December 10

December 9-13

What are we targeting in our learning this week…

Phonics: Reflexive Pronouns…Students will be able to identify, write and use reflexive pronouns correctly. 

Reading: This week students will be identifying the main topic an author is trying to get across to the reader, as well as identify details that support that topic.

Writing: I can write an informational text. This week we are finishing up our nonfiction books on Wild turkeys, applying and adding text features such as a table of contents, diagram, glossary and life cycle chart.

Math: In math we will be looking at different units of measurement, as well as practicing measuring objects using those units. 


Social studies: I can identify the contributions made by these historic figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Sequoyah, and Mary Musgrove. We will finish up our unit on the founders of georgia by creating artifacts in the makerspace station using perler beads!

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 10: Holidays Around the World Event

Dec. 12: Holiday Shoppe open to 2nd Grade, Huey Luey Spirit Night 4-7pm

Dec. 13:  Angel Tree:  If you chose a gift from the Angel Tree, gifts are due on this day

Dec. 16: Second Grade Holiday Parties 10-11am

Dec. 19: Early Release…Dismissed 2 hours early Pajamas Rally Fundraiser, Last Day for Pawliday donations

Paws for Pets pawliday drive

Dec. 20: Early Release…Dismissed 2 hours early

Jan. 6: Return to School

December 1

December 2-6

Welcome back Frey Families!  I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving break filled with family and full tummies. Crazy as it seems, we only have 3 1/2 weeks until winter break.   As we approach the holiday break, please make sure to remind your kiddos to try and stay focused.  We have a lot of material to cover before we break again, and this can become a difficult time for kiddos to keep their minds on school.  

Here is what we will be covering this week…

Reading:  We will finish up working on speaking and fluency skills as students will be performing their Founding of Georgia readers theater plays.  They have these at home with them.  If you have time this evening, you are welcome to run through it with them (if they haven’t already performed it for you over the break haha).  This is not a requirement.  I just told the kiddos if they had time to work on it that would be great.  We will finish up the week working on comprehending procedural, scientific, and historical texts. 

Phonics: Our phonics focus for the week will be on homophones.  Students will all be working on the same list this week.  Part of their grade will be on listening to a sentence and spelling the word correctly, and the other part of their grade will be the ability to select the correct form of the word when given a sentence.  Please practice with your kiddos daily, as these are very tricky.  

Math:  In math we will be working on solving one-step word problems within 100 using different units of measurement.  

Writing:  As we come to end of the nine weeks, we will finish up our informational writing unit with a nonfiction book on wild turkeys!  Gobble Gobble!

Social Studies:  We will continue to study the founders of Georgia…Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove, James Oglethorpe, and Sequoyah

Important Dates to Remember…

December 9-13:  Holiday Shop (please look for more information to come)

December 10:  Holidays around the World 6:00

December 12:  Huey Luey’s spirt night 4-7

December 16:  2nd Grade Holiday parties 10-11

December 19-20:  Early Release Days 12:30

December 19: Silent Night PJ Rally Fundraiser

December 23-January 5:  Winter Break


November 19

November 18-22

We are looking forward to a great Thanksgiving feast this week. Be sure to double check our time! Also, please make sure to send in any money for guest feast plates or your kiddos plate in the morning so we can make sure they have money on their account.  It speeds up the process.  If you’re checking your child out after the feast, please be sure to see me to sign them out. Thanks & can’t wait to see you all tomorrow.

We also wanted to say how grateful we are for your contributions during the canned food drive. Frey collected 5,102 cans! Congrats to Mrs. Shumpert’s class who collected 871 cans! We wish them luck in the All-Star Kickball game!


Phonics: We have covered contractions for a couple weeks. We’ve learned how to make them & how to read them in context. Determining where to write the apostrophe can be tricky, so this week we’ll practice spelling contractions.

Reading: This week we will be doing a Native American readers theatre. This will help us learn to read with fluency, expression, and an appropriate volume. The kids are very excited about this activity!

Grammar: We will keep going with possessive nouns. It can be tough to determine if a word is a contraction or a possessive noun so we will continue to work on this skill and also try implementing them in our writing.

Math: We are working on two step addition & subtraction word problems with sums/differences of up to 20. Students should still use the CUBES strategy to solve these one step at a time.

