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Mrs. Meghan Kellam, Second Grade

Hello! My name is Meghan Kellam. This is my 16th 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 three beautiful children-Bobby, Maeve & Shea!! In my free time, I love being with my family & friends.  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 January 18th

Posted on Jan 18, 2022

Hello Parents!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had a nice, long weekend.  We have a short, but busy week ahead.  We will continue working on verbs in english this week.  Our 12 spelling words are:  hens, eggs, ducks, bikes, boxes, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes, and grapes.  4 x each is homework, and the test will be on Friday.  “Wild Weather” is the reading story this week.  This is a narrative, nonfiction text.  Our reading strategy is to focus on making inferences.  Students are asked to read the story Wednesday night for homework.  The weekly quiz will be Friday.  Today, we began chapter 6 in math.  Chapter 6 is an extension of chapter 5.  We will be working on 3 digit addition and subtraction problems.  Please continue to encourage fact fluency at home using flashcards, or Reflex.  In science we’ll learn about differences between a fox and wolf.  Natural resources and bar graphs will be covered in social studies this week.  Reconciliation remains the focus in religion class this week as well. 

Have an awesome week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of January 10th

Posted on Jan 10, 2022

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a wonderful break. Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful Christmas presents. You are all so kind, and I appreciate it so much! I wish nothing but happiness and health for you and your family in the New Year. We are heading back into the swing of things here in second grade! Here is what we have planned:

In english, we will be learning all about verbs. Our reading story this week is called, “Who are Government Leaders?” The genre is informational text and the purpose is to summarize the text using our own words. Students will read the story on Wednesday for homework, and the quiz will be on Friday. Please be sure to sign the planner on Wednesday night. Our 12 spelling words this week are: meet, meat, week, weak, mane, main, tail, tale, be, bee, too, two. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Because these are homophones, knowing each definition is required too.  Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!  We will finish working on 2-digit subtraction this week in math. We will work on problem solving, writing equations, and solving multiple step problems. We will spend class time on Thursday reviewing. The book, study guide, and flashcards will come home with your child to study with. Our Chapter 5 test will be on Friday.  This week, we will learn about natural resources, crops, and how to read a bar graph in social studies.  We will examine the differences between a fox and wolf this week in science.  Our religion lessons are focused around Reconciliation and getting our hearts and minds ready.  We will continue working in our Making Things Right book.  Don’t forget our big day is just two weeks away on Wednesday, January 26th!  Today, we started cursive writing.  The kids are really excited to begin learning to read & write in cursive. Just a reminder, that tomorrow is special lunch!  Finally, Monday is Martin Luther King Day, we DO NOT have school!  Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of December 13th

Posted on Dec 13, 2021

Happy Monday!  6 ½ days left!  I was reminded first thing today about how many wake ups we had!  Hang in there, we can do it!  We’ll be busy this week continuing our fun Christmas themed activities and lessons.  Here is what we have planned…In english this week, the students will be writing an opinion paper.  We will also review common and proper nouns.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  night, kind, spy, child, knife, find, right, high, write, climb, sign, sigh.  Homework tonight is 4x each and the test is Friday.  The reading story for the week is “Wilma Rudolph, Against All Odds.”  This story is a biography, and we will focus on synthesizing - putting ideas in our mind to find out what the text really means.  Practicing 2 digit subtraction with and without regrouping will keep us busy this week in math.  There will be a short mid chapter check quiz on Thursday.  Keep on practicing those facts!!  We are working on becoming masters with our math facts.  Fluency is the goal!!  In science, we learn about how some flowers can make fruit.  This week, we will identify the differences between producers and consumers, and learn about our ancestors in social studies.  This week, our 2nd graders will be busy practicing for the Christmas Eve Gospel.  We will also learn about the first Christmas.  As Fr. Ken said today in mass “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  Just one reminder-if you are interested in ordering milk and cookies, those forms are due tomorrow.  Have an awesome week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Christmas Eve

Posted on Dec 08, 2021

Dear Parent of a Second Grader,

          We are excited to invite the second graders to participate in the Christmas Eve procession and gospel re-enactment for the parish 4:00 Christmas Eve mass. The children’s procession and presentation of the gospel story is always a beautiful experience and adds to the joy of the celebration.

