May Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families!

See below for some important updates about this month!

2nd Grade students will be taking the HATs this month. The Reading HAT will be administered in two parts on May 29th and 30th. The Math HAT will be administered in two parts on June 4th and 5th. More information about the HAT was sent home with your child today. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

The night before the test, please make sure your child has a good night’s sleep. If you can, please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast the day of the test. We’re going to encourage our children to do their best on their test.

Here are some of the other events coming up this month:

Muffins with Moms will be tomorrow, May 3rd!

2nd Grade will participate in the SOL/Testing Pep Rally on Monday May 6th.

Spring Fling will be on May 17th. More information will be sent home with your child.

There will be no school on May 27th (Memorial Day).

Please continue to work with your child on our weekly homework packet. Your child will bring home a personalized list of word study words. Please help your child complete the word study menu activities in the homework packet.

If you have any questions regarding the homework packet, or notice that your child needs assistance with a particular topic, please reach out to your child’s teacher!

Here are some links to online resources you and your child can access at home:

  • Raz-Kids – your child can read along with and listen to books at home.
  • Scholastic News – use the classroom password “kclem2”
  • Epic! – While you can pay per month, your child can also log on for free using their classroom code. Contact your child’s teacher for more information.
  • Code.org – Your child has been learning about coding in STEAM! They can continue to complete lessons at home to earn prizes from Ms. Nelson. Log in using your class’ section code.

If you have any other questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

April Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families!

Congratulations to Mr. Ernst’s class for winning last month’s Dreambox challenge! Which class will win this month? Help your child compete by having them log onto a computer or iPad and complete lessons at home! You can log onto Dreambox by having your student sign into Clever with their “hcps-” username and password.

As always, here are some of the other online resources you can access at home.

  • Raz-Kids – your child can read along with and listen to books at home.
  • Scholastic News – use the classroom password “kclem2”
  • Epic! – While you can pay per month, your child can also log on for free using their classroom code. Contact your child’s teacher for more information.
  • Code.org – Your child has been learning about coding in STEAM! They can continue to complete lessons at home to earn prizes from Ms. Nelson. Log in using your class’ section code.

We have lots of exciting events this month!

This Friday, 4/12 is the first ever Movie Night! Come at 5:30 to purchase some food and to play some free games! The movie (The Lego Movie) will start at 6:30.

Next week, we will go on field trips to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Fischer and Ernst will go on 4/16. Clem and Whitt will go on 4/18.

Spring Picture Day will be on 4/18. Dress your best! Students attending the field trip this day may want to pack an alternate change of clothes to wear on the trip.

Our rescheduled 2nd Grade performance will be in the evening on 4/18.

4/19 is a half day for students. There will be no school on 4/22.

Field Day will be on 4/26. More information will be sent home with your child closer to the date of the event.

Muffins with Moms will be on 5/3. More information will be sent home with your child closer to the event.

Please continue to work with your child on our weekly homework packet. Your child will continue to bring home a personalized list of word study words. Please help your child complete the word study menu activities in the homework packet.

If you have any questions regarding the homework packet, or notice that your child needs assistance with a particular topic, please reach out to your child’s teacher!

If you have any other questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

Spring Break Reminders!

Hello families!

Tomorrow, Friday March 29th, will be a 1/2 day of school. Students will attend career day presentations. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Field trip permission forms were sent home today. Due to the short turnaround time, please return this form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible! If you would like to chaperone, please contact your child’s teacher.

We loved our visit from a dairy farmer today! Ask your child about something they learned about farming or cows!

~ The 2nd Grade Team

Dairy Farmer 2019
Our students loved the dairy farmer presentation! Thank you to Ginger the cow for visiting!

Career Week

It’s Career Week! (And the end of the 3rd nine weeks! And the last week before Spring Break!) Students can dress up this week according to the schedule below:

Monday – Present: Students can dress in Ward’s colors (purple and gold)

Tuesday – High School: Students can dress in the colors of their future high school (Varina is navy blue and gold)

Wednesday – College Day: Students can dress in college wear or the colors of the college they plan to attend

Thursday – Job Interview: Students can dress for a job interview

Friday – Career Day: Students can dress up as their future career! (Our normal dress code rules will apply – please do not wear hats or masks.)

We look forward to having an amazing week and seeing some Second Grade spirit!

~ The Second Grade Team

March Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families!

This month, we are in a fierce “March Madness” competition to see which class can complete the most lessons on Dreambox! Help your child compete by allowing them to complete lessons online at home. You can log onto Dreambox by having your student sign into Clever with their “hcps-” username and password. There are tons of amazing resources your child can access online! Just a few (in addition to some of the amazing ones on Clever) are listed below:

  • Raz-Kids – your child can read along with and listen to books at home.
  • Scholastic News – use the classroom password “kclem2”
  • Epic! – While you can pay per month, your child can also log on for free using their classroom code. Contact your child’s teacher for more information.
  • Code.org – Your child has been learning about coding in STEAM! They can continue to complete lessons at home to earn prizes from Ms. Nelson. Log in using your class’ section code.

Please continue to work with your child on our weekly homework packet. Your child will continue to bring home a personalized list of word study words. Please help your child complete the word study menu activities in the homework packet.

