5/20/19 – 5/24/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

Please don’t forget about the Birthright Fundraiser. St. Peter’s is collecting baby and maternity items to assist in Birthright’s Mission to support women and their new born babies. We are collecting these items in our classroom. What a wonderful opportunity for your child to participate in a worthy service activity! Possibly, you could have your child do some chores around the house to earn money and assist in shopping for this project. All items are due by Friday, May 24th when the Director will be coming around the classrooms collecting items. Thank you for your assistance.

May Procession: May 20th: Please remember that if your child received their First Holy Communion, they may wear their special clothing to the May Procession. Please be prepared to change them out of their clothes following the procession. All children should bring a potted flowering plant. We will plant the flowers on the school grounds.

Please look for the Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Test update in your Tuesday folder and sign and return. You may keep the extra copy to inform you of your child’s Independent and Instructional Reading Levels.

RELIGION:

Ascension Thursday, Pentecost Sunday (Holy Spirit), Parables

Mass Celebrated around the World

Honoring Mary and the Devotion of the Rosary: May Procession: Planting Flowers in Honor of Mary.

SPELLING: Since all of our Second Graders have worked so hard on Spelling this year, we are having a Second Grade Spelling Bee in our classroom. Please review the file folder of Spelling words sent home with your child last Tuesday. Also included was the Scripps National Spelling Bee list. You can easily Google this list, as well. I will be first testing on random words from this year’s tests, and then I will be giving the words in order from the Scripps Spelling Bee List. This will be an oral contest in the format of a Spelling Bee. In the Scripps List, the first 50 words are challenging 2nd Grade Words; the second 50 words are challenging 3rd Grade Words. This Spelling Bee will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd and then extend into Thursday, May 23rd if we need more time. This gives your child plenty of time to study. It should be a lot of fun!

READING:  

In School Reading Projects: Ask your child about them.

Review of Phonics and Reading Comprehension

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Writing with Exact Details and Evidence

Voice in Writing

Writing Similes

Writing interesting Narratives

Writing Conferences: Peer and teacher

MATH:  

Measurement

Math Centers

All Year Math Review

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals: Final class this week!

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature

SCIENCE:

Planting the May Flowers

Individually Chosen Group Science Projects: Integrated with Reading

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child. Practice and Review the Spelling Words and Math that comes home.

Work on “Telling Time,” “Measuring” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books nightly! This really makes a difference!

Math Flashcards every night for
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 PM Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

8:30 AM: Monday, May 20th: May Procession & Rosary

ALL DAY: Friday, May 24th: Field Day

5/13/19 – 5/17/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

Wonderful Musical Performance last Thursday! Thank you for bringing your children in the evening for this performance.

I hope you had a wonderful, peaceful Mother’s Day!

Please don’t forget about the Birthright Fundraiser. St. Peter’s is collecting baby and maternity items to assist in Birthright’s Mission to support women and their new born babies. We are collecting these items in our classroom. What a wonderful opportunity for your child to participate in a worthy service activity. Possibly, you could have your child do some chores around the house to earn money and assist in shopping for this project. All items are due by Friday, May 24th when the Director will be coming around the classrooms collecting items. Thank you for your assistance.

Don’t forget about the Family Picnic this Friday, May 17th at 5:30.

May Procession: May 20th: Please remember that if your child received their First Holy Communion, they may wear their special clothing to the May Procession. Please be prepared to change them out of their clothes following the procession. All children should bring a potted flowering plant. We will plant the flowers on the school grounds.

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Tests are still going on this week. This means that I will be reading with each individual student for 30-45 minutes one on one. I will let you know the Independent and Instructional Levels for your child which should help in choosing summer books. Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast!

RELIGION:

Ascension Thursday, Pentecost Sunday (Holy Spirit), Parables

Mass Celebrated around the World

Honoring Mary and the Devotion of the Rosary: Preparing for the May Procession

SPELLING: Since all of our Second Graders have worked so hard on Spelling this year, I have decided to have a Second Grade Spelling Bee in my classroom. I am sending home all the tests I have gathered for the year in a file folder. Please review these words with your child. I am also sending home the Scripps National Spelling Bee list in the Tuesday Folder. You can also easily Google this list, as well. I will be first testing on random words from this year’s tests, and then I will be giving the words in order from the Spelling Bee List. This will be an oral contest in the format of a Spelling Bee. In the Scripps List, the first 50 words are challenging 2nd Grade Words; the second 50 words are challenging 3rd Grade Words. This Spelling Bee will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd and then extend into Thursday, May 23rd if we need more time. This gives your child plenty of time to study. It should be a lot of fun!

READING:  

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Testing

Prefixes & Suffixes

In School Reading Projects: Ask your child about them.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Writing with Exact Details and Evidence

Voice in Writing

Writing Similes

Writing interesting Narratives

MATH:  

Measurement

Math Centers

All Year Math Review

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals: 2 Classes this week!

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature

SCIENCE:

Plants

Individually Chosen Group Science Projects: Integrated with Reading

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child. Practice and Review the Spelling Words and Math that comes home.

Work on “Telling Time,” “Measuring” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books nightly! This really makes a difference!

Math Flashcards every night for
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 PM Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

2:00 PM Monday, May 13th: Early Dismissal

5:30 PM Family Picnic: Friday, May 17th.

8:30 AM: Monday, May 20th: May Procession & Rosary

ALL DAY: Friday, May 24th: Field Day

5/6/19 – 5/10/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

Wonderful Chemistry Lab with the USC graduate students! Thank you Mrs. Bair for organizing this. Ask your children about this; it was quite fun and exciting!

Please note that our Musical Spring Performance is on Thursday. Please arrive by 6:30 at Copenhaver Band Hall. It will be an incredible performance and a wonderful opportunity for your children’s talents to shine!

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Tests are this week. This means that I will be reading with each individual student for 30-45 minutes one on one. I will let you know the Independent and Instructional Levels for your child which should help in choosing summer books. Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast!

RELIGION:

Ascension Thursday, Pentecost Sunday, Parables

Honoring Mary and the Devotion of the Rosary

SPELLING: Prefixes with “re” and “un”; Suffixes “ful” and “ly”

unhappy, retell, untangle, unkind, repaint, refill, unlike, remake, unpack, reread, unlock, replay, hopeful, safely

Bonus Words: Ascension Thursday, Rosary

READING:  

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Testing

Silent Consonants

Prefixes & Suffixes

In School Reading Projects: Ask your child about them.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Irregular Verbs

Writing with Exact Details and Evidence

Voice in Writing

Writing Similes

Writing interesting Narratives

MATH:  

Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping into the Hundreds, Patterns, Rounding and Estimating, Multi-Step Problem-Solving and Venn Diagrams

Math Test Ch. 9 on Thursday based on all of the above.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals: 2 Classes this week!

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature

SCIENCE:

Follow Up on Chemistry Lab and Matter

Individually Chosen Group Science Projects

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child. Practice and Review Math that comes home.

Work on “Telling Time,” “Measuring” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books nightly! This really makes a difference!

Math Flashcards every night for
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!

Reminders & Important Dates:

ALL DAY Tuesday, May 7th: MIDLANDS GIVES: Pay Attention to emails for best TIME to give so we raise extra money!

8:30 PM Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

6:30 PM Thursday, May 9th: Music Performance: Best Uniform

2:00 PM Monday, May 13th: Early Dismissal

5:30 PM Family Picnic: Friday, May 17th.

8:30 AM: Monday, May 20th: May Procession & Rosary

ALL DAY: Friday, May 24th: Field Day

4/29/19 – 5/2/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

Wonderful First Communion! I am so very proud of all the reverence shown by your children. I see the halos!

MAP Testing this week! No Spelling Test! Mostly review for MAP all week. Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast!

Thank you to Mrs. Bair for once again providing our class with a wonderful Science Lab this Friday. USC students will be in to teach the students about Chemistry.

RELIGION:

Sacraments, Eucharist and Peacemakers

Mass celebrated around the world.

SPELLING: NO SPELLING TEST!

READING:  

MAP Review

In School Reading Projects: Ask your child about them.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

MAP Review

MATH:  

MAP Review

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature

SCIENCE:

Chemistry Lab with USC students

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

4/23/19 – 4/26/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break and Easter.

Please check your email since I sent you one with lots of information and explanations.

