Mrs. Gelinas



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. and M.A.

Mrs. Gelinas

Second Grade Newsletter                                         


Here is what is happening in our 2nd grade classrooms:

In Math, students will continue to work on: Place Value, Mental Strategies for 2 Digit Addition & Subtraction.

  • Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
  • Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one and two-step word problems, involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing.
  • Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.
  • Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones.
  • Read and write numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Skip-count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.

Please help your child remember to return their library book by each Monday.

Reading: Students will be finishing Unit 2: Animal Discoveries and beginning Unit 3: Live & Learning, The Big Idea: What have you learned about the world that surprises you?
The readings consist of Informational & Narrative Text.

Writing: Opinion Writing: Students will continue to write opinion pieces in which they introduce a topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. Demonstrate command of when to use capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on topic and strengthen writing by revising and editing.
  • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

Please help your child choose a healthy snack for their recess. Fruit, string cheese, crackers, small bag of cereal... are just some ideas. Students, often, will become hungry before their recess break.

Students are also encouraged to bring water bottles with their name labeled, please make sure that it has the sports cap, so that in case it spills, it does not accidentally ruin a book or their paperwork.

To better help your child with their organization, your child should have a homework folder inside their backpack so they can organize the contents of their weekly and daily homework.  Also helpful is showing them how to organize their backpack the night before ~ your child will thank you for thisJ

 Writing as a Gift

Show your child what the holiday season means with a homemade gift. Here’s how:

Decorate a shoebox like a mailbox with pictures drawn or cut from magazine that highlight your child’s interest.

 Inside the lid write “I LOVE…” Then, write something you love about your child on different strips of paper.

 Fold the papers and put them all in the box. Have your child open a new strip each day.

 This gift is one your child can open all year long!

 For a variety, you can add notes or letter to the box as the year goes on. Try thanking your child for a chore well done. Or describe something you are proud he/she did.

 Help your child see writing for what it truly is – a gift!

Wishing you and your family a pleasant Thanksgiving break & wonderful winter season.

 Mrs. Gelinas