          This mass can be crowded. If you have other plans for your Christmas mass please do not change your plans. If, however, your child is available we would welcome his or her participation.

          The children should arrive between 3:15 and 3:30 on Christmas Eve and meet in room 112, Mrs. Rech’s classroom.  We ask the children to wear their "Sunday best."  

Please return this form by Monday, December 13, 2021 to school so we will know who is available. Thank you for your help.

 

                             Sincerely,

                  

 

Ms. Chermak        Mrs. Nash      Mrs. Kellam       Ms. Surin

 

Christmas Eve Mass     4:00 p.m.

 

_____ My child will attend the 4:00 p.m. mass, and is available to participate.

 

 

_____ My child is unavailable to participate.

 

_________________________                 _________________________       

Child’s name and room number                            Your signature

 

Please return this form to school by Monday, December 13, 2021.  Thank you.

Week of December 6th

Posted on Dec 06, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Here’s a look at the week ahead:  This week in english, we will review nouns and sentence structure and practice our writing skills. Our reading story this week is called, “Going Places.” The genre is fantasy, and the focus skill is to ask questions before, during, and after we read. Students will read the story on Wednesday for homework, and the quiz will be on Friday. Please be sure to sign the planner on Wednesday night. Our 12 spelling words this week are own, most, soap, float, both, know, loan, goat, flow, loaf, throw, and roast. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!  We will be starting Ch. 5 on 2-digit subtraction. We will practice using a number line to subtract, and model and practice regrouping in subtraction.  Our social studies lessons will focus on what an ancestor, consumer, producer and natural resource is.  We will continue learning about different parts of a plant and how some flowers make fruit.  In religion, we will continue learning about Advent, and this Wednesday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception during mass at 1:00.  All are welcome!!  Just a reminder that tomorrow is Pop's Special Lunch.  

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 29th

Posted on Nov 29, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We have so much to be thankful for!!  Let the Christmas countdown begin!  This week we will be working on sentence structure, and writing in ELA.  Our 12 spelling words are free, teach, teeth, please, each, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, sheep, meaning, and weave.  4 x each is homework tonight, and the test is on Friday.  Our reading story this week is “If the Shoe Fits.”  We will be comparing two versions of “Cinderella” in class.  The focus skill is to make connections.  We have 2 more math lessons to finish this week.  Our test will be on Friday.  Knowing math facts, and being fluent is an important part of this chapter and the next chapter as well.  I’m encouraging the kids to keep practicing at home.  This week in science, we will be learning about different parts of a plant and why flowers need pollen.  Our social studies lessons will focus on comparing different types of communities.  Today, in religion, we will be discussing Advent.  Just a reminder, on Wednesday, students will dismiss at 1:00, and have a regular lunch period.  Also, special lunch forms are due Wednesday.  Have an awesome week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 22nd

Posted on Nov 22, 2021

Happy Monday!

We have a short 2 days in school this week.  Just a reminder, both days are full days, and we are off Wednesday-Friday.  We have lessons and activities to keep us busy in all subjects.  Tomorrow, there is a 1:00 prayer service in church.  All are welcome!  I hope you all enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  I'm very thankful for all of you and your wonderful children!!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Love, 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 15th

Posted on Nov 15, 2021

Happy Monday! I can’t believe the end of the trimester is tomorrow! I am so proud of everyone’s hard work this trimester. Report cards will be going home on Friday, November 19th. Please sign and return the envelope. If your child missed picture day, make up day is this Thursday, November 18th! Here’s a look at the week ahead:  In english, we will continue working on sentence structure and writing. Our reading story this week is “A Crow, a Lion, and a Mouse! Oh, My!” Our genre is drama, and our focus skill will be to create mental images to help us understand details in the text. Students will read the story on Wednesday for homework, and the quiz will be on Friday. Please be sure to sign the planner on Wednesday night. Our 12 spelling words this week are: pay, wait, paint, train, pail, clay, tray, plain, stain, hay, gray, and away. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!  In math, we will continue Ch. 4 in math. We will have a short quiz tomorrow on 2 digit addition in class. We will spend the week practicing and rewriting 2 digit addition and problem solving.  We will continue talking about Ch. 2, “Our Earth.” We will discuss where people live and the difference between a consumer and producer in social studies.  We will finish learning about how seeds turn into trees and work on a project in science class.  In religion we will start Ch. 6, “We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness."  

