Mrs. Parks's Newsletter

The Second Grade Scoop

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe we are back to school tomorrow. I hope you all had a happy, healthy Winter Break!

Here's the "scoop" for the week of January 4, 2016



How does an author build suspense in a mystery novel?

This week:

We are reading books from the Mystery genre. The whole class book we are reading is called The Panda Puzzle. Students are reading other mysteries in small groups. We will be looking at the author's point of view. Students will be learning about plot and applying the skill to this story and the small groups story. We will be discussing the climax, falling action and resolution.


Please have your child choose books to read on their independent guided reading level. (This information was given to you at conferences.) Please have your child read for at least 20 minutes.

Helpful hints:

When discussing a story with your child you not only want to ask for concrete material from the book, you want to promote critical and creative thinking as well as text to self connections, text to world connections, and visualization. We will be working on these higher-level skills in class as well!


This week: Students will be working on expanding their sentences to add more details. They will also work on answering all parts of the question.


This week:

The skill is long u spelled u, ew, ue and u_e.


Your child should choose homework from the spelling menu. Students are also encouraged to access spelling tiles from BCPSone. Students can access these tiles by logging on as themselves and then going to "language arts" and then "lessons".


The test will be given on Friday. It will consist of 5 words from the list, 2 words from last week's skill and the 3 high frequency words.

Social Studies

This week:

Students will begin a new social studies unit about the United States. Some lessons include laws and rules, democratic ideas and making choices.


  • January Birthday Celebration - Thursday, January 7 (3:00 PM)

  • Spirit Day - Friday, January 8

  • End of the 2nd Quarter - Friday, January 15

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Break - No school - Monday, January 18

  • Professional Development Day - No school - Tuesday, January 19


  • Thank you all for the wonderful gifts! I enjoyed shopping at Target during the break. I have also enjoyed Starbucks during the break! Thank you so much!

  • Box Top collection is ongoing. Feel free to send yours in at any time. We have a container at school to keep them in until counting time.

Star Student!

Kayden! You have been putting forth a good effort! Way to go, Wise Westy!

Winter Party!

Volunteer Training

You must be volunteer trained for the 2015-2016 school year in order to volunteer in your child’s classroom or attend a fieldtrip. Even if you have been volunteer trained in the past, you MUST be volunteer trained each new school year.

Volunteer training is online again this year! You can go online and complete the training on your own time that matches your schedule. Once you have completed the online volunteer training, you need to print out and bring in the certificate and application to school to be checked and signed. Please allow at least 24 hours from the time the office receives the form for the form to be processed in the front office.

If you would like to contact me, here’s how:

Phone: 410-887-3869
Write me: Write a note and include it in your child's gold folder or assignment book.