Collins' Corner

September 21, 2015

Important Dates

September 22 - Second Grade Fun Fitness begins

September 24 - Early Release Day (11:40 dismissal)

September 25 - Community Project due

October 1 - Fall Pictures

October 8th - Extended day for Parent Conferences

October 12th - Teacher work day (no school for students) and parent conferences

Parent Conferences

Parent conferences have been scheduled for Thursday, October 8th and Monday, October 12th. Please click here to schedule a parent conference if you have not already done so. I have allotted 15 minutes per conference. As you can imagine, it is difficult to get all conferences scheduled, so please be on time and adhere to our 15 minute time limit so that other parents will not have to wait. I have a few times reserved on Wednesday, October 7 after school, Thursday after school until 6:30 p.m. and Monday morning until 10:30 am. Just click on the time you would like to reserve and fill out the requested information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Language Arts

The spelling pattern this week is /ea/ which makes the long E sound, as well as /oa/ which makes the long O sound.

In reading, we will be using information gained from illustrations and words to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting (where and when the story took place) and plot. We will practice completing story maps with this information.


This week we will begin Chapter 2 in My Math. Chapter 2 works on skip counting, which is a very important skill for second graders to master, because it is the foundation for repeated addition and multiplication. Our goal is to make sure students truly understand repeated addition and that they can clearly represent it with manipulatives and in pictures, as well as be able to make arrays to show it.


This Thursday, we will have our first addition fact test. The first test will test knowledge of the 0 and 1 addition facts. When that test has been passed, your child will move to the addition facts for 2, and so on. Please begin reviewing the 0 and 1 addition facts with your child. If you would like to download flash cards to help your child practice addition facts, please click here.

Social Studies

In our communities unit, we will begin taping our news broadcasts about urban, suburban and rural communities. I will post these to our classroom website as soon as they are complete. We are also continuing to read maps and will discuss natural resources in South Carolina.

Please remember that community projects are due this Friday. Each student will present their project to the class, so please help your child practice talking about their project.

Fun Fitness

Fun Fitness begins tomorrow for second graders, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Your child will go directly to the gym upon arrival, and leave their book bag out in the hallways. This is a time for second graders to walk in the gym and participate in activities before school. If your child eats breakfast at school, please remind him or her to go to the cafeteria before reporting to Fun Fitness.

Front Row

Today we completed a pretest on Front Row, which is a math website your child can use for extra practice. We have only taken the pretest for numbers and operations. Click here to access Front Row, or you can access it from our classroom website. There is also a free app if you are working on an iPad. Our class code is cegclq.

Kindness Food Drive

Click here for information about our upcoming Kindness Food Drive.