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

3/4/19 – 3/07/19

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday this week. Your child will be receiving ashes on their foreheads to remind them to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” and “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We hope to see many of you at Mass, as well. If you come to Mass, remember that your child may sit with you.

The traditional Lenten Rice Bowls will be coming home in the Tuesday folders so that your family may have the opportunity to make sacrifices and collect spare change for the poor.

It was wonderful to see you at the Angels in the Vista Auction on Saturday! Thank you to Mrs. O’Brien for chairing the auction and all the parents who worked so hard for its success.

This week we will have a 11:30 Dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday so that all teachers may attend the Diocesan Teacher Education Conference. There will be no After School Program on either day.

RELIGION: LENT: Ash Wednesday / LENT

Making Good Moral Choices: Listening to the Inner Voice of Right and Wrong-God’s Voice of the Conscience

Making a Difference

Good Samaritan

SPELLING: NO SPELLING TEST!

READING:  

Distinguishing between facts and opinions in persuasive pieces.

Helen Keller

Root Words/Prefixes/ Suffix -ly

Dictionary/Glossary

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Comparing Present, Past and Future Time

Abbreviations

Titles for People

Writing Persuasive Pieces

MATH:  

Geometry: Solid Figures, Faces, Edges and Vertices, Plane Figures

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Timelines

Following Signs on a Road

Heroes Then and Now

SCIENCE:

Emperor Penguins: How They Look, Habitat, Caring for Young, Food & Enemies

Animal Habitats

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Ash Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

11:30 Dismissal Thursday, March 7th: NO ASP

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY: NO ASP

2/25/19 – 3/01/19

Please sign and return your child’s Progress Report which will be coming home in the Tuesday folder.

Don’t forget to buy a ticket for the Angels in the Vista Auction! I hope to see you there Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30.

RELIGION: Sacraments: Our Way of Life: Holy Eucharist

SPELLING: Compound Words

cannot, pancake, maybe, baseball, playground, someone, myself, classroom, sunshine, outside, upon, nothing

Bonus Words: birthday, Peacemakers

READING:  

Dr. Seuss Week: Read Across America

Art of Persuasion

Biographies of Famous Americans

Black History Month

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Black History Month Informational Oral Reports

Rewrite a Dr. Seus Story focusing on Rhythm and Rhyme.

Quotations

Cursive Handwriting

Months of the Year and Days of the Week Abbreviations

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:  

CH. 5 Subtraction Test: Please review Math Papers that have been sent home over the past few weeks. Focus on Multi-Step Problem Solving.

Choose Mental Math or Paper & Pencil with Subtraction

Choose Estimate or Exact Answer?

Using Tables in Math as a Problem Solving Strategy

Mixed Strategies for Word Problems

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Black History Month

Biographies: American Heroes

SCIENCE:

Safety First

Life Cycles: From Eggs to Tadpoles to Frogs

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Progress Reports Sent Home on Tuesday, February 26th. Please sign and return.

Angels in the Vista Auction, Saturday, March 2nd: 6:30 at Seawells

2/19/19 – 2/22/19

I hope your enjoyed your long weekend! We have a lot planned for the next four days!

Thank you once again for all the help with the Valentine’s Party especially my room moms, Daniel and Annaleigh’s moms. It was a wonderful time held by all.

On Thursday, February 21st, we will have a special author visit for a book illustrated by our own Mrs. Wyrick. The book is called Fire and Forgiveness about the story of the burning of St. Peter’s Church during the Civil War. We will either be in the field near the cemetery from 12:45-2:00 if anyone would like to join us.

RELIGION:

Review of the 10 Commandments

The Greatest Commandment and the New Commandment

Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation

The story of General Sherman and Sister Baptista during the Civil War: a story of peacemaking!

SPELLING:

Long O (o, oa, ow)

own, most, soap, float, both, know, loan, goat, flow, loaf, throw, coach, so, grow Bonus Words: Valentine, President

READING:  

Biographies

Facts/ Opinions

Biographies of Famous Americans including Helen Keller

Research and Timelines on Black History Month

Book Titles

ENGLISH/WRITING:
Cursive Handwriting

Months of the Year

Days of the Week

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:  

Chain of Operations

Choose Mental Math or Paper & Pencil with Subtraction

Choose Estimate or Exact Answer?

Using Tables in Math

Mixed Strategies for Word Problems

Please always review with your child the Tuesday folder Math papers that have been coming home. Math Quiz over subtracting with regrouping, estimating, chain of operations and checking your work with addition will be on Wednesday, February 20th. Math Test over Ch. 5 which includes Multi-Step Word Problems will be next week. Working on the flashcards for Subtraction every night is imperative for gains in Math Fluency.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Research On Black History Month and Timelines: Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington

Biographies: American Heroes

The story of General Sherman and Sister Baptista during the Civil War: a story of peacemaking!

SCIENCE:

Super Soil

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Monday, February 18th: No School

Thursday, February 21st: Author Visit: 12:45-2:00

Progress Reports: February 26th

2/11/19 – 2/15/19

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Thank you to Daniel and Annaleigh’s mom for planning our Valentine’s party for Thursday, February 14th. You will be getting an email asking for help. I sent home a list of names for your child’s Valentine cards, or you can just have your child sign their cards and send them in. Thank you in advance for all your support!

Tuesday night, February 12th is our next PTO Meeting. We would love to see you there!

The results from the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Tests will be in the Tuesday folders. I am so very proud of the progress of each student!

Thank you for all the pencils that have been coming in. Wonderful!

RELIGION: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation

SPELLING: words with ee and ea:
free, teach, teeth, please, beach, wheel, speak, sneeze, sheep, meaning, weave, eat, read Bonus Words: because, other

READING:   Making Cartoons with Speech Bubbles: Using clues from text and illustrations. Genres of Literature: Poetry Drawing Conclusions

ENGLISH/WRITING:
Cursive Handwriting
CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling). Quotation Marks
Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:   Subtraction with regrouping. Problem Solving: Multi-step Strategies

SOCIAL STUDIES:   Black History Month: Jackie Robinson Heroes: Then and Now Service Clubs: What are they and why join?

SCIENCE: Making a Fire Safety Plan

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Tuesday, February 12th:  PTO Meeting 5:30

Thursday, February 14th: Valentine’s Party

Monday, February 18th: No School

2/4/19-2/8/19

On Friday, we celebrated with the First Graders the 100th Day of School with loads of fun Math activities looking at all the patterns and combinations we could conjure up to make it to 100.  We even created Word Problem Puppet Shows.  We will continue celebrating with the 101st Day of School on Monday because we planned more activities than we had time for.  We will also be celebrating Groundhog Day on Monday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Mrs. Donna Tomasini is out for a while due to health concerns.  Please pray for her.  There will be no First Communion Meeting on Wednesday.

Please send in new pencils.  Our classroom is out.  Thank you!

RELIGION:

Parables

Parts of Mass

SPELLING TEST on Friday: ai and ay words:

pay, wait, paint, train, pail, clay, tray, plain, stain, hay, gray, away, stay, day

Bonus Words: tomorrow, Parable

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Compound Sentences

Singular and Plural

Purpose: Stating a Clear Goal

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Problems

READING:

Making Cartoons with Speech Bubbles: Using clues from text and illustrations.

Genres of Literature

Creating Puppet Shows:  Parables with a moral message and 5 Story Elements.

Poetry

SCIENCE:

Groundhog Day Activities

Weather

Talking Tools: Technology

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Black History Month: Jackie Robinson

Heroes: Then and Now

Service Clubs: What are they and why join?

MATH:

Subtraction with regrouping

Problem Solving: Multi-step Strategies

HOMEWORK:

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!

 Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday:  2 PM Dismissal

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

February 4th, 2019: Groundhog Day and 100th Day of School Celebration Activities continue with Kindergarten.

Tuesday, February 12:  PTO Meeting 5:30

1/22/19-1/25/19

We are still MAP Testing this week due to all the illness last week; therefore we will NOT have a Spelling Test again this week.  Many children have been out sick; Type A Flu has been confirmed in our class.  Please make sure to let us know if your child gets the flu.

We still do not have a date for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but I will let you know as soon as I know.  It will probably be the first week of February.  Nevertheless, the books are due to me.    Please practice with your children at home; a practice sheet will be in the Tuesday folders for those that have signed up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Donna at the Church.  If you have any questions, please contact her.

For the next few weeks (until Feb. 1st),  I will continue to individually test the students with the Fountas and Pinnel Reading Level Tests.  I will send home the reports when I have completed all the testing.  So far, they are all doing very well.  They have been growing in Reading in leaps and bounds.  Thank you for reading with your children at home; it makes a huge difference!

Thank you Mrs. Bair for providing another Science Lab on Friday; the topic this week will be Minerals.

Thank you to Mrs. Wyrick for integrating Art in with our study on fossils.  I hope you enjoyed the project that came home!

RELIGION:

Sacrament of Reconciliation

10 Commandments (concentration on the last five)

Parables

NO SPELLING TEST
ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Writing Parables as plays and acting out in puppet show format incorporating the 5 Story Elements.

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling)- Revision

MAP Testing

READING:

Due to MAP Testing and the F&P Reading Level Testing, the students will be working on independent reading comprehension exercises this week in their Close Reader.  The focus will be on the Main Ideas and Details found in Informational Text

Incorporating 5 Story Elements into Puppet Show Format while comparing Fables to Parables.

MAP Testing Make-Ups

They will have extra independent reading time, as well.

SCIENCE:

Minerals Science Lab with Mrs. Bair on Friday

Integration with Math: Data, Graphing, Surveys, Venn Diagram, Mean, Median, Mode

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Martin Luther King

Reading Tables for Information,

Main Ideas and Details in Non-Fiction

MATH:

Wrapping up Addition with Regrouping and Mental Math.

Choose the best method/strategy for problem solving.

There will be an assessment for this chapter this week.  Study the papers that come home in the Tuesday folder.

MAP testing Make-ups

HOMEWORK:

Go over papers from the Tuesday folder.

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books every night!

