Mrs. Hjelmar’s Supply List

Second Grade Shopping List Check Off

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All supplies should come to school on the Open House Day in September in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name. We will store the extra supplies at school.

  • 1 backpack
  • 24 sharpened number 2 pencils
  • 2 jumbo erasers
  • 1 small box of colored pencils
  • 2 boxes of 8 markers
  • 2 dry erase markers – black
  • 1 old sock (This will be your child’s eraser for the dry erase markers.)
  • 1 pair of Fiskars scissors
  • 4 jumbo glue sticks
  • 1 art smock labeled with your child’s name, in a Ziploc bag
  • 1 BLUE three-ring binder for journal writing, 1” rings
  • 1 any color three-ring binder with a front clear view pocket for agenda/HW, 1” rings
  • 1 of each…RED, BLUE, PURPLE and GREEN vinyl two-pocket folders
  • 1 durable folder for notices and take-home papers (any color/design)
  •  1 headphone set or earbuds for computers in a Ziploc labeled with your child’s name
  • 1 pencil box to keep inside desk

Note to families: If you would like to supply any of the following items it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Baby wipes (to clean desks, counters, chairs on a weekly basis)
  • Ziplocs (gallon and quart size)
  • Tissues

Dear Second Grade Family,

When my three children were younger and still in elementary school, the first two questions I would ask them as they got off the bus on the last day of school were:

• Who is your teacher next year?
• Who is in your class?

I wonder if you asked your child these same questions today.

I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Elsa Hjelmar, and I will be your child’s second grade teacher. We met as a class today, and I am happy to report that I was greeted by new and familiar smiling faces. :0)

Your child received a finger puppet bee today to go along with a ‘busy as bees’ theme for our second grade classroom. Please send 2 to 4 photos of your child with their bee that depict their summer adventures at the email below before the start of school. During the first full week of school, as a class, we’ll create a summer ‘busy as bees’ summer adventure project using the photos.

Enclosed in this envelope you will find a supply list for September and a list of activities to prepare for second grade.

I am very excited about being your child’s second grade teacher. I look forward to meeting you in September and especially learning about and working with your child all next year. Second grade is the best place to ‘bee.’

Have a wonderful summer!


Elsa Hjelmar

Many families ask me each year how to prepare for the next grade level. Here’s several things your child can do over the summer to get ready for second grade. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I am confident that many of you are already encouraging your children to do the activities listed. In fact, perhaps, your child has already mastered many of them.

1. Learn how to ride a two-wheeler. Why? In second grade, we have a bicycle safety program in which all second graders participate. Bicycles are provided for all. If your child needs a bike with training wheels, they will also be provided.

2. Learn how to swim. Why? We will have our end of year party at the Glen Hills Swim Club in June. All children need to take a swim test, without any floatation devices, by swimming the length of the pool in the shallow end.

3. Play card and board games and put away the electronics. Why? Listening, reading and following directions, paying attention to whose turn it is, being engaged with others, and good sportsmanship are fabulous lifelong skills that should be instilled at a young age. Plus playing games is fun!

4. Practice tying shoes. Why? Developmentally, second graders are right at the age when they should be able to do this independently. Typically, girls master shoe tying by age 6 and boys by age 7.

5. Read and ask questions. Why? Second grade is a big ‘comprehension’ year now that many children are confident word readers. Read to your child and have your child read to you. Ask your child not only the Who? What? Where? When? questions but more importantly, the How? and Why? questions. Why not reverse the role and have your child ask you questions and play the teacher role? The Burnt Hills Library has a wonderful summer reading program. If you haven’t checked it out I highly recommend that you do so.

6. Practice math facts. Why? A solid, quick recall of addition and subtraction facts provides the underpinning to all math concepts taught in second grade and beyond. When I taught fourth grade, the children who struggled the most did not have a solid foundation of math facts, and that struggle was reflected in their grades and math placement.

And to wrap things up:

Go outside and gets lots of fresh air.

Have fun.

Be safe.

Enjoy the summer.

Enjoy your children. It goes by so fast.