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 SECOND GRADE NEWSLETTER                               WEEK #36                                           May 23, 2014


Dear Parents and Guardians,   

            The second grade class is working hard to finish up projects and work before our year comes to an end in a couple of weeks.  It’s important to start looking for books and borrowed items that need to be returned to the school. This includes classroom and school library books.  Students will not receive their final progress report unless books are returned and fines are paid.

            Next Friday, May 30th, students will be bringing home their Second Grade Writing Portfolios to share with you.  Please look for them to come home as I will ask you to complete a little reflection sheet on your student’s writing progress this year.  They will need to be returned the following Monday, June 2nd, so that students can make their decisions on which pieces to send on to their third grade teacher, Mrs. Mays.           I will also be sending home all signed assessments and papers I’ve saved in my student folders. 

            This week in Science, students read about various animal habitats.  A test over plants and animals will take place on Tuesday, June 3rd.  This will be our final assessment for the year.  We also took our field trip today to Shepherd’s Corner.  Students participated in three activities related to plants, animals, and keeping God’s creation clean.  Our final visit from our friends from Shepherd’s Corner will take place on Wednesday, May 28th.

            In Religion this week, students attended Mass on Wednesday.  They completed Chapter 19 and will take a Chapter test on Tuesday of next week.  A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.  Our final unit in Religion will cover being a Christian person through good decision making and service.

            In its literature studies, students are finishing up some novels including two Boxcar Children and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Students continued reading books from our bin on animals and plants which go along with our current Life Science unit in Science. Our current read aloud is one of my favorites, Stuart Little written by E. B. White.  Please remind your student that the point goal for the Fourth Quarter is 10 points!  We are working hard to see every student meet his/her AR goal this quarter!  The final day to take AR tests for the year is Wednesday, June 4th.

            In Health this week, students completed Chapter 7 covering medicines and drugs.  A Chapter 7 quiz will take place on Friday, May 30th.

            In Math, students took their Chapter 14 Test on Thursday.  These will be passed back in next week’s red Friday folder.  Students also took their multiplication and subtraction timed tests on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.  The fact benchmark for this week was (x8).  Remember, students must pass their test with a score of 90 or higher to move on to the next test.  On Tuesday, May 27th, your student should be starting (x9) of their multiplication facts if they are right at the benchmark.  If they are behind the benchmark, they may be retaking the (-7, -8, -9, -10, -0 through -3 Review, the -4 through -10 Review, the -7 through -10 Review, the Final Review, x0 and x1 x2, x3 x4 x5, x6, x7 or x8) tests. It’s important to review these facts on a nightly basis for your student to move ahead each week.  Once they have completed all the subtraction facts tests successfully, students move on to the multiplication facts.

            In Social Studies, students continued their reading in our unit focusing on government.  Students took a vocabulary quiz over words from Unit 6 on Wednesday.  A final Unit 6 Test will take place on Thursday, May 29th.  A study packet, including this week’s quiz, will be sent home on Tuesday. 

            That’s it for this week!  Enjoy the long, holiday weekend ahead! 


                                           Miss Costello


Monday, May 26th-Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 27th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, May 27th-Physical Education Day

Tuesday, May 27th-Timed Test (Benchmark: Multiplication x9)

Tuesday, May 27th-Chapter 19 Religion Test/A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Wednesday, May 28th-All School Mass/8:30AM/Students should wear their dress uniforms!

Wednesday, May 28th-Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, May 28th-Spelling Pretest for Lesson 36

Thursday, May 29th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, May 29th-Unit 6 Social Studies Final Test

Thursday, May 29th-Timed Test (Benchmark: Multiplication x9)

Friday, May 30th-Hot Lunch Day

Friday, May 30th-Chapter Health 7Quiz

Friday, May 30th-Final Spelling Test for Lesson 36

Friday, May 30th-Physical Education Day

Monday, June 2nd-Hot Lunch Day

Monday, June 2nd-Physical Education Day

Monday, June 2nd-Chapter 11 Math Test: Money

Monday, June 2nd-Second Grade Writing Portfolios are due back today!  

Tuesday, June 3rd-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, June 3rd-Life Science Test: Plants and Animals

Wednesday, June 4th-Last Day to Take AR Tests for the Fourth Quarter

Wednesday, June 4th-Field Day for Grades K-5/Hot Dog Lunch

Thursday, June 5th-Last Day of School

Thursday, June 5th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, June 5th-Awards Ceremony for Upper Grades

Thursday, June 5th-Progress Report Envelopes will be sent home with end-of-the-year Star Testing Results                                         stuffed inside.  However, the actual Fourth Quarter Progress reports will be mailed.

Thursday, June 5th-Graduation Liturgy/7:00PM /Church




Friday, May 23rd-The Scharte Family

Friday, May 30th-Miss Costello


Final Day of Can Pick-Up is next Friday, May 30th.  A final total will be reported in next week’s newsletter.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 36 Pretest on Wednesday. 

3. Reading-AR (The point goal for the quarter is 10 points!)

4. Social Studies-Study for the Unit 6 Final Test on Thursday!

5. Health-Study for Friday’s Chapter 7 Health Quiz


Students need to wear their dress uniforms for our All School Liturgy at 8:30AM in the church on Wednesday this week.  Please join us if you are able to attend!


Physical Education Days for the Second Grade are Tuesday and Friday this week





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Math-Study for your timed test (Benchmark: x9).

3. Reading-AR (The point goal for the quarter is 10 points!)

4. Social Studies-Study for the Unit 6 Final Test on Thursday!

5. Health-Study for Friday’s Chapter 7 Health Quiz








Thursday, May 29, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 36 Final Test on Friday. 

3. Reading-AR (The point goal for the quarter is 10 points!)

4. Health-Study for Friday’s Chapter 7 Health Quiz



Physical Education Days for the Second Grade are Tuesday and Friday this week.

 Spelling List

Grade 2

Lesson 36


Basic Words

                  sail                                     doorstep

                  cloth                                   thing

                  horn                                    pancake 

                  chore                                  shack

                  crush                                  sale

Enrichment Words

broth        slush      adore


Champion Enrichment Word

railroad             forward   

       backward              homework       


Challenge Words

election                ballot








  Spelling Li