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Hello and welcome to 2nd Grade! I am beyond excited to get to work with the fabulous Wildwood community. This is my 5th year teaching and I love every minute of it! 
 
I graduated from Sam Houston State University in May of 2014 with my degree in Elementary Education (Early Childhood-6th Grade). At that time I also received my ESL certification. In May of 2018 I once again graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
 
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, Lacey. I also enjoy traveling to new places, cooking and relaxing with a good book!  
 

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Week of Feb. 25th

Next week we will be having a Suess-tastic week! Each day we will be focusing on a different Dr.Seuss book to celebrate his birthday. We will have different dress up days that revolve around the theme of that day.

Monday, February 25th- Oh the Places You’ll Go- Wear your college t-shirts!

Tuesday, February 26th- Green Eggs & Ham- Wear green!

Wednesday, February 27th- Wacky Wednesday- Wear your wackiest socks!

Thursday, February 28th- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish – Wear red, white & blue

Friday, March 1st- Happy Birthday to You- Dress like your favorite Seuss character!

 

Field Day is coming! This year we will have field day on March 8th all day long… yes all day! We will have morning rotations from 9:00-11:00. We will then come in and have lunch and rest from 11:00-1:00. Then we will head back out from 1:00-3:00 for afternoon rotations. Parents are allowed to come during our rotation times, morning and afternoon but will not be able to stay for the lunch/rest break in the middle. More information will come out next week!

 

In Class next week:

Reading: We will begin discussing author’s purpose and determining if the author is trying to persuade, inform or entertain in their writing.

Writing: Expert writing- students will work with informational writing as they pick a topic they are an expert on and write about it. We will develop these pieces for the next two weeks.

Math: We will begin our measurement unit. Students will learn the proper way to measure objects using a variety of measurement units.

Science: Finishing up weather and beginning to discover the stars, sun and moon.

Social Studies: Looking at Texas and US symbols.

Week of Feb. 4th

Here is a look into next week:
 
Reading: Continuing on with expository text study. We will talk about locating facts stated in texts and will also talk about determining the topics and main ideas. 
Writing: We will edit/revise our small moment stories and celebrate our writing on Friday! 
Math: Continuing on with 3 digit addition and subtraction with a focus on word problems. 
Science: Beginning our weather and seasons unit... my favorite! 
Social Studies: Exploring changes over time and historical innovators. 
 
100th Day of School is Monday! Students can dress up like they are 100 years old or wear a shirt decorated with 100. 
 
Career Week will be going on all next week. Throughout the week we will see a few different career presentations to learn about some awesome jobs!
 
 

Week of Jan. 22nd

Reminder: We will have no school Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
 
When we return on Tuesday we will continue exploring Non- Fiction in reading and developing our small moment narratives in writing. In math we will begin our unit on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers. These units will continue to last for a few weeks. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend Wildcats! 

Week of Jan. 14th

Welcome to the spring semester! I have enjoyed these past few days being back with the kids and getting back into our routine. Here is a look into next week:

Reading: We have started our literary non-fiction unit! We will explore text features, autobiographies and biographies next week.

Writing: Revisiting writing small moments. We are working on writing, revising and editing a small moment story that students started writing today in class. This unit will continue on for a few weeks.

Math: We left off starting graphing before the break and have picked it up again this past week. We will complete this unit and test over it on Friday. A short practice will come home today in blue folders. Due to this being a short unit, the test will only be 12 questions compared to our usual 20 question assessments. We will also begin taking daily grades over addition and subtraction fact checks. We have been practicing these in class and will now start to take them for a weekly daily grade. In the blue folder you will see a paper will all the facts we will be grading for the 3rd nine weeks. We will begin next week with the +1/+2  facts - labeled 1. These checks will be graded on accuracy only, not timed.

Social Studies: Discovering important people who have made contributions to our country’s history.

Science: Begin talking about natural resources.