I will not be in this week because I am attending the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) Convention in Chicago. I will be bringing back a lot of new and wonderful ideas for our class and the school. Mrs. DiTolla will be our substitute teacher which is wonderful because your children know her well.

I am still looking for an enthusiastic gardener to speak to our class about GARDENING! Please contact me.

I wanted to thank Caeli’s grandmother for outbidding everyone at the Auction so that we could win the Dress Down Day on Friday, April 26th. This is ONLY for second grade students and not their siblings.

Remember that students will not have PE this Thursday due to the Field Trip so please send them in their BEST uniforms for the Koger Center Field Trip.

Thank you to Daniel’s Mom for coming in last Tuesday to make Easter crafts with the students.  They really enjoyed it.

Nine members of our class will be receiving their First Holy Communion at 5:30 PM on Saturday, April 27th.  I wanted to officially invite each one of you to attend, as well.  Even if your child is not participating this year, their classmates would love to see them there.  Of course, all are welcome.  You do not need to be Catholic to attend this joyous occasion.

RELIGION:

Sacraments, Eucharist and Peacemakers

Mass celebrated around the world.

SPELLING: words with “er”

father, over, under, herd, water, verb, paper, cracker, offer, cover, germ, master, fern, ever

Bonus Words: transubstantiation Holy Eucharist

READING:  

Organization: Beginning, Middle, End

Cause/Effect

Author’s Purpose

Main ideas/Details

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Adjectives

Adjectives with er and est

Elaboration: Using Exact Words

Scrapbook

Dictionary Entries

Reflexive Pronouns

Writing Hooks or Interesting Beginnings

Proofreading for CAPS: Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling

MATH:  

Adding 3 Digit Numbers with regrouping

Subtracting 3 Digits with regrouping

Place Value

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals

Culture

Folktales and Traditional Literature: Culture

Model Citizens: Ben Franklin

SCIENCE:

Making Observations

Penquin Chick Scrapbooks

Animal Adaptations

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Field Trip: Thursday, April 25th: Wear Best Uniform

Dress Down Day on Friday for 2nd Graders only!

First Communion Practice: Wednesday, April 24th: 6:00

First Communion: Saturday, April 27th: 5:30: All invited!

4/08/19 – 4/12/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

I am so happy to hear such good reports from the First Communion Retreat. We are all looking forward with joy to the First Communion on Saturday, April 27th at 5:30. ALL are welcome even if your child is not receiving their First Communion this year.

I am still looking for an enthusiastic gardener to speak to our class about GARDENING! Please contact me.

This week starts with a 2:00 Early Dismissal on Monday. Please attend our final PTO Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th. We would love to see you there. We have an 11:30 Dismissal on Friday.

No Spelling Test this week.

Rice Bowls are due tomorrow on Tuesday, April 9th. Please send a check not change.

Thursday is our Lenten Retreat with 1st and 3rd Grade. We will still have PE and Spanish on Thursday.

RELIGION:

Celebrating LENT: prayer, fasting, giving. Rice Bowls due Tuesday.

Friday Stations of the Cross

Lenten Retreat Thursday

Scriptural Rosary

Via del Rosa, Holy Week, Triduum, Easter Sunday

SPELLING:

NO SPELLING TEST THIS WEEK

Spelling Review

READING:  

Reading the Bible

Organization: Beginning, Middle, End

Cause/Effect

Author’s Purpose

Main ideas/Details

Similes/ Metaphors

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Fixing Short, Choppy Sentences

Adjectives

Word Choice: Writing with Sensory Words

Similes, Metaphors

Writing Hooks or Interesting Beginnings

Proofreading for CAPS: Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling

MATH:  

Time/ Money/ Measurement/ Fractions Centers

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals

Culture

How does Jesus fit into History?

Folktales and Traditional Literature: Culture

Model Citizens: Ben Franklin

SCIENCE:

Making Observations

Polar Bear Scrapbooks

Soil/ Plants

Animal Adaptations

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time’, Measuring (especially in cooking) and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”.

Talk about Fractions

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Monday, April 8th: 2:00 PM Early Dismissal

Rice Bowl: checks due April 9th (see note above)

Friday, April 12th: 11:30 Dismissal

Monday, April 15th through Monday, April 22nd: Spring Break

School Resumes on Tuesday, April 23rd

4/01/19 – 4/05/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

All the children who participated did a wonderful job with their First Sacrament of Reconciliation. Thank you to Fr. Linski and Fr. Fryml who complimented the students on being well-prepared. I appreciate your parental partnership.

