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Mrs. Meghan Kellam, Second Grade

Hello! My name is Meghan Kellam. This is my 13th year here at St. John Fisher, and I'm excited to be working with your child in 2nd grade this year. A few facts about me are, I attended St. Bernadette grammar school, Mother McAuley High School & I graduated from St. Xavier University. My husband Bob and I are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Bobby & Maeve. In my free time, I love being with my family & friends.  My favorite Chicago teams are the Cubs, Hawks & Bears. My favorite places to shop are Target & Amazon.  I feel so lucky to work at such an amazing school. I look forward to getting to know each of your children. We're going to have a terrific year!

Week of March 18th

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Happy (almost) Spring!  I hope everyone had a good time yesterday at the parade!  We’ll be working on lots of things this week in class.  In english, we are going to start learning about pronouns.  The 15 spelling words are far, farm, art, park, car, part, dark, star, hard, arm, cold, grow, most, move, & near.  I’m asking the students to print their words 3 times, and do the last one in cursive.  Our two reading stories this week are “Splash” and “The Jellyfish.”  On Wednesday, students should read “Jellyfish” for homework.  Please sign the planner after the story has been aloud.   In math, we began chapter 8 on measuring this week.  I sent home a paper ruler for the kids to keep at home & use for homework.  In social studies, we will compare the lives of various Native American groups.  We continue our magnet unit in science this week as well.  Finally, our new chapter in religion is “We Listen to God’s Word.”  Students may wear a touch of red tomorrow in honor of St. Joseph.  Happy Spring!  Enjoy the week ahead!!

Mrs. Kellam

 

Week of March 11th

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Here is what we are learning this week.  In english, we’ll be reviewing parts of speech and grammar.  There will be a DOL quiz on Friday.  Our 15 spelling words are:  he’s, what’s, don’t, I’m, that’s, doesn’t, there’s, she’s, isn’t, here’s, course, hear, things, which, and years.  The two reading stories are “A True Boating Family” and “Riding the Ferry with Captain Cruz.”  Students will read “Captain Cruz” for homework on Wednesday for homework.  The kids are doing really well with their AR’s.  Keep up the good work!!  Today, we completed our last math lesson on am/pm.  We will review on Tuesday and Wednesday; the chapter test is this Thursday.  In science, we will do an experiment with magnets, by making predictions, and testing our guesses.  We will also be making a project about magnets.  Today, we began learning about our country long ago.  We learned the unit vocabulary, and we’ll focus on different Native American tribes this week.  In religion, we are going back to our workbooks “Blessed Are We.”  We continue learning about God’s creations this week.  Have a great week!  Pray for nice weather for the SS Irish Parade this weekend!  Enjoy!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of March 4th

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

Happy 3rd Trimester!  We are in the last third of the school year.  It’s hard to believe!!  As usual, we are working hard in class.  Here’s what we’re up to…  In english, we will be taking our chapter 7 test on adjectives this Thursday.  Look for the study guide and their book for review.  The 15 spelling words are how, count, cow, clown, house, town, loud, now, ouch, down, behind, only, sure, upon & word.  4 x each is homework, and we’ll have our test Friday.  Today, I sent home a letter about AR expectations for the rest of the year.  This morning we spend time going over the letter, answering questions, and discussing what it means.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  The two stories we’re reading from our book are “Two Lunches at the Mill” and “Going to Town.”  Wednesday night students are asked to read “Going to Town” for homework.  Today was our last lesson on money, in math class; our focus will shift to telling time.  Again, any extra practice on these two topics at home is greatly appreciated!!!  The kids are doing great so far!  The focus for religion this week is Lent and Ash Wednesday.  We will be going to mass Wednesday during school to receive ashes.  Wednesday is also special lunch AND report cards will be going home.  Please sign and return the envelope.  The report card is yours to keep.  I’m really proud of how hard all of the kids have been working!  I’m also so proud of how far they’ve come since those first couple days in August!  I know they’ll continue working just as hard the last couple months of school.  Don’t forget that Sunday is also Daylight Savings Time, move your clocks forward one hour!  Longer days and warmer temperatures are ahead!!  Have a good week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of February 25th

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Happy (almost) March!  It’s hard to believe we are 2/3 through the school year!  This year has flown by!  In english we’ll have a DOL quiz this Friday, and the adjective test has been pushed back to next week.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  put, want, many, out, saw, who, off, any, from, her, began, Earth, ever, remember, & try.  Our two reading stories this week are “Space Dreams” and “Man on the Moon.”  Students should read “Man on the Moon” Wednesday for homework.  All February ARs need to be completed by Thursday.  In math, we will continue working with counting money.  Children are doing a really great job.  I’ve been encouraging them to keep practicing at home.  Thank you for all your help.  There will be a short quiz on Wednesday on counting money.  In social studies, we are almost done with chapter 4.  The test will be on Friday.  Look for the book and study guide this week.  In religion, we’ll wrap up our unit on Reconciliation!!  Wednesday is the BIG DAY!  Please arrive a couple minutes before 6:30.  A couple notes for the week ahead:  Tomorrow, pick up and dismissal will be under the bridge by the full time preschool.  Our school is a polling place, so we need to switch drop off and pick up, just for one day!  Special Lunch forms are due this Wednesday.  Finally, the 2nd trimester ends on Friday!  I am so happy to see the students’ hard work paying off.  A big thanks to all of you for everything you do at home to help prepare your child for school each and every day.  You all have bright, creative, kind & wonderful kids!!!  Report cards will be going home next week.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a nice week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of February 19th

