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Welcome to Second Grade!
~Mrs. McKenna’s Class~
Happy Easter and Happy Spring! We are still having snow showers as I write this newsletter, but I do see flowers beginning to pop up here and there. Hopefully the warm weather will arrive soon – perhaps in time for our spring vacation!
The St. Bridget School Auction – Back to the 80’s – will be on April 13th at Aqua Turf in Plantsville! This is the school’s major fundraiser of the year. I hope to see many of you at the auction (with feathered hair, parachute pants, leg warmers or not) – but if you cannot attend, then remember that you can still bid on the SILENT auction items. Just go to the following website address: https://stbridgetschool.ejoinme.org/sbsauction2018 and click “Register as a Remote Bidder.” You will receive an email and then a text to the mobile bidding website on April 9. If you would like to bid on the LIVE auction items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org If you win an item, you will need to come to the school office to pick up your item. Good luck and have fun! Also, thank you so much to everyone who donated money or items for the auction or those who solicited ads or sponsors.
Another reminder… SBS yearbooks can still be ordered. If you’d like a 2017-2018 yearbook, then send in a check for $35.00 made out to St. Bridget School. Write on the envelope: Attention Mrs. Fitzpatrick (Grade 8 Teacher).
Wishing you and your families peace and happiness,
April 1 – Happy Easter!
April 2 – No School – Easter Monday
April 3 – Spirit Wear Day!
April 6 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
April 7 – Robotics Competition beginning at 9:00 a.m.
April 10 – Casual Photo Day; Easter Prayer Meditation presented by K-Grade 2 – 9:00 a.m. in church; Elder Care Talk hosted by the Franciscan Life Center – 6:00 p.m.; HSA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
April 11 – Grade 2 Field Trip Permission Forms and payment are due
April 12 – Pep Rally – 2:15 p.m.
April 13 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; SBS Auction – 6:00 p.m. – Aqua Turf in Plantsville; Scholastic Book orders are due (extended date)
April 16 – 20 – Spring Vacation – No School
April 22 – Earth Day
April 25 – IOWA Tests begin for Grades 3 – 7
April 27 – School Mass – 9:00 a.m.; Adoration from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
April 30 – NYC Trip for Band Students
May 9 – Grade 2 Field Trip to the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington
May 15 – May Crowning of the Blessed Mother – 9:30 a.m. in church (Grade 3 Prayer Service) – Beautiful…do come!
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 level 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.
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 that we are sent out into the world to share God’s peace and love.
MATH – The students are completing their work with time – using both analog and digital clocks and they have worked on elapsed time problems. Our next topic of study will be fractions. Please remember that students should be completing lessons in DreamBox Math as often as possible and they must practice addition and subtraction facts every day.
READING – The children read and enjoy many interesting and varied selections in our Reading Street series. They have recently read a realistic fiction story (Carl the Complainer) about how two boys made a change in their town by writing a petition and presenting it before the Town Council. The next few stories teach the students about the meaning and importance of responsibility: Bad Dog, Dodger, Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores, and The Signmaker’s Assistant.
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 are excited to learn how to write more lowercase cursive letters!
WRITTEN LANGUAGE – Students are working on writing paragraphs about spring, friendly letters, and cards of cheer.
CONVENTIONS – We’re learning about different kinds of pronouns and how to use the words I and me properly in speaking and in writing.
SCIENCE/HEALTH – The students have completed their study about sound. They have learned about soil, parts of plants, how plants grow, and we are preparing to plant seeds!
Monday – Library & Gym
Tuesday – Music & Social Studies
Wednesday – Spanish
Thursday – Social Studies
Friday – Art