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Mrs. Meghan Kellam, Second Grade

Hello! My name is Meghan Kellam. This is my 15th 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 June 7th

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

We made it to our last week of second grade!! We have a 10:30 dismissal on Friday to take us into summer vacation! I cannot believe how fast my time with your second graders has flown by. I am so grateful to have taught your children over these past few months. Please know that each and every one of them have made my days so much brighter. I will miss them so much!

Last Week:

We will continue doing in class curriculum this week, but we will be mixing in fun activities throughout each day! We have a special dress down schedule this week:

Monday: Blast from the Past!

Tuesday: 

  • Twinning Tuesday! Dress like a friend/s, teacher, or favorite person!
  • *Fat Tommy's Special Lunch*
  • Class Goal Movie Day in the Afternoon

Wednesday: Camo Day! We will clean our classroom on this day.

Thursday: Track & Field Day! Please wear our class color: Blue

Friday: Sunday Best! 10:30 Dismissal to SUMMER!!!! :)

  • *Report Cards sent home*

I hope you all have the best summer ever! Please stay in touch!

-Ms. Surin

Week of June 1st

Posted on Jun 01, 2021

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. We are officially in the home stretch—only 9 more days of school!! As a treat, there will be no homework for the rest of the year! Students will not need to complete any work or study at home for the next two weeks.

For these next two weeks in ELA, we will be reviewing nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. We will also spend time working on our writing skills. We will not have a reading quiz or iReady homework this week.

We will have no spelling test this week. We will spend class time practicing some summer words these next two weeks.

We will be starting Ch. 11 on Geometry and Fraction Concepts. We will complete lessons and homework pages in class.

We will take our Unit 5 Social Studies test as a class this week. We will start Unit 6, “People and Places in History,” later this week.

We will also be continuing Ch. 16, “We Pray like Jesus” in Religion.

*Reminders*

  • Rainbow Cone is this Thursday, June 3rd
  • Dress Down Day Friday, June 4th

Enjoy your week! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of May 24

Posted on May 24, 2021

I hope you all enjoyed this gorgeous weekend! The warm weather is warming up our classroom, so please make sure to send your child in with a refillable water bottle each day. Quick reminder that there is NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 31st!

For the rest of the year in ELA, we will be reviewing nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. We will also spend time working on our writing skills. Our story this week in reading is called, “Poems in the Attic.” The genre is poetry, and the purpose is to make connections between the story and things that have happened in our lives. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: pretty, baby, very, puppy, funny, carry, lucky, only, sunny, penny, plenty, and twenty. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Please remember to complete the last column in cursive. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will finish up our very short chapter on data this week! We will be taking our test on Friday. We will spend class time on Wednesday and Thursday reviewing for the test. Chapter review, book and flashcards will go home on Thursday. 

We will finish up Social Studies Unit 5 this week. We will be taking a test next week.

We will also be finishing up Ch. 15, “We Carry on the Work of Jesus” in Religion.

*Reminders*

  • This is the last week to turn in your Rainbow Cone form!
  • The Breast Cancer walk-a-thon is this Friday! Students may wear their pink shirt and dress down.
  • NO SCHOOL- Monday, May 31st

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin

Week of May 17th

Posted on May 17, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Please don’t forget to turn in your Rainbow Cone form by May 31st.

This week in ELA, we will review for our adverb test on Wednesday. Study guide and book will come home on Today and Tuesday. Please make sure to return the book each day for an in class review. Our story this week in reading is called, “May Day around the World.” The genre is narrative nonfiction, and the purpose is to make predictions about what the text will be about. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: liked, using, riding, chased, spilled, making, closed, hoping, baked, hiding, standing, and asked. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Please remember to complete the last column in cursive. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will begin Ch. 10 on Data this week. We will be collecting data and reading and making picture and bar graphs.

We will finish working on Unit 5, “Our Country Long Ago.” We will be taking our Social Studies test at some point next week.

We will be finishing up Ch. 15, “We Carry on the Work of Jesus” in our Religion book.

*There will be no iReady homework this week. We will be taking our math diagnostic this Friday during computers class.*

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of May 10th

Posted on May 10, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

This week in ELA, we will finish learning about adverbs. We will plan on taking an ELA test early next week. Our story this week in reading is called, “Where on Earth is My Bagel?” The genre is realistic fiction, and the purpose is to make inferences about things the author does not say. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: running, clapped, stopped, hopping, batted, selling, pinned, cutting, sitting, rubbed, missed, and grabbed. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Please remember to complete the last column in cursive. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will finish up Ch. 9 working with centimeters and meters. We will take our mid chapter checkpoint quiz today. We only have 3 lessons left, so we will have our test this Friday. We will spend Thursday reviewing for the test. Students will bring home their book, chapter review, and flashcards on Thursday to study with.

