May 20

We have more individual reading and math assessments as well as our Math Benchmark this week.  Please help every stinger come in with a healthy snack and a good night of rest so they are ready to test and do their best!


What we are learning:

  • Math- Measurement
    • Use problem solving, mathematical communication, mathematical reasoning, connections, and representations to
      • Identify a ruler as an instrument to measure length.
      • Estimate and then measure the length of various line segments and objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
      • Identify different types of scales as instruments to measure weight.
      • Estimate and then measure the weight of objects to the nearest pound using a scale.
  • Science- Plant Resources
    • Investigate and understand that plants produce oxygen and food, are a source of useful products, and provide benefits in nature. Key concepts include:
      • important plant products are identified and classified;
      • the availability of plant products affects the development of a geographic area
  • Reading – Comprehension focus – Ask and Answer Questions for fiction and non-fiction
    • Ask and answer questions using the text as support.
    • Ask and answer questions about what is read to demonstrate understanding (e.g., who, what, when, where, why, and how)
  • Writing – Research:
    • Generate topics of interest.
    • Generate questions to gather information.
    • Identify pictures, texts, people, or media as sources of information.
    • Find information from provided sources
    • Organize information in writing or a visual display.
    • Describe difference between plagiarism and using own words.


  • Math HAT- May 21-22
  • Plants Test-  May 23
  • Measurement Test- May 28

Looking Forward to:

  • Plant Tasting Day – Monday, May 20
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Hats Off to Second Grade – Friday, May 24
  • Memorial Day No School – May 27
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31 9am
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31

April 29-May 3

  The end of the year is quickly approaching and  brings many fun and exciting days of learning, as well as our end-of-the-year assessments.  In addition to our regular curriculum and HAT ‘s (Henrico Achievement Test), we will begin PALS and Fountas & Pinnell in Reading and Math Screeners and a Problem Solving Performance Task in Math. These assessments are used to measure  individual progress in reading skills and number sense.  Although these assessments need no preparation or study, are not part of our curriculum, or graded, it is critical to have students ready for school each day with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast so they can do their best.  Our work begins in May and continues through the last day of the school.

What we are learning:

  • Math – Geometry and Symmetry
    • identify, describe, compare, and contrast plane and solid figures (circles/spheres, squares/cubes, and rectangles/rectangular prisms).
    • draw a line of symmetry in a figure; and identify and create figures with at least one line of symmetry.
  • Social Studies – World Geography
    • develop map skills by using globes and maps of the world to locate  the seven continents and the five oceans; the Equator, the Prime Meridian, and the four hemispheres
  • Reading – Dictionary Skills
    • Use word reference materials including dictionaries, glossaries, and indices.  Alphabetize words to the second and third letter
  • Writing
    • Using compound words when writing


  • Geography Quiz – Tuesday, May 7
  • Geometry Quiz – Monday, May 6
  • Geometry Test – Friday, May 10
  • Geography Test – Friday, May 10

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store – Wednesday, May 1
  • 80’s SCA Spirit Day – Thursday, May 23
  • Second Grade performance – Friday, May 31
  • Spring Carnival – Friday, May 31
  • Field Day – Friday, June 6

March 11-22

It was a fantastic week in room 109. I  am so proud of the hard-working students I get to work with each day. Everyone is working so hard to be their best. Pictures have come home and they all are so cute!  Please note that the pictures have not been paid for. You should pay for what you want and return the rest of the pictures. If you paid for a class picture, it should come in before Spring Break.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Comparing fractions
  • Social Studies
  • Communities/Innovations over time
  • Economics
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions/Making Inferences with fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing opinions
    • Plural and Possessive Nouns
  •  Upcoming:
    • Comparing Fractions Quiz – March 19
    • Fractions Unit Test – March 22
    • Economics Quiz – March 25
    • Economics Test – March 28

Looking Forward to:

  • Wearing green on Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  • Buzzy Bash March 29
  • Family Learning Night on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School
  • March is Music in our Schools & Youth Art Month – Events include:
    • Tuesday, March 19th at 7 pm – SPES Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Night
    • Friday, March 22nd-24th- HCPS Art Festival – at Varina HS, 10-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Thursday, March 28th from 6 – 7pm – SunTrust Bank Art Show – Location: 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    • Half Day and End of Quarter 3 March 29
    • Spring Break April 1-5
    • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip – April 12
  • Richmond SPCA Shelter & Veterinary Hospital Supplies Drive March 25-29

Large bath/beach towels **URGENT NEED** • Wash cloths **URGENT NEED** • Thin fleece throw blankets • Lint rollers and refills • Step stools • Sterile surgical/medical rubber gloves • Hand lotion and soap • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer • Gift cards to Petco, grocery stores, office supply stores and craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s) • Spray bottles • Natural bug spray • Alcohol wash bottles • Gallon-sized ziplock bags

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Feb. 4-8

What a busy week in room 109!  We started the 3rd quarter with some really cold days and a quick flurry as we left on Friday. I hope the groundhog was correct in his prediction and Spring is coming soon! In the classroom we kept warm and worked hard. We enjoyed summarizing with poems, it was a fun unit and hopefully the students were able to share the poems they brought home with you. We also and did some hands-on learning about Matter.  Our Science and Social Studies binders were ready to explode with all we have learned the first two marking periods!  Please keep these papers at home for review. We will be filling them back up again with lots of new information.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Probability
  • Science
    • Matter and changes in matter
  • Reading
    • Summarizing Fiction
  • Writing
    • Adding suffixes
    • cursive


