Mrs. Parks's Newsletter

The Second Grade Scoop

April 17. 2016

English/Language Arts (ELA)


What does it mean to make a difference?

This Week:

We are working with timelines. We will reread Brave Bessie and sequence the events in her life. We will also continue to read about people who make a difference. Students will ask and answer questions before during and after reading. We will also revisit the author's point of view to find out why an author wrote a particular piece. When we end this unit, students will write their opinion on a certain topic. We have been practicing writing our opinions to prepare for this culminating event.


The skill this week is open and closed syllables. Some examples of words with open syllables include: solo and lady. Some closed syllable words are: pencil and magnet.

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.


This week:

We will begin our Health unit this week. We will learn about fire safety, stranger danger and outdoor safety.

Star Student!

Last week:

Ava! You have been helpful and kind! Way to go Wise Westy!

This week:

Chase! You are hard-working! Way to go Wise Westy!


  • Pet Week at WTES - Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 6
  • Field Trip to Carroll County Farm Museum - Thursday, May 5
  • Volunteer Tea - Friday, May 20
  • Outdoor Movie Night - Friday, May 20 8:00 PM at WTES
  • Memorial Day Assembly - Friday, May 27
  • No School- Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
  • Field Day - Monday, June 6th (Rain date: June 7th)

Field Trip

Our field trip is this Thursday and will be held rain or shine. Please have your child dress in weather-appropriate clothing (boots, rain jacket. etc.) A majority of the trip is outdoors, so please keep this in mind when planning what your child will wear.

Please do not send money on the trip because there is no place to spend the money.

Lunches should be packed in disposable containers for this day only. Please don't send lunch boxes or anything that you want returned.

We will have a great time and make some great memories this day. I can't wait!

Patriot and Defender

This patriotic program, in its sixth year at West Towson, has begun. The study forms were sent home with students on Monday, so please have your child practice over break. Recitation begins the Monday after break.

Here is a message from the Patriot and Defender Committee:

Parent Volunteers Needed for Patriot and Defender

We are in need of volunteers for the Patriot and Defender program. For those of you who have been looking for an opportunity to get involved, this is the perfect opportunity. WTES will begin its sixth annual Patriot and Defender program on April 4, 2016 when students return from spring break. BCPS trained parent volunteers are an essential part of the six week program. Parent Coaches are needed to listen to students recite. The recitations will take place in the mornings from 9:00-9:20 and during lunch times from 11:15-1:15. Any and all help will be appreciated. Please look for your special invitation to volunteer by way of Sign-up Genius-

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.

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.

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.