In Social Studies, we will continue working through Unit 5: “Our Country Long Ago.” We will be coming up on a test soon.

We will be continuing on with Ch. 15 “We Carry on the Works of Jesus”, in our Religion book.

*There will be no iReady homework for the next two weeks. We will be taking both diagnostics during computer class this Friday and next.*

Have a fabulous week! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of May 3rd

Posted on May 03, 2021

Happy May First! I am SO proud of everyone for making our First Holy Communion ceremony so beautiful. Thank you for playing such an important role in your child’s Catholic education. We have some sleepy kiddos in second grade this Monday morning! That’s how we know it was a special and exciting weekend.

This week in ELA, we will begin our last unit on adverbs. Our story this week in reading is called, “Abuelo and the Three Bears.” The genre is folktale, and the purpose is to retell the story in our own words. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: bridge, huge, stage, judge, cage, pledge, badge, fudge, dodge, edge, age, and lodge. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Please remember to complete the last column in cursive. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be starting Ch. 9 on length in metric units. If you have not sent your child in with a ruler, please do so!

In Social Studies, we will be focusing on Unit 5: “Our Country Long Ago.”

We will be hopping back into our religion text this week. We will be starting Chapter 15: “We Carry on the Works of Jesus”

*Reminders: This Wednesday is a dress down day for Special Olympics. Please bring $1 and wear Red. Friday is an all school 11:30 dismissal for the 8th grader’s May Crowning. Please send your child with a snack on this day!

Enjoy the week!

Ms. Surin

Week of April 26th

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Our First Holy Communion is this Saturday at 2:00pm! Please arrive no later than 1:45pm. Your child will meet me in the church foyer to prepare for the welcome procession. We are all so excited, and I can’t wait to share in this special day with all of you. We have been extremely busy, and our goal this week is to make sure the kids feel fully prepared for Saturday. Here’s a look at our busy week ahead:

This week in ELA, we will spend time reviewing before we start our last unit on adjectives next week. Our story this week in reading is called, “Sea Otter Pups.” The genre is informational text, and the purpose is to reread, ask questions, use what we already know, and look for visual clues to help us understand the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner on Wednesday nights. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: don’t, we’ll, it’s, I’ve, didn’t, you’re, that’s, wasn’t, you’ve, who’s, they’d, aren’t. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. They will begin writing the last column in cursive. I put a cursive alphabet sticker in each of your child’s planners today to help them remember their cursive letters at home. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be finishing up the last two lessons in Ch. 8 this week. We will be taking our Ch. 8 test on Friday. We will spend class time reviewing on Wednesday and Thursday. Chapter review, book and flashcards will go home on Thursday. Please make sure to review the chapter review with your child.

We will finish up learning about and preparing for our Communion this week. We only have 5 days until our First Holy Communion! Please practice your child’s speaking parts with them at home each night this week.

I will see you all on Saturday! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of April 19th

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Hi all! We are exactly 12 days away from our First Holy Communion! We have been practicing diligently in class with Ms. Chermak. The kids are so excited. Speaking parts for our Communion Mass will go home this week. Please practice your child’s parts with them at home each night. 

Don’t forget: Communion banners and $40 fee are due this Wednesday!

This week in ELA, we will be finishing up our unit on pronouns. We will be taking our Unit 9 test on Friday. Study guide and book will go home Wednesday and Thursday. Our story this week in reading is called, “The Long, Long Journey” The genre is informational text, and the purpose is to ask questions before, during and after we read to help us understand the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: cannot, pancake, maybe, baseball, playground, someone, myself, classroom, sunshine, outside, upon, and nothing. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be continuing with Ch. 8 this week. We will be taking our mid-chapter checkpoint quiz tomorrow in class. Students will need to know how to estimate length and measure to the nearest inch using a ruler. We will plan for a math test towards the end of next week.

We will be working on Social Studies Unit 5, “Our Country Long Ago.”

We will continue to learn more about and prepare for our Communion. We only have 12 days until our First Holy Communion!

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin

Week of April 12th

Posted on Apr 13, 2021

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! We have just 3 short weeks until our First Communion! I know how exciting of a time this is for the kids. We will continue to learn more about and prepare for our Communion. Before break, Ms. Chermak sent home each student with a Countdown to Communion Calendar. This is a fun way to count down the days until our special day with your child. We will also be keeping up with our calendar at school. Please also make sure to be working on your Communion banner at home. Here are some days to keep in mind:

Banner & Communion Fee ($40) due: Wednesday, April 21st

First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 1st

This week in ELA, we will be working more on pronouns. Our story this week in reading is called, “Don’t Touch Me!” The genre is informational text, and the purpose is to synthesize the most important parts of the story to find out what the text really means to us. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: tall, saw, jaw, draw, call, fall, soft, paw, ball, yawn, fog, and small. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be starting math Ch. 8 on Length in Customary Units this week! Please make sure your child has a ruler for this unit.