Social Studies: We will continue to learn about the Native Americans and how their lives were different than ours today.

November 11

November 11-15

Parents please continue to send in those canned food items.  We currently have raised 51 cans for our class.  The deadline for sending them is this Friday, November 15.

Phonics: In phonics this week we will work on identifying words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences. For example, fear and bear have the same spelling pattern but they sound different. Another pair is cost and most. They are spelled the same, but again, sound different. Cost has a short o and most has a long o.

Reading: We will be taking a look at different elements of poetry…. stanzas, rhyme, alliteration, rhythm, and repetition. We will be linking our social studies content by using Native American poems to study these elements.

Writing: We will continue to work on nonfiction writing pieces such as information writing, how-to pieces, or non-fiction pieces about Native Americans.

Math: We will wrap up our on unit on two digit addition and subtraction with a week of repetition and challenges! Please continue to practice this skill at home, as this was a lot of information in just 2 weeks.

Social Studies: We will continue to study the Native Americans once found in Georgia- the Creek & Cherokee tribes. We will have an opportunity to use our non-fiction questioning skills to “interview” the Native Americans about their life back then! Soon we will start to learn about 4 important historical figures from that time period…. Sequoyah, Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove.

Upcoming Dates:
November 14: Huey Luey Spirit Night
November 19: Thanksgiving Feast
November 20: KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 16: Second Grade Holiday Parties 10-11am

Have a great week!

October 29

October 28-November 1

Fall is definitely going to be in the air over the next few days friends!  Please make sure your kiddo is bringing in a lightweight jacket each day.  As long as it is not raining, we will go outside for recess through the fall months.

Please note that we will NO LONGER be selling Chicken Biscuits, and the Fall Color Run has been cancelled. 

As I am sure you are aware (haha), this Thursday is Halloween.  Students may donate $5.00 to Relay in order to dress up on this day.  Please do not allow your kiddo to wear face masks or makeup, and we ask that all costumes are school appropriate (nothing too scary, and no play weapons).  We will be having P.E. on Thursday, so please make sure your kiddo still wears their tennis shoes.  We will not have time for them to change shoes before we go. Although 2nd grade does not have parties or centers on this day, please know that each class has holiday themed academic activities throughout the day.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week…

Phonics:  Sounds of ou/ow…Word lists came home today.  We will still pre-test on Thursday, and if necessary, test on Friday.

Reading:  How can I ask and answer questions in an informational text?  Students will practice using text evidence to answer informational text questions.  When practicing this at home, please make sure to ask questions around text feature information as well (captions, maps, graphs, diagrams, glossary, etc).  These features can sometimes be overlooked when reading non-fiction texts.

Writing:  This nine weeks we will be focusing on informational/ explanatory writing as well.  Today we wrote thank you notes to those serving in the military for Bert’s Big Thank You project.  They will be delivered this week.  The rest of the week will focus on writing a “How to” writing.  We will learn how to decorate a pumpkin using the art of Zentangle, and then write about the process.

Math:  We are working on one of our biggest skills in 2nd grade…using place value strategies to add and subtract within 100.  This week we will focus on addition.  Students came home today with an example of how we use base ten blocks, expanded form, the open number line, and the hundreds board to solve addition equations.  We will NOT be using the traditional algorithm this quarter.  Technically that is not a skill introduced until 3rd grade, however in quarter 4, we will use base ten blocks to introduce the algorithm to get kiddos ready for 3rd grade.  If you have any questions on how to use the strategies with your kids, you may also view the videos I have created on the “Math Videos” page on the home page of my blog.  Homework came home tonight, and will come home Wednesday as well.  There is NO math homework on Thursday.

Science: We are wrapping up our unit on STARS.  This week students are working in groups to create a Star show in order to teach others what they have learned.  Each group is responsible for creating a show name, writing a script for each group member, and developing some type of model to show why the sun is actually not the largest star.  On Thursday and Friday, students will be working with Mrs. Sherman to create a green screen backdrop and record their show.  Cannot wait to see these!!!

Important Dates to Keep in Mind…

Wednesday, October 30: Spirit night at McDonalds at Brookstone! 4-7pm

Thursday, October 31:  Relay Donation of $5 to dress up (no chicken biscuits)

Tuesday, November 5:  Election Day…No school!

