Mrs. McDonald’s Second Grade Newsletter
April is upon us and I hope that we will see some spring-like weather! Since Earth Day is in the month of April, the students have been working on endangered animal reports. The students are enjoying doing research for this project and they can’t wait to display their reports on the hallway bulletin board. We have discussed the importance of taking care of our planet in order to protect all God’s creatures.
Next, this is just a reminder that field trip permission slips and money is due by April 10th. Also, if you are interested in chaperoning for this field trip, please email me. Mrs. McKenna and I will be selecting one parent per classroom. Thank you!
The auction is April 13th and it will be a fun-filled evening! I hope to see many of you there.
Lastly, please continue to read my web page to see a summary of the curriculum and special dates for the month of April.
God Bless and happy spring,
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.
The children learned about Lent and the meaning of Holy week.
The theme for this month is How can we be responsible community members? We will be reading our main story called Carl the Complainer. The children will learn the questioning strategy, new vocabulary words, and additional reading strategies such as setting a purpose, making predictions, and finding evidence in the text. Lastly, we will continue to review adjectives, singular and plural nouns and verbs. Lastly, we will focus on prefixes: UN, RE, PRE, DIS, and suffixes: LY, FUL, ER, OR, and ISH. Daily the children will continue to work on word work and several activities to enhance their reading abilities.
The students will be completing the chapter on telling time. We will be having an assessment this month on time. After that, the children will be learning about fractions. They will be able to read, write, and identify one third, one fourth, and one half. Lastly, we constantly review skills during our morning work that I have previously taught in order to reinforce these concepts.
Also, the children have the opportunity to work on Xtramath in the computer lab twice a week. However, please continue to 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, Xtramath.com, and Dreambox.com. The students have their login information for Xtramath and Dream box in their planners.
For the month of April we are continuing to learn about conservation and ways to protect our environment. In addition, the students will be learning about producers, consumers, products and services. Lastly, we will be reading biographies about people that have made a significant difference in our world.
Monday- Gym and Computer lab
Tuesday- Library and Science
Thursday- Art and Science
Friday – Spanish
All About Me!
This is my 2nd year at St. Bridget School, but my 10th year in education. I have my certification and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. On a personal note, my husband and I have two grown children. My son is a junior at UConn and my daughter is a graduate with a degree in Vet Technology and presently working at a local animal emergency hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my Labrador Retrievers, Duke and Riley which are rescues from Louisiana. Also, I love the outdoors. Some of the activities I enjoy include walking, biking, and swimming.