Have a great week!

Week of October 8th

Posted on Nov 08, 2021

I hope everyone had a wonderful fall weekend!  Next week is already the end of the first trimester!  The kids have been doing so well.  I’m proud of how hard they’re working!  Keep up the good work!  Here is what we have planned this week:  In english, we will continue working on sentences structure, and writing.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, and trick.  4 x each is homework tonight, and our test is Friday.  The reading story this week is “How to Read a Story.”  This week’s focus skill is inferences.  We will use clues in the text and pictures to help us understand what the author is trying to say.  We started chapter 4 today in math.  We will be working on 2 digit addition this week.  Our science focus this week will continue to be how seeds grow.  In religion we will finish chapter 5 on making good choices.  A couple reminders for the week-Thursday is Veteran’s Day.  Students may wear a touch of red, white or blue with their uniform.  We will also have a prayer service.  If you’d like to donate to Pro Labore Dei, 2nd graders are asked to bring in a large box of instant mashed potatoes.  Donations are due Wednesday.  Enjoy the beautiful fall week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 1st

Posted on Nov 01, 2021

Happy November!  I can’t believe it’s already November! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween weekend!  I had so much fun listening to all the fun activities and stories about the weekend!  This is what we'll be working on in class this week...in English, we will review nouns and work on writing skills. Our reading story this week is “Pepita the Bully.” The genre is realistic fiction, and our focus skill will be to retell the story using our own words. Students will read the story on Wednesday for homework, and the quiz will be on Friday. Please be sure to sign the planner on Wednesday night. Our 12 spelling words this week are: dish, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, white, while, these, and flash. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!  In math, we will be finishing chapter 3 early this week. Our test is scheduled for Friday. The chapter review, book, and flashcards will be coming home to help your child study.  We will begin talking about Ch. 2, “Our Earth" in social studies. We will talk about geography and the different kinds of landforms.  In science, we will learn about how tiny seeds turn into giant trees.  In religion, we will talk about choosing good, the forgiving Father, and Saul changing his life.  Today, we celebrated All Saints Day at church.  Tomorrow is All Soul's Day!  Don’t forget that Barraco’s special lunch is tomorrow! There will be a 1:00pm dismissal this Wednesday, November 3rd. Also, this weekend is Daylight Savings.  Turn your clock back one hour!!!  Yahoo!  Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!  Have an awesome week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 25th

Posted on Oct 25, 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I cannot believe October is almost over!!!  We’re doing our best in class, and learning so much.  I’m proud of how hard the students are working!  Keep up the good work.  Here is a look at what we’ll be doing this week:  We will finish our english chapter on nouns tomorrow, and test Thursday.  The hard cover book and a study guide will be going home.  The 12 spelling words this week are full, dress, mess, add, hill, pull, spill, class, doll, kiss, fell and off.  4 x each is homework, and our test is Friday.  The reading story this week is “Gingerbread for Liberty.”  The genre is a biography and our focus skill will be to find important ideas in the text by synthesizing.  Addition and subtraction facts keep us busy in math this week!  There will be a short mid chapter quiz tomorrow.  We will discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin in science this week.  In religion, we are finishing Psalms and King David.  Just a reminder that special lunch forms are due Wednesday this week!  And in case you forgot…Halloween is SUNDAY!  AHHHH!  Children are able to dress in costume (no weapons please) and bring a wrapped treat for their classmates.  We have 20 goblins in our class!  HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Enjoy the week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 18th

