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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 seventeen years. I have spent the last twelve years teaching second grade at Magnolia Elementary. I absolutely love teaching and my MES family!

I will be teaching Reading, Writing and Phonics to your child this year.  They will be going to Mrs. Lawler for Math, Science, and Social Studies. 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

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:
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.
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

February 19-23

Reminder: Our next APTT meeting is scheduled for February 27, at 5:30 pm. It will start in your child's homeroom. After the meeting, we will all go to the cafeteria and enjoy the second grade program.  I am sending home another reminder note in Tuesday Folder's this week.  We hope everyone can make it!!
This week we are continuing our unit of literary nonfiction.  We are learning the difference between expository and literary nonfiction.  We have studied many historic figures such Helen Keller, Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King.  
In writing, we have wrapped up our poetry unit and have moved on to writing realistic fiction.  
I have made new reading bags for all the students.  I also added a reading log for the students to fill out.  Please sign and celebrate your child's reading success!

January 29 - February 2

Here is what is going on this week:
Reading - We are starting our unit on poetry.  We will explore how poetry looks  and sounds.
Writing - The students will finish their writing benchmark on Monday.  Then they will start to write their own poetry.
Important Dates
February 1st - Last Day to Order Yearbooks
February 8th - Father Daughter Dance
February 27th - APTT Parent Meeting and 2nd Grade Program

January 9-12

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful break.  I am looking forward to a successful second semester!
Reading - We are continuing to look at nonfiction.  We will practicing retelling, sequencing, and finding information.
Writing - This week we will finish editing and publishing our expository writing.
Important Dates
Monday, 1/15 - HOLIDAY
Tuesday, 1/16 - Report Cards Go Home

December 4-8

The Christmas spirit is in the air!  Parents, please help us keep your children focused during the last few weeks before Christmas break. We are going to have lots of fun and celebrate together, but we also don't want to lose sight of all of the things we still have to learn during this time.
Reading - We are beginning our nonfiction unit. The students will be looking at text features and how they help them as a reader.  
Writing - The students are starting a new genre of writing, expository.  They will be writing an "All About Book".  Students will decide what they are experts on and then write a nonfiction text on that topic. 
Daily Folders - Students should have a green daily folder they bring home every day.  Their behavior chart should be initialed daily.  Thank you for your help with this.
Homework and Take Home Readers - We are asking that students read for homework this year.  The more your child reads at home, the more progress we will see.  Most students should have a bag of books they bring home.  There are many students that have misplaced this bag.  Could you please search at home?  
Important Dates
December 11-15- Santa Shop
December 19 - Pictures with Santa
December 22- Christmas Parties/Early Release
December 22 - End of the 2nd Nine Weeks
December 25-January 8 - Christmas Break
January 9 - Classes Resume

November 27 - December 1

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Break!  I really missed the kids and was excited to see them on Monday! 
Reading - We are continuing to explore the traditional literature genre.  We will be comparing and contrasting two versions of the same story.  We will also practice word meanings using clues and evidence from the story.
Writing - At the beginning of the week, we are focusing on writing neatly and using complete sentences.  Then we will start writing fiction stories.
Phonics - We will focus on the digraphs ph, wh, sh, and ch.
Spelling - Your child should now be coming home with their 10 spelling words for the week in their planner.  If they would like they can practice at home.  They will take a test on Friday.  
Important Dates
November 28 - Progress Reports Go Home
November 30 - Class Pictures and Picture Retakes
December 11-15- Santa Shop
December 19 - Pictures with Santa
December 22- Christmas Parties/Early Release
December 25-January 8 - Christmas Break

October 30 - November 3

This week we are starting to explore the genre of traditional literature.  We will focus on finding the moral of a fable.
The students are revising and editing their personal narrative.  They will then start their final copy.
We are introducing plurals to the students this week.
Important Dates
Tuesday, 10/31 - Report Cards Go Home; please sign the envelope and send it back to school
Thursday, 11/2 - Library Day...don't forget to bring your library books
Friday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day Program at 9:00 am
Friday, 11/17 - Field Trip to P6 Farms

