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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 eleven 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 and ESL certified. I am blessed to be married with two sons. Kash is my charismatic and confident 5-year-old who attends Kindergarten here at Creekside, and Kross is my sweet, sensitive, and sneaky 2-year-old. 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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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...)
 
We still do not have a parent volunteer/s for chopping day tomorrow. I need your help facilitating student groups as they chop jalapenos that we have harvested from our garden in preparation for our Salsa Party. Please e-mail by this evening if you are willing to come spend some time with our junior gardeners tomorrow!

Weekly Update: May 21-25

 
  • There is no spelling or homework this week!
  • Donations are 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 is chopping day! Please let me know by this Tuesday if you are available to come help. You would be needed from 11:45-1:15. Please bring a cutting board and a couple of small cutting knives.
  • Friday, May 25th is the Salsa celebration from 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.
Next week-
  • Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day: No school
  • Thursday, May 31st: Last Day of School and End-of-Year Party. The party is from 11:30-12:30 and we have early dismissal at 12:50. You will be able to sign your child out after the party.

DON'T FORGET!

Yearbooks: Tomorrow (Monday, May 21st) is yearbook signing day! Please send your child to school with his/her yearbook and a special pen.
 
Salsa Party registration: A pre-registration form was sent home last week. 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 ASAP if you are able to help! 

Weekly Update: May 14-17

Last week was such a wonderful week for me as your child's teacher. You all spoiled me beyond measure! There are not enough "thank-you's" to give for your thoughtfulness and generosity. I am so blessed to have such amazing children and families this year in second grade.
 
 
Reminders:
  • Thursday & Friday: Please make sure your child has a lunch from home!
  • 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
  • May 21st is Yearbook signing day. Please have your child bring their yearbook back to school with a pen or a marker of your choice.
  • May 25th is the Project-Based Learning Garden Celebration at 2:30 PM. All are invited to attend as students will present individual garden poster projects, group technology projects, a grade level timeline project, and serve the salsa made from the vegetables that students have planted, grown, documented, harvested, and chopped. 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. 
 
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). Math homework was sent home today and should be completed, checked for accuracy, and returned by Friday.
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 land-forms including hills, mountains, plateaus, valleys, canyons, islands, plains, peninsulas, isthmuses and volcanoes.
 
Have a wonderful week!
Mrs. Pemberton

Important Updates: May 10

Correction: Yearbooks will be distributed to students this Thursday, (May 10) and will not be signed until Monday, May 21st. Please send the yearbook back to school with your child on that day.

Garden Project/Salsa Celebration:

Wednesday, May 23rd: Parent volunteers needed for chopping garden veggies in the afternoon. If you would like to volunteer to help us prepare for the Salsa Celebration, 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!

Camp-Learned-A-Lot: Next week we will begin Camp-Learned-A-Lot! This is a fun couple of weeks in 2nd grade! Students will need to bring a flashlight and a stuffed animal from home by Monday, May 14th. 

Weekly Update: May 7-11

 

Garden Project:  Students will need a white poster board for their garden project by Tuesday of this week. It needs to be a regular-sized, paper, flat poster board. No tri-folds please.   

What are we learning next week:

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. Cursive handwriting begins this week!

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: Money and Financial Literacy Test

Friday, May 11th: Continents and Oceans Test

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

STAAR Testing Announcement

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.

Weekly Update: April 30-May 4

  • Our classroom library is so much more full now, thanks to YOU! The books purchased from our wish basket at the Book Fair truly touched my heart and inspired my young readers! We love new literature and we love to read!
  • Thank you to all who have donated much needed items to our classroom, such as markers, glue sticks, stickers, and treasure chest items. We definitely run out of these items quickly in our class!
  • 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 in a tent, and participate in fun "camping" activities, experiments, snacks, etc.
  • We started our classroom economy this week! Your child is now managing their own money and can use it to either save or spend every Friday during our class auctions!
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. 
 
Science - Students will identify physical characteristics that help animals adapt and survive in their environments. 
 
Looking forward to a week with your soon-to-be third graders!
Mrs. Pemberton
 

Weekly Update: April 23-27

  • This week is the Book Fair! We LOVE to read in our class and are earning AR points into the 200’s!! Please encourage your child to purchase on-level texts and browse our classroom book basket for books that we would love to read in our classroom library. Students will shop on their regularly scheduled library day, as well as before school any day of the week if money is sent with the student from home.
  • We are running low on classroom must-haves…stickers, treasure chest items, and markers!

