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

Announcement – Birthday Treat Policy

Hello all!

Our school has asked us to share the following message with you:

As a school, in an effort to maintain a safe environment for all students, we are no longer allowing birthday treats to be distributed to classes. Parents are always welcome to bring a treat for their birthday boy or girl to enjoy during lunch.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

Again, parents may no longer bring in birthday treats for the entire class. You may still send in an individual treat for your child to enjoy at lunch, or come in to spend some time with your child during their lunch period.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Thank you for understanding!


January Updates

Welcome back!!!   Hopefully we are done with the snow for awhile.   This month we will focus on the following topics.

Math– 2 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping.

Reading– Fiction- main idea and questioning

Science– Animals and Habitats

We will also participate in semester benchmark testing.   Mark your calendars:

Reading Part 1– Thursday, January 25th

Reading Part 2- Friday, January 26th

Math Part 1– Monday, February 4th

Math Part 2– Tuesday, February 5th





November 6th -10th

We enjoyed meeting with so many families this week at conferences.   We are very excited to start the 2nd marking period.

Reading– nonfiction- predicting.   We used Lakota Indian books for a great connection to social studies.

Math–  Rounding to the nearest 10.

Social Studies–Lakota Indians.   Over the next few weeks we will learn about the Lakota, Powhatan and Pueblo Indians.   We can not wait until the trip to Henricus this coming week.

Week of October 23rd- 27th

It was a busy week that ending in a very exciting way!!!   Trunk or Treat was a huge success.   Thank you to all our families that came out and celebrated with us.   If you have any photos from it email me @   We will post them here for all to enjoy.

Reading– Fiction- main idea.   We used an organizer that really helped the students identify the main idea of some very fun pumpkin themed books.

Math–  Graphing and equality.   We continued to work on bar and pictographs as well as understand the equal sign.

Social Studies– Map Skills.  Test is this Friday.   See study guide.   We are working on locating the continents and oceans on the world map.   We are also working to locate the great lakes, James River, Rio Grande, Mississippi River, Appalachian Mountains and Rocky Mountains.