Second Grade All Star News

August 23, 2018 Issue 1

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Welcome parents to our bimonthly newsletter! We enjoyed meeting so many parents in person during our Meet the Teacher event on August 10, and again at the Parent Back to School night on August 14. We look forward to partnering with you for your child's success in second grade.

We are off to a great first two weeks of school! We spent the first week really getting to know the students and establishing routines and procedures. The students have really been working hard to learn how to be great second graders.

English/Language Arts

During this second week of school we have begun curriculum. In reading we introduced our first unit where students will learn to identify how characters and setting can affect a story's outcome. We also introduced ending punctuation of a sentence. As your child reads each night, see if they can identify if the sentence is a telling, command, question, or exclamatory sentence.

Next week as we read, students will be identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story. We will also begin brainstorming ideas that can be used to write a narrative story.

Words Their Way

This year we are using Words Their Way, a word-study framework. In this program, students study words and phonics patterns that are at their developmental spelling level, as determined by a spelling inventory. Word study is the combination of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Every week to ten days, your student will get 2 lists of new words. One list of words will be kept at school to study, while a second list of words following the same pattern will come home for your student to review the patterns in the words. The purpose is for students to develop knowledge of English spelling patterns and “oddball” through exploration, as well as to widen their vocabulary. There are 5 stages of spelling development, according to Words Their Way: Emergent (pre-K-1st), Letter Name-Alphabetic (K-2nd), Within Word Patterns (1st-4th), Syllables and Affixes (3rd-8th), and Derivational Relations (5th-12th grade). Our goal is to have all students in the Within Word Patterns stage by the end of the year.


Our first unit is taking a look at addition and subtraction strategies. Students will be working on recalling basic addition and subtraction facts within 20 fluently, how to use addition and subtraction relationships to find a missing number, and representing problems using objects, numbers, pictures, and words.

Parents, you can help us out by making sure your child practices math facts at home each night! Students will build the automaticity to solve complex problems with ease if they have learned their facts.

Science Curriculum

Students will begin to identify how personal decisions and habits affect their health throughout life and how the development of healthy attitudes and behaviors help us to grow big, strong, and smart so that we can be the best we can be! Students will use what they learned to create a museum exhibit to share with another grade level.

Reading Logs

Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes a night, 80 minutes total for the week. If you look at the chart below, students who read these 20 minutes will improve their comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.....goals we want all students to excel in so they are prepared for 3rd grade. Please encourage your child to pick up a book for the car ride to practice, right before bed, or to read to the dog! Readers become leaders!!
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Tardies and Absences

When children are at school on time, they are more ready to learn. We appreciate you having your child at school no later than 7:45 am each morning. Doors open as early as 7:00 a.m. Please allow enough time in your morning for breakfast to be eaten and still arrive at school before that 7:45 bell. Excellent attendance positively affects student learning!

If your child has been absent from school, please send a parent or doctor note within 3 days after the absence in order to receive an excused absence. An email sent to the teacher will not be adequate notification for the state. The state requires the note to have a parent signature and date.

Three tardies are considered an unexcused absence according to the state of Texas education codes. If a child has accumulated 7 absences within a semester, a doctor's note will be required.

Lunch at Mitchell

Meal Viewer - You can now access all school cafeteria menus in the palm of your hand! PISD and FANS have launched menus in MealViewer, an app and website that allows everyone to access all breakfast and lunch menus for every school in Plano. It even shows what major allergens are in each item, as well as nutritional info! The MealViewer app can be downloaded for free through both the App Store and Google Play for mobile phones, and can be accessed online at You can also go to ->For Parents ->Food & Nutritional Services (FANS) ->Menus and Nutritional Information. From there you can click on the MealViewer logo and access online instructions.

Second grade teachers HIGHLY recommend that parents pre-pay for School Meals at Login to the site at least one week before the beginning of the school year. Balance transfers from year to year. This will reduce the chances for money to become lost at school!


If your child is going to go home a different way from their normal dismissal, please send a note to your child's homeroom teacher. If you send an email or Dojo message, please make sure that you receive some sort of response before assuming that we have seen the message. If you do not receive confirmation from the teacher, please call the front office to get a note down to our classrooms.

Thank you to the parents who are helping our dismissal procedures go smoothly by either arriving in the front of the building by car, or walking around the back of the building to pick up students.

Proof of Residence Update

In an effort to update our records for all of our students this year, we are requiring each family to provide a copy of a current proof of residence for us to include in your student’s file.

*If you own your home, a current gas or electric bill in your name will be required

*If you rent/lease your home, a current lease in your name will be required with a printout of the following pages included: Address; Tenant name and list of residents; Start and end dates of the lease; Signature page

*If the bill or lease is not in your name, a proof of residency statement must be completed.

