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Welcome to Second Grade!
~Mrs. McKenna’s Class~
Happy November! We have many blessings to thank God for… not only at this special time of the year, but all year long! The children have worked on writing about things that they are grateful for in the form of prayers or poems – so please stop by to see their beautiful work on the Primary Wing bulletin board.
Thank you to our room parents and all parents who helped with the Halloween Parade and snack! It was a fun time and the children really enjoyed the festivities and special treats!
Of special note is our Veterans Day Prayer Service which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Please join us if you can for this beautiful prayer service that honors all veterans. You are welcome to send in a photo of a family member who is/was a veteran. If you do not have a photo readily available, then write the name(s) of family members who are or were veterans on paper and send it to school. The photos and names will be brought to the altar during the prayer service. Remember to write the veteran’s name and your child’s name on the back of the photo as the photos will be returned to you. Thank you and I hope that many of you can attend this prayer service.
Here are dates to keep in mind for the month of November:
Nov. 1 – All Saints Day Mass – 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 3 – Adoration from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Wolf Pack Game
Nov. 6-11 – Scholastic Book Fair (in the library)
Nov. 10 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 – Shoppers’ Delite – 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 – State of the School – 6:00 p.m.; HSA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Veterans Day Prayer Service – 10:00 a.m. in the church
Nov. 17 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Nov. 18 – Lyman Pie Pick Up (Fundraiser)
Nov. 21 – End of First Trimester
Nov. 22 – School Mass with Prayers for Thanksgiving – 9:00 a.m.; Early Dismissal at 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 23-24 – No School – Thanksgiving Recess
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! May God bless you with health and happiness always!
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 as well as the school office.
Students must have an appropriate, comfortable reading level book at his/her desk for independent silent reading every day. 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 time 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 are learning about The Ten Commandments and how God’s laws help us to love Him and others.
MATH – The students have begun a new chapter about using bar models to solve addition and subtraction problems. They should be doing DreamBox Math as often as possible. Student login information can be found in your child’s agenda pad. Please remember to have your child practice addition and subtraction facts every day!
READING – We continue to read interesting selections in our Reading Street series. The children have recently read a nonfiction story about products that have become scarce in the past. They’ve enjoyed a delightful play called The Bremen Town Musicians – ask your child about Bremen Town, and he/she will most likely tell you that “it’s the place to be!” Our next story is a folk tale from Mexico titled One Good Turn Deserves Another.
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!
WRITTEN LANGUAGE – Students practice writing complete sentences, keeping in mind that they must use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and the proper end mark. They have worked on writing prayers, poems, and a short paragraph.
CONVENTIONS – We’re learning about proper nouns, singular and plural forms of words, and irregular plurals (tooth/teeth)
SOCIAL STUDIES – The children have learned some geography concepts including studies about the seven continents and the oceans. They’re also learning about cities, states, and continents.
SCIENCE/HEALTH – The students are studying about major body organs. They have outlined life-size shapes of themselves onto Kraft paper and they will add major body organs to their figure.