Sept. 17-21

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Wow! So much excitement with the hurricane. It sounds like many of you had wonderful trips! Due to all going on, we will have our first Spelling Test with last week’s words on this Friday. Many students are also catching up on classwork, so you may see some come home with your child.

In school, we just wrapped up MAP testing, but I am continuing with individual reading leveled testing. This will continue into next week.

In Religion, we continue to talk about God as our Creator and how we worship and praise God with reverence and respect. Ask your child about the special Praise Song that we are learning with motions, “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High.” New for this week is a study on Fables and Characters in ELA Class. This fits nicely with our study on Fiction, and our read aloud, Winnie the Pooh which is, of course, full of morals and virtuous lessons to learn. Ask your child about the puppet show that their group created and the moral of their story. In Math, we are working on addition strategies such as how to add 3 and 4 numbers in the best combinations. Centers continue to be very popular especially the Math Games, Rocks, and Geography Centers.

We will have our first official Science Lab on rock classification with Mrs. Bair this Friday. Thank you to Mrs. Bair!

Thank you for all who attended the PTO meeting. We hope to see the rest of you for the October meeting.

God Bless and Peace Be With You!

Mrs. Ellie Russell

September 4th-7th, 2018

1-corinthians 13:4-5

 

This week, we will  take the MAP tests so as to better inform my instruction.  We will take one test a day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure that your child is well rested and arrives on time to school after a good breakfast.

We will NOT begin Spelling Tests until next week due to the MAP testing.  

The second graders will continue to learn about love and patience as they consider the essential question:  “How can patiently following God’s Law and discerning His Plan for our lives mold us into models of VIRTUE in service to others?”  Simply ask your child, “Would you rather be a joyful, patient temple stone or a grumpy one?” See how they respond!

In Reading, they will continue learning how stories are sequenced just as they explored last week with If You Take a Mouse to School, by Laura Numeroff.  This week, we will read books from the delightful series of  Henry and Mudge books written by one of my favorite children’s authors, Cynthia Rylant.  Together, we will continue to work on reading fluency and comprehending text.  They will make connections to their own lives and pets through informational text, as well.  This will offer wonderful ideas for their writing journals where we are focusing on the important trait of “Organizing their Ideas”.

In Math, we will continue to focus on writing word problems for addition and subtraction.  Please enroll your child in Xtra Math following the directions sent home in last Tuesday’s folder.  They will love playing these games on their tablets or computers, and learning their facts will make Math so much easier for them.  

In Science and Social Studies, we will continue in a research and inquiry mode with the ever popular centers.  In the Science Center, they are using magnifying glasses to explore the distinguishing features and attributes of rocks and a balance scale to compare the weights of rocks. In Social Studies, they are exploring several maps and globes through hands-on learning.  

I am absolutely delighted with how your children are already growing together as a faith-filled community of learners.  We are going to have a wonderful year!

 

Welcome to Second Grade

 

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Welcome to the second grade: a year of Sacraments, Saints, Virtues, Peace and a “God-Growth” Mindset!  I am thrilled to be your child’s new teacher here at St. Peter’s Catholic School.  As Saint Thomas Merton acclaimed, “For me to be a Saint-means to be myself.” In my classroom, as a “Saint in Training, ” your child’s spirit will be guided toward that which uplifts their soul, transforms their heart and forms their mind in their personal pursuit of intelligent fidelity to God. From God’s perspective, your child’s potential and possibility is unfathomable.  Nevertheless, I believe that your child can also grow in a “Godly mindset”as they engage in joyful, hands-on and minds-on learning.  Teaching your child to navigate and connect to fine children’s literature will also promote kindness and cultivate virtue as your child learns to tell his/her own story with an attitude of gratitude for God showing up in their daily living and learning.

Aligned with our school’s mission of developing faith and virtue which leads to excellence, we will also be considering the idea of service to one another as yet another opportunity to explore how the Kingdom of God transforms our hearts for Peace.    Keeping in mind that following God’s Law gives us the freedom to be truly excellent, this first week, our class will be focusing on classroom and school rules, procedures, protocols and safety. Responsibility, organization and peace-filled intentional learning in a community of faith will ensue.   If you visit our hallway, please take note of your child’s first creative work displaying his/her own personal and metaphorical perspective on the notion of love.  Because, of course, in our class, Love is ALWAYS the answer.

