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Mrs. Kathryn Ball, Second Grade

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am Katie Ball and I am so excited to start this new school year together!

Fast Facts About Me:

  • This will be my 14th year teaching, and my 1st at SJF!
  • My husband and I live in the parish and have 2 awesome Fisher Falcons of our own, Fiona (4th grade) and Emmett (2nd grade).  We also have a big dog named Abe!
  • My mom & dad, sister, nephew & niece are my favorite people on the planet and our favorite place to go together is Walt Disney World.
  • I love going to concerts and I truly believe music can change your mood!
  • I love to bake cookies (and eat them too!)

I can't wait to get to know all the wonderful 2nd graders in room 217 this year.  I can just tell we're going to make a great team- together we will fly like falcons and rock 2nd grade!

Week of June 7th

Posted on Jun 08, 2021

It's our final week of school!  We have a fun week planned, here's a rundown of the events.  Can't wait to spend time together celebrating all of our achievements from this joyful, challenging, rewarding, and blessed school year!

Tuesday, 6/8 - Fat Tommy's hot dog day

Wednesday, 6/9 - It's cleaning day! Please send Clorox wipes or a bucket/rag with your child.  12:45 dismissal as usual.

Thursday, 6/10 - Field Day! We'll be outdoors so please help your child dress for the weather.

Friday, 6/11 - Report cards will come home today, 10:30 dismissal!

 

Week of May 24th

Posted on May 25, 2021

Recap and reminders:

We've completed our final iReady diagnostic- hooray!  In order to allow for any absent students to complete the diagnostic, we still ask that students do not log in to iReady at home.

The SJF Breast Cancer Walk-a-thon is on Friday!  This is a dress down day for students, and all are encouraged to wear walk-a-thon t-shirts or the color pink.  T-shirt orders will be coming home Wed. or Thurs.!

Rainbow Cone day is Thursday, 6/3- if you plan to order ice cream for your child, orders are due by May 31st.

This week's "super goal" will be a tough one for us all...raise your hand and wait for your turn to talk! We can do it!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend- NO SCHOOL Monday, 5/31!

Welcoming a new week

Reading & ELA  Module 10 in our reading series is titled "Many Cultures, One World".  Our discovery of other cultures and traditions around the world continues with our weekly story, Poems in the AtticComprehension quiz on Friday.

The ELA study guide went home Monday, our unit 11 test will be Wednesday.

Spelling-  Each one of our words this week end with a letter -y that stands for the the long e sound.  We're learning that when you have a word with two consonants before the -y, the first vowel sound is usually short. Spelling test Friday.

  1. pretty
  2. baby
  3. very
  4. puppy
  5. funny
  6. carry
  7. lucky
  8. only
  9. sunny
  10. penny
  11. plenty
  12. twenty

Math Concepts-  Moving on to Chapter 10, we'll explore different ways to display data through tally charts, picture graphs and bar graphs.

Social Studies- We'll spend time reviewing this week to prepare for our unit 5 test.  Due to the holiday weekend and our day off on Monday, our study guide will go home on Thursday in order to allow enough time to prepare.  Our unit 5 test will be on Wednesday, 6/2.

Religion- Chapter 17 focuses on our God given gifts that we receive through the Holy Spirit.

 

Week of May 17th

Posted on May 17, 2021

Recap and reminders:

This week's "super goal" is for each student to finish their morning work when they come into class each day!

The iReady diagnostic will be given this week for for math, and we completed our reading iReady diagnostic last week.  We ask that students not login to iReady at home, until notified that the diagnostic is complete!

Welcoming a new week

Reading & ELA  Module 10 in our reading series is titled "Many Cultures, One World".  Our discovery of other cultures and traditions around the world continues with our weekly story, May Day Around the WorldComprehension quiz on Friday.

Continuing on in ELA, we'll work on adverbs, properly capitalizing titles in writing, and working on understanding the meaning of words when we add suffixes -ful or -less. We'll have our ELA unit 11 test next week.

Spelling-  Our spelling words this week, again, have -ed or -ing added to the end. The majority of this week's words have a long vowel sound in the first syllable and an e at the end of the base word, so we're learning to drop the e and add -ing or -ed.  Spelling test Friday.

  1. liked 
  2. using
  3. riding
  4. chased
  5. spilled
  6. making
  7. closed
  8. hoping
  9. baked
  10. hiding
  11. standing
  12. asked

Math Concepts-  We will close out chapter 9, on measurement in cm, with a test on Tuesday.  Wednesday we'll start chapter 10- all about collecting and reading data.

Social Studies- We're wrapping up unit 5 by reading a bit about the civil war, slavery and those brave enough to stand up against it.  This can be a difficult thing to learn about, but as we do with all things, we bring the focus back to our daily life and use these lessons to help us be the best, kindest version of ourselves so we can make the world a better place! Our unit 5 test will be next week or the week after.

Science- Tying in to our learning of other cultures, we'll learn about how different people around the world grow food to contribute to our world food supply.  

Religion- We will move on to Chapter 16 where we will learn to pray like Jesus did.

Week of May 10th

Posted on May 11, 2021

Recap and reminders:

What a great way to start a week - a pajama/movie day on Monday in celebration of our awesome teamwork so far this year!  

We'll continue doing our best work with our "super goal" for this week keeping us focused on bringing planners and folders every day!

The iReady diagnostic will be given this week for reading and next week for Math. We ask that students not login to iReady at home, until notified that the diagnostic is complete.

On Tuesday, it's our scheduled turn to attend Mass- it will be the first time the students can receive communion at a school mass! So exciting!  Students who do not receive communion will walk up with their class and, with arms crossed over their chest, will receive a blessing from Fr. Ken.

Welcoming a new week

Reading & ELA  Module 10 in our reading series is titled "Many Cultures, One World".  We'll start our journey of discovery of other people and cultures with  this week's story titled "Where on Earth is My Bagel?". Comprehension quiz on Friday.

Continuing on in ELA, we'll work on adverbs that tell how, when, and where and work on properly capitalizing titles in writing.

Spelling-  Our spelling words this week have -ed or -ing added to the end. Our spelling pattern teaches us that if there is a short vowel sound in the base word, you need to double the consonant before adding -ed or -ing.   Spelling test Friday.

  1. running
  2. clapped
  3. stopped
  4. hopping
  5. batted
  6. selling
  7. pinned
  8. cutting
  9. sitting
  10. rubbed
  11. missed
  12. grabbed

Math Concepts-  We'll wrap up chapter 9 this week and have our test on measurement in cm and meters early next week.

Social Studies- We're continuing on with unit 5. We'll look at the 13 original colonies, learn about some of our country's Native American tribes, and discover what life was like for the pioneers.

Religion- We're going back to our religion book this week, picking back up with Chapter 15.  This chapter focuses on how we can carry on the work of Jesus in our every day life.

Week of May 3rd

Posted on May 03, 2021

Recap and reminders:

What a beautiful celebration we had on Saturday!  It was so wonderful to see all the kids decked out in their finest, ready to share in the sacrament of communion. The reverence and joy with which the kids approached this special day was truly heartwarming.  We owe an enormous thank you to Dr. Chermak for all of her planning and hard work to prepare the students for this awesome milestone in their journey of faith!  Congratulations to all!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  Wrapping up our "Home Sweet Habitat" module, this week we'll read "Abuelo and the Three Bears".  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

We'll be starting our final ELA unit of the year this week- Unit 11 is all about adverbs!

Spelling-  Our spelling words this week have a /j/ sound, spelled with -ge or -dge.   Spelling test Friday.

  1. bridge
  2. huge
  3. stage
  4. judge
  5. cage
  6. pledge
  7. badge
  8. fudge
  9. dodge
  10. edge
  11. age
  12. lodge

Math Concepts-  We're sticking with measurement as we move on to Chapter 9, all about measurement in centimeters.

Social Studies- We're continuing on with unit 5. We'll look at the 13 original colonies, learn about some of our country's Native American tribes, and discover what life was like for the pioneers.

Religion- We're going back to our religion book this week, picking back up with Chapter 15.  This chapter focuses on how we can carry on the work of Jesus in our every day life.

Week of April 26th

Posted on Apr 27, 2021
 

Recap and reminders:

We are just days away from the big event, the First Holy Communion of the Class of 2027! I am utterly impressed with the dedication and hard work these 2nd graders have put into their communion practices.  Just like Dr. Chermak says, the more prepared we are, the more confident we will be!

Please remember:

  • students should arrive at church at 9:45am and will gather with their class so they can process in at the start of mass
  • mass begins at 10am
  • parents will sit in the front pews with their communicant- pews will be marked with communicant's name
  • An additional 6 people from each family may attend- a pew (further back in the church) for each family will be marked with the communicant's name

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  Moving on with our "Home Sweet Habitat" module, this week we'll read "Sea Otter Pups".  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

The kids did great on our pronoun test!  Because we'll be focusing much of our efforts on communion preparation, we will spend this week reviewing our ELA skills rather than beginning a new unit.

Spelling-  Our spelling words this week are contractions!  Remember to add in that apostrophe!!  Spelling test Friday.

  1. don't
  2. we'll
  3. it's
  4. I've
  5. didn't
  6. you're
  7. that's
  8. wasn't
  9. you've
  10. who's
  11. they'd
  12. aren't

Math Concepts-  We'll be finishing our chapter on measurement and taking some time to review what we've learned, Chapter 8 test on Thursday.

Social Studies- Unit 5 is all about our country's past. We'll look at the 13 original colonies, learn about some of our country's Native American tribes, and discover what life was like for the pioneers.

Religion- Our Joy Joy the Mass book is almost complete!  We're working hard on learning all about the parts of the mass and practicing our prayers and responses.

Week of April 19th

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Recap and reminders:

Communion practices have begun and we are working hard to make this holy sacrament a very special day for all.  As stated in Dr. Chermak's email from 4/19, the deadline for banners and communion fee has been extended.

Communion banner and $40 communion fee are now due Monday, April 26th!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  Reading module 9, "Home Sweet Habitat", begins at the perfect time as Earth Day approaches.  We'll read stories related to animals, how and where they live, and how we can protect them.  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

Our work on pronouns comes to a close, unit 9 study guides will come home on Tuesday, and our test will be on Thursday.

Spelling-  All of our spelling words this week will be compound words. Kids can tackle the spelling of these longer words by focusing on spelling the two smaller words within each compound word.  When practicing writing these words, help your child remember NOT to add a space between the two parts of the compound word! Spelling test Friday:

  1. cannot
  2. pancake
  3. maybe
  4. baseball
  5. playground
  6. someone
  7. myself
  8. classroom
  9. sunshine
  10. outside
  11. upon
  12. nothing

Math Concepts-  Continuing on with chapter 8, we'll add and subtract in inches, learn about measuring in feet vs. inches, and look at some various measurement tools.  The kids seem to be enjoying using their rulers, and we should be ready for our chapter test on measurement next week!

