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SECOND GRADE NEWSLETTER                                                WEEK #4                                            SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

                The cool fall weather arrived this week in Grade 2! 

            I wanted to update you on some important dates for the future.  If you wish for your student to receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Communion, you must attend an informational parent meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00PM in the school library.  First Penance is scheduled this school year for Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00AM in the church.  First Communion is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 5:30PM liturgy at Holy Spirit Church.  Your child must be baptized to receive these sacraments.  Please contact our Parish Director of Religious Education, Mr. Mark Butler, at 614-861-1521 ext. 12 or reled@holyspiritcolumbus.org, if you have any questions.  

            In our literature studies this week, we continued our learning of the Daily Five routine by practicing reading and listening to others with partners and reading to self in a silent setting.  Students met in their Reading Club groups.  Reading Club groups meet every day and are led by teachers and reading specialists in grades 1-5.  We completed the reading of our current read aloud, Mr. Stumpguss is a Third Grader and will begin a new read aloud next week titled, Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar.  It will be read over the next two weeks.  Students also listened to and read several books on the Smartboard using the Tumblekin and Bookflix services available through our metropolitan and state libraries.  Many of these stories will be informational and will go along with our studies in Social Studies, Science, and Health, as well as any other topics we are discussing.

            I have included a weekly report of the Accelerated Reader independent reading tests your student has taken thus far.  This report will be sent home every Friday to keep you updated.  The AR goal for this quarter is six points.  If your student reads a book at home for AR that I do not observe them reading in the classroom, it’s important to send me a note to let me know they are ready to take the AR test.  Students at this age need to read and then reread a book to make sure they comprehend what they are reading.  Students who do not pass tests because they are not really reading the book will have this reflected in their comprehension percentage score.  So, it’s important to encourage your student to read and finish a book before taking the AR test.  Also, books that are selected for AR should be a level from the middle to high portion of the student’s reading range as this will help a student to raise his/her reading level as the vocabulary in the book will be more challenging.

            In Religion, the class began Chapter 2 which focuses on the early church.  Students learned about being a disciple and about the Twelve Apostles in this chapter.   The Chapter 1 Religion Tests are included in this week’s red Friday folder and should be signed and returned by Tuesday of next week.  Students will be attending an All School Liturgy on Wednesday of next week at 8:30AM in the church.  Please join us if you are able to attend. 

            In Social Studies, the class continued with its readings from Chapter 1.  A Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons 1-3 will take place on Wednesday, September 17th.  A vocabulary study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.  Please help your student to review these words at home before Wednesday’s quiz. 

            In Health, students completed their reading of Chapter 5 and reviewed concepts related to grooming, fitness and dental health.   Students will take a short quiz over information in Lessons 1-4 next Tuesday.  A study guide for home use is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

            In Science, students continued to learn about concepts related to air and weather.   We completed our first investigation learning that: 1) air is matter that takes up space, 2) air moves, and 3) air can push and interact with other objects.  Next week, our second investigation will have us learning about air pressure and water.

            In Math, students complete their study of counting numbers, place value (ones, tens, and hundreds), and comparing of numbers (greater than/less than and number order) up to 1000.  A Chapter 1 assessment will take place on Monday.   Students will continue with their weekly timed addition tests.  Next Tuesday’s timed test will cover +3 with a retest on Thursday.  Students must score 90 out of 100 in approximately 5 minutes to pass the set of facts.  It is important to review these facts with your student on a nightly basis.