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  Here is a look at the week ahead…In english, we will continue our chapter on adjectives.  I’m planning the chapter test for one day next week.  I’ll keep you posted.  In spelling, we have a review unit.  The 10 words are:  joyful, looked, days, sly, hood, being, weeks, frame, void & stoop.  4x each is homework, and our test is Friday.  In reading this week, we will be working on paired passages.  We’ll be learning all about our teeth!  This week in math, we will begin our chapter on money & time.  Any extra practice at home counting coins would be appreciated.  Today, we worked on an activity using fake money and a poem.  I had the kids make one for school that we’ll keep with us in class to use.  In social studies, we will continue learning about our local government, and how we vote for leaders.  We should finish the chapter this week and be ready one day next week for the test.  Stay tuned for details.  In science, we are still learning about magnets.  Finally, Reconciliation remains the topic in our Religion class!!  Only 8 days until the BIG DAY!  I think that is all for now.  Enjoy the 4 day week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of Febrary 11th

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Here is what we’re working on in 214…In english class, we’ll begin learning about adjectives.  We have 15 spelling words this week.  They are:   wood, took, too, noon, good, root, book, boot, wool, food, family, finally, morning, paper, really.  4 x each is homework and the test will be Friday.  Our reading stories for the week are:  “Yawning Dawn” and “Missing:  One Stuffed Rabbit.”   Children should read “Missing: One Stuffed Rabbit” on Wednesday for homework.  Today, we finished the chapter on 3 digit subtraction.  We will spend the next 2 days reviewing, and have our math test on Thursday.  Looking ahead, our next chapter we’ll be learning about is focused on money and time.  In social studies, we will read about Thurgood Marshall, and learn how we vote for leaders.  We’ll continue our science unit on magnets, and focus on Reconciliation the next couple weeks in religion class.  Thursday is Valentine’s Day.  If students bring in $2, they can dress down.  All money collected will benefit the Special Olympics.  Children can also bring in a card & wrapped treat to share with their friends.  We have 21 children in our class.  The Six Flags reading sheets are due February 20th.  Keep reading!!  Finally, there is no school on Monday in honor of President’s Day!! Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

Happy Monday!  We survived the polar vortex!!  Hooray for warmer temperatures today!  Thank you for all your extra help at home Wednesday and Thursday working with your children on their assignments.  We have a busy, full week ahead of us.  We will be catching up on some of our lessons from last week because of the cold days off and the field trip on Friday.  In english class, we’ll be working on an opinion paper about our favorite winter activity.  There will also be a DOL quiz on Friday.  Our 15 spelling words are walked, looking, planted, asked, jumping, filled, talking, needed, spelling, played, able, early, own, story, & thought.  4 x each is homework, and the test is Friday.  In reading, we will read “Paul Goes to the Ball” and “The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding.”  The homework story Wednesday is “The Rooster....”  This week in math, we are working on 3 digit subtraction.  We will be working later in the week on regrouping more than once.  Any extra practice at home would be great!!  There will be a very short quiz tomorrow on 3 digit addition.  We should be ready for the chapter test at the end of next week.  We will be back to science this week, learning all about magnets!  In social studies, we will identify different functions of our government and learn about Illinois state facts.  We will continue preparing for Reconciliation in religion class.  The SOAR team will be taking donations all week for the Ronald McDonald House.  Thank you so much for being so generous.  This Wednesday is special lunch.  I think that is all for now!  Feel free to contact me with any questions.  Have a terrific week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  It was so nice to see so many of you yesterday at church and Open House.  THANK YOU so much for coming, and all you do to help make SJF a Catholic community like no other.  There are many “events” and fun things planned this week.  We’ll still be learning & working hard in class and at home.  We are taking our chapter test this Thursday on verbs.  The book & study will go home tomorrow to help the children prepare.  Our 15 spelling words for the week are birds, boxes, eggs, glasses, boats, dishes, boys, foxes, girls, wishes, large, wash, ready, says, & today.  4 x each is homework, and our regular test is on Friday.  Our 2 reading stories are “Treasure Pie” and “Bruno the Baker.”  The homework story this week is “Bruno the Baker.”  Children are asked to read this story out loud.  Thursday is the last day to complete January Accelerated Reading requirements.  Please make sure your child is reading 20 minutes each night at home.  This week in math, we will focus on 3 digit addition.  I plan to have a short quiz on Thursday.  Keep practicing those facts at home!!  I often talk to the kids about logging into Reflex at least 1 or 2 times a week.  We will keep on learning all about Reconciliation in our Making Things Right books. 

I have lots of notes and reminders for the week:  Here is a rundown of the activities planned for Catholic Schools Week.  Today we worked on a fun STEM project with our prayer partners.  Tomorrow, SJF is hosting a small indoor carnival for the kids to enjoy.  Thursday, the St. Rita band will be performing for us.  Friday is our field trip to Disney on Ice.  Look for a note today with important information about this fun day!  Our SOAR team is collecting food for the Ronald McDonald house.  We will be taking donations up until Monday, February 4th.  The 2nd grade was asked to bring in applesauce or fruit cups.  Just a quick note about the Six Flags reading sheets…those are due no later than February 20th.  If they are completed before that, children can turn them in anytime.  If you haven’t already seen the email from Mrs. Nash, our school will be closed on Wednesday.  We are however, having an at home/e-learning day.  There will be specific assignments students will be asked to complete at their house.  I will explain this with the kids and go over the expectations tomorrow.  It’s going to be a busy & fun week.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  STAY SAFE & WARM!!!


