2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of January 18th-22nd we will be studying:

Math- Using a variety of tools to represent fractional parts including whole, halves, fourths, eighths, and greater than one whole

Reading- Timeline of Martin Luther King Jr., understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of drama and provide evidence from text to support their understanding

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- No Spelling this week!

Writing- Declarative and interrogative sentences, revising, editing, and publishing persuasive letters

Science- Distinguish between natural and man made resources

Stars of the Week!

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(Stars of the Week from the Week of January 11th)

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(Star of the Week from the Week of January 4th)

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.

No Spelling this Week!

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!

Hello Parents,

The next few weeks are a wonderful time to purchase your 2015-2016 Nichols yearbook if you have not done so already. Deadline to guarantee a Nichols yearbook is Friday, January 22nd . After January 22nd there will be limited quantities available. The price of the yearbook is $25.00. There WILL NOT be a wait list for yearbooks this year, so be sure to purchase one now if you are interested.

Below you will find the link to order a yearbook for your child. You will not need to input a customer number. 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!



As the weather gets colder please remember to send your child to school with appropriate outer wear for recess. Our cold weather recess guidelines are as follows:

-Temperature of 40 degrees or higher: Normal outdoor recess

-Temperatures 33-39 degrees: Reduced to 15 minute outdoor recess

-Wind chill temperature between 33-35 degrees: Reduced to 15 minute outdoor recess

-Temperature/wind chill 32 degrees or below: No outdoor recess

Please make sure that all jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are labeled with your child's name. It makes it much easier to locate the right owner if they are left behind. :)

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.

January 14th- PTA Spirit Night at Mooyah

January 15th- Good Morning Nichols

January 18th- No School

January 21st- Report Cards go home

January 22nd- 2nd Nine Weeks Celebration

January 29th- Good Morning Nichols

Science Vocabulary

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

conserve: to save natural resources

resource something valuable we can use

natural not made by humans

manmade created or changed by humans

wood a natural resource that comes from trees

metal a natural resource found in rocks

paper a thin material made from wood

plastic a manmade resource made from oils

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.



Fraction- equal parts of a whole

Equal parts- all of the same size

Non-equal parts- parts are not all the same size

Partition- cut or divide into equal parts

Halves- two equal parts of a whole

Fourths- four equal parts of a whole

Eighths- eight equal parts of a whole

The more fractional parts-the smaller the part.

The fewer fractional parts- the larger the part.

We are only representing fractions with words right now. (example: one half, three fourths, five eighths, etc.)

Students can partition circles, squares, and rectangles in a variety of ways to show halves, fourths, and eighths. All of the parts must be equal.

Practice making connections at home as to what you can divide or partition into equal parts (pizza, cookies, card games, etc.).

Students can also count fractions that are greater than one whole (three halves, five fourths, nine eighths, etc.)

At this point it is appropriate for students to draw a pictorial model to represent fractions and to help them visualize the parts.

We hope that you find these resources useful as you use them at home.

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