Posted on Oct 18, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. This week is safety week at SJF! We are going to be talking about, and practicing emergency drills with the students all week long. Here is what we'll be working on in class:  In english, we will continue to learn more about nouns. The reading story this week is called, “The Big Red Lollipop.” The genre is realistic fiction, and the purpose is to stop and reread when we don’t understand something in the text. Students will read the story on Wednesday for homework, and the quiz will be on Friday. Please be sure to sign the planner on Wednesday night. Our 12 spelling words this week are: next, end, camp, sank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, stamp, pond, bring. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!  In math, we will start chapter 3 on basic facts and relationships. We will use double facts, practice addition facts, make a ten to add, and add 3 addends together. We will finish our last lesson in social studies and discuss how our country is a part of our world. We will take a few days to review for our first chapter test. Our test is penciled in for Thursday. The study guide and book will be sent home Tuesday and Wednesday night to help your child prepare for the test.  This week in science, we will look at the life cycle of a pumpkin.  We will continue to talk about King David and the psalms he wrote in religion this week.  Friday is Autism Awareness Day. Students should bring in $1 and wear blue, this is an out of uniform day. Also, there is an all school mass on Friday at 1:00, all are welcome! Finally, don't forget to grab an out of uniform ticket when you attend weekend masses. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 12th

Posted on Oct 12, 2021

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great 4 day weekend!! Thank you so much for taking the time to meet last week.  Please know you can reach out any time with any questions or concerns. Your children are doing such a wonderful job so far.  I’m proud of all their hard work.  Here’s a look at what we’ll be doing this short week:  In english, we will begin learning about nouns.  Our 12 spelling words this week are – spill, glad, grass, swat, plate, list, fast, skate, drip, glow, nest, and stuck.  Homework tonight is 4 x each.  The reading story this week is “The Puddle Puzzle.”  The genre is a drama (play) and the focus skill is to ask questions.  We will look for evidence in the text and pictures to answer questions.  Children will read the story Wednesday for homework, and the quiz is Friday.  Please be sure to sign the planner tomorrow night.  In math, we will draw quick pictures to solve problems, and compare numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to.  Our chapter 2 test is scheduled for Friday.  Look for the practice test to come home on Thursday.  We will locate communities, states and countries on a map, and a globe in social studies.  Our first chapter test is scheduled for next week.  Stay tuned for details.  In religion, we will finish the chapter on saints, and begin “We Praise and Thank God.”  Children will hear about King David and the psalms he wrote.  Don’t forget to grab an out of uniform ticket when you attend mass over the weekend! Please have your child bring the ticket to school.  Enjoy the week ahead!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 4th

Posted on Oct 04, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. I am looking forward to speaking with you at parent teacher conferences this week. Special lunch is tomorrow, and picture day too.  I can’t wait to see the kids all dressed up! :)  Don’t forget Thursday is a half day with a 12:00 dismissal. There will be no lunch on Thursday, so please pack your child a snack. REMINDER:  There is no school on Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 11th. Enjoy the four day weekend! Make sure to grab an out of uniform ticket when you attend mass on the weekends! Please have your child bring the ticket to school.

Here’s a look at what we’ll be doing this short week:  We will be spending ELA class time reviewing sentences. In reading, our focus will be on small group instruction. There will be no reading quiz this week.  Our 12 spelling words this week are: space, globe, grade, swim, place, last, test, skin, drag, glide, just, and stove. 4x each should be completed for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Thursday! In math, we will work on different ways to show numbers, counting on and back by 10 and 100, and number patterns.  We will learn about three different types of cities —urban, suburb, and rural. We will also talk about our state and country in our social studies class.  We will continue to learn about caterpillars and butterflies.  Finally, in religion we will continue working through Ch. 3. We will talk about how the church teaches us to be good and holy.  Enjoy the week!!

Mrs. Kellam

 

Week of September 27th

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

Hello Parents!  I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and the beautiful weather.  We are busy this week learning, praying and working together.  Here is what we have planned this week:  We finished chapter 1 in ELA.  We will have our first english test on Thursday.  We will be spending class time preparing for the test, and also children will take home their book and study guides Tuesday and Wednesday.  The 12 spelling words for the week are:  tap, tape, fin, fine, cut, cute, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid, & slide.  Homework tonight is 4 x each and the test in on Friday.  The reading story this week is “The Great Fuzz Frenzy.”  The focus skill this week is to make connections.  Students should try to make connections by finding ways the text is like their life or like something they’ve read.  In math, we are writing hundreds, tens and ones different ways, finding the value of a digit, write numbers using words, and we will draw quick pictures to represent numbers.  There will be a short mid chapter check quiz on Friday.  Our science lessons this week will focus on caterpillars and butterflies.  In social studies, we continue learning about our community.  We will talk about diversity in communities, how can we locate places on a map, and identify ways communities change.  In religion, we will discuss ways we can bring God’s light to others.  I think that is all for now!  Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 20th