Peace be with you,

Mrs. Ellie Russell

June 5, 2018

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

Welcome rising second graders. This will be an exciting year! Below you will find the Summer Reading assignments and the supply list. It is the same list found in your report cards. Also it’s a good idea to practice your addition and subtraction facts. I hope you have a great summer!

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May 28th- June 1st

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

Can you believe it? It is the last week of school! I am so proud of all of my students. I have watched them grow, learn and mature this year. Thank you for sharing your students with me. I will miss them dearly next year.

*No school Monday due to Memorial Day.

Please join us this Friday (our last day) for our awards ceremony at 10:00 am. Prior to the awards ceremony some students will receive an award in the classroom. I will begin this at 9:00 am. The day ends early at 11:30 am. You may sign your child out after the ceremony.

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing Workshop: This week we will read Days with Frog and Todd. We will look at point of view

Spelling Words:  No spelling words this week.

Science:  We will finish our unit on Loggerhead Turtles.

Social Studies:  This week we will learn about timelines.

Religion: The students learn about ways to stay close to God in the summer and always.

Reminders & Important Events:

Monday, May 28th- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 30th- Mass/ 6th Grade Graduation

Thursday, May 31st- K5 Graduation

Friday, June 1st- 11:30 dismissal- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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May 21st- 25th

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

This week we have a full week ahead of us. On Friday, its field day please dress in your PE uniform and expect a fun filled day! As the weather is getting warmer, please remember your water bottles. This is our last five day week. Let’s make it great with learning and fun!

This Week In Class:

Reading: This week we will read Two of Everything. We will work on compare and contrast.

Spelling/Vocabulary: No Spelling Test this week.

Social Studies: We will talk about laws. Why are they important?

 

Science: We will talk about the life cycle of Loggerhead turtles.

Math: We will be learning about repeated addition.

 

Religion: This week we will learn about prayers of our Faith.

 

Reminders & Important Dates               

Wednesday- Mass, 8:30 am (Mass uniforms)

 

 

 

 

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

What a great picnic on Friday! Thank you for all who came out! This week we will have the Spring Music Program at the USC Band Hall at 7:00PM on Thursday.  I look forward to seeing everyone!

This Week In Class:

Reading: This week we will read Yeh-Shen. We will look at compare and contrast.

 

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling words this week are cow, house, town, shout, down, mouse, found, loud, brown, ground, pound, and flower.

Social Studies: We will talk about solving Community problems

Science: We will talk about food webs.

Math: We will be learning about fractions.

 

Religion: This week we will learn about the Liturgical Year.

 

Reminders & Important Dates               

Wednesday- Mass, 8:30 am (Mass uniforms)

 

 

 

 

May 7th-11th

A Note From Mrs. Horabik 

We have a full week ahead of us! Tuesday is May Crowning and Rosary. Students are invited to bring in a flower. Students who received their First Communion are invited to wear their Communion outfits. There will be a picture after Mass. Also on Tuesday evening is the art show. Please check Tuesday folders for details. Finally on Friday is our Zoo Field Trip. Please bring lunch in a disposable bag and put on sunblock before school. Also on Friday is the Family Picnic. I hope to see you all there!

This Week In Class:

Reading: This week we will read La Brea Tar Pits. We will work on fact and opinion.

 

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling words this week are took, books, foot, hoot, hoof, cook, nook, hood, wood, stood, shook, crook and cookbook.

Social Studies: We will talk about the rights of Citizens

Science: We will talk about habitats. How do animals adapt to different environments?

Math: We will be learning about congruent and symmetric lines.

Religion: This week we will learn about the Liturgical Year.

 

Reminders & Important Dates

Wednesday – Mass, 8:30 am (Mass uniforms)

 

 

 

 

April 30th – May 4Th

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

This Tuesday is Midlands Gives. We thank and appreciate your support by going online on May1, 2018. Please refer to the flyer in Tuesday folders for details. We also have Map Testing this week. Please make sure your student gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast. Also, congratulations to all students who received First Communion. May God Bless you! I am proud of all the students’ dedication and hard work they have been putting in their education. Let’s keep up the good work for a strong fourth quarter!

This Week In Class:

Reading: This week we will read Frog and Toad. We will work on making inferences.

 

Spelling/Vocabulary: No Spelling Test this week due to Map Testing.

Social Studies: We will talk about Firefighters.

Science: We will talk about habitats. How do animals adapt?

Math: We will be learning about circle graphs and tally marks.

Religion: This week we will learn about the Liturgical Year.

 

Reminders & Important Dates

Wednesday- Mass, 8:30 am (Mass uniforms)