•       back to school 2

    Monday, August 5th - Meet the Teacher 4:30-6:00 p.m.


      Welcome to Mrs. Parks' Family Connection!
    Our 2nd Grade News in Room 207

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    Dear Friends and Family,

    It is with great pleasure that I welcome each family to our class. I am looking forward to being a partner with you in your child’s academic success. I love the anticipation of a new school year because it holds such hope and promise. I have many plans for a wonderful year as we all grow together in a fun and nurturing learning environment.

    There will not be any homework the first week or two of school.

    Please feel free to contact me by phone or email anytime with your comments, concerns, or questions. I believe that communication is a key element to our success.

    •  Please fill out and return the attached papers. I appreciate your time and support!
    •  During the first week of school there will also be other important papers that must be filled out and returned to school as soon as possible.
    •  Please make sure that the office ALWAYS has all current phone numbers to   reach you at.

              During the first weeks of school we will be getting to know each other, building our classroom community, learning new routines, procedures, rules, and expectations. Your child will probably be pretty tired when they return home as ‘getting back to the routine’ proves to be challenging for all of us! Plan for simple evenings with plenty of time for discussions and ‘down time.’ Evening reading is essential for your child’s success and is a great way to unwind from the busy day.  Please make sure that your child is drinking plenty of fluids during the evening since outside play is still quite hot!! Your support during this period of adjustment is appreciated.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.     debi.parks@dvusd.org 


    Mrs. Parks

    Calendar of Events for 1st Quarter

    Monday, August 5th - Meet the Teacher 4:30-6:00 p.m.

    1:15 p.m. Early release Days for August:






    I believe in building a community of respectful learners. My plan is designed to help children gain more personal control (self discipline) in a positive, nurturing environment where intrinsic rewards (I feel good about myself!) is the ultimate goal, and responsibility for their own behavior is the expectation. I focus on students being honorable, accountable, having a willing attitude, and being kind.  Please discuss these expectations with your child to reinforce the positive behaviors desired. If you ever have any questions regarding behavior please contact me and thank you, in advance, for your support. School wide we pride ourselves on being STARS and following these behaviors: 

    S- shows responsibility

    T- trustworthiness

    A- accountability

    R- respect

    S- safety

    Thank You, in advance, for your support.    


    School Supplies



    We will be using various materials in our classroom this year. The following is a sample list of items for voluntary donation only. The experiences of contributing to the creation of the classroom learning materials help children realize that they are a valued member of our class. Sharing one’s materials helps the children appreciate the cooperative effort that is necessary in building a learning environment. We will be sharing all markers, pencils, crayons, and glue sticks. Your child will not need a pencil box of any kind, or any other notebooks other than the 2 listed below.


    •  1” (one inch) 3 ring binder (notebook) & pencil pouch marked with child’s name
    •   ½” (one-half inch) 3 ring binder (notebook)  marked with child’s name
    •  1 composition book WIDE RULED (the marbled black & white type) marked with your child’s name
    •  Tissues
    •  Band-aids
    •   Antibacterial wipes (Clorox, etc…)
    •  Pencils
    •  Pencil top erasers
    •  White board markers
    •  Ziplock style baggies – large sizes
    •  Crayons
    •  Markers
    •  Glue sticks
    •  HP OfficeJet ink cartridges # 950 and/or # 951



    10 ways to get your child reading without picking up a book!

    1. Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
    2. Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
    3. Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
    4. Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
    5. Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.            
    6. Create signs and labels for items in their room.
    7. Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
    8. Letters, postcards, or magazines.
    9. Write messages for your child.
    10. Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.

    Reading is the key to your child’s success!               

     My Top 10 Reasons Why Reading Is Important (for kids AND adults) 

    1. Kids who read often and widely get better at it. Practice makes perfect in almost everything we humans do and reading is no different.

    2. Reading  exercises our brains. Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than, say, watching TV is. Reading strengthens brain connections and actually builds new connections.

    3. Reading improves concentration. Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading. If they read regularly as they grow up, they develop the ability to do this for longer and longer periods.

    4. Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger  children learn to read confidently and well.

    5. Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child's ability to write well. This is because children learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.

    6. Reading develops a child’s imagination. This is because when we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. When we’re engaged in a story, we’re also imagining how the characters are feeling. We use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.

    7.  Reading helps kids develop empathy.  It helps children identify with the character in the story to understand how they are feeling.

    8. Because reading helps children do better at school in all subjects not just in reading, and they do better all the way through school.

    9. Reading is a great form of entertainment!

    10. Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind. This is an important point because these days we seem to have forgotten how to relax and especially how to be silent.  The constant movement, flashing lights and noise which bombard our senses when we’re watching TV, looking at a computer or playing an electronic game are actually quite stressful for our brains. When we read, we read in silence and the black print on a white page is much less stressful for our eyes and brains.

     Check out the ideas below that will help you to be successful in setting your nightly reading schedule. The single most important thing you can do right now for your child's academic success is to make sure that they are reading 20 minutes each day with books at their level.  

    According to familyeducation.com the top 5 ways to improve your child’s reading are as follows:

    1. Set aside a regular time to listen to or read to your children every day.
    2. Surround your children with reading material, you can get plenty at the local library, at school or online.
    3. Have a family reading time.
    4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities:

    • Play board games like Scrabble & Boggle.
    • Collect Trading Cards – read the facts.
    • Read to learn – like how to do magic tricks.
    • Get cooking, read recipes and menus.
    • Make cards for birthdays, parties, & thank you notes.            
    • Create signs and labels for items in their room.
    • Cereal boxes and nutrition labels.
    • Letters, postcards, or magazines.
    • Write messages for your child.
    • Have a scavenger hunt with written clues.
    • Text or email a family member on a regular basis.

    5. Develop the library habit, and show enthusiasm for your child's reading!!