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*Library books are due on Wednesdays

Daily Schedule

8:20-8:30     arrival, journal

8:30-10:00   Language Arts

10:00-10:15  Recess

10:15-11:50  Math

11:50-12:25  Lunch

12:25-2:00    Sci/SS/Art

2:00-2:25      PE  (M T Th F)

2:25               Dismissal

Wednesday Early Dismissal 12:30

Library Wednesdays 12:00-12:30

Computers  T TH-12:30-1:00


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Wish List

We are always in need of the following items if you would like to make a donation to our class.  Thank you so much!

  • white board markers
  • Crayola crayons (16 or 24 count)
  • sharpened pencils
  • glue sticks
  • white copy paper
  • wipes
  • tissues
  • sheet protectors
  • manilla file folders
  • colored copy paper
  • markers
  • sharpies
  • colored pencils
  • erasers

Hello! My name is Debbie Henry and I am a 2nd grade teacher. I love teaching! This is my 33rd year teaching in the public schools, my 18th year in the Oakley District--12 at Gehringer Elementary and this is my 6th here at Almond Grove.  I started my teaching career years ago at the age of 16 when I began working with preschoolers thru elementary school age children teaching baton twirling in Antioch with the Antioch Anchorettes.  Prior to Oakley, I taught in Concord at Silverwood Elementary in the Mt. Diablo District.  I have taught first, second, fourth, fifth, and adults! Teaching in the primary grades is my favorite! I received my B.A in Liberal Arts from Chico State and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Hayward.  I am a lifelong learner and I continually attend conferences and seminars to find out the newest innovations in the teaching profession.  I have many hobbies that I enjoy but one of my favorites is reading!  I hope that all my students can discover the joy of reading! These days I am enjoying my two sons as they are transitioning into independent adults.  My oldest son, Tom (27), graduated from Sac State with a BS in Environmental Science and is working in Minden, Nevada..  My youngest son, Jake (25) graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno with a BS in Business Finance and Economics and is now working in Reno.  Both boys are new home owners and are quite happily living in Reno.  My husband, Dean, and I are loving all our new adventures as a family with young adults!  If you have any concerns or questions about your child's education, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Deborah Henry


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Welcome to Room 10!

News From Second Grade in Room 10!

Room 10 is the perfect "Spot" to "Bee"!


Be sure to check our Class Dojo daily.  I post all news for our classroom, upcoming events and what is happening in our class on that website.



Homework for my students is to get outside and play, explore, experiment, run, skip, jump, ride a bike, scooter, skateboard or rollerblade.  Go to a park and swing, climb and slide.  Learn to tie your shoes if you don't know how yet.  Play with playdough, watercolors, paint with water outside. Remember your manners, say please and thank you, wait patiently and politely, don't interrupt and be kind.

Read for 20 minutes EVERYDAY--yes, even Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!  The more your child reads the better reader AND writer he/she will become.  Reading to your child can be included in the 20 minutes. When you read to your child, you are modeling good reading, as well as increasing your child's world knowledge and vocabulary.  Read, read, read to your child, and talk to your child about the stories and everyday happenings.

Finish any math papers that come home incomplete.



Here is the breakdown of the slide I showed on Back to School Night to show the importance of reading everyday.

Why Can't I Skip My Reading Tonight?

Let's figure it out mathematically!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes read a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 minutes a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes a week.

Step 2: Multiply minutes read a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes read a month x 9 months/school year.
Student A reads 3600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B
maintain these same reading habits...

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance.

Which student will read better?
Which student will know more?
Which student will write better?
Which student will have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?

Independent Reading

It is very important that your child reads to you for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. 

Remember, the more your read, the better reader and writer you will be!

Choosing a Good Fit Book

To help your child select a book that is just right for them, try this "I Pick Good Fit Books"
I select a book and look it over, inside and out.

Purpose:  Why might I want to read it?

Interest:  does it interest me?

Comprehend:  Do I understand what I am reading?

Know:  do I know most of the words-99% of them?

If your children can not read 99% of the words independently then it is not a 'good fit' book for independent reading.  It may be a book for you and your child to read together.




Strive for Less Than Five Days Absent



Going to school is important to me because...


I contribute a lot to my class!

Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating commotion and slowing down instruction.


¡Yo contribuyo mucho a mi clase! Contribuyo...

   Las ausencias pueden afectar a todo el salón de clase si la maestra tiene que reducir la velocidad de aprendizaje para ayudar a los niños a ponerse al día.

   Demasiados estudiantes ausentes pueden afectar todo el salón de clases, creando conmoción y reduciendo el aprendizaje e instrucción.


1. Read together daily!!!! Children who read at home with their parents perform better in school.
2. Establish a family routine for homework. Set aside a regular, quiet time and place for students to work and be encouraging.
3. Be involved with your child's school. Parents who are involved with the school have students that perform better in school.
4. Focus on your child’s progress. By focusing on what your child does well, your child feels more successful.

5. Work with your child. Help your child with studying spelling words, math facts or preparing for a test, as this makes your child feel more confident with your support.
6. Look over your child’s papers often. When you show an interest in what your child is doing, often the child works harder to succeed.
7. Setting limits helps your child see your priorities. Don’t be afraid to set limits for TV, radio, video games or the like, especially during study time.
 8. Teach your child to be responsible. Your child is a student, so make them responsible for their education, such as putting their own homework in their backpacks.
 9. Make learning important. Find excitement in learning by taking your child on nature walks, going to special events and demonstrating that you want to learn things with them.
 10. Have fun with your child!!


Please use the following link to access the Common Core Standards.