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Mrs. Karen Ade, 2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Karen Ade. This is my 1st year teaching at Saint John Fisher and I'm very excited to be working with your children in second grade. I grew up on the SouthSide and attended Queen of Martyrs and Mother McAuley High School. I love the Cubs, Notre Dame and pretty much all sports. I have three boys who all attend St. John Fisher. Ryan is in 3rd and my twins Sean and Brennan are in 1st. I can't wait to meet all of you and I look forward to a very exciting year!

Week of January 14th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Week of January 14th

I hope you had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the snow we got. I guess we can finally say winter is here. If your child wears boots to school, remember to pack their shoes in their book bag so we can keep the classroom floors dry. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • No School Monday, January 21st

 

Math- We will be finishing Chapter 5 today and we will be having a test on Thursday. Study guide will go home Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: fly, clean, sleep, free, grade, drive, train, tree, please, slow, ago, better, head, idea, and still.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Hear the Cheers and The Great Ball Game. The students should read The Great Ball Game for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students need to have taken and passed 4 AR tests by the end of January.

Religion- We be working on preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The date for First Reconciliation is February 27th, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

Language Arts- We will be continuing our unit on Verbs.

Social Studies- We will be finishing Unit 3 today and will have a test on Wednesday. The study guide will go home tonight.

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Week of January 7th

Happy New Year! I hope all of you and your families had a wonderful Christmas and were able to enjoy the long break. Thank you for the generous class gift. I am truly blessed to work with so many wonderful kids. I am sure we will have some sleepy kids today as we get back into the swing of things in room 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • Special Lunch is on Wednesday

 

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 5:subtracting 2 digit numbers.  Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: mask, sack, boat, lime, spy, sheet, jail, ray, tea, and gold.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Winter Fun and The First Month. The students should read both stories for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students need to have taken and passed 4 AR tests by the end of January.

Religion- We be working on preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The date for First Reconciliation is February 27th, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

Language Arts- We will be starting our unit on Verbs.

Social Studies- We will be working on be able to tell the difference between a producer and consumer. We will have a test on Unit 3 tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday.

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of December 17th

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Week of December 17th

Wow! Can you believe it’s only a week until Christmas. This weekend I took the boys and drove around to see all the wonderful Christmas lights. They were so excited to see some of the over the top displays. It reminded me to slow down during this busy time and take it all in. I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and the kids enjoy their break.  We have a fun filled, busy week in 117 before Christmas break. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • On Monday the Mother McAuley Acapella will be performing a brief show at 1:20

  • Friday is a 12:30 dismissal. Cookies and milk will be served please send your child with a small snack as we will not have lunch that day

  • Friday 11:30 Christmas prayer service all are welcome.

 

Math- We will working on Chapter 5:subtracting 2 digit numbers.  Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: kick, cook, cake, cave, kiss, look, sick, rock, lock, luck, beautiful, together, great, even, and become.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading A Good Laugh for Cookie and Moonbear’s Pet. The students should read Moonbear’s Pet for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students need to have taken and passed 3 AR tests by the end of this week. If they have not I have written a note in their planner and the students are also aware.

Religion- We be finishing up our unit on Advent. We have officially set the date for First Reconciliation for second grade. It will be February 27th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. A letter was sent home in folders last week that included more details, but if you have any additional questions (or need an additional copy of the letter) please let me know!

Language Arts- We will be finishing our Would you rather be one of Santa’s reindeer or elves? paper.

Social Studies- We will be finishing on a unit on Christmas’ around the World

Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Karen Ade

 

Week of December 10th

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

Week of December 10th

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and were able to get some shopping done or do something fun with the family.  We have a bust two weeks in 117 before Christmas break. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:


 

Math- We will working on Chapter 5:subtracting 2 digit numbers.  Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: old, cold, hold, told, road, coat, know, grow, low, ownread, bring, brought, next, and picture.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Four Clues for Chee and Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game. The students should read Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students should continue taking AR tests. Religion- We be continuing Chapter 8; ways of saying I’m Sorry.

Language Arts- We will be reviewing how to write sentences the correct way

Social Studies- We will be working on a unit on Christmas’ around the World

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of December 3rd

Posted on Dec 04, 2018

Week of December 3rd

Happy Monday!Can you believe it’s December already? Before we know it Christmas will be around the corner. I’ve enjoyed listening to all the kids stories about what festivities they have done.We are doing a 28 day kindness in challenge that I encourage you to ask your children about and maybe continue it at home. They love it.  We have another busy week in 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

 

  • No School Friday

  • Special Lunch Wednesday

 

Math- We will be taking the Chapter 4 test on Wednesday. We will be reviewing Monday and Tuesday in class and the study guide will go home each night. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: dry, sky, fry, cry, try, by, fine, nice, my, mile, across, best, either, toward, and sometimes.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading New Best Friend and Wanted: Best Friend. The students should read Wanted: Best Friend for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students should continue taking AR tests. Today we begin AR quizzes for the month of December. Students are required to pass 3 tests the month of December.

Religion- We be continuing Chapter 8; ways of saying I’m Sorry.

Language Arts- We will be reviewing how to write sentences the correct way

Social Studies- We will continue working on Unit 3. We are also going to be doing a unit on Christmas’ around the World

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Week of November 26th

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed their snow day yesterday and got some extra sleep. Lets hope this doesn’t mean we are in for a snowy winter. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and had time to relax over break, spend time with family, and start to get ready for Christmas. I was glad to be able to spend so much time with my family. I am thankful each and everyday to be able to teach your son/daughter. We have a great class.  We have another busy week in 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

 

  • Next Friday, the 7th there is no school


 

Math- We will be working on Chapter 4 adding two digit numbers. We will be having a test either next Wednesday or Thursday .Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: beef, week, need, seem, seen, sea, eat, neat, seat, read, children, high, city, room, and place.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Tuesday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading The Storykeeper and People, People Everywhere. The students should read People People Everywhere for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students should continue taking AR tests. Friday is the last day for ARs for the month of November.

Religion- We be continuing Chapter 8; ways of saying I’m Sorry.

Language Arts- We will be reviewing how to write sentences the correct way

Social Studies- We will begin working on Unit 3; Working Together

Science- We will be finishing up our unit on animals.

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of November 12th

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Week of November 12th

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the Bears and Notre Dame victories.  The second trimester starts today. Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday. We will be having another timed facts test this week so please keep practicing addition and subtraction facts at home. We have another busy week in 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • Report Cards go home Wednesday

  • Next Monday & Tuesday are 11:30 Dismissal. Monday is parent teacher conferences


 

Math- We will be working on Chapter 4 adding two digit numbers. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: wait, may, save, stay, ate, play, say, rain, day, safe, those, since, show, friends, and been.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading How I Beat the Giants and Play Ball. The students should read Play Ball for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students should continue taking AR tests. Even if the students passed more than 4 tests last month they are still required to pass 4 for the month of November. For example if they passed 10 tests in September they are still required to pass 4 more for November.

Religion- We be continuing Chapter 5; Asking God for Forgiveness.

Language Arts- We will be writing a paper on how to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t wait to see all of their ideas.

Science- We will begin discussing Mammals and Birds and their young

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of November 5th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

Week of November 5th

Happy Monday! How is it November already!  The first trimester is coming to an end this week and report cards will be sent home on November 14th. We will be having another timed facts test soon so please keep practicing addition and subtraction facts at home. We have another busy week in 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • We will have a prayer service for Veteran’s Day on Friday at 1:15


 

Math- We will have the Chapter 3 test on Tuesday. We have been reviewing in class and the study guide will go home tonight. Please review it with your child as the test is very similar. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. Being fluent in addition and subtraction problems will help the students be successful. Practicing flashcards at home, apps on the ipad or playing Math Reflex online are just some examples of how to practice.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: cove, salt, hall, grip, sung, flap, tank, ink, dead, and hate.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading paired texts this week. The students should read Tarantulas and Creepy Crawlers for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The students did very well with AR the month of October. We started November last Thursday. Even if the students passed more than 4 tests last month they are still required to pass 4 for the month of November. For example if they passed 10 tests in September they are still required to pass 4 more for November.

Religion- We be continuing Chapter 5; Asking God for Forgiveness. We will have a prayer service on Friday at 1:15 for Veteran’s Day. All are welcome to attend

Language Arts- We will be writing a paper on how to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t wait to see all of their ideas.

Social Studies-We will be having a test on Unit 3 Wednesday. The study guide will go home tonight.

Science- We will begin discussing Mammals and Birds and their young

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of October 29th

Posted on Oct 28, 2018

Week of October 29th

Happy Monday and Happy Halloween on Wednesday!  I can’t wait to see all our little goblins dressed in their costumes. The first trimester is coming to an end very quickly. We will be having another timed facts test soon so please keep practicing addition and subtraction facts at home. We have another busy week in 117. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • On  Wednesday we will be celebrating Halloween in class. A wrapped treat may be brought in - there are 20 kids in room 117. Students may be out of uniform and wear orange and black or costumes.  Please keep them simple and appropriate for school. No masks or weapons.

  • On Thursday we will be having an all school mass at 1:00 to celebrate All Saints Day

 

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 3; solving problems using related facts. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. 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.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: base, pipe, fire, joke, tape, mule, late, robe, wave, cute, call, enough, full, heard, and until.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Spiders up Close and Anansi and the Talking Melon. The students should read Anansi and the Talking Melon for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. Don’t forget that students must have passed 4 AR quizzes for this month. Wednesday will be the last day for October grade. 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.

Religion- We be starting Chapter 5; Asking God for Forgiveness.

Language Arts- We will be working on nous and begin writing our next little paper.

Social Studies-In social studies we will discuss natural resources and indenttify ways we can conserve and replenish our natural resources

Science- We will begin discussing Mammals and Birds and their young

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Halloween

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

Halloween Update

 

On  Wednesday we will be celebrating Halloween in class. A wrapped treat may be brought in - there are 20 kids in room 117. Students may be out of uniform and wear orange and black or costumes.  Please keep them simple and appropriate for school. No masks or weapons. We will be having a party in the afternoon - Thank you, Mrs. Slevin for the help in organizing the big event.

 

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Week of October 22nd

Happy Monday!!I hope everyone had a great weekend. I just wish the Bears would pull off one of these victories. Thank you to all who attended the commissioning mass yesterday. It was a beautiful ceremony. The boys and girls are very excited about making their 1st Communion this year. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • We are collecting money to raise for the Chicago Diabetes Project. If students bring in a $1 they are able to dress down on Friday

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 3; solving problems using related facts. We will have a short quiz on Tuesday. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child. 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.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: some, done, does, come, live, been, give, said, head, have, why, animals, before, knew, and between.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading The Old Golywampus and Snakes. The students should read Snakes for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. Don’t forget that students must have passed 4 AR quizzes for this month. This will be the last week for their October grade. 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.

Religion- We be starting Chapter 5; Asking God for Forgiveness.

Language Arts- We will be reviewing for our test on Nouns which will be on Thursday. Study guide will go home Tuesday.

Social Studies-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

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Week of October 15th

Happy Monday!!I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time outdoors this weekend. It was crisp but we have to savor them until the real cold comes. For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

  • PLease continue to collect spare change in the baby bottle that was sent home last week. Bottles need to be returned by October 19th.

  • This Sunday, the 21st at 10AM is our Communion commissioning mass. I hope to see you all there.

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 3; solving problems using related facts. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: wing, hang, ring, long, king, sing,drink, bank, sink,wink, under, food, around, another, and almost.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Fury Mouse and Two Mice. The students should read Two Mice for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The accelerated reading program kicked off this 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.

Religion- We be starting Chapter 5; Asking God for Forgiveness. We will have our special mass this Sunday. .All second graders and their families are invited to gather for 10:00 a.m. mass to formally start First Communion preparation. The children and their families will sit together near the front of church as a group. The children will be introduced to the parishioners, who will begin praying for them. The children will receive a blessing and hear a homily directed to them. There will be a reception following mass. This mass will provide an opportunity for First Communion families to meet and get to know each other.

Language Arts- We will begin working on Nouns and the different types. We will tentatively have the Unit 2 test next week

Social Studies-We will continue working on Unit 2; The Earth

Science- We will continue working on Living Things

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of October 8th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Week of October 8th

I hope everyone had nice long weekend. Even though its a short week it’s a busy one in room 117. The weather has cooled off and so have the classrooms so no more shorts; back to regular school uniforms. The students will be taking home baby bottles today. SJF is participating in the Respect Life Baby Bottle Project. Over the next two weeks please fill the bottle with spare change and have them return on October 19th.

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will be taking the Chapter 2 test on Wednesday. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: class, clap, glad, plant, glass, flat, grass, bring, front,dress, whole, goes, carry, because, and don’t.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Tuesday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading Eye Spy and Seeing. The students should read Seeing for homework on Wednesday. Every Friday, the kids will take a vocabulary/comprehension quiz that I will take for a grade out of 10 points. The accelerated reading program kicked off this 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.

Religion- We will be finishing Chapter 4;  We Praise and thank God. We will have a special mass on October 21st. .All second graders and their families are invited to gather for 10:00 a.m. mass on Sunday, October 21st to formally start First Communion preparation. The children and their families will sit together near the front of church as a group. The children will be introduced to the parishioners, who will begin praying for them. The children will receive a blessing and hear a homily directed to them. There will be a reception following mass. This mass will provide an opportunity for First Communion families to meet and get to know each other.

Language Arts- We will begin working on Nouns and the different types

Social Studies-We will continue working on Unit 2; The Earth

Science- We will continue working on Living Things

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions.If at anytime anyone needs extra help please let me know I am here early in the morning. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

Week of October 1st

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Week of October 1st

Happy October- Fall is in the air. I hope everyone had a good time if they went to homecoming and a  great weekend. It looks like the weather has finally turned so we will have cooler classrooms. The building will take awhile to cool off, therefore students may wear shorts this week.

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

  • Students may wear shorts this week

  • We will be having a special mass on Sunday, October 21st at 10:00 for the 2nd grade. Look for more information to follow. I hope everyone can attend

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will continue working on Chapter  2; Numbers to 1,000. There will be Math homework Monday- Thursday. It looks like we will have the Chapter 2 test tentatively Wednesday October 10th. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: ball, walk, wall,fall, talk , chalk, all, call, tall, small, warm, mother, new, keep, and myself.   If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The students will be reading The Ugly Duckling and Duck. The students should read Duck for homework on Wednesday. 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. The accelerated reading program kicks off this 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.

Religion- We will be working on Chapter 4;  We Praise and thank God. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation.

Language Arts- We will begin working on Nouns and the different types

Social Studies-Everyone did well on the Unit 1 test- keep up the good work!  We will be starting Unit 2 Our Earth

Science- We will continue working on Living Things

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead

Karen Ade

 

September 25th update

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

 

Friday there will be a pep rally to cheer on our SJF teams. Kids may be out of uniform in SJF gear.

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..

 

 

Week of September 24th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Week of September 24th-28th

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It looks like the weather has finally turned so we will have cooler classrooms. This week is another busy week and on Friday we will be having a pep rally to celebrate homecoming. Also Monday is October 1st so students should be in regular uniform. Boys should wear long pants no more shorts.

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

  • We are going to Disney on Ice in January/February. We will not be picking chaperones until after Christmas, but please make sure you are virtus trained if you are interested.

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will continue working on Chapter  2; Numbers to 1,000. There will be Math homework Monday- Thursday. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: mad, mug, spun, gill, yell, nap, moss, silk, belt, and fond. This is a review unit so there are only 10 words. It is a review of all the short vowel sounds.   If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- We will be working on paired reading texts this week. The students will be reading What’s in the Box and The Perfect Pet. The students should read the Perfect Pet for homework on Wednesday. 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. Accelerated Reading will begin in October. More details to follow. Students should also be reading 15 minutes a night.

Religion- We will be working on Chapter 4;  We Praise and thank God. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation.

Language Arts- We will be writing a Narrative paper in class about their favorite vacation. The students will write a rough draft, final copy and draw a picture. They will be graded on neatness and grammar.

Social Studies- We will be finishing up Unit 1, Where we Live. We may have a Unit test at the end of the week. If we do study guide will go home on Wednesday.

Science- We will begin working on Living Things

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead.

Karen Ade

 

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Week of September 10th-13th

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I can’t wait to hear about all the rides people went on at Fisher Fest and how many pounds of cotton candy were eaten. I am sure there will be some tired kids this week, but we have a jammed packed week ahead.

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

  • We are going to Disney on Ice in January/February. We will not be picking chaperones until after Christmas, but please make sure you are virtus trained if you are interested.

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will be starting Chapter 2; Numbers to 1,000. There will  be Math homework Monday- Thursday. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: club, rub, just, dust, mud, jump, cup, jug, hunt, drum, house, took, never, these, and off.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each.

Reading- The stories this week are House Repair and The Surprise. The reader will go home on Wednesday please have them read The Surprise for homework. 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. Students should also be reading 15 minutes a night.

Religion- We will be finishing up Chapter 2: Baptism. We have started talking about the different symbols and about their own Baptisms. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation.

Language Arts- We will be working on types of sentences and how to write sentences correctly.

Social Studies- We will continue working on Unit 1. We will be talking about the differences between rural, urban, and suburban areas.

 

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead.

Karen Ade

 

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Week of September 10th-13th

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We have another short week this week with Fisher Fest coming up. I’m sure all the buzz will be about what rides everyone will be going on. Also students may dress in red, white, and blue on Tuesday for 9/11.

  • No School Friday, September 14th

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

  • Language Arts Unit 1 test Wednesday

  • Math Chapter 1 test Thursday

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will be finishing up Chapter 1 and having our Chapter 1 test on Thursday.  We will be reviewing as a class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows: stop, nod, pond, doll, lot, spot, cot, log, fog, dog, through, would, very, their, and should.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Monday is 4X each. We will be having our Spelling test on Thursday.

Reading- The stories this week are The Green Leaf Club News and Three Little Bikers. The reader will go home on Wednesday please have them read Three Little Bikers for homework. 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. Students should also be reading 15 minutes a night.

Religion- We finished up Chapter 1 and began working on Chapter 2: Baptism. We have started talking about the different symbols and about their own Baptisms. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation.

Language Arts- We have finished Unit 1 and will be having a Unit 1 test on WEdnesday. I will be reviewing with the class Monday and Tuesday.

Social Studies- We will continue working on Unit 1; Where we live

 

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead.

Karen Ade

 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

Week of September 4th-7th

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. It’s going to be hot again so students are able to bring water bottles to school.

  • 1st All School Mass Friday at 1:00 parents are welcome to attend

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

  • We will have a special “Patriotic Dress Day” on 9/11. In order to earn the “Patriotic Dress Day” home room must collect $60.00.Money is due by Monday, September 10th

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 1; Number concepts; place value, expanded form, etc.. We will have our first Chapter test probably Wednesday or Thursday of next week. I will send more information home when it get closer. Please continue to practice addition/subtraction with your child.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows:hill, hit, win, will, wind, milk, miss, bill, fit, fill, many, world, clean, use, and work.  If children use capital letters inappropriately, or write letters backwards, the word will be marked wrong. Homework on Tuesday is 4X each

Reading- The stories this week are The Workers and Tools. The reader will go home on Wednesday please have them read Tools for homework. 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. Students should also be reading 15 minutes a night.

Religion- We will continue working on Chapter 1: how are church welcomes us. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation. We will begin talking about Baptism and I will be asking the students to bring in pictures of their Baptism at the end of the week

Language Arts- We will continue working on types of sentences; exclamatory, declaration, imperative, and command. We will start working on word order in sentences

Social Studies- We will continue working on Unit 1; Where we live

 

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead.

Karen Ade

 

Week 2

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Week One: August 27th

 

Week of August 27th-31st

We had a great first week of school! We talked about class rules ,took a tour around the school, and got back into the swing of things. We began working in our Reading, English, Math, and Religion textbooks as well. It’s going to be hot this week so feel free to send a water bottle for them to keep on their desks.

  • Reminder Open House Thursday from 6:30-8:00 (a letter was sent home with information)

  • On Wednesdays I ask that parents please sign their child’s planner

For the rest of the week, the info to know is as follows:

Math- We will continue working on Chapter 1; Number concepts; place value, expanded form, etc.. We will have a timed test on addition and subtraction facts sometime this week to asses the students knowledge. We will repeat this test 3 times year to measure students progress.

Spelling- The Spelling words for this week are as follows:help, bell, well, fell,spell,tell,send, next, went, end, people, taste, your, made, and live.  Homework on Monday is 4X each

Reading- The stories this week are The Wobbly People in Ellen’s Block House and Poppleton and the Grapefruit. The reader will go home on Wednesday please have them read Poppleton and the Grapefruit for homework. If you have not done so please send in your child’s summer reading packet. If the sheet was lost they can write down 9 books that they read this summer. Students should also be reading 15 minutes a night.

Religion- We will continue working on Chapter 1: how are church welcomes us. The students have the Act of Contrition stapled in their take home folders. We ask that you please practice this at home each night as they need to learn this for their First Reconciliation.

Language Arts- We will be working on types of sentences; exclamatory, declaration, imperative, and command.

Social Studies- We will continue working on Unit 1; Where we live

 

Please feel free to email me kade@sjfschool.net with any questions. Looking forward to a great week ahead. I hope to meet all of you at Open House on Thursday.

Karen Ade

 

Welcome Back

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/Lirbrary (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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