Mrs. Van Koevering's Class

Doubles Rap

Check out our amazing second graders practicing their doubles!

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Time to Read!

Hello Second Grade Families,

Starting tonight, your child will be expected to spend at least 15 minutes reading at home each night. On the Daily News sheet, there will be a spot for you to circle “yes” or “no” if they read for 15 minutes.  There is also a spot for a parent’s initials. Your child is welcome to read anything that interests them, as long as it is a “just right” book. 

Tips on choosing a “just right” book

  • Turn to one page in the book
  • Have your child read the page out loud
  • Every time they get to a tricky word, put up one finger
  • If you get to 5 fingers, STOP! This book is too tricky
  • If you have less than 5 fingers, get reading :)

Thank you for your help in creating life long readers!

Mrs. Van Koevering

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September Calendar


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Weekly Update!

Our first week was AMAZING! I could not be more proud of all the hard work our second graders did this week. We worked on getting to know each other and classroom procedures, and we had a lot of fun doing it!

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We reviewed the ideas of a watermelon story and a seed story. A watermelon story is a BIG story that has lots of small moments in it. A seed story zooms into ONE TIME and tells lots of details about that small moment. After our review, we wrote our first On Demand story. This is a story that the students write on their own without any help. I will use these stories to see what our second graders already know and what they still need to learn.


We worked with math mountains and equations this week in math. 

We know that “a partner plus a partner equals a total”  and “a total minus a partner equals a partner”. This is shown on our math mountain, shown below.

Math Mountain

We can use this math mountain to write our addition and subtraction equations.

The two addition equations we can make are…

5+3=8  and  3+5=8

The two subtraction equations we can make are…

8-5=3  and  8-3=5

Reader’s Workshop:

We have been reviewing what it looks like when we read to self. Here’s the list that our second graders came up with to help them remember what to do.

  • Stay in one spot
  • Read in your head or with a whisper voice
  • Choose a just right spot
  • Read the whole time

After we came up with our list, we started working on our stamina. Stamina is the thing that keeps us going and helps us read longer and longer. We were able to read for 20 minutes straight by Friday! I couldn’t believe it! Amazing work, second graders!!

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First Day = Success!

What a perfect day for starting the new school year! The sun was beaming and so were the second grade faces. They were so excited to be second graders, and they did amazing today. We worked on a lot of routines and learned a little bit of what we do in second grade. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow – we are going to have a fabulous year!

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Open House

We are very excited to start the new school year!  Please remember to join us for one of our Open Houses this week.  The schedule is as follows:

  • PK Monday, August 25 @ 6:30 pm
  • K  Tuesday, August 26 @ 6:30 pm
  • Grades 1-5  Wednesday, August 27 @ 6:30 pm

I can’t wait to meet you and your AMAZING second graders!


At all three open houses, we will be collecting donations for POPCORN DAYS.  Each month, parent volunteers provide popcorn to all our students as a special treat.  Popcorn Fridays (one per month) are FAVORITE DAYS in our building.  Popcorn parents are ROCKSTARS!   Your OPEN HOUSE donations allow us to offer popcorn free of charge to ALL students. Please DONATE.  The container will be in the rotunda.

We would love to have more support for the many activities we offer for students and families during the year.  Please show your support by completing this survey:  PTC SURVEY 2014


I just need a few more responses for our Parent Survey, so if you haven’t filled it out yet, take the time to fill it out now! I promise it won’t take long :) Click here for the survey —> Parent Survey

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The Countdown Begins!

We are about 15 days away from the first day of school – can you believe it?

I have been at school getting our classroom ready, and I have to admit, even though I love summer, I’m pretty excited for this school year to start! It probably helps that I know most of the 2nd graders this year, and I already know they are amazing!

I have had about half of our parents fill out the parent survey. If you haven’t had a chance to yet, click the link here —> Parent Survey

Second graders: Leave a reply letting me know one fun thing you’ve done this summer. Here’s mine!

Taya and I have had a lot of fun playing the yard! She loves to wave at cars and say “beep beep!” as the drive past.

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Last Open Library!

Hi Second Grade Families!

Just a reminder – if you have checked out any books from our library this summer, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last day for open library! It will be a check-in day only, so no new books will be checked out. 

Just because our library is closed doesn’t mean you stop reading! :) The Raz Kids website your child used in first grade is still available to use, and our local libraries have a lot of great books as well! 

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and keep reading!

-Mrs. Van Koevering

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School Supplies

Hope your summer is going well!  As the back to school ads come out sooner and sooner each year,  our class supply list hopefully will allow you plenty of time to get your child ready for second grade and find some great deals!

Here is the suggested list of materials your child will need for second grade:

  • 1″ Binder with pockets in the inside cover
  • Composition Book, wide ruled
  • 4 Dry Erase Markers labeled with your child’s name 
  • Pencil box
  • A pair of blunt child’s scissors labeled with your child’s name
  • A clean pair of tennis shoes for gym (they don’t have to be new)
  • Colored pencils
  • Sticky Notes
  • A pair of earbuds to be used with ipods/ipads/computers.  Please put your child’s name on the headphones/earbuds ( a piece of tape on the cord works well).
  • A container of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 game (to keep at school for the school year) your child can teach the rest of the class how to play during indoor recesses.  It can be returned at the end of the year.  Please write your child’s name on the box or bag.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Thanks for your help!

**Also, if you have not filled out the Parent Survey, please click here —> Parent Survey**

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Parent Survey

I hope you are enjoying the start to your summer! We are loving the sunshine here at my house :) Even though summer has just begun, I am already looking forward to next year. I have made a parent survey to give you a chance to tell me about your second grader. All of your responses are confidential – I will use them to help prepare myself and our classroom for a new group of amazing kids.

Click this link to start the survey –> Parent Survey

Enjoy the sunshine!

- Mrs. Van Koevering

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