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    Wednesday, August 14th Curriculum Night for Parents

    5:00-5:45 p.m. OR 6:00-6:45 p.m.


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

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    Dear Friends and Family,

    I’m glad to report that our first week was a success! We began to get acquainted with each other and all of the routines and procedures that a new year requires.  I am very excited about our wonderful class and the many educational opportunities that await us!

    I will be continuing to assess your children in reading, math, and spelling as we continue to learn classroom routines and procedures. Ask your child about ‘respect.’ We have been learning all about what it means to us.

    Thank you SO MUCH for the donations that we have received. We are set and your support and generosity is very much appreciated!!! Your child will not need any other folders, notebooks, or pencil boxes so please have them keep those items for use at home.

    Please plan to attend Curriculum Night on Aug. 14th. There will be 2 sessions you can choose from 5:00-5:45 or 6:00-6:45 p.m.

    Homework begins this week. Homework folders are sent home on Monday, please return the folder and finished homework with your signature which indicates that you have checked it on Friday. My homework is designed to be an interactive and positive time for you and your child, and to begin building a foundation for good study habits. These assignments should not take a long time or be frustrating for either of you. If it becomes so, please discontinue the activity and send me a note. Please feel free to enrich or remediate the activities to accommodate your child’s ability level. The most important part of our nightly homework is 20 minutes of time spent reading books together. These can be books that you read TO your child, books that you read WITH your child (you read and your child follows along or reads with you) or books that your child reads TO you. All three are of equal importance for any child at any reading level. Please have your child fill out the pink reading log daily and then you can initial it. Return reading logs when they are complete. At least 1 reading log is due each month.

    Your student is signed up for Raz-Kids, you can access it from the Las Brisas homepage and our class is Star 4. These are good books at your child’s level and can be counted on their reading log. I have placed their log-in card in the back of the homework folder.  Your student is also enrolled in Dream Box which is an online math practice program.  This fun and motivational program will be very beneficial for your child, please have them participate weekly for at least 20 minutes. Their log-in cards are in the back of their homework folder as well. 

    In your homework folder you will find an invitation to Class Dojo, our parent/teacher communication tool. Please sign up by following these instructions:

    1. Download the ClassDojo app

    2. Open the app and select parent

    3. Enter this code: PY9BRX6WS

    With the heat we are experiencing, please make sure your child is well hydrated in the evenings which will help your child stay focused and safe during the day. Please feel free to contact me anytime, email or Dojo is the fastest and easiest way to contact me.


    Thank You!    

    Mrs. Parks

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


    Mrs. Parks

    Calendar of Events for 1st Quarter

    Wednesday, August 14th Curriculum Night Choose 1 session to attend: 5:00-5:45 p.m. OR 6:00-6:45 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!!