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2nd Grade - Ms. Gina Johnstone

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Welcome to room 10!

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I'm so excited to be teaching 2nd grade again this year.  This is my 6th year teaching at Beresford, and 7th year teaching overall.  I've taught first grade, a first/second grade combination class, and now I am loving second grade.  I earned my Bachelors degree from UCLA in English, and completed my teaching credential at San Jose State University.  I am currently earning a Masters Degree in Educational Administration - I'll be done June 2018!

At Beresford, I've truly found a home and community.   I stay busy by fulfilling many different roles at school.  I love using my Growth Mindset to challenge myself to try new things.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my wonderful niece.  I also like to travel and participate actively in my church community.  Otherwise, I love to read, bake and cook, do crafts, and spend time outside.  My challenge for myself this year is to go someplace new each month and take Zumba classes once a week because I love to dance!


Dear Room 10 families,

As the holidays are approaching, I know this can be a very busy time of year.  Please make sure your child is still getting a good night’s sleep so they can be at their best each day!
Here is what we are currently working on:

Thematic Unit of Study: Plants and Animals

Benchmark Advance: Unit 3- Plants and Animals in their habitat

Reading: We are working on identifying the main idea of a text based on the key details and text features.

Writing:  We will be writing an Animal Report.  Students will choose an animal, gather information about the animal from books, and write a five paragraph essay about their animal.

Envision Math: Topic 8 - Adding Two-Digit Numbers

LIFESKILLS of the month are Active Listening, Cooperation, and Patience.  Please talk with your students about how to live these LIFESKILLS everyday.

Winter break approaches and students will be out of school for two weeks, so I have three requests:

  1. Read every day
  2. Write about fun experiences of break
  3. Have a great time with family and friends!

Happy Holidays!

Miss Johnstone

Room 10's Wish List

Thank you so much for bringing in school supplies at the beginning of the year!

As the school year continues, there are things that we will need.

At the moment, room 10 needs:

  • Band-aids
  • Wide-ruled binder paper
  • Gift cards to Amazon or something from our Amazon Wish List: http://a.co/1DtaMIi
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Ms. Gina Johnstone



Upcoming Events:

December 22-Jan.8: Winter Break

January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday/No School

January 26: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

February 7: LIFESKILLS Day #2

February 15: Field Trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum

February 19: Presidents' Day/No School

February 26-March 2: Literacy Week

March 12: No School

March 28: Fun Run

March 30: Minimum Day Early Dismissal @ 12:40pm

March 31- April 15: Spring Break

May 9: Founder's Day/Talent Show

May 23: Art Show

May 28: Memorial Day/No School

May 29-June 1: Student Led Conferences/Minimum Day Early Dismissal all Week @ 12:40pm

June 8: Dance Party

June 21: Last Day of School/Minimum Day Early Dismissal @12:40pm


Monday - Library
Tuesday - Computer Lab
Wednesday - Art with Mrs. Canda
Friday - Music


Homework is assigned daily.  Homework consists of 20 minutes of reading, a reading log question, and a double-sided math practice worksheet.  Students take home their book bag each day and bring it back to school each morning.  It is extremely important that the book bag comes back to school each day.