2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of February 8th-12th we will be studying:

Math- Draw conclusions, make predictions, and write and solve one step word problems based on the information in a graph, Cluster 3 CBA Review, Cluster 3 CBA

*Starting with this CBA students will be expected to read the questions on their own unless we have already spoken to you about a specific accommodation for your student.

Reading- Describing characters including their traits, motivations, and feelings

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- 3rd Nine Weeks Spelling List 3, -ain and -ail spelling patterns

Writing- Prepositions and prepositional phrases, elaborate on the details of a small moment story, writing about the "inside" story of a small moment, using powerful action verbs in our small moment stories

Science- Weather, weather instruments, reading the temperature, observing the patterns and changes in our weather

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!

RSVP for February 12th GMN and Class Valentine Party

On Friday, February 12th we are going to have GMN in the morning and also the Valentine parties in the afternoon. For security purposes we ask parents to inform the campus, in advance, if you are planning to attend either one or both so that we can enter all visitor names into our secure database. If you have ever signed in through the computer in our front office, then you will need to RSVP utilizing the link below. One RSVP will cover both events, and you will be able to check in quickly in the foyer to receive a name tag. If you do not RSVP, or if we have not scanned your license in the front office this school year, then you will need to complete this process in the office before you are allowed to attend either of the two events. You can stop by the front office to scan your license any school day from 7:30am-3:30pm. We look forward to your seeing you on Friday, February 12th.

Please reply to this RSVP link by 12:00pm Thursday, February 11, to confirm attendance at GMN at 8:00am, at your student’s party on Friday, February 12 at 1:45pm or at both events. Each adult attending will need to enter his/her name on the RSVP list. Each adult only needs to RSVP once - even if you have multiple parties to attend in the school. If you are not able to attend, you do NOT need to complete.



Student council will be selling Val-o-grams next week, Monday through Friday, outside the cafeteria from 7:20-7:50am. Val-o-grams are a special Valentine's Day gift students can buy for friends, family, or teachers. Each Val-o-gram is $1 and includes a pencil. Cash only and small bills appreciated. They will be delivered Friday during class parties.

Valentine Reminders

Our classes will be exchanging valentines on Friday, February 12th. We would love for each child to bring in a decorated box or paper bag to school by Thursday, February 11th to place valentines inside of from the other students. Please be sure your child has his/her name written somewhere on either the front or top of their decorated bag/box. Please be sure their name is big enough to be read easily. The students will be passing out valentines to each other on Friday morning BEFORE our Valentine’s Day party. If your child would like to participate, please be sure to include a valentine for every child in the class. A class list will be included in the note that comes home with your child. We will be having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday, February 12th. More details will come home soon about the party. We’d love to see you there!

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. last

2. kind

3. different

4. without

5. open

6. most

7. pail *

8. mail *

9. sail *

10. rain *

11. brain *

12. chain *

Challenge List

1. cinquain

2. ailment

Library Announcement

Library Deadline

If you are participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program, the deadline to finish reading your 360 minutes is Friday, February 26. If you need a new form, you can find one on the library website https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/nichols-library/six-flags-read-to-succeed-program . All completed forms will need to be turned in to Mrs. Walther in the library.

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.

February 4th- PTA Meeting, Dess-ART Reflections Event, and 3rd Grade performance of Where the Wild Things Are 6:30 (Cafeteria and Gym)

February 12th- Good Morning Nichols

February 12th- Class Valentine Parties- 1:45 (remember to use the RSVP link that was sent out to RSVP for the parties)

February 15th- No School- Staff Development Day

February 18th- Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza

February 26th- Good Morning Nichols

March 7th-March 11th- Spring Break- No School

Classroom Wish Lists

As we begin the start of a new semester we do start running low on supplies that get used up during the year. If you ever want to check to see what your child's classroom may be in need of feel free to check out the wish lists on our 2nd grade website. We appreciate any donations of extra supplies throughout the year!


Science Vocabulary

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

rain gauge a tool that measures the amount of rain at a location

wind sock a tool used to show the direction of the wind

thermometer a tool that measures temperature

weather a tool that measures temperature

pattern what it feels like outside

data information that has been collected

precipitation rain, snow, sleet, hail

seasons a time of the year,the four seasons are spring, summer, fall and winter

winter the season when the leaves fall off the trees and the temperature is very cold

spring the season when flowers and fruit begin to bloom and leaves turn green again, the temperature begins to get warmer

summer the season when the leaves are green and the temperature is very hot

fall the season when leaves turn red, yellow and orange and the temperature begins to get cooler

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.

To prepare for the Cluster 3 Math CBA it would be helpful to have the kids practice using appropriate problem solving strategies and reading their homework problems at home on their own the best that they can. We model and use strategies in the classroom such as: underlining, circling, and/or highlighting important information, label our answers, visualizing what the problem is asking me to do, making connections to other problems that I have solved that are similar to this problem, justifying our answers and explaining how we got our answer, showing and demonstrating our thinking, and more. Students will be expected to read the problems on the CBA on their own and use the strategies that work best for them to solve. Discussing and talking about the vocabulary that you see in our newsletter each week would also be helpful.

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

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