Social Studies- Unit 5 is all about our country's past. We'll look at the 13 original colonies, learn about some of our country's Native American tribes, and discover what life was like for the pioneers.

Religion- We'll be putting our regular religion book on hold while we finish our special communion book, Joy Joy the Mass. We'll be practicing for the big day, learning our songs and how to walk properly down the aisle of church.  Speaking parts for the mass will be assigned soon, please help your child practice any parts they are given so they feel confident and ready to do their best on May 1st!  They are all so excited and are approaching this day with the deepest respect, I know this beautiful ceremony won't be anything short of wonderful!

Week of April 12th

Posted on Apr 12, 2021

Recap and reminders:

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful relaxing break!  There were some very sleepy eyed 2nd graders in class this morning, so I am assuming they had many fun filled days, just as they should!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  We're on week three of our reading module, Time to Grow!  Our story of the week is Don't Touch Me, all about plants found in nature that can be dangerous to humans.  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

We will continue our unit on pronouns in our ELA book.

Spelling-  All of our spelling words this week have the /aw/ sound, made by aw, a followed by l, and sometimes o. Spelling test Friday:

  1. tall
  2. saw
  3. jaw
  4. draw
  5. call
  6. fall
  7. soft
  8. paw
  9. ball
  10. yawn
  11. fog
  12. small

Math Concepts-  On to chapter 8, starting with measurement in non-standard and standard units.  Your child will sometimes be bringing home some 1" foam color tiles to help with homework, please return to school the next day!

Social Studies- Unit 5 is all about our country's past. We'll look at the 13 original colonies, learn about some of our country's Native American tribes, and discover what life was like for the pioneers.

Religion- We'll be putting our regular religion book on hold while we finish our special communion book, Joy Joy the Mass.  Only a few weeks left until our big day on May 1st at 10am!

Week of March 29th

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

Recap and reminders:

We're just days away from Easter and our spring break!  I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

Remember: 11:30 dismissal on Thursday and no school Friday!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA We'll be reading a fun book this week called Jackie and the Beanstalk!  Since our story last week was Jack and the Beanstalk, this will be a perfect time to learn how to compare and contrast stories!  No quiz this week!

We'll continue on learning about pronouns in our ELA book.

Spelling-  No spelling words/test this week!

Math Concepts-    We're finishing out chapter on Money and Time, we'll have our chapter 7 math test on Wednesday!

Science-  We started a science project last week and will continue making and recording our observations.  Ask your little scientist about what's happening with our grass seed experiment!

Religion- We'll complete chapter 14 on receiving the Eucharist and continue working through Joy Joy the Mass in preparation for our First Holy Communion!

Week of March 22nd

Posted on Mar 22, 2021

Recap and reminders:

Congrats to all these wonderful 2nd graders for their hard work and excellent report cards.  I know each one of these kids gives it their all every day!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  We're on week two of our new reading module, Time to Grow!  All our stories about plants and seeds will be perfectly timed with this beautiful spring weather and the start of the growing season. Our story for the week is Jack and the Beanstalk. Comprehension quiz on Friday.

We'll begin our next unit in our ELA book, learning all about pronouns.

Spelling-  All of our spelling words this week have ou or ow  Spelling test Friday:

  1. cow
  2. house
  3. town
  4. shout
  5. down
  6. mouse
  7. found
  8. loud
  9. brown
  10. ground
  11. pound
  12. flower

Math Concepts-    We're continuing on learning about money with values greater than $1.00.  Next up, learning about telling time!

Social Studies- We'll review our social studies unit on local, state, and country government.  Our unit test will be on Wednesday.

Religion- We're SO excited to start preparation for our First Holy Communion.  We will begin a special book dedicated to the sacrament called Joy Joy the Mass, as well as starting chapter 14 in our religion text book, all about receiving the Eucharist.

Week of March 8th

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

Recap and reminders:

This is the last week of the 2nd trimester!  It will be a busy week as we wrap up the loose ends, but I know these super 2nd graders are well prepared and up for the challenge!

Two full trimesters of in-person learning, wow!  Thank you all for committing to the health and safety protocols that have allowed us to reach this mile marker in our year!

Reminder: 11:30am dismissal on Friday! Optional parent teacher conferences from 12:00-4pm.

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  Continuing on reading reading biographies, our story for the week is titled, Drum Dream GirlComprehension quiz on Friday.

As mentioned before, our ELA unit on adjectives was a short one!  We'll be finishing up on Monday, taking Tuesday and Wednesday to review and wrapping up with a unit test on Thursday.

Spelling-  The pattern for our words this week is words that have the sound /oo/.   Spelling test Friday:

  1. took
  2. books
  3. foot
  4. hoof
  5. cook
  6. nook
  7. hood
  8. wood
  9. stood
  10. shook
  11. crook
  12. cookbook

Math Concepts- We've finished our chapter on 3 digit addition and subtraction, chapter 6 test on Tuesday.  Then we'll move on to chapter 7 learning about money and time.

Social Studies- We’re continuing our unit in social studies learning all about our government.

Religion- We'll move on to chapter 13, learning that Jesus died to save us from sin.

Week of March 1st

Posted on Mar 02, 2021

Recap and reminders:

It was so nice to see all of you in person at First Reconciliation!  What a lovely evening and a special sacrament, I am so proud of all of the kids' hard work!

