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

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      happy new year 2021

    New Schedule: 

    January 4-15 - Distance Learning at home on Canvas and Zoom


    Attendance, All Things EQ Zoom


    Reading/Writing Zoom

    9:35- 10:00

    Reading small group Zooms

    Mon., Wed. & Fri. Mr. Shelton's Group go to his Zoom link

    Mon., Wed., & Fri. - everyone else comes to my Zoom link


    Math Zoom


    Math small group Zooms

    Mon. & Wed. Mrs. Hartley's Zoom

    My group will stay on with me on our Zoom


    RTI groups to be announced




    Social Studies/Science Zoom Mon-Thurs; Fri.- Library 


    Specials: Art, Music, P.E.  Zoom Links in Canvas

    Schedule: Jan. 4-8 

    Mon 4- PE, Tues. 5- PEWed.6- Art, Thurs.7 Art, Fri 8- Fun Friday

    Jan. 11-15:

    Mon. 11-PE, Tues.12- PE, Wed.13- Music, Thurs.14- Music, Fri.15 - Fun Friday


    Office Hours by appointment


      Students return to in person school on January 19th (bring all supplies, books, & computers back.)


    Dear Friends and Family,

    I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season filled with family memories!  I’m wishing you each a happy and healthy 2021!  

    I would like to thank everyone for the thoughtful gifts and holiday wishes, I appreciate each one. 

    I am very excited to begin a new year and our 3rd quarter with such a great class!  Please make sure your child is reading nightly. We will be very busy in these last 2 quarters of 2nd grade!

    Calendar of Events

    January 8, 15, & 29– 1:15 release days

    January 18 – No School Martin Luther King Day

    February 5 & 12– 1:15 release days

    February 15 – No School President’s Day

    February 25 & 26 –Early Release 11:20 Parent/Teacher Conferences



    Mrs. Parks


    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.    


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    All Things EQ – Because Your life depends on you!

      (our social and emotional intelligence) 


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    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 with various materials 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 online.
    3. Have a family reading time.
    4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities.

    5. Show enthusiasm for your child's reading!