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Homecoming weekend. We had some tired Falcons today!  I’m sure they’ll all be early to bed tonight! ;) We will be busy here in class.  Here is what we’ll be working on…In ELA, we will discuss subjects and predicates some more, review beginning and ending sentences, and discuss words about places. Our story this week in reading is called, "Many Kinds of Matter.” The genre is informational text, and our purpose is to make inferences about things the author does not say. Students will bring the text home on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Thursday this week.  Our 12 spelling words this week are: doze, nose, use, rose, pole, close, June, woke, rule, rode, role, tune. 4x each is for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Thursday this week.  Today in math class, we began Ch. 2, “Numbers to 1,000.” We will talk about grouping tens as hundreds, exploring 3-digit numbers, and modeling 3-digit numbers. In social studies, we will continue working through Unit 1. We will learn about problem solving, communities, reading a city map, and how a community changes.  We will finish learning about kangaroos and start learning about how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  We will start Chapter 2 “Baptism.” We will talk about ways to bring God’s light to others.  A couple reminders for this week:  Please reach out and let me know if you are having trouble logging into PowerSchool.  Wednesday is a dress down day for childhood cancer. Please bring $1 or more and wear gold! Don’t forget that there is no school for students on Friday, September 24th. Enjoy the long weekend! 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 13th

Posted on Sep 13, 2021

Week of September 13th

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  We’re still hanging on to summer!  Thank goodness for A/C to keep us cool while we continue working hard in class.  Here is what we will be learning this week…in english, we will learn about word order in sentences, subjects and predicates.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, race, line, pile and rake.  4 x each is homework tonight.  We did this in class the past two weeks, so the children should know how to do it.  Our test is on Friday.  The reading story this week is “Picture Day Perfection.”  The genre is realistic fiction, and the focus skill this week is to create mental images to help us understand details in the text.  We worked on counting patterns today in math class, which was the last lesson of chapter 1.  We will take time in class to review for our test, which will either be Thursday or Friday.  Children will be sent home with their practice test, math book and vocabulary cards to help them study for the test.  The practice test is almost identical to the actual test.  This will help the children prepare.  We will continue learning about life cycles and animals is science this week.  In social studies, we will continue with Chapter 1 learning about context clues & picture clues, and how people obey rules and laws in their school and community.  In religion, we will finish up chapter 1 and recognize ways that we are the People of God. 

This Saturday is Homecoming!  There are some fun events and dress down days planned this week.  Wake up Wednesday!  Wear your pjs today.  Theme Thursday!  Homeroom theme, TBD.  Falcon Friday!  Wear any Falcon spirit wear or SJF jersey.  GO FALCONS!!  I am looking forward to seeing you tonight for Back to School Night.  The evening begins at 6:30 in the church.  Have a terrific week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 7th

Posted on Sep 08, 2021

Hello Parents!  Happy Tuesday.  I hope everyone had a wonderful, long, weekend.  We are officially are back in the swing of things.  The kids are doing so well learning the routines, and following the rules.  I have been enjoying getting to know your children. We have been having so much fun learning, praying and working together! We have a short week ahead of us, but we are BUSY!  Here is a look at our week...

In english, we are learning about different types of sentences, and correct word order in sentences. Our reading story this week is "Spoon.” The genre is fantasy, and our purpose is to stop and reread when we do not understand something in the text. Students are asked to read the story out loud on Wednesday for homework, and have an adult sign their planner as well.  The weekly quiz, will be given on Friday.  Our 12 spelling words this week are: yes, job, hug, rest, frog, hum, left, melt, plum, shut, net, dot. Make sure to practice the words, and study for the test on Friday.  In math, we continue with chapter 1 “Number Concepts.“ Our focus has been on even and odd numbers and how to write a number in different ways.  Last week, we began Unit 1, “Where We Live,” in social studies. Our science focus will be life cycles and why a kangaroo carries its baby in its pouch.  In religion class, we will be looking at chapter 1, “Our Church Welcomes Us.” We will talk about what it means to be a part of a church community and why we are called People of God. 

