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

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    Dear Friends and Family,

    The Sharks have been busy learning about money, famous Americans, writing, and we also have a class goal to make our school a kinder place so we are doing 100 acts of kindness!

    As we wrap up the 3rd quarter (which is so hard to believe!) I would like to remind you that your child’s nightly reading remains to be very key in their success. Please have them read out loud to you as they are working on their fluency. They should be bringing home at least 1 Accelerated Reading book weekly at their level and then taking a quiz on that book. The quarter ends on March 15th and report cards will go home shortly after that.

    Please continue to have your child write a sentence for each of their spelling words the first week you get them. I would like to make sure that they understand how to use each word in context. They are due on the Friday of the 1st week they get their new words.

    I would like to wish each of you a safe and fun spring break March 18th – 22nd.

    famous americans

    This will be the last famous American book report due. You may choose to do it anyway you would like. The homework sheet has a few ideas for you but simple is good. The focus should be on the reading and writing of the information. They will present it to the class and they should be able to answer questions about the famous American they are writing about.

    Thank you for your support!

     Sincerely,

    Mrs. Parks

    Calendar of Events

    March 7 – Spelling Test

    March 15 – Field Day There will be a morning & afternoon session you are welcome to join us.

    March 18-22 Spring Break- No School

    March 28 –Spelling Test

    April 5 – Early Release 11:20 a.m.

    April 5 – Spring Carnival 5-8 p.m.

    April 19 & 22 – No School spring break days

    May 3 – Early Release 11:20 a.m.

    May 23- Last Day of 2nd grade class party Early Release 11:20 a.m.

     

    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!                                 

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

           

    Our lunch is from 11:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. you are always welcome to join your child in the cafeteria for lunch.
    Our Special Area Schedule is as follows from 2:00-2:45 p.m. daily:

     Monday – PE

    Tuesday – Music        

    Wednesday – PE                                          

    Thursday – Art                                      

    Friday – will be on a rotation or special activity

    but always be prepared with tennis type shoes.

    • Flip-flop shoes are a safety concern and make it very difficult for your child to play on the playground equipment safely. On PE days tennis type shoes are always required.
    • Your child will be dismissed from their special area class daily.

     

    DISCIPLINE

    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,    

    Mrs. Parks

    debi.parks@dvusd.org

     

    School Supplies

     

     Items for voluntary donations throughout the year can always be used and are always very much appreciated! 

    •  Tissues 
    •   Antibacterial wipes (Clorox, etc…)
    •  Pencils & pencil top erasers
    •  Band-aids
    • HP OfficeJet ink cartridges #950 and/or #951
       

     
     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!!