It's already May!
This has been a quick, productive year for the students of 2nd Grade!
* become proficient students
* learned how to study
* practiced referencing text
* received two sacraments
* become good friends with classmates
* learned to trust each other in the learning environment
* understood that we must be reliable students & friends
* decided that all work required is possible when we concentrate & choose to learn well.
Please keep your student's mind & learning engaged throughout the summer break!
More things can be introduced, attempted, and learned during their 3rd grade year when skills are kept alive during summer.
Allow your child time to:
Work with math skills (basic facts expertise is KEY!)
Begin learning multiplication & division facts
Partake in artistic endeavors
Have rich conversations
Write letters, postcards during travel, journal summer activities, or compose stories (recall & write about the Saints!)
Things to have on hand for engaging summer thinking:
Pens, markers, colored pencils, drawing pencils
Glue, rulers, construction paper
Flashcards (+/- facts to 20; beginning multiplication & division)
Supplies for fun, small science discoveries (examples: bug habitat, magnifying glass)
The students have been a joy to work with during 2nd grade...it's a pleasure to see the ways they've grown in goodness, holiness, academic acuity, confidence, and size!
I wish you a restful, serene summer full of the right kind of laziness and with time for recollection of the wonderful things your children have accomplished and the amazing road ahead of them.
Congratulations to the 2nd graders of the school and parish for having made their 1st Confessions on Sunday, March 17th! It was a humbling and wonderful sight to witness. The students will be making monthly confessions now with Fr. Bernie, with the next one being on Wednesday, April 3rd.
The Church recommends monthly confession in order to maintain a heart & soul worthy of receiving Holy Communion. Please help your 2nd graders continue on in this beautiful habit during summertime!
Many thanks to Nichole Giefer and Sister Mary Rose for coordinating and facilitating our First Communion Retreat which will take place on Monday of Holy Week, April 15th, at the IHM Convent in Colwich! Thank you, too, to all of our drivers who will also assist during the retreat!
Please consider having your 2nd grader/First Communicant participate in the recessional of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday. It is a poignant and beautiful Triduum participation extended to them by Father Bernie.
First Holy Communion is @ 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 28th (Divine Mercy Sunday!). More information about this blessed and holy event will be coming home during the next couple of weeks.
It's nearly impossible to emphasize just how important generous experience and exposure to reading is for students. We routinely recommend that a variety of materials be available at home, as well as generous, routine provision of time for reading set aside in the home. Please also consider the continued importance of your reading aloud to your child(ren). Modeling fluent, expressive reading is known to influence a child's desire to read -and leads to increased fluency of their own!
Check out (and bookmark) the Literacy Connections site for ideas and inspiration!
2nd grade has found so much great success in math this year! It's exciting been an exciting phenomenon to witness.
Our wish list for skills -which means please practice at home!- is as follows:
Please, please, please also provide beginning experiences in multiplication (classified as repeated addition in our standards) -if you haven't already!- with your 2nd grader. You'll be SO glad and grateful for this head start once 3rd grade is under way.
It's February: a time of unique beauty, love, and the renewal of hope as Winter unfolds towards Spring. It's a good time to take a look @ your 2nd grader's PowerSchool account in order to apprise yourself of their standards progress in all subjects.
We will continue to learn about Jesus' mercy & forgiveness in this season of the Sacrament of Penance. We are steadfastly preparing our hearts and minds for First Confession on Sunday, March 17th, when we will welcome your children to an ever-deepening membership in the Church and within the Love of Christ!
Please commit to bringing your family to the Sacrament of Reconciliation once each month.
As we approach First Holy Communion we will continue to learn about Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, His teachings, and striving for a greater participation in the Mass. Please continue to listen to your children pray
the required prayers of 2nd grade -primarily the Act of Contrition, the Memorare, the Pledge to the Cross, the Morning Offering and the Hail Holy Queen. We will be assessing your 2nd grader's ability to say these prayers aloud, independently, during the next few weeks.
The students are very enthused with the work they encounter in math and I imagine they'll love the new challenges that the 2nd semester brings, too. We are about to work with three-digit addition and subtraction, with and without grouping to/from the hundreds. If you know that your 2nd grader has struggled with 2-digit regrouping please be extra-vigilant with 3-digit skills.
Please, please have the students continue to practice basic facts -to 20- and concentrate on both accuracy & speed! It's clear to see which students are dedicated to the required fact practice, as well as those who have soundly mastered them! Please continue to oversee some sort of fact practice -your student is at great disadvantage if they do not know facts to 20 on sight. The problem-solving that your child will be encountering will rest on a secure foundation if you ensure they're quick & correct with basic facts.
It is time, as well, to begin expanding your students' horizons to multiplication (which in the KCCRS is referred to @ 2nd grade as "repeated addition"). It's also imperative that practice with telling time & counting money be worked into your daily homework time, too.
February is full of good things:
Feb. 12-13: Conferences 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: The Feast of St. Valentine! Valentine's Party 2:45
Feb. 15: No School: Inservice
Feb. 18: President's Day- No School
March 17: First Confession-2nd Grade (Note coming soon!)
Welcome to 2019!
Now that we're well-rested it's time to begin the 2nd semester! We've got sooo much to accomplish with the time that remains in 2nd grade. Your students can probably tell you how often we've talked about the year going too fast based on our "Fridays List"!
Indoor recess ::: We welcome your donations of gently-used, complete games and activities for students to enjoy during indoor recess this winter!
Please make sure your students have all the proper and necessary warmth for our walks to Mass and for the recesses we will be able to spend outdoors.
We will review our work with 2-digit subtraction and discerning *when* to regroup (borrow) once we're back @ school and then we'll hit the ground running with 3-digit addition w/regrouping ones, tens, and ones AND tens ... and we'll tackle problem solving w/3-digit subtraction and regrouping in subtraction to the HUNDREDS!
Please find time for routine (and fun!) math practice @ home, via games, word problems, and fluency speed!
Religion ::: We are in the season of Sacraments! The 2nd graders will be making their First Confessions on Sunday, March 17th... please ensure this date is on your calendars! Towards this endeavor we are steadfastly working on our examinations of conscience, via the Ten Commandments, and growing in our understanding of contrition and God's vast mercy.
Students must be able to recite the Act of Contrition and the Memorare (for the penance prayer); please listen to your child recite these as practice @ home.
VBRD = Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline
Your 2nd grader may be able to recite for you this definition: "Virtues are holy habits which make us like God and lead us to Heaven," since this is a primary tenant of our work towards more virtuous operation in our classrooms this school year.
"A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good.
It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.
The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God." (CCC 1803).
Towards this endeavor we:
Stewardship ::: Do you regularly talk with your children regarding the ways in which your family celebrates stewardship? It's worthy to brainstorm among your family members what additional activities, kindnesses, and generosity you can incorporate in your day-to-day *giving back to God from the bounty of what He's given.*
Most second and third graders are able to read independently. The more they practice, the more fluent they become. At this stage, your child begins to focus in depth on the meaning of what she reads, and she uses reading as a way to help her learn many new vocabulary words and concepts. Second and third graders use writing and talking to help them further develop their understanding of the books and the concepts they are exploring at school and in the world. Although second and third graders can do much on their own, parents can still help them to develop as readers and writers simply by reading aloud, talking with them about the books they read, helping to set up a homework routine, and communicating with teachers.
Your second or third grader is becoming a more fluent, efficient, and skilled reader. With lots of practice reading, he recognizes more and more words instantly, and he begins to read with expression that approaches normal speech. As they become more proficient readers, second and third graders are able to think about the deeper meanings in stories, learn new vocabulary words through reading, and gather new information from books. As writing becomes easier for them, they begin to use it as a way to clarify and extend their understanding of what they read. Likewise, they use discussion to make meaning out of what they read.
Even though second and third graders read and write independently, parents can still help them develop their abilities through regular, daily activities. You can extend the "school" experience at home by establishing good homework habits, helping with homework only when needed, and reading what your child has written. In addition, you can read and talk about books that are not part of homework assignments together and take trips to the library to find books your child likes to read. Learn more ways to help your child become a more fluent and independent reader and use writing as a way to understand what he reads and observes in the world around him.
Please remember to contribute to the Lord's Diner Christmas project!
Thank you for joining with us in this important and worthy endeavor!
Dec. 3-7: card
Dec. 10-14: fruit
Dec. 17-19: candy
Dec. 19th/Christmas party: $5 gift
What makes this season magical to your family? These ideas focus on celebrating the spirit.
Who loves the month of October?! We all do!
It's a BUSY month...full of excitement and so many extra things to accomplish!
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Ask your 2nd grader about his/her current favorite saint! Just a few suggestions among the MANY we've learned about: St. Lucy, St. Augustine, his mother St. Monica, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Brother/Apostle-Saints Peter & Andrew, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Anne & Joachim, St. Paul and more! We make the time to learn about the Saints because we aspire to the Heavenly Kingdom that they've already reached!
From them we learn to be holy, obedient, and humble.
Ask your 2nd grader to attempt to list the 12 Apostles for you using the word "Baptism!"
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It will be SO good to visit with you during conferences! I enjoy talking with you about your students so much; working with them is such a joy & privilege.
There's always *work* for *home*
* Lexia can be used from home
* Other addition/subtraction facts drills & games at home (+/-) emphasizing SPEED and ACCURACY
* Beginning multiplication games/flashcards
* Vigilance regarding homework and weekly spelling word mastery
* Increasing student responsibility & accountability
* Students reading, reading, reading for A.R.!
We recite the The Act of Contrition at the end of each school day and the 2nd graders are joining in one by one to make a nice, full sound! Please make it routine to practice this prayer at home since it is the required prayer for the Sacrament of Confession; it is the excellent bedtime prayer. Please also make it a holy home habit to say The Memorare - this is the prayer Father assigns as penance!
We have begun learning the elements of examining conscience in order to make a good confession. Knowing the 10 Commandments is a primary assistance in the thorough examination of conscience. Your family can assist by sharing and discussing the Ten Commandments -and what they mean for your child(ren)- by sharing real examples of how each commandment is kept ... and broken.
Once again, please let us stress that your family must attend Mass each and every weekend, as per the 3rd Commandment.
The days of allowing your child to opt out of the Sunday obligation (barring illness) are coming to a conclusion. As Catholics we have chosen Baptism for our children, making them Children of God and members of the Church. In doing this we have committed them, along with ourselves, to the sacramental life. We must strive to be appropriate, consistent examples of practicing the Catholic faith for them...something we promised at their Baptisms.
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year & to 2nd grade!
I enjoyed meeting so many of you @ Open House on Sunday evening and I very much look forward to our first day of school on Thursday the 16th!
I am pleased to be teaching Religion and Math, as well as handwriting, for both 2nd grade classes this year.
If you'd like your child to get a jumpstart in Religion,
please begin the memorization process for
The Act of Contrition and the Memorare.
St. Peter will begin a basic math facts initiative K-8th this school year, lasting the entire school year,
in an effort to strengthen the basic calculating skills of our students.
I hope your student worked on a big head start towards this endeavor during the summer!
So for math I am pleading with you -along with every math teacher on the planet!- to please have your child practice @ home every evening with (and memorize) the basic addition and subtraction facts.
I cannot impress upon you enough just how much fact fluency aids ALL mathematics problems and procedures.
Remember that Wednesday, August 15th, is
The Feast of the Assumption
and is a Holy Day of Obligation!