2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of October 19th-23rd we will be studying:

Math- Determine the value of a collection of coins (quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies), Matching number sentences to a problem, Asking Questions in Problem Solving

Reading- Identify Moral Lessons or Themes in Well Known Fables or Stories

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- No Spelling Test this Week (review words already studied), Identify Contractions and Use Them in Our Writing

Writing- Using Adjectives, Present Tense, and Past Tense Verbs in Our Writing

Science- Sound and Light Energy

Social Studies- Map Elements

Stars of the Week!

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Students will be selected in each class on Friday of each week. A letter, poster, and special Star of the Week treats will be sent home on Friday to be worked on over the weekend. Every student will have the opportunity to be Star of the Week in their classroom at some point in the year. We look forward to learning more about all of our 2nd Grade Stars!

Look for all Homework to Come Home Every Monday!

This will include:

Spelling List-study the words

Math Word Problems- cut and glue problems into the math homework spiral and solve one each night

Guided Reading Response Journal and Book- Choose 2-3 responses each week to write in the journal.

***Please return the Math Homework spiral on Friday of each week.

Spelling List

Study the Spelling List

You can use the Spelling Activities sent home in the parent email the first week to study these words if you choose to. Please remember that it is important for the students to be able to apply the use of these words in their writing as well.

Review Spelling Words this Week! No Spelling Test this Week! :)

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Starting the Week of September 28th we will begin having our PLC time every other Thursday morning from 8:00-8:50. This will be a more consistent schedule for everyone, and the kids will be working with the specials teachers during that time.

Thursday, October 15th- Picture Retakes, Smashburger Spirit Night

Picture retakes are next Thursday, October 15th. If your child was absent on picture day or new to Nichols they will be taking a picture on the 15th. Picture packages/proofs went home today with all students who were here on picture day. If you want your child to have retakes on the 15th please fill out the form in the picture envelope and return it along with the picture package to your child’s teacher.

Thursday, October 15th is also PTA Spirit Night at Smashburger. Bring the flyer that was sent home in your child’s folder and Nichols receive $1 for every entrée purchased.

Monday, October 19th- Guided Reading begins (more info to come)

Monday-Friday, October 19th-23rd- Book Fair

Thursday, October 22nd- 6:45-8:45-PTA Meeting and WatchDOGS kickoff

The book fair will also be open extended hours on this evening from 5:45-7:30. Feel free to come and shop before or after the WatchDog presentation.

Friday, October 23rd- Good Morning Nichols

Saturday, October 24th- Gary Burns Fun Run

Week of October 26th-30th- Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 29th- 1st Nine Weeks Report Cards go Home

Friday, October 30th- 9 Weeks Celebration of Learning

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Guided Reading Begins

Next week we will begin meeting with our guided reading groups during class. This is a great opportunity for us to help each of our students grow as a reader. To help make guided reading more successful there will be activities for the kids to do at home when they practice reading their books.

The guided reading folder will include the following items each week:

-Guided Reading book that has already been practiced the week before (the first week they will bring home an independent level book from the classroom library)

-Letter explaining guided reading

-Response Choices for Fiction and Non-Fiction books

-Guided Reading Journal with Response Expectations glued inside

This folder will need to be returned to school each day so the kids are prepared to meet with their groups. Also, if we need to send home an assignment for guided reading that will replace one of the response choices for that week. Guided Reading will take the place of the Reading Log that currently comes home each week for reading homework.

The books that come each week should be easy or independent for the kids. The purpose for this is for them to practice fluency, comprehension, and accuracy. We will be working on the book the week before at an instructional level.

We look forward to helping your child grow as a reader this year!

Nichols Dash Money Due!

If you still have any Nichols Dash money that is due by Friday, October 16th (tomorrow)!

T with a Circle!

We had several parents ask what the T with a circle around it meant on their child's work.

That just means that it was done together in class either in whole group or a small group setting.

Hopefully this will help you to see what they are doing with the teacher.

Science Vocabulary

Here are the definitions of words that we have been covering in science.

1. classify: to put things in groups by the way they are alike

2. physical properties: things about an object that can be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, or felt

3. matter: anything that takes up space and has mass

4. mass: the amount of matter an object has

5. temperature: how hot or cold something is

6. texture: how rough or smooth something is

7. solid: material that can be piled up

8. liquid: material that can flow and drip

9. flexibility: the ability to bend

Math Corner

Have you been wondering what some of our math terms are!? We will put some helpful hints in the newsletter each week to help you out.

After conferences we had several questions about non-standard form. Non-standard is a way to represent the same value in a different way. This can be done with expanded notation or with a pictorial model.



Standard Form- 500+30+6

Non-Standard Form- 400+130+6

*We took one hundred and turned it in to ten groups of ten. That gets added with the thirty that were already there.

This helps students understand that the amount never changes just the way that it can be represented. It is helpful for them to remember the following:

1,000=10 groups of 100

100=10 groups of 10

10=10 ones

Student Learning Hub

Do you want to know more about what your child is learning this year?

Check out the Student Learning Hub! You can access it by going to http://studentlearninghub.friscoisd.org/ Have your student use their FISD login and password. You can find curriculum resources, videos, and more on this site. If you missed curriculum night or have questions about the documents that you saw that night this would be a great resource to check out.

Carpool Information

In order to ensure that all students who are riding home in a car are going home with an approved parent and/or guardian we ask that you please continue to use the carpool signs throughout the year. This helps the teachers who are on duty to know that the kids are being placed in the right car. If you need more signs for your child please email their teacher and we would be happy to get you extra copies. If we do not recognize the person asking to pick up a child and they do not have a sign we will ask them to go to the front office to confirm the pick up and show an ID. Situations such as a student going home with a friend are fine as long as the parents have communicated with their child's teacher that they have permission to go home with another parent and/or guardian. Thank you for your cooperation with this so that we can ensure the safety of all of our kids!


Please remember that our snack is a "working" snack. Students will be completing work, reading, or other various activities while they are having their snack in the morning.

Snack guidelines:

-One snack per day

-Needs to be a healthy snack

-Non-messy and does not require utensils

-Peanut/Tree Nut free until further notice from your child's teacher

-Water for drinks only

Thank you for your help with this!

Checked/Graded Work

All checked or graded work will be sent home with your child in their Green Thursday Folder each week. You may keep this work at home to review, look over, etc. The first few weeks you may see notes from the teacher on their work, but it will not have a grade on it yet. Not all work is completed for a grade as some of it is done whole group or with partners. If you see a T with a circle around it on a paper that indicates that it was completed with the teacher either whole group or in a small group setting.

Green Thursday Folders

Thursday Folders will begin coming home this week. Please check these folders and return them to school on Friday. Any flyers or notes from the school, PTA, or the grade level will be sent home in these folders. Checked/Graded work will also be sent home in these folders. Thank you for emptying and returning these the next day.


We do have a daily calendar and communication log in your child's binder. It is helpful to talk with your child about their behavior calendar and check it each night. It is great to celebrate positive behavior, too! You may communicate with the teacher using the communication log, email, or phone if you have any questions. Students may also write down communication to you on the Communication Log regarding behavior. You may find a key to the behavior notes (positive ones, too!) at the bottom of the calendar. There is more detail about the daily expectations on the back of the calendar.

Teacher Contact Information

Mrs. Charmaine Dean- deanc@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63966

Mrs. Jackie McClain- mcclainj@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63967

Ms. Taylor Flaig- flaigt@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63965

Mrs. Megan Allard- allardm@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63964

Ms. Kristen Graham- grahamk@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63963