

Thanks to all who volunteered to chaperone our field trip.  Only 2 per class are permitted by Mercer Arboretum.  I have drawn names and the 2 lucky moms are....
Amy Cosby (Olivia) and Kira Becker (Emmie)!
I appreciate everyone who offered their time.
 
More details about the trip will be coming soon!

Field trip forms

Field trip forms, and the requests for lunches and volunteers for that day are due this WEDNESDAY.  I am missing several.  I have also put an extra copy in your child's folder if I do not have it from them yet.
Thank you!

The rest of the week...

Dear Families,
March is here!  With that come many exciting things.
 
This Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. second grade will be participating in Run the Creek at Rob Fleming Park.  Students run 3 laps, meet on the grassy area for water and pictures, then return to class.Thank you PTO for organizing this amazing event.
 
Friday evening is Creekfest from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  I can't wait!
 
Note:  Second Grade is NOT dressing up for Dr. Suess (Read Across America) day.  In years past, we have done this, however, it is the same day as Creekfest this year.  We will NOT dress up on Thursday either, as this is a busy academic day for us and we are trying to minimize distractions for the kids.  That is why I have not sent previous information about dressing for this day.  If this caused any confusion, I apologize.
 
Tuesday, March 6th-Objects in the sky quiz in Science, covering the sun, stars, and moon.  Students should be able to predict which moon phase will come next, understand what causes day and night, know that the sun is a star, and that stars make patterns called constellations.  We will review in class on Monday.
 
Please see the following security reminder from Mrs. Deyoe:
 

Dear Parents,To ensure the safety of our students and staff, TISD policy GKC Legal will be strictly enforced.   

                TISD Policy:  GKC (Legal)

A district may require a person who enters a district campus to display

the person’s driver’s license or another form of identification

containing the person’s photograph issued by a governmental entity.

 All visitors will be required to present a legal form of identification to enter the building.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent at all times.  Thank you for your cooperation in creating a safe environment.

 Sincerely,

Jeanine Deyoe

Principal

 
 
Hope to see you all at Creekfest Friday night!
 
 

No school Friday or Monday...

Dear Families,
I hope you all enjoy your 4-day weekend!  Please remeber the following upcoming dates and events:
 
Tuesday, Feb 20th-class pictures and individual spring pictures
 
Thursday, Feb. 22nd SECOND GRADE MUSIC PROGRAM-9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. See inforamtion sheet in Wed. folder flyer or attached below.
 
Friday, Feb 23rd-Go Texan Day-dress in western wear-square dancing during specials-2:10-3:05
 
Monday, May 26th-Major grade assessment-reading fiction and non-fiction text-Can they find the main idea in Non-fiction, can they summarize fiction, can they find evidence for answers in the text?
 
Friday, March 2nd-Run the Creek and Creekfest

Coming up...

  • Next Monday and Tuesday, second graders will be taking the Math Mixed Operations Assessment for a major grade.  Please continue to reinforce the importance of INDEPENDENT work-study skills such as reading the ENTIRE question carefully, underlining key information, showing your work, asking yourself, “Does my answer make sense?” and checking for completion. Graded work and assessments are no longer read out loud to second grade students.
  • Next Thursday, 2/8 we have a timeline assessment in Social Studies.  Kids should be able to read, order and create timelines.
  • VALENTINE BOXES should be made at home if your child would like to exchange cards.  They may be brought in on Valentine's Day.
  • Greetings, CFES families! The Creekside Forest PTO will be hosting a Silent Auction during our annual fundraiser, Creekfest. Thanks to the generosity of our students, parents and community partners, the Silent Auction has been a great success over the past several years.Every grade level will have theme baskets featured in the auction. We are inviting each student to donate an item or items that correlate with their grade level theme. The PTO team will assemble baskets with the donated items, and auction them off during Creekfest. While your participation in this is not required, we greatly appreciate your help in making this year’s Silent Auction a success. We have created signup genius links for each grade to help provide ideas for donations so the contents of our baskets are robust and balanced, and to avoid duplicate contributions. The signup will include blank slots for those of you who like to be creative! The themes and links for second grade are as follows: Second Grade: Arts & Crafts, Movie Night, Minecraft and LEGO Star Wars. Please send your donations to school with your child by February 17th, so we have ample time to make any remaining purchases and assemble all the amazing auction baskets! Thank you for your participation in this fun event to raise money for our school! Sincerely, Julie Bridenstine (call/text: 713.594.6068 or email: thebridenstines@yahoo.com)
  • On February 23rd, we will be celebrating Go Texan Day at Creekside Forest Elementary. We would love for your child to come to school dressed Western/Texan. They will be square dancing as well on that day during their specials period. Thank you for your continued support!