September 23-27, 2019

Sept. 16th-20th, 2019

September 3rd-6th, 2019

1-corinthians 13:4-5

This week, students will take the MAP tests so as to better inform my instruction. 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.  

In Reading, this week, we will read delightful stories and informational  text about animals and pets. Together, we will continue to work on reading fluency and comprehending text.  They will make connections to their own lives and pets which will offer wonderful ideas for their writing journals. In their writing journals we will focus on the important trait of “Organizing their Ideas”.

In Math, we will focus on word problems for addition and subtraction. We will practice learning our addition and subtraction facts through the use of our flash cards. And, we will learn to chart data.

In Science we will continue to explore the three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

In Social Studies, they are exploring maps and learning about neighborhoods.

In Religion, they are learning to pray quietly as a group in Christian Meditation. Also, we have explored their new classroom Catholic Children’s Bible and read and discussed Ephesians 4:1-6, Treat Other People with Kindness, and James 5:13-16, Praying for Sick People. We will also begin to explore “Mercy.”

Our Homework:

  • Read for 15 minutes out-loud
  • Read for 20 minutes silently
  • Record their reading onto their reading log
  • Review addition and subtraction flashcards for 10 minutes 

Mrs. Ditolla and I are 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

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!