If you have questions, please call us at 469-752-2800.

Mitchell Students ROCK!

Our school has adopted the idea that we are a ROCK solid school. ROCK stands for Responsible, Optimistic, Caring, and Kind. This first 9-weeks we are focusing on what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to be responsible. We have our eyes peeled to find second graders who are Rocking It!

Parent Conferences coming in October

Parent Conferences are set for October 9. Teachers will be contacting you soon so we can meet with you to discuss recent diagnostic testing and goals we have for the year for your student.

Elementary Gifted and Talented (PACE) Referral and Assessment 2018

PACE is a gifted enrichment program for students who have demonstrated the need for advanced instruction. At the elementary level, PACE is a weekly pull out program in which students are removed from the general education classroom to work under the guidance of a gifted specialist. The time spent in the PACE program varies according to the grade level of the student. Students may be referred for gifted services by teachers, parents, principals, counselors, or by the students themselves. Students are assessed at Mitchell Elementary during the school day.

The deadline for submitting referrals is October 17, 2018.

For more detailed information about the PACE program, please refer to the link below. Online referral forms will be available at this site the first week of August. If you prefer a hard copy, please contact the campus gifted specialist.

Second Grade Music Program October 2nd, 6:00 pm

Second graders will be learning the material for our upcoming program, "Where the Wild Things Are" during music class. The music teachers, Mrs. Culp and Mrs. Potter, are using the program songs to reinforce musical concepts for their music curriculum. The students will be participating in the stage rehearsals the week before the program as part of music class regardless of whether or not they will be at the evening performance.

Your child should have brought home a yellow permission slip stating if they will be participating or not. This note will help the music teachers make staging decisions as well as assigning speaking parts.

Your child will need to wear a plain white shirt and jeans for this performance.

Upcoming Events:


3rd: Labor Day- Student/Teacher Holiday

Water Bottles and Snacks

If you have not already, please send a water bottle and snack to school with your child each day. We provide a quick break about 9:45 am for snack since we eat lunch at 12:20 pm. Because there are about 120 second graders this year, we ask for your help in having a water bottle accessible for the students during the day. Our two water fountains wouldn't be able to accommodate that many students at one time. DO NOT send juice or other liquids in a water bottle.

Birthday Treats

If your child will be wanting to share a birthday snack with their class, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to make sure there are no conflicts such as another treat already being brought in or the teacher not being in class that day. Snacks should be small and bite-sized.

Healthy Snacks

Each student is responsible for bringing their daily snack. Snacks will NOT be provided by the classroom teachers.

Our snack time is during math instructional time….. PLEASE no messy snacks!

Remember: NO chips, candy, or cookies

Healthy Snack Choices include:

  • graham crackers

  • pretzels

  • dry cereal

  • animal crackers

  • fresh fruits and vegetables

  • goldfish

  • cheese crackers

  • granola/breakfast bars

  • rice cakes

Medications at School

Any prescriptions or over the counter medications (INCLUDING cough drops) that must be administered during school hours should be accompanied by a written request from the parent/ guardian and given to the school nurse.

All medications must be in their original, properly labeled container

Any student not participating in physical education classes due to an injury or illness must also have a note from a parent/ guardian.

Yellow Folders and Agenda Books

These two items should be coming home EVERY day with your student. Please be on the lookout for these items in your child's backpack every day.

Class Dojo/Remind/Facebook

Have you taken advantage of the multiple resources to stay connected with Second Grade?

Class Dojo: Your child should have received a parent invitation to join their classroom teacher's Class Dojo. If you need another invite, just let your child's teacher know.

Remind: If you have an iPhone or Android, open your web browser and go to the following link: From there you can follow directions to sign up for Remind. If you prefer text notifications, text the message @ae8f67 to the number 81010. I f you prefer email notifications, go to on your desktop.

Facebook: If Facebook is your thing.... join us at Our cover page are sharpened pencils.

Second Grade Schedule

7:30 First Bell

7:45 Second Bell (tardy)

7:45 - 8:10 Class Meeting

8:15 - 9:40 Math *Snack

9:50 - 10:40 Specials

10:40 - 11:30 Science/ Social Studies

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

12:00 - 12:30 Recess

12:30 - 12:50 DEAR Time

12:50 - 2:35 ELA/Writing

2:35 Clean-up

2:45 Class Dismissal

Contact Information


Main School Number


Mrs. Wilson 22847

Mrs. Arnold 22843

Mrs. Cuba 22844

Mrs. Jacobson 22842

Ms. Newport 22846

Ms. Sharp 22832

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