Please sign and return the technology agreement sent via email/class tag as soon as possible! How very lucky we are to have this technology, so exciting!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  Continuing on reading reading biographies and autobiographies, our story for the week is titled, The Stories He TellsComprehension quiz on Friday.

We are jumping into a short unit on adjectives in ELA.  Looking forward to hearing all the interesting descriptive words these 2nd graders can come up with!

Spelling-  Our words this week focus on “r controlled vowels”, specifically -er.   Spelling test Friday:

  1. father
  2. over
  3. under
  4. herd
  5. water
  6. verb
  7. paper
  8. cracker
  9. offer
  10. cover
  11. germ
  12. master

Math Concepts- 3 digit subtraction moves on with regrouping tens and hundreds.

Social Studies- We’re continuing our unit in social studies learning all about our government.

Religion- Back to our religion text book, moving on to chapter 12 and learning that God hears and answers our prayers!

Week of February 22nd

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Recap and reminders:

The big day is almost here- First Reconciliation, Wednesday 2/24!

An email was sent, over the weekend, with the technology agreement attached. Please read the agreement, and sign and return the last page. iPads are being prepared for the students as we speak!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA  We're starting our new reading module, "Everyone Has a Story", where the kids will be given the chance to experience biographies and autobiographies. Our story for the week is titled, I Am Helen Keller. Comprehension quiz on Friday.

We have completed our ELA unit on verbs and will have our test on Wednesday, 2/24. Study guides will go home on Monday.  We've been working hard and I know the kids will do great!

Spelling-  Our words this week focus on “r controlled vowels”, specifically -or.   Spelling test Friday:

  1. chore
  2. glory
  3. storm
  4. north
  5. store
  6. thorn
  7. morning
  8. snore
  9. stork
  10. worn
  11. tore
  12. forget

Math Concepts- we're continuing on with 3-digit addition and moving forward into 3-digit subtraction.

Social Studies- We’re continuing our unit in social studies learning all about our government.

Religion- We’ll continue our work in our “Making Things Right” book as we prepare for the very special sacrament of First Reconciliation on February  24th!

Week of February 8th

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Recap and reminders:

Our Catholic school’s week celebration was such a special way to recognize the people and things that make our school and parish such a wonderful place to be.  We’re so lucky to be Falcons!

We will be taking our 2nd iReady diagnostic this week and next week.  This will help us to monitor the progress that has been made in iReady math and reading, as well as help us to better focus our classroom lessons to the students’ areas of need.  Our class will be taking the diagnostic on Wednesday, 2/10 and Wednesday, 2/17.

Remember:
-No school Friday, 2/12 (Teacher inservice)

-No school Monday, 2/15 (Presidents' Day)

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA-   Continuing on with our learning about Wild Weather, this week’s story is “Get Ready for Weather”.  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

It’s been a while since we started our ELA unit on verbs, so we’ll do some review as well as moving on special verbs and contractions.

Spelling-  Our words this week focus on “r controlled vowels”, specifically -ar.   Spelling test Friday:

  1. car
  2. dark
  3. card
  4. star
  5. park
  6. yard
  7. party
  8. hard
  9. smart
  10. start
  11. part
  12. spark

Math Concepts- Our math test on subtraction will be on Tuesday, 2/9.  We’ll then start our next lessons focused on 3-digit addition.

Social Studies- We’re starting a new unit in social studies learning all about our government.

Religion- We’ll continue our work in our “Making Things Right” book as we prepare for the very special sacrament of First Reconciliation on February  24th!

Week of February 1st

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

Recap and reminders:

Happy Catholic school’s week!  So many fun things planned to celebrate all that we love about SJF:

Monday- pajama day and all school Bingo

Tuesday- we’ll have an afternoon of fun and games

Wednesday- wear your wackiest outfit and bring $1 to donate to Ronald McDonald House

Thursday- bring a rosary if you have one, we will pray together as a school

Friday-  out of uniform day, but students are encouraged to wear their  falcon gear or tie dye. We’ll watch a movie and kids can bring a snack!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA-  Continuing on with our learning about Wild Weather, this week’s story is “Cloudette”.  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

Spelling-  Our words this week focus on the sounds for letter c and letter g.  We are learning that when c or g are followed by an i, e, or y, it changes the sound to the soft sound for that letter.  For example: face and gym.   Spelling test Friday:

  1. cot
  2. face
  3. goal
  4. gym
  5. nice
  6. page
  7. plug
  8. crash
  9. gone
  10. brag
  11. city
  12. trace

Math Concepts- We’re finishing our chapter on subtraction this week.  We will review at the end of the week, and our chapter test will be early next week.

Social Studies- We are also finishing our social studies unit. Study guides will go home on Tuesday, test on Thursday!

Religion- We are putting our regular religion book on hold while we begin working through a new book called “Making Things Right”.  This book will help us prepare for the very special sacrament of First Reconciliation on February  24th!

Week of January 25th

Posted on Jan 23, 2021

Recap and reminders:

 

It took a minute to get back into the swing of things after being out of the building for so long, but we're well on our way to being back up to speed!

 

Grades will still be collected as usual for our remote learning days, so please do return any completed work so it can be graded and your child can get credit for their work!

 

We will still do our best to get outdoors when weather allows, so please send your child with appropriate winter wear.  Also, we do keep windows open during the day, so if your child tends to get chilly, please send them to school with their uniform approved 1/4 zip bell tower logo sweatshirt or 1/4 zip bell tower logo performance wear pullover.  Other Falcon gear may be worn on Fridays only.

