May 25

Summer Slide

Some of you may have heard of the summer reading slide while that may be a completely new term for some of you. The summer reading slide is the idea that students that do not continue to practice reading or math facts tend to lose about two months worth of instruction. However, there are many ways we try to combat this issue. Students will be coming home with a summer folder that details more information on the summer slide as well as some activities that they can complete.
Below are a few links if you would like to learn more about the summer slide. My favorite source of information about the summer reading slide and all things reading. Scholastic’s Summer Reading Report Scholastic- Do Kids Really Experience a Summer Slide? Avoid the Summer Brain Drain! Easy Ways to Build Your Child’s Reading Skills
May 24

Field Day Reminder

Just a reminder that field day is next Friday, May 31st.

-Wear the color shirt assigned to your child.
-Wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers.
-Put on sunscreen at home.
-Bring a water bottle or 2 (one for morning and one for afternoon).
-Eat a healthy breakfast to have energy!

May 23

Second Grade End of Year Celebration

This year we have decided to do a joint second grade end of year celebration. Each class broke into teams to plan different aspects of our end of year celebration. Mrs. Nelson’s class chose the lunch menu for the day, Mrs. Swavely’s class chose the crafts for the day, and our class chose the games for the day.

Crafts- Marshmallow and Toothpick Houses and Friendship Bracelets

Games- Minute to Win It Games and Drip, Drip, Splash

We have previously sent home the Sign Up Genius and most items and volunteer spots have been picked up. If you would like to see if there is anything else available to donate, please use the link below. Thank you so much for making this year such a wonderful year!

November 7

Christmas Child

Purchased items are in red. Reserved items are in green.

Our class will be sponsoring a six year old boy for Christmas.  You may wish to purchase something for him that you think a six year old would enjoy.  We also have a wish list of some items he needs and would like for Christmas. Please send all items into school unwrapped.

I plan to update my blog daily with gifts that have been purchased for our child. You can also look for updates in our homework folders on Fridays. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, feel free to send me a quick note to check if someone else has already purchased it.  If no one has then I will reserve that item for you, if you desire.

Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off his wish list.  Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for him.

Wish List of Needs:

  • winter clothing (top size 10, pant size 12)
  • winter coat (size 12)
  • shoes (size 4)- Sneakers
  • socks (winter socks)
  • PJ Mask Bed Sheets (Size Twin)


Wish List of Wants:

  • PJ Mask Toys and Games – PJ Mask Jenga and Trouble
  • PJ Mask Blankets
  • Air Purifier (for his bedroom)
  • Manipulative Toys
    • Play Dough- PJ Mask
    • Magic Sand
    • Legos
  • Books (1st grade reading level)
    • PJ Masks
    • Activity Books
    • Tactile Learning Books
    • Audio Books


*You may also send in small items to be used as stocking stuffers


Favorite color: Green

November 6

Add it Up

As you know, we have currently been talking about addition with and without regrouping in math class. This is a fun song that we made to help students remember how to add two numbers with and without regrouping. Make sure that your child shows you the hand motions that go with it!  (I apologize in advance for it getting stuck in your head! :P)



August 28

Grandparent’s Tea

Grandparents’ Day is Sunday, September 11th.  Our class would like to celebrate this special day by inviting our grandparents to join us for a special “tea” in the classroom.

Where: Mrs. Henn’s room, 107

When: Monday, September 10th

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

Grandparents will be invited to tour the classroom, listen to a story, help their grandchild with a craft, and enjoy some light refreshments. This is a great day to celebrate grandparents* and all the wonderful things they do!

*If your child does not have grandparents to invite, or any that live close by, they may invite another family member/friend from that generation.  Sorry parents! We’ll invite you in another time!


My grandparents join us too! 🙂

July 16

Back to School Shopping and Survey

I cannot believe it is already time for back to school shopping! School will be starting before we know it!

You will be receiving a back to school letter in the mail sometime in the next few weeks, but I figured some of you may be curious about the items you will need now.

The second grade teachers supply everything that your child will need. I have purchased a pencil pouch for each student and already filled it with 2 pencils, crayons, a glue stick, an eraser, a whiteboard marker and eraser, and a bookmark. We will supply all of the folders that your child will need.

Your child may bring:
-pencils (they go through them so quickly!)
-erasers (same as above)
-a handheld pencil sharpener
-their own crayons, colored pencils or markers
-Earbuds- Each child will have a Chromebook that they will use daily. We recommend sending in a pair of earbuds that your child can use. If they do not have earbuds, they will use the school’s headphones. Your child can store his/her earbuds in his/her pencil pouch.

Please click here to complete the survey before the start of school. Thank you for your time!

Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions! I cannot wait to partner with you and your family this year!

My email address is

June 19

Welcome to Second Grade

I just wanted to say hello to all of the incoming second graders and their families. I hope that everyone is having a fun and relaxing summer!

The second grade teachers work as a team to ensure success and a great year for all students. We have created a survey to help us get to know you and your child.

Please click here to complete the survey before the start of school. Thank you for your time!

We look forward to a fun and rewarding year with you and your child in second grade! Have a fantastic rest of your summer!

June 16

Summer Library

Each summer, our amazing librarians at Brecknock plan fun, educational nights in the library. Join Mrs. Means, Mrs. High, and some of the other specialists for a fun night of reading and activities. Summer library is a drop in event from 6:00-8:00pm.  Students are able to check out up to 5 books!

June 18– Fitness Fun– fun fitness activities with Mrs. High

June 25– Awesome Art! Join Mrs. Buckman for some art fun.

July 2– Spectacular Science– Hands-on science with Mrs. Braverman

July 9– Music Mania– Join Mr. Goodman for a musically good time!

July 17- Doggone Good Books– Stories about man’s best friend and a chance to meet our canine visitors.

Tuesday, July 31– Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration