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SECOND GRADE NEWSLETTER                                    WEEK #31                                              April 11, 2014


Dear Parents and Guardians,   

            Holy Week is upon us.  It’s the most important week of the church.  As a class, we will focus on the events that led to Jesus’ death and resurrection during this week.

            In Religion this week, students finished up Chapter 17 learning the parts of the Mass.  A Chapter 17 Test will take place on Tuesday next week.  A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder to help your student to prepare at home.  Students attended Mass on Wednesday as well as a special concert of the Stations of the Cross performed by the group called Living Waters.  Our next All School Mass will take place on Tuesday, April 15th at 8:30AM in the church.  Since it’s a Physical Education Day for Grade 2, students should wear their dress uniforms with tennis shoes.  Please join us if you are able to attend!  Students will also be attending a Prayer Service on Wednesday at 8:30AM as part of our Holy Week activities.  Holy Spirit Parish will also have services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and of course, Easter Sunday.  Your student has written a special invitation to you about next week’s Holy Week activities. 

            In its literature studies, students continued their group reading of chapter stories including, Ramona the Brave  by Beverly Cleary, Busybody Nora by Johanna Hurwitz, and The Pizza Pie Slugger by Jean Marzollo.  We are close to finishing our current read aloud titled, All the Money in the World by Bill Brittain.  Please remind your student that the point goal for the Fourth Quarter is 10 points! 

            In Health this week, students learned about bullying, staying away from dangerous things, staying safe from fire, and keeping safe during a storm or earthquake.  A Chapter 6 Quiz will take place on Wednesday of next week.  A vocabulary review sheet is included in this week’s red Friday folder to help students to prepare at home.

            In Math, students continued with their study of geometry focusing on identifying shapes, copying shapes, and completing patterns.  Students also took their multiplication and subtraction timed tests this week on Tuesday and Thursday.  The fact benchmark for this week was (x3).  Remember, students must pass their test with a score of 90 or higher to move on to the next test.  On Tuesday, April 15th, your student should be starting (x4) of their multiplication facts if they are right at the benchmark.  If they are behind, 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 or x3) 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 fact tests successfully, students will move on to the multiplication facts.

            In Social Studies, students finished reading Unit 4 on economics.  Students completed their vocabulary assessment for the unit on Thursday. We will take our Unit 4 Final Assessment after the break and then begin a new unit focusing on the topic of government.

            In Science, the class completed their unit on balance and motion.  Our next unit will be our Life Science Unit.  We’ve already reviewed quite a bit about plant life with our weekly Shepherd’s Corner lessons, so our main focus in this unit will be on animal life.

            On Wednesday, our Shepherd’s Corner ladies visited again this week!  Students learned about the parts of a flower.  Next week’s focus will be on the role of the bee in pollination.

            I’ve attached the April Scholastic Book Orders.  They are due back by Thursday, April 17th.  You may also order online at Scholastic.com using the classroom code: G2 CYH.

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


                                           Miss Costello


Holy Week

Monday, April 14th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, April 15th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, April 15th-Physical Education Day

Tuesday, April 15th-Chapter 17 Religion Test/A study guide is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Tuesday, April 15th-Timed Test (Benchmark: Multiplication x4)

Tuesday, April 15th-All School Mass/8:30AM/Students should wear their dress uniforms with tennis shoes!

Wednesday, April 16th-Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, April 16th-Prayer Service/Gym/8:30AM

Wednesday, April 16th-Chapter 6 Health Quiz

                     A vocabulary review sheet is included in this week’s red Friday folder.

Wednesday, April 16th-Spelling Pretest for Lesson 31

Thursday, April 17th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, April 17th-Timed Test (Benchmark: Multiplication x4)

Thursday, April 17th-Final Spelling Test for Lesson 31

Thursday, April 17th-April Scholastic Book Orders are due back today!

Friday, April 18th-Good Friday/NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 21st-Friday, April 25th-Easter Break/NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 28th-Classes Resume





Friday, April 11th-Miss Costello


Our total amount collected is currently:  $193.48!


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.




Monday, April 14, 2014

1. Math-Geometry Worksheet

2. Study for your timed test (Benchmark: x4). 

3. Spelling-Study for Lesson 31 Pretest on Wednesday. 

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

5. Religion-Study for Tuesday’s Chapter 17 Test.


Physical Education Day for Second Grade is Tuesday this week.

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




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1. Math-Geometry Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 31 Pretest on Wednesday. 

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

4. Health-Study for Wednesday’s Chapter 6 Health Quiz on safety.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1. Math-Geometry Worksheet

2. Math-Study for your timed test (Benchmark: x4).   

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

4. Spelling-Study for Lesson 31 Final Test on Thursday. 




  Spelling List

Grade 2

Lesson 31

Basic Words

            for                                                 more

            corn                                              or

            door                                              fork

            horse                                             torn

            store                                              born

Enrichment Words

explore              morning                  storm


Champion Enrichment Words

acorn         porch           stork              hornet


Challenge Words

earthquake          tornado