Week of April 23-27
The end of the year is quickly approaching. Students tend to catch a bit of spring fever this time of year. Please remind your child to stay focused, to continue to put forth effort in their classwork, and to follow classroom rules. I forgot to pass out progress reports on Friday so I will make sure that your child comes home it on Monday..I apologize for my oversight!
This week in class:
Language Arts: Chapter 30 Superkids reader; practice reading with natural phrasing; practicing reading with expression; review decoding and encoding ar words; homophones; and practice writing a book review.
Math: We will continue with our chapter about Time,
Social Studies: In our California Studies Weekly we will be learning about Inventors.
Science: We will begin a new chapter, Changes in Habitats.
Religion: Chapter 16 focuses on prayer.
Week of April 9-13
I hope everybody is enjoying spring break:) This coming week is a very important and busy week for our 2nd graders. First Holy Communion is Saturday, April 14, 2018 at St. Patrick's Church the ceremony begins at 9a.m. Please be at the church by
8:45 a.m....if you will be taking pictures in the Parish Hall with Jay Sousa then make sure you get their during your schedule time-the notice with regarding time slots was given out during conferences. If you have misplaced the letter I have extra copies in the classroom. On Friday, April 13, 2018 we will be practicing at St. Patrick's Church first thing in the morning..please remember to drop off your child at the church not at school. If you have not turned in the permission slip for this outing please do so ASAP!
Friday, April 13, 2018 is a minimum day--dismissal is at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.--is an all School Mass. Remember this is our class mass please have your child dressed in their First Holy Communion attire and have them bring their uniforms so that they can change into them after mass.
This week in class:
Language Arts--Superkids, Chapter 28...we will practice reading accurately and reading text in illustration. Cause &effect; decoding and encoding long o words; continue with comparative and superlative adjectives; and learn suffix ending in ~ness.
Math--Complete the Money Chapter, review for test on Thursday, April 12th.
Science--Wrap up the Chapter Sun, Moon, and Stars. There will be a test on Tuesday, April 17th.
Social Studies--In our California Studies Weekly we will learn about Money and Markets.
Religion--All week we will be preparing for First Holy Communion.
Week of March 26-30
This week is Holy Week. Remember it is a short week Thursday, March 29th is a half day (no extended care) and Friday officially begins our spring break. Last week during conferences we talked about First Holy Communion..just a reminder that First Holy Communion is Saturday, April 14th it begins at 9:00am at St. Patrick's Church.
This week in class:
Language Arts: Chapter 27 in Superkids..we will practice reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. We will review long i sounds; and comparative and superlative adjectives.
Math: We will continue with our Chapter on Money.
Social Studies: In our California Studies Weekly this week we will learn anout Family and Trade.
Science: We are studying the Moon, Sun, and Stars.
Religion: Preparing for First Holy Communion. Also, we will learn and discuss Holy Week.
Week of Feb.26-Mar.2
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good week off:)
This week in class.....
Language Arts: Chapter 23 of Superkids. Practice reading with dialogue and expression. Prefixes -mis and -dis; reviewing compound word; and learning about tricky w words. Children will be writing informative research papers (paragraph in length) about Animals from Africa.
Math: we will conclude Chapter 8 on Mass. All week we will review for our test on Friday, March 2nd.
Social Studies: This week in our California Studies weekly we will learn about "Other Governments."
Religion: continue with BLESSED as well as learning about parts of the Mass.
Science: Finish our Chapter on Sound. Science test will be Wednesday, March 7th.
Week of February 5-9
We had a fun and successful Catholic School's Week. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to transport kids on Friday from St. Patrick's Church to OLM--your help is greatly appreciated!! I would also like to congratulate the newest members to our Catholic family..Olivia, Sophia, Ava, and Payson were all baptized this past Friday at our school mass. It was a pleasure to be apart of your special day and a truly beautiful moment watch the four of your receive this sacred sacrament!
February 10th-All School Mass at St. Patrick's Church
February 13th-We will be celebrating Valentine's Day. We will have a small party and children are welcomed to exchange valentine cards. There is also Free Dress.
February 14th-Ash Wednesday. All School Mass 8:15am. Children must be in formal uniform.
February 19-23-NO SCHOOL
This week in class:
Reading-chapter 21, Superkids reader. Focusing on fluency, reading with tone and expression.