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 take a Research Assessment on Tuesday, the 24th. There will be an in-class review prior to the test.

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 study the life cycles of different LIVE insects. 

Our second-grade garden is growing! We currently have one jalapeño and are working to attract pollinators this week by planting flowers.

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.). 

Important Dates:

April 23rd-April 27th: Book Fair (We will go to the Book Fair as a class on our regular library day/time - Thursday at 10:00).

April 24th (Tuesday at 7:30)- Muffins with Mom

Weekly Update: April 16-20

 
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. Please use the test pages from the textbook that were sent home today as homework as a review in preparation for the test.
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 20th (Friday) - 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 

Weekly Update: April 9-13

Reminder - visitors will not be allowed on campus due to STAAR testing tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday of this week.
 
Math problem solving homework was sent home today and a daily grade will be taken on something similar this week. Please emphasize the importance of using the UPSE format and underlining important information in each word problem. 
 
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. 

Weekly Update: April 2-6

Reading - Students will continue to learn about Media Literacy. Students should know the different formats of media, persuasive techniques that are used, the purpose of media, and why media is important in our lives. Students will have a major grade assessment on Wednesday, April 4th. Students will then begin learning about how to research topics using different sources. 
*Please make sure your child is still reading every night! 
 
Writing - Students will continue to work on revising their writing. We have been focusing on different skills each day. Students have had to add more detail to their writing, add dialogue, write "bold" beginnings, write "exciting" endings, and give feedback to a partner.
These 3 weeks of revising will be graded using a district rubric and taken for a major grade.
 
Spelling words - enjoy, oil, joy, coins, toy, boil, join, toys, toil, moist, broil, ploy, noise, boy, light, kind
 
Math - Students will have a major grade assessment covering geometry on Tuesday, April 3rd. Students will then begin studying fractions. Students will also be really making sure they have a strong foundation on addition and subtraction problem solving. Homework will be sent home to help review for the test and is due on Friday. 
 
Science - Students will have a major grade assessment on Monday, April 2nd over Plants and their parts. Students will then begin to study the physical characteristics of plants that help them meet their basic needs, how the weather causes dormancy in plants and understand how dependency occurs in environments.
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to study technology and how it effects/changes our lives. 
 
Upcoming Dates & Reminders:
April 10th & 11th - Lunch will be at 12:05
 
A note from CFES: 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!

Weekly Academic Update: March 26-29

Please encourage your child to give their best effort on their assignments and produce quality work. I am having students "re-do" and re-write many things due to sloppiness. Sometimes they run out of time, so if you see unsatisfactory work quality come home, please have them correct it and remind them their best effort should be given the first time. 
 
What are we learning this week?
Reading - Students will continue learning about media literacy. Students will also continue to practice reading compression skills and respond their reading. Students will have a major grade assessment on Media Literacy on Wednesday, April 4th. 
 
Writing - Students will continue revising their narrative stories. Students "revisions" will be taken as a major grade. 
 
Spelling - no spelling test this week.
 
Math - Students will continue studying geometry. Students should be able to identify plane (2d) and solid (3d) shapes, name the attributes (edges, faces, vertices), and compose/decompose the shapes. Students will have a major grade assessment on Tuesday, April 3rd 
 
Please continue to work on addition and subtraction word problems at home. This is such an important skill. 
 
Science - Students will learn about the characteristics of plants Students will study the parts of the plant and how those parts help them survive.Students will also learn about how the weather causes dormancy in plants. Students will have a major grade assessment on Monday, April 2nd. 
 
Social Studies - Students will continue to learn about how technology changed communication, transportation and recreation. 

Weekly Update: March 26-29

  • Our Field Trip to Mercer Arboretum is this Thursday! Chaperones will be chosen in class today as I draw two parent-volunteer names out of a hat! I will contact those who were chosen to chaperone the Field Trip as soon as possible with details of the trip. We will depart shortly after the morning announcements so please make sure that your child is here on time. Please pack your child a sack lunch (no lunch boxes), a bottle of water, and apply plenty of bug spray and sunscreen prior to arrival.
  • Due to the Field Trip, Library will be on Wednesday of this week.
  • Math Homework is in your child’s Red Folder and is due on Thursday of this week.
  • There is no school on Friday of this week.
  • Second graders will not take a Spelling Test this week.
  • 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!