We will also be starting Unit 5, “Our Country Long Ago,” in Social Studies.

Enjoy your week! I'm so happy we are all back together! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of March 29th

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

It is almost Spring Break! The kids are so excited for a much deserved break. Don’t forget we have an 11:30 dismissal on Thursday and no school on Friday. Here’s a look at our short week:

This week in ELA, we will spend time reviewing what we’ve already learned about pronouns. The kids have a pronoun worksheet for homework tonight. We will have no reading quiz this week. We will, however, have a focus story that correlates with last week’s story. Our story this week in reading is called, "Jackie and the Beanstalk.”

We will have no spelling test this week. We will spend class time reviewing words we’ve previously learned.

We will be reviewing for our Ch. 7 test in class today and tomorrow. Our test will be on Wednesday. The kids will be bringing home their books, flashcards and chapter review tomorrow to study with. Please take some time to review those time and money concepts with your child before the test.

We will be reviewing in social studies this week.

We will spend this week talking about Holy Week. We will also begin our Communion books and start to discuss the sacrament we will be making in 5 short weeks. We also have a Holy Week prayer service on Wednesday at 10:15am.

Happy Easter to you and your families! I truly hope you have a blessed and relaxing Spring Break. Enjoy some time off, and let’s pray the weather stays beautiful over break!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 22nd

Posted on Mar 22, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather this weekend. This is our last full week of school before Spring Break! We have a shortened week next week. Here's a look at our week:

In ELA, we will continue learning about pronouns. Our story this week in reading is called, "Jack and the Beanstalk.” The genre is fairy tale, and our purpose is to retell the story using our own words. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: cow, house, town, shout, down, mouse, found, loud, brown, ground, pound, and flower. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be continuing Ch. 7 this week in math. We will begin learning how to tell time today. It’s a very exciting topic for us to be learning about! We will plan for a Ch. 7 test before Spring Break on Wednesday of next week. More information to come.

We will be finishing up Social Studies unit 4 this week. Our social studies test will be this Friday. Study guide and book will go home on Wednesday and Thursday. Please review with your child.

We will be continuing Ch. 14 this week. We will talk more about Lent and Easter.

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 15th

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. I enjoyed speaking with those of you who scheduled a conference last week. Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Report cards will be going home with your child today. Please sign and return the envelope as soon as possible. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and the kids can wear a touch of green to help celebrate. On Friday, the kids can wear a touch of red for St. Joseph’s Day. Here's a look at our week:

This week in ELA, we will be starting Unit 9 on adverbs. Our story this week in reading is called, "What a Plant Needs to Grow.” The genre is informational text, and our purpose is to evaluate which of the details in the text are most important. Students will bring home their book tomorrow to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: root, crew, spoon, bloom, grew, room, you, stew, boost, scoop, flew, and threw. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We will be continuing with Ch. 7 this week. We will learn about dollars, amounts greater than $1, and problem solving with money. We will take our mid-chapter checkpoint quiz tomorrow. The kids will need to know how to count and recognize pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

We will be continuing unit 4 in Social Studies this week. We will talk about the federal government.

We will be continuing Ch. 14 in our Religion book this week.

Have a fabulous week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 8th

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Everyone sure did love the warm beautiful weather today! We are crossing our fingers that it stays like this. Here is a reminder that optional parent teacher conferences are coming up this Friday, March 12th. The kids will be dismissed at 11:30. Conferences will take place from 12:00-4:00pm. Don’t forget we have no school on Monday, March 15th. Enjoy that long weekend! :)

This week, in ELA we finished up our unit on adjectives. ELA book and study guide will come home today and tomorrow. We will take our test on Wednesday. We will spend class time reviewing for our test tomorrow. For reading, our story is called, "Drum Dream Girl.” The genre is poetry, and our purpose is to create mental images to help us understand details in the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: took, books, foot, hoof, cook, nook, hood, wood, stood, shook, crook, and cookbook. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

We started Ch. 7 on money and time today in math. The kids are very excited for this chapter! You might want to ask them about the rhymes we came up with to help us remember our coins today. This week, we will talk about pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, counting collections, and showing amounts in two ways.

We will be continuing unit 4 in social studies this week. We will talk about the federal government.

We will be starting Ch. 14, “We Receive the Gift of Jesus”, in religion.

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 1st

Posted on Mar 01, 2021

Hello second grade families! My name is Lindsey Surin and I am so excited to get to spend this exciting time with you and your second graders! I cannot wait to get to know each one of your children over the next few months. I hope everyone enjoyed the warm weekend--It’s the first day of March! Yay!

