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Classroom News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling Words

Consonant blends  sl, st, sk sp

Pattern – slide, sled, slip, skip, skid, step, stand, stone, spell, spin, 

 Dolch – sleep, some, come, make, kind

Late Start on Wednesday, October 18. School begins at 9:40. 

I hope to see you at Social Studies Night on Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 – 6:30. There will be many fun activities for students to participate in. 

Picture Day is October 23. 

Students in 2nd Grade will have their hearing screened at the end of the month.

    Image result for jack o lantern  Halloween 

We will have some fun on Halloween doing a variety of activities in the classroom in the morning. If you would like to help, you must have a volunteer form on file in the office. This must be done this week in order for you to help on Halloween. 

Students are enjoying the fresh fruit and veggie snacks. This week we had pears, apples, kiwi, and sweet peppers.

Please remind your child to read daily and color the correct square on the reading log so they can earn a Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut. 


Have a great week!!


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Classroom News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling Words – CVCe – u, CVC – u

Pattern – cut, cute, tub, tube, cub cube, nut, tune, fun, rude

Dolch – blue, use, apple, here, find

Scholastic Book Orders are due by Wednesday, October 11. 

Fruit/Veggie Snacks start tomorrow. We never know what we will get. It could be pineapple pieces or carrots and ranch dressing. Please send in a healthy snack on Fridays.

Rock Painting – as part of our school wide  PBIS  (Positive Behavior  Intervention and Supports) program we will all be painting small rocks to be put in a rock garden at school. If you haven’t sent in a small rock yet please do so by Wednesday.

Friday, October 13th  is a half day so teachers can attend professional development. School will be dismissed at 11:45. 

Wednesday, October 18th is a late start. School begins at 9:40. 

Social Studies Night is Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 – 6:30. Hope to see you there! 

Here is one more picture from our science lesson about the properties of matter. We created hats to keep rain and sun off our heads with limited materials.



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Classroom News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling Words  CVCe and CVC  with o

Pattern – hop, hope, fox, box,  mop, pop, cone, bone, not , note

Dolch – cold, open, own, old, hold

September Reading Logs are due. Students will receive a new Pizza Hut Book It reading log for October. Students color a square on the calendar for each day that they read. If students  read for 500 minutes for the month, they will receive a coupon for a personal pan pizza.

Fresh Fruit/Veggies Snack

We will receive a fresh fruit or veggie snack M-Th starting Monday, October 9.

LATE START – Wednesday, October 18th, school will begin at 9:40.

Social Studies Night – Thursday, October 19, from 5:00 – 6:30

Picture Day is October 23.



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Classroom News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling Words

These words have the short and long i sound. We call it Superhero i because it says it’s name and lazy i which is it’s superhero disguise.

Please practice daily. Students can write the words, spell the words out loud, or go to You can search for my name, Julie Spencer, and find list number 4. There are games the kids can play.

Pattern bit, bite, hid, hide, hike, kit, kite, dim, dime, bike

Dolch– his, ride, if , him,into


We had some fun in science this week. We are learning about the properties of matter. We made hats to keep the sun off our faces and rain off our heads. Here are a few of our hats.


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Classroom News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling Words

Our words this week are CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) and CVCe (consonant, vowel, consonant +e) . We are learning that the e at the end of the word changes the vowel sound from a short vowel sound to a long vowel sound.

Pattern Words –  cap, cape, mad, made, pan, pane, tap, tape, man, mane 

Dolch Words –  ask, take, as, fast, after

NWEA Testing this Week

We will be taking the NWEA Reading test on Tuesday morning and the NWEA Math test on Thursday morning. There are about 56 questions on each test. We will take a short break half way through. Please talk to your child about taking their time and doing their best on the test. Also, please make sure your child gets enough sleep and eats a good breakfast so they can be well rested and ready  the morning of the test.


Every now and then I will share a math game with you that would be easy to play at home. The supplies needed can be found at the dollar store.


By Terri Thompson

In Counting On: The Card Game, we’re practicing the basic skill of counting on (counting beginning at any number other than one).


Deck of cards with the Jacks, Queens, Kings, and Jokers removed

Dice (1 or 2) 


Shuffle and place the cards face down on the table. Player one flips over the top card and starts a discard pile.

Next the first player will throw the dice. Their challenge is to start counting from the number shown on the card and count on the number of times shown on the dice.

If you flip over a 3 and roll a 6 you would start with 3 and count on 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.           3 + 6 =9

Take turns flipping over a card and counting.

There is no winner or loser in this game. It’s just simply a turn-taking game.

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News from Room 211

Weekly Spelling words will be located in your child’s planner as well as here on the blog. The test will be on Friday morning.

The pattern this week is consonant, vowel, consonant – cvc words.

Pattern words – pet, ten, pot, cup, job, wet, hot, pup, sob, pen

Dolch words – help, not, up, funny, red

Our Specials Schedule

Monday – Media (computer skills) with Mrs. Hmayed

Tuesday – Gym with Mrs. Suarez , Science with Ms. McCormick

Wednesday – Music with Mrs. Bagnall

Thursday – Music

Friday – Art with Ms. Torres

Homework  will come home Monday through Thursday and is due the next day.

Students should be bringing home their homework folder, planner, and reading bag every day. Please remind your child to read everyday for at least 20 minutes.

I am looking forward to meeting you at Open House is Thursday, September 14 from 6:00 to 7:30. There will be sign up sheets for fall conferences as well as a sign up sheet to help in the classroom for special events.



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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

The beginning of the year is always so exciting!  We had a very nice first day!

Students brought home a note with information that will be helpful for this year. I will be sending home two notes on Monday for parents to read through and respond to. Please send them back on Tuesday if possible.

Students are welcome to bring a healthy snack daily as well as a bottle of water. Our lunch time is 12:30 – 1:00 which is later than they are used to.

Our Special Class schedule is as follows (I will notify you if it changes):

MondayMedia with Mrs. Hmayed

TuesdayGym class with Ms. Beck and Science with Ms. McCormick

Wednesday Library book exchange day and Music with Mrs. Bagnall

Thursday Music with Mrs. Bagnall

FridayArt with Ms. Torres

I am looking forward to a happy productive year!


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Good Morning!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! The weather has been perfect for playing outside or maybe reading a book under a tree.

Soon, I will be deleting your emails from my blog to add a fresh batch of email addresses. I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to work with your children and you. If there is anything you need I am always available at

I wanted to share a website where kids read classic literature aloud for kids. There are additional resources on the website as well. Happy Reading and Listening!

Have a wonderful 3rd grade year!!

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Happy Summer!

Hello All,

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy summer! I added a link to a set of math games called Greg Tang Math Games.

Don’t forget to read!! You knew I had to say it. 🙂




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