October 23-27

We are continuing to focus on story elements of fiction.  There will be an assessment on Friday covering story elements, retelling, and sequencing.
We are finishing our personal narrative draft this week.  
We are practicing writing and reading words with blends.
This week is Red Ribbon Week and Book Fair!
  • “Living Drug Free is No Sweat” – Wear sweats.
  • We will go to the Book Fair as a class today.
  • Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free:   M.E.S. IS GOING to College:  Wear your college shirt today!
  • “Team Up Against Drugs” – Wear favorite team shirt or jersey.
Friday is our Fall Festival, please come join us for a night of fun from 5:30-7:30 PM.

October 16-20

This week we are focusing on story elements.   We will be ordering events in a story and begin discussing the beginning, the middle, and the end.   All of these elements relate to comprehension and really trying to think while we are reading.
We are working on taking a piece of writing through the publishing process.  I am excited to see their first published personal narrative.
We continue to focus on blends.
APTT Meeting
Don't forget, our first APTT meeting will be held on Thursday October 19 from 5:00-6:00 PM in my room. We are going to go over a lot of very useful information and would love to see you all there!
Important Dates
Thursday, October 19 - APTT Meeting at 5:00 pm in Mrs. Lea's Classroom
Monday, October 23- Student Holiday
Friday, October 27- Fall Festival 5:30-7:30 PM- you can pre-order tickets until Wednesday October 25.
Tuesday, October 24-27- BOOK FAIR

October 9-13

This week:
Our focus this week is on inferring character traits during and after we read.  Following a characters actions and motivations throughout the book will help the reader comprehend the story.
The students are doing a great job writing their personal narratives.  We will continue to focus on writing a small moment narrative.
This week we will be talking about L blends and R blends.
Important Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, October 12th - Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 12th - Library Day
  • Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM- Academic Parent Teacher Team Meeting
  • Friday, October 20th- End of 1st Nine Weeks
  • Monday, October 23rd- Student Holiday
  • October 23-27- Book Fair
  • Friday, October 27- Fall Festival from 5:30-7:30

October 2-6

Here's what's happening in our classroom this week.
Reading - We are continuing exploring characters in a story.  This week we will focus on the character's traits. The character's traits describe the personality of the character usually through their actions.    While reading books this week, have your children identify the main character and discuss their traits and how they change throughout the story.
Writing -  We will continue to write our personal narratives.  
Phonics- We will be learning about the ck digraph.
Green Daily Folders - Please continue to check your child's daily folder. It is SO important that we are a team and that you know how your child's day was. This should be initialed every night.  Also, if you are wanting your child to do some work at home, their iStation log in is in the plastic sleeves of their folders. 
Take Home Readers - All the children received a take home reader bag.  Please have your child read at home as much as they can.  This bag should stay at home all week and brought back on the following Monday. If your child has a chapter book in their bag, they can just bring it back when they are finished. 
I am looking forward to another fantastic week!

Week of September 25-29

We are off to a great start! We have hit the ground running and I am so proud of what your children have already accomplished in these first 3 weeks! Here is what we will be doing this week:
We are launching our unit on characters.  This week we will focus on a character's feelings.  We will then discuss how the feelings change throughout the story.  They should be able to answer the following sentence:
I think __________ (character) is feeling _______ because ___________________.
We will continue to write our personal narratives.  We will focus on writing legible and using correct spacing.  
Important Dates
Monday, September 25th - Starting New Behavior Management System
Tuesday, September 26th - Progress Reports Go Home
Thursday, September 28th - LIBRARY DAY
New Behavior Management System
We will be introducing a new behavior management system this week that we are hopeful will encourage all students to be the best they can be every day! There will be a note coming home on Monday in your child's Daily Folder. Please make sure their Daily Folders come back to school each day.  
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful week!