Mrs. Kellam

Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Happy snowy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend, despite the snow!  We are very busy this week.  Here’s what we have planned…In english, we will continue our chapter on verbs.  There is a test scheduled in about 2 weeks.  I will keep you posted on details.  We’ll also have our 7th d.o.l. quiz on Friday.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  fly, clean, sleep, free, grade, drive, train, tree, please, slow, ago, better, head, idea & still.  4 x each is homework tonight, and the test will be Friday.  Our two reading stories this week are “Hear the Cheers” and “The Great Ball Game”.  Students will read “Hear the Cheers” Wednesday for homework.  Keep up the good work with Accelerated Reading.  4 AR quizzes need to be passed by the end of the month.  In math, we finished chapter 5 today.  We’ll spend the next couple days reviewing and doing practice problems; the test will be Thursday this week.  The book, flashcards and a study guide will be going home to help prepare the students.  This week in social studies, we will begin chapter 4.  In religion class we’ll finish our chapter on creation and also begin working in our new books “Making Things Right.”  This book will help the children to prepare for their First Reconciliation.  Also, if you have the date of your son or daughter’s Baptism, please write that down for them, so they can put it in their books.  This week, we will begin learning how to write in cursive!!  We will cover only the lower case letters.  Finally, all permission slips and money for Disney on Ice are due Friday.  If you have volunteered to chaperone, you must have completed ALL the VIRTUS requirements.  We are only allowed to bring parents who are in compliance.  Ms. Redmond can assist you, if you have a question.  Thank you for your understanding.  I think that’s it for now.  Bundle up out there!!!  Have a great week! 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

HAPPY 2019!  Welcome back to school.  I hope you all had a nice, relaxing Christmas & New Year!!  As expected, the kids (and myself) are a bit sleepy.  But we managed.  Here is what we are up to in 214.  Today, we began a new chapter in english; verbs.  The 10 spelling words this week are:  boat, sheet, sack, spy, tea, ray, mask, lime, gold, & jail.  4 x each is homework tonight, and there will be a test Friday.  Our reading for the week will focus on paired passages.  We’re reading about “Winter Fun” and “The First Month.” Just a friendly reminder that each student will need 4 AR quizzes passed for the month of January.  The Accelerated Reading does figure into the final reading grade.  In math, we are continuing chapter 5; 2 digit subtraction.  There will be a short quiz Wednesday on subtraction, with and without regrouping.  Keep up the good work practicing Reflex at home!  In social studies, we will finish chapter 3 this week, and have our test on Friday.  Look for the hard cover, and a study guide this week.  In religion, we will begin chapter 9 “We Learn About God’s Love.”  Our focus will be the story of creation and all things God has created. 

A couple notes for the upcoming week…We’d like to welcome 2 new special people to room 214!  Today, our student teacher Ms. Camila officially began her 6 week student teaching assignment with us.   We’re really excited to have her here.  Also, a new student joined our class today too.  The students were very welcoming and excited to have him!  If you have not turned in picture money, please bring that in ASAP.  Special lunch is this Wednesday!  Also, the new year is a good time to replenish and stock up on school supplies.  Crayons, pencils and erasers often get lost and worn down.  If you are at Target or the dollar store, maybe grab a couple extra supplies if your child needs them.  Speaking of new years…Mrs. Nash and a very talented group of students created a beautiful mural in the main hall over break!  Be sure to ask your children about “Being the nice kid.”  We’ve discussed how this is a wonderful way to kick off 2019 with this resolution!  Finally, I’d like to say THANK YOU for the very generous class gift that you all gave for Christmas.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated : )   Have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of December 17th

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Christmas is in the air!!  We will be working hard the rest of this week before break begins.  There are concerts, plays and practices for mass that will keep us very busy.  We'll do our best to stay focused and have fun!  The 15 spelling words are cook, sick, cave, kiss, rock, cake, kick, lock, look, luck, beautiful, become, even, great, & together.  4x each is homework, and there will be a test on Friday.  The two reading stories this week are “A Good Laugh for Cookie” and “Moonbear’s Pet.”  Students should read “Moonbear’s Pet” on Wednesday night for homework.  Just a reminder that this is the last week for December AR quizzes.  Please check with me or your child if you are unsure how many quizzes have been taken & passed.  In math, we will continue working on 2 digit subtraction.  We’ve been working really hard on this in class and at home.  This can be tricky, but I keep telling the kids they will all be math experts before you know it!  We'll have a short quiz on Wednesday using a number line to subtract, and subtracting 2 digit numbers with and without regrouping.  With all our fun interruptions, and activities this week, we’ll continue working on what we can get to with social studies, and science.  We have a bunch of notes and reminders this week…First of all, our lockdown drill this morning went really well!  The kids did a great job, and were so well behaved!!  Thursday, children are invited to wear ugly sweaters, or any festive Christmas clothes.  Friday, milk and cookies will be passed out to those who ordered them.  If children did not order milk and cookies, they can bring a drink and a small snack or treat Friday.  We will have our prayer service at 11:30, and dismiss at 12:30.  If needed, children may bring a light snack or lunch to hold them over until they can eat at home.  Also, children should wear their Sunday best on Friday.  I hope you all are able to spend the holidays with your family and friends and have time to relax!!  Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year!!!  Hope to see you at Christmas Eve Mass.

