Second Grade News

September 18-25

September Character Quality: Kindness

September's character quality is kindness. Please have conversations about the importance of being kind. You may even consider asking your child about specific acts of kindness they have done or different ways people have shown kindness to them.

Question of the Week :

Ask your child the following question: What are the four ways to represent numbers?

Answer: Standard Form (43)

Expanded Form: 40 + 3

Word Form: forty-three

Base Ten Form (Model Form): Your child should draw 4 tens rods and 3 ones units.

Fall Carnival/ Auction

The countdown to the annual GES Carnival & Auction is on, and it is now time to think of our grade level auction baskets! This year auction baskets will be a collaborative grade level effort. Each grade has been assigned a number of basket themes and we are asking families to contribute to one or as many as you would like. For more information, click the link below. A letter will also be going home in each child's folder. We are so excited to see what each grade comes up with!

2nd Grade Basket Assignments are: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Family Fun Day, Road Trip, Deck the Halls, Chocolate Lovers, and Proud to be an American.

2nd Grade Auction Coordinator: Courtney Hedgpeth

Sign Up for basket donations: 2nd Grade Auction Sign Up

Scholastic News

We will continue to use Scholastic News as an important reading resource. This magazine provides non-fiction reading support, as well as opportunities for skill practice and discussion. The cost is $6.50 per child. This covers weekly issues for the entire year. If you choose to pay by check, please make the checks payable to GES. Thank you.


Please contact your child's teacher if you have not yet scheduled your beginning of the year conferences. We would like to meet with everyone. Thank you.

Curriculum Connection

Math: Tellling Time to 5 Minutes

Science: Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Humanities: Main Idea; Editing; Reviewing citizenship

Important Dates

Thursday, 9/21 PTA Meeting /Ice Cream Social 6:30-8:30 PM (GES Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 9/27 Art Club (2:55-3:55 PM)

Friday, 9/29 GES Bank (7:15-7:45 AM- Cafeteria)

Ongoing Reminders

All classroom and field trip volunteers must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the online background check form: Volunteer Background Check. This must be completed annually. Please make sure you have completed both of these for the school year 2017-2018. If you are a Friday Reader and have not yet completed these, please do so and allow 7-10 days for the background check to process. Thank you.

School begins at 7:40. Students not in their classrooms at 7:40 are marked tardy.

How to Reach Us

2nd Grade / Home

Samantha Dykgraaf

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Belinda Leu

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Debbie Lewis (Team Lead)

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Jennifer Snowden

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