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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 3 & 4 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping in math and we will be starting our study of learning how to tell time on an analog clock including elapsed time as well (ex: if soccer practice is at 5:30 and it takes 45 minutes to get there what time should we leave?) In science we have been studying insects and their life cycles. Our caterpillars emerged last week from their chrysalides (the students got to see all 5 emerge!) as Painted Lady butterflies and we were able to release them to freedom! We will continue our study of ants and we also have 2 tadpoles that we hope will complete their metamorphosis before the end of the year!


    We will not have spelling words this week, instead we will be working on science vocabulary in class.

    The end of this month and into May we will be taking our final assessments in math and reading.

    This Friday is early release and the PTSA Spring Carnival from 5-8 p.m. Hope you can join us!

    Please continue your 20 minutes of nightly reading and please have your child complete at least 30 minutes of Dreambox a week.

    We had a special visitor (a former student of mine) from the United States Airforce come to our class as a guest speaker, the students had a great time interviewing him and learning about what he does. If you, or someone you know, would like to share their profession with us we would love to have them! Please let me know.

    Thank you for your support!


    Mrs. Parks

    Calendar of Events for 4th Quarter

    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 and 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.



    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



    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!!