Mrs. Gelinas



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. and M.A.

Mrs. Gelinas

Second Grade Newsletter                           


 The Character themes for March/April are Respect & Politeness. Acknowledge your child when you notice they are displaying these actions.

 Please help your child remember to wear appropriate shoes. Students have PE on Monday. Students, also, do physical activities on Thursday & Friday.

 All students should be returning their weekly library book by each Wednesday/Thursday.

 Please help your child by having them bring a water bottle and a healthy snack each day. Fruit, string cheese, yogurt, or a small bag of cereal...
are just some ideas.

Recess is from 11:15-11:30. Students will share they are hungry and thirsty way before lunch begins. Lunch is from 12:20-1:00.

 In Math, students will learn about 3 digit Addition & 3 digit Subtraction, with regrouping and without regrouping. Students will, also, learn about counting money. Students will identify names of coins and learn the value of coins, solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.

 Your child should practice with a set of real or play coins. Play coins can often be located at the dollar store. Have them practice counting loose change.
Ask your child a variety of questions involving money. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?

 It is a good idea to review your child’s nightly math homework to ensure they are on target with what is being taught. 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 subjects each week to keep their interest high, such as: Biographies, nature, sports, animals, space, seasons, holidays, hobbies, fiction, and non-fiction stories.

In science, we will begin the science unit of life cycles, plants, and animals.

We will be focusing on Biographies, Famous People, and Heroes in Social Studies.

 Thank you, Mrs. Gelinas