Second Grade TEAM Page


(Updated On: January 14, 2018)

  • WELCOME to our 2nd Grade TEAM Page! Please check back here often for “Team” Information… Anything that pertains to the entire Second Grade Team! Thank You! ~ Ms. Case, Ms. Brown, Ms. Caronna, Ms. Hackney, Ms. Davis, Ms. Myers, and Mr. Ackerman

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  • Monday, January 15: MLK DAY – NO SCHOOL!!
  • Friday, January 19: Report Card #2 available on HAC (Home Access Center)
  • Friday, January 26: UNF Field Study Forms and Money DUE by 9:00 a.m. 
  • Monday, January 29: NO SCHOOL – Teacher Inservice Day
  • Thursday, February 1 & Friday, February 2: 2nd Grade UNF Field Study: Habitats (See Below)
  • Friday, February 9: Interim #3 Comes Home
  • Monday, February 19: NO SCHOOL – President’s Day


2nd Grade Field Study to the UNF Nature Preserve/Trails

Thursday, February 1: Ackerman, Caronna, Hackney, & Myers
Friday, February 2: Brown, Case, Davis
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Student Cost: $9.00 
Chaperone Cost: $5.00
  • Please return the Field Study Form and Permission Slip by: Friday, January 26th by 9:00 a.m. if your child will be going on this field study… the only exception is if you let your child’s teacher know before-hand that you need extra time to pay. The paperwork still has to be turned in by January 26th at 9:00 a.m. Thank you!
Our 2nd graders will be going to UNF’s Wildlife Sanctuary for their “Wild Neighborhoods” program. The concept of a habitat is emphasized during this one-mile hike.  This introduction to Ecology focuses on examples of how plants and animals interact.  Sites include a shallow lake margin, seepage slope, thicket, cypress swamp, and a sand hill.
Special Notes from the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary:
  • We recommend walking shoes (closed toe), long pants (depending on season), and applying insect repellent (depending on the season). Please have your child wear his/her class/field study t-shirt.
  • Our activities require both hands. Therefore, anything brought will be cumbersome to the program. Items such as cameras, water bottles, and journals are the sole responsibility of the participants. Students are welcome to bring a string-bag (cinch-sack) if they would like to carry extra items. 
  • We will eat lunch at the Sanctuary picnic area, although no rain shelter is available. Once you arrive, the lunches will be moved to the picnic area before the program begins. It is helpful if they are in coolers for easier transport. Please put lunches in a plastic or paper bag that can be thrown away – all lunches will go in coolers. 
  • Parking is available for buses and other vehicles in Lot 100 or Lot 14. Personal vehicles will be required to pay a $5 parking fee per day. Please bring as few personal vehicles as possible to minimize this extra cost. This fee is paid at UNF… Please do not send us this money. Thank you!
  • Restrooms are available on site within walking distance of our education facility. Please have students use school restrooms before leaving. There is literally one girl’s and one boy’s bathroom for us to use. It is not close, especially when we are on our hike. 
  • There is no limit on the number of chaperones we can have, but you must be an approved volunteer to chaperone. 
Below are the UNF Field Study Forms ‘in case’ you need them…
  • Ackerman, Caronna, Hackney, & Myers

Feb. 1, 2018 UNF
2nd Grade Field Study to the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary Feb. 1, 2018
  • Brown, Case, Davis

2nd Grade Field Study to the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary Feb. 2, 2018 Feb. 2, 2018 UNF
Feb. 2, 2018 UNF



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Please make sure you ‘check in’ in the front office prior to going to the portables (Treasure Island) for ANY reason. This is a safety issue. Thank you for your understanding!



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Parents/Guardians must be approved to attend a school organized field trip and must come to the school to pick up a badge prior to meeting us at a field trip. Mrs. Solms will pre-print all of the badges and confirm that everyone has been pre-approved and is current (some parents have expired and she cannot run those on the day of a field trip).  ALL parents must have a badge if attending a field trip. Chaperones: You will see Mrs. Solms at the front desk.  She will have you signed in already and you will just collect your badge.  You do not need to sign in on the computer (as she will already have signed you in).  Please remember to have a valid driver’s license or passport photo ID. THANK YOU for your assistance with this!


