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About Mrs. Simons

Hi my name is Kayla Simons. I am so excited to be your child's second grade teacher this year! I grew up in Magnolia and went to MES when I was in elementary! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 2011. I have taught 3rd grade for two years and this will be my fifth year in 2nd grade! 
My husband and I have two kids, Jaxon will be in kindergarten at MES this year and Addley just turned 1. 
I will be teaching Math, Science and Social Studies to your child this year and they will be going to Mrs. Dellwo for Reading, Writing and Phonics. 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 for both of us. Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns. 

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March 5-9

I cannot believe this is our last week before Spring Break and then we will begin our LAST nine weeks of second grade!! Your kiddos have grown so much this year! Here is what is going on this week:
Math- We will take Module 8 Test on Monday. For the remainder of the week we will be estimating numbers and adding involving estimation. 
Social Studies- We will discuss different types of communities (city, suburb, rural areas). 
Friday 5/9 is Field Day! Here is our schedule for field day:
  • 9:00-9:35- Tug-O-War
  • 9:45-10:20- Relay Events
  • 10:30-11:05- Individual Events
  • 11:15- Awards
  • Lunch following awards
  • 12:00-12:45- Movie
  • 1:00-1:45- Classroom Activity
  • 2:00-2:45- Inflatables
We are looking forward to a fun day!!
Please remember to send your child in their TURQUOISE shirt (the one they got for our field trip in November). 
Spring Break is March 12-16
We will resume school on Monday 3/19.
Friday 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. Dellwo and then we will switch classes and you will finish the time with the other teacher. Immediately following the program you will enjoy some entertainment while your child performs our Friendship 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:
Math- We will wrap up subtraction by solving word problems, and then we will move on to division by sharing items equally amongst groups. 
Science- We will discuss environmental effects such as hibernation, migration, etc. 
The book fair is also 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 second APTT meeting will be Tuesday 2/27 at 5:30 PM. PLEASE SEND BACK YOUR GREEN FOLDERS!! Mrs. Dellwo and I are still missing a lot! 
Also, please let us know if you child will be attending our program on 2/27. We will be assigning parts this week and if we have not gotten a definite answer your child will not get a part. 
Here is what is going on this week: 
Math: We will continue to subtract 2 digit numbers that involve regrouping. We are going to be doing this mainly using number lines, hundreds charts, and base ten blocks. 
Science: We will identify basic needs. 

February 12-16

Good morning! This nine weeks is FLYING by! Here is what we will be doing this week: 
Math- We will continue to multiply using arrays and equal groups. We will also practice subtraction with hundreds charts. 
Social Studies- We will identify the continents and oceans. 
Important Dates
Monday 2/12- Review going home for our math test on THURSDAY
Wednesday 2/14- Valentines Exchange- please send 21 Valentines cards with just your child's name. Please do not make them out to specific students. Remember, this is not a party, just an exchange. 

February 5-9

Good morning! 
I hope you have had a restful weekend. Progress reports will go home on Tuesday 2/6.
Here is what is going on this week:
Math- We will compare numbers to 1,200, and then we will begin introducing multiplication with repeated addition, pictures, and arrays. We will not actually use the term "multiplication". 
Science- We will identify objects in the sky.
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday 2/8- Father Daughter Dance
Wednesday 2/14- Valentine's Day- we will have a Valentines exchange, but it will not be a "party". Please have your child send enough Valentines cards for everyone in the class (21 in both Simons and Dellwo). 
Tuesday 2/27- APTT/2nd grade program

January 29-February 2

Please be on the look out for more information regarding our second APTT meeting and our 2nd grade program. 
We will take our test over Module 6 in math on Tuesday. I sent home a review last week, so please make sure you go over that with your child so they are prepared for the test. 
Here is what is going on this week:
Math- We will represent number up to 1,200 using base ten blocks and we will also work with adding 10 more, 100 more, and subtracting 10 less and 100 less from those numbers. 
Science- We will identify the stages of the water cycle. 

January 22-26

We will have our next math test on 1/30/18. 
We will be taking our MSTAR math screener on 1/29/18. 
Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for information regarding our second grade program and our APTT midyear meeting!
Here is what we are doing this week:
Math- We will measure using metric units, and we will continue to add one and two digit numbers using hundreds charts, place value blocks, and a number line. 
Social Studies- We will practice reading maps, cardinal directions, and using a map key. 

January 15-19

What a crazy week! I hope you have all stayed warm and enjoyed some unusual weather. Here is what we will be learning this week:
Math- We will measure using centimeters and meters
Science- We will describe different types of weather (how fitting). 
We are currently looking at dates to schedule our midyear APTT meeting, so we will be sending a note home regarding that soon. 

