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Welcome to Second Grade!
~Mrs. McKenna’s Class~
We celebrated a wonderful Catholic Schools Week at St. Bridget School! The Open House on Sunday, 1/28 was very successful with many families visiting our beautiful school. Thank you to parents and guests who made special winter-themed cards with our second grade students – it was a fun time for all and the cards were lovely! The cards were donated to local convalescent homes.
February may be a short month but it will be a busy one. Please read below for the calendar of events for February as well as a curriculum update for our second grade class. Remember that registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now in progress – so please make sure to register your child/children to secure a place for next year. Also, yearbooks are on sale and can be purchased by going to www.jostens.com. If you have questions about yearbooks, please contact email@example.com.
The St. Bridget School Auction is coming up soon – April 13th at Aqua Turf in Plantsville! Please plan on attending and/or supporting this major school fundraiser. Thank you!
Wishing you happiness and peace,
February Dates to Remember:
Feb. 1 – Presentation by Sister Francesca (Lower Wing) – 1:00 p.m.; Sister Jeanne d’Arc (Upper Wing) – 1:40 p.m.
Feb. 2 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 6 – Spirit Wear Day
Feb. 6 & 7 – Science Fair
Feb. 7 – Scholastic Book orders are due
Feb 8. – Dress Down Day for those students who participated in our Open House; Early Dismissal at 1:05 p.m. (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Feb. 9 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Early Dismissal at 1:05 p.m. (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Feb. 13 – NED Show – 9:15 a.m. Program for K-8 (Never give up/Encourage others/Do your best); Book Reports are due; Valentine snack and card exchange; HSA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
Feb. 15 – Stations of the Cross – 9:00 a.m.
Feb. 16 – Early Dismissal – 1:05 p.m. for Teacher Faith PD; Lenten Supper from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17 – Mother/Son Event – Harlem Globetrotters Game in Hartford
Feb. 19 & 20 – No School – Presidents’ Day
Feb 22 – Stations of the Cross – 9:00 a.m.
Feb. 23 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Lenten Supper – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 27 – Grade 4 Prayer Meditation – 9:00 a.m.; Classical Music Assembly – Lower Wing at 10:20 a.m. & Upper Wing at 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 28 – Dress Down Day for Make a Wish Foundation – Cost is $1.00
Please 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.
If there is any change in your child’s dismissal plan, then please contact me and the school office.
Students must have an appropriate and comfortable reading book at his/her desk for independent silent reading every day. Also, the reading log sheet should be filled in and initialed daily. Reading every day will help your child to become a better and more fluent reader. Reading with your child is the perfect way to share some special, quality time together!
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. A simple snack and a drink is allowed.
Please consider volunteering for recess/lunch time if you are available. Your help is greatly appreciated and the children love to see you! Virtus training is required before coming in to volunteer for recess/lunch or field trips. Please contact the school office for information about Virtus training dates.
Recess is 11:15-11:40 and Lunch is 11:45-12:05
RELIGION – We continue to learn about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Father Romans will visit our second grade classes soon to speak to the students about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
MATH – The students are learning about metric measurement of length. Then they will study about mass and measuring in kilograms and grams. Please note that students should be completing lessons in DreamBox Math as often as possible and they must practice addition and subtraction facts every day.
READING – We read and enjoy many interesting and varied selections in our Reading Street series. The children have recently read a biography about the fascinating life of George Washington Carver. They enjoyed learning about this brilliant man and his many inventions, so I am reading another biography book about him to the class. The new theme in our reading series is titled Our Changing World. One story is a fable about a frog who learns that change is a good thing! The next two selections are expository texts about the growth cycle of pumpkins and about soil. Our little gardeners will be all set to grow seeds in the springtime!
SPELLING – Students are learning patterned words each week as well as high frequency words and more challenging Amazing Words. They’re doing a great job learning the Amazing Words and expanding their vocabulary!
HANDWRITING – We are reviewing and maintaining neat, legible manuscript handwriting. Students are being reminded to use the four keys to legibility: size, shape, space, and slant of letters. They especially enjoy practicing writing their letters on the mini white boards! The children look forward to start learning how to write lowercase cursive letters!
WRITTEN LANGUAGE – Students are working on writing paragraphs, friendly letters, book reports, and even a letter to government leaders about Catholic education.
CONVENTIONS – We’re learning about different kinds of adjectives.
SCIENCE/HEALTH – The students have learned about the Scientific Method and participated in a science experiment about water absorption – A Walking Rainbow (cool stuff for our eager learners!). Their experiment, along with their observations and conclusions, will be part of our school’s annual Science Fair.
Monday – Library & Gym
Tuesday – Music & Social Studies
Wednesday – Spanish
Thursday – Social Studies
Friday – Art