Dear Second Grade Families:
I hope the second grade families all had an amazing Labor Day Weekend! I look forward to seeing you all tonight at Back to School night, Wednesday September 4th., 6:00 p.m. in the school gym.
I have been observing that some of the students do not know their math facts from 1-10, both addition and subtraction. I cannot stress enough how this needs to be an ongoing second grade habit. Please review addition/subtraction flash cards with your child. Keep in mind that we will be moving into multiplication and division soon as well. If they do not know their math facts multiplication and division will be very cumbersome for them. Therefore, please keep reviewing the flash cards. Please also keep reviewing time and money with reading and writing daily for 20 minutes. Thank you for support!
Please also in an effort to get the students ready for third grade, please if you see your child printing from the bottom of the line to the top please help redirect them to always write from the top to the bottom. This will help them next year as they learn cursive. I will also keep a close eye at school and redirect them to always write from the top to the bottom.
As a reminder we will have spelling homework sent out every Friday to be returned the following Thursday with a spelling test given every Friday. Their spelling words will be written weekly in the assignment notepad to study from. We will have math worksheets going home for homework once we finish a section in math often to be returned the following day. Please look at your child’s assignment notepad each night with instructions for homework and notes from the classroom. Feel free to also send notes back via the assignment notepad. Please initial on the right side of the assignment notepad and return the next day. On Mondays we will be sending home a white STM folder which will contain most of their work that was completed the prior week. Please take out all of the papers and please sign the form saying you received them and send the white folder back to school, All Fridays will be STM spirit dress day! Please wear an STM shirt or STM T-shirt, this shirt CANNOT be a homemade shirt and please wear jeans or uniform bottoms.
Second grade is a great year of transition. The students will be working on new skills and expanding on the old skills. They will be required to work independently as well. This is a fantastic year with great learning in preparation for third grade on the horizon! Together this will be a wonderful year!
The students seem to be very happy and are off to a great start! Once again thank you for your support! It is a blessing and a pleasure to have your child in my class.
Week of September 3rd-Sept., 6th., 2019
Week at a Glance:
Math-REVIEW WEEK: We will review addition and subtraction facts; base-ten blocks to recognize, read, and write; count by 1’s, 10’s, and 100’s; read and write numbers to 1,000 in standard, expanded form; order 3-digit numbers and identify number patterns; as well as working in their workbook and supplements.
Open Court-Unit 1, Lesson 2: we will blend words and build oral language skills and fluency skills; sounds: dge; ch; and tch; Read: Ants and Aphids; apply comprehensive strategies; asking and answering questions and making connections; describe story elements; compare and contrast; characters; events in a story; understand the author’s purpose; identify fact and opinion; visualize and ask and answer questions; write an opinion piece; word and sentence dictation; and continue daily work in journals; clarify and make connections.
Religion- REVIEW prayers: Our Father, Hail Mary, Angel of God, Glory Be and introduce new prayer of the day. Unit 1, lesson 2: God always loves us; we are created with wills and are able to make good choices; daily reflections from the Bible.
Science- “Be a scientist”: introduce the interactive science journal; identify the skills that scientists use to investigate questions; identify the stages in a plant’s life cycle; describe seeds and their origins.
*Spelling homework due this Thursday with a spelling test given every Friday
*Wednesday, Sept., 4th., Back to School Night- 6:00 p.m.
*Wednesday, Sept., 11th., Patriot Day: dress down- wear red, white, or blue
*Friday, Sept., 27th., NO SCHOOL: ARCHDIOCESAN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY: Lion’s Den open
**2nd Step Home Link will always be due one week later.
**Math homework will be sent home the day that we complete a lesson and typically due the next day unless otherwise specified.
**A white STM folder will be sent home every Monday with graded and completed work for your review and to be kept at home. Please remember to sign the form in the folder.
**Please also remember to sign the assignment notepad each night that it comes home and review the spelling words.
It is a pleasure and a blessing to have your child in my class this year. I plan to enjoy each and every one of them and look forward to this new school year as we prepare them for third grade.
May this school year be blessed by God and may God continue to bless the second grade families all year long.