The end of the second trimester is fast approaching. We will be finishing up next week. Students received their iPads last week and we are so excited to be utilizing them in our classroom every day. They will take their iPads home on Wednesday's to work on iReady assignments. Please talk with your child about taking care of their iPad while it is at home and make sure to put it right back into their backpacks so they have it for class on Thursday.

Here is a glimpse at our week. In ELA, we will continue learning about adjectives this week. We will plan for a test early next week. For reading, our story this week is called, "The Story He Tells.” The genre is a biography, and our purpose is to make inferences about things the author does not say. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Our 12 spelling words this week are: father, over, under, herd, water, verb, paper, cracker, offer, cover, germ, and master. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

In math, we are finishing up 3 digit numbers this week. We will take our Ch. 6 test on Friday. We will spend class time reviewing. I will be sending home study guide and flash cards to study with.

In Social Studies, we will be starting Unit 4, “Our Country Today,” this week. We will be discussing our local and state government.

We will be starting Ch. 13, “Jesus Saves Us from Sin” in our Religion book.

Enjoy the week!

Ms. Surin

Week of February 22nd

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Hello parents!  Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I’m hoping we’re done with all the snow & cold.  I’m ready for Spring!!!  We have such a busy week here in 214.  Here’s a look at the week:  In english class, we are learning all about adjectives.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are-chore, glory, storm, north, store, thorn, morning, snore, stork, worn, tore & forget.  Students will write their words 4 x each for homework, and our test will be on Friday.  The reading story for the week is a biography “I am Helen Keller.”  Our focus skills this week are to synthesize, put together ideas in our mind and find out what the text really means.  We continue working with 3 digit numbers in math.  This week, we will draw pictures and subtract 3 digit numbers, regroup the tens column, regroup the hundreds column, and regroup twice!!  We should be ready for the chapter test next Thursday or Friday.  This week, we’ll wrap up the social studies unit and test on Thursday.  A study guide and the book will be going home Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tomorrow, your child will celebrate his/her First Reconciliation!!!  I am so very proud of all their hard work.  I am sending home a step by step sheet with the students today on what is expected for tomorrow.  We went over this in detail during class as well.  Please arrive a little before 6:00.  Remember, only one family is allowed in each pew, in order to keep our distance from one another.  I cannot wait to celebrate the very special sacrament tomorrow.  Feel free to reach out with any questions!  Have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of February 8th

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone was able to stay warm, and had a nice, relaxing weekend!  Here is what we are working on this week in room 214…Our next english test will be on Thursday.  A study guide and the book will be going home tomorrow.  The 12 spelling words for the week are:  car, dark, card, star, park, yard, party, hard, smart, start, part, & spark.  4 x each is homework, and our test is Thursday!  The reading story for this week is “Get Ready For Weather.”  This is an informational text, and the focus skills will be to evaluate which details are most important and use captions and photos to help us understand the text.  In science we will continue to learn about weather, to go along with our reading unit.  In religion, we are still working in our Reconciliation book in preparation for the big day.  If you have not done so, please send in the date your child was Baptized.  Just a friendly reminder that students will NOT have school this Friday OR Monday.  Enjoy the 4 day weekend!!! 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of February 1st

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

Happy February!!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  The kids had some fun stories about sledding and building snowmen over the weekend.  Back to learning, praying and having fun in 214!  This week, we celebrate Catholic School’s Week.  We are all so very proud of our students and all they do each day!  Thank you for your support and dedication to catholic schools!  Each day there will be some fun activities and events planned.  Today, we rolled out of bed, and had some fun playing BINGO with Mrs. Nash!  Tomorrow is game day.  Students may bring in a game to play.  No electronics, please.  On Wednesday, children can be out of uniform for $1 or more and wear their wackiest outfit.  All money collected will be donated to Ronald McDonald charities.  Thursday, we will have a rosary service.  Please have your child bring in their own rosary.  Finally, on Friday, we will finish the week with a movie and a snack.  You may pack a separate movie snack and drink for your child.  This is an out of uniform day as well!  If you have any questions, please let me know.

In class, we will continue to practice verbs in english.  The test is planned for next Thursday.  The spelling words this week are:  cot, face, goal, gym, nice, page, plug, crash, gone, brag, city and trace.  We are going over the different sounds for hard c/g, and soft c/g.  The reading story for the week is “Cloudette.”  This story is a fantasy and we’ll focus on making connections in our lives, and things we’ve read before.  Today, we finished chapter 5 in math.  We will spend the next two days reviewing for our test, which will be on Thursday.  We are going to work on some cross curricular assignments in science class, since our reading module focuses on weather.  In social studies, we will be learning about producers, consumers, and natural resources.  This week in religion class, we will begin a new book “Making Things Right.”  This book will teach us all about Reconciliation!  We are asking that you bring in your child’s Baptism date, so we can record it in our book.  Thank you!! 

