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Second Grade Newsletter
Last Update: September 13, 2019
What's Happening This Week in Second Grade:
  • Tornado Time News: Students were introduced to their Tornado Time teachers on Tuesday and it officially started on Wednesday, September 11. Students have been divided into groups to best meet their needs and many are with a different teacher.  Tornado Time is a special time for us. Students are able to work on skills that will make them better students. This year we are providing both reading and math support for our second graders. Groups may change during the year as student needs change.
  • We had a great response from grandparents to be guest readers in second grade classrooms.  The students really enjoyed these special guest readers.
  • Parents are welcome to set up a conference with your child’s teacher to discuss his or her progress or concerns.  Remember you can view your child’s grades on Skyward.
  • More after school activities are available for second graders; Running Club and Drama Club.  Please contact your child’s teacher if interested.  
  • First 9-weeks Math Bling: Students must complete 20 addition problems with sums within 20 at 100% accuracy in 2 minutes or less by September 20. 
  • First 9-weeks Reading Bling: Students must meet their personalized AR Goal with an average accuracy of 80% by September 20. That means students have 1 week left to meet their goal.
  • Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack in the event that they need to change due to unexpected events such as a spill, bloody nose, or a tear

AR Goals & Testing:  Second grade students are expected to read books and take available AR comprehension tests throughout the year.   Students have access to a variety of books in the classroom, library, on EPIC, and various books we read in class that have AR tests. If we have read, worked with, and discussed a book in class, students are often expected to take the AR test and a comprehension score is taken. Students have several opportunities to take tests in class.  They can take a test most mornings upon arriving to class and they have opportunities at certain times during the day. Students need an average comprehension score of 80% on tests, as well as reaching their numeric goal. Students can take tests on books they have read at home if there is a corresponding test. Students just need to know the author and title to find an AR test.  To see if a book your child is reading has an AR test go to 


AES Special's Rotation Schedule:

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Second Grade & AES School Calendar:
September 16 - Fall Pictures Make Up Day
September 20 - Final Day to Meet Math and Reading Goals
September 27 - Duck Pond Dash
September 27 - Centennial Parade
September 28-October 13 - NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)
September 30 - Last Day to get 15% off Yearbooks 

The best way to contact your child’s teacher is through Class DoJo or the email listed below:              

Sandy Stuart                       Angela Phelps 

Patty Honabach            Jennifer Kelly 

Caprice Richardson    Codi Dunning

Betsy James ​               Kelsi Laverdiere



At AES, we assess all students in reading and place them in “Tornado Time” groups to meet their individual reading instruction needs. Students are all placed according to their needs from reading help, to challenging advanced readers. 

Students needing reading help are placed in smaller reading intervention groups to work specifically on areas he/she need to develop. Although students requiring intervention in reading do not necessarily have dyslexia, they could still benefit from this type of intervention to strengthen their reading skills. 

AES uses dyslexia ­specific interventions to address deficit areas in reading because research tells us this is the most effective way to build strong readers. 

You may have received a letter from your child’s teacher explaining the specific areas we are targeting to strengthen their reading skills. If you have any questions regarding your child’s reading abilities, please contact your child’s teacher.

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Codi Dunning
Codi Dunning
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