February 11 2018

Beauty and the Beast Ballet Trip

We had such an amazing time at the Cobb Energy Center to see Beauty and the Beast by the Atlanta Ballet!

February 4 2018

Week update



I’m glad everyone has had a great week. This week we saw a performance of The Jungle Book. The students really enjoyed the  play.


Next week, we have our field trip to the Cobb Energy Center to see Beauty and the Beast. We will have “brunch” on Thursday to make it to the play on time. We will get our lunches and eat around 9am before we leave. Please pack your child a snack for when we get back from the play.  They will be hungry.


February 5-9, Nickajack PTA will have Valentine’s Day Candy Grams for sale.


On Friday the 9th,  NES will have the Sweetheart Dance for our girls and fathers/grandfathers, uncles, or family friend. The letter was sent home, please return if you would like to participate.


Valentine’s day is the 14th. Please read the note sent home today about our Valentine’s day exchange.


Next week in reading, we will continue comparing and contrasting fairy tales, folktales and fables from around the world. We will continue opinion writing. In Social Studies there is a new famous Georgian, Juliette Gordon Low. In Math, we will begin three digit addition with regrouping.


Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

January 22 2018

Week Update


I hope everyone had a great extra break. I didn’t get to play in the snow, but I bet everyone else had fun! There are a lot of events and curriculum that we are working to catch up on this week.

This week, there is not an official homework packet because of the snow days. In their folder today is a bonus packet for our class. It is not mandatory, but the students will receive a treat from me if they complete it by Friday. We will get back to the regular homework and spelling list next week.

If you have not done so already, please return the permission form for the Beauty and the Beast Ballet on February 8th. For this trip, we will have to have brunch. The time of the play is not ideal for students to eat. We will eat our lunch before we leave for the ballet. Please pack your child a healthy snack for them to eat when we get back to school from the ballet.

This week in reading, we are going to begin working on fairy tales, fables and folktales. We will compare and contrast versions of famous stories from around the world. In writing, we will work on opinion and persuasive writing. For social studies, we will begin studying Jackie Robinson. In math, we will finish adding four two digit numbers, and begin three digit addition.

We are running low on glue sticks. If any of you would like to donate extra glue sticks to the class it would be very much appreciated.  🙂

I hope everyone has a great week!




Kiera Martin

2nd Grade Teacher

Nickajack Elementary


December 13 2017

Holiday Information



I hope everyone had a great long weekend and everyone was safe with the weather. This week and next week, we are very busy trying to wrap up the end of the quarter. There are a lot of fun events happening in the classroom and at NES.


Today we went to the Media Center and had a lesson with Mrs. Jeter on how to access e-books through the Cobb Digital Library. There are thousands of books online that the students have access to in school and at home.


Next Monday is Polar Express Day! Students are welcome to wear pajamas as we read the book and watch the movie. We will compare and contrast the book and movie.


Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days. We will dismiss at 12:20. Please plan accordingly.


Tuesday the 19th is our Holiday Party. It will be from 8:45-9:45. Please check the sign up genius if you would like to donate supplies for the party.




We will have a book exchange at the holiday party. Please send a wrapped book that is labeled boy or girl. Please be mindful of book choices. Please send books that are appropriate for the average second grader.


Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope everyone has a great week! J


November 7 2017


I hope everyone had a great weekend. There are a lot of events coming in November.
Today, we had Firefighter Michelle come to our class to talk about fire safety. She gave the students a homework assignment. Please review the page, and help your child complete the homework to prepare for the Fire safety Village Field Trip next week. The homework page from the firefighter is due on Friday.
Tomorrow is Election Day. There is no school for students.
The Food Drive is 6-14th. There will be containers in the front lobby for students to drop off canned goods. The proceeds go to the Center for Family Resources.
November 13th is the field trip to the Fire Safety Village. If your child packs a lunch for the trip, please make sure all contents are disposable.
Friends and Family Luncheon is Wednesday November 15th from 10:27-11:07. The master schedule and menu is attached to this email.
The PTA book fair is November 13-17th. It will be open during Friends and Family Luncheon.
This week in reading, we will continue main idea and details. In writing, we will work on informational writing and conducting research. In Language arts, we are working on Possessive Nouns. In math, we will begin two digit subtraction. In social studies, we are studying the famous Georgian, Mary Musgrove.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope everyone has a good week! J
Kiera Martin
2nd Grade Teacher
Nickajack Elementary
October 31 2017

November Specials Calendar and Creek and Cherokee Research

This week, we did research on Creek and Cherokee Native Americans using the iPads. Students researched Creek and Cherokee homes, clothing, food and  life. Here are some pictures from the activity!