Mrs. Kellam

Week of December 10th

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  We have a full week ahead of us and we’re keeping busy in class.  We will start writing an opinion paper this week in english. The spelling words this week are:  old, know, road, cold, grow, hold, low, told, own, coat, bring, brought, next, picture, & read.  Our two reading stories this week are “Four Clues For Chee” and “Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game.”  Students will read “Cam Jansen” on Wednesday night for homework.  Just a reminder that 3 AR quizzes need to be passed by next Friday for their December requirement.  In math, we started chapter 5; 2 digit subtraction today.  We’ll learn about how people can earn, spend and save money in social studies.  Also, we are discussing needs vs. wants.  In religion, we will continue learning about Advent, and practice for our Christmas Eve performance.  Please make sure your child has their paper each day.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Enjoy the week ahead!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of December 3rd

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Happy Monday!  Christmas is in the air!  Listening to the kids’ stories today, it seems that most of you have started or even finished your decorating!  Christmas will be here before you know it.  As far as school goes, we will be very busy this week.  The 15 spelling words are:  my, try, mile, cry, fry, nice, by, sky, fine, dry, across, best, either, sometimes & toward.  The unit test will be Thursday.  Our two reading stories this week are “New Best Friend” and “Wanted:  Best Friend.”  Wednesday night, students should read “Wanted:  Best Friend” for homework.  Keep up the good work with reading & taking AR quizzes.  The kids are doing great!  For the month of December, students will need to pass 3 AR quizzes.  In math, we began the chapter review today.  We’ll finish tomorrow and test on Wednesday.  In social studies, we will continue learning about “Working Together.”  This week in religion, we will continue to discuss Advent & we’ll begin practicing for the Christmas Eve Mass.  We also started a “kindness calendar” last week in school.  Students are asked to do one nice deed or act of kindness to prepare our minds and hearts for Christmas.  Just a couple notes…Children are more than welcome to login to RAZ or Reflex at home for extra practice in reading and math.  I remind them often, they need parent permission first before logging in!  Wednesday is special lunch at school, and Friday, we have a religious in service meeting, NO SCHOOL for the kiddos!  I am lucky to work in a wonderful school, with amazing parents and THE BEST students ever!  Thank you so much for your kindness and support!  I hope you have a good week.  Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!  The kids are a bit sleepy today after all those days off (and the unexpended snow day yesterday!) Back to work though in room 214!  Here is what we’ll be working on… Our 15 spelling words this week are:  sea, week, eat, beef, neat, need, seat, seem, read, seen, children, high, city, room & place.  4 x each is homework tonight.  The two reading stories this week are “The Storykeeper” and “People People Everywhere”.  Children will read “People People Everywhere” on Wednesday for homework.  Can you believe December is almost here?  Please check with your child, or myself and make sure their November AR requirement is completed by Friday.  In math, we will work on filling in a bar model to solve problems, writing equations to solve problems, and finding sums for 3 and 4 addends.  We’ll review for the chapter test, which I’m thinking will be next Wednesday.  Stay tuned for details.  In social studies we will begin chapter 3 “Working Together.”  We continue learning all about animals in science class.  In religion, we will finish chapter 8 this week, and also, we will be discussing Advent the next couple weeks.  As we move forward the next 2/3 of the school year, the children will be working more independently.  A lot of what we’ve done in the first trimester was done together, and I’m looking to see more independence in the children with their school work.  I talked with most of you on parent teacher conferences about our student teacher Ms. Sublewski who will be officially starting in January.  She wrote a letter introducing herself and discussing a video lesson she needs to have completed.  If you haven’t already turned in that letter, can you sign and return it this week?  Finally, just a reminder about snow boots…students should bring a change of shoes if they wear snow boots to school.  They will be allowed to wear their boots to and from school, but not in the building.  Thanks so much for your help!  Have a GREAT week!

Mrs. Kellam

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 20, 2018

It was so nice to see so many moms and dads yesterday at conferences.  Thank you so much for coming.  You all have smart, funny, and beautiful children that I am thankful to teach every day.  This year, I am especially thankful for ALL our first responders, men and women, who risk their lives each day to protect us!  Special prayers for the victims and their families of yesterday’s attack at Mercy Hospital.  May they rest in peace.  Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! 

 

A Police Officer's Prayer: Author Unknown


Oh Almighty God,
Whose Great Power and Eternal Wisdom Embraces the Universe,
Watch Over All Policemen and Law Enforcement Officers.
Protect Them from Harm in the Performance of Their Duty to Stop Crime, Robberies, Riots, and Violence.
We Pray,
Help Them Keep Our Streets and Homes Safe Day and Night.
We Recommend Them to Your Loving Care Because Their Duty is Dangerous.
Grant Them Your Unending Strength and Courage in Their Daily Assignments.
Dear God,
Protect These Brave Men and Women,
Grant Them Your Almighty Protection,
Unite Them Safely with Their Families After Duty Has Ended.

Amen.

Week of November 12th

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Welcome to the first day of the 2nd Trimester.  Time flies when you’re having fun!  Report cards are going home on Wednesday.  Please take a minute to review your son or daughter’s accomplishments this past trimester.  I know how hard they are trying, and I am proud of all their hard work.  Please sign the envelope & return it on Thursday.  The report card is yours to keep.  Here is what we’re doing in class:  we will finish our Thanksgiving papers this week in english class.  The 15 spelling words are:  safe, day, rain, say, play, ate, stay, save, may, wait, been, friends, show, since, & those.  In reading, we have 2 stories from our reading book.  “How I Beat the Giants” and “Play Ball.”  Children should read “Play Ball” out loud Wednesday night for homework.  Keep up the good work with AR’s!!  It’s important that children read everyday so they don’t fall too far behind on their AR requirements.  This week we continue 2 digit addition with and without regrouping.  Practicing a couple problems each night and reviewing the steps will be helpful.  There will be a short quiz on Wednesday.  I will have a 3 minute timed addition and subtraction fact sheet one day this week as well.  In science, we will learn about reptiles, amphibians, and fish (OH MY!)  In religion, we will explore ways we say we are sorry.  A couple notes…Conferences are scheduled for next week.  You should have your date and time already confirmed.  If you have a question, just let me know!  I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you!  There will be half days on both Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I’m thankful to have the opportunity to teach your children each day.  Enjoy time with your family & loved ones. 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

