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While you are waiting ... Look at the sign up sheets on the back table Take this time to read the note on your child’s desk. There is also paper there for you to write a note or draw a picture for your child to see in the morning (feel free to use their school supplies).

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While you are waiting...

  • Look at the sign up sheets on the back table
  • Take this time to read the note on your child’s desk. There is also paper there for you to write a note or draw a picture for your child to see in the morning (feel free to use their school supplies).

All About Me

BA from Washington State University

Masters in Teaching from City University

Completed Professional Certification through Seattle Pacific University

11th year teaching 8th year at IVE


Common Core

  • Our state, along with over 40 states in the US, have adopted the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  • These standards ensure that ALL students learn the same core skills, content, and processes in each grade
  • To align with CCSS, Issaquah School District has been updating and making slight changes to curriculum presently adopted.


  • My goal is to create life-long readers, to instill the joy and love of reading, and for all students to become better readers.
  • Read everyday and set personal goals
  • CAFÉ Menu (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand Vocabulary)
    • Individual Reading Conferences
    • Small, flexible groups based on need and ability
  • GLAD
  • New Curriculum!!!
    • Making Meaning – (reading)
  • Mentor Texts to teach Comprehension Strategies
  • Cooperative Strategies
  • Vocabulary
  • K-5 Comprehension, Strategies spiraled
    • Fountas & Pinnell (phonics)

What are the rest of the kids doing???


Independent Readers

  • Daily 5
    • Read to Self
    • Work on Writing (reading response journal)
    • Listen to Reading
    • Read to Someone
    • Word Work (Phonics and Spelling)
  • Good Fit Books or Just right Books
  • I PICK (I choose the book: Purpose, Interest, Comprehend, Know the words)


  • Used to teach whole class and small group lessons
  • Engaging Literacy Experiences
  • Continuum addresses the 9 Categories of Learning
      • Early Literacy
      • Phonological Awareness
      • Letter Knowledge
      • Letter/Sound Relationship
      • Spelling Patterns
      • High Frequency Words
      • Word Meaning
      • Word Structure
      • Word-Solving Actions

Literacy, Continued

  • New Curriculum, Lucy Calkins and Writer’s Workshop (Genres covered: Narrative, Informational/Explanatory, Opinion, and Poetry)
  • Writing prompts
  • Journals
  • Letter writing
  • Sharing and Oral Presentations

CCSS and Writers Workshop

  • Narrative:personal narrative, fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, narrative memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction
  • Opinion: persuasive letter, petition, persuasive speech, review, personal essay, persuasive essay, literary essay, historical essay, editorial, op-ed column, research-based argument essay
  • Informational: how-to book, directions, recipe, lab report, fact sheet, news article, feature article, blog, website, report, memo, research report, nonfiction book


  • Every Day Math
  • Online games
  • IXL math practice
  • Addition and subtraction facts
  • Across the curriculum
  • Homework Practice

Every Day Mathematics

  • Developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project
  • Based on research about how students learn and develop mathematical power
  • Provides the broad mathematical background needed in the 21st century

In Every Day Mathematics you can expect to see…

  • …a problem-solving approach based on everyday situations;
  • …an instructional approach that revisits concepts regularly;
  • …frequent practice of basic skills, often through games;
  • …lessons based on activities and discussion
  • …mathematical content that goes beyond basic arithmetic

Science and Health

  • Sun’s daily motion
  • Force and motion
  • Germs
  • Body Systems
  • Nutrition
  • Life cycles and changes in ecosystems (wetlands)

Social Studies

  • Communities
  • Story Path
  • Career Speakers
  • Map and Globe
  • Skills
  • Scholastic News Magazine


  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Test - Fall, Spring, End of year
  • Stanford Test Jan. 27th -31st
  • CogAT for Sage/Merlin March
  • Math Unit Tests
  • Reading and writing conferences
  • Writing Prompts
  • Daily Assignments

Report Cards

Grading – Standards Based

1 = below grade level expectations

2 = approaching grade level expectations

3 = meets grade level expectations

4 = exceeds grade level expectations

A letter explaining this in more detail will be sent home with the first report card.