That is all for now!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!!!  Stay warm!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of January 25th

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Here is what we are working on in class…In english, we will continue to learn about verbs.  Our 15 spelling words are:  hens, eggs, ducks, bikes, boxes, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes & grapes.  Students have 4 x each for homework tonight, and the test is Friday.  Our reading story for the week is “Wild Weather.”  This is a nonfiction text.  We will be looking at maps and diagrams, and use visuals to help us understand words we may not understand.  The focus skills are to make inferences about things the author does not say, and to use clues in the text and picture to help you.  Students will read their story out loud on Wednesday night for homework.  Our math chapter continues on 2 digit subtraction.  The kids are doing a WONDERFUL job so far.  Tomorrow there will be a SHORT mid chapter quiz.  We will be ready for the chapter test next Wednesday or Thursday.  In social studies, we will discuss services in our community, and how to obtain information from a diagram.  We will finish our religion chapter from last week and learn about petitions, intercessions, and how we pray for the needs of others.  Also, this week we will start learning cursive - always a favorite time for 2nd graders!!!  We will only be covering lower case letters.  Two really important announcements were sent in Mrs. Nash’s notes last week.  Our Reconciliation date is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00.  Ms. Chermak sent a detailed letter to all parents.  Also, Sunday kicks off Catholic School’s Week.  Specific information for dress down days and service projects were sent as well.  I will be reminding kids each day what fun plans we have for that day!  I think that is all for now.  Have a terrific week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of December 14th

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Hello Parents!  We have some busy, fun filled days ahead of us!  We can hardly contain our excitement, but until then, we keep plugging along!  In class, we are still learning, working hard, praying, and having fun!  The 12 spelling words for the week are:  own, most, soap, float, both, know, loan, goat, flow, loaf, throw, and roast.  4 x each is the homework and the test will be on Friday.  Our reading story this week is a fantasy “Going Places.”  Our focus this week is to ask questions before, during, and after reading to help obtain information and understand the text.  We are almost finished with chapter 4 in math.  This week, we will write number sentences to solve word problems, find sums for 3 addends, and find sums for 4 addends.  The test is scheduled for this Friday.  Look for the chapter review/study guide, math workbook, and flashcards on Thursday.  In social studies, we will be reading about different Christmas traditions all around the world.  Tomorrow, we will finish chapter 10 in religion and learn more about Advent and Christmas this week and next.  Just a reminder, students may dress in pjs on Thursday for Polar Express Day!  Looking ahead to next week, we have a full day on Monday, and half day Tuesday.  Please send a snack on Tuesday.  I will remind the kids as well.  Have a wonderful week!  Stay healthy!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 30th

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

Ahhhhh!  I cannot believe that today is the end of the trimester, AND tomorrow is the first day of December!  Where did the time go?  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, even though, things sure were different!!  It was so nice talking with you all last week during parent teacher conferences!  I’m so very proud of your children and all they’ve accomplished thus far, especially during this unique school year.  I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to learn and grow with them each and every day.  On Thursday, report cards will be going home.  The paper copy is yours to keep, please sign and return the envelope.  Here is what we will be working on this week in class.  In English class, we will continue reviewing different grammar concepts.  The 15 spelling words are:  pay, wait, paint, train, pail, clay, tray, plain, stain, hay, gray, and away.  4 x each is homework and the weekly test is Friday.  Our focus story for reading is “A Crow, A Lion, A Mouse, Oh My!”  The children will read this play throughout the week.  The author’s purpose is creating mental images to help us understand the text.  In math, we began chapter 4 today, which is learning about 2 digit addition.  Keep practicing those math facts!!  Our 3rd chapter in social studies is “Working Together.”  We will begin that this week.  Finally, in religion class, we will discuss the season of Advent and kick off our kindness challenge.  Students will be encouraged to complete one kind activity a day!  Our calendars will be in class until Christmas.  Stay safe and healthy!  Enjoy the week ahead. 

Mrs.Kellam

Week of November 16th

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Hello parents!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Here is what we are working on in class…We will be reviewing what we’ve learned so far in english and grammar (capital letters, ending marks, nouns, special nouns, etc.)  Our 12 spelling words are:  milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, and trick.  4 x each is homework and the test will be Friday.  Our reading story for the week is “How to Read A Story.”  The focus skill will be inferences (our book says, “to make smart guesses”).  We will continue to utilize iReady for both math and reading class.  These assignments will be done at home and in school.  We are almost done with chapter 3 in math.  We’ll spend class time reviewing, and our test is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 24th.  In social studies, we are almost done with the chapter.  The test will be this Friday.  The book and a study guide will be going home this week.  Tomorrow, we’ll finish chapter 8 in religion, we will then start chapter 9 “We Learn About God’s Love.” 