School Wide Crew System

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Our school is divided into Four (4) CREWs. This is part of a school-wide behavior system with the focus on positive behavior. Each student was given a bracelet with the name of their CREW on it. The Boosterthon shirts also have the name of their CREW on it, and students can wear the shirt all year as we support our CREWS. The four CREWs are: Creativo, Valor, Responsable, and Captivado. These represent the characteristic within CREW: Creative, Responsible, Engaged and Worthy. We hope that your child will take pride in their CREW and will enjoy this method of promoting positive behaviors.


AR (Accelerated Reader)

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You can visit our school’s Media Center website regarding AR Home Connect, to check to see if a book is an AR book, to check book levels, etc. The link is here:
Some Important FYI’s:
  • Students must meet their AR Point Goal AND earn an 85% (or higher) comprehension score in order to meet their AR Goal. Therefore, if a student meets, or surpasses, their AR point goal, BUT has less than an 85%, he/she has NOT met their goal. =(
  • AR Quizzes are only taken in school, during school hours.
  • Students should only take an AR Quiz when they are 100% ready to take it. If they fail a quiz, they cannot retake it. And, it will be harder to bring up their comprehension percentage.
  • There are two (2) links on the Media Center AR Website that look like one (1) big link. One (1) is for your child to log-in to AR and the other is to see if a book is an AR book (AR Book Finder) and how many points it is worth.
  • We highly recommend you sign up for AR Home Connect (on the link above). You will get an e-mail every time your child takes an AR quiz and the score they receive.
  • There are thousands and thousands of AR books so we don’t always know what books are/aren’t AR books and how many points each is worth. Most 2nd grade books are worth half-a-point, whereas Harry Potter can be up to 48 points!!!!! =0
  • The books in the Media Center are organized according to the AR levels by being color-coded for each level (red, green, blue, and higher). 
** I know there are a lot of ‘rules’ regarding AR, but it’s the AR company (Renaissance Place), not us. =)
Thank you for your help at home pumping up your child to READ and take AR Quizzes!!!! =) 



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From our PES PTO…

This year, in an effort to reduce costs and save trees, below is a Box Top collection sheet that you can print out.  Box Tops can be glued or taped to this sheet, or they can also be sent in a plastic bag.  Thank you so much for everything you do!

Box Top Collection Sheet

K-2 Curriculum Chat

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Thank you to those who came to our 2nd Grade Curriculum Chat! If you weren’t able to attend, below is the Power Point we went over. 

2017-18 Curriculum Chat Power Point



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Students are prohibited from using electronic devices during the school day for purposes other than what is assigned by the teachers. This includes calls to parents. We are a digital school and we encourage the use of technology, but only in appropriate means. Just as with any other inappropriate use of technology, the result could be the loss of the device and the privilege to use any electronics.



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Every Thursday from 1:30-2:40, 2nd grade students will go to 2 resources (or double-time in one) along with their regular resource time if they have one. ROW (Resource on Wednesday) is gone. This time on Thursday is called our PLC Time (Professional Learning Community) where our 2nd grade teachers will meet with our Administration to discuss student’s data and how we can help, or enrich, each one. We’ll also have an Intervention time daily (30 minutes) to meet our student’s needs. 


Second Grade Supply List

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1 box Crayola crayons (24 ct)
1 pk 8 ct colored pencils
8 glue sticks
4 pks. sharpened #2 pencils (12 ct)
1 white vinyl clear cover 1” binder
5 wide rule composition books
2 pk dry erase Expo markers (2 ct)
3 folders with pockets (red, yellow, and green)