            That's it for this week!  Enjoy the weekend ahead!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

                                                                                                                                Sincerely,

                                                                                                                                Miss Costello

                                                                                             

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Monday, September 15th-Hot Lunch Day

Monday, September 15th-Chapter 1 Math Test (Counting, Place Value, and Comparing Numbers)

Tuesday, September 16th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, September 16th-Physical Education Day

Tuesday, September 16th- Chapter 5 Health Quiz for Lessons 1-4/A study guide your student prepared is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Tuesday, September 16th-Addition Timed Test (+3)

Wednesday, September 17th-Social Studies Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz for Lessons 1-3/A study guide your student prepared is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Wednesday, September 17th-Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, September 17th-Lesson 4 Spelling Pretest

Wednesday, September 17th- All School Liturgy/8:30AM/Church/Dress Uniforms

Thursday, September 18th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, September 18th-Addition Timed Test (+3 Retest)

Thursday, September 18th- -School Picture Day (Students should wear their dress uniforms for pictures!)

Friday, September 19th-Hot Lunch Day

Friday, September 19th-Physical Education Day

Friday, September 19th-Lesson 4 Final Spelling Test

Friday, September 19th-First Quarter Interim Reports will be sent home today!  Please return the signed envelope only by Tuesday, September 23rd.

Monday, September 22nd-NO SCHOOL/Professional Development Day for Teachers

Tuesday, September 23rd-First Quarter Interim Report envelopes are due back today!

 

SUGGESTIONS AND REMINDERS:

            First quarter interim reports will be sent home on Friday, September 19th.  They will include a copy of your child's Accelerated Reading record as of Thursday, September 18th.  Grade 2 interim envelopes should be signed and returned by Tuesday of the following week.

            The second grade newsletter is posted to the school’s website on a weekly basis along with the Weekly Homework List and the current Spelling List.  You will continue to get a paper copy in the red Friday folder. 

            The second grade Scholastic Book Clubs activation code for online parent orders is:  G2 CYH.  You may order directly online or by sending the book order to me.  The book order forms for October will be sent home next week in the red Friday folder.  Remember to let me know if you’ve ordered online so I may submit the order.

 

ALUMINUM CAN PICK-UP SCHEDULE

Friday, September 19th- Miss Costello

Friday, September 26th-Maysey Family

Friday, October 3rd- Clinton Family

Friday, October 10th-Kberet Family

 

 

Spelling List

Grade 2

Lesson 4

 

Basic Words

                            dog                              fog

                            doll                               spot

 

                            stop                              pond

          

                            cot                                nod

 

                            log                                lot

 

Enrichment Words

block           octopus       popcorn

 

Champion Enrichment Words

smock     model          hobby     bonnet

           

Challenge Words

doctor          nurse

 

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Monday, September 15, 2014

1. Math-2-digit Addition Worksheet

2. Math-Study for +3 Timed Test on Tuesday

3. Spelling-Study for Lesson 4 Pretest on Wednesday

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

5. Health-Study for the Chapter 5 Quiz over Lessons 1-4 on Tuesday.

               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, September 16, 2014

1. Math-2-digit Addition Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 4 Pretest on Wednesday

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

4. Social Studies-Study for Wednesday's Chapter 1 Lessons 1-3                

                            Vocabulary Quiz.  A study guide was sent home in the  

                            red Friday folder.

 *Wednesday is an All School Liturgy!  Students should wear their dress uniforms to church!

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1. Math-2-digit Addition Worksheet

2. Math-Study for +3 Timed Test Retake, if the student needs to retake it.

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

 

    SCHOOL PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN ON THURSDAY!

    STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR THEIR DRESS UNIFORMS.

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Thursday, September 18, 2014

1. Math-2-digit Addition Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 4 Final Test on Friday, 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.    

 

 

 

                                                                                                  NIGHTLY AR READING

                                                           PARENT/CHILD PARTICIPATION SHEET

                                                      We read together for 15 minutes this night:

 

                                                                      Week of September 15th

Monday: 

 

      Name of Book: ____________________________________________________

 

      Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________

 

Tuesday: 

 

      Name of Book: ____________________________________________________

 

      Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________

 

Wednesday: 

 

      Name of Book: ____________________________________________________

 

      Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________

 

Thursday: 

 

      Name of Book: ____________________________________________________

 

      Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________

 

 

Planned Reading for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday:

 

      Name of Book: ____________________________________________________

 

      Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________