Welcome to Second Grade!
We have had a wonderful first week of school getting to know each other and establishing a routine. We have been reviewing our math facts and reading some wonderful stories with characters that are in second grade just like us! I am very excited for all the wonderful things that your students will be learning this year!
Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings, including sweaters, sweatshirts, and vests. Money/checks sent to school should be put in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked on it as well as who and what the money is for.
Students must have an appropriate “just right” book at his/her desk for independent silent reading every day.
A water bottle may be sent to school to be kept at your child’s desk. We have a snack in the afternoon, so you may want to send something for your child to enjoy.
Please consider volunteering for recess/lunch time if you are available. Your help is greatly appreciated! Virtus training is required before coming in to volunteer for recess/lunch, or field trips. Please call the school office for future training dates.
Recess is 11:15-11:40 and Lunch is 11:45-12:05
Below are some important dates, a curriculum update, and our specials schedule.
We learned about the Holy Family and how Jesus is the Son of God. Also, the children learned about the Good News that Jesus spread to the world.
We have started Unit 1 in the Reading Street program. The first story is the Twins Club which is about two boys that explore different communities. This story aligns nicely with Unit 1 of our Social Studies program because the students are learning about urban, suburban, and rural communities. Further into the month of September, we will read another story titled Exploring Space with an Astronaut which describes the discoveries of space. Next, we will read a story about Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night which is about a family that goes camping and sees nature at its best. Lastly, we will read about Exploring the Desert which will teach children about the characteristics of the desert, and the plant and animal life that exist in this type of environment. In addition, this program has a phonics component so the children have been learning short and long vowel sounds, consonants, blends, and inflected endings.
Lastly, we have been practicing writing sentences and emphasizing that sentences are complete thoughts beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period. As we continue practicing the mechanics of writing, the students will be given daily assignments which will entail writing about the stories in the Reading Street program.
To access the weekly spelling words go to www.spellingcity.com
We are using the Math in Focus program which is a conceptual based program. We have been focusing on numbers to 1,000. The students will be able to understand place value, comparing and ordering numbers, and patterns. Also, we will continue to practice addition and subtraction facts by working on our Mad Minutes and when we visit the computer lab. Please encourage your child to practice math facts at home by using flashcards and if possible using some interactive math games on the following websites: ABCYA.com, mathplayground.com, and funbrain.com.
The children are learning about different communities such as rural, urban, and suburban areas. They will be able to identify the characteristics associated with each type of community. In addition, the students will learn about the reasons for different types of laws that govern communities.
Monday- Gym and Computer lab
Wednesday- Music and Computer lab
Friday – Spanish
All About Me!
This is my 2nd year at St. Bridget School, but my 9th year in education. I am certified and have a Master’s degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University. On a personal note, I am married and have two grown children. I enjoy spending time with my family and my Labrador retriever, Duke. Also, I love the outdoors. Some of the activities I enjoy include walking, biking, and swimming.