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Ms. Lauren Surin, Second Grade

Hello! Welcome to room 215! My name is Ms. Lauren Surin, and I am so excited to be your child's second grade teacher this year. This is my second year teaching and many of you may recognize me as I taught first grade last year! I am so happy to see so many familiar faces! A few facts about me: I graduated from St. Michael School, Marist High School, and St. Xavier University. I currently live with my awesome family: my mom, dad, sister, and two dogs Toby & Bailey. Outside of school, I spend most of my free time coaching Marist High School's JV Dance Team. My favorite animal is a turtle, so don't be alarmed when your child receives turtle stickers frequently!!! I truly am so blessed to be here at St. John Fisher. I look forward to getting to know each of your children. We're going to have a fantastic year!

Week of June 7th

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

We did it!!! This is our last week of second grade! We have a 10:30 dismissal on Friday to take us into summer vacation! I truly cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I am so grateful to have taught your children this year. Please know that each and every one of them have made my days so much brighter. I will miss them so much! Here’s a look at our last week ahead:

Last Week:

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

Monday: Blast from the Past!

Tuesday: Twinning Tuesday! Dress like a friend in class. *Fat Tommy's Special Lunch*

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

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

Friday: Sunday Best! 10:30 Dismissal to SUMMER!!!! :) *Report Cards sent home*

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

-Ms. Surin

Week of June 1st

Posted on Jun 01, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will be continuing with Ch. 16, “We Pray like Jesus.”

*Reminders*

  • Rainbow Cone is this Thursday, June 3rd
  • DRESS DOWN DAY and MOVIE DAY is this Friday, June 4th!! This is a special treat. Our dress down is a treat that we won from our all school Easter Egg hunt, and our movie day is because we met our all year behavior class goal. I am so proud of your children!!

Enjoy your week! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of May 24th

Posted on May 24, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend! The warm weather is warming up our classroom, so please make sure to send your child in with a refillable water bottle each day. Don’t forget there is NO SCHOOL next Monday, May 31st! Enjoy! Here’s a look at our week ahead:

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

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

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

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

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

*Reminders*

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

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of May 17th

Posted on May 17, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. The end of the year excitement is starting to set in. Don’t forget to turn in your Rainbow Cone form by May 31st. Here’s a look at our week ahead:

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will be working on Ch. 15, “We Carry on the Work of Jesus.”

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

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of May 10th

Posted on May 10, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Mother’s Day! Here’s a look at our week ahead:

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will be continuing on with Ch. 14 on The Holy Eucharist.

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

Have a great week! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of May 3rd

Posted on May 03, 2021

It’s the first Monday of May! Our First Holy Communion ceremony was truly so beautiful. Thank you for playing such an important role in your child’s Catholic education. We have some sleepy kiddos in second grade this Monday morning! That’s how we know it was a special and exciting weekend. Here’s a look at our busy week ahead:

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

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

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

Social Studies- We will be focusing on Unit 5: “Our Country Long Ago.”

Religion- We will be hopping back into our religion text this week. Fitting enough, our first unit back is on The Holy Eucharist. We are on Ch. 14: “We Receive the Gift of Jesus.”

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

Enjoy the week! Fingers crossed for beautiful May weather!

Ms. Surin

Week of April 26th

Posted on Apr 26, 2021

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

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will spend time reviewing before we start our last unit on adjectives next week. Our story this week in reading is called, “Sea Otter Pups.” The genre is informational text, and the purpose is to reread, ask questions, use what we already know, and look for visual clues to help us understand the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. I have also started posting the audio link to the story on Google Classroom. If you choose to utilize this at home, please use your child’s SJF gmail login and the password is: password. We have used this in class, so they should be familiar with it. Please make sure to sign their planner on Wednesday nights. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

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

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

Religion- We will finish up learning about and preparing for our Communion this week. We only have 5 days until our First Holy Communion! Please practice your child’s speaking parts with them at home each night this week. If you have not returned your Communion fee, please make sure to do so ASAP.  

I will see you all on Saturday! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of April 19th

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. We are exactly 12 days away from our First Holy Communion! We have been practicing diligently in class with Ms. Chermak. The kids are so excited. Here’s a look at our week:

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will continue to learn more about and prepare for our Communion. We only have 12 days until our First Holy Communion! Please practice your child’s speaking parts with them at home each night. Don’t forget: Communion banners and $40 fee are due this Wednesday!

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin

Week of April 12th

Posted on Apr 12, 2021

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! I am hoping everyone feels rejuvenated for a strong end to our school year. We are back into the swing of things this week. We have just 3 short weeks until our First Communion! I know how exciting of a time this is for the kids. Here’s a look at our week:

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will continue to learn more about and prepare for our Communion. We only have 3 short weeks until our First Holy Communion! Before break, Ms. Chermak sent home each student with a Countdown to Communion Calendar. This is a fun way to count down the days until our special day with your child. We will also be keeping up with our calendar at school. Please also make sure to be working on your Communion banner at home. Here are some days to keep in mind:

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

First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 1st

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

Ms. Surin

Week of March 29th

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

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

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

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

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

Social Studies- We will be reviewing in social studies this week.