Thursday, November 7:  Family Bingo Night 6:00

Thursday, November 14:  Huey Luey’s Spirit Night

Friday, November 15:  Smencil Sale

Tuesday, November 19:  K, 2, 4 Thanksgiving Feasts (please look for more information to come on our class time)

Have a great week!

October 21

October 21-25

Thanks so much to everyone who came in for a conference last week. Thank you for taking the time to come and see the accomplishments your child is making. Thank you for supporting and reinforcing the work we are doing in class! We greatly appreciate all your support at home.  It was an absolute pleasure to speak with each and every one of you!

We’re now kicking off quarter 2!  We are now back on our regular schedule:  Lunch is 11:43-12:13 and specials is from 12:30-1:15.  

Chicken Biscuits will NOT be sold this Thursday.  Please make sure your kiddo either eats at home, or plans to eat breakfast at school. 

Phonics: In phonics this week, we will cover the au and aw spelling pattern. Examples include saw, yawn, caught, and launch.  Words came home today.  We will pretest on Thursday, and if necessary, test on Friday.

Reading: Before fully diving into our nonfiction reading unit, we will be learning to identify nonfiction text features. As we continue to ask and answer questions during reading, we will use text features to help us understand non-fiction texts. This week we will work on a digital breakout to help us learn our features. 

Writing: This unit welcomes our second graders into the world of nonfiction writing. The kiddos will learn that they can take anything they know a lot about—soccer, bugs, space, video games—and write in ways that teach their readers about the topic. This unit helps second graders feel the pride of being an expert and taps into their eagerness to show and tell by channeling them to write with details.

Grammar: We will be learning about contractions for the next week or so. As you come across these in your reading at home, please take the time to ask your child “What two words make up the contraction?”

Math: In math we will continue to work with place value as we expand our numbers to include three digit numbers. We will begin to apply the strategies we learned in Quarter 1 to solve addition & subtraction problems with larger numbers. We will also work on solving one-step and two-step word problems. We will continue to practice our basic math facts. Students are required to be fluent in their addition and subtraction facts through 20 this year. Math homework will come home Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. 

Science: We will be learning about the attributes of stars, both color and brightness.  We will also incorporate the arts as we use a van gogh painting, “Starry Night” to discuss these attributes. 

UPcoming DAtes to Look forward to…

WEdnesday, October 30:   Trunk-or-Treat and spirit night at McDonalds at Brookstone!

Thursday, October 31: Rally Costumes $5 Donation (please remember no masks or scary costumes are aloud for those who participate) ,  Chick-fil-a biscuit sales 

November 1: Fall Color Run

November 19: Thanksgiving Feast

November 20: KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher

Have a great week!

October 6

October 7-11

Finally Happy Fall Y’all!  I hope you all enjoyed the amazing this weekend brought us!

Fall conferences will be held next week, October 14-17.  The following Sign-up Genius link went home last Thursday  If you have not been able to sign up for a conference, please do so as soon as possible.  The link will close this Friday at 2:45.  After that, any changes will need to be done through email.  Next week will also be Red Ribbon week, as well as early release.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 each day.  Please join us in fighting against drug awareness with the following themed days…

  • Monday, October 14:  wear red day
  • Tuesday, October 15: Don’t let drugs mix you up…wear mismatch clothes
  • Wednesday, October 16:  Achieve your dreams…wear your favorite college jersey
  • Thursday, October 17:  Sock it to drugs…wear crazy socks
  • Friday, October 18: Team up against Drugs and Hunger!…Wear house shirts and bring in donation for backpack program.

October is going to be packed full!  Please mark your calendars for the following dates…

  • Tuesday, October 6:  Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, October 8:  Chick-fil-a biscuit sales, Literacy Day, Early Release 12:30
  • Friday, October 9:  Smencil sales, end of Quarter 1
  • October 14-18:  Conference Week (Early Release), Red Ribbon Week, Book Fair
  • Thursday, October 18:  Chick-fil-a biscuit sales
  • Friday, October 19:  Quarter 1 house celebration, Fall Festival 6:00

Also, Allatoona High School will be offering Shop with A Buc again this year.  If you are interested in helping, please see the following flyer…

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  Character Response/ Context Clues

This week we will finish up learning about how characters respond to major challenges.  We will also look at how we can use context in the sentence to help us define words we don’t recognize.

