Mrs. Crooks's Second Grade Scoop

2015-2016 Volume 19

Table Talk

The information in this newsletter is designed to help with daily conversations with your child. It will let you know what your child/children will be learning in school. It also includes any updates and reminders.


Unit 4

Theme: Unique

Essential Question: What does it mean for someplace, something, or someone to be unique?


This week we will use the words and images in order to compare setting and events in stories. We will use transition words when writing and discussing these similarities and differences. We will then take a look at two unique genres, folk tales and fables. We will learn the elements of these special writings.

We will continue reading different versions of the folk tale Cinderella. We compare and contrast each version. This along with our new learning will help us as we near the end of our unit and write our own version of Cinderella.


You will notice that the reading homework has changed. Starting this week the students will be completing a Reading Menu/Log. They are still reading at least 20 minutes a night. However, the is now a log to track your minutes and a menu of activities to choose from and complete.



R-controlled /er/ spelled er (teacher), ir (skirt), ur (turn), and or (worm). We will use this sound and spellings in order to read, write, and spell words.


Each night have your child choose one of the activities from the spelling menu. Your child/children may create a different activity to practice their words. Please remember to sign their spelling homework each night.


The spelling test will consist of 5 words and 3 high frequency words from this week's list. It will also include 2 words from previous skills. The students will then choose one word and use it in a meaningful sentence. This sentence will be graded for CAPSS.

Content (Social Studies)

This Week we will begin a new unit in Social Studies called The United States. Our focus will be on democratic ideas, maps, and human-made and physical features of the United States.

Box Tops

Please send in Box Tops as you get them.
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Volunteer Training

Make sure that you become volunteer trained so that you can be a part of our class field trips, parties, etc. . Click on the link below.

Star Student

This week our Star Student Maxwell!!

Congratulations Maxwell! You are truly a Wise Westy.

February Birthday Celebration

Our January birthday celebration will be this Thursday, February 4th (3:00-3:30). Parents are welcome to come celebrate. If your child would like to bring in something to share with the class, we are requesting indoor/outdoor recess equipment, books, crafts, etc.

Ms. Patrick

We welcome back Ms. Patrick (intern). She will be with us full time and taking over the classroom responsibilities (under my supervision).


Just a reminder that we have Library each Tuesday. Please remember to have your child/children to bring in their book(s) to renew or return for new ones.

Important Dates

  • TBD - Report Cards Distributed due to the recent blizzard
  • 2/15 - Schools Closed (President's Day)

Blizzard Prep

Thank you Isaac for ensuring the blizzard's arrival. Isaac came to school completely inside out. I imagine if more students had done this we would be out for a month. :)
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Team BCPS Day

We were in full blue to celebrate Team BCPS day. Our school tied for the largest group spirit. Check out the BCPS site to see our school picture.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here is my contact information:

Lynn Crooks:

West Towson Phone: 410-887-3869

Assignment Book/ Take Home Folder: write a note in either

**I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but sometimes I am unable to, so please allow me 24 hours to respond.