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Hello!!  Welcome to second grade! We have so much planned and I cannot wait to get to know you and your family.

 

A little about me... I grew up in Cypress,Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University. My husband, Brent, and our two boys live in Tomball.  Our boys keep us very busy with their love of sports.  I enjoy being outside, shopping, watching movies, reading, and watching sports.  I have been teaching for eighteen years. I have spent the last thirteen years teaching second grade at Magnolia Elementary. I absolutely love teaching and my MES family!


I will be teaching Reading, Writing, and Social Studies to your child this year.  They will be going to Ms. Andritsos for Math and Science. We are so excited to watch your child learn this year. I think that when there is a strong line of communication established between teachers and parents, it encourages your child to do their best. Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to a successful year!




 

Recent Posts

Feb. 11-15

Reading
We are revisiting nonfiction text. The kids will be finding the topic, main idea, and details in nonfiction. They will also use context clues to find the meaning of unknown words.
 
Writing
The students will pick a topic and learn how to research.
 
Phonics
Vowel combinations
 
Important Dates
February 14 - Valentine's Day (we will exchange cards)
February 18 - No School
February 21 - Raising Reader's Night 5-6:30
February 21 - Second Grade Program 6:00pm
 
Important Information
Many students have lost their planners, so I have been sending the word lists home on Monday.  I have also copied an extra practice page for the students to do at home. They can use this to practice for their word list test on Friday.

November 26-30

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving break!  We have four weeks until Christmas break.  We have many exciting things going on.  Here is what is happening this week:
 
Reading
We are still practicing comprehension strategies in drama.  This week we are focusing on finding the theme in the story.  
 
Writing
The students are starting an imaginative story.  They are planning this week and will start their draft.  
 
Grammar
We are practicing writing sentences that include a noun and a verb.  
 
Phonics
The students will practice how to add a suffix to a word.
 
Important Dates
11/26-11/30 - Book Fair Week
11/28 - Preview Book Fair as a Class
12/3 - Santa Shop Starts
12/4 - Class Pictures and Retakes
12/21 - Early Release
12/21 - End of the 4th Nine Weeks
12/24-1/7 - Winter Break
1/8 - Back to School
 
 
 

November 5-16

Here is what is happening the next two weeks...
 
Reading
We are starting a new genre...DRAMA.  The students always enjoy reading scripts.  We will practice reading dialogue with fluency.  They will also be inferring, generating the theme, and describing characters.
 
Writing
The students are almost finished with their informational writing.  We will share and then start writing a fiction story.
 
Grammar
We will focus on using punctuation correctly.  
 
Phonics
*Spelling words with -ck
*Three sounds of -ed
*Adding suffixes to words
 
Important Dates
November 7th - Library Day
November 8th - FIELD TRIP...Don't forget to wear your new green MES shirt
November 9th - Veteran's Day Program 9:00am
November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break
November 25th - Raising Readers Night
November 26-30 - Book Fair

October 22-26

Thank you to all the parents that were able to come to our Academic Parent Teacher Teams Night.  If you were unable to make it, we will soon send a blue folder home with all the information.  Also, we will send the PowerPoint and a video explanation.  
 
We have a shorter, but very exciting week!  Here is what we are learning:
 
Reading
We will continue to explore the genre of nonfiction.  The students will be distinguishing between important and interesting facts on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then we will practice finding the topic, main idea with supporting details.
 
Writing
The students are still working on their informational writing.They will start to edit and publish at the end of the week.
 
Grammar
Question Marks
 
 
Important Dates
October 22nd - NO SCHOOL
October 23rd - Red Ribbon Week Activity: College Shirt Day
October 24th - LIBRARY DAY
October 24th - Red Ribbon Week Activity: TEAM Shirt Day
October 25th - Red Ribbon Week Activity: Bring 2 Canned Goods for S.O.S.
October 25th - Fall Festival from 5-7 pm
October 26th - Red Ribbon Week Activity: Career Dress Up Day
October 30th - Report cards go home
 
 
 
 
 

Red Ribbon Week Schedule

Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd -26th


Tuesday:   Our journey can take us to college if we stay DRUG free….wear college attire today!
 

Wednesday: We’re on this journey together!!!  Wear your favorite TEAM shirt!!!

 

Thursday: Life is a Journey…..Make a difference; everybody bring 2 canned goods today! (donation to S.O.S.)

 

Friday: Take a journey to your future career: Career DRESS UP day!

