2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of November 16th-20th we will be studying:

Math- Using a Variety of Strategies to Solve Multi-Step Problems and Justify Their Thinking, Determining Importance

Social Studies- Comparing and Contrasting the Life of Pilgrims and Native Americans to our Lives Today

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- Spelling Week 3 (2nd Nine Weeks), Comparing /oo/ Sounds

Writing- Apostrophes and Possessives, Adding -s, -es, -ies, or -ves to Make A Singular Nound Plural, Writing About What Thanksgiving Means to Me

Science- Movement and Force

Stars of the Week!

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Students will be selected in each class on Friday of each week. A letter, poster, and special Star of the Week treats will be sent home on Friday to be worked on over the weekend. Every student will have the opportunity to be Star of the Week in their classroom at some point in the year. We look forward to learning more about all of our 2nd Grade Stars!

Look for all Homework to Come Home Every Monday!

This will include:

Spelling List-study the words

Math Word Problems- cut and glue problems into the math homework spiral and solve one each night

Guided Reading Response Journal and Book- Choose 2-3 responses each week to write in the journal.

***Please return the Math Homework spiral on Friday of each week. The guided reading folder and response journal should come to school every day.

Spelling List

Study the Spelling List

You can use the Spelling Activities sent home in the parent email the first week to study these words if you choose to. Please remember that it is important for the students to be able to apply the use of these words in their writing as well.

1. much

2. before

3. car

4. story

5. where

6. miss

7. tooth *

8. moon *

9. room *

10. shook *

11. book *

12. cartoon *

Challenge List

1. mistook

2. noodles

Keyboarding Practice at Home

If you would like to have your kids practice their keyboarding skills at home you can use this link: https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/k-5-keyboarding/second-grade

This is a great resource for them to use to help them become more proficient with their keyboarding skills.

Order Your Yearbooks Now!

Another school year has begun, and it is time to order your 2015-2016 Nichols yearbook. Yearbooks are a fun way to remember all those special memories that happen throughout the school year. The yearbook will be a hardcover book with lots of fun pictures of students, staff, and special events. The price for the yearbook will be $25.00. Below you will find the link to order a yearbook for your child, and there is no need to input a customer number. You will simply select the state, city and the school name to begin ordering. After purchasing you will receive an email notification confirming your purchase. Please save this for your records. Yearbooks will not be distributed until the end of the school year. Thank you for ordering a Nichols yearbook!


Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Starting the Week of September 28th we will begin having our PLC time every other Thursday morning from 8:00-8:50. This will be a more consistent schedule for everyone, and the kids will be working with the specials teachers during that time.

Thursday, November 19th- PTA Meeting

Friday, November 20th- Study Trip to the Frisco Heritage Museum

McClain, Dean, Flaig- 9:45-11:45

Allard and Grahm- 11:45-1:45

Monday, November 23rd-Friday, November 27th- No School-Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 3rd- 2nd Nine Weeks Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, December 4th- Good Morning Nichols

WatchDOG Information

Nichols Parents,

Attached is the power point information we talked about at our Watch Dog Kick Off.

Here are some important links:

Background Check:


Sign Up:


Order your shirt:


Thank you for all that attended the meeting, and we look forward to seeing all of our dads at school this year!!


P. E. Coach

Nichols Elementary


PH: 469-633-3968

Science Vocabulary

Here are the definitions of words that we have been covering in science.

Movement: change in position

Force: what causes things to move

Position: where something is

Math Corner

Have you been wondering what some of our math terms are!? We will put some helpful hints in the newsletter each week to help you out.

Over the next two weeks we will be sending home the Cluster 1 CBA Reflection Sheets. We will be meeting with students one on one to discuss how they did on their CBA. We will talk about what they did well on, what they still need to work on, and we will set some goals together. These sheets will provide you with some great information on how your student is doing in math.

As teachers we will continue to plan for reteach and review with students as needed based on the data that we get from our CBA's.

Student Learning Hub

Do you want to know more about what your child is learning this year?

Check out the Student Learning Hub! You can access it by going to http://studentlearninghub.friscoisd.org/ Have your student use their FISD login and password. You can find curriculum resources, videos, and more on this site. If you missed curriculum night or have questions about the documents that you saw that night this would be a great resource to check out.

Here is a great video to show you how to use the Student Learning Hub at home!


Carpool Information

In order to ensure that all students who are riding home in a car are going home with an approved parent and/or guardian we ask that you please continue to use the carpool signs throughout the year. This helps the teachers who are on duty to know that the kids are being placed in the right car. If you need more signs for your child please email their teacher and we would be happy to get you extra copies. If we do not recognize the person asking to pick up a child and they do not have a sign we will ask them to go to the front office to confirm the pick up and show an ID. Situations such as a student going home with a friend are fine as long as the parents have communicated with their child's teacher that they have permission to go home with another parent and/or guardian. Thank you for your cooperation with this so that we can ensure the safety of all of our kids!


Please remember that our snack is a "working" snack. Students will be completing work, reading, or other various activities while they are having their snack in the morning.

Snack guidelines:

-One snack per day

-Needs to be a healthy snack

-Non-messy and does not require utensils

-Peanut/Tree Nut free until further notice from your child's teacher

-Water for drinks only

Thank you for your help with this!

Checked/Graded Work

All checked or graded work will be sent home with your child in their Green Thursday Folder each week. You may keep this work at home to review, look over, etc. The first few weeks you may see notes from the teacher on their work, but it will not have a grade on it yet. Not all work is completed for a grade as some of it is done whole group or with partners. If you see a T with a circle around it on a paper that indicates that it was completed with the teacher either whole group or in a small group setting.

Green Thursday Folders

Thursday Folders will begin coming home this week. Please check these folders and return them to school on Friday. Any flyers or notes from the school, PTA, or the grade level will be sent home in these folders. Checked/Graded work will also be sent home in these folders. Thank you for emptying and returning these the next day.


We do have a daily calendar and communication log in your child's binder. It is helpful to talk with your child about their behavior calendar and check it each night. It is great to celebrate positive behavior, too! You may communicate with the teacher using the communication log, email, or phone if you have any questions. Students may also write down communication to you on the Communication Log regarding behavior. You may find a key to the behavior notes (positive ones, too!) at the bottom of the calendar. There is more detail about the daily expectations on the back of the calendar.

Teacher Contact Information

Mrs. Charmaine Dean- deanc@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63966

Mrs. Jackie McClain- mcclainj@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63967

Ms. Taylor Flaig- flaigt@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63965

Mrs. Megan Allard- allardm@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63964

Ms. Kristen Graham- grahamk@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63963