HOMEWORK TIME REQUIREMENTS for K-5 at Palencia Elementary School

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Reading (independent or shared reading for K-5) 
Subject Area (Other Homework)
10 min 
Not to exceed 20 min 
 * Project work may extend this homework time on occasion
  • In order to build student literacy throughout our school, above is the required reading homework for Palencia Elementary School. During the reading block of homework, students should be reading a book on the student’s independent reading level. As students increase their reading skills, they should progress from being read to, to reading together, to reading independently. In every grade it is encouraged that students read out loud to someone.
  • In subject area categories, teachers will assign homework pertaining to the standards being covered in class. This may include math, vocabulary/spelling, social studies, science, projects, and/or writing. Students should only be spending the time recommended for his or her grade level. If your child has reached the allotted time recommended using best homework practices, indicate on the homework that the time requirement was met. * If your child is really ‘trying’ to do his/her homework, but takes longer than 30 minutes, please have them STOP, then please SIGN that they tried doing same, but could not complete it. They will still get credit for their ‘effort.’ We don’t want frustrated parents and students! =) 
Homework may be assigned Monday through Thursday. There will not be required homework assigned during weekends or over school breaks.
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If your child is absent, please call the school at 547-4010 so you don’t get an “Alert Now” Message wondering where your child is.



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FIELD STUDIES and EVENTS- We had a problem with families turning in forms and payment after the published due dates. This may not seem like a problem to just add one more, but it is taking away from instructional time and is causing problems. Deadlines are in place so we have time to do the necessary processing and communication to the places we visit or to the organizations that come to our school. I am asking all teachers to stop accepting late registrations for upcoming Field Studies and Events. If there are any special circumstances where this may cause a hardship, please contact the teacher well in advance of the deadline date. A good way to stay informed of upcoming events is to be sure to read the teachers email or the grade level website. Thank you for your understanding.

Dress Code – As the weather gets warmer, please be sure to follow the school dress code. Shoulders should be covered, shorts should be finger length and tennis shoes are highly recommended. Our students are very active and run around during recess every day, please help your child avoid injury by making sure they are wearing proper shoes. If someone is injured and must wear flip flops, they must have a doctor’s note. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for more specifics. Thank you!!



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Please, please, please send in the exact amount of money when paying for anything (shirts, field studies, etc.) as we can’t make change, and the front office can’t either. We’ll have to send the money back home if it’s not the exact amount. SORRY, and thank you!!


Physical Education (P.E.) & Daily Activity

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RECESS/DAILY ACTIVITY: Since we go outside for recess daily (unless there’s rain, then we do a physical activity in the classroom), it would be best if your child wears PE/GYM Shoes daily. Students may also want to bring a hat, sunglasses, and water to P.E. (and Recess) as well. 



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Early Check Out: For the safety of all students, children may not be checked out of school after 2:15 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and 1:15 on Wednesday.

Change in Afternoon Transportation: If you need to change the way your child goes home in the afternoon, we must receive a written note or email from your listed email address to your child’s teacher AND to [email protected] before 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on Wednesdays). We cannot accept phone calls for those changes. Changes in afternoon transportation should only be for emergency situations. Thank you for your understanding.

Afternoon Dismissal Procedures: For the safety of our students this year we will begin a staggered dismissal procedure:

  • Bus Riders/ Extended Day will be dismissed at 2:50
  • Biker / Walkers will be dismissed at 2:52
  • Parent Pick-Up will be dismissed at 2:54

Parent Pick-Up: Students will be escorted with their grade level teachers to the cones in the front of the school (Palencia and US1 residents) or the rear of the building (BUS Loop) for Kensington and Las Calinas residents. Parent Pickup cars Must have a “Parent Pickup Card” in view for staff. If your car does not have a “Parent Pickup Card”, you will be required to show appropriate ID and may have to check your child out at the office.

Palencia Bikers/Walkers: Parent Pick-Up by parking and walking to greet your child is NOT allowed as it creates a safety hazard. Please use the sidewalk on Palencia Village Drive and greet your child at the biker fence. State laws require all bike riders to wear a helmet. Safety is our priority!

BUS: Students will be escorted with their grade level teachers to the bus loop. Safety patrols will assist students to their assigned bus. Transportation can be reached directly at 547-7810 for late bus concerns or bus routes. Please note that the transportation dept. uses the “Alert Now” message system to communicate any transportation changes.


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PLEASE watch the TARDIES. The tardy bell rings at 8:30 a.m. and we start our day promptly at that time (taking attendance, lunch count, announcements, etc). so we have no time to waste. Thank you!!