Nov. 2-9

We are continuing to be active and enthusiastic learners in Room 109! We had a wonderful week of learning ! Students where able to complete research on extreme types of weather and work with partners to create posters. The posters that were presented showed a great understanding of the topic and students were able explain the effects their extreme weather has on peopl, plants, animals and our earth. Engineering skills were also incorporated into many of the posters.

We extended our learning of nonfiction/fiction with a fun engineering activity. Students worked in groups to create a bridge to help our spider friends cross a river. All I can say is WOW! Students showed cooperation, leadership and great team work with their groups.

  .What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Read, write, and identify 3 digit place value numbers
  • Social Studies
    • Veteran’s Day and Voting
    • United States Geography
  • Reading
    • Story Elements- Character Feelings
  • Writing
    • Synonyms and Antonyms


  • Last day of Quarter 1: November 5
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 5-6
  • Student Holiday: November 6
  • Collections for Treats for Troops Until November 9.
    • Second grade collecting:
      • deodorant/antiperspirant sticks
      • travel size lotion
      • socks

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store- November 7
  • Math Science Innovation Center classroom visit- November 7
  • Veteran’s Day Assembly- November 9
  • Fall Picture Make-ups- November 15


Oct. 29-Nov.2

We had a fun and busy week in Room 109! We enjoyed a visit with Students from Godwin HS who read to us and brought us an awesome pumpkin to help decorate our  room.

We continued learning about graphing with our I “Moustache” you a question activity. Students had to formulate their survey question, interview their classmates and collect data, construct a graph and analyze their data. Lots of meaningful learning was happening along with lots of fun!!!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Graphing and Doubles
  • Social Studies/ Science
    • Weather Tools
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • The Water Cycle
  • Reading
    • Predicting nonfiction
    • Text Features of nonfiction books
  • Writing
    • Writing with a beginning, middle, and ending
    • Using description in writing


  • Weather Quiz: October 31
  • Extreme Weather and Weather Tools Quiz:  November 1
  • Weather Test: November 2
  • Doubles Test: October 29
  • Graphing Test: November 2

Oct. 22-226

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Trunk or Treat last Friday. It was a great night for the event. Fun was had by all!

Treats for Troops

We have the opportunity to contribute to TREATS FOR TROOPS for the next two weeks beginning next Monday, October 29. The second graders have been asked to collect the following items:

  • socks (adult sized), travel size lotion and stick deodorant/antiperspirant.

The collection closes on November 9th.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Graphing and Doubles
  • Social Studies/ Science
    • Weather Tools
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • The Water Cycle
  • Reading
    • Nonfiction Text Features
    • Predicting in nonfiction
  • Writing
    • Words with silent e and adding ing


Book Orders are due October 23. Use code DT48F when placing your order online.

Safety Update

New Safety Lunch Policy:

This year, HCPS has changed this policy to help make your child safer. Only adults who are on the child’s authorization for pick up list are allowed to eat with your children unless you have provided a written note to the school authorizing your permission. For example, Grandma, who’s from out of town, comes to visit your child and wants to eat lunch with him. The only way she can eat lunch with your child is if you have placed Grandma on the authorization for pick up or have written a note.

Oct. 15-19

We had a great week of learning and I’m looking forward to another wonderful week. I hope everyone was able to enjoy their weekend after the storm. It finally feels like fall!

What we are learning:

Math- Ordering, comparing and rounding

Science- The Water Cycle ,Weather and Weather tools

Reading-Predicticting and revising predictions

Writing- Syllables, homophones, using correct capitalization and punctuation


  • Quarter 1 Grades available on PowerSchool October 12 (no paper interims go home for grades 2-5)
  • Math quiz on ordering and rounding October 17
  • Math Test October 19
  • Social Studies Test: Cesar Chavez and Christopher Columbus October 15

Looking Forward to:

  • Success and Red Ribbon Week Events
    • Monday – Global Day: Picks a country and wear the colors or dress in the native clothing
    • Tuesday – Dress for Success Day: Dress professionally or dress like your future profession
    • Wednesday – College Day: Wear your parent’s college gear or your dream school
    • Thursday – Character Day: Dress like your favorite book character
    • Friday – Stinger Spirit Wear: Wear Short Pump Stinger Gear or Stinger colors Yellow or Blue
    • Friday October 19th -Trunk or Treat  from 6 – 8

Oct. 8-12

.We are continuing to work hard in our classroom. We are continuing to build a positive and productive community of learners. Thank you to all of you who ordered books from the Scholastic Book Club ! We were able to earn about 20 free books  for our classroom library. I will be sending another order home next week. We are looking forward to another amazing week in room 109 !

