Mrs. Parks's Newsletter

The Second Grade Scoop

May 27, 2016

English/Language Arts (ELA)


What does it mean to make a difference?

Next Week:

Students will work more with cause and effect and questioning. Students will learn beginning note taking skills. They will also continue working on writing their opinion paragraph.


The skill next week is: r-controlled vowel syllables. When the letter r follows a vowel, it changes the vowel sound. In a word with more than one syllable, the letter r and the vowel it follows stay together in the same syllable. Some examples of words with this skill include: morning, turtle, and thirsty.

Be sure to have your child choose one item from their spelling menu for homework each evening. The activity should be different each night.

The test will include 5 randomly chosen words from the list plus 2 words with the previous week's skill and the 3 frequently used words.

Social Studies

Next week:

We will continue the unit on North America. Some upcoming lessons include continents, oceans, physical and urban areas and physical features.

Star Student!

Lila! You have been working extremely hard and never give up. Way to go, Wise Westy!

Volunteer Training Information for the End of the School Year

Here is a reminder from the last Go West Newsletter regarding Volunteer Training:

Any event (picnic, class party, Field Day) where you may be interacting with other children will require that you be volunteer trained and be placed on the Approved Volunteer list. The school office maintains this list of approved volunteers, and only parents on that list will be allowed to participate in activities which involve interacting with the other children in the classes. Parents not on the list will only be allowed to observe the activities and/or to interact only with their children.

In order to fully participate in the class events, field day, etc. it is important that you complete the online Volunteer Training course provided via the BCPS website. The training can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

The training takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. After completing the training, you must print out both your completed application and your certificate of completion (two separate documents) and send them to your child’s homeroom teacher or the school office. Once your documents are received in the main office, the approval process which involves a background check takes at least 24 hours. So, don’t wait until the day of the event to turn in the documents!

We value your participation and we do not want to disappoint any children or parents in sharing the special joys and memories of our end of the year events. Please contact Mrs. Ruocco, School Counselor, or myself with any further questions regarding volunteering at West Towson.

Memorial Day Assembly

Students were proud to celebrate becoming Second Grade Stars & Stripes at the Memorial Day assembly today. Congratulations to all second graders!


  • No School- Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
  • Field Day - Monday, June 6th (Rain date: June 7th)
  • Talent Show/Picnic: Monday, June 13 10:00 - 12:40
  • 3 Hour Early Dismissal: Thursday, June 16
  • 3 Hour Early Dismissal/Last Day of School: Friday, June 17

Box Tops

  • 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.

Here's How to Contact Me:

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