Finally, I am still working on getting caught up from being out most of last week.  My goal is to have everything done by Wednesday.  I am also going through missing homework and classwork assignments.  Those will be sent home throughout the week.  Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.  You children made me the most beautiful and sweet cards!  They REALLY cheered me up!  I am happy to be back!!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!  Have a fantastic week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of November 2nd

Posted on Nov 02, 2020

Happy November!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep yesterday!  Here is a look at the week ahead in room 214…We will continue learning about different types of nouns in ELA.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  full, dress, mess, add, hill, pull, spill, class, doll, kiss, fell and off.  4 x each is homework, and the test is on Friday.  I’ve been reminding the children to watch their printing lately.  I’m seeing many capital and backwards letters being written on their work.  The reading story this week is an informational text “Working With Others.”  The focus skill is making predictions.  The book will go home on Wednesday, and children should read the story out loud for homework.  We began chapter 3 today in math class.  We are working on addition and subtraction facts.  It’s really important that students are fluent in their facts.  Practicing at home will help the students keep those skills sharp!  Today, we sent home an important letter about iReady.  Students will be asked to complete approximately 45 minutes each week, which will consist of in class, and out of class assignments.  There are 2 subject areas of concentration.  (Reading and Math)  On Wednesday, children will be asked to login for 15 minutes and work on their math assignment for homework.  Please reach out if you have any questions.  Our focus this week in social studies will be the election!  Children will be learning all about the candidates, voting, and the electoral college.  In religion, we will begin a new chapter “We Say We Are Sorry.”  Finally, if you plan to order school pictures, that is due on Friday.  Instructions were sent home on your proof sheet.  Have a FANTASTIC week!  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 26th

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Hello Parents!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  This week, as always, we’ll be busy learning, praying and having fun!  Here is a look at the week ahead…In ELA, we are continuing to study nouns.  Our 12 spelling words this week are:  next, end, camp, sank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, stamp, pond, and bring.  Students will write their words 4 x each tonight for homework and the test will be Friday.  Our reading story this week is “Big Red Lollipop.”  This story is realistic fiction, and the skills we’re focusing on are to activate prior knowledge, ask questions when we don’t understand something and use the visual clues and picture clues to help us understand the story.  Wednesday night, children should read their story out loud.  We are almost done with Chapter 2 in math class.  We will finish the lessons this week and the test is on Friday.  The book, practice test and flashcards will be going home.  In social studies, we have our very first test on Wednesday!  We will spend class time today and tomorrow preparing.  The book and study guide will go home both nights as well.  We did not finish our Religion unit last week, we plan to finish that, then begin chapter 7 “We Think About Our Choices.”  Friday, students are welcome to dress up in Halloween costumes.  (No weapons!!!)  Per COVID guidelines, students are NOT able to bring in candy or any other prizes/toys to pass out.  But don’t worry, we’ll still have a fun day with activities planned.  Finally, don’t forget that Sunday is Daylight Savings Time.  Turn your clocks back one hour!!  Enjoy the week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 19th

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  This week will have a busy, full week ahead of learning, praying, and working together.  We are so fortunate to be IN PERSON, all together.  In ELA, we continue learning about different types of nouns, specifically, special nouns that need capital letters.  Our 12 spelling words this week are:  space, globe, grade, swim, place, last, test, skin, drag, glide, just and stove.  The reading story for the week is “Puddle Puzzle.”  The genre of the story is a drama, in a play format.  The focus skills are asking questions before, during and after to help get information and understand the text.  We’ll also look for evidence in the text to answer questions.  The weekly quiz will be given on Friday.  In math class, we are drawing quick pictures  and writing numbers different ways, counting on and counting back by 10’s and 100’s, and find the next number in a pattern.  We will have a SHORT quiz tomorrow.  We went over the questions and content today in class.  We will wrap up our social studies chapter this week, and spend class time reviewing and preparing for the test next Wednesday, October 28th.  Finally, chapter 6 in Relgion is “We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness.”  We will start discussing what Penance and Reconciliation are.  This week’s scripture story is about how Jesus forgave a woman who was a sinner.  I think that is all for now.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the week!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 13th

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend!  This week, we will be learning all about nouns in ELA.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  tap, tape, fin, fine, cute, ride, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid and slide.  4 x each is homework, and the test is Friday.  The weekly reading story is “The Great Fuzz Frenzy.”  The focus skill is making connections by finding things that are like our lives.  We will have the weekly quiz on Friday as well.  In math, we will write how many hundreds, tens, and ones, identify the value of a number, and write different numbers using words.  Our social studies lessons focus on locating different places on a map and globe.  We’ll be learning more about our community, state, and country!  In religion, we will begin chapter 5 “We Choose Good.”  Finally, if you are interested in ordering from Scholastic, book orders are due tomorrow.  Enjoy the short week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of October 5th