October 15-19

October 15-19

 

Reading
We are continuing to look at nonfiction texts.  The students are writing questions before they read and then reading to discover the answers.  We are also looking at how text features help the reader.
 
Writing
Our focus will be on writing an informational text.  The students will be writing something they know a lot about, so they can teach others.
 
Phonics
The students will practice words with CH, WH, TH, and PH.
 
Grammar
Complete sentences with a focus on what an end mark is used for.
 
Important Dates
 
October 18th - APTT Meeting from 5:00-6:30
October 19th - Fall Picture Day
October 19th - End of the 1st Nine Weeks
October 22nd - NO SCHOOL
October 25th - Fall Festival 
October 30th - Report cards go home

October 8-12

Reading
We are starting our unit on nonfiction. Yay!  This is always a favorite for the kids.
 
Writing
We are finishing our narrative writing and starting to write an informational text.
 
Phonics
The students will practice word endings.  For example: -all, -ell, -ull, -ill, etc
 
Grammar
Complete sentences
 
Important Dates
October 10th - Library Day
October 11th - Raising Readers Night from 5-6:30
October 18th - APTT Meeting from 5:00-6:30
October 19th - Fall Picture Day
October 22nd - NO SCHOOL
October 30th - Report cards go home
 
 

October 1-5

I can't believe it is already October!  We are in full swing and I see progress every day.  It's very exciting!  Here is what is going on this week:
 
Reading
We are continuing to practice inferring in stories and poetry.  We are also adding in, inferring word meanings using context clues.
 
Writing
We are going through the entire writing process this week.  The students will be expected to write a personal narrative using complete sentences.
 
Phonics
*The two extra blends, tw and dw. 
*Adding endings to words
*There will be a test on Friday using tw and dw words. Also a few words with endings.
 
Grammar
We are continuing to discuss and practice writing in complete sentences.
 
Important Dates
October 11th - Raising Readers Night from 5-6:30
October 18th - APTT Meeting from 5:00-6:30
October 19th - Fall Picture Day
October 22nd - NO SCHOOL
October 30th - Report cards go home

Week of September 24-28

Reading
I am very proud of the students and their reading progress in such a short amount of time.  We have finished the reading level testing and have started our reading groups.  This week we are focusing on inferring while we read in stories and poems.
 
Writing
We are still writing personal narratives this week.  We will be discussing how penmanship is important, stretching out words, rereading and revising.
 
Phonics
We are reviewing and practicing s blends.
 
Grammar
Our focus this week will be on verbs.
 
Daily Folders
We added a behavior calendar in the gray daily folders.  Please look at this daily and initial.  If your child has a number in the box, please talk with them about it.  We appreciate your support!
 
Important Dates
September 24th - R.E.D. Folders come home
September 25th - Progress reports will be in Tuesday folders
October 11th - Raising Readers Night from 5-6:30
October 30th - Report cards go home
 
 
 

Week of September 10-14

We have an exciting busy week of learning.  Here is what we are learning.
 
Reading
This week we are continuing to focus on characters.  We will practice reading and discussing the characters actions and their motivations for their actions.    
 Writing
The kids will continue to write personal narratives.  They are building their writing stamina.
 
Grammar
We are discussing adjectives.  The students will be adding them to their writing.
 
Word Study
I decided that we needed a little more practice with our buddy study routines.  The students will all have the same 10 words this week.  They will practice them in the classroom using different strategies.  
 
Phonics
We will be practicing 'L' and R'' Blends.
 
Homework
Take home readers will start to come home this week. I am doing this as I test the students.  They should all have a book by Friday.
 
Important Dates 
September 12th - LIBRARY DAY...Don't forget your books
September 20th - Raising Readers at 5:00pm in the library

Week of September 4-7

We are off to a great start in second grade!  I have really enjoyed getting to know the students this week.  In addition to building our classroom community, we have been practicing routines and procedures.  
 
Here is what is going on this week:
 
Reading
Last week we were reviewing the characteristics of fiction.  This week we are focusing on characters.  We will practice reading and discussing the characters motivations, traits, and feelings.  The students are also practicing picking out a just right book and reading it independently.
 
Writing
The kids are really doing an amazing job during writer's workshop.  They are writing everyday and are enjoying sharing it with others.  We are focusing on writing a story in complete sentences.
 
Grammar
The students are reviewing nouns.
 