Library every Friday: We are back on our normal library schedule. Please make sure students bring books back every Friday so they can check out new books for the weekend.

Holiday Break!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday break! I will see everyone back on January 9th. 

Week of Dec. 17th

Here are the updates for our final week before the Holiday Break. It is going to be a busy week so I have each day listed out.

 

Monday the 17th

Favorite holiday movie dress up.

Library check out- last chance to get books for the break.

 

Tuesday the 18th

Nothing scheduled… AKA Mrs. White’s catch up day. ;)

 

Wednesday the 19th

Robotics showcase 11:20-11:50 (Parents are welcome!)

 

Thursday the 20th

Class Holiday Party - 1:00-1:45

 

Friday the 21st

Polar Express Day!

Wear PJ’s to school (Students may bring a small blanket/pillow/stuffed animal as long as it can fit in the back pack.)

Early Dismissal- 12:50pm

 

Week of Dec. 10th

Important Dates:

10th- Ugly Sweater Day

12th- The Grinch and the “Who’s” dress up

13th - Our class performs in the Holiday Program from 6:00-7:00

17th- Any holiday movie dress up

19th- Mrs.White's class Robotics showcase (Time TBD… will be during the school day.)

20th- Class Holiday Party - 1:00-1:45

21st- Polar Express Day in our PJ’s

 

In Class

Reading- We will finish our poetry unit and begin a short unit on reader's theater!

Writing- We will finish our poetry unit and revisit writing fictional stories. We will use fun holiday themed topics as we write!

Math- We will spend the week reviewing for our unit assessment that will take place on Friday. The review for this test came home last Friday in the blue folders.

Social Studies- We will explore celebrations and traditions.

Science- Magnets/ Natural resources

 

From our homeroom moms:

Our wonderful homeroom moms, Mrs. King and Mrs. Beath, are hard at work preparing for our upcoming holiday party! They have asked me to share the sign up link for anyone interested in helping out. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4BAAAE29A5FD0-holiday1

Week of Dec. 3rd

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and a smooth transition into this first week back. As we move into December, I wanted to share a bunch of exciting upcoming dates.

 

December:

6th - 12 Days of Christmas Song dress up

10th- Ugly Sweater Day

12th- The Grinch and the “Who’s” dress up

13th - Our class performs in the Holiday Program from 6:00-7:00

17th- Any holiday movie dress up

19th- Our class has our Robotics showcase (Time TBD… will be during the school day.)

20th- Class holiday party - afternoon

21st- Polar Express Day & wear PJ’s

 

In class:

Reading & Writing - Continue working on Poetry

Math- Continue working on addition and subtraction. The test has been pushed back to December 14th. A review came home today in blue folders for students to practice at home.

Science- Finishing up the different types of energy and starting to look at magnets.

Social Studies- Begin looking at different celebrations and cultures.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break! See you on the 26th!

Next week update

Here are the updates for our final week before Thanksgiving Break:

Reading: Finish our Traditional Literature unit and assess on Friday. A half page review for this came home on Monday in the blue folders. The students will be required to identify the lessons learned in the fables we have been reading in class.

Writing: Continuing our letter writing unit. Students are doing fabulous with this. They will write a letter to one of the fable characters we have read about next week for a grade. In their letters they are required to have a heading (date), greeting (Dear ….), the body of their letter consisting of at least 5 sentences, a closing line ( Sincerely,) and then their signature (printed name, not requiring cursive) at the bottom. They have been doing great with their practice letters in class and I am excited to see how these turn out!

Math: Continuing 2 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will not test over this until December. A test review with word problems will come home for this soon, but until then having students practice adding and subtracting with just the numbers at home is always good.

Other happenings:

Food Drive all next week! 2nd grade - Canned Fruits & Vegetables

 

Picture Retakes will be on Tuesday if anyone was absent or would like to retake their fall picture. Let me know and I will send home the picture order form for you to fill out Monday.

