June 2018

From the desk of Nani Sipila

Rock Creek Elementary

I am delighted to be your child’s second grade teacher. My goal is to encourage and support my students’ efforts to learn and build positive relationships with others. I will share my belief in them and their ability to succeed. My goal is to have high expectations and to hold students’ accountable for working to their potential so they will develop the confidence to believe in themselves and reach their dreams. J


I would like to invite you and your child to join me for an open house on August 30th, between 3:00 and4:00 PM. The purpose of this open house is to ease your child into the start of the school year by allowing them to familiarize themselves with the classroom, find their desk and put away their supplies. It will also provide me with an opportunity to meet you and get reacquainted with your child. Please come prepared to share with me how your child will go home on a daily basis (ex. Bus #, daycare, parent pick-up, etc.). This event has proven very successful in the past for alleviating those “first day of school” anxieties for both students and parents. J Please mark your calendar to attend on, Thursday, August 30th, between 3:00-4:00 PM.

Challenges, Conflict and Change

Our theme for this school year will be Challenges, Conflict and Change, with our first unit of study being Early Americans. We will be learning about pioneers and Native Americans.






Mrs. Sipila’s Supply List

Below you will find a list of school supplies to support your child in his/her work throughout the school year.


1 backpack

2 folders with pockets

1 plastic supply basket or box for desk organization (no more than 3 1/2 inches in height) Note: cardboard boxes with lids generally do not hold up as well as the plastic baskets or boxes.

12 - 24 pencil head erasers (shared with the class)

1 big eraser

1 box, 24 count, crayons

6 white glue sticks (share with the class)

1 pkg. #2 pencils (I recommend “Ticonderoga” to share)

1 pkg. 12 count colored pencils

1 pkg. 8 or 12 water based markers (basic colors)

1 water color paint set – 8 colors only

1 set of headphones – Standard 3.5 mm jack/plug to be used with netbooks (please check with your child if they like to use-earbuds or headphones)

1 pair of Fiskars child scissors

Class donations:

          1 box of Kleenex

           1 box of baby wipes

           1 pkg. of Post It Notes – 3 X3


Remember to label all school supplies, lunch box, and coat with your child’s name. Please sharpen all pencils ahead of time. Thank you!


 **Every Rock Creek student in second grade will receive a daily planner purchased by our school in combination with the PTO. If lost, a replacement planner will need to be purchased. The cost will be $5.00.


                                    Have a fun filled summer!




                                     Nani Sipila

                                    Second Grade Teacher