Welcome to the Second Grade

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




2017-18 Student Council Representative Packet - Packet, Form, and Speech Template

Welcome to Second Grade!

Room Parent Announcements

Garden Day: Second Grade will have their first garden of the year on Friday, September 22nd from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Please send Julie B an email if you are able to help this Friday.This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and help the students learn in our outdoor classroom!

Fall Carnival: The Fall Carnival is coming up.  Each class is responsible for game volunteers, water and cupcake donations. You can earn 1 hour of credit for donating water or cupcakes. We need volunteers for the following: 1 dozen cupcakes - we need to 2 people to each bring a dozen cupcakes and  1 flat of bottled water - we need 2 people to each bring a flat of bottled water

We are responsible for staffing 2 games for 3 shifts. We need volunteers for the following time slots:

            5:15 - 6:15 - we need 2 people

            6:15 - 7:15 - we need 2 people

            7:15 - 8:15 - we need 2 people

Please let us know if you can help out with our second grade responsibilites for the Fall Festival.

Back-to-School Night: We will have back to school night on Thursday, September 21st at 7pm. There will be early dismissal at 1:30 pm for second grade.  Please see school news for additional details on the evening.



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 websites 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

The 2nd Grade Class will meet for Spanish on Mondays and Thursdays. In the beginning of the school we’ll study greetings, proper introductions, classroom objects, shapes, and colors. We’ll study the fall season describing weather changes, the calendar, foods, and the colors of fall. During the winter months we’ll study the holiday seasons foods, family traditions,  Spanish songs, and the Aztecs. We’ll make our own Aztec Calendar and scroll diary describing our travels to an Aztec city in Mexico. In the spring season we’ll study our pets, describe our homes, and end the school year practicing short conversations with our puppets.


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:

  • Fiction Book Report
  • Puppet Show Book report
  • Non-Fiction Book Report
  • Folk/Tale Legend Book Report
  • Living Biography Reports


Key Dates & Monthly Calendar

Second Grade Chapel Dates

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mustardseed School Dates


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

Christmas Carol - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sacramento Theater Company (9:15am)

The Jelly Belly Factory - Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fairfield (8am)

Nature Safari - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Explorit Science Center  (9:45am)




Class Parties


Lunch Room

Garden Dates



Helpful Websites

Imagine It:



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Second Grade Teachers

Mrs. Julie Buck
Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Chloe Banks

Mr. Jeremy Bolt

Mr. Steve Buzzard

Ms. Kami Davis

Mrs. Jessica Drissi

Mr. Rick Hauch

Mrs. Geri Kearns

Mrs. Heidi Landis

Mrs. Cindy Martin

Ms. Martha Rowland

Accreditations and Memberships