A couple reminders...every Friday is "Falcon Friday."  Students are allowed to wear any Fisher Falcon shirt, with their gym bottoms.  Also, next Monday, September 13th is Back to School Night at 6:30pm. I look forward to seeing and speaking with you all!!  Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

mkellam@sjfschool.us

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kellam

Welcome Back to School!

Posted on Sep 08, 2020

Embracing curious minds. Nurturing compassionate hearts.

 

WELCOME TO 2nd GRADE!

We are so excited to see everyone in person and be together again in our building. We know this will be a unique school year, but we also know that if we are all patient and flexible we can handle anything that comes our way! We are looking forward to learning, praying, and working as a team to have a successful 2nd grade year!

School Wide Best Practices for Cleaning and Sanitizing

· Regular and consistent cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to reduce exposure. EPA approved disinfectant and cleaning supplies will be housed in every classroom, out of the reach of children, and will be used to kill germs.

· Frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles/knobs, desktops/tabletops, countertops, chairs, light switches, pencil sharpeners, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, phones, toys, cubbies/coat and backpack areas, sinks and faucets) will be cleaned on a daily basis.

· Classroom surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, but specifically before and after lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day.

· Formal bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.

· Teachers will train students how to properly wear and adjust their masks and consistently work with students to ensure appropriate hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting takes place frequently throughout each day.  Please be sure your child has an extra, clean mask with them at school.

2nd Grade Curriculum

We will learn so many exciting new things this year, here’s a look at the academic subjects we will cover:

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. 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 regular Mass attendance as part of their preparation for the reception of these two sacraments.

English Language Arts

Our Language Arts curriculum incorporates reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speaking, and listening. Students will be presented with both fiction and nonfiction selections to com-pare and contrast and to respond orally and in writing using extended response answers.

Reading

We’re excited to continue exploring our reading series with our second graders! Our faculty is continuing training on this series so we can be sure to get the most out of this program.  In addition to our HMH reading series, we will also be utilizing Fundations this year, as our phonics curriculum.

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

We will continue with our Go Math series for math instruction. The series is based on the common core standards and has many different on-line features for students and parents to access at home. One component of this program 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 cursive letters only

Schedule

We will work hard in all of our academic subjects, but our days will also include other times for important special classes like art, library, gym, computer, Spanish, SEL, mass, and of course, lunch!

Lunch will be from 11:05-11:25am.

Students should bring a reusable water bottle each day. We no longer have water fountains-they have been replaced with water refilling stations.  Students will be able to refill their bottles once or twice a day if they run out of water.

Specials Schedule for Room 214- Mrs. Kellam

Monday: Art and Mass

Tuesday: Computer

Wednesday: Library or SEL

Thursday: Spanish

Friday: Gym

Birthdays- in the interest of health and safety, a school wide decision has been made that students will no longer be able to bring in a snack or other items to share on their birthday. (But don’t worry; we’ll be sure to celebrate your child on their big day!)

Classroom Management

In our classroom students will constantly practice how to be responsible, caring citizens by being “bucket fillers”. Students will learn and discuss how bucket fillers act and will be expected to practice these behaviors in the classroom and throughout school. We will focus on being kind, safe, respectful, and responsible. The classroom procedures will be explained and are reviewed regularly.

We will be in contact with parents if behavior or missing homework issues arise.

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. One of the best ways to help your child learn is to encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes each night!

Please check the student planner daily. The students will have the responsibility for copying assignments into their planner, and we will check them daily to make sure as-signments are written down.

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.

 

ABSENCES

If your child is absent please phone the office that morning and send a note explaining the absence when he/she returns to school.

REMOTE LEARNING PLAN

In the event that we do need to pivot to remote learning, the whole school will be utilizing Google Classroom for lessons and assigning student work. Google Meet will replace Zoom for live classroom meetings. We will communicate more information to you at the time if these steps are needed. Our Remote Learning Team is working hard on plans to smoothly transition to remote learning should the need arise.

We can’t wait to begin this wonderful year of learning with your child! We know there is a lot of information to unpack in this letter, so please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation, patience and flexibility as we navigate this school year.  We are looking forward to working with you to make it a great success!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Meghan Kellam

 

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