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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,

    I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family and I’m wishing you a happy and healthy 2019!  

    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 learning about the human body in science and famous Americans and Presidents in Social Studies this quarter.

    Please 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. This will be a new routine for the last 2 quarters. Thank you!

    Report cards will be going home soon for our 2nd quarter of learning.

    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!

    Calendar of Events for 3rd Quarter

    January 21 – No School Martin Luther King Day

    January 25 – Early Release 11:20                                  

    February 6 – No School Teacher’s Training

    February 14 & 15 –Early Release Days - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

    We will have a Valentine party, I will let you know when.

    February 18 – No School President’s Day

    February 22 – Field Trip Halle Heart Center

    March 1 – Early Release Day

    March 18-22 – Spring Break

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Parks

                                      

    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!!