 

 Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Monday, January 21st: No School- Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22: Report Cards Distributed

Wednesday, January 23rd & January, 24th:  REBOOT Retreat- sign up with the parish.

Kick-Off Parish/ School Celebration for Catholic School’s Week: Sunday, January 27th- NOTE TIME CHANGE: 9:00 AM Mass and Coffee & Donuts in Neglia Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/7/19-1/11/19

Welcome to our new classmate Jorge!  We are so excited to have Jorge join us from West Virginia.  Second grade will not be taking MAP tests until the week of Jan. 14th-Jan.17th since we must share the iPads for testing.  This week I will instead be individually testing students with the Fountas and Pinnel Reading Level Tests.

 

RELIGION:

Feast of the Epiphany

Parts of Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation

SPELLING LIST:  there, they’re, their, know, flower, flour, horse, hoarse, poor, pour, hear, here, pain, pane

Bonus Words: homonym, because

Obviously, it is important to study the usage of these words for this week.  They are learning about homonyms, as well as the way the meaning/spelling of words change according to contextual clues.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Homonyms

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).  Please send in a baseball cap for your child.  He/she will be wearing it as they revise their writing this week to remind them about the importance of editing for Conventions.

Review for MAP Testing

READING:

Due to the F&P Reading Level Testing which takes about 20-30 minutes per student, the students will be working on independent work with phonics this week.  It is all good practice.

Review for MAP Testing

They will have extra independent reading time, as well.

SCIENCE:

Integration with Math: Data, Graphing, Surveys, Venn Diagram, Mean, Median, Mode

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Research

Reading Tables for Information,

Main Ideas and Details in Non-Fiction

 

MATH:

Rounding to Estimate Sums

Two-Digit Addition with regrouping

Rewriting Addends/Alignment of Problems using Place Value in order to add.

Three Addends

Mental Addition

Choose the best method/strategy for problem solving

Review for MAP testing.

HOMEWORK:

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!

 

 Reminders & Important Dates:

PTO Meeting: 5:30 in Neglia Hall (Doors Open 5:00)

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

Wednesday: End of 2nd Quarter

PEHP Begins on Thursday: PE Uniforms

Monday, Jan. 14th: Early 2:00 Dismissal

Friday, Jan. 18th: Enrichment Day/ No School-registration due by Friday, Jan. 11th

Monday, January 21st: No School- Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 22: Report Cards Distributed

Kick-Off Parish/ School Celebration for Catholic School’s Week: Sunday, January 27th- 11:00 AM Mass and Coffee & Donuts in Neglia Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/10/18-12/20/18

Happy Advent!  We had a wonderful day celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th.  The Scrooged Ballet was awesome on Friday; thank you to Apple’s Dad and Daniel’s Mom for chaperoning.  A shout out to Mrs. Bair for another wonderful Science Lab on rocks this past Friday; ask your children about all that they are learning.  This newsletter will cover the curriculum for the next two weeks.  There will NOT be a Spelling Test the week of 12/17/18-12/20/18.  There will be a Christmas Party on Thursday, December 20th.  Daniel’s mom is in charge of the party; please reach out to her if you would like to help.  There will be plenty of practices for the Christmas Music Program and Strength and Movement over the next two weeks.  Please join us for both events.

RELIGION:

Advent- Second and Third Weeks

Advent Good Deeds & Peace on Earth Project

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christmas Religious Traditions

SPELLING LIST:

Christmas Spelling Words: St. Nicholas, lights, Advent, peace,  carols, holiday, reindeer, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Nativity, Merry Christmas, hope, giving, joy

Spelling Test: Friday, December 14th

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Proper Nouns/Common Nouns/Verbs

Writing Christmas Stories

Writing Christmas Poetry: rhythm and rhyme

Sentence Fluency

Writing in Complete Sentences

Editing for CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling)

READING:

Story Predictions (look for a pattern)

Reading is Thinking: Questioning, Visualizing and Summarizing

Making Connections (text to text, text to self, text to world)

Christmas Stories & Poetry

Christmas Songs: a song is like a poem that is set to music.

Rhythms and Rhymes help us read!

Context Clues

Main Ideas and Details

 

SCIENCE:

Smart Animals and how they communicate.

Centers

Rocks

Surveys, Data and Graphs

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Christmas Traditions around the World

Data and Graphs (Explorer Teams and Their Discoveries)

MATH:

Adding Two-Digit Numbers

Adding with Regrouping ones as tens

Estimating and Rounding

Problem Solving: Find Hidden Information

Data and Graphs (integrated with Science and Social Studies)

Predict (look for a pattern)

Range, Mode and Median

HOMEWORK:

Study Spelling Words

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards

(flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!

 

 Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday, December 10th: Early Dismissal 2:00 PM

Wednesday Mass Uniform: 12/12 and 12/19

No PTO Meeting this month.

Monday, December 17th: Strength and Movement Presentation- Neglia Hall at 1:30.

Tuesday, December 18th: Christmas Music Program: Students report to Neglia Hall at 6:30; Program begins at 7:00 PM

Christmas Break: Begins at 11:30 AM on Thursday, Dec. 20th-ends Jan. 2nd