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Your Room 22 Teachers
Karen Spinks and Alaina Johnson March 2022
ROOM 22 Class Agreements

We all agree to:

be safe

be responsible

be respectful

be kind

be a problem solver

make good choices

have a growth mindset

rolled newspaper clip art

Room 22 Wish List

*printer ink (both black and color) for an HP5740 printer (ink #62 or #62XL)

*Ziploc bags, extra large, TWO GALLON size, slide-lock style

Our Favorite Things

💁 Mrs. Johnson-

I love food, trying new places, Chili's, Ringer Hut, Dish 'n Dash, Pinkberry, Yogurtland, Frankie, Johnny and Luigis…any food!  Of course, Starbucks is a winner in my book- it’s food and drink all in one.

I love shopping! Some of my favorite stores are Nordstrom, Macys, Target, TJ Max, Ikea, and Kohls (and Amazon too!)

I love the movies, basketball (Go Warriors!), snowboarding, the beach, and anything outdoors.


💁 Mrs. Spinks-

I also LOVE to shop!  Some of my favorite places to shop are: Amazon, Macy's, Ross, Bed Bath & Beyond, At Home, Costco, Sketchers, and Dollar Tree, but especially AMAZON!

"My favorite things to make for dinner are reservations" haha.  Some of my favorite places to eat are: Stacks, Original Joes, Mission City Grill, Lazy Dog, Spaghetti Factory, Fish Market, Casa Lupe, China Stix, Azuma, Cold Stone, and of course, I LOVE Starbucks :)

Some of my interests include going to the movies (AMC), gardening, traveling, photography, going to musicals and riding roller coasters.

Did you also know that I love all things Mickey Mouse/Disneyland, my favorite flowers are Hydrangeas, and I am a SJ Sharks hockey fan?

Mrs. Spinks & Mrs. Nakamoto-Johnson

Your Room 22 Teachers

Karen Spinks and Alaina Johnson-

We are very fortunate at Laurelwood to be able to fulfill our dreams of being both teachers and mothers, plus the students get to have not one, but two dedicated teachers! 2022-2023 marks the 19th year of our successful job-share team of "Spinks-Johnson" at Laurelwood, and our 22nd year teaching in SCUSD.  As a 50% Job Share Team, Mrs. Johnson will be teaching the students every Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs. Spinks will be teaching the class every Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, we alternate who is in the classroom. Co-teaching partner planning, along with constant communication between us, ensures consistency in the classroom for you and your student. 

Keeping Informed
  • LAURELWOOD'S SCHOOL CALENDAR (Provided through Google Calendar)
  • UPDATE YOUR AERIES PARENT PORTAL: Note that all school & district communication will be through ParentSquare, which is the communication portion of "Aeries". To ensure that you receive important information, be sure that your contact information (i.e. email addresses and cell phone numbers) are correct in your Aeries Parent Portal. 
  • THURSDAY ENVELOPES: Watch for your child’s weekly Thursday Envelope, which contains important information and corrected work.  Envelopes should be returned each Friday.  Please do NOT send anything back inside the Thursday Envelopes, as we do NOT check inside them when they are returned.  If you are sending notes, cafeteria money, PTA forms, homework, etc. to us, be sure to do so using the "Bring Back” pockets of your Room 22 student’s HOMEWORK Folder
Scholastic Book Orders

Room 22 Activation Code: GPBLF

Dear Room 22 Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed.  It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why we are so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.  Scholastic is by far the cheapest company we've found to help you build your home libraries.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, we will open online ordering and set a date when we will be submitting the orders. The books will come to the school, and we'll distribute them as necessary.

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:

  • ENTER the Class Activation Code at the top of this page
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT the order to me by the due date listed on the website
  • EARN FREE Books for our classroom too!


Shop Online:
Room 22 Activation Code:

💻 Tech Support

For log-on information, such as log-in name format and password format, please refer to the Student Log-On Sheet


Step 1: Logging into to Google from HOME: If you have more than one person sharing a family device, to access Google Apps, you will want to set up a process for ensuring that each person logs out of Google before a student logs on. CLICK HERE for a video tutorial (by Mrs. Spinks) for how-to do this


Step 2: Logging into your Google Classroom and Joining a "Meet" using Google Meet CLICK HERE for a video tutorial (for Spinks/Johnson) about how to do this.


Step 3: Guidelines- Please review the Google Meet Expectation for Room 22 before entering our class meets

Student's/Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

Google Meet for Students tutorial (pdf version)

☎ Contact Us/Teacher Office Hours

Send an email that includes your phone number where we can reach you, should we need to call you.

We will respond with an email, phone call, or virtual meeting appointment time, depending on your need. 

Mrs. Johnson (Note: that is is NOT ajohnson@)

Mrs. Spinks


Laurelwood Office 1-408-423-1600

Phone* extension, Alaina Johnson 1-408-423-1663

Phone* extension, Karen Spinks 1-408-423-1655

*Phones do not ring in the classrooms during instruction hours and so will automatically roll to the voicemail system. If you have an urgent matter, please speak with someone in the school's office.

2022-2023 2nd Grade "Back-To-School Night" (i.e. Parent Information Night

We look forward to meeting with all of the parents online during the virtual "Parent Information Night" on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 6pm.  A Meet link will be sent out via a direct email to all of the Room 22 parents based on the emails currently listed in their Aeries Parent Portal. 

Parent-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

Room 22's Fall Parent-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences will be held on September 26-28, 2022.  Appointment scheduling and details will be provided to you through ParentSquare.


Web Links & Apps

Web links For Students

Subscription Websites (paid for by LW's PTA

GO TO Scholastic News Room class code = mickey2222

ALL other approved websites (e.g. Learning A-Z, Lexia English, i-Ready, Typing Agent, etc.) should be accessed through the student's SCUSD Student Portal.


Free Websites For Students:

GO TO Go Noodle dance, movement, & mindfulness activities

GO TO coding

GO TO Starfall language arts activities

GO TO aplusmath math practice games

GO TO abcya language arts activities


Apps For PARENTS (Free):

Free apps for smart phones for finding out a book’s reading level by scanning its bar code:

*Scholastic Book Wizard

*Literacy Leveler

🎂 Birthdays

The school’s practice, due to the district’s nutrition policy, along with helping to ensure equity for all, is that students/parents are NOT permitted to bring treats, favors, etc. to school for class for birthday celebrations. Individual teachers have special ways to acknowledge students’ birthdays in-class. On the same note, party invitations may not be distributed in/through class, or by teachers (e.g. in Thursday Envelopes), or during recesses. Party invitations should be distributed outside of the school hours & gates (i.e. USPS, hand delivery, or other similar to individual homes is most preferred!)