Second Grade News

September 11-15

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.

Parent Conferences

Beginning of the year parent conferences have begun. Please refer to sign-up documents offered by your child's teacher to set an appointment time. Thank you for taking time out of your day to attend these important conferences. It is a perfect time to get a glimpse of how your child has started their year.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Campus vision and hearing screenings are coming up this Tuesday, 09/12 for PK, KG, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students as well as any new students in 2nd and 4th grade. Please make every effort to be present. Also, if your student requires prescription glasses or contacts, please be sure they have these on the day of screening for accurate results.


If you choose to have your child take home his/her iPad, please make sure that you have completed and returned the Device Trust Card-Home Use form. iPads must be fully charged and at school each day. Students must also bring their chargers to school, as well. Thank you for ensuring your child has his/her device at school, so that their learning is not disrupted.

Important Information

Homework Begins! Math homework begins this week. Students will receive their math homework on Monday. They should complete one section per night. For example, they will complete Monday's section on Monday, Tuesday's section on Tuesday, etc.

Tardy Information: The first bell rings at 7:35 and the second bell (the tardy bell) rings at 7:40. If your child is not in the classroom at 7:40, he/she is counted tardy. Please allow a few extra minutes in your morning schedule to allow for walking down the hall after drop-off.

Snacks: Students may bring a healthy snack each day. Our snack time is short, so please bring snacks that can be eaten quickly and easily. Examples of healthy snacks are cheese sticks, goldfish crackers, chopped vegetables, or peeled and sliced fruit. Sugary foods such as candy, cookies, cakes, chips, etc. are not allowed for snack time. Please do not send any peanut or nut items for snack time.

P.E.: Students are asked to wear or bring tennis shoes each day for their P.E. rotation. Second graders have P.E. each day for 25 minutes.

Birthday Celebrations: Food items are not allowed for birthday celebrations. If you would like to send something to honor your child, please choose items such as pencils, stickers, or possibly a book donation to the library.

Take-Home Folders: Please check your child's purple take-home folder each day. This is where you will find homework, any notes that need to go home, and graded papers.

Parent Volunteers

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.

Curriculum Connection

Math: Place Value to 99; Comparing and Ordering Numbers

Science: Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Humanities: Making Inferences, Making Connections, Paraphrasing the Main Idea

Important Dates

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

Friday, September 29 GES Bank ( 7:15-7:40 AM / GES Cafeteria)

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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