Welcome to the Second Grade

Teacher: Mrs. Julie Buck
Room Number: 2nd Grade (near Pre-School Play Yard)




Welcome to Second Grade!

Room Parent Announcements

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great Spring Break.  Make note of upcoming class dates, as we have a lot going on over the next 3-4 weeks...2nd Grade chapel, two projects, Cinco de Mayo celebration, and 2 field trips!
Cinco de Mayo Celebration: we have room for one more parent that wants to help to be on this planning crew; let me know if you would like to help.
Explorit Field Trip: We could use 1-2 more drivers for this trip on 5/12.  Let me know if you can drive,
Upcoming important dates: 
April 28 -- Social Studies land form project due
May 2, 4 -- 2nd Grade Chapel Performance
May 5 -- Cinco de Mayo 2nd Grade Enrichment Celebration (S. Abbott, M. Hosseini, J. Kim) 
May 8-11 -- Living Biography Reports
May 11 -- Sacramento Theatre Company Field Trip (Hosseini, Wright, Kim, Hegedus, Shaw)
May 12 -- Explorit Field Trip (Greenfield, Nidecker, Wright)
May 15 -- Mother's Day Celebration (2pm)
May 22-26 -- 2nd Grade Lunchroom duty



Specialty Class Overviews


In science this year, second grade students will be participating in a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch.  The goal of this program is to engage young minds in science, technology, engineering, and math  so that they will build confidence, explore interests, and set themselves up for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. PLTW Launch taps into the students’ natural curiosity and enthusiasm to empower them to become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, while learning that it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more exciting.

The curriculum is broken into modules that explore engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer programming.  During the first part of the year, students in second grade will be working through a module called “Materials Science: Properties of Matter.” In this module, students investigate and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties, including color and texture. They learn about states of matter and properties of materials including insulators and conductors. The design problem challenges students to keep ice pops cold during a soccer game – without a cooler. Students apply their knowledge and skills to determine the best material to solve this design problem and then evaluate how their designs might be improved.

For more information on the PLTW program, please visit www.pltw.org, or contact the Lower School Science Specialist, Olivia Graffis.


PE with Mr. Buzzard

In Physical Education, we have the opportunity to meet four times a week (30 minute classes). This year, Mr. Buzzard is going to present a different format. It's going to be all about games. Each week, a game will be presented to the class. They will learn the rules on Mondayand play the game Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Each day there will be variations of the game presented as well as discussions. These discussions will be centered around values within a game including: teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty, integrity, kindness, leadership, etc. The class is divided into four teams with new leaders each week. We focus on our routine which includes running outside and cardio work inside. And, of course, we have a lot of fun.



Creating typed documents for core classes in Google Drive sounds like part of the middle-school curriculum...not anymore! This year students will be composing written documents, sharing them with myself and Mrs. Buck, and receiving electronic corrections in real time. Students will also use their Google Drive to develop slideshows and drawings. Lastly, second graders will be required to complete a set number of minutes of typing at home as homework, using the wesbites freetyptinggame.net or another approved typing site.


Second graders go to the library every Friday afternoon for a thematic storytime, an introduction to engaging books, library skills, and checking out books. Stories for storytime are selected to support the unit themes of Imagine It, social studies, holidays, and other curriculum themes.

Recommended Books for Second Grade

Visit the St. Michael's Library Website at
Martha Rowland, Librarian

2nd Grade Spanish
Mrs. Kearns

 In 2nd Grade this trimester we’ll study the calendar, the spring season, parts of the body, and our homes.  In March we’ll study “Mi Casa Ideal” and make a book describing our ideal home in Spanish. We’ll draw the front of our house in Art class, and write a description of our home in Spanish. In May we’ll study the history of Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican flag. We concluded our trimester studying animals, and we’ll write a story describing our pets in Spanish.

Scholastic Book Orders


Math Enrichment

There have been some math games recommend for all students on the EnVision math website. These games are completely optional! This is a helpful tool if you are looking for ways to challenge your child or reinforce essential math skills.
EnVision Math: www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (log in with student number)

Recommended to use to practice timed drills: Timed Drill Website


Book Reports

Book Report Due Dates:

  • October 24, 2016- Fiction Book Report
  • December 12, 2016- Puppet Show Book report
  • February 6, 2017- Non-Fiction Book Report
  • March 20, 2017- Folk/Tale Legend Book Report
  • Week of May 8, 2017- Living Biography Reports


Key Dates & Monthly Calendar

Second Grade Chapel Dates

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mustardseed School Dates

  • Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 9, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017


January Journal Prompts


If you are driving a field trip, please be sure you have turned in the Volunteer Driver form below to the office.

 Volunteer Driver Form

The Jelly Belly Factory - Fairfield

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Shrek the Play - Sacramento Theatre Company

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 A.M

Nature Safari - Explorit Science Center

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 9:45 A.M.



Class Parties

  • Christmas Party- Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:45 PM
  • Valentine’s Day Party- Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:45 PM
  • Enrichment Celebration - Cinco de Mayo- Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:45 PM


Lunch Room

  • Week of October 16
  • Week of January 8
  • Week of March 19
  • Week of May 21

Garden Dates



Helpful Websites

Imagine It:



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Second Grade Teachers

Mrs. Julie Buck
Second Grade Teacher

Mr. Jeremy Bolt

Mr. Steve Buzzard

Ms. Kami Davis

Mrs. Jessica Drissi

Ms. Olivia Graffis

Mr. Rick Hauch

Mrs. Geri Kearns

Mrs. Heidi Landis

Mrs. Cindy Martin

Ms. Martha Rowland

Accreditations and Memberships