Reminder that the First Communion Retreat is 8:30-12:30 on Saturday, April 6th and one parent should be in attendance.

All report cards are due back by Tuesday, April 2nd if you have not already returned them.

Rice Bowls are due on Tuesday, April 9th. Please note this request from the office: “Kindly have students return Rice Bowl money by Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Rice Bowl money should be returned as a check made payable to the Basilica of St. Peter.  Please encourage students to return their Rice Bowl money as a check and not as a bowl of change.” I also sent an email about this.

We had our first session with Mr. Reeves for Junior Achievement this past Friday. These will continue for 6 weeks. Ask your child about it. It was wonderful!

We are thrilled to have Catey’s Dad, Vice Mayor Tim Miles come speak to our class about leadership in local government On Tuesday afternoon.

If any of you is a gardener, we would love to have you come and share your expertise with the class.

RELIGION:

Celebrating LENT: prayer, fasting, giving. FOCUS: Jesus in the Desert

Good Samaritan: Kind/ Moral Choices

Beatitudes

VIRTUE

Saints

SPELLING: Bossy “r” Words with “or” “ore”

horn, story, fork, score, store, corn, morning, shore, short, born, tore, forget, for, more

Bonus Words: genre, Biography, Informational Text (choose two)

READING:  

Shades of Meaning

Organization: Beginning, Middle, End

Cause/Effect

Author’s Purpose

Main ideas/Details

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Using am, is, are, was, were

Persuasive Writing

Writing with Sensory Words

Commas in a Series of Nouns, Verbs

Writing Hooks or Interesting Beginnings

Prefix “Over”

Proofreading for Spelling

MATH:  

Time/ Money/ Measurement Centers

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class: Leadership and Goals

Vice Mayor Tim Miles: Leadership and Local Government

Culture

Comparing and Contrasting Fables and Parables

SCIENCE:

Making Observations

Rock Cycle

Soil/ Plants

Animal Adaptations

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations” such as counting out the Rice Bowl money, making change for a dollar, and paying at the store.

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Report Cards: DUE Tuesday, April 2nd

Saturday, April 6th: First Communion Retreat: 8:30-12:30

Monday, April 8th: 2:00 Dismissal

Rice Bowl: checks due April 9th (see note above)

Friday, April 12th: 11:30 Dismissal

Monday, April 15th through Monday, April 22nd: Spring Break

School Resumes on Tuesday, April 23rd

3/25/19 – 3/29/19

Note from Mrs.Russell:

Thank you to Mrs. Bair for a wonderful Science Lab on the Rock Cycle! We are so blessed to have you teach our students.

Junior Achievement of South Carolina has matched us with Mr. Reeves who will be meeting and conducting a class for the next six weeks (mostly Fridays) on inspiring our students to dream big about their futures. We appreciate and value our partnership with JA and anticipate that our students will have an enriching and valuable learning experience. Please discuss these sessions with your child.

RELIGION:

Celebrating LENT: prayer, fasting, giving. FOCUS: Giving

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sacrament of Inititation

Good Samaritan

Beatitudes

VIRTUE

Saints

SPELLING: Bossy “r” Words with “ar”

car, dark, arm, star, park, yard, party, hard, farm, start, part, spark, art, jar

Bonus Words: Sacrament, Reconciliaton

READING:  

Statements, Commands, Questions, Exclamatory Sentences: Using Inflection when we read.

Organization: Beginning, Middle, End

Cause/Effect

Author’s Purpose

Main ideas/Details

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Using am, is, are, was, were

Persuasive Writing

Writing with Sensory Words

Subjects-Verb Agreement

Suffixes -y and -ful

Proofreading for Spelling

MATH:  

Geometry: Ordered Pairs, Patterns, Mixed Strategies in Problem Solving,

Time/ Money/ Measurement Centers

Chapter Geometry Test: over work that has come home in the Tuesday folders.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Junior Achievement Class

Culture

Fables

Native American Traditions: Basket Weaving, Quilts (Geometry Connection)

SCIENCE:

Making Observations

Rock Cycle

Soil/ Plants

Leaf Cutter Ants: Life Cycle

HOMEWORK:

Go over Tuesday folder work with your child.

Work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life Situations”

Read with your child daily and discuss books

Math Flashcards every night!

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Report Cards: Tuesday, March 26th

Tuesday, March 26th: Sacrament of Reconciliation: If your child is participating, you must accompany them from 3:30-4:30 in the Church.

3/18/19 – 3/22/19

Don’t forget about the Rice Bowls.

Thank you to Mrs. Bair for running another Science Lab on Friday about the Rock Cycle. We are so blessed to have a Geologist to help us!

If any of you are Gardeners, please let me know if you would like to run a Science Lab for us.

RELIGION:

Celebrating LENT

Choosing VIRTUE

Beatitudes

Peacemakers: Leaders in apologizing and forgiving; try to understand and forget past offenses, overlook minor offenses, talk-it-out, GET HELP (from a parent or teacher to help handle a conflict)

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Tuesday, March 26: 3:30-4:30

SPELLING: long e spelled y

happy, pretty, baby, very, puppy, funny, carry, lucky, only, sunny, penny, city, tiny, many

Bonus Words: people, Virtue

READING:  

Making an Invitation

Imagination in Writing: Where do authors get their ideas?

Writing Dialogue

Biographies: Gathering details about someone’s life

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Writing St. Patrick’s Day Limericks

verb be: using am, is, are, was and were

changing y to i and add es

Agreement: Subject and Verb Match

Combining Sentences with repeated subjects

Writing with sense words

MATH:  

Geometry: Growing Patterns, Ways to Make Figures, Understanding Math Words in Word Problems, Ordered Pairs, Patterns in the Real World

Geometry Test

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

How do different societies get along?

Why are cultures diverse and unique?

Folktales

SCIENCE:

Science Lab with Mrs. Bair: Where do rocks come from?

Super Soil

Homework:

Read daily with your child and discuss.

Please work on “Telling Time” and “Using Money in Real Life” situations with your child.

Math Flashcards

Go over Geometry papers from the Tuesday folder for a Geometry Test

Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday, March 18th: 2:00 Dismissal

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Tuesday, March 26: 3:30-4:30

3/11/19 – 3/15/19

Note from Mrs. Russell:

I hope you are having a good Lent. No matter what your Religious Tradition, the practice of Prayer, Fasting and Giving is good to promote. For second graders, this may look like intentionally praying more as a family, fasting by giving something up for Lent, and your child serving you by doing extra chores so they can put change in their Rice Bowl.

RELIGION:

Celebrating Lent: Pray, Fast & Give

Moral Choices & Conscience-God’s Inner Voice of Right and Wrong

WWJD: What would Jesus do?

SPELLING: Base Words with endings -ed, -ing

running, clapped, stopped, hopping, batted, selling, pinned, cutting, sitting, rubbed, missed, grabbed, mixed, going

Bonus Words: St. Patrick’s Day; Lent

READING:  

Phonics: clapping syllables and adding endings to words

Short vowels/long vowel sounds

Limericks: Rhyme and Rhythm in Poetry

Playing close attention to the details in stories.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Writing St. Patrick’s Day Limericks

Pronouns

Elaboration: Story Details

Homographs

MATH:  

Geometry continued: Congruent Figures, Lines of Symmetry, Slides and Flips, Turns, and Patterns

Math Geometry Quiz On Wednesday: check the Tuesday folder to go over the work that comes home.

Math Centers: Time and Money

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Timelines

Following Signs on a Road

Heroes Then and Now

SCIENCE:

Super Soil

HOMEWORK:

Work with your child on Time and Money at home.

Math Flashcards

Check the Tuesday folder to go over the work that comes home.

Read a book and discuss nightly. Take turns having your child read aloud, or you read to them.

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Ash Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Group Pictures: Wednesday, March 13th. Your child will already be wearing his/her BEST uniform. No off color hair bows, please.

Saturday, March 16th: St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Please join us!

Monday, March 18th: 2:00 PM Dismissal

Monday, March 18th: End of Third Quarter

Tuesday, March 19th: Beginning of Fourth Quarter- Re-registration deadline