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Cathy Hughes
2nd Grade
Conference Time 9:10-10:05
(936) 709-5000
(936) 709-5003 Fax

for the week of 4/24- 4/28

Class News
Class Calendar
Genre- More fun with Drama, Reader's Theater

Fluency (reading speed) is an important part of being a good reader.  The minimum goals for fluency for second grade are as follows:
Beginning of year- 60 words per minute
Middle of year- 70 words per minute
End of the year- 85 words per minute

Poetry- lines, stanzas, rhyme, rhythm, imagery, alliteration, acrostic poems, haiku, couplets

Adverbs- words that describe verbs

Addition & Subtraction Strategies
Please continue to study addition and subtraction facts.  
There are several good links to sites that your child can use for math fact practice.  The links are below in the website link box.  Xtra math is a free website that helps practice math facts.  Mathletics practices math facts and other math skills.  Math Fact Cafe lets you print out fact sheets as well as other skills including money and time.

Garden & Woods Environments, Food Chains

Social Studies...
Personal Financial Literacy

Items Needed:
paper towels
**Treasure Chest prizes**
The signed homework pack should be completed and returned on Friday.
Readers /Helpers:
 4/7-Karen O., 4/21-Camille M., 4/28-Laura G.

4/6-Sarah K., 4/13-Heidi T., 4/20-Sheila S., 4/27-Araceli L.

Our Guest Reader time is Friday, 11:45-12:10.  Readers need to bring 4 to 5 books from home depending on the length.  Parents can check out books from the Galatas library also!  
Workroom helpers can come anytime on Thursday.  Please check the tub sitting on the antique desk outside my room.  You can work in our teamroom.

Upcoming Events:
4/24-28- Spring Book Fair
4/28- 4th grade choir performs, 8:30, Box Tops Collection
5/8- Lunch Change- 11:45-12:15
3/9- Lunch Change- 11:45-12:15
5/11- Soc. Studies Checkpoint
5/15- Field Day K-2
5/17- Science Checkpoint
5/18- Parent Appreciation Luncheon
5/22-26- Camp Galatas
5/23- Math Checkpoint
5/25- 4th Grade Program, 2:00
5/26- Box Tops Collection
5/29- Memorial Day Holiday
5/30- 2nd Grade Picnic. 12:15
5/31- 4th Grade Clap Out- 10:30
6/1- Last Day!!!  Early Release- 12:10

Specials: 9:10-10:05      
Lunch:  12:15-12:45
Recess:  12:45-1:05

Class Links

Word Study Words
rained, asked, cleaned, bumped, loaded, wanted, watched, picked, lived, walked

Challenge Words: research, visual multiplication, evidence, information

The Friday Word Study Quiz is over the 10 words above and counts as a daily grade.  The 5 challenge words are optional.  They do not count as part of the grade.  A 10-stick is awarded if all 5 are written correctly.   

Class Happenings
ipads with friends...               Junior Achievement
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Junior Achievement fun!
School and Classroom Policies

Homework- The homework pack will be brought home on Monday.   The completed pack needs to be returned to school by your child  on Friday morning.    Please check all parts, and have your child make corrections before Friday.   (If your child is absent on Friday, the homework pack is due the first day they return to school.)  The homework is graded for completion.  Ten points will be deducted from the grade for each day it is late.  The homework grade average will be added to the gradebook at the end of the grading period for each subject area. If homework is completed but turned in unsigned, it will be returned for your signature to be turned in on Monday. Having no signature counts off 5 points.

Homework Challenge:
***To increase rigor at home, have your child come up with words that fit the week's pattern, but have multiple syllables/prefixes/suffixes/endings; etc. They could write stories/sentences using the new words as extra practice. Word study is understanding a pattern exists and then extending the pattern to new, unknown words the student might read within text.

Absent Make up work-  If your child is absent, check the homework pocket of their PAWS.  The work should be completed and returned in the same number of days that they were absent.  If your child was absent one day, the make up work is due one day after they return.  It is school policy that makeup work is not given in advance of an absence.

Any checks turned into school MUST include a driver's license number and Date of Birth.  Your check will be returned if this information is missing.  This is a district requirement and the bank will not accept any checks without this information.

Lunch information:
Please know we (second grade teachers) encourage and welcome visitors at Galatas. When visiting during lunch, please understand it is a priority for our students to sit down.  Parents are asked to stand behind their child if the table becomes too crowded.

Birthday treats need to be something easily passed out like cookies, cupcakes, or brownies. Treats are passed out at lunch in the cafeteria.  We have 20 kids in our class.  Treats may only be passed out to our class, not to best friends in another class.  Treats must be store-bought due to allergies and precut.  Parents, please get gloves from the cafeteria to wear.
**Please pass out birthday treats in the cafeteria during the lunch period.

School Policy states that birthday invitations cannot be passed out at school.  Please use the directory for student information.  Teachers are not allowed to send home personal information.


The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7752.