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SECOND GRADE NEWSLETTER                                   WEEK #16                                                  DECEMBER 12, 2014

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

            In its literature studies, the class continued with their reading groups last week.  Some groups of students are close to finishing up December Secrets and The Boxcar Children: The Mystery of the Stolen Boxcar.  For read aloud, we listened to a science book titled, Weather Words by Gail Gibbons, as a review, and Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, which focused on some math words associated with solving word problems. We also read a Christmas themed booked titled, There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve by Pam Munoz Ryan and Dennis Nolan, about the trip of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.  We continued reading from our current read aloud book titled, A Cricket in Time Square.  Several Christmas themed books will be available next week for students who are reading for the season!

            In our Language studies, students were introduced to verbs this week.  We are close to finishing our First Semester Simple Solutions grammar book and will begin our Second Semester book soon after we return from the Christmas Break.

            In Religion, students finished up Chapter 8 on the Bible by completing their chapter test on Tuesday.  These are included in this week’s red Friday folder to be signed and returned.  On Wednesday, we began a discussion on Penance and Reconciliation for our new unit.  We also kept our Advent focus.  Students continued with their writing of daily Advent goals each morning which include things they are doing each day to prepare for Jesus’ birth.  We celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Monday and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today.  We will attend our next All School Liturgy on Wednesday of next week followed by an Advent Prayer Service on Friday before we begin our long Christmas break.  Students should wear their dress uniforms for the All School Liturgy on Wednesday.

            This week in Health, the class took their quiz over Chapter 3 today.  These will be sent home in next week’s red Friday folder.

            In Math, students completed their work in Chapter 4, learning how to draw and use bar models to help them to solve word problems, by taking their Chapter 4 Test on Thursday.  Students will use this drawing strategy in the future to help them know when to add or subtract on word problems in other chapters.  Students also had a summary lesson on identifying important clue words in word problems that help them identify whether to add or subtract.  These included words such as: in all, both, altogether, fewer, less, left many more, much more, sum, total, difference, and several more.  Students took their subtraction timed tests on Tuesday covering (- 4) or higher.  The fact benchmark for next week is (-5).  Remember, students must pass their test with a score of 90 or higher to go on to the next test.  On Tuesday, your student may be taking the (-5) test, retaking the (-2, -3. or -4) test, or they may be taking the (-6 or -7) test because they chose to move ahead because they passed their tests on Tuesday and Thursday. 

            In Social Studies, students completed their reading of Chapter 2 which focused on the topic of economics. 

A study guide will be sent home on Monday for a Chapter 2 Test on Thursday of next week. 

            In Science, students continued to learn about balance and motion.  This week, we learned about pushing and pulling forces and about the six simple machines that make up more complex machines called compound machines.

            The K-2 Christmas program will take place on Thursday, December 18th, at 7:00PM in the gymnasium.  Students must be in their classrooms by 6:45PM.  School doors will not be unlocked until 6:30PM.

On the day of the Christmas program, students should wear dress clothes to school as they will be performing during the afternoon for the rest of the school.  They should also dress up for the evening performance on the 18th.  Girls may wear a dress, a skirt, nice pants (no jeans) and a blouse or sweater.  Boys may wear nice pants (or uniform pants) and a nice sweater or shirt.  The program is a dress up day and evening event, not a dress down event, so jeans, tennis shoes, shorts and sweat pants are not permitted! 

            That's it for this week.  Thanks, as always, for your support!  Enjoy the weekend ahead!

 

                                                                                                            Sincerely,

                                                                                                            Miss Costello

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Monday, December 15th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, December 16th-Hot Lunch Day

Tuesday, December 16th-Subtraction Timed Test (Benchmark: -5)

Wednesday, December 17th-Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday, December 17th- All School Liturgy/8:30AM/Church/Students should wear their dress uniforms.

Wednesday, December 17th-Spelling Pretest for Lesson 16

Thursday, December 18th-Hot Lunch Day

Thursday, December 18th-Social Studies Test over Chapter 2/A study guide will be sent home on Monday.

Thursday, December 18th-Christmas Program Day/Students should be in the classroom by 6:45PM/School doors will not be unlocked until 6:30PM/Students should wear dress clothes to school during the day and dress up for the evening. 

Thursday, December 18th-Subtraction Timed Retest (-5)

                                       Students may also take their next test to move ahead on this day!

Friday, December 19th-Hot Lunch Day

Friday, December 19th-Final Spelling Test for Lesson 16

Friday, December 19th-Students will celebrate their last day of school before the

                     Christmas break with their Instruments of Peace Families during the afternoon. 

Friday, December 19th-Advent Prayer Service in the Gym at the end of the day.

Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th-Christmas Break

Monday, January 5th-Classes Resume

           

REMINDERS AND SUGGESTIONS:

            Please check to see if your child is in need of any supplies such as pencils and erasers. 

       Keep reviewing those subtraction facts!

 

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

Friday, December 12th-Miss Costello

Friday, December 19th-The Maysey Family

Friday, January 9th-Miss Costello

 

Additional seasonal resources for families:

www.sadlier.com/ThisWeeksLiturgy

www.sadlier.com/LiturgicalYrCalendar

 

Spelling List

Grade 2

Lesson 16

 

            Basic Words        

            old                                     hold

 

           know                                 low

 

           road                                  told

 

           cold                                   own

 

           grow                                  coat

 

Enrichment Words

below                foam            odor

 

Champion Enrichment Words

coach          roast        golden         follow

           

Challenge Words

                           friend      cooperate  

 

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Monday, December 15, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Math-Study for Subtraction Timed Test (-5 or higher)

3. Spelling-Study for Lesson 16 Pretest on Wednesday

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

5. Social Studies-Final Test for Chapter 2 is on Thursday/A study guide was sent home tonight!

 

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

 

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 16 Pretest on Wednesday

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

 

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1. Math-Money Worksheet

2. Math-Study for the -5 timed retest or higher for those who are moving ahead!

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

4. Social Studies-Study for your Chapter 2 test on Thursday!

 

 

SECOND GRADE HOMEWORK

Thursday, December 18, 2014

1. Math-No Math Homework-Merry Christmas!

2. Spelling-Study for Lesson 16 Final Test on Friday, if the student needs to retake it.

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

4. Social Studies-Study for your Chapter 2 test on Thursday!

 

 

*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 December 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:__________________________________________