Week of Nov. 5th

I am very excited for next week! Here is a quick at look at what we will be doing:
 
Reading: Beginning our Traditional Literature unit - We will explore different fables and myths and identify the lesson in each. A review with the main points we will be studying will come home on Monday in the blue folders. 
 
Writing: Begin our Letter Writing unit - We will learn about the different parts of a letter and practice writing our own letters. 
 
Math: Continuing our 2-digit addition and subtraction unit but will now start exploring with regrouping. 
 

Reminder! Tonight is our Fall Festival from 5:30-8:00. Come join the fun!
 
 
Updates for next week:
Coming home today is a practice page for our current math unit, adding and subtracting two digit numbers WITHOUT regrouping. Students can use this to practice for our next assessment on Friday, November 2nd. 
 
Wednesday- HALLOWEEN!
This day happens to fall on the 50th day of school so we will celebrate 50's style! Students may dress up in 50's attire. 

Next week update

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! 
Monday- Wear Red
Tuesday- Wear Pajamas! 
Wednesday- Team Jerseys
Thursday- Wear Neon Colors
Friday- Crazy Hat
 
Fall Festival (in place of traditional Trunk or Treat).
Friday the 26th from 5:30-8:00 
Located in the playground area. Feel free to dress up! 
 
Word Study will begin next week on Wednesday
A formal letter will come home on Wednesday from the district introducing the program but here is a little snapshot of info to give you an idea of what it will look like: 
All of the work will be done at school, but you are welcome to review it at home. Over the course of the two week period, they will sort the words into spelling patterns, find their parts of speech, and a few more activities! Ideas for these activities will be in their blue take home folders. The students will be earning a grade every two weeks on a list of words by completing their sort.There will not be a traditional spelling test.  
 
Pumpkin Book Report
Reminder that the pumpkin book report papers and pumpkins are due next week! If students want their pumpkins displayed in the library, they must bring them in on Monday. All projects are due by Friday. I cannot wait to see them! 

Week of Oct. 15th

Here is a glimpse into next week:

 

Reading: Continuing story elements but we will focus on the plot of a story. When reading at home make sure students are stopping to think about what they are reading in their books.

 

Writing: Developing our personal small moment narrative stories by elaborating with details.

 

Math: We will take our assessment over adding and subtracting numbers up to 20 on Tuesday and then begin adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers without regrouping on Wednesday. Coming home today in blue folders is a review and a couple other papers that can be used for extra practice. The review will already have writing on it. I had the students complete this for me earlier this week so I could see what students remembered from first grade. A great practice would be to look over this and have students make any corrections necessary now that we have been practicing these skills in class.

 

Other Reminders:

Reading Night & Book Fair is Thursday from 5:00-7:00.

 

Book Fair will be here all week. Students can bring money and I will send them down to shop throughout the day.

 

 

Week of Oct. 8th

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! I do not have many reminders for next week but I do have a few upcoming dates in October to share.

 

8th- No School - I will continue parent conferences on this day.

18th - Reading Night from 5:00-7:00. Book Fair will be here as well that evening.

22nd-26th- Red Ribbon Week - A flyer with the theme for each day will come home in the Wednesday folder’s on the 17th.

26th- Trunk or Treat

 

Pumpkin Book Report:

This is one of those few projects that we will give students to complete at home and bring in to school. Students will select a book to read and complete a book report (3 questions) over one of the characters in their book. They will then decorate a small pumpkin as the character. They can use any book they would like to for this project. The pumpkins can be real or fake and a small pumpkin is preferred. A flyer with all the details will come home with students on Tuesday in their blue folders. The project will be due by October 26th BUT if students would like to display their pumpkins in the library then they may bring their projects in on October 22nd. The students always get excited and proud to show off their work in the library and I absolutely love seeing their creativity! The students will receive a grade for their completed book report page and presentation when sharing their pumpkin.