Mrs. Gelinas



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. and M.A.

Mrs. Gelinas

Second Grade Newsletter                     
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a pleasant winter break!
The monthly Character theme is Hard-Working/Determination. Compliment your child when he/she is displaying characteristics of this theme.

Let’s start the New Year off right! Make sure your child comes to school on time, has a nutritious snack, water bottle, is rested, and ready to learn!Students go to the library each Thursday, please have them return their weekly library book by each Wednesday/Thursday.
In Math, students will be working on: Addition & Subtraction of 2 & 3 digit numbers.

  • Add and subtract within 1000, using models, drawings, and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship b/t addition and subtraction (using regrouping).
  • Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 (using regrouping) and fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.

 To better help your child, set up a variety of math problems to ensure that your child is understanding what they are learning in class. A few examples are:

  60              51              48                   76               22         
-29             -  5           + 16                +  9             +14 


     46          93                58               40     
  +  3       + 28             -    5             - 25

Also,  your child will benefit from practicing their addition & subtraction math facts with flash cards or using the xtramath website.  Additional practice with money & telling time will most certainly help your child learn these quick facts.

In Writing, students will: Write informative/explanatory texts.

  • Write informative/explanatory texts. Introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement.
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation spelling, and when writing and speaking
  • Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
    Journal writing in a home notebook will also benefit your child with essential writing skills. 2nd grade students should be writing 5, or more, complete sentences. As your child writes at home, they should be using a child-friendly dictionary to assist them with their spelling.
  • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text.

Your child should be reading a variety of books each week to keep their interest high, some ideas are: Non-fiction reading, historical fiction, informational reading, auto-biographies & biographies, poetry, science fiction, traditional literature, sports, hobbies, animals, space, nature, seasons, & holidays.
We will be focusing on Biographies, Famous People, and Heroes in Social Studies.
elp your child to a good start in the morning by helping them organize their backpack the night before, going to bed at an early time, eating a healthy breakfast, and arriving on time to school.

Try this tip regarding homework. Have your child read their directions 3 times before they come to you for help.
The Temecula Guide to City Activities is a great resource for a variety of kid-friendly and family activities.
Thank you. Mrs. Gelinas