Welcome to 2nd Grade!
Hello! My name is Kyra Fitzsimmons and I am a 2nd grade teacher at MVE. This will be my third year teaching at this wonderful school. I am so grateful to be a part of your child's life, and I can't wait to embark on our learning adventure together this year!
I am originally from a large ranch in Wyoming. My husband Justin and I have been married for 14 years, and we have two great kiddos. George is in 5th grade and Isla is in 3rd grade. They are silly, sweet, and wonderful. During the fall and winter you will find us curled up watching football- go Broncos! During the summer we are out exploring our wonderful state or going back to Wyoming to visit family. A few passions/loves of mine include working out, cooking, paddle boarding, reading, traveling, gardening, and time with family.
Important dates & reminders
Thank you for your snack donations! We are all set for now. I appreciate it.
If you are interested in being a room parent, please send me an email.
8:50-9:05: Soft Start
9:05-9:30: Arrival/Morning Meeting
11-11:50: Snack/Literacy (cont.)
11:50-1:05: Math Workshop
1:55-2:50: Writing/Social Studies
I use ClassDojo in our classroom. I love giving out points for awesome behavior and work! The link to sign up to view our classroom and your child's account is here. Students will earn passes with their points such as "no homework for a night pass, decorate your desk, bring a stuffed animal to school" etc. I also love to reward kiddos with a sweet treat every now and again. I believe kids are capable of incredible things and positive reinforcement brings out the best in all of us!
We will have homework M-Th. Students will be expected to read for 20 minutes. Students can read to an adult or older sibling.
Your student may occasionally bring home their math work from the day if they were unable to complete it in class. This could happen for a variety of reasons. If this is the case, please complete it at home and return the next day.
Yellow folders will go home on Thursdays with work we've completed that week. They will need to be returned Friday.
We will not have weekly spelling tests. However, I will post 10-15 words each week that we are talking about in class. If you would like to work on them at home that is great. This is optional.
Please make sure your kiddo is filling out their reading log. They are due back on Fridays in the yellow folder.
We will dismiss each day at 3:45. The office will close at 4. Students must be picked up on time. Students can be picked up at our classroom door at the back of the school (look for my name in the window), carpool, BASE or ride the bus. If the way your child is getting home changes, please notify both the office and myself. The office number is
The person picking up your child must have either their ID or the yellow card with your child's name on it. It is ok to have a picture of it as well.
What we're up to...
-learn to read with fluent expression
-retell and paraphrase key concepts
-locate information on a map
-explain how graphics clarify a text
-use context clues
-continue studying idioms, hyperboles, similes, personification, and metaphors.
-point of view
-Summarize and Synthesize informational and fictional text
-Explain how text structure contributes to authors purpose and meaning
-Build vocabulary using roots and affixes (-ly, -ion)
-Identify elements of opinion text
-Identify author's evidence and reason
During this unit, writers will learn about and practice strategies to accomplish these goals:
Math: Topic 3