 

Lastly, since we will be having indoor recess more often during these winter months, please continue to help your child pick out appropriate books or small toys they can use at their desk.  Please use the guideline of what fits in a gallon size ziplock bag to help them understand an appropriate amount/size of toys. Thanks!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA-

On to Module 6 and the topic Weather Wise, all about the science of weather!  Our story for the week is "Wild Weather" and the link for the story is available on Google Classroom. Comprehension quiz on Friday!

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, test on Friday!

 

Each of this week's words is plural- we'll practice adding -s and -es.

  1. hens
  2. eggs
  3. ducks
  4. bikes
  5. boxes
  6. wishes
  7. dresses
  8. names
  9. bells
  10. stamps
  11. dishes
  12. grapes

 

Math Concepts- we’re still plugging away at two-digit subtraction with regrouping.  This is a tricky concept, the kids are working very hard!

 

Social Studies- We will finish up our unit on goods and services, income, taxes and budgeting.

 

Religion- We will learn about the works of Mercy and how hearing the word of God should help us choose how we treat others.

Week of January 19th

Posted on Jan 19, 2021

Recap and reminders:

 

Welcome back to in-person learning! So glad to be together again!

 

Your child should bring all of the work they completed over our remote learning days back to school on Tuesday, 1/19. Thank you!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA-

Module 5 of our reading series continues with more discussion on leadership and this week’s story, "Who Are Government’s Leaders?" The link for the story is available on Google Classroom and our comprehension quiz will be on Friday.

 

There also is a link on google classroom to "Jack and the Book", our decodable story for the week.  Lots of chances to practice reading our high frequency words and practice reading with inflection.

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, test on Friday!

 

All of our words this week are homophones, words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. When helping your child study, make sure you give the words in the context of a sentence so the kids can learn which spelling goes with which meaning!

  1. meet
  2. meat
  3. week
  4. weak
  5. mane
  6. main
  7. tail
  8. tale
  9. be
  10. bee
  11. too
  12. two

 

Math Concepts- we’re moving on to two-digit subtraction with regrouping!

 

Social Studies- history is in the making this week, so we will spend some time learning about our country’s process of inauguration. We will continue our unit on goods and services, income, taxes and budgeting.

 

Religion- We will learn about the works of Mercy and how hearing the word of God should help us choose how we treat others.

Week of 12/14

Posted on Dec 15, 2020

Recap and reminders:

 

The countdown is on, just a handful of days left until Christmas, and we have so much fun and learning left to do!

 

Thursday, 12/17 is our school wide Polar Express Day, put on your comfiest Christmas pajamas and get ready for a fun day!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA-

We’re continuing on with our unit on Verbs in ELA, distinguishing between nouns and verbs and learning to add -ed to make a verb past tense.

 

On to Module 5 of our reading series, and we’re learning what it takes to be a good leader! Our story for the week is Going Places, and the link for the story is available on Google Classroom. Comprehension quiz on Friday!

 

There also is a link on google classroom to On The Move, our decodable story for the week.  Lots of chances to practice reading words with the long o sound.

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, Test on Friday!

 

This week’s words all have the long /o/ sound.  All of the words will have the vowel pair -oa or -ow or just o.

 

  1. own
  2. most
  3. soap
  4. float
  5. both
  6. know
  7. loan
  8. goat
  9. flow
  10. loaf
  11. throw
  12. roast

 

Math Concepts- we’re going to keep on practicing our two digit addition and regrouping skills!

 

Social Studies- our new unit will focus on the difference between goods and services, learning about income and taxes and decision making concerning earning and spending money.

 

Religion- we will explore how Jesus taught about God through stories and we’ll practice retelling the most joyful story of the season, the story of Jesus’s birth!

Week of 12/7

Posted on Dec 09, 2020

Recap and reminders:

 

Room 217 is already full of Christmas spirit!  We will do our best to keep focused and learning while still finding time to revel in the joy that Christmas can bring.

 

On Friday, December 11th, we will be having an Ugly Christmas Sweater/ Holiday Out of Uniform Day! Students are encouraged to bring in at least $1. Our collection will be donated to Pro Labore Dei.

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA-

We’re continuing on with our unit on Verbs in ELA.

 

We’re on to our last story of this storytelling module, reading the fairytale If The Shoe Fits: Two Cinderella Stories. The link for the story is available on Google Classroom. Comprehension quiz on Friday!

 

There also is a link on google classroom to two decodable stories for this week, Queen and Horses with Jobs. We are working on a writing assignment, so we will not be reading these stories in our small groups this week, but they are great ones for giving the kids practice with sounding out words with -ee and -ea vowel pairs!

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, test on Friday!

 

This week’s words all have the long /e/ sound.  All of the words will have the vowel pair -ee or -ea.

  1. free
  2. teach
  3. teeth
  4. please
  5. each
  6. wheel
  7. team
  8. speak
  9. sneeze
  10. sheep
  11. meaning
  12. weave

Math Concepts- moving on to chapter 4, all about 2-digit addition!  We’ve been working our way up to regrouping, and the kids are working SO hard! I am very impressed!

 

Social Studies- our new unit will focus on the difference between goods and services, learning about income and taxes and decision making concerning earning and spending money.

 

Science- We will predict and observe the reaction of candy canes in submerged various liquids.

 

Religion- We will focus on the wonderful world God has created for us and focus on taking care of God’s creations.  We will also talk about Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas, and listen to the story of the night of Jesus’ birth.

Week of November 30th

Posted on Dec 01, 2020

Recap and reminders:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and restful break. Thank you so much for your hard work in helping the kids with their remote learning assignments!

 

Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, 12/3.  I’m so proud of each and every student’s hard work!

 

Please check your child’s planner and folder each night to help ensure our 2nd graders are completing assignments!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA- We’re moving on to a unit on Verbs in ELA.

 

As we continue on with learning about storytelling, we’ll read our story for the week, A Crow, A Lion, and a Mouse! Oh, My!  This one’s a drama, so the more the merrier as you read together at home!  I will post the link to the story on google classroom on Tuesday.  Comprehension quiz on Friday.

 

I will also post the link to a decodable two-part story we’ll be reading in small groups, Tess and Jay Set Sail and A Wrecked Ship!  Each week, these decodable stories include familiar high frequency words, words that can be sounded out using phonics rules, and words that follow the rules for our weekly spelling words. Great stories for practicing fluency, reading with inflection, and letting your growing reader read you a bed time story once in a while!

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, Test on Friday!

 

This week’s words all have the long /a/ sound.  All of the words will have the vowel pair -ai or -ay.

  1. pay
  2. wait
  3. paint
  4. train
  5. pail
  6. clay
  7. tray
  8. plain
  9. stain
  10. hay
  11. gray
  12. away

Math Concepts- moving on to chapter 4, all about 2-digit addition!

 

Social Studies- our new unit will focus on the difference between goods and services, learning about income and taxes and decision making concerning earning and spending money.

 

Science- we will talk about ways we can practice conservation in our daily lives at home and at school.

 

Religion- We will focus on the wonderful world God has created for us and focus on taking care of God’s creations.

Week of November 16

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Recap and reminders:

So grateful to be continuing our in person learning this week!

 

We will continue to assign iReady skills for homework regularly, if your child is enjoying it and wants to do more than the assigned minutes, feel free!

 

On google classroom last week, I posted a link to our story for the week. By following the link, the kids can read the story on a digital device or click the “audio” button and listen and follow along while the story is read to them. (Last week’s story was pretty long, we did a read a page/listen to a page deal to complete it in our house!) I’ll post this week’s story after we read it. Nothing takes the place of reading with someone at home, but this can be helpful and fun for the kids on those nights when things get hectic!

 

Please check your child’s planner and folder each night to help ensure our 2nd graders are completing assignments!

 

Disguised turkeys are due Tuesday, 11/17!  (The ones that have been returned look great! Thank you!)

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA- Our new module is all about storytelling- it should be a fun to learn about why and how we tell some of our favorites! Our story this week is titled How To Read a Story- quiz on Friday!

 

Spelling-  Here’s the rules for this week’s spelling words, Test on Friday!

 

This week’s words all have the /k/ sound. To make this sound

  • Short vowel words often use ck (neck)
  • Words with a vowel-consonant-e (VCe) pattern often just use k (snake)
  • Words with a final consonant blend often just use k
  1. milk
  2. neck
  3. ask
  4. snake
  5. truck
  6. kick
  7. smoke
  8. rock
  9. desk
  10. black
  11. lake
  12. trick

Math Concepts- solving story problems, using equal groups and repeated addition to solve problems.

 

Social Studies- Continuing on with discovering our earth, we’ll discuss our natural resources, how we use them, and how we can practice conservation.

 

Religion- We identify times we should say we are sorry and focus on what we can do to make things better after we sin.

Week of November 9th

Posted on Nov 10, 2020

Recap and reminders:

We’re heading into November strong, hard at work, and enjoying God’s gift of this gorgeous weather!

 

Now that our iReady testing is complete, the kids will regularly be assigned iReady math or reading as homework.  I’m looking forward to when the students’ iPads arrive so we can make the most of our instructional minutes by also having the students progress on their “path” at some points during the school day!

 

Please continue check your child’s planner and folder each night to help ensure our 2nd graders are completing assignments! Thanks so much!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA- We've completed our unit on nouns, we'll spend time reviewing this week in preparation for a test Thursday.  

 

We’re finishing up our reading module on “Meeting In the Middle”.  Our last weekly story under this theme is Pepita and the Bully, wrapping up with a quiz on Friday.

 

Spelling-  Spelling words are getting a bit more challenging, make studying fun by letting the kids write with different kinds of writing utensils, spelling the words out in scrabble tiles, or writing them in shaving cream on the bathtub wall! Whatever keeps them interested! This week’s words each have a digraph (two letters combined to make a new sound): sh, th, ch, wh 

Test on Friday!

 

  1. dish
  2. than
  3. chest
  4. such
  5. thin
  6. push
  7. shine
  8. chase
  9. white
  10. while
  11. these
  12. flash

Math Concepts- related addition and subtraction facts, subtraction strategies.

 

Social Studies- Unit 2 is all about discovering our earth.  We’ll start off with identifying landforms and reading about what a geographer studies.

 

Religion- Our focus is on making good choices, saying we’re sorry when we are wrong, and learning about the Ten Commandments.

Week of November 2nd

Posted on Nov 04, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend and is enjoying the unseasonably wonderful warm weather! 

As we continue to put health and safety at the forefront of our priorities, please make sure your child is wearing a mask that fits properly and fully covers their mouth and nose.  I know that after being washed so many times, masks may be losing a bit of their elasticity and make them slide down while kids are going about their day.  Please take a moment to check how your child’s masks fit, and tie knots in the ear loops if needed or teach your child how to twist the strap before looping around their ear- whatever needs to be done to keep those masks up and protecting the kids!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- Module 3 is all about “Meeting in the Middle”, and we’ll be reading about how to make compromises!  We will have a quiz on Friday for this week’s story, Working With Others.

Spelling-  Each of our words this week ends in a double letter.  When studying, remind the kids that the letters together only make one sound, but there are still two of them!  Spelling test Friday:

  1. full
  2. dress
  3. mess
  4. add
  5. hill
  6. pull
  7. spill
  8. class
  9. doll
  10. kiss
  11. fell
  12. off

Math Concepts- We’ll be focusing on addition strategies.  We refer to various strategies such as counting on, using doubles, and drawing a model as “tools in our toolbox”.  I tell the kids all the time, even when it is not mentioned in the directions, it is always ok to use a tool from your toolbox to help solve the problem! (Of course, practicing flashcards at home is a great tool too!)

Social Studies- We will learn facts about voting, the election, and our two presidential candidates.

Religion- We’ll read about Reconciliation and focus on the joy of receiving God’s forgiveness.  We’ll talk about ways we can say we are sorry for our sins in our own life, and how we can practice forgiving others.

Week of October 26th

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Another week under our belt and another great one on the way!  We will have a busy week, but it will end with time for relaxing and having fun on Friday with our celebration of Halloween!

Halloween: Kids may come to school in costume on Friday, 10/28.  We’ll have some fun Halloween activities in the afternoon, in our classroom.  Unfortunately we are not able to pass out treats, so students don’t need to bring anything except their fun Halloween spirit!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- We’re starting a new reading book!  Students had the option of bringing the old one home or recycling.  We’re moving on to module 3, “Meeting in the Middle”, and we’ll be reading about how to make compromises!  We will have a quiz on Friday for this week’s story, Big Red Lollipop.

Spelling-  continuing on with words with blends, each of our words this week had a final blend.  Spelling test Friday:

  1. next
  2. end
  3. camp
  4. sank
  5. sing
  6. drink
  7. hunt
  8. stand
  9. long
  10. stamp
  11. pond
  12. bring

Math Concepts- we’re finishing up chapter 2 this week with comparing numbers, and we’ll spend time reviewing what we’ve learned about 3 digit numbers.  We will have a chapter 2 test on Thursday.

Social Studies- we will review what we have learned in Unit 1 and have our first social studies test on Wednesday.

Religion- We will learn about how Jesus set the example for what is right and wrong and focus on our power to choose good choices!

Week of October 19th

Posted on Oct 20, 2020

Recap and reminders:

 

Well, it feels like we’re getting into a pretty good routine here in room 217. So good in fact that we’ve been able to add "small group” work into our days. Although we can’t actually physically gather in a group, it gives me time to work with a handful of kids at a time, focus on areas where students may be struggling, and give them time to reinforce skills we’re learning in fun, hands on ways.

 

If you haven’t yet, please log your child into our google classroom.  Directions were sent home in the kids’s folders before our fall break.  If you need any help, just shout!

 

Welcoming a new week:

 

Reading & ELA- Our central theme for the next few weeks will be “Discovering our World”.  We will read some great informational texts that help us learn new things about the world around us!  We will also continue our descriptive story and work on nouns.  Comprehension quiz on Friday for our story this week (it’s actually in the format of a play), The Puddle Puzzle.

 

Spelling-  words this week all have a blend with l, r, or s ! Test on Friday:

  1. space
  2. globe
  3. grade
  4. swim
  5. place
  6. last
  7. test
  8. skin
  9. drag
  10. glide
  11. just
  12. stove

Math Concepts- writing three digit numbers in various ways (in words, as hundreds/tens/ones, expanded form and in digits) as well as drawing models of three digit numbers.

 

Social Studies- we will look at our state’s place in our country and discuss our position on the globe and the continents.

 

Science- we will review our experiment with water evaporation and condensation and learn about the water cycle.

 

Religion- We’ll read about King David and how he praised God in the form of music and song.

Week of October 13th

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Welcome back from our little fall break, hope everyone had some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Notes went home on Thursday with instructions on how to help your child join Google Classroom.  Please join at your earliest convenience.

Our regular uniform policy is in effect, please be sure your child has all the items they need to be comfortable at school while still following uniform rules.  We try to keep our windows open for fresh air and to help keep germs away, so if your child needs an extra layer, the grey SJF fleece and the navy SJF bell tower 1/4 zip are acceptable options.

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- Our central theme for the next few weeks will be “Discovering our World”.  We will read some great informational texts that help us learn new things about the world around us, including the 3 types of matter!  We will also start writing a descriptive story and learn about nouns.  Comprehension test on Friday for our story this week, The Great Fuzz Frenzy.

Spelling-  words this week all follow the consonant-vowel-consonant (short vowel sound) or vowel-consonant-e (long vowel sound) pattern.  It might be good to give your child a little extra practice to make sure they feel confident with the words before the test on Friday:

  1. tap
  2. tape
  3. fin
  4. fine
  5. cute
  6. ride
  7. rob
  8. robe
  9. cap
  10. cape
  11. slid
  12. slide

Math Concepts- grouping hundreds as 1,000, tens as hundreds, place value in 3 digit numbers, modeling 3 digit numbers.

Social Studies- we will look at a map of our country and talk about our state’s place in it!

Science- we will experiment with water to see how it changes forms of matter.

Religion- We will learn how our church and the saints set an example for us on how we should try and live our lives as an example of God’s love.  We will talk about how saints are the heroes of the church and identify heroes in our own lives.

Week of October 5th

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Lucky to have had another week together learning, praying and playing!  And what a big week it was- a spelling test, our first reading test, and our first math test too! 

If your child does not have headphones/earbuds please send them as soon as possible.  They are required for the iReady testing that we are participating in last week and this week.

Don’t forget it’s SPIRIT WEEK!

  • Monday- roll out of bed day
  • Tuesday- dress for the future (high school or college wear or dress for the job you want!)
  • Wednesday- show your favorite team pride
  • Thursday- Falcon gear! (full out of uniform day)

Oct. 9 – 12 will be fall break!  Enjoy!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- Our central theme for the next few weeks will be “Discovering our World”.  We will read some great informational texts that help us learn new things about the world around us, including the 3 types of matter!  We will have a reading and ELA test on Thursday.

Spelling-  we are going to skip a spelling test due to this short week, but we will be back at it after break!  All of our long o/u words will have the vowel-consonant-e pattern:

  1. doze
  2. nose
  3. use
  4. rose
  5. pole
  6. close
  7. June
  8. woke
  9. rule
  10. rode
  11. role
  12. tune

Math Concepts- grouping tens as hundreds, place value in 3 digit numbers, modeling 3 digit numbers.

Social Studies- we will look at a map of our country and talk about our state’s place in it!

Science- we will experiment with playdough to show examples of temporary and permanent changes in matter.

Religion- We will learn how our church and the saints set an example for us on how we should try and live our lives as an example of God’s love.

Week of September 28th

Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Another great week in room 217!  We had a practice reading test so the kids could get used to the format and be introduced to the test taking process. I love reading their thoughts on the short answer questions! 

Don't forget to check out your child's homework each night! There have been many forgotten names, or directions that aren't completely followed, so having a parent glance at it would certainly help the kids do their best work!

Tuesday, 9/29- Picture Day!

Thursday, 10/1- students should begin to wear regular uniforms- jumpers, pants, light blue, navy or white polo shirt.  If your child gets chilly, the only extra layer they can wear in the classroom is the navy SJF quarter zip or the grey SJF fleece.  Please label these items with your child’s name!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- we will read and about what it means to be a good citizen, and learn that even small actions can make a difference.   We will begin writing our own narrative story this week! We will have a reading test on Friday.

Spelling- we will have a test on Friday on the following long a and long i spelling words:

  1. cake
  2. mine
  3. plate
  4. size
  5. ate
  6. grape
  7. prize
  8. wipe
  9. race
  10. line
  11. pile
  12. rake

Math Concepts- There will be a math test on Thursday of this week, covering the concepts we’ve covered so far.  We will review for the test together on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Social Studies- we will compare different kinds of communities (urban, suburban, rural)

Religion- 2nd grade is a big sacrament year! We have been discussing Baptism, and a small booklet about Baptism will be sent home Tuesday.  Please help your child fill out the information and if possible attach a couple of photos of your child on their baptism day.  If photos are unavailable, your child can draw some photos of the day. If there’s anything that made their day extra special (if they wore a special outfit, or if your family participates in any special traditions, please share it with your child!

Week of September 21st

Posted on Sep 22, 2020

Recap and reminders:

The kids did well on their first spelling test and are getting into the groove of managing homework. Please take a moment to go over homework with your child, sometimes reading the directions can pose a challenge, and we don't want that to hold them back from practicing the skills on the homework assignment properly. 

Also, please check your child's folder each night, and remove any graded homework or notes.  Our goal is for the kids to be responsible and manage their folder and homework, we can make that job easier on them by helping clear the clutter that can build up.

Thanks so much for your generosity in donating to the family of Finley Bracken. The kids were amazed when the announcement was made that we raised over $2,000!  Seeing everyone in school pull together to support this family is a perfect example of what we've been learning all about- being a positive part of our community!

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- we will read and about what it means to be a good citizen, and learn that even small actions can make a difference. Identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Spelling- we will have a test on Friday on the following short o, short u, and short e spelling words:

  1. yes
  2. job
  3. hug
  4. rest
  5. frog
  6. hum
  7. left
  8. melt
  9. plum
  10. shut
  11. net
  12. dot

Math Concepts- different ways to write and model numbers

Social Studies- we will learn about our community in and out of our school; map skills

Religion- practice the act of contrition; discuss our Baptism as sacrament welcoming us to God's family.

Week of September 14th

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

Recap and reminders:

Our first week went great!  I am so impressed by how cooperative and flexible the students are with these new routines and procedures at school.  It has been so nice getting to know the students, I'm looking forward to diving into the curriculum with them this week and seeing all the amazing things they can do!

If you have not already done so, please:

  • return your child survey and signed 2nd grade welcome letter.
  • send any supplies to school that your child may have forgotten.
  • send in summer reading and math homework.

Welcoming a new week:

Reading & ELA- we will read and about what it means to be a good citizen, and learn that even small actions can make a difference. We will identify and practice good listening and speaking skills.

Spelling- we will have a test on Friday on the following short a and short i spelling words:

  1. sad
  2. bit
  3. jam
  4. glad
  5. list
  6. win
  7. flat
  8. if
  9. fix
  10. rip
  11. kit
  12. mask

Math Concepts- even and odd numbers; place value

Social Studies- we will learn about our community in and out of our school

Religion- practice the act of contrition; focus on belonging to our home, church, school and community

 

 
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