October 31 2017

Fall Fun

Last Friday, we had our B3 Celebration where students built structures out of candy pumpkins and toothpicks! All the students had were the candy pumpkins and toothpicks to make a structure. It had to stand up on it’s own. They did a great job!

Thanks to our Awesome Room Mom’s!

October 27 2017

Weekly Update



It has been an awesome week of teaching and learning. Today in class, we did a STEM activity using candy pumpkin Peep Marshmallows and toothpicks. The students had to build a structure using only the candy and toothpicks. Pictures will be posted soon.


Our pumpkin projects are due on Monday, October 30th.  I can’t wait to see the student’s creativity.


The new homework packets were successful. For the spelling tests, I graded the regular words as normal. If your child chooses to learn the challenge words, I graded them as extra credit. If they miss one of the regular words, a correct spelled challenge word will replace the missed word.


This week in reading, we worked on Non-Fiction Text Features. We learned how to use a glossary, index, table of contents, captions, bold words and diagrams for a nonfiction book. In math, we worked on two digit addition using base ten blocks, a hundreds chart and expanded form. In social studies, we studied the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans.


Next week, we will work on finding the main idea of a non-fiction story. We will begin informational writing and how to conduct research. In math, we will work on two digit addition strategies. This week will practice using a number line. In Social Studies we will begin learning about the famous Georgian Tomochichi.


There will be more reminders for upcoming dates.

In November we have the Friends and Family Luncheon. The dates for the different grade levels have just been confirmed. More information about times will be coming soon.

November 14th Kindergarten and 1st grade

November 15th 2nd and 3rd grades

November 16th 4th and 5th grades


I hope everyone has a great weekend! J


October 13 2017



It has been another great week of learning. I loved seeing the student’s Georgia Regions Projects! I am excited to meet with you next week about your child’s progress, strengths, and goals at conferences. During conference week, Nickajack’s Relay for Life Team will be selling lemonade and cookies in the lobby. Enjoy a special treat and support a great cause! Our Relay for Life Team will also sponsor a PINK OUT on Friday, October 20th. During the PINK OUT, students can purchase a pencil for $1; all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


The second grade team is excited to announce that we are collaboratively working to make changes to the weekly spelling words. This is in an effort to best meet the needs of all of our learners. You will notice changes to the spelling words this week. Now, all second graders will have 15 spelling words that cover the phonics pattern of the week, as well as 5 challenge words that follow the pattern; the challenge words are optional. The spelling words will always correspond to the phonics pattern being taught that week. The weekly spelling words are provided to not only strengthen your child’s spelling abilities, but also strengthen his/her ability to decode unfamiliar words. Second grade’s approach to spelling encompasses spelling, writing, and reading to create balanced instruction.


We are also excited to announce that second grade will be collaborating to make our homework packets. Starting soon, they will have a different format for homework.


In your child’s folder today, instead of our traditional homework packet, there are directions to our next project, Pumpkin Book Reports. I have also attached the directions to this email. Please feel free to email me with any questions.


Tonight, come out to Nickajack’s Fall Festival! There will be games, food trucks, face painting, and so much more!


I hope everyone has  a wonderful weekend!


October 10 2017

week update


I hope everyone is having a great week. Just a friendly reminder, if you have not done so already, please return your conference forms. I will be reaching out to all of you with reschedule dates, after I have gathered everyone’s forms tomorrow. I will let everyone know soon. If you know you cannot make it at your original time, please email me, or send a note tomorrow with a day and a range of times, so that I can try and accommodate you. I look forward to meeting with you all very soon.


Thursday is an Early Release day. Dismissal will be at 12:30.


Friday is our Fall Festival! It is from 6-8:30. Please come out and enjoy all the games and food. It was a great turn out last year, and the students really enjoyed it.


Next week is Conference Week, which means early dismissal all week. Please make sure to complete their transportation log this week to make sure everyone gets home appropriately with the early dismissal.


In reading, we are reviewing asking and answering questions, and beginning, middle and end. In math, we are practicing counting coins with pennies, nickels and dimes. In social studies, we are studying rules and laws. We are finishing up narrative writing. We will start all of our new quarter two information soon. We will start nonfiction reading and writing!


Please let me know if you have any questions.


I hope everyone has a great night!