Phonics-teach adding -ing and -ed; verb tenses for irregular verbs; continue learning story elements; and narrative writing, problem/solution story.
Math-wrap up our chapter on Measurement. There will be a test Friday, February 9th. We will also be reviewing math addition, subtraction, place value, regrouping, and multiplication.
Science-read and discuss our chapter, Forces and Motion.
Social Studies-our weekly is United States Government. We will discuss the three branches of office.
Religion-we are preparing for First Holy Communion. Last week we began our program BLESSED. We will continue to journey through this program for the next couple of months.
Week of January 15-19
Parents please remind your child that it is very important to come to school prepared and ready to learn. Classroom behavior needs improvement..we are in the second half of the school year. Students know what is expected of them-bad behavior will have consequences! Also, I have caught a few students not writing in their planners. This is unacceptable--writing in our planners is apart of our daily morning routine. All students are expected to bring their planner to school everyday and write down whatever information I write on the board!
We have a Math test on Wednesday, January 18th. We began this chapter before Christmas break-- we have been learning 2, 5, and 10 times tables. I have expressed to the students how important it is to have these math facts memorized. There are still some students who are struggling with these math facts. I have suggested to the students and a few parents to buy flash cards and have your child review them daily.
First Holy Communion is Saturday April 14th. I will be sending out a letter with information regarding this very special sacrament.
Catholic School's Week will begin on Sunday, January 28th there is a School Mass at St. Patrick's at 9:00am.
This week in class:
Math- test Wednesday, January 17th. We will begin Chapter 7, Metric Measurement of Length.
Social Studies--we will review what we discussed last week Federal and State Laws. Our California Studies Weekly, week 22 is titled, How Laws Can Change.
Science--continue discussing the chapter in Change Matters.
Reading-chapter 18, in Superkids reader. Practice reading with natural phrasing.
Phonics- encoding and decoding short vowel u sounds; forming contractions using pronouns; we will finish writing alliteration poems and begin learning about couplet poetry.
Religion--read and discuss chapter 13, Jesus Saves us from Sin.
Week of January 8-12
Welcome Back!! I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season:) We made it through our first day back from break--the kids seemed happy to see their friends and to share their stories about their Christmas break adventures! We have a new second grader William Spain--the kids were very welcoming to William and he is a great addition to our class!
*****Friday, January 12, 2018*****
Report Cards Go Home
This week in class:
Reading-- we begin our second Superkids reader, "Superkids Take Off"; practice reading dialogue with expression.
Phonics--decoding and encoding ff,ll,ss,and dd (double consonants); suffixes ~less and ~full; and poetry writing, we will learn about alliteration.
Math--wrap up Chapter 6. We will have a test on Friday, January 12th. Please make sure to review 2's, 5's, and 10's time tables with your child. On Thursday your child will come home with a study guide for the test.
Social Studies-- this week we will be learning about Federal and State laws.
Religion--we are discussing Corporal Works of Mercy.
Science-- begin our new chapter, "Changes Matter."
Week of December 11-15
Tomorrow we will be going on our movie field to see Star. We will be leaving at 9:15 AM and should be returning by 12:15 PM. Thank you to the parents that have volunteered to drive--it is much appreciated!!
Last week a permission slip went home for the Christmas Program practice at St. Patricks Church. If you have not already done so please sign and turn in the slips ASAP. We will be needing drivers to transport the kids back to school when the practice is finished.
*****Christmas Program is Wednesday, December 20th 6:30 PM at St. Patrick's Church. Please have your child there by 6:15 PM. Dress code is church clothes.
If you took the Catholic Identity Survey your child will have free dress this Friday, December 15th. A free dress pass was given out today to those students whose parents took the survey.
On Friday, December 22nd there is free dress for everyone. It is a minimum day that Friday. NO EXTENDED CARE!!!
Next week there will be no homework.
This week in class:
Language Arts: words ending in -tion and -ture; guide practice correcting errors in mechanics; long e and short e vowel sounds; and sequencing story events.
Reading: Chapter 16 in Superkids; practice reading with natural phrasing; and understanding fantasy and reality.
Math: Begin Chapter 6, multiplication tables 2's, 5's, and 10's
Social Studies: Week 17 in our California Studies Weekly is "Celebrate America." We will be discussing American symbols, and people you symbolize American courage.
Science: Reading and discussing our chapter on Matter.
Week of November 27th-December 1st
Hello Parents!! I hope everyone had a blessed and relaxing Thanksgiving break:)
This is an important week for our second graders as they will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Penance service will begin at 6p.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Please be at the church by 5:45p.m. This is not a mass so the service will be about 45 minutes or so. Have your child dressed in church attire. Also, for those of you who are not Catholic...your child is more than welcomed to join the class for the Penance service. Non-Catholic students are able to receive a blessing from the priest. If you choose not to attend the service that is more thank okay.
Reminders, please talk to your child about following class room rules. No talking during class time, raising their hands to get out of their seat, be mindful and respectful to their classmates, to make sure they are taking care of their personal items and most importantly to remember to write their spelling words first thing Monday morning.. It seems like every week I have parents asking me what the spelling words are because their child did not write them down. I have the spelling words on the board Monday morning. When students come into the classroom they are to unpack, sit down, open their planners write their spelling words and their homework for the day, then start their morning work. This has been the routine since the first day of school. Please remind your child to stay focused and to follow class protocol!
Also, homework help will be Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30-3:00pm
This week in class:
Reading--Chapter 14 of our Superkids. Learning to read with natural phrasing and expression. Reading a text within a text; introduce parts of a play script; and reading dialogue in a play.
Phonics and Spelling--Spelling list; teach letter sound correspondences igh/long vowel i, aught/ short vowel o and ought; decoding and encoding words with igh, aught, and ought; and teach letter correspondences ph/f and gh/f.
Math--We will wrap up our chapter on multiplication and division. There will be a test Friday, December 1st.
Social Studies--Our California Studies Weekly will be focused on Earth. We will discuss different places on Earth and their landforms and weather. Also, we will talk about how people who live in different parts of the world have different communities and different lives. Continents, equator, and North and South Pole.
Religion-- We will begin the week preparing for Reconciliation and we will spend the rest of the week discussing forgiveness and what it means.
Science--Begin a new chapter Observing and Measuring Matter.
Week of November 13-17
We have a busy week ahead of...
Tuesday, November 14 @ 9:45am we will be going to Cherish. We will return no later than 10:30.
Wednesday, November 15 @ 6:30pm 2nd graders will be performing in the Thanksgiving Program.
Please have your child dropped off at our classroom by 6:15pm. Please have your child dressed in causal church attire. No t-shirts, jeans are fine.
Next week is Fall break. Please remember that the Tuesday we return from break, November 28th our 2nd graders will be making their First Penance-a letter went home with your child a week ago with all the information. A reminder that this is a Penance Service and not a Mass. Please have your child wearing nice church clothes.
It has been brought to my attention one of our 2nd graders is missing a sweatshirt. Please make sure that your own child has his or her own sweatshirt and not their classmates. Most parents write their child's name on the inside tag. Also, please make sure your child takes care of his or her sweatshirts many sweatshirts are found on the ground in the classroom as well has being left outside on the playground. Tell your child that when they take off their sweatshirt they should immediately put it in their backpack.
I will no longer be doing homework help on Mondays. Homework help will be Tuesday-Thursday 2:30-3:00pm. Please make sure you pick up your child by 3:00...otherwise he or she will be sent to extended care. Extended care costs $5.00 an hour.
Math-Finish our chapter on multiplication and division
Reading-Chapter 13 of our Superkids reader. Observing punctation in dialogue.
Language Arts- Silent k and w words; homophones, and prefixes un- and re-.
Science- Completing Chapter Dinosaurs and Fossils.
Social Studies- Week 14 of our California Studies Weekly, Land Use in California.
Religion- Learning and preparing for First Penance.
Week of November 6-10
Week of November 6-10
Hello parents! The month of November will be busy for our second graders. The most important thing happening in second grade this month is your child will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This special event will be on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm at St. Patrick's Church. A letter will be going home with your child on Monday regarding information about this blessed celebration.
Remember NO SCHOOL this Friday, November 10th.
Other important dates to remember....
Tuesday, November 14- Cherish. If you volunteered to drive please plan on doing so..I will write in your child's planner a reminder as the date approaches.
Wednesday, November 15- Thanksgiving Program. Second grade will be performing that evening in our auditorium. The program begins at 6:30.
Our class is also in the Christmas Program which will be held at St. Patrick's church on the night of Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30 pm.
This week in class we will be learning....
