Diorama Presentations & Day of the Dead research

The 2nd grade students in my class are presenting their biographies. If the student chooses to incorporate the Day of the Dead into the dioramas, s/he can. November 2nd, we will be meeting in the cafeteria at 8:00 am for a dance choreographed by Karen Price, a Dance Resource Teacher for APS. Thank you to Ms. Price and Ms. Heather Hanson who helped organize the scheduling and time for the dance. The students will be dancing to Poco Loco from the movie Coco. Thank you to Mrs. Dimas' class! Mrs. Dimas' class has been wonderful mentors to helping the 2nd graders with the biography, dioramas, and reading about Day of the Dead. After the dance, parents and families are encouraged to tour each classroom, Mrs. Dimas' and my classroom to see the dioramas. Families are encouraged to bring a dish your child choses in connection with the person they researched. This will be a wonderful fiesta of learning.


School starts at 7:50 am

Ends at 2:00 pm.

Math- 8:00- 9:45 am

AM Recess 9:15-9:30

ELA - 9:45-12:00 pm

All Specials 10:00-10:45

Tuesday -PE

Wednesday- Music

Thursday- Library

Friday- Computer Lab

Lunch- 12:15-12:45

PM Recess 12:45-1:00

Science or Social Studies 1:00-2:00 pm

Homework Expectations

Reading and Writing every Monday - Thursday. The reading and writing will be due every Friday. This should take about 15 minutes a night.

Math worksheets will go home as provided from the Stepping Stones Curriculum. This will depend on the pacing of the instruction in class. Homework will be a review. Math should take about 5 minutes a night.

Spelling will be assessed throughout the writing process. There will not be traditional weekly assessments.

Homework should not take more than 20 minutes an evening. Write me a note about the efforts made if it is taking longer. I will accept the work as is. It is the parents role to check the homework at home before it is turned in. I will only be grading on effort and participation. If you see the work is too hard or too easy, please let me know. I will accommodate your child's needs.

The Homework Folder will be used daily for communication.

Homework Extra Credit for an effort score of E- Excellent. Optional- A poem will be sent home once a month. If your child is able to memorize and recite it with expression and fluency there will be extra credit provided. Grading rubrics- scroll down to the bottom of this website.

November Poem


The Classroom Dojo, Homework Folder, and email are the best forms of communication. My email is garcia_pn@aps.edu.

If you would like to schedule a meeting please allow 2 days notice. My office hours will be from 7:30 AM to 7:45 AM and/or 2:05 PM to 2:30 PM on most weekdays.

Snacks: Please send your child to school with a healthy snack. Snacks will be enjoyed during recess from 9:15-9:30 am.

Grading will be as follows using rubrics provided by APS, approved curriculums, and/or teacher and student developed rubrics according to the Common Core State Standards.

Student Responsibilities “Behavior promotes learning” indicates your child’s progress overall, in the areas of Personal and Social Development and Characteristics of a Successful Learner. The teacher may choose to add specific responsibilities from this list to provide more detail about your child’s current behavior.