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Welcome to Mrs. Tom's 2nd Grade Class!

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Peace, Love & LP!

Peace, Love & LP!

Suzanne Tom Locker

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Star of the Week!

We will be starting Star of the Week in September.  Your child will be coming home with a poster one week before their date.  Please help them fill out the poster if need be.  They are allowed to bring something to share each day.  No animals however are allowed for sharing.  Their poster will be hung in our room the entire week, and returned home the following Friday.  To make it fare, I have not scheduled anybody on a week where we have a day or two off.


Your child has their own Raz-Kids account, which they can use at school and at home. Their username and password cards were sent home on Sept. 26. Parents can also register and see how their child is performing!

To help your child be a stronger reader, please have them listen to the story once, read aloud the second time and then reread the third time. If they have a microphone on their computer, they can also record their reading so I can listen to them (I LOVE that!). Afterwards, they can take their quiz and see how they do. They may need to read the story again to move onto the next book. Happy Reading!



Suzanne Tom

Fun Box Lunch Exchange!

Fun Box Lunch Exchange!

Friendly Neighborhood Helpers Musical!

Market Day Madness! Running a business is hard work, but we did it!

Learning How Geometry Helped Build AT&T Park!

Thank you PTA!

I would love to take a minute and acknowledge all the amazing ways our PTA supports me in my classroom and at LP.

Did you know PTA pays for...

  • All classroom and office supplies every year
  • PTA also covers staff training and staff development
  • Learning tools such as magazine subscriptions
  • Grade level teaching material
  • Supplemental teachers get the material they need such as computer lab subscriptions, art supplies and PE equipment.

But that's not all - they host fun events like...

  • Read-a-thon
  • Mother/son Dodgeball,
  • Movie nights
  • Fall carnival
  • Father/daughter dance


Classroom Safari Visit - What an AMAZING experience!

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano County Field Trip!

Valentine's Day Gifts to Our Families!

Valentine's Day Gifts to Our Family!

Make-a-Plate Project!

Expert Expo - Showing Off What We Learned in Reading!

Computer Class Secret Code Treasure Hunt

Holiday Gingerbread House Making Party!

LP Halloween Fun!

LP Halloween Fun!

Whole Foods Field Trip

Learning About Rocks with Ms. Gannett!

LP Fun Run!

St. Mary's College Men's Basketball Team Reads to LP!

Reading with Our Big 4th Grade Buddies in Ms. Tang's Class

Common Core Math ROCKS!

Dear Parents,

Many of you may be wondering what the new common core math looks like in second grade. Well, it's a lot different than when we were their age! 

Instead of memorizing fact families, kids are now introduced to multiples way to solve a problem. They not only need to solve the problem, but also be able to explain their thinking using pictures.

Since my "mathematicians" have been rocking math these days, I thought it would be fun to show parents some of the strategies they have learned to solve equations.

I hope you enjoy them!

Using Math Mountains to Create Equations

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Solving Equations Using a "Counting On" Strategy

Solving Equations Using "Make-a-ten Strategy

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Solving Equations Using "Doubles" Strategies

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Creating "Juicy" Word Problems

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Special Reminder for Current 2nd Grade Parents! 3rd Grade All Early  Start Time in Fall!

All Moraga School District 3rd grade students will again follow an 8:25 AM to 1:55 PM instructional schedule the first three weeks of school, August 21 through September 8. Starting Monday, September 11, all 3rd grade students will begin the full-day schedule of 8:25 AM - 3:05 PM (1:50 PM on Wednesdays).


The three week early release period provides third grade teachers time to individually assess their student's reading and math levels to group students for instruction, evaluate a student's reading accuracy level, comprehension, and fluency, select texts that will be productive for instruction, and identify students who may be eligible for additional support.

5th Grade vs. LP Staff Kickball!

5th Grade vs. LP Staff Kickball!

Thanks Mr. Massa for teaching Junior Achievement!

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LP Staff Retreat in SF

LP Staff Retreat in SF


We loved diving into non-fiction reading and writing but now we're hopping back into the creative world of fiction. We will be learning to developing opinions about the characters we are reading about and backing up our thinking with evidence. We'll be writing letters to peers and creating awards for characters we love. Oh what fun reading and writing will be this month!

Skip Counting By 2's!

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This second grade class is full of mathematicians this year! We have been learning equations by using a math mountain, horizontal equation and vertical equations. On this day, we learned about even and odd numbers. Even numbers come in "pairs" and odd number do not have a partner. They also create word problems to go along with number equations and can show their thinking by using pictures, tally marks, fingers and mental math.