Word Study
Last week the students took a sight word test.  This will help me to see what words they will need to practice.  This week, we are practicing word study strategies together as a class.  Next week, every child will have their own word list to practice for the week.  More information will be coming soon.
 
Homework
Reading will be the main focus of homework this year.  I have started reading testing and will soon send home books for your child to read.  I am hoping to be able to send them home next Monday.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  I am looking forward to a successful year!
 
 

Annual Student Information Update

Every year Magnolia ISD require families to update their contact information and complete required district forms. For the 2018-19 School Year, families can complete this process online through the new Parent Self Service account.
 
Every year, Magnolia ISD requires parents to update student information for each child enrolled. Updating student information regularly is vital to ensure the correct guardian information, emergency contacts, phone numbers, etc. This allows the district and campus the ability to respond in a timely and appropriate manner in case of emergency.
 
Annual Student Information Update will be completed by parents/guardians using their TEAMS – Parent Self Serve account. This replaces the Enrollment Verification packet that was sent home in the First Day packet of information. Parents/Guardians will need to create an account through Parent Self Service, as this system is replacing Home Access Center.
 

To create your account, please click on link below:

https://magnolia.tx01.teams360.net/selfserve/EntryPointHomeAction.do?parent=true

 

April 30 - May 4

It's hard to believe the last month of school is here.  The students have been working very hard in the classroom.  I am very proud of them and their progress!  Here is what is going on this week:
 
Reading
I have started the end of year testing.  I am testing the students reading level and giving a sight word test.  I will share the results of both when I am finished.  We are also practicing close reading.  This is a process of digging deeper into the text.
 
Writing
The students are learning the correct way to write a letter.  They are really enjoying writing letters to people.
 
Important Dates
5/10 - Author Visit
 
5/22 - Second Grade End of Year Awards- 9:00 AM
 
5/24 - End of Year Party 11:00-1:00 
 
5/25 - Talent Show/Last Day/Early Release

March 5-9

Thank you to everyone that was able to make it to our APTT meeting last week.  I am sending home all the information in your child's Tuesday Folder this week.  After you review the information, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Reading: This week we are reviewing author's purpose in different reading genres.  Here are a few test taking question stems:
* What was the author's purpose in writing this story/article?
* You can tell that the author wrote this article/story to___?
* What is the author’s purpose for describing _____?
* What did the author mean by the sentence “_________” ?
* How does the author organize the selection? Why does the author organize the information in that particular way?
 
Writing: The students will finish their published realistic fiction story and share it with other students.  They will also write an end of the nine weeks personal narrative.
 
Field Day: Field Day is this Friday, March 9th.  All of the field day events will be in the morning.  Please have your child wear their blue shirt that they received at the beginning of the year.  Our schedule for that day will look like this:
9:00-9:35 - Tug of War
9:45-10:20 - Relay Events
10:30-11:05 - Individual Events
11:15 - Awards
Lunch will be after the awards
 
Important Dates
March 8 - Library Day;  Don't Forget Your Books
March 9 - Field Day
March 12-16 - Spring Break
March 30 - NO SCHOOL- Good Friday

February 26 - March 2

We are so excited to share your child's progress with you at our 2nd APTT meeting on Tuesday 2/27 at 5:30 PM! Please report to your child's homeroom classroom. You will spend a little bit of time with me or Mrs. Lawler and then we will switch classes and you will finish the time with the other teacher.
 
If you were at our first APTT meeting in October, please send your green folder with your child to school or bring it on Tuesday evening.
 
Immediately following the meeting you will enjoy some entertainment while your child performs our Friendship Program. Please have your child wear red, white, or pink for the program.  They have been working so hard and they are absolutely adorable! We would LOVE to see you there!
 
Here is what is going on this week:
 
Reading - We will continue to look at the genre of literary nonfiction.  We will practice finding facts and opinions.  We will also find the main ideas and supporting details.  We will have a comprehension test on Friday.
 
Writing - The kids will edit and revise their realistic fiction story.  They will then start to publish their story. 
 
Book Fair -The book fair is this week. Ms. Love has planned some fun dress up days to celebrate: 
 
Monday, February 26th:  
  • 'Paws' for a good book- Wear a shirt with an animal
Tuesday, February 27th:
  • Mix it up with a good book- Wear mismatched clothing
Wednesday, February 28th
  • Reading makes you an all-star- Wear your favorite team shirt
Thursday, March 1st
  • We'd be BLUE without books- Wear blue
Friday, March 2nd
  • MES loves to READ- Wear an MES shirt