What a wonderful start!

These past three weeks of school have been filled with excitement and LOTS of learning! I have included specific skills/subject areas that were the focus of this week’s instruction in 2nd grade.

What are we learning this week?
Language Arts – comprehension, nouns, complete sentences

Math – skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s; odd/even numbers;  basic addition/subtraction facts

Social Studies –  quiz on symbols

Science – Weather

Upcoming dates…

Sept. 20th – Back to School Night 6:15

Important Reminders!
-Students can return their library books and get new books any day of the week!
-PE is on Mondays. Make sure your child wears athletic shoes on this day of the week.
-If you are sending lunch money to school, please put it in a sealed envelope with your child’s first and last name on it.
-Please check your child’s red communication folder daily.  Clear out completed/graded papers.  Check for homework sheets and any other important information that may require payment or a parent signature.  This folder goes to and from school/home each day.


I have enjoyed getting to know the students and learning with them as well! I look forward to another week at CTES. 🙂


Miss Albis


Good morning everyone!


Here are the updates for the week:

Language arts: character traits,

Math: counting coins,

Social studies: ancient Egypt.  A Quiz will be on Friday and our China & Egypt test will be on 4/27.


I gave the students an unexpected grade this morning.  We do the same morning work routine every day and check the work together to aid in their understanding.  The expectation that I reiterate daily is that they give their best effort and finish in a reasonable timeframe.  I also had some writing questions about Egypt that we started yesterday posted on the board.  Students had ample time and reminders this morning to finish morning work and the writing questions before getting a computer for some choice time.  A good number of students rushed through or didn’t read the posted directions before getting a computer, and their grades reflect that choice.  It is divided into a math morning work, language arts morning work, and Egypt writing questions grade in PowerSchool.  All papers should be coming home this afternoon for you to look at.

Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!


Here are the updates for the week:


Language arts- nonfiction skills,



We’ll be going on our music field trip Thursday.  If you did not plan on purchasing a bagged lunch from the cafeteria, please remember to pack a lunch that day.  We will be eating in the classroom when we get back from the trip, so students can use their regular lunchboxes.  They will come to school and go home the normal way at the normal times.  Please have the kids wear our class tshirts or a red shirt and comfortable walking shoes.


Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!  Here are the updates for the week:

Math: Finishing our time unit with a test on Wednesday.  We’ll keep practicing previously taught skills and do some Dr. Seuss activities Friday.

Science: Continuing our matter unit.

Language arts: making inferences while reading, contractions.

You’ll see 2 forms come home today-one is for our next field trip and the other is for our music performance.  Please look over both, sign, and return them.

Thursday the 1st is a half day.

Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!


Here are the updates for the week:

Language arts: predictions in nonfiction books,

Social studies: finishing up geography and starting our first science unit on weather,

Math: skill review, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, rounding to the nearest 10.


Monday the 16th is picture day!  Information envelopes are coming home today.


Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!

Here are the updates for the week, as well as my BackToSchoolOpenHouse2017  Powerpoint should you want to look it over.

In reading, we’re practicing making predictions before and during stories.

For math, we are working with tens and ones in place value and comparing numbers.

For social studies, we are finishing up our geography unit with continents and oceans.  AS you saw in the agendas yesterday, we’ll be doing a continents and oceans quiz tomorrow.  We will have a unit test on map skills, US and Virginia maps, and continents and oceans on Tuesday October 10th.

Thanks for all you do and have a great week : )

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone! Here are the updates for the week

Language arts: making connections to stories and complete/incomplete sentences,

Math: even/odd numbers, skip counting, addition and subtraction facts

Social studies: geography unit (map skills, continents, oceans, US maps)

You will notice that social studies notebooks came home today.  Anytime students bring home notebooks, please encourage them to read through any new information and make sure to pack it for the next day.  Please also be sure to check agendas daily for homework, reminders, and behavior notes.

Thursday the 21st will be a half day, with an 11:35 dismissal time.  The cafeteria will serve lunch that day should your child want to buy.  Our lunch time is early, so you may want your child to just bring a snack and have lunch at home after dismissal.

Please see my earlier email about a room parent volunteer, we are still in need of one!

Two t-shirt order forms came home today-one is for second grade and the other is spirit wear for Colonial Trail.  We encourage everyone to purchase a second grade t-shirt to wear on special days, field trips, and field day.

Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!

I am continually impressed with how well your kids are doing adjusting, working, and following directions!  It’s going to be a great year!  Here are the updates for the week:

In math, we’re working on calendar skills, ordinal numbers, skip counting, and basic addition and subtraction facts.

In language arts, we’re working on reading for pleasure and I’ll be assessing kids for their instructional reading level.

In social studies, we’re learning about citizenship, rules, and voting.

Our homework this year might be a little different than what the kids are used to.  Please see the attachment for directions and be sure to check agendas every day.  HOMEWORK_17-18

Thanks for all you do and have a great week!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!

Here are the updates for the last two weeks of second grade!

Language arts: we’re doing a novel study on the book Chocolate Fever

Math: review of this year’s concepts

Social studies: finishing up economics with a unit test tomorrow

Science: working on our STEM projects this week (see more info below) and then studying some animals and habitats next week.

On Friday we are having our STEM night and CUB celebration picnic.  Rooms will be open for walk-throughs to view projects from all grade levels from 5-6, and then the picnic will be outside after that!  The kids are working on building board games about important science and math topics we’ve covered this year.

Thanks for all you’ve done throughout the year and I hope you all have a great last few days and a wonderful summer!

Katie Marsden


Hello everyone!


Here are the updates for the week:

First of all, you will notice that no homework choice boards are attached.  We’re done with those for the year!

Homework options:

-RAZ kids



-practice addition and subtraction facts


Language arts: we’re doing a novel study with some reading comprehension practice

Social studies: continuing economics, there will be a unit test on Tuesday the 6th

Math: introducing multiplication in preparation for third grade


Friday is Field Day!  Please wear PE clothes and our class tshirt (or a blue shirt) and bring a lunch if you didn’t sign up to buy one.  You’re welcome to meet us for a picnic lunch on the bus loop at around 11!


Have a great week : )
Katie Marsden