Mrs. Crooks's Second Grade Scoop

2015-2016 Volume 24

Table Talk

The information in this newsletter is designed to help with daily conversations with your child. It will let you know what your child/children will be learning in school. It also includes any updates and reminders.




Essential Question:

How does an author build suspense in a mystery novel?


This week we will continue with the Mystery Unit. We will focus on point of view, reading with expression, the climax (the problem at it's worst), the falling action, and character's responses and resolution.


Students should be reading a least 20 minutes a night. Reading Race log. They should also complete an appetizer, entre and dessert activity from the menu provided. menu of activities to choose from and complete. The log is due Friday, April 8th.



This week we will be learning about Variant Vowels /u/ - u (flu), oo (boom and school), u_e (June), ew (blew), and ue (blue), We will use this sound and spellings in order to read, write, and spell words.


Each night have your child choose one of the activities from the spelling menu. Your child/children may create a different activity to practice their words. Please remember to sign their spelling homework each night.


The spelling test will consist of 5 words and 3 high frequency words from this week's list. It will also include 2 words from previous skills. The students will then choose one word and use it in a meaningful sentence. This sentence will be graded for CAPSS.

Content (Science)

This week we will conclude our unit If...Then... in science. Our focus will be on temperature change and fuels that produce light and heat. We will then complete a unit assessment.


The students will be continue learning cursive through a self paced program that we have created.

Box Tops

Please send in Box Tops as you get them.
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Volunteer Training

Make sure that you become volunteer trained so that you can be a part of our class field trips, parties, etc. . Click on the link below.

Star Student

This week our Star Student is Michael!!

Congratulations Michael! You are truly a Wise Westy.

April Birthday Celebration

Our April birthday celebration will be on Thursday, April 7th (3:00-3:30). Parents are welcome to come celebrate. If your child would like to bring in something to share with the class, we are requesting indoor/outdoor recess equipment, books, crafts, etc.


Just a reminder that we have Library each Tuesday. Please remember to have your child/children to bring in their book(s) to renew or return for new ones.

Important Dates

  • 4/4 - Schools Reopens
  • 4/7 - April Birthday Celebration
  • 4/8 - Schools Close 3 hours early (third Marking Period Ends)
  • 4/12 - Report Cards Distributed
  • 4/26 - Schools Closed (Primary Election)
  • 5/4 - Tentative Field Trip (Carroll County Farm Museum)

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here is my contact information:

Lynn Crooks:

West Towson Phone: 410-887-3869

Assignment Book/ Take Home Folder: write a note in either

**I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but sometimes I am unable to, so please allow me 24 hours to respond.