We’ve survived Halloween, and are moving forward these last 2 ½ weeks before Thanksgiving break.  Here is what we will be working on this week:  In english, we’ll be working on a Thanksgiving writing project.  We will also have our 4th DOL quiz on Friday.  The 10 spelling words this week are review words.  They are:  cove, dead, sung, hate, salt, grip, tank, hall, flap & ink.  We will not be working in our reading book this week, instead we are reading fiction and nonfiction paired passages.  Your child should continue to read each night.  15-20 minutes is suggested for 2nd grade.  Four AR quizzes are due at the end of the month with a score of 70% or higher.  In math, we are working on adding 2 digit numbers.  This week we are learning different strategies to do that.  Feel free allow your kids to login to Reflex at home.  This online program is designed to help improve the speed and fluency of basic math facts.  It’s very important that children learn to memorize and become fluent in these facts.  In social studies we will finish chapter 2 and will test Friday.  Look for the hard cover book along with a study guide this week.  We continue studying animals in science class.  In religion we are going to finish chapter 7, which we didn’t get a chance to finish last week.  On Friday, we celebrate Veteran’s Day.  This is not a day off for us, but we will be discussing the importance of this holiday in class.  Please remember to pray for all the men and women who serve and have served our country.  You are welcome to join us at 1:15 for a prayer service Friday.  Also, if children bring in a donation, they may be out of uniform in red, white and blue.  All money collected will be donated to “Honor Flight Chicago.”  Thanks, as always, for your support!  Can you believe the first trimester officially ends on Friday?  Report cards will be going home next Wednesday.  Finally, I’d like to thank Mrs. Erwinski, Mrs. Nowicki, and Mrs. Curran for coordinating such a FUN Halloween party last week!  The kids has such a good time!  Hope you all have a good week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Happy Halloween week!!  Halloween is such a fun day for the kids! Students may come in costume and bring a treat Wednesday.  (No masks or weapons please.)  We will have a little party at the end of the day Wednesday.  Our room mom & helpers will be coordinating.  Here’s what we’re working on in class:  In english, we are working in our grammar book and language arts books. The 15 spelling words this week are:  cute, wave, robe, late, mule, tape, joke, fire, pipe, base, call, enough, full, heard & until.  The two reading stories this week are “Spiders Up Close” and “Anansi and the Talking Melon.”  Wednesday, is the last day to complete October AR’s.  Keep reading everyday!!  Starting on Thursday, the kids will need to complete 4 AR quizzes in November, just like October.  We will finish our math chapter tomorrow, and test on Friday.  Look for the study guide, flashcards and the workbook to go home.  This week in science, we will learn all about animals and their babies.  In social studies, we will identify ways people can conserve, and replenish natural resources.  We’ll also discuss how we can practice conservation by protecting the land, water, plants & animals.  I’m planning the chapter 2 social studies test for next Thursday or Friday.  In religion, we begin chapter 7 “We Think About Our Choices.”  Children will explore the concept of responsibility, understand the origin of the 10 Commandments, learn about venial & mortal sins, and learn about examining our conscience.  On Thursday, we’ll celebrate All Saints Day at 1:00 mass.  All are welcome!  Finally, don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday for Daylight Savings.  Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!  Have a happy & safe Halloween!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  As usual, we will be busy this week in class.  We have finished our english chapter on nouns.  We’ll spend the next two days reviewing, and the test will be on Thursday.  There will also be a DOL quiz on Friday.  The 15 spelling words this week are give, come, does, done, been, head, some, live, have, said, animals, before, between, knew, & why.  4 x each is homework tonight.  The two reading stories this week are “The Old Gollywampus” and “Snakes.”  The homework story Wednesday night is “Snakes”.  Don’t forget that there are only 7 school days left in October.  Students must have passed 4 AR quizzes for this month.  The children know how many they have done so far.  Also, you can check out Mrs. Keller's blog for more information on how to review your child's progress.  (If you have books at home and would like to see if they are quizzes, you can look them up at arbookfind.com.  The kids asked me to post this information on my blog.)  We are getting better each week with our SLAM questions.  The focus for now, is restating the question in the answer.  We will continue to practice each week.  In math, we are still mastering and becoming fluent in our facts!  All of our class has a subscription for math Relfex.  Children have their user name and password in their planner.  They are encouraged to log in and practice at home.  We do have ipads checked out periodically to work on Reflex in school.  This week in math class we will have a short quiz tomorrow on the first 6 lessons of this chapter.  Later in the week, we’ll work with bar models, and writing number sentences to solve problems.  In social studies we are learning about producers and consumers, and how products go from a natural resource to a finished product.  Chapter 6 will be our focus in religion this week.  AND in case you forgot…next Wednesday is Halloween.  Such an exciting time around here!!  Kids may wear their costume & bring a treat.  No masks or weapons please.  We have 20 goblins in our class : ) If you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