When do Report Cards come home?

November 27th

March 14th

June 18th (the last day of school)


Field Trips and Special Activities

  • Chicken Little (CarcoTheater): October 25th
  • Science lessons by Science To Go:
    • Bacteria Lab Oct. 10th and 24th
    • Force & Motion – Dec. 3rd
    • Plants March 27th
    • Changes in Ecosystems –June 2nd
  • Rick Hartman “Force and Motion”- January
  • Wetlands Walk – Spring TBA

Behavior Policy


Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

Students are responsible for their own actions. I will use positive reinforcement strategies to encourage good behavior, and will guide students to become responsible for their own behavior. If students need time to reflect on their behavior, or need time away from the group to problem solve, they may choose to Take a Break. This is a place to think, reflect and problem solve, so that they may successfully return to the class - it is not a punishment or a time out spot.


Follow directions quickly and quietly

Raise your hand for permission to speak

Make smart choices

Always be safe

Keep dear teacher happy


Parent Teacher Conference

Plan on attending a ½ hour conference one time during the year. Conferences are for guardians and teachers only. This year elementary schools have two conference dates.

They are…

December 4th and 5th

* There will be no school for students on these two days.

Please sign-up at the back table!



Every Monday a homework packet will be sent home that is due on the Friday of the same week. Some weeks it just might be a reading log with reading questions. Other weeks we might add a writing assignment to the reading log.

I expect that each child read at least 20 minutes a night, even on the weekends if possible.

In addition, Math homework will be sent home as daily lessons are completed. There may not be math homework every night, depending on the math unit. I will copy the math homework on lavender paper so that it stands out in your child’s mail.Math homework is due the next day, unless otherwise noted.

I believe that homework in the 2nd grade helps foster responsibility and organization for your student. You can help your student by setting up a consistent, organized place for

homework to be done. Please encourage your child to do their work on their own but do

not hesitate to help (and even let me know) if you notice your child struggling


Star Student

One student each week will be chosen randomly. This is a special time for each student to share information about themselves with their classmates as well as practice their oral presentation skills.

On the Friday before each student’s week, a sheet of poster paper will come home. During the weekend it is that student’s job to create a poster about themselves. The poster may have photographs, drawings, writing, or whatever they want. The only requirement is that it is put together neatly and the student can explain it. Please help your child remember to bring in their poster on Monday so that it may be displayed in the classroom during their special week.

Students may bring one item for show-and-tell any day during the week. They should be prepared to tell us about the item and why it is important to them. Pets are not allowed at school anymore. 


Daily and Weekly Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:30 am – 2:55pm


8:30 am – 12:45pm

Students will be marked tardy at 8:31am

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 8:30 – 8:45 Calendar
  • 8:45 – 9:45 Math
  • 9:45 – 10:20 Reading focus lesson
  • 10:20 – 10:50 Specialist
  • 10:50 – 11:50 Reading Rotations
  • 11:50 – 12:30 – Lunch and Recess
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Writers workshop
  • 1:30 – 1:50 Recess
  • 1:50 – 2:45 Science/Health/social Studies
  • 2:45 – 2:55 Pack up Read aloud


8:30 – 8:45 Calendar

8:45 -9:45 Math

9:45 -10:50 Reading Rotations

10:50 – 11:20 Specialist

11:20 -11:50 Computer lab

11:50 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 -12:45 Pack up and Read aloud



  • Snacks
  • Birthdays and parties
  • Book orders

Classroom Connect Site

    • Link in my email
      • Scroll down to CONNECT (near the bottom, on the left)
      • From the Charcoal Bar, choose Elementary Schools
      • Click on Issaquah Valley
      • From the menu on the left, choose Staff Directory
      • Find Shelley Harding and click website
    • complete online surveys
    • subscribe to the blog
    • find news and resources
    • find weekly homework
    • send me an email
    • links to useful websites