January 22

Presenting 2A!

Greetings 2A Families!

It was such a pleasure getting to chat with all of you about your amazing kids!  Thanks for making the time to come to Parent Teacher Conferences.  As we embark on the last half of second grade, I am reminding the students to put forth their best effort, focus, and try their hardest in every subject.

Last week, we read different books about Martin Luther King. Jr.  We talked about segregation and equal rights.  The children loved hearing his “I Have a Dream” speech and created mobiles with their own “dreams” for our community. country, and world.

This week we continue to read about weather and air, and arctic animals.  Last week, the students read weather books during Literacy Block and then created visuals to explain what they read.  Each team did a class presentation on their book.  See the greats photos I captured below!

We are continuing to experiment with air by making straw rockets, parachutes, “air brush” paintings, and balloon rockets.  Air is everywhere.  We also are investigating why penguins don’t fly but other birds do.

Keep working on math facts.  The students love multiplication and division.  Practicing skip counting is an excellent way to learn multiplication facts.




January 3

Happy 2018!

Greetings 2A Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  I cannot believe 2018 is here and that we are almost ready for the LAST half of second grade.

I wanted to thank you all for the generous and terrific class gifts.  I felt very loved and appreciated.  I will enjoy shopping.  Look for new eyeshadow and nail polish coming soon!  😉 .

We have enjoyed a tremendous year thus far in 2A.  Your children are growing as students, people and friends.  I love seeing each and every child’s growth inside and outside of the classroom.  We sure have a good time in 2A and learn a ton while being a little family of life long inquirers!

We continue to read both non-fiction and fiction texts daily.  We have reading groups with opportunities for shared reading, individual silent reading and group oral reading.  We always respond to what we have read through art and writing.  It was really cool to read about each of your family’s Christmas traditions before break.

I am excited that we will continue studying weather, air, and clouds during science as well as begin exploring seeds and herbs in preparation for our annual vegetable garden!  As always, we will explore various scientific questions and/or interests that develop from our outstanding STEaM news reports.

As the students will tell you, “Ms. Allen loves math”.  I admit is is true.  Be sure to ask them about our number of the day (we will begin to work with millions this year!), daily spiral math review, and multiplication games.  I always remind them to keep practicing addition and subtraction facts and (maybe even multiplication facts, for some) so that the students can answer timed fact tests with speed and accuracy.  This knowledge builds the foundation for all math to come.  Beginning in January, we will have a weekly math challenge centered around logic puzzles and problem solving.  The students who solve the challenge correctly can earn a lollipop and sticker!

Please make sure you sign up for a conference.  You will receive your child’s progress report when you meet with me.  I look forward to sharing my observations and anecdotes regarding your child.  You should have received an email from sign up genius. Each conference is about 15-20 minutes.

Here’s to great new beginnings in 2018.  Keep reading, saying please and thank you, and smiling.

Much love,

Ms. Allen

Some fun happenings from the end of 2017 below:

Thanks St. Nicholas!

Almost time for the St. Nick’s Performance


Christmas giving from 2A                                Getting ready for Las Posadas


Our little camel, Ellynna!

Apostles during Primary Mass



December 4

Fire Station #9

We certainly enjoyed our field trip to Fire Station #9 at the beginning of the month.  Thanks to our parent drivers.  We couldn’t do it without you!  We were given a great tour of an important part of our community .

November 17

Research and Information Literacy

In Computer Class this week students began working towards meeting Concept 2: (Processing) of Strand 3 (Research and Information Literacy) of the Arizona Educational Technology Standards. These relate to locating, organizing, analyzing, and evaluating information from a variety of sources and media.

We used Kids’ Infobits on the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records webpage to learn more about bees and spiders. You may search through Kids’ Infobits from the DAZL website by clicking here:  https://www.azlibrary.gov/dazl/learners/elementary

These are free (and fun!) databases for students and parents to search together. Your students enjoyed browsing the various types of resources (articles, images, video) and having text read to them by machine reader.

~Ms. Hawes

November 8

Spooky Fun

Here’s a shout out to our 2A Room Parents!  We had a great Halloween celebration with yummy snacks and fun activities.  Thanks to Helen, Calline, and Helena for planning and hosting our party.

October 27

Grandparent’s Day, Yay!!!

What a lovely day!  The students and Grandparents enjoyed each other’s company.  We shared our “Eating the Rainbow” STEM project and the kids read their personal narratives to the grandparents.  They also had fun showing off their desks and our classroom projects!



October 15

Fall Break

Hello 2A Families!

I hope you had a lovely Fall Break.  Here are some photos of our days before break.

We enjoyed a great play from Live Theater Workshop.  Rooting Tooting Red Riding Hood.

Emilio presenting his Cultural box…..

Having fun on the playground….

See you all soon!  Don’t forget Grandparents’ Day this Friday 10/20.


October 1

Freddy Friday!

The happiest dog alive!

We had a blast on our Freddy Friday.  The kids worked so hard to earn this time.  Some chose to read to Freddy, many made him cards, and others just loved him.  What a great way to end our week!

October 1

Fall is here!

Hello 2A Families!

Your children are working hard!  Please be sure to have your child show you and read to you his/her personal narrative!  We have been reading children’s literature examples of personal narratives and brainstorming “small moments in time” in each of the students’ lives.  After the students listed events from their lives, we used a graphic organizer to begin our stories.  Each student enjoyed reading his/her draft to other classmates before editing with Ms. Allen.  The final drafts are wonderful, complete with illustrations!  Enjoy.

Thanks for all your support with our Family Cultural Boxes!  It was great to learn more about one another on Friday.


September 18

Stick to the facts!!! (addition and subtraction facts, that is!)

Happy Day 2A Families!

We had a productive week.  As a class, we are working on not only being kind with our classmates, but being kind to our teachers by being respectful and being good listeners.  As you all know, it is so important for the kids to listen so that they can follow directions and hear what is being instructed or explained.  It would be great if you would help support these goals by talking to your child about what it means to be a good friend / classmate and to be a good listener.  (I know you already do this!  Let’s just reinforce these goals as a team.).

The children are very busy in class.  We are reading the stories together, in small groups, and with partners.  You have probably seen the weekly reading tests come home and I am excited to see how much they have improved!  Next week we will read a folktale Dona Flor.  The kids will also think about the story element, cause and effect.  You will see cause and effect writing on our display board coming soon!

Math, math, math!  PLEASE practice math facts at home.  Use the xtramath website for great fact practice because it is timed and gets the kids used to being accurate with speed!  There is also a fact practice section on Moby Max.  Good old fashioned flash cards work as well!  We are working on subtraction this week.  Our lessons will include subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers with regrouping and checking subtraction accuracy with addition.  It is important the students understand the relationship between addition and subtraction as well as the reason we regroup (borrow and carry) in order to figure the correct answer.  Some of us are reviewing place value and some of us are exploring logic and multiplication.

Scientifically, we will begin learning about matter: Solids, liquids and gases.    I look forward to introducing our STEAM news to the students.  Please click on the link in our blog to see more information.  Dylan, Sophie and Angelo our first STEaM reporters on October 6th.  They will receive the STEAM folders a week ahead of the due date.

The class is also discovering more and more about our community.  I would like to have parents come into our classroom to share a little bit about your job and how it impacts our community.  Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1:30 and 2:45 are the best times.  Let me know if you would like to come share.  We only need about 20 minutes of your time.  Thanks!

This Wednesday is NOON DISMISSAL.

Ms. Allen