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

Happy Spirit Week!  Today, we are all dressed nice and cozy in our pjs on this chilly fall day.  The rest of the week, students may be out of uniform.  (Tuesday is high school, college or career day.  Wednesday students may support their favorite sports team, and Thursday is Falcon Spirit wear!)  Tradition uniforms should be worn starting next week.  Here is a look at what we will be working on this week.  Our first ELA test is on Wednesday.  Students are bringing home their book and a study guide tonight to start preparing for their test.  The 12 spelling words for the week are:  doze, nose, use, rose, pole, close, June, woke, rule, rode, role, and tune.  4 x each is homework tonight and the test will be on Thursday.  This week in reading, we are learning all about matter!  A little science and reading rolled into one!  The homework story on Wednesday is “Many Kinds of Matter.”  The focus skills are reading for inferences and using picture clues and text clues as we read.  Our weekly vocabulary/comprehension quiz will be on Thursday.  Today, we began chapter 2 in math.  The students will be learning how to group tens as hundreds, write numbers in different ways, and draw pictures to represent hundreds, tens and ones.  In social studies we will compare urban, rural and suburban communities, and locate different places on a map.  Our new chapter in religion is “We Praise and Thank God.”  This week, we will recognize different types of prayers of praise and thanks, and we hear a scripture story of King David.  Finally, there is NO SCHOOL on Friday or Monday.  Enjoy fall break!  Have a great week!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 28th

Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  We have a busy week ahead of us in room 214.  Here is what we’ll be working on in class…in ELA, we will finish chapter 1 this week, and have our first test next week.  Stay tuned for specific details.  Our 12 spelling words this week are:  cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, race, line, pile and rake.  4 x each is homework tonight, and our test will be on Friday.  We are working really hard on our printing each day-especially using capital letters appropriately, spacial awareness, and backwards letters.  Please continue this at home as well.  Our reading story for the week is “Picture Day Perfection.”  Children are asked to read this story out loud on Wednesday.  The focus skills for the week are:  characters, and creating mental images.  Today, in math, we finished our last lesson.  Tuesday and Wednesday we will review in class and Thursday will be our first test.  The review will do in class will be nearly identical to the test.  It is a great reference to use to practice studying for the test.  Also, flashcards will be sent home for children to study from as well.  In social studies we’ll be learning how to read a map, and find similarities and differences of historical pictures.  We began chapter 3 today in relgion “Our Church Shows Us How to Live.”  We are learning about saints that help us follow Jesus, and we will also learn to pray a litany of the saints.  IMPORTANT REMINDERS:  SMILE!! Tomorrow is picture day!  Students should wear their Sunday Best.  Thursday is October 1st which means no more shorts.  Traditional school uniforms should be worn from now on.  Finally, Falcon Spirit wear continues on Fridays!  Whew!!  I think that’s all for now.  Have a great week!!  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather. 

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 21st

Posted on Sep 21, 2020

Happy Fall, Y’all!  I can’t even believe tomorrow is the first official day of fall!  I am loving the cooler temps and sweater weather, though.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Here is what we’ll be working on in class this week…Our focus this week in english class will be writing sentences using correct word order, learning about subjects and predicates, and making sure each sentence has a capital letter and ending mark.  Our 12 spelling words for the week are:  yes, job, hug, rest, frog, hum, left, melt, plum, shut, net, and dot.  Children will do 4 x each for homework tonight.  The test will be on Friday.  Our reading story for the week is “Spoon.”  Students are asked to read this story out loud, on Wednesday for homework.  The math skills this week are, different ways to write numbers, different names for numbers, reading word problems, finding a pattern, and counting by ones, fives and tens.  Homework papers in math will go home Monday-Thursday.  The chapter 1 test will be either Thursday or Friday next week.  Stay tuned for details.  In social studies, we will discuss how rules are made and changed, we’ll identify people who model good citizenship, and recognize diversity in communities.  We will begin chapter 2 in Religion: “Baptism.”  We will learn about signs of new life, discuss how we can bring God’s light to others and hear the scripture story of Cornelius and Peter.  Reminders:  Wednesdays are 12:45 dismissal.  Children should have a snack and water with them.  Brain break bags will stay in class M-F.  They will be sent home over the weekend, to change out toys, games, etc.  Finally, just a reminder that next Tuesday is picture day!!  More details will be communicated about this day.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Enjoy the beautiful week ahead!!