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

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

Ms. Surin

Week of March 22nd

Posted on Mar 22, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 15th

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will be continuing Ch. 13 and starting Ch. 14 later this week.

Have an awesome week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 8th

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

WOW! The kids sure did enjoy the beautiful weather today. Let’s pray for continued sunshine and warmer temperatures. Just a reminder that optional parent teacher conferences are coming up this Friday, March 12th. The kids will be dismissed at 11:30. Conferences will take place from 12:00-4:00pm. I'm looking forward to speaking with those of you who would like a second conference. Don’t forget we have no school on Monday, March 15th. Enjoy the long weekend! :) Here's a look at our week:

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin

Week of March 1st

Posted on Mar 01, 2021

I hope everyone had a nice weekend--It’s the first day of March! I am hoping the weather continues to warm up. The end of the second trimester is coming up next week. We are plugging along in room 215. Students received their iPads last week. We will be utilizing them in our classroom everyday. They will take their iPads home on Wednesday's to work on iReady assignments. Please talk with your child about taking care of their iPad while it is at home and make sure to put it right back into their backpacks so they have it for class on Thursday.

Here's a look at our week:

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

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

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

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

Religion- We will be starting Ch. 12, “We Pray for Others.”

Enjoy the week!

Ms. Surin

Week of February 22nd

Posted on Feb 23, 2021

I hope you all had a great weekend! We have a very special week ahead of us with Reconciliation on Thursday. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- We are starting all things adjectives this week in ELA. Our story this week in reading is called, "I am Helen Keller.” The genre is biography, and our purpose is to synthesize information or put together ideas in our mind and find out what the text really means. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: chore, glory, storm, north, store, thorn, morning, snore, stork, worn, tore, and forget. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We are continuing to work with 3 digit numbers in math. We will draw pictures and subtract 3 digit numbers, regroup the tens column, regroup the hundreds column, and regroup twice. We will plan for our test at the end of next week.

Social Studies- We will finish up Unit 3 this week and review for our test on Thursday. Study guide and book will be sent home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Religion- We will finish preparing for Reconciliation this week. Your child was sent home with a step by step sheet yesterday to help them prepare for Reconciliation. Don’t forget our special day is this Thursday! I cannot wait to share in this sacrament with each of your children. Please arrive a little before 6:00. Remember, only one family is allowed in each pew in order to keep our distance from one another.

Have a great week! I’m excited to see you all on Thursday!

Ms. Surin

Week of February 8th

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed this chilly weekend. Just a reminder that there is no school this Friday or Monday. Enjoy! Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- Our Unit 5 test in ELA will be on Thursday. Students will bring home their book and study guide starting tomorrow. Our story this week in reading is called, "Get Ready for Weather.” The genre is informational text, and our purpose is to evaluate which details are the most important. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our reading quiz this week will be on Thursday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: car, dark, card, star, park, yard, party, hard, smart, start, part, and spark. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Thursday!

Math- We began Ch. 6, “3 Digit Addition and Subtraction,” today. We will be focusing on 3 digit addition this week. We will be drawing quick pictures, breaking apart, and regrouping to help us add.

Social Studies- We will continue talking about Unit 3 this week. A test is scheduled for next Thursday.

Science- We will discuss more about weather and what meteorologists do.

Religion- We will continue to talk about and prepare for Reconciliation. Don’t forget that February 25th is the big day!

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin

Week of February 1st

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

I hope you enjoyed the snowy weather this weekend! Happy Catholic Schools Week! It’s a great week to be a Fisher Falcon. We have a fun week ahead of us. Here is the schedule for the week: Monday: Roll out of bed day. Tuesday: Game day. Students may bring in a game to school. No electronics please. Wednesday: Students may dress down for Wacky Wednesday. Please send in $1 for the Ronald McDonald House. Thursday: We will pray the rosary as a school. Please send your child in with a rosary. Friday: Spirit Wear! We will watch a movie with a snack. Please send your child with a separate movie snack. Here's a look at our week in class:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will finish up our unit on verbs. A test is scheduled for next Thursday. Our story this week in reading is called, "Cloudette.” The genre is fantasy, and our purpose is to make personal connections with the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: cot, face, goal, gym, nice, page, plug, crash, gone, brag, city, and trace. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We will finish up our last two lessons of Ch. 5 early this week. We will begin reviewing for the test we will take on Friday. Book, Ch. review and flashcards will be sent home to help study.

Social Studies- We will continue talking about Unit 3 this week. We will learn about producers, consumers, and natural resources.

Science- We will do some cross curricular work in science. We will talk about weather and pretend we are meteorologists.

Religion- We will begin talking about Reconciliation in our new books, “Making Things Right.” We are entering a very exciting time for our second graders! We are asking that you bring in your child’s Baptism date, so we can record it in our book.

Enjoy the week! Stay warm! :)

Ms. Surin

Week of January 25th

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

I hope you all had a great weekend! Don’t forget to mark your calