Get to know Mrs. Pemberton!

My name is Annie Pemberton, and I am excited to be your child's second grade teacher this year at Creekside! I have been teaching for thirteen years, and am part of the first Creekside family to help open this top-rated, Tomball school. I am a Tomball alumnus, and then went on to get my bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Edwards University. I am EC-4, ESL, and GT certified. I am blessed to be married with two sons. Kash is my charismatic and confident 9-year-old who attends fourth grade here at Creekside, and Kross is my sweet, sensitive, and sneaky 6-year-old who will be a first grader this year! I have taught fourth, first, and second grades throughout my teaching career, but second grade is my favorite! I cannot wait to create new knowledge through memorable learning experiences with your child this year in second grade!

 

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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 writing poetry and take 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”). 

 

Have a great week! 

The 2nd Grade Teachers 

Weekly Update: March 22-26

Weekly Update 3/22-3/26

 

Dear Families,

 

Spring Break is here!

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 Portfolio. This will be due on Friday 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 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!  

The 2nd Grade Teachers

Important Creekfest information...please read

Good Evening Parents, 
 
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.   Mrs. Pemberton’s class theme is LOL Surprise dolls.  We would love for you to participate by visiting the link below where you will find an itemized list via SignUpGenius.  After clicking on the link, click on “View Full Description” to see details and instructions. 
 
I will leave a box outside of my front door ( 23 Spring Basket Trl.) for you to place items in.   You may also directly ship items to me via Amazon.   Please do not send donation items with your child to school.  All items are due to me no later than  March 23rd.
 
 
Thank you in advance for helping to make Creekfest a fun and successful event for our students and our school.
 
Sincerely,
Amanda Miles

Weekly Update: 2/1-2/5

Next week & Weekly Update 2/1-2/5

 

Hi second grade families!

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!

As always, it will be a busy week of learning in 2nd grade! 

Reminders:

Please check Planners and folders NIGHTLY.

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

Please continue to have your child log on to Lexia for at least 20 minutes daily and take AR quizzes on all books read at home or at school to check for comprehension. 

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.

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. 

 

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs.Pemberton

Weekly Update: 1/25-1/29

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 manmade 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. 

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: January 19-22

Dear CFES Families, 

Our students are working hard each and every day. We are working on middle of the year assessments this week and are so proud of the growth our students have made! 

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. 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.

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: 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. My family and I are all feeling well and appreciate all of the kind words and your thoughts over the holiday season.    

It's a New Year, and we are in need of a few new supplies. If you are able to help replenish your child's crayons and markers, we would greatly appreciate it. 


What We Are Learning This Week!

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

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.  


Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: 12/14-12/18

Dear Families, 

This final week, as we “wrap” up the second quarter and the first semester of school, I am reminded of the “gift” I receive each and every day of teaching your child. They bring “joy” to my heart, “peace” to my soul, and a “hope” that the “present” can always be made a little “brighter”. 

This week I am unexpectedly having to focus on taking care of myself and my family as we begin the holiday season. This absence in the classroom will not change the quality of instruction that your child will be receiving, or the holiday magic that I have planned for the final week of school. I am still working closely with our team of teachers, and making sure that each day is special for your children from behind the scenes. Your child will be at the forefront of my mind this week as I have to work from home in my role as a wife and mother. What joy your children have brought to my life thus far in second grade, and I look forward to making many more precious memories together after the New Year! 

Please remind your child of the life principle of flexibility as I know things will look different for them this week without me there. Please reach out with anything you may need, and know that if I could be there I would. 

Holiday hugs from a distance! 

Mrs. Pemberton


Reminders/Announcements:

Dec. 15 - Sonic Spirit Day 

Dec. 18 - Dress in your favorite pajamas as we get cozy for our upcoming Winter Break 

Dec. 18 - Holiday Party/Service Project 

Dec. 18 - End of 2nd grading period 

Dec. 21 - Jan 6 Winter Break 


As a reminder, we will have our Holiday Party (fun activities and service project) on Friday, December 18 (PJ Day!). We want to make this day special for the kids, so we have many fun and engaging activities and service projects planned for that day for both F2F and Virtual students. 


Academic Updates for the week: 

Reading: Students will be reviewing Persuasive Texts, and we will have a major grade assessment on Tuesday. 

Writing/Grammar: Students are continuing letter writing skills, using the correct format of the 5 parts of a letter, proper capitalization and punctuation. Our letters will be written using the 3 author purposes of Persuade, Inform and Entertain. 

Math: We will be introducing Fractions this week (halves, fourths, eighths) and will learn how to partition objects into equal parts. 

Science: Students will review all concepts from this quarter. Also, we will be participating in a service project and will make a Bird Feeder on Thursday. 

Social Studies: Students will explore Holidays Around the World and learn about the many different customs, traditions and celebrations from all around the world. 


Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: 12/7-12/11

12 Days before the Holidays treat for Monday is ... students may wear a fun holiday hat!

8 - General PTO Meeting (virtual)

10 - Wear your Grinch ware to show how your heart grows with Compassion

15 - Sonic Spirit Day

18 - Dress in your favorite pajamas as we get cozy for our upcoming Winter Break

18 - End of 2nd grading period

21-Jan 1 Winter Break

Writing: Students will continue to write Friendly Letters using all 5 parts...heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Students will punctuate letters using commas and capital letters in each of the 5 parts. 

Reading: Students will continue to read and analyze persuasive text INDEPENDENTLY. Please continue to practice reading and responding to text at home by underlining text evidence to locate answers within the text and to prove their thinking. 

Word Work: Students will read and write words containing the “oi/oy” spelling pattern.

Math: Students will complete their study of Geometric figures this week and will have a major grade assessment on Friday, December 11th. 

Science: Students will complete their study of force and motion and patterns of movement and will have a major grade assessment on Friday, December 11th. 

Social Studies: Students will complete their study of Government, and have a major grade assessment on Tuesday, December 8th. 

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

 

 

 

Weekly Update: 11/30-12/4

I hope that you all had a restful and blessed Thanksgiving break! I am excited to see all of your children back at school on Monday and ready to work hard! Please remember to pack extra masks, a snack, and a water bottle DAILY.

Please remember that Angel Tree donations are due no later than December 3rd. Please send the unwrapped item to school with your child, labeled with the name of the person the gift is intended for. Thank you for helping show how much CFES cares!

Please continue to check your child's Red Folder and Planner DAILY. Please remind your child about the Life Principle of responsibility. It is his/her job to complete or correct unfinished work/homework, have their Planner initialed, and read 20 minutes nightly. 

Reading - Students will be reading persuasive texts. Students will be able to identify the author’s purpose of a text (persuade, inform, entertain). Students will also identify the difference between fact and opinion. 

Phonics - Students will focus on the -or and -ar sounds.

Writing - Students will work on persuasive writing.

Grammar - Students will focus on identifying pronouns. 

Math - Students will begin learning about geometric shapes - plane (2d) figures and solid (3d) figures. 

Science - Students will continue learning about forces of motion. Students will explore rolling, spinning and sliding.

Social Studies - Students will learn about the branches of government. 

 

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: 11/16-11/20

Weekly Update: November 16-20

Dear Families,

I can’t believe we are one week from Thanksgiving break!  I am so THANKFUL for your children and all that you do to ensure their success this year in second grade. 

Important Information/Reminders:

This Tuesday (11/17) is the 50th Day of School! Please encourage your child to wear 50’s clothes!

Second Grade Remote Learning Survey: Please click the link below and read the information at the top of the google form. Please complete the form by Wednesday, November 18 . Thank you!

https://forms.gle/W1e6RB7x2dYrFCox8

Students use their ChromeBooks daily, please make sure that your child has working headphones that are to remain at school. Thank you.

Cougar Campout: Reminder to have students complete weekly assignment in Schoology-Cougar Campout course relating to the Life Principle of the Week. The assignment is due each week on Friday. Here is a link for accessing Schoology at home. We had a few students not complete last week’s assignment, so I want to make sure that all students are logging in weekly from home. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AfcfzWZsryETFA0jQKvglhx_3EyJcTv-4Ha7tToNuZs/edit?usp=sharinghttp://

Angel Tree: We are adopting a family this Holiday season. If you are willing and able to help this family, please be on the lookout for items to donate. More information coming soon.

Academic Updates:

Reading-We will learn the elements of DRAMA, and practice reading scripts using oral fluency. Please continue to read and practice reading skills daily at home using My-On, leveled readers, library books, Education Galaxy, and IXL. AR tests can be taken after the completion of almost any book, and are strongly encouraged in order to promote comprehension. 

Writing-We will continue the writing process, and complete a personal narrative about a Special Memory that will be taken for a major grade. Students should be writing at least one page in length.
 
Grammar- We will have a Grammar Test this Thursday on Nouns: common, proper, singular and plural.
 
Math-We will continue addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers without regrouping, with a focus on story problems. There is a MAJOR GRADE assessment on Friday, November 20. Please reinforce the importance of showing work on EVERY problem. As learning objectives get harder, we do not want students relying on mental math to solve word problems.
 
Science-We complete our unit on combining materials based on their physical properties with a MAJOR GRADE assessment on Thursday, Nov. 19.
 
Social Studies-We will introduce levels of government- local, state and national.
 
Have a safe, healthy, and blessed THANKSGIVING!

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update: 11/9-11/13

 

Second Grade Families,

Please note that this Weekly Update is packed with lots of important information. As always, feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. Students are in need of new markers. If you are able to donate Crayola Washable Markers to the classroom, we would greatly appreciate it. Looking forward to a great week of fun and learning!

 

Important Reminders/Announcements:

  • Dress up Days this week:

             -Wed. Nov 11 - Veterans Day - Wear red, white, blue

             -Thurs. Nov 12 - Happy Camper Day - Wear your favorite camping gear

  • 11/15- Butler House Spirit Night (Sunday)
  • 11/16-11/21 College and Career Week
  • 11/17- 50th Day of School - Wear 50’s Attire
  • Online Book Fair Information

You’re invited to go on an epic adventure shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair online now until November 14th.  

All purchases benefit our school!

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  •     Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  •     All orders ship direct to home
  •     FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  •     All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards                                          

Please visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/creeksideforestele

Teacher/classroom donations can be made by setting up an eWallet in the teacher’s name. 

Please share this link with family members and friends. Anyone can order from the Book Fair!

Thank you and happy reading,   Gretchen Hock, Librarian

  • Room Mom Questionnaire

Please click below to access the google form link from our Room Mom:

Room Mom link

  • Cougar Campout - click link below to see important information regarding "at home" learning assignments located on Schoology:
 
 

Here's what we are learning this week:


Reading: We will continue our unit on Traditional Literature with a focus this week on Tall Tales. Students will take a Folktales Assessment covering Fairy Tales, Fables and Tall Tales on Friday - major grade.


Word Work: Our focus this week in phonics will be identifying, reading and spelling words with the sound of ow as in brown and cow. 


Writing: Students will write a personal narrative about a special memory from their past. Reminder that Memory Bags (bags sent home this past week) filled with 5 small items that will help them remember a special moment/event are due on Monday. This will be a 2 week project and will be a writing major grade when complete.


Grammar: We will review common and proper nouns, identify and write singular and plural nouns, and use these types of nouns correctly in our writing.


Math: Students will review and practice 2 digit addition and subtraction without regrouping and apply this skill when solving word problems.


Science: Students will continue learning about combining materials based on their physical properties to allow them to do things together that cannot be done alone. 


Social StudiesWe will continue our unit on identifying how historical figures have been good citizens and historical events have influenced and shaped our community history. Students will choose a historical figure that we have studied and complete a project (2 days) that will be a major grade.

Best regards, 

Mrs. Pemberton

Weekly Update 11/2-11/6

Weekly Update - November 2-6

Hello CFES Families,

I hope that you and your family had a fun and safe weekend enjoying this beautiful weather!

  • We are continuing to conduct Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. To log in, go to meet.google.com.  Your code will be your child's first name.  I will then allow access.  Please note, conferences are 15 minutes.  Should you need more time, we can schedule a follow up.  

  • This week begins our Virtual Book Fair! Here is information from Ms. Hock about the Book Fair:

Book Fair Preview​

Pig the Winner​

  • Don't forget to consider signing your child up for our Birthday Book Club! Such a fun way to promote reading and to help our CFES library!

Cougar Birthday Book Club

 Upcoming events:

  • 11/3- Student Holiday/Staff Development

  • 11/15- Butler House Spirit Night (Sunday)

  • 11/16-11/21 College and Career Week

  • 11/17- 50th Day of School - Wear 50’s Attire

 What we are learning this week:

  • Reading: Students will continue to analyze Traditional Literature as they read various types of Folktales, including Fairy Tales and Fables.  

  • Writing: Students will write a fairy tale.

Next week, students will be working on a Personal Narrative story where they will have to write about a Special Memory. Teachers will be sending home a lunch sack this week for students to decorate and create a "Memory Bag" with 5 items that will help them remember a special event, trip, family gathering, gift, favorite toy, etc. These items must be small enough to fit inside the bag. Examples may include photos, pictures, medals, awards, etc. (no valuable or electronic items, please). The Memory Bags will be due on Monday 11/9 and they will be returned when we complete our writing project. Thanks so much. 

  • Word Work: Students will identify, read, and spell words with the oa vowel team. 

  • Grammar: Students will continue to distinguish between common and proper nouns as they learn to capitalize proper nouns that name a SPECIFIC person, place, or thing. 

  • Math: Students will add and subtract two digit numbers without regrouping.

Wednesday, is our Place Value MG Assessment. Please use the Review sent home, in order to prepare for the test. 

  • Science: Students will study how combining materials based on their physical properties allows them to do things together that cannot be done alone.

  • Social Studies: Students will identify how historical figures have been good citizens and historical events have influenced and shaped our community history.

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs.Pemberton

Weekly Update: 10/26-10/30

Can you believe that this week we are starting the second nine weeks of second grade? As we start this new quarter, please be mindful that we will be welcoming many CFES students into the face-to-face learning setting, and safety remains our top priority. 

  • This week we will be participating in Red Ribbon Week. Please see parent resources in the upcoming dates listed below.
  • Dates to Remember:

10/26-10/30 Red Ribbon Week

11/3- Student Holiday/Staff Development

11/15- Butler House Spirit Night (Sunday)

11/16-11/21 College and Career Week

11/17- 50th Day of School - Wear 50’s Attire

  • Reading: Students will begin to analyze Traditional Literature as they read various types of Folktales, including Fairy Tales and Fables.  
  • Writing: Students will plan a personal narrative about a goal that they have accomplished in their lives. Please discuss this with them at home, as they may need help remembering personal milestones and achievements. Students will continue to speak and to write in complete sentences as they make sure to include a subject, predicate, and use proper capitalization and punctuation. Please reinforce the importance of neatness in student work.
  • Word Work: Students will identify, read, and spell words with the "ou" vowel team. 
  • Grammar: Students will distinguish between common and proper nouns as they learn to capitalize proper nouns that name a SPECIFIC person, place, or thing. 
  • Math: Students will build on prior Place Value knowledge, as they write numbers through 999 in expanded form.  
  • Science: Students will identify physical changes in solids, such as folding, cutting, sanding, and tearing. Students will take a major grade assessment on Friday, October 30th.
  • Social Studies: Students will identify how historical figures have been good citizens and historical events have influenced and shaped our community history.

Weekly BLESSINGS,

Mrs. Pemberton