Math:  Money Word Problems

We will use pennies, nickels and dimes to solve word problems within 20 cents.  This is a great skill to practice at home with real money

Phonics:  ue/ui/ew/oo

Our focus in phonics this week will be on sounds of /00/.  Students will pretest on Thursday, and test if necessary on Friday.  Please make sure to study nightly with your kiddos. 

Social Studies:  Government

Our Government unit will be coming to an end this week.  A study guide will be coming home tomorrow.  Please help your kiddo prepare for our Government test on this Friday, October 11.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Pinkard

September 30

September 30-October 4

We hope that everyone had a fun, relaxing, and safe fall break!

When we return from the break tomorrow we will have a new schedule. You should have received a letter about it on Thursday 9/19/19. Also, we will go to the Fire Safety village tomorrow,  Monday, Sept. 30. Please pack a disposable lunch (if your child does not want to purchase a school sack lunch)  & wear tennis shoes. Wednesday, Oct. 2, we will also have an in-school field trip called “Just Eat It” put on by Wellstar! What a busy & fun week to kick off our return.

Here’s what we’ll be covering in academics this week…

Phonics: Our spelling words this week will be long i spelling patterns such as ie & igh.

ELAGSE2RF3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a. Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.

Reading: We will continue to work on identifying characters & analyzing how they respond to problems & events in the story. What actions does he/she take?

ELAGSE2RL3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Writing: We will continue to work on narrative writing. Our writing should contain proper capitalization and punctuation, details that help our readers create a mental picture, and a strong opening hooks.

ELAGSE2W3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Math: We will be introducing coins (pennies, nickels, and dimes) and beginning to use them in word problems. For example, “Kate has three dimes and two nickels. How much money does she have in all?”

MGSE2.MD.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and cents symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?

Social Studies: We will be learning about our government. This includes our president, governor, and mayor. Here are the standards included:

SS2CG1: Define the concept of government and the need for rules and laws.
SS2CG2: Identify the following elected officials of the executive branch and where they work:
a. President (leader of our nation) and Washington, D.C. – White House
b. Governor (leader of our state) and Atlanta, GA – State Capitol Building
c. Mayor (leader in a city) and city hall

Have a great week…looking forward to seeing everyone back tomorrow!

September 15

September 16-20

5 more days til fall Break friends…but who’s counting haha!  We are so excited to be attending our first field trip of the year this Friday.  We will be traveling to watch the ballet version of Sleepy Hollow.  This field trip is for kiddos only (sorry parents!).  We will leave around 9:30 on Friday and return around 1:30.  We will be having sack lunches on this day.  If your kiddo does not want to buy a sack lunch, please plan to send in their lunch on Friday.  I have ALL permission slips now…thank you very much!

On Monday September 30, the day we get back from fall break, we will be visiting the Cobb Fire Safety village.  I am still missing 4 permission slips.  I will be sending home a note with these 4 friends tomorrow.  Please check your kiddo’s  binder tomorrow afternoon.  I would hate for anyone to miss this trip.  

Also, our room moms sent home a class letter for yearly activities on Friday.  Please double check your kiddo’s binder for this letter.  Thank you so much Mrs. Beatty and Mrs. Englund for your hard work!

Here is a look at what we are learning this week…..

Reading: Wordless Books

In reading we will continue to work on making inferences using books written without words, as well as focus on how illustrations in all books tell us a lot about a character’s feelings and the setting of the story.

Math: Word Problems within 20

This week in math we will use the C.U.B.E.S. strategy to help us solve addition and subtraction problems within 20.  This will be a strategy that students continue to use throughout their education here at Frey.

Writing: Narrative Writing

We finished up our first small moment writings last week.  Over the past several weeks we have learned about hooking our readers with great introduction sentences, zooming in on and expanding our small moments, giving our reader closure with a great conclusion and how to edit our work for capitalization and punctuation.  We will apply what we have learned to writing other small moment pieces using a “spin a story” method.  

Science:  Changes in Matter

We will finish up our unit on matter this week by continuing to look at how matter can change from one state to another by heating or cooling the object.

Upcoming Dates to be on the lookout for…

September 20: Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)

September 23-27: Fall Holiday (no school)

September 30: Fire Safety Village

October 14-18: Conference Week (Early Release all Week)

October 18:  Fall Festival

November 20: KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher