We are off to a great start in Second Grade. The students have the daily routine down and are working very hard from the moment they enter the classroom. Here is what we will be learning about in October. It also gives you some important dates to mark on your calendar.
October 2nd - Annie
October 6th - Lydia
October 15th - Rylie
October 16th - Jordan
October 19th – Will B.
Oct 4 – Parent Meeting for Reconciliation
Oct 10 – Picture Day
Oct 10 - Ft. Thomas Firefighters visit with Hazard House
Oct 12 – No Wednesday Mass
Oct 13 – School House Symphony 1:00 – 1:45
Oct 14 – Walk-a-thon 11:00
Oct 19 – Early Dismissal at 1:45
Oct 20 – Taft Theatre – The Wizard of Oz
Oct 25 – 1st Quarter ends
Oct 28 – Family Night at Barnes & Noble on the Levee
Oct 28 – All Saints’ Day Mass at 8:30
Oct 28 – Halloween Party in the afternoon
Oct 31 – Halloween – NO SCHOOL
Nov 1 – All Saints Day – NO SCHOOL
Religion - We will start our preparation for First Reconciliation in the middle of October. Please go over the material in the book when it is send home. Also, remember that when you are at church with your child, help them follow along with the Mass and say the responses. Your child will participate in the All Saints’ Day Mass. He/she will dress as his/her patron saint, so you might want to start thinking about a costume.
Math - We will be working on subtraction facts, place value, counting money, making change by counting up, and telling time. Keep practicing addition and subtraction facts. We will take addition and subtraction times test throughout the quarter. Your child will receive a grade on the report card based on speed and accuracy.
Science - We are learning about fire safety, the Earth, water,
and weather. We study these topics through a weekly magazine called
Studies Weekly Science Trailblazer.
Social Studies - We will be studying about Christopher Columbus, history and time, transportation and communication. We will also take a look at global locations, such as community, suburb, state, country, etc.
Reading Logs – You should record how well your child read on every book he/she brings home in his/her Reading Log. Only AR books need to be recorded on the AR sheet. As the year progresses, I hope that you will notice the ease your child has at reading more difficult material.
Veterans’ Day – For the Veterans’ Day celebration, we will be reciting the Gettysburg Address as a class. When your child brings home his/her paper highlighting his/her speaking part, please practice over it with him/her. We will be practicing in school, also. He/she needs to know when to say his/her part without the paper on the day of the celebration.
Service Learning – The Primary grades will be participating in a service learning project starting in October. Look for more information to be sent home.
love for our school during Catholic Schools’ Week and our love for our family and friends
on Valentine’s Day. While it is cold outside, loves warms us up on the inside.
February 2nd – Joe Riley’s half birthday
February 5th – Bella
February 14th – Sidney H.
February 14th – Ean’s half birthday
February 21st – Jim’s half birthday
Feb 1 – Student Appreciation Day
Feb 2 – Parent Lunch
Feb 3 – Teacher & Staff Appreciation – EARLY DISMISSAL 1:45
Feb 4 – Teachers vs 8th Grade Volleyball Game 2:00 in gym – all welcome
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day Party
Feb 15 – First Communion Parent Meeting – 7:00 in cafeteria
Feb 16 – Faculty Meeting – EARLY DISMISSAL 1:50
Feb 21 – Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL
Feb 24 – The Jungle Book at the Taft Theatre
Religion – We will continue to learn about the Liturgy of the Word and start on the
Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Reading – We will be reading stories about animals going through changes and about how
can stay fit. These stories will tie in with our Science unit on Nutrition, Staying
Healthy, and the Food Pyramid.
Math – We will continue to work on 2-digit addition and subtraction with and without
regrouping, use arrays to solve multiplication and division problems, doubling and halving,
finding the median value of a set of data, and introduce fractions.
Science - We will be studying the food pyramid, learning about good nutritional
choices, and working on staying fit.
Social Studies – February is Black History Month. During the month, each child will do
research on an famous African-American. This will be done mostly in computer class
with only a little work done at home. I will be reading to them the American Girl Doll
series about Addy Walker. It is a wonderful story that really teaches them about
slavery in the US. We will also be learning about our Presidents and the White House.
Letter Writing – We will be learning how to write a friendly letter and address an
envelope. Hopefully we will be able to mail these letters to family members or friends
who live out of town and have them send us letters back to school.
First Communion Parent Meeting – The parent meeting is Tuesday, February 15th, at 7:00
in the cafeteria. It is very important that at least one parent is present. There is a lot
of information given at this meeting regarding the sacrament.
