It's a Second Grade Thing

October 2015

What we will be learning in October

In ELA, during the month of October, we will begin our illustration unit. Students will notice how illustrators use their pictures to help tell a story. They will then copy some of these crafts while writing their own story. In addition, we will begin focusing on comprehension strategies. We will look at why a writer is writing (Author's Purpose), making connections and inferences with stories, and visualizing what is happening in the story. We will continue to have weekly spelling quizzes. Below is a list of the pattern for the week and the word of the week.

Sept 28th: Short o; capable

October 5th: short u; carve

October 12th: Long a, silent e; consider

October 19th: Long i, silent e; core

October 26th: Long o, silent e; damp


In Math, students will work on using number relationships when counting coins and telling time. They will also solve one step problems with 2 digit numbers. Students will need to continue to work on fluency. This six weeks we will focus on doubling numbers, and doubling plus or minus one. In Science, students will investigate force, motion, and energy. Students will also continue to learn how to be good citizens, history and time, and technology in Social Studies.

Upcoming Events in September

Please take note of special events happening in October.


October 2nd- End of the 1st 6 weeks; Box tops due

October 5-9- Book Fair in library

October 6th- end of 6 weeks Awards Assembly 1:15 *** new date***

October 8th-Picture Day/ STEM night

October 12th- Parent Conferences (see note below)

October 22nd- 3rd grade Musical 8:30 and 1:30

October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week:

Monday - Superhero day

Tuesday - Hawaiian day

Wednesday - Western Wear

Thursday - Camo day

Friday - Book Character day

Parent Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will be taking place on October 12th (although many of you are scheduled before that day). Our goal is to meet with every parent by the end of the first 6 weeks. Please remember your scheduled conference time. If you cannot make it to your conference, let your child's homeroom teacher know as soon as possible so that alternative plans can be arranged.

Wednesday is Library Day!

We go to the library every Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has their library books in their backpack each Wednesday morning.

We need you!

There are many opportunities for you to help. We will need help this year with class parties, field trips, and small group tutoring. If you can help in any way please let us know. If you would like to help in the classroom, or go on our field trip in November, please sign up as a CSISD volunteer. Background checks will be done to keep all of our students safe. To sign up please visit this link.

CSISD Volunteer Sign up

Save the Date: Special Person's Day

The 50th day of school is November 2nd. We will celebrate by having a 50's day fun day. We encourage students to dress up in 1950's gear They will also learn about life in the 1950's and will do many activities around the number 50. After lunch (more details will come stating exact times) parents and grandparents are invited to join in the fun. We will have activities and photo opportunities. In addition, we will have a good old fashioned sock hop to end the day. Please plan to come join us!

Check your child's lunch balance

Don't forget to check your child's lunch account. You can access your child's lunch account and add money online by visiting this website. https://paypams.com/HomePage.aspx

Next month...

There are a few things that you might want to put on your calendar for next month.

November 2 -2nd grade Special Persons Day; 50s Day

November 6 - end of 2nd 6 weeks

November 11- Sing a long 8:30; Early Release 12:45

November 12 - Awards Assembly 1:15

November 19 - Picture retakes

November 24 - 2nd grade spelling bee 1:30

November 25-27 Thanksgiving holiday