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 SECOND GRADE NEWSLETTER                                                  WEEK #17                                            JANUARY 8, 2016

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

            I hope this first newsletter of 2016 finds you rested and healthy! 

            In its literature studies, several groups started new stories including, Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington by Frances E. Ruffin, and The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron. We also read aloud a book titled, Follow the Money by Loreen Leedy to go along with our short unit on money in Math.  Please remind your student that the point goal for this quarter is 8 points!  Students were reminded of their current point totals for the quarter on Monday.  The last day to take AR tests for the Second Quarter is Wednesday, January 20th.  

            Students will start their Second Semester Simple Solutions workbooks which cover a daily review of grammar rules.  Students continued with their study of verbs learning about irregular verbs and the verbs of to be (am, is, are, was andwere).

            In Religion, students completed our discussion on the Ten Commandments.  A Chapter 7 assessment will take place on Tuesday, January 12th.   A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder to help your student prepare for the assessment at home.  We attended Mass on Wednesday of this week.  Our next liturgy will take place on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:30AM.  Students should wear their dress uniforms.

            This week in Health, the class continued their reading of Chapter 8 which covers germs and disease.  We discussed allergies, asthma, diabetes and cancer.

            In Math, students continued to work in Chapter 11, learning about using dollar signs and decimal points when adding up bills and coins.  Students took their subtraction timed tests on Wednesday covering (- 6) or higher.  The fact benchmark for this week was (-6).  Remember, students must pass their test with a score of 90 or higher to move on to the next test.  On Tuesday, January 12th, your student should be taking the (-7) test if they are right at the benchmark.  If they are behind, they may be retaking the (-3, -4, -5, or -6) tests, or they may be taking the (-8 or higher) tests because they are able to move ahead.  It’s important to review these facts on a nightly basis for your student to move ahead each week.

            In Social Studies, students continued their reading of Chapter 3 which focuses on geography and map skills.  Students learned about relative and absolute location and about the major oceans and the seven continents of the earth.

            In Science, students continued with their Life Science Unit on Animals.  Students also began a short writing assignment asking them to research a favorite animal. 

            I have attached a class list for those students who wish to work ahead on Valentines over the next few weekends.  St. Valentine's Day will be celebrated Friday, February 12th.  Students, who wish, may pass out Valentine cards to all students in the classroom on that day.

            That’s it for this first week back!  Let’s hope the weather gets warmer during the weekend ahead!

                                Sincerely,

                                                                                       Miss Costello

 

REMINDERS AND SUGGESTIONS:

            The Scholastic Book Order for January may be found in this week’s red Friday folder.  They are due back by Tuesday, January 19th

            Please remember to sign the AR record that is sent home in your student’s homework folder each evening.  It’s on the right hand side of the of the homework list.  Students are expected to write down what they’ve read at home each evening and have it verified by a parent or trusted adult.

            Please check to see if your child is in need of any supplies such as pencils and erasers.  Many have had to borrow pencils each morning.  We are running low on these items!

            Students should be dressed following the uniform guidelines found in the school handbook.  If for some reason your student can’t be in their uniform, a note should be written by the parent to explain the reason their student is not properly dressed for the day.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Monday, January 11th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, January 12th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, January 12th-Physical Education Day

Tuesday, January 12th-Chapter 7 Religion Test/A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Tuesday, January 12th-Subtraction Timed Test (Benchmark: -7)

Wednesday, January 13th-Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, January 13th- All School Liturgy/Church/8:30AM

                                           Students should wear their dress uniforms.

Wednesday, January 13th-Spelling Pretest for Lesson 17

Thursday, January 14th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, January 14th-Life Science Quiz: Animals/A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Thursday, January 14th-Subtraction Timed Retest for (-7)

Friday, January 15th-Hot Lunch Day

Friday, January 15th-Final Spelling Test for Lesson 17

Friday, January 15th-Physical Education Day

Monday, January 18th-NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19th-Scholastic Book Orders for January are due back!

 

LOOKING AHEAD…..   

Sunday, March 6th-First Penance and Reconciliation for Grade 2 at 4:00PM/Holy Spirit Church

Thursday, April 7th-Practice for First Holy Communion/7:00PM/Holy Spirit Church

Saturday, April 9th-First Holy Communion at 5:30PM/ Holy Spirit Church

 

SECOND GRADE ALUMINUM CAN PICK-UP/DROP-OFF SCHEDULE

Friday, January 8th-Amy Martinez’s Family

Friday, January 15th-Miss Costello

 

Please let me know if you would like to be added to the recycling schedule for the second semester!  You can send a note or E-mail me at: kcostell@cdeducation.org.  Thanks for your help and support with this family service project.

 

 

2016

Happy New Year to all!

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Monday, January 11, 2016

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Math-Study for Subtraction Timed Test (-7 or higher)

3. Spelling-Study for Lesson 17 Pretest on Wednesday

4. AR Reading-Please sign off on the reading chart each night.

5. Religion-Study for Tuesday's Chapter 7 Test/A study guide was sent home in the red Friday folder.

 

*Physical Education Days are Tuesday and Friday for Grade 2.  

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Tuesday, January12, 2016

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 17 Pretest on Wednesday

3. AR Reading-Please sign off on the reading chart each night.

4. Science-Study for Thursday’s Life Science Quiz on Animals. A study guide was sent home in the red Friday folder.

 

*Students will attend Mass on Wednesday of this week.  Students should wear their dress uniforms.  

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Math-Study for the -7 timed retest or higher for those who are moving ahead!

3. Spelling-Study for Friday’s Lesson 17 Final Test, if the student needs to retake it.

4. AR Reading-Please sign off on the reading chart each night.

5. Science-Study for Thursday’s Life Science Quiz on Animals. A study guide was sent home in the red Friday folder.


*Physical Education Days are Tuesday and Friday for Grade 2.   


SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Thursday, January 14, 2016

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Friday’s Lesson 17 Final Test, if the student needs to retake it.

3. AR Reading-Please sign off on the reading chart each night.


*Physical Education Days are Tuesday and Friday for Grade 2.  

Spelling List

Grade 2

Lesson 17

 

        Basic Words        

                               cook                                   cake

 

                            sick                                     kick

 

                            cave                                  lock

 

                            kiss                                      look

 

                             rock                                   luck

 

Enrichment Words

bucket              carry                  peak

 

Champion Enrichment Words

cast         pike           dock         tackle    

           

Challenge Words

                                      balance           gravity