Weekly Update – September 10th


Welcome to a new school year! All of our students are off to a wonderful start. Thank you for your support in these first important weeks of school, and thank you for attending Parent Night. We enjoyed meeting all of you that were able to attend. We are excited to be your partners as your child travels in their Lower School journey. This blog will serve as the main source of information for all second grade related news during the school year.

Picture Day is next week on Wednesday, September 12th! If you are interested in ordering pictures, please be sure to complete the order form and have your child return it to his/her teacher on or by this date.

A few important reminders from Mrs. Girvan:

Children arriving late or leaving early should be signed in or out in the front lobby of Lower School. If dropping off items for a child, a faculty or staff member must take the item to the child’s room. Parents or visitors are not to deliver students directly to their rooms or drop off items to the classroom.

Parents attending lunch or volunteering at school must check-in at the front office of Lower School.

Thank you for helping us keep our school a safe place for everyone!


  • Wednesday, September 12: Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 13: Lead From Here Picnic for 1st and 2nd grade families- 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 18: Last day for Go, Play, Save Fundraiser


Language Arts

  • Building our reading stamina by setting reading goals and increasing the volume of our reading
  • Increasing our reading fluency by quickly recognizing and scooping up sight words in order to read in longer phrases
  • Retelling the order of events in a story in order to help us develop our reading comprehension skills
  • Recording our comprehension
  • Distinguishing between different fiction genres (historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery)
  • Studying the craft of mentor authors in order to write meaningful narrative stories
  • Noticing and capturing everyday moments in order to save them for possible story ideas to write later
  • Stretching out small moment narratives by zooming in on the moment and magnifying it with details
  • Using a capital letter at the beginning of every sentence and a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence


  • Comparing numbers within 1,000
  • Writing equivalent names for numbers by using addition and subtraction (Ex: 10 can be represented as 4+6, 3+7, or as tally marks)
  • Finding combinations of 10 in order to increase fact fluency
  • Exploring even and odd numbers
  • Looking for place value patterns while skip counting
  • Identifying number patterns within 1,000


  • Identifying the six different types of simple machines (wheel, axle, lever, screw, wedge, pulley)

Social Studies

  • Lead From Here lessons (citizen-leaders-collaboration)
  • Geography (using maps and globes)



Mrs. Lane’s  class will swim between August 27th – September 11th

Ms. Crawford’s class will swim between September 17th – September 28th

Mrs. Bever’s class will swim between October 1st – October 15th



2nd Grade – New Year



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