February Newsletter

February is here and love is in the air. We are looking forward to a LOVELY month!

100th Day of School

  • Believe it or not, the 100th day of school is almost here! This year the 100th day will be on Thursday, February 5. Please have your child bring in a collection of 100 small items to show the class. Some ideas are pennies, Q-tips, legos, macaroni, etc. Please make sure the collection can fit easily in your child’s backpack and is PEANUT and NUT FREE if it is a food item. We are also going to dress like we are 100 years old. Some suggestions include: girls-wearing a bun (baby powder makes your hair look white), long skirt, pearls, a shawl, glasses. Boys-trousers, glasses, tie or sweater, add a cane. Just have fun with your interpretation—don’t go out and buy anything new!

Valentine's Day

  • Our class parties will be on Friday, February 13 at 1:30 pm in your child’s classroom. You should have received a letter in the daily folder from our room mom, Kelli Jo, information about the party. Please address a Valentine card to each child in the homeroom class (you may make cards for both classes if you would like to). If writing each child's name is difficult, you could also write To: A friend, or leave the To: portion blank. Students will deliver their own Valentines to each other, so it is important they can read/match their friends' names. If you attach candy to the cards please make sure it is PEANUT and NUT FREE. Please see your child’s class list below. Your child will also need to bring a homemade or store bought mailbox with them to collect their valentines.

Miss Hough’s Class (12 students)

  • Lyla Anderson
  • Victoria Balderas
  • Ella Carlin
  • Amaya Cowans
  • Carson Craik
  • Bradyn Disman
  • Alexa Magallanes
  • Alexis Montero
  • Dylan Moreno
  • Hudson Tomcheck
  • Beckett Walsh
  • Adena Walter

Mrs. Haynes’ Class (14 students)

  • Cecilia Allen
  • Yared Alvarado-Diaz
  • Natalie Clayton
  • Martina Dalmas
  • Micaela Dalmas
  • Hudson Gabel
  • Caroline Gonzalez
  • Brooklynn Gue
  • Joseph Jasso
  • David Lamas
  • Esteban Lezama
  • Romina Ortega
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Brandon Robillard

Six Flags Reading Minutes

Your child can earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags for this summer by reading for 6 hours between now and February 20 and keeping a log of books and minutes read.This log was already sent home in your child’s folder. Completed forms need to be turned in by February 20 in order to receive a ticket. Books that your child reads, or YOU read to your child count. You can count books from the Reading Folder, library books, and books from home. Happy Reading!


Mrs. Gerdes' 2nd grade class has created a new Silver Lake T-shirt as a part of their economics unit. An order form will be sent home if you would like to purchase one.

What are we learning this month?

*Language Arts:

I can manipulate words:

  • I can add phonemes to words. (What do you have if you add /p/ to the end of 'ram'?)
  • I can substitute phonemes in words. (change /s/ in 'sit' to /f/)

I can use advanced reading strategies to read unfamiliar words:

  • Word familes (-at, -op, -in, etc.), digraphs and dipthongs (th, sh, ou, ee, etc.)

I can use nonfiction texts to research for information.

  • I can record the information that I find to show what I have learned about a topic.

I Can Read Poems and High Frequency words of the week:

-Feb. 2: "Grapevine" our, so

-Feb. 9: "10 Little Valentines" one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

-Feb.16: "The Presidents" do, who

-Feb. 23: "T-E-X-A-S" that, there

Please remember to write each of these words on its own index card and practice them with your child for a few minutes 3 or more times a week. Your child can practice writing them on a dry erase board or scrap paper too. Children who learn these words quickly and correctly are often very successful readers and writers. Learning 3-4 words each week is much easier than waiting and trying to learn all of them (almost 100 words) at once!


-Building numbers to 20



-Force and Motion

*Social Studies:

-Our community

-Our state

Important Dates:

Feb. 4: College Shirt

Feb. 5: 100th Day of School

Feb. 6: Family Sock Hop 6:30 pm

Feb. 11: Team Shirt

Feb. 12: Positive Proof (ID cards for children)

Feb. 13: Valentine's parties 1:30

Feb. 16: President's Day-No School for students

Feb. 18: Wacky Wed.-My passion is.... (Wear something that represents what you love)

Feb. 18 and 19: Early Dismissal 11:45

Feb. 25- Hike and Bike

Feb. 27- Individual and Class Picture Day

Teacher Tips:

Writing at home

  • When your child is trying to write a word he doesn't know, instead of spelling it for him, remind your child to stretch or “punch” out the sounds in the words: hhh.....aaa.....ttt...... making sure to exaggerate the sounds. Also, dividing the word into syllables is a good strategy too: di... /no.../saur - say each syllable and write the sounds as you hear them. These are strategies we use at school everyday and will benefit your child if you can encourage the use of them at home too.

Effective Discipline
adapted from: www.parentsaction.org

  • Discipline is teaching, not punishing.
    When you discipline your child, you are teaching an important lesson: 'Every time you do this, I must stop you until you can learn to stop yourself." If you do this in a loving and consistent way, your child will eventually learn to set her own limits and will carry those lessons throughout her life.
    Here are a few tips to help with effectively disciplining children:
    -Create dependable, predictable routines. Children need regular sleep schedules and feeding schedules. A child feels safe when he understands that he will be helped to control himself when he can't do it on his own, and that there are certain routines that he can count on as reliable and consistent.
    -Try to understand what your child is communicating to you and respond appropriately. Try to figure out what it is that she needs, and respond in a loving way.
    -Encourage exploration and curiosity, but keep your child safe. A child learns by 'testing' the limits that are set for him. Distract and redirect a child's attention when he is doing something you don't like. Try to avoid unnecessary conflict. A constant bombardment of 'no' will dull important messages. Instead of getting angry with the child for his behavior, let him know that you don't like what he's doing, and divert his attention to something more posi- tive.
    -Avoid labeling the child -- label the behavior instead. Be sure to tell your child that you love him, you just don't love what he's doing.
    -Reinforce positive behavior. Discipline isn't just a way to eliminate undesirable behavior; it is an opportunity to promote learning and positive self-esteem in your child. Tell a child when she is doing something right. Make sure she knows you appreciate her. If she knows that you appreciate her, she may be more responsive when you correct her behavior at another time.
    -Understand that every child is unique. It's important for parents and caregivers to understand that every child is different and can react to situations and stress in different ways. Some children are calm; others are more excitable. Some children learn quickly, while others may need lessons to be repeated many times. Remember that children learn at different paces, so be patient when teaching limits.

We had lots of fun exploring the elements of fairy tales using QR codes and Popplet!

We also had fun learning about force and motion by exploring how things move!

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