Math- Multiplication and Division. We began this chapter last week learning about multiplying by 2's we will continue with our 2's and also introduce multiplying by 5's. PLease continue to works with your child at home either with flashcards or have him or her write down their multiplication facts on paper.
Reading- We will begin Chapter 13 in our Superkids reader.
Language Arts- Decoding soft g and soft c words; synonyms and antonyms; and narrative writing.
Science- We will continue with our chapter on Fossils and Dinosaurs.
Religion- Preparing for Reconciliation.
Week of October 16-20
I would like to thank all the parents who volunteered their time last week to drive to Cherish and to the Hunter's pumpkin patch!! Thank you again to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter for inviting our class come and enjoy your beautiful and fun pumpkin patch:)
Please keep in mind that we will be going to Cherish next month on Tuesday, November 14. If you signed up to drive that day please plan on doing so:)
There is no school on Monday, October 16th~enjoy the day with your kiddos!
All next week will be a minimum day schedule due to teacher/parent conference. I look forward to meeting with you all!
On Saturday, October 20th there is an All School Mass at St. Patrick Parish at 5 p.m.
Remember if you and your child attend please have your child wearing his or her school uniform.
This week in class:
Reading: Chapter 9 in Superkids. We will practice reading with expression and tone.
Phonics: Reviewing commas in dates. Discussing similes, rhyming words, and spelling words with the long A vowel. We will be working on Informative writing. Your child will be writing an animal research report in class this week.
Math- We will continue to review subtraction and addition word problems. Please continue to work with your child on his or her math facts. (Flash Cards!!)
Social Studies: Week 10 of our Studies weekly, "Where is the United States." We will learn about maps and scales. Learn about distance, yards, feet, and miles. We will also review cardinal direction.
Religion: Since October is the month of the rosary we will be discussing the importance of the rosary, review how to pray the rosary and work on a Virgin Mary diorama.
Science: We will wrap up "Earth's Resource." All week we will review and on Friday there will be an open book test.
Week of September 18
Dates to remember this week:
Wednesday, September 20th there will be free dress for $5.00 the money will be donated to the American Red Cross for the hurricane victims.
Friday, September 22 will be Spirit Free dress. Wear an OLM tshirt!
Reading: Superkids Chapter 5. We will work on observing punctuation and reading with expression.
Phonics: Plurals ending with s & es; using syllables to decode longer words; understanding connected events; words ending in ed, ing, & y.
Math: We began Chapter 3 last week...subtraction up to 1,000. Some students are struggling with subtraction (math facts). The best thing to do to help your child improve is work nighty on math facts...flashcards work great!!
Science: Chapter 3, People Grow and Change.
Social Studies: Our Studies Weekly topic is Explorers. We also will be learning about maps.
Religion: We will be discussing choosing what is good and how are conscience tells us right from wrong.
Week of September 4th through September 8th
Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!
This on Friday, September 8th there will be an All School Mass at 8:15am.
Curriculum for the week:
Reading: Chapter 3 of our Superkids reader. Children are learning to read with tone and expression.
Phonics: le and ng endings; nouns and verbs; pronouns; contractions; and explanatory writing.
Math: We will be completing Chapter 2. There will be a test on Tuesday, September12th. Your child will be coming home with a study guide be sure to review the guide with your child.
Social Studies: Primary and Secondary Sources; artifacts; the difference between life from long ago and life today.
Science: Mammals, Reptiles, Insects, Birds, and Amphibians.
Religion: Prayers of Praise; Psalms; and the importance of thanking God for all that we have.
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend:)
Friday 11/18--progress reports go home
2nd grade brings St. Vincent lunches
Tuesday 11/29--Reconciliation 7 p.m. at St. Patricks Church
***Next week--NO SCHOOL! Fall Break***
This weeks curriculum:
Reading~Chapter 14 in our Superkids reader.
Language Arts~ words ending with -ight, -stle, and -igh; prefix words; and writing a story in sequence. Spelling words.
Math~ Using the bar model to help solve word problems.
Social Studies~ Pioneer life, farming, technology.
Science~ We have a test on Thursday, November 17th. We will be reviewing all week.
Religion~we will continue to prepare for our Penance service.
Children should wear church clothes on the night of the Penance service. Girls can wear a nice simple dress and boys should wear nice pants with a dress shirt ( a tie is not necessary).