  • Science: Matter Test February 8
  • Math: Probability Quiz February 13
  • Math: Probability Test February 18

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store- February 6
  • Parent Teacher Conferences- February 7
  • Second Quarter Report Card Distribution- February 11
  • Robert Jospe World Beat Workshop Assembly – February 12
  • Valentine’s Day- February 14
  • Family Wellness Night- February 21
  • Henricus Park Field Trip- February 22
  • Spring Pictures- February 27

Jan. 7-11

Happy New Year!  Thank you for all your support throughout the year. I hope you all had a great winter break. It was wonderful to get back to school and our routine after a relaxing and restful winter break.  We had 2 busy days this week and are ready to hit the ground running as we approach the half-way point to our school year!  Second grade is transitioning to computer- based testing now that our Chromebooks are broken in.  This is an enormous change for everyone and we are working through the challenges together as we get used to the new way of doing things.  The students are all working so hard and showing their best as they approach the new technology.

The Gifted Referral Window for K-2 is open from 1/3/19-1/18/19.  If you are interested in referring your child for gifted services please email Rebecca Walker ( and/or Karen Wright (  If you’d like to learn more about Gifted Programs in Henrico County, visit .


What we are learning:

  • Math

Estimating, Addition and Subtraction with regrouping

  • Science

Seasonal Changes/ Animal Adaptations

  • Social Studies

American Indians begins

  • Reading
    • Fiction/ Non-fiction Questioning
  • Writing
    • Friendly Letter


  • Seasonal Changes Test Jan  7
  • Eastern Woodlands Quiz Jn. 11
  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Math Addition with regrouping/ estimation test January 11
  • Math Subtraction with regrouping/ estimation quiz January 18
  • Math Subtraction with regrouping/ estimation test January 23
  • Math Unit Test January 24

Looking Forward to:

  • SCA Wacky Tacky/ Crazy Hair Day – January 17
  • Student Holiday – January 21
  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Gifted Referral Window: Cogat scores sent home in folders January 4. Gifted referral window is open until January 18th
  • Family Survey: please complete the 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: Thank you!
  • Winter Clothing Drive will take place Monday, January 14th– Friday, January 25th. Donations of new scarves, hats, and gloves are welcomed to support students in need at Virginia Randolph.

December 17

Decemeber is flying by and we are all very excited about our Winter Break. I hope everyone had a wonderful fun filled “Snow Break” ! We are moving to catch up on all the work we missed while we were out  but also trying to have fun while we learn.

We celebrated the arrival of our Chromebooks and have developed a smooth routine and it is fabulous to have the resources at our disposal at all times.The students used their Chrombooks and enjoyed Hour of Code. I was appreciativel and amazed by the team of volunteers that supported us. The students were problem solving and using strategies to finish the challenges in Lightbot during our hour.  It was also a great way for us to highlight and talk about our Quality Character focus in the Henrico Learner Profile.  Even when the tasks were challenging, the students worked to solve them in parts or collaborated with others to understand what was not working.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Addition with regrouping/estimation
  • Social Studies/Science
    • Animal Adaptations
    • Seasonal Changes
  • Reading
    • Fiction/Non-fiction main idea and details
  • Writing
    • Friendly Letter


  • Math-Addition with regrouping/estimation test January 4
  • Math-Subtraction with regrouping/estimation quiz January 10
  • Math-Subtraction with regrouping/estimation test January 17
  • Math-Unit test January 23

Looking forward to:

  • Marty the Author – December 18
  • Jingle Bell Jog – December 19 9 am
  • Winter Party –  December 19
  • Winter Break December 20 – January 2

Dec. 3-10

We are working hard in class building a community of learnerswho care and respect each other.  We are working on the second letter of “ROCK” character qualities which is Ownership.   We completed our first “hive” for showing positive behaviors in school and have voted for our reward of “Lunch and a Movie” in our classroom during our regular lunch time. We will be celebrating our goal on Wednesday, Dec.5. Students can still buy lunch from the cafeteria but please remember we are a “Nut Free” classroom.

We have been so busy. We showed teamwork and problem solving with our November STEM challengelast week called Hiding a Turkey.  Math Science Innovation Center came on Friday and did a wonderful lesson called Arthropod Cycles. We had a hands on and up close visit with some amazing creatures (here’s a link to their website if you are interested in their programs: ) .Wow!  Our future scientists at work!

What we are learning:


  • 2 digit Estimating, Addition, and Subtraction
  • Problem Solving
  •  Science
    • Animal Habitats
    • Interdependence-how plants and animals depend on each other
  • Reading
    • Fiction and Non-Fiction Main idea and Details
  • Writing
    • Expository writing
    • Plurals


  • Habitats Test – December 10

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store –  December 5
  • Hour Of Code –  December 5
  • “Lunch and a Movie” in the Classroom- Dec. 5
  • Chromebooks arrive  – week of December 4
  • PJ Day –  December 13
  • Winter Break  – December 20 – January 2
  • Marty the Author – December 18
  • Jingle Bell Jog –  December 19 9 am
  • Winter Party –  December 19

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.