Mrs. Gelinas



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. and M.A.

Mrs. Gelinas

I would like to welcome you and your child to our classroom. I am delighted that your child is in my class this year. I can tell 2nd Grade is going to be a great year! The students are eager to learn and are excited about beginning a new school year.

You are your child’s first and most influential teacher.  I value your participation in the education of your child.

 Second Grade Newsletter            Fall           
Here is what is happening in our 2nd grade classrooms:

In Math, students will be working 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, with unknowns in all positions.
  • 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.
  • Compare two three-digit numbers, using >, <, and =.

Reading: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words, both in isolation and text. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words. Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.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.

 Your child would benefit from consistent weekly writing in a home journal. A child-friendly dictionary is also something your child should have at home to assist them with their spelling. Some examples are:

-“My favorite book is_________because…”

-“An activity I love to do with my family is…”

-“If I was an astronaut, I would…”

-“My idea of a perfect day would be…”    The ideas are endless. Encourage your child to share their writing in class.

Please help your child remember their library book each Thursday.

In Social Studies students will then begin units in Government &  Long Ago and Today. 

Your child may bring in their own pair of earbuds or headphones for use in the computer lab. We will keep them in a zip-lock bag with their name on it and take them with us each week to the computer room.

Help 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