We are moving right along this week.  In english, we continue to work on nouns.  We will learn about how to write titles and dates (Mr. Mrs. Dr…), discuss compound words, and write more exact nouns.  Next week, we will review for the test, which will be Thursday OR Friday.  The 15 spelling words this week are wink, sing, sink, king, long, ring, hang, bank, wing, drink, almost, another, around, food & under.  4 x each is homework tonight.  The two reading stories this week are “Furry Mouse” and “Two Mice”.  The homework story Wednesday night is “Two Mice”.  Don’t forget that students must have passed 4 AR quizzes for this month.  We are exactly ½ way done with October.  Each week, I will write in the student planner how many quizzes have been passed.  There are also parent login instructions on Mrs. Keller’s blog so you can track your child’s progress at home.  I will be taking a grade for AR.  If students pass 4 or more, they will earn 40/40.  If they pass only 3 quizzes, they will have 30/40 for the month, and so on.  In math, we are working on addition facts, making a 10 to add, adding 3 addends, and how to relate addition and subtraction facts.  Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful.  Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Magician online are just some examples of how to practice.  I hope to finish plants this week in science.  In social studies we will discuss where Native Americans lived, how they built their shelters and survived.  We will also compare similarities and differences among families in different communities. In religion, we’ll finish up chapter 5 and begin chapter 6 “We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness.”  We’ll introduce the parts of Reconciliation, hear about how Jesus forgave a sinner, and learn how to ask for forgiveness, and make up with people we have hurt.  A few notes for the week…Tomorrow is picture day!  Wear your Sunday best.  Thank to those of you who have turned in their baby bottles and collected change.  Those are due on Friday.  Finally, we have our first official mass introducing the second graders as First Communicants on Sunday.  Hope to see you at 10 am mass!!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a nice LONG weekend.  Back to work here in 214.  As usual, we have many things planned this week.  In english we continue to work on nouns.  This week, we will learn about special nouns that need capital letters, adding s or es to nouns and irregular plurals.  I have a DOL quiz planned for this Friday.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  flat, glass, plant, dress, front, bring, grass, glad, clap, class, because, carry, don’t, goes & whole.  4 x each is homework.  The test is on Friday.  The two reading stories this week are “Eye Spy” and “Seeing”.  Children will read “Seeing” tomorrow for homework.  Please sign the planner after your child has read aloud.  We are already a week and a half into October.  Children are loving the AR program and doing a terrific job!!  I think that encouraging kids to take one quiz a week is a good pace to stay on.  That way, students won’t fall behind.  If your child has completed their requirements for the month, they’ll have 40/40 posted in Power School.  Remember, the library is open most days before and after school to take quizzes.  In math, we finished our review today.  The chapter 2 test is tomorrow.  Be sure to go over the flashcards, study guide and the student workbook.  We’re learning all about landforms, and bodies of water this week in social studies.  In science, we’ll continue learning about the parts of a plant.  Today, we began chapter 5 in religion class “Choosing Good.”  We’ll hear the story of the forgiving father, learn about sin, our conscience, and read about St. Paula Frassinetti.  Please look for an important letter about a special mass we are hosting on October 21st at 10:00 am.  We would love to have all the second graders in attendance.  Finally, we are sending home baby bottles today.  We are collecting money for victims of Domestic Violence.  Any help is appreciated!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Happy October!!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  We are very busy this week in class.  Here is what we’ll be working on…in english class, we are just about finished with our narrative papers.  We will also begin learning all about nouns.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  chalk, fall, wall, talk, ball, walk, small, tall, call, all, keep, new, mother, myself and warm.  4 x each is homework and the test will be Friday.  Today, also kicks off Accelerated Reading!!  The kids are welcome to take AR quizzes in the library before or after school, or in my classroom during reading or inside recess.  Bookadventure.com is a great FREE site that kids can take practice quizzes on.  You will need to set up a user name & password first. Also, arbookfind.com is a nice site to bookmark if you are checking to see if books are on the AR list.  Friday, we went over a practice quiz and discussed these two sites.  Just a reminder that students must take & pass 4 quizzes each month – 70% or higher.  This will be counted each month in their final reading grade.  It’s a good idea to bring the book they are quizzing on so they can search the site for their book.  (This saves us on time searching for which book they read.)  This week in math, we will be doing mental math adding 10 more, 10 less, and 100 more and 100 less, we’ll learn about number patterns, solve word problems and practice greater than, less than and equal to.  On Friday and Tuesday, we will review chapter 2 in class.  Look for the book and flashcards to go home on Tuesday.  Please go over the practice test we complete together in class.  This will be VERY similar to the test.  I'm planning the test for next Wednesday.  In social studies, we will begin chapter 2 “Our Earth.”  We’ll learn the chapter vocabulary, cause and effect, and identify landforms and bodies of water.  In science we continue studying living things.  In religion, we’ll begin chapter 4, “We Praise and Thank God.”  We’ll learn all about King David, and his prayers of praise and thanks.  We will also look at the psalms and how we say and sing them in church.  Thursday is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.  We’ll be discussing him as well.  A couple notes & reminders…Wednesday, is our 1st special lunch of the year.  Also, there is no school Monday in honor of Columbus Day! 

Enjoy the week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 24th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Happy Fall, ya'll!! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Here's a look at the week ahead. In english class, we will be working on a narrative paper on our favorite vacation all week. We will also have our first DOL quiz on Friday. Look for a homework paper and note tomorrow. Our spelling unit this week is a review unit. We will only have 10 words. The words are: fond, belt, silk, moss, nap, yell, spun, gill, mad and mug. Homework is 4 x each and our test is Friday. We are taking a break from our reading book this week and instead we will be doing paired texts passages. The accelerated reading program kicks off next week. Students are required to pass 4 tests each month (70% or higher.) Students can take quizzes before or after school in the library, or in our room during reading class. The kids are really excited about this. Reading each and every night will help your child prepare. I will be taking a grade each month for AR. If students pass 4 tests in a month, they will earn 40/40. If they only pass 3 tests, their score will be 30/40 and so on...Bookadventure.com is a great FREE site where kids can take practice tests. In math this week, we'll be discussing the value of digits, names for numbers, different forms of numbers and drawing models of numbers. On Wednesday there will be a SHORT quiz on these concepts. Tomorrow we will finish our first chapter in social studies. The book and a study guide will be going home Wednesday & Thursday. The test is this Friday. We did not begin science last week, but we will this week. Needs of living things is the topic. In Religion we started "Our Church Shows Us How to Live." We will learn about how saints teach us how to follow Jesus & how we are called to be good & holy. Two reminders for the week...Friday there will be a pep rally to cheer on our SJF teams. Kids may be out of uniform in SJF gear. Finally, students are expected to be in regular uniform next week (long pants & jumpers should be worn October - April.) Have a wonderful week!! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Happy Monday!  We were all moving a bit slow after such a fun weekend at Fisher Fest!  Hope you all had a great time.  In english, we will begin working in our language arts and grammar books this week.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  jug, mud, just, hunt, club, drum, jump, dust, rub, cup, house, took, never, these & off.  4 x each is homework tonight.  Our two reading stories this week are “House Repair” and “The Surprise.”  The homework story Wednesday is “The Surprise.”  Please sign the planner Wednesday after your child has read the story aloud.  In math, we began chapter two today.  This week, we’ll group tens as hundreds, write numbers in different ways, and write hundreds, tens and ones.  In social studies, we’re learning how communities change over time, compare urban, rural & suburban communities & discuss the life of Henrietta King.  We MIGHT be ready for the chapter test next week.  Stay tuned for details.  This week, we will also begin learning about living things in science class. Finally, in religion, we will start “Our Church Shows Us How to Live.” 

