Second Grade

2nd Grade Supplies List

Incoming 2nd grade families – Summer work!

Downloads – Gr 1 core fluency sprints cards summer and Summer math calendar 1st gr engage


We want to make sure that your children have plenty of time to get outside, swim, play, visit museums, go on vacation etc.  In addition to taking some time to relax, it is important to keep up with the academics.  We want to make sure those smart brains are being challenged over the summer. We are posting here some work, digitally, so that your child can be best prepared for 2nd grade in September.


You should be ending the year having an idea what reading level your child is on.  There is a great reading program called Myon that you can use to keep up and challenge reading levels. – 5,000 ebooks!  With read aloud and dictionary features.  All levels!  Go to  

Student login is: School: type 261 then select 15K261 P.S. 261 Philip Livingston

Username: student OSIS# (you will find your child’s OSIS number on top of the report card. PW:= 1+first two digits of first name (example for Joy :1jo)

Scholastic also has a summer reading challenge that might be fun!


Your child should keep a summer writing journal.  He/she can write their daily activities, things they see on trips, or even write a letter to their friend or relative.


Our math program, EngageNY, has a great summer calendar with activities you can print out and do.  Attached to this email you will find a calendar and some documents.

Some other great websites you can check out this summer are…  /  /  /  /


Meet the 2nd Grade Team

2 308 – Chrissy Haynes [email protected]

Chrissy was initially drawn to PS 261 for its vibrant school community. Prior to teaching at PS 261 Christian taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at a private school in midtown Manhattan, and spends her summers teaching first and second graders at a school in her family’s hometown community located in Jamaica West Indies. Christian received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Brooklyn College in 2012. Then later received her Master’s Degree in both General and Special education at New York University. When Christian is not teaching or nose-deep in a novel, she enjoys acrylic painting, spending time at the beach near her home in the Rockaways, and traveling with friends and family.

2 309 – Yasmine Altaheri [email protected]

Yasmine has been teaching at PS 261 since 2008 and she loves teaching here! It is the elementary school she attended as a child and she gets to work alongside great co-workers.  Yasmine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with a concentration in Children’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) from Brooklyn College. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her boys, Dean, Zack and Noah.

Nickeisha and Colleen

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2 311 ICT Colleen Torres [email protected]

Colleen earned her Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, graduating from their Elementary Inclusion program. She holds her Masters in literacy from Hunter College.  She has been teaching in Brooklyn since 2004. Growing up in Connecticut, she always worked with children and knew that this was the profession for her. She lives in Brooklyn with her son, Vince and her husband, Freddie who is an Assistant Principal.  In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, going out to eat with her family, and taking her son to the park.

This is my 2nd year at P.s. 261 and I’m excited to return. I truly enjoy the loving, warm, and kind atmosphere that surrounds this school. There is without a doubt a supportive environment that encourages me to be my very best. I have had opportunities with student teaching, substituting, and being a Reading Intervention Teacher at P.s. 261 Prior to my experiences at  P.s. 261 I’ve taught preschool for 3 years.
To share a few good words about me…. As I tell my students, I really enjoy “SLEEPING”. However, when I am not sleeping I enjoy teaching, learning, traveling or having any interactions to be introduced to a new culture or people. I graduate with a BA in psychology from Medgar Evers college additionally I furthered my studies at NYU where I obtained a MA in Early Childhood. I am certified to teach both General Education and Students with Disabilities.  Also, I believe it’s truly important to take everything one day at a time. I intend to enjoy, learn from, and be reflective as I continue to have a successful year!


Yvette and Nichole

2 315 ICT Nichole Dembert [email protected]Yvette Torres-Schwartz  

This is Nichole’s sixth year at PS261. She loves watching children discover that there are no limits to their abilities; and that they can accomplish their goals. She enjoys traveling to different countries with her family.





Ms Miriam

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2 324 Miriam Figueroa

Ms Miriam started at PS261 in 1998. She received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College and her Master’s in Literacy from the College of Staten Island. She taught 1st grade for seven years and has worked as a 2nd grade reading intervention teacher. This is her third year as a 2nd grade teacher. Ms Miriam lives in Marine Park, Brooklyn. She has twin sons who attend PS261 and are now in 5th grade. Her hobbies are entertaining her sons, reading with them and spending time with her family.