Mrs. Kellam

Week of September 14th

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

Happy Monday!  We are off to a TERRIFIC start to second grade!  The kids did a wonderful job following all the rules last week and learning the routines.  We’ll keep on practicing those rules and routines, but so far, so good!  Here is a look at the week ahead…In ELA, we will be learning about the 4 different types of sentences.  Our 12 spelling words this week are:  sad, bit, jam, glad, list, win, flat, if, fix, rip, kit & mask.  Usually the children have 4 x each for homework on Mondays, but we did the first one in class together.  The students will have their first spelling test on Friday!  We dove into our reading book today and learned how to be super citizens.  Our story for the week is “Clark the Shark.”  Students will read that on Wednesday, out loud, for homework.  Our math lessons this week focus on even/odd numbers, place value and expanded form.  Homework will be sent home Monday-Thursday.  In social studies we will begin chapter 1, “Where We Live.”  We’ll study the chapter vocabulary and discuss living in a neighborhood.  Our religion this week teaches us how to welcome others.  We will also learn about how to celebrate a holy meal at mass.  Some notes about the week ahead…Wednesday children should bring a snack, and don’t forget, we dismiss at 12:45.  Also, we will be hosting a dress down day on Wednesday in honor of our neighbor Finley who passed away over the weekend.  A donation of $1 or more is needed to dress down.  All money collected will be sent to Finley’s family.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Finally, please also pray for our third graders as they celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion this Saturday.  Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  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!

 

STUDENT ORIENTATION

 

2nd grade orientation will be on Wednesday, September 2nd.  Second grade students should be dropped off at the Fairfield door (next to church main entrance), students will also be dismissed from the same door.

 

  • Students with last name A-L will attend 8:00am-9:30am
  • Students with last name M-Z will attend10:30am-12:00pm

 

Please be mindful of the assigned times, as students arriving promptly will ensure we can help everyone move though the building as safely as possible.  Remember to maintain appropriate distancing while outside, and children and adults should wear masks at all times on school campus.

 

Students should wear gym uniform or traditional school uniform and bring supplies on this day. Students will not be sharing supplies this year, so please label your child’s items with their name.  Please also send your child with an empty gallon size ziplock bag labeled with their name, to help us keep extra supplies organized.

 

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 snack/lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day. The school buildings will receive a deep clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

  • Formal bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Areas in each of the bathrooms will be taped off and only a limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at once to allow for safe and proper social distancing. 

 

  • Gloves and other appropriate PPE will be used during cleaning and disinfecting. 

 

  • 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.

 

CLASSROOM SET-UP

 

Our classrooms are set up in accordance with current guidelines and recommendations communicated to us through the archdiocese.  SJF staff will also implement some school wide strategies that we believe will help us navigate the school day in a healthy and positive way.  Some of these guidelines include but are not limited to:

 

  • Student desks all facing forward and spaced appropriately
  • Emphasis on hand washing and hand sanitizing
  • Wiping and sanitizing of desks multiple times a day
  • Frequent movement breaks for students in the classroom during the day
  • One SJF mask and one lanyard will be provided to each student (we encourage students to keep a backup mask in their backpack in the event that one is needed)
  • Outdoor time for recess and lessons, weather permitting
  • We welcome any donations (to be kept in our individual cohorts) of cleaning supplies or easily wiped/sanitized recess equipment

 

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

In addition to 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, spelling, 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

We’re so excited to explore this new 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 our new program.

 

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, music, library, gym and, of course, lunch!

Lunch will be from 11:10-11:30am.

Each child should bring a small snack on Wednesdays- we will not eat lunch on Wednesdays due to early dismissal.

Students should bring a reusable water bottle each day.  Students will not be able to drink from the water fountains, but will be able to use them to refill their water bottle.

 

We will have specials from 8:15-9:00am each day, with a shortened special on Wednesdays (8:15-8:45am) due to early dismissal. Students will attend a different special class each day.

Specials Schedule for Mrs. Kellam Room 214

Monday

8:15-9:00am

Art with Mrs. Corley

Tuesday

8:15-9:00am

Library with Mrs. Keller

Wednesday

8:15-8:45am

Music with Ms. Surin

Thursday

8:15-9:00am

Computers with Mrs. Maxwell

Friday

8:15-9:00am

Gym with Mr. Mulchrone

 

  • We will be unable to gather to celebrate mass as we have in previous years.  Once the plan for mass is finalized, we will communicate that to you. 

 

Check out our room!  The only thing missing is all of our wonder Falcons! 

 

 

Summer Reading and Math work- please send to school with your child on Tuesday, September 8th.

 

Uniforms - Students have the option of wearing their gym uniform until October 1st to help students stay comfortable in warm weather.  Traditional uniforms are also allowed.

 

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!)

 

The classroom procedures will be explained and are reviewed regularly.  We will be in contact with parents as behavior and 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 assignments 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

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.

 

 

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 unique school year, we are looking forward to working with you to make it a great success!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Meghan Kellam and the 2nd Grade Team

 
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