If you have any questions regarding the homework packet, or notice that your child needs assistance with a particular topic, please reach out to your child’s teacher!

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

February Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families! Sorry for the delay in this month’s update.

Congratulations to all of our students for rocking their mid-year benchmark tests! We are unable to send home a copy of the test, but please contact your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s areas of strength in math and reading.

Please continue to work with your child on our weekly homework packet. Your child will continue to bring home a personalized list of word study words. Please help your child complete the word study menu activities in the homework packet.

Your child’s homework now also includes a copy of Scholastic News – this is the article referenced on the front homework sheet. Please encourage your child to read this article and complete the comprehension questions. You can also access Scholastic News online here: https://sn2.scholastic.com/ Click log in at the top of the page. Chose “I am a student”. Our grade level classroom password is kclem2.  You will be able to access old issues and related videos and activities going back to September 2016. Please take advantage of this amazing resource!

If you have any questions regarding the homework packet, or notice that your child needs assistance with a particular topic, please reach out to your child’s teacher!

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

January Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families! We hope that you’ve all had a safe and relaxing winter break. This is your monthly January update.


Here are just some of the things we’ve learned about in the past two months:

  • Equality
  • Addition (and subtraction!)
  • Conflicts and resolutions
  • Plot and theme
  • Native Americans

… and much more!

Please continue to work with your child nightly on our weekly homework packet. Your child will continue to bring home a personalized list of word study words. Please help your child complete the word study activities in the homework packet. We will be focusing on these words during our small group reading rotations and instruction as well.

If you have any questions regarding the homework packet, or notice that your child needs assistance with a particular topic, please reach out to your child’s teacher!


This month, we are putting a school-wide spotlight on our amazing fathers and father figures here at Ward! You are encouraged to volunteer during lunch, greeting our students in the morning, and by attending our events this month. If you would like to volunteer, please make sure that you have a volunteer form on file and have attended an orientation session. Please reach out to Ms. Chase, our Family Advocate, for more information.

Donuts, Dads, and Books will be on January 18th. Letters with more information about this event will be sent home this week.

Fitness Night will be on January 24th. More information will be sent home with your child as we get closer to this date.


If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

November Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families! This is your monthly November update.


Here are just some of the things we’ve learned about last month:

  • Place value
  • Rounding numbers
  • Using nonfiction text features
  • Making predictions
  • Weather – storms and the tools we use to measure weather

… and much more!

We have started our small group instruction in reading and math.

Your child’s nightly homework now contains a reading passage with related multiple choice questions. These are the same kinds of reading passages and questions that your child will see when they take a test. Please take the time to help your child understand the homework. Being exposed to and constantly solving these kinds of problems will ensure that your child is prepared for state testing next year.


Upcoming volunteer orientations will be held on November 5th, November 19th, December 3rd, and December 17th at 8:15 am. Henrico County policy is that you must attend a volunteer orientation AND have a volunteer form on file before chaperoning or volunteering. When you attend a volunteer orientation, please let your child’s teacher know! We would love to have you help out in our classrooms.

Another huge thank you to our chaperones who helped out on our Henricus field trip! Keep an eye on this blogs for photos from our trip.


We had an amazing time at our Fall Festival (despite the rainy weather)! Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend. With your help, we were able to raise money for our PBIS fund.

Our STREAM night will be Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 – 7:00. We hope to see you there! It will be a great opportunity to learn more about science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and mathematics!


If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team

 

October Update

Hello 2nd Grade Families! This is your monthly October update!


We have been hard at work this past month! Here are just a few of the things child has learned about so far:

  • Ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd…)
  • Patterns
  • Even and odd numbers
  • The three ways to read a book
  • What it means to be a good citizen
  • American symbols

We will be starting small group instruction in reading and math this month.

We ask for your support at home as we start to move into our unit on place value. Place value is the foundation of much of the math your child will be learning this year. If you notice that your child is struggling at home with this concept, please visit the resources available on this blog or contact your child’s teacher.

Please continue to read at home with your child! The more your child reads, the stronger they will become!

This week we will be covering the famous Americans Christopher Columbus and Cesar Chavez in Social Studies.

Get ready for our unit on weather in Science this month!


Our Fall Book Fair is coming up! Please keep your eyes out for a flyer with more information.

If you are volunteering, remember to sign the binder in the main office to earn your Parent Honor Roll points! Many of you have been earning points already by coming to Back to School Night, Open House, and by signing your child’s Ward Log each night. Remember, parents who earn 200 points each nine weeks will be recognized on our school website, Facebook, Twitter, be featured on the Parent Board in our school, and will be listed on our grade level newsletter! Earning 600 points by May will earn you a ticket to our Parent Honor Roll Bash! (Details coming soon!)

All volunteers must attend orientation before working with students. This is a new policy that comes from Henrico County. Ward’s next orientation will be October 10th at 8am.

Our Fall Festival fundraiser will be on October 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM. Admission is free! Food trucks will be there! We will have stations (some of which will cost tickets) and your child will be able to “Trunk or Treat”! We hope to see you there! (We’ve already started to plan our theme for costumes!)


If you have any questions about the information above, please contact your child’s teacher! Keep your eye on this page for additional updates!

The Second Grade Team