March 6th – Riley
March 13th – Ryan
March 19th – Emma
March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Read Across America
March 6 – Enrollment Mass at 10:30 for First Communion
March 9 – Ash Wednesday
March 13 – Daylight Savings Time
March 13 – Recca Roller Rink Skating to kick off Testing
March 14 – Testing Begins
March 18 – End of 3rd Quarter
March 24 – Grandparents’ Day, Mass at 10:00 followed by lunch and class visits
March 25 – Report cards go home
March 27 – April 1 – Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
Religion – We will be focusing on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We will also be learning more about Lent. Each child will be asked to “give up” something or to do something extra during Lent. Please encourage your child to keep his/her Lenten promise as a way of showing God he/she love Him.
Reading – The next unit in Reading is called, “Better Together.” As we work through each story, we also focus on literary elements, as well as, grammar and writing skills. I am also encouraging better comprehension of what they are reading. Each Wednesday or Thursday, the children bring home either a book from our reading series or an AR book from the library. On Friday, the children take an AR test on the computer testing their comprehension of what they read without being able to look back in the book for answers. I am also testing them on books that I read to them in class.
Math - We will be working on different types of measurement, including measuring for accuracy to the 1/8 inch, 1/16 inch, and ½ centimeter. Measuring will also include area, capacity, and weight.
Social Studies & Writing – We will be studying the United States Postal Service and learn how to write a letter. We will be sending letters to family or friends and mailing them. We hope we will get a letter back from them at school.
Science – We will use our Studies Weekly Trailblazer to cover topics of matter and energy.
Welcome to the year 2011! There will be lots of fun and exciting things that the 2nd grade will do this year. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is ready to get back into the swing of school.
January 15th – Josh’s half birthday
January 27th – Elliott
Jan 3 – Back to school
Jan 10 – Rosary Club
Jan 14 – End of 2nd Quarter
Jan 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
Jan 19 – Early Dismissal at 1:45 for Faculty Meeting
Jan 24 – Day of Penance and Prayer for Life
Jan 30 – Open House
Jan 30 – Feb 5 – Catholic Schools’ Week
Religion – We are starting Unit 3. We will be learning about the Bible as
the Sacred Scripture and that we read the Word of God in the Bible.
We will start learning about the Liturgy of the Word and the order of the Mass.
Math – This month, we will be learning to add with three or more addends, use diagrams to help us solve comparison number stories, learn the trade-first subtraction algorithm, and start learning how to multiply using arrays. We will also solve division stories by making equal groups of things.
Reading Logs & Vocabulary Sentences – I will continue to send home the Reading Logs only on the days that the students have a book to read. Please indicate how much help your child needed in reading the story. Also, please continue to mark on the top of the vocabulary sentences paper how much help was needed by your child in writing the sentences.
Science – We will be learning about animals, their habitats in the Winter, and how they adapt to their surroundings. We will also be learning about our bodies, how they change and grow, and what we can do to stay healthy.
Social Studies – We will be studying about Martin Luther King, Jr.
and what he did for America. We will also study about different
scientists and inventors, the Arctic and Antarctic Regions, and different
places people live.
Time Lines – Through a cross-curricular study in Reading, Science, and Social Studies of events in our lives and how our bodies change and grow, we will be doing a Time Line Project at home of our lives. More information will come home about the project.
Can you believe it’s already December? There are only 14 school days in this month and each day is full of fun learning and preparing for the Birth of Jesus.
Religion – We are continuing our study about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please keep going over the Examination of Conscience and Formula. We will also be learning about Advent and Christmas.
Math – We will be learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will learn to name and draw line segments, make parallel lines, identify quadrangles, and find lines of symmetry in objects. Along with this, we will compare 3-dimensional shapes and construct different types of pyramids. We are still working hard on our Math Facts in a Flash and earning prizes.
Science – We will be studying about living things – plants, animals, and people. I hope to be able to incorporate a trip to my family’s florist to learn more about the plants. We will focus more on animals and people in January.
Social Studies – We will be studying about families and trade, children around the world, and holidays around the world. We practice reading maps daily.
Vocabulary Sentences – Please continue to mark at the top of your child’s vocabulary sentences how much help he/she needed to write the sentences. This really helps me assess their progress in being able to use new and unfamiliar words correctly in sentences.
Reading Log – Thanks for your help in recording how your child is reading each night. Starting Monday, your child will only bring home his/her reading log if he/she has a book in it to read.
Reenactment of the First Christmas – It is a tradition at St. Thomas that the 2nd grade does the final Advent Prayer Service. This prayer service is the Reenactment of the First Christmas. It will be held on Monday, December 20th, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. Your child will either have a reading part or acting part. They will not need to memorize any parts. This is a beautiful prayer service. I hope you are able to join us.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2011!