A Note From Your Second Grade Teachers
Second Grade Connections
September 22nd, 2016

Dear Second Grade Families,

What a delight it has been getting to know your children over these past few weeks. We have been busy learning and practicing routines and skills that help build academic success as well as social-emotional balance. The children are showing that they know how to be kind and helpful, safe, do their best work, take care of their school and HAVE FUN!


We have been playing math games that both help build cooperation skills and reinforce number sense. Thus far we have played Place Value House, Chutes and Ladders, and Load the Truck. The skills being practiced include one to one correspondence, trading from ones to groups of ten, building and comparing larger numbers using place value blocks, ordering numbers, accurately building 100 and skip counting by 10’s to 1,000. The children are practicing how to play with a partner while being focused, helpful and having controlled fun.


World DIscovery

We have been studying and sharing our passions about our amazing coast. The children did a beach bucket activity sorting trash from treasure which inspired us to ask the children to bring in or share their own personal treasures from the beach. They created beautiful art pieces of beach treasure in either collage or drawing. We also got a visit from the Crab Cab, where our students learned all about crabs, dressed up as a crab and got to hold live crabs. We have also done two other fun science activities that review the scientific process (Hypothesis, Materials, Test, Observe, Record Results and Draw Conclusions). "Does Your Nose Know?" is an activity where the children smell 9 mystery scents and have to decide what the scent is by selecting possibilities from a word back. In "Float or Sink" students predicted which items (popsicle stick, marble, paper clip, rubber band, crayon, pencil, clothespin and penny) they believed would float or sink in a bucket of water. Very exciting times in second grade science!


Our journals have been filled with entries about treasures we have found at the beach and fun facts about sea animals that interest us. We have also been reviewing short vowel sounds we hear in different words.


We have been sharing  read alouds about the ocean and the creatures that live there. We are also reviewing how to pick "Just Right Books" that fit our reading levels and interests. Students are doing a good job of reading independently during our "read to self"  time. 

Ask your child:
  • What does Cooperation look like? Sound like? Feel like?
  • What is a treasure you have found at the beach?  Why is it special to you?
  • What is your favorite math game? Why do you like it?


Your Second Grade Team
Rosalie Simrock, Debra Christian, Sherri Trigueiro & Vienna Klingele

Upcoming Events

Friday 9/23: Special Ocean Adventure Assembly with two guest presentations and Coastweek at Sea Crest Learning Share Out where lower school classrooms will present their experiences celebrating the ocean.

Saturday 9/24 - Sunday 9/25: We encourage all our families to participate in our Coastal Cleanup Challenge by attending any of the Coastal Cleanup Days organized by the California Coastal Commission. Please click here to find a beach nearby and help us protect our beautiful sanctuary!

Saturday 9/24:

Sunday 9/25:

Don't forget to wear Sea Crest gear and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag: #SeaCrestCoastweek, or email us at communications@seacrestschool.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 9/28: Our first school-wide Preventative Lice Check of the year. Please make sure your child comes prepared:

  • Dry hair
  • No braids, hair clips, or hats
  • Students with longer hair should come with ponytails or pack a hair tie so they can put hair up after they are checked

Thank you for your help in keeping our school lice-free!

Confirmed Field Trip Dates:

Thursday 10/13: CuriOdyssey, 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, 1/5: California Academy of Science, Golden Gate Park, 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Fundraising Opportunity
Purchase a New Leaf Gift Card to support Sea Crest
Do you shop at New Leaf Market? If you do, you can help raise funds for Sea Crest by purchasing a new New Leaf Gift Card, or reloading an existing one with Cathy at the front desk, and using it each time you shop.

The school receives up to 5% when you purchase with this card You can purchase a card in increments of $50, $100, $250, or $500 by writing a check to Sea Crest for that amount.

Please consider taking this opportunity to help raise funds for our school. Last year we raised over $1600!

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How to Reach Us
  • If questions ever arise, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are available by email at: rsimrock@seacrestschool.org and/or dchristian@seacrestschool.org. Email is our preferred method of communication. We will check our email after school daily.
  • If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.
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