Please look for important information about being VIRTUS trained in your child’s folder today.  Also, I sent home a yellow highlights sheet for you to look over.  If you could sign and return it, I would appreciate it!

I hope you all have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Happy Monday!  The excitement is in the air.  Fisher Fest in COMING!  We are going to do our best to stay focused this week.  In english, we have finished our chapter on sentences.  Our first test will be this Wednesday.  We will review in class together and go over the material.  Look for the hard cover book and a study guide tomorrow.  The 15 spelling words this week are:  dog, doll, stop, cot, log, fog, spot, pond, nod, lot, should, their, very, through, & would.  4 x each is homework, and our weekly test will be on Thursday.  Practicing the words each night helps prepare the kids for the test.  Our reading stories this week are “Green Leaf Club News” and “Three Little Bikers.”  Please sign the planner Wednesday after your child has read the story aloud.  In math, we continue discussing number patters.  Today, we will finish the last lesson of the chapter and the test will be Thursday.  The test will cover even & odd numbers, drawing pictures to show an amount, the value of digits, counting by 100’s, 10’s, 5’s and 1’s, and a couple word problems.  Reviewing the homework papers at home will help the children prepare.  There will be a review paper going home on Wednesday, along with the flashcards and the workbook.  The chapter review is very similar to the test.  The format is the same, and the questions are almost identical.  We always do our review pages in class together.  In social studies, we will learn about diversity in communities, how to read a map, and discuss how communities change over time.  In religion, are finishing our chapter on Baptism.  This week, we’ll hear the scripture story of Peter and Cornelius.  Thank you all so much for your really generous donations for our school project!  I’m happy to say we did an amazing job & surpassed our $60 goal.  The children may be out of uniform tomorrow in red, white or blue attire.  Just another reminder about homework club…if you think your child would benefit from attending homework club, send me a note or email.  Spots are filling up!  Finally, in case you forgot, there is NO SCHOOL Friday!!!  Pray for good weather & enjoy the fest!  Hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Mrs. Kellam 

September 4th

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend!  Here’s what we’ll be working on in room 214.  In english we will discuss subjects and predicates, using capital letters and ending marks, and words about places (beach, valley, mountain...).  I’m planning a test for possibly next Wednesday.  Stay tuned.  Our 15 spelling words this week are hit, fill, will, wind, miss, milk, win, hill, bit, fit, clean, many, use, work & world.  4 x each is the homework tonight, and the test will be on Friday.  The children are working on their printing (using the dotted lines for lower case letters, and using capital letters appropriately.)  The two reading stories this week are “The Workers” and “Tools”.  The homework story tomorrow is “Tools”.  Please sign the planner after your child has read the story aloud.  We’ll also have another SLAM question this week focusing on restating the question in a complete answer.  The weekly vocabulary/comprehension quiz is Friday.  We have been working really hard together in class on this math chapter.  I appreciate you working with your child at home as well.  This week, we will write numbers different ways, use a chart to solve a problem, and work on hundred charts.  I’m hoping to have the chapter test next Thursday.  Again, stay tuned for details.  Children should expect math homework most nights.  I usually do not give homework over the weekend.  In social studies, we will explain how rules can be made and changed by voting, and identify people who model good citizenship.  This week in religion, we begin chapter 2 “Baptism.”  Students are invited to bring in aritifacts or pictures from their Baptism this week. 

Some notes and reminders:  First of all, it was so nice seeing all of you at Open House.  I met some new people, and caught up with some parents I already know.  I’m really excited about this year, and I’m looking forward to working with you and your child.  Tomorrow, we will practice a bus evacuation on the school parking lot.  Our first all school mass is Friday at 1:00.  All are welcome.  Lastly, I update PowerSchool often.  (At least once a week.)  Be sure to check in to see how your child is doing.  If you have forgotten the user name or password, please contact Mrs. Maxwell.  She can help with that.  I think that’s it for now.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Happy Monday!!! A detailed welcome back letter was posted on my blog last week.  Please read over the letter & if you have any questions let me know.  I do post a blog every Monday, so you can be aware of what we are working on each week.   We’ve been working really hard and learning the routines here in 214.  We’re off to a great start!  Here is what we’ll be working on this week.  Our first chapter in english discusses being good listeners and speakers, and also the four types of sentences.  This week, we’ll discuss commands, exclamations, & word order in sentences.  We have 15 spelling words this week:  send, bell, well, help, fell, went, spell, next, tell, end, live, made, people, taste, & your.  4 x each is homework tonight.  We have 10 words that come from our spelling book, and 5 words that come from the reading stories each week.  4 x each is homework every Monday, unless we don’t have school, then we’ll do it Tuesday.  Our spellings tests are each Friday.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong.  Each week, in reading class, we will be reading two stories.  This week, we are reading “The Wobbly People in Ellen’s Blockhouse” and “Poppleton and the Grapefruit.”  The reading book will go home once a week, usually Wednesday night, for the students to read a story for homework.  The homework story is always the second story.  I’d ask that you please sign the planner after your child has read the story out loud.  This Wednesday’s story to read aloud is “Poppleton”.  Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points.  Along with our weekly quizzes, we will also be doing 1 extended response question.  The children and I will be doing these together for a while.  You will start to see the acronym SLAM.  Last week, the quiz children did was practice and did not count for a grade.  I will be grading this week’s quiz.  Accelerated Reading will begin in October.  More details to follow.  Your child should also be reading 15 minutes each night as part of their daily homework.   In math, we are learning about number concepts.  Children should expect to have homework at least 4 nights a week.  The homework will reflect that day’s lesson.  The kids are off to a good start so far, but I’ve seen some problems being skipped & backwards numbers.  Those will be marked wrong.  I have gone over this with the kids & will continue to remind them to check & double check their work.  Students should be practicing their addition & subtraction facts too.  In the first trimester, students should be fluent in facts up to 12.  One day this week, we’ll have our 3 minute timed test on addition and subtraction facts.  In social studies, we are learning about “Where We Live” (Chapter 1).  We will be going over our vocabulary words, & learning about context clues, and living in a neighborhood.  In religion class, we started chapter one last week.  “Our Church Welcomes Us.”  We’ll finish that up this week.  A couple reminders…Thursday is Open House for our class.  There will be a presentation in church at 6:30, followed by a short in class presentation in our room.  There is a paper going home tonight with specific details.  Please stop in our room to say hi & see what we’re working on!   We do collect box tops, so feel free to send those in too.  Our Junior High has a homework club that meets twice a week, to help students in need.  If you think your child would benefit from this, send me a note or email.  Homework club will begin late September.  Finally, we do not have school Monday in honor of Labor Day!  I hope you have a wonderful week.  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.  I’m looking forward to a great year with you and your child!! 

Mrs. Kellam

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

August 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year for your second grader at St. John Fisher School!  We are looking forward to a great year of learning with your child.  There are a few things we would like to go over with you concerning the curriculum, classroom rules, and homework policy.   After reading this letter, please fill out the form at the end and return it as soon as possible.

Religion

Besides our regular religion series, the children will be studying two sacraments this year.  The first is Reconciliation and the second is First Holy Communion which is scheduled for May 4, 2019.  Both of these sacraments are very important days in the life of your child and we look forward to preparing your child for them.  You will be given more information about these two special days as it becomes available.  Please encourage your child to attend Mass regularly as part of their preparation for the reception of these two sacraments.

English Language Arts

In addition to our emphasis on English grammar we will be using Common Core Progress for English Language Arts which incorporates the four core standards of Language Arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening.   Students will be presented with both fiction and nonfiction selections to compare and contrast and to respond orally and in writing using extended response answers.

Reading

The reading series is divided into different themes and the stories are entire selections from popular children’s authors. There are weekly comprehension tests and extended response questions (SLAM) based on that week’s story.   Your child will bring the textbook home once a week so that they can review the story several times to prepare for the test.  Beginning in October, we will start the Accelerated Reading Program.  A monthly grade will be recorded for Accelerated Reading.  More details to follow.

Spelling

There will be a weekly spelling test based on that week’s unit as well as an additional 5 challenge words from the reading story.  Students will write down their spelling words in their planner each Monday at school.  On Monday nights, students will have 4 x each for homework.  It would be helpful to give a practice test each week at home.  Words will be marked wrong if they are misspelled, if the letter is formed incorrectly, or if capitals letters are used inappropriately.

 

Science and Social Studies

The science curriculum includes the study of plants and animals, matter, ecosystems, and the earth’s place in the universe.  In social studies we will be studying communities, developing map skills, learning about local, state, and federal governments, and discussing early American history.

Math

Our math series is Go Math.  The series is based on the common core standards and has many different on-line features for students and parents to access at home.  We will be sending home login passwords so that you can access these features at home.   One component is a nightly homework assignment.   An emphasis will be placed on explaining how student’s got their answer not just the computation.

Handwriting

Manuscript writing will be reviewed during the first trimester.  Cursive writing will be taught after Christmas.  We will be covering the lower case letters only.

Our lunch is the second lunch period.  It is scheduled from 11:00 – 11:20.

Our special schedule is:

Monday - Computer (Mrs. Maxwell)

Tuesday - Music (Mrs. Lenz)

Wednesday -  Mass

Thursday -  Art / Library  (Mrs. Newman / Mrs. Keller)

Friday - Gym (Mr. Pirkle)

Classroom Procedures

 

The classroom procedures have been explained and are reviewed regularly. If a child misbehaves

or misses a homework assignment they will miss 5 minutes of recess.

 

Homework

 

The homework assignments your child brings home each night are an important part of his/her

education. Homework provides students with opportunities to develop good study habits and

practice new skills. If a child does not turn in their homework, they will receive a homework slip and miss 5 minutes of recess that day.  Three or more missing assignments per trimester will be noted on the report card.  Please see the Parent Student Handbook regarding make up work, extended absences, etc.  We will allow the student time when he/she returns to school to complete the missed assignments, tests, and homework.

 

Please check the student planner daily. We will check them daily to make sure assignments are written down. Encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes each night. Please make sure your child has adequate supplies at all times. Pencils and crayons wear down, break and get lost. They need to be replaced often.

 

Finally, if your child is absent please phone the office that morning and send a note explaining the absence when he/she returns to school. Also, if your child would like to bring a treat on his/her birthday feel free to send one.

 

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning with your child. If you have any

questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Thank you for your

cooperation.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Karen Ade                        Mrs. Meghan Kellam                Ms. Mary Broncato

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