January 8-12

Welcome back! I am so excited to start this semester!
Here is what is going on this week:
Math- We will add numbers using the make ten strategy. 
Science- We will identify natural resources. 
Report cards will go home next Tuesday (1/16)
Monday 1/15- No school- MLK Holiday

December 18-22

Christmas is so close we can almost taste it! We are going to have lots of fun this week, but there are still several more important academic thing we need to learn. Please help your child stay focused on those things until the end of this week. Here is what we will be learning:
Math- We will wrap up 2D shapes by composing and decomposing them. We will also take a test over Module 5 on WEDNESDAY. A review will go home tomorrow. Please go over this review with your child to make sure they are prepared for the test on Wednesday. 
Social Studies- We will determine the winter holidays that other cultures celebrate. 
This Week: 
Tuesday 12/19- Pictures with Santa
Wednesday 12/20- Module 5 Assessment
Friday 12/22- Christmas Party/Early Release at 12:25. 
Friday 12/22- End of 2nd Nine Weeks
December 25-January 8- Christmas Break
Tuesday January 9- Classes Resume
I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season! I am looking forward to an amazing 2018!

December 11-15

I cannot believe this first semester with your children is almost over! It has seriously FLOWN by! I am so proud of all of the hard work. They continue to amaze me daily. Here is what we will be learning this week:  
Math- We will continue to represent 3 digit number using number lines, base ten blocks, numerals and words. Toward the end of the week we will begin learning about 2 dimensional shapes. 
Science- We will identify the different bodies of water and their purposes. 
*Santa Shop starts this week. If your child brings money he/she can go shop during our recess time. It really helps the volunteers in the shop if your child comes with a list of people to buy for. 
Coming up: 
Tuesday December 19- Pictures with Santa
Wednesday December 20- Module 5 Math Assessment
Friday December 22- Christmas Party and Early Release at 12:25. 

December 4-8

Parent, 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. 
We will take a math test on Tuesday. I sent a review home on Friday with my homeroom, but with the chaos of the end of the day I completely forgot to send it with Mrs. Dellwo's homeroom. I will make sure they get it on Monday so they can practice at home. 
Math: We will distinguish the difference between A.M. and P.M. and then we will represent 3 digit numbers that have zeroes and teens in number names, base ten blocks and words. 
Science: We will observe and describe rocks by color, texture and size. 
Upcoming Events: 
December 11-15- Santa Shop
December 22- Christmas parties and early release
We will resume school January 9. 

November 27- December 1

I hope everyone had a restful and safe Thanksgiving break! We have 4 full weeks before Christmas and SO much to do! Here is what we will be doing this week:
Math- We will continue to solve addition and subtraction sentences using fact families, doubles and near doubles and then we will move on to telling time to the 15 minute intervals and the minute intervals. 
Science- We will trace the change of patterns of movement such as rolling, sliding and spinning. 
Thursday November 30- Picture Retakes
December 11-15- Santa Shop
Tuesday December 19- Pictures with Santa
Friday December 22- Christmas Parties/Early Release

November 13-17

We have an extremely busy week coming up! Despite all of the holiday fun, we still have so much to learn! 
Math: We will continue to focus on subtracting 2 digit numbers. We will use a hundreds chart, number line, and base ten blocks. 
Social Studies: We will understanding the meaning and history of Thanksgiving. 
Thursday 11/16- Mother/Son Game Night 5:30-7:30
Friday 11/17- Field Trip to P6 Farms
  • I will be out on Thursday 11/16 to be with my husband as he has surgery, so I will give you child their turquoise t-shirt to wear on the field trip on WEDNESDAY. Please make sure they come to school with this on. We will also need to use this shirt for various things throughout the year, so please take good care of it!
  • Please make sure your child wears shorts (as of now it will be 80 degrees on Friday) and tennis shoes. We will be doing lots of walking. 
  • Please make sure that your child brings a sack lunch from home. It needs to be in a disposable container so we don't have to keep up with lunch kits. They can also get a sack lunch from the cafeteria. Please let me know if you haven't already if your child needs a sack lunch. 
  • Parent Volunteers will either follow us from the school to the farm or meet us there. You will need to stay with your child's class until it is time to do the corn maze. 
  • Parents cannot take their kids from the field trip, you will need to come back to school and sign them out. 
  • We will leave P6 Farms around 1:00/1:30, so we will be back at the school no later than 2:00. 
Thanksgiving Break is November 20-24. Have happy and safe Thanksgiving!

November 6-10

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving already! We have so much to do in the next 2 weeks! Here is what is going on this week:
Math: We will finish up measurement with feet and yards, take a test over Module 3 on Thursday, and on Friday we will begin subtracting. A review for our Module 3 test will be going home tomorrow in your child's daily folder. I really think these have been helping them. 
Social Studies: We will understand the importance of Veteran's Day. 
*Please read the notes in your child's Tuesday folder. There will be updated Module 2 scores and iStation reports for you to record on your APTT data sheet. 
  • Please make sure your child's field trip permission slip and $4 has been turned in by this Friday 11/10. 
  • We will go on our field trip to P6 Farms on Friday 11/17. If you are wanting to volunteer, please make sure you have a current background check. These have to be done each school year. 
  • Our Veteran's Day program is Friday 11/10 at 9:00 AM. We would love for you to come celebrate with us! 
  • Thanksgiving break is 11/20-11/24.