# 2nd Grade Newsletter

## Important Dates

• 2/18-2/20 No visitors due to testing

• No Run Club until March 17th!

## Reminders:

• Remember to initial your child's binder daily
• Homework: Please check your child's binder to see what homework they will have Monday - Thursday :) The homework calendar looks similar to the daily word/behavior page. Remember to initial this as well so that we know your child's homework has been completed.
• Snacks: Please send a dry, healthy snack with your child
• Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (layers, jackets, hats, etc)

2nd-6th Carpool Reminders
• Please stay in your car until we can safely get your child to you
• Please remind your child to notify a teacher when you are there so that we know when they are leaving with you
• Please keep the sidewalk by 2nd grade clear once you have picked up your child

## Reading:

During Reading Workshop readers will stop and reflect on their reading work, asking, “Do I need more work with fluency? Understanding literary language? Tracking the stories I read?”. With these goals in mind they will form Reading clubs. Reading club members will work together, sharing what they know with each other and making plans to reach their goals. Please continue to read both fiction and non fiction at home with your child. Those discussions and extra time really do help deepen their comprehension and expose them to new vocabulary.

## Writing:

In Writing this week we will continue drafting our opinion letters on a book while keeping our audience in mind. We will practice adding more to our letters by paying close attention to various parts of the book (characters, illustrations, cover, etc) to help us gather more evidence to support our opinion.

## Word Work:

I can read and spell words with triple r-blends scr-, swtr-, and words with blends thr-, shr-, squ-, spl-.

## Math:

We will continue to practice solving 3 digit addition and subtraction problems by solving one step and multi step word problems this week. When practicing at home, have your child read a word problem, determine if they need to add or subtract to solve and then solve by drawing base ten blocks or using the algorithm. Once they have solved, let them check their answer using a different strategy (base ten blocks or a flexible strategy).

## Social Studies:

This week we will be learning about the significance of Presidents Day and why we celebrate it. We will also spend some time talking about two of our former presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We’ll learn about their early life and contributions to our country, along with talking about how they demonstrated good citizenship.

## Science:

This week in Science we will continue our unit on Objects in the Sky with a focus on the day sky. We will learn about how the sun is in different places in the sky throughout the day and the shadows that it creates.

## Social-Emotional Learning

Focus this week: no new lesson this week.

Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL, is explained as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

## Adopted Staff Member

Each classroom teacher has an adopted staff member that does not have a class. This allows all staff members to be celebrated on their birthdays. Please see the list below for which teacher your child's class has been adopted and their birthday!

Coates – Lisa Feeny: SSI Paraprofessional – December 28th

Dodson – Kelly Ellis: Registrar – March 20th

Jones – Libby King: PE – June 8th

Russell – Lisa Bouma: Art – November 1st

Smith – Heather Weaver: Resource Teacher – October 9th

## Contact Us

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Christina Coates

christina.coates@allenisd.org

Ashley Dodson

ashley.dodson@allenisd.org

Angie Jones

angela.jones@allenisd.org

Kendra Russell

kendra.russell@allenisd.org

Stephanie Smith

stephanie.smith@allenisd.org