Hephatha Lutheran School            Anaheim, CA


Email: lstaake@hephatha.net

Second Grade  -- Where

You’ll Watch Your Child Grow!


“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever.”  2 Peter 3: 18


Congratulations!   You are the parent of  a second-grader here at Hephatha Lutheran School.    My name is Mrs. Linda Staake and I will be your child’s “gardener” this year.  I taught at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Orange, California from 1970-1975.  Then I came to Hephatha in 1978 after receiving my Master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton.  I taught preschool six years before the dayschool opened.  The year after the elementary school began I went back to teaching full time and have loved teaching in the primary grades.


You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year.     Your child will continue to learn about Jesus and He will have an impact in your child’s life.  It is a special privilege to see a child embrace the love of Jesus and see how He changes his/her world.    In Kindergarten and first grade your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during second grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer.   You will see changes in your child’s thinking and the change will be dramatic just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower!

Ways to Help Your Child Bloom


The most  lovely flowers usually have the best gardeners and that’s you, too!  First of all, please worship and pray with your child.   This will be the key to keeping Christ as the priority in your family.  Also staying “weed-free” means being involved in your child’s education. Engage your child in conversation about his/her day, but know that children won’t usually give out much information.  I will send home a weekly letter informing you of what is happening.  You can base your discussion on some of the items mentioned in the letter.  


Also, you will receive a big brown envelope every Monday with the previous week’s work.   Please check over these papers and see how your child is doing.   A weekly conduct/memory work slip is also included and needs to be signed and returned with the big brown envelope by Wednesday of the same week.  Church attendance needs to be noted on it as well.

To help keep things growing “weed-free”, it helps to remember our class procedures.   

§ Please be on time.  Class begins at 8:20.   Be here 10 minutes earlier.

§ Please have your child wear the proper school uniform.

§ Please provide a nutritious morning snack.

§ Please pick up your child in the classroom by 3:15 p.m.  If you are not picking up your child after school, please have a signed note giving someone else permission.  I can not release him/her to someone without it.

§ Please have schoolbooks brought back to school each day. 

§ Please refer to the second grade handbook for additional information.


A   Few Procedures

Parent - Teacher Communication

In addition to our three report cards (sent home in November, March, and June) and our conference in November, I am always available to meet or speak with you.  If it is not urgent, please jot a note and I will respond as soon as possible.  You mail call the school or e-mail me as well.  In return, I will contact you by note or telephone if there is something that I’d like to discuss.

School phone number  ( 714-637-0887)

lstaake@hephatha.net   (e-mail at home)

Seeds Need Sun and Water - Here’s What We Need

It is important that your child has all of the school supplies on our class supply list.  (Please ask me if you did not receive yours.)  It is just as important to have your child’s name on every item.    There are too many children that have the same kind of crayons, markers, and glue.  When something falls on the floor, three children might claim the same crayon or marker.


Also, there are so many items of clothing found around the campus.  If a name is on your child’s clothes it is more likely to be returned to them.    Clothing is found all over the campus.  Thanks for your help!


During the school year, there will be various items that we will need - half gallon milk cartons, shoeboxes, stickers,  small toys for the treasure chest, film to take pictures, special treats for rewards, magazines for various pictures, etc.  Please save the larger items at home, as we are limited in storage space.


Please pack a nutritious lunch that your child will enjoy eating.

Classroom Management

Our “flowers” will bloom more fully when the gardener keeps the garden in control.  We have adopted some new school wide management techniques.  This year some variations of simple sign language will be used for better classroom communication.


· The student will raise his/her hand in the form of a “c” - “I have a comment.


· The student will raise his/her little finger (the letter “I” in sign language) - “I” have a question.


· The student will sign the letter “a”  when he/she has the answer to a question.


Our classroom rules, rewards, and consequences are explained more fully on pages that will follow.

Field Trips

Sept./Oct.     Bowers Kidseum, Santa Ana


Jan./Feb.      Disneyland Band Concert,

                     Kellogg Centennial House/Museum


Mar./Apr.      Fossil digging at Ralph Clark

                      Regional Park, Buena Park


May                  Aquarium of the Pacific


May               Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Here’s wishing us all a wonderful year of growth!