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Continuing Place value -Ex. What is the value of the 3 in 35? 30,What is the value of the 6 in 246? 6
    • Order and Comparing numbers
    • Rounding
  • Social Studies
    • Voting and Elections
    • Important people to know Christopher Columbus and Cesar Chavez
  • Reading
    • Making Connections with what I read to myself, to another book, and to the world
  • Writing
    • Brainstorming my writing and writing about one topic
    • Continuing correct capitalization and punctuation
    • Words to Know -Week 1-3


  • Place Value Quiz October 10
  • Place Value and Comparing Numbers Test October 11
  • Reading Quiz October 10
  • Reading Test October 12

Looking Forward to:

  • Student Holiday October 8
  • Picture day October 10
  • Stinger Stroll Day October 11 – 2nd grade at 9:30~ Parents Invited


Oct. 1-5

October 1-5, 2018

This week “I Can” statements:

  • L.A.: Make connections between text to self, text to text and text to world. Our words to know this week are; money, you’ve, place, quick, walk, start, laugh, found, room, until.
  • Math: Explain and show how one ten and ten ones have the same value, use objects to make a model of a two-digit number, picture or model
  • Science: Make observations, classify objects, collect data and make conclusions during Scientific investigations. TEST: this Friday. Look for a Study Guide to come home today.
  • Social Studies: Identify Christopher Columbus and his contributions.

Special Events:

  • October 3- THE FROG PRINCESS assembly.
  • October 8- NO SCHOOL for students.
  • October 10- School picture day.
  • October 12- Trunk or Treat in the evening.

Have a great week.


Happy Fall! It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back To School Night. We are going to have a great year!  Thank you so much for taking some smiles home with you and donating items to our classroom.

Science-This week we will begin our Science unit. Special request: ALL STUDENTS NEED TO BRING ONE APPLE ON WEDNESDAY for our experiment. It can be any type of apple. If you do not want your child to eat the apple after the observation, please let me know. We will not be doing any cutting, etc… just observing the apple’s properties.

Reading:  Students will also be focusing on Making Connections when reading. Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World. We will continue to build our stamina while reading independently.

Writing:: Words to know for this week: after, before, could, even, down, first, felt, give, never, tired. Students should practice writing these words in sentences. We are making sure sentences start with capital letters and end with the correct punctuation. .

Math: we are skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We are discovering patterns in skip-counting and odd/even numbers.

Science: we will be doing several Scientific investigations this week. We will learn how to observe and record our findings.

Sept. 17-21

I hope everyone enjoyed the 3 day weekend!

This week we will be studying diversity and different cultures in Social Studies.  We are fortunate to have so many cultures represented in our classroom and school. We will also learn about the symbols and traditional practices that honor and foster patriotism in the United States of America. We will be learning more about symbols such as the American flag, bald eagle, Washington Monument, and Statue of Liberty; as well as learning the words to and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Math we will be learning about repeating and growing patterns using shapes and objects as well as numbers. We will also be learning to skip count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and to recognize odd and even numbers.  Problem solving will be a daily part of our block. Students will use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

In Language Arts we are working on building stamina when reading independently and developing fluency when reading. Students will be working on writing sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation. Words to Know will be given out weekly and students will be expected to be able to read and understand them as well as use and spell the words correctly in their written work.

Below is a message from our PTA:
Safety continues to be Short Pump ES’s number 1 priority, and this year, we hope that you can support us in this effort as well. Please consider donating to the Stinger Fund, which is comprised of direct donations to support instruction and this year safety, as well. We need to raise over at least $15,000 collectively to reach our goal. If each family in your child’s class donates at least $25, it will cover instructional materials for their classroom that the PTA financially provides each year and allows your child’s teacher to have a walkie- talkie, an enhanced security measure. Thank you for consideration!


Important Dates-

Sept.19– Half Day Early Dismissal

Sept. 20 – Back to School Night.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Back To School Night on Sept. 20th.  The P.T.A. meeting begins at 6:30 in the gym.  Classroom presentations start promptly following the meeting.

Sept. 20 – Diversity Projects Due We will share the projects on Thursday and Friday

Sept. 21– Book Club Order Due

Order on line at use our classroom code DT48F

Sept. 24 -Patriotic Symbols and Diversity Test

Sept. 10-14

We  had a terrific start to our school year! We have done many “Get to Know You” activities this week. I’m so excited about how hard everyone is working to make sure they are doing their best  work. We have emphasized being a good citizen, following classroom and school rules as well as expectations of students in second grade.

Next week we will have a Citizenship quiz on Wednesday, Sept. 12th and a Citizenship test on Friday, Sept. 14th. I will send home their Social Studies binder on Tuesday so they can study for the test. I will review the quiz information with them on Monday and Tuesday. Please make sure that the binder is returned to school on Friday..

Back to School night is Thursday, Sept. 20th. I hope to see all of you there. This is an informational night about how our class operates and for you and I to get acquainted.  If you have any questions or concerns please email me:

This year your student will no longer receive 1’s, 2’s, etc… for grades. Students will now receive A’s, B’s, etc… I will discuss this at Back to School night.

Please make sure you have completed all necessary paperwork for the office. They can be done online or you may turn them in via your student.

Sept. 4-7 Welcome Back!

Welcome to Second Grade!

I can’t wait to see the students tomorrow morning and have a great day of learning. I’m looking forward to an amazing year filled with lots of learning and fun!

Here are some reminder tips:

  • Any changes to transportation need to come to school in a written note. Changes will not be accepted over the phone or by email.
  • Send in a snack and water. We are a nut free classroom. Please do not send snacks with nut/peanuts.
  • Send a lunch or provide your child with money or add money to their account to purchase lunch.Please do not send any nut/peanut products
  • Discuss with your child, your expectations of them for the day. Together we can encourage them to be successful.

Our Schedule

Lunch 11:45-12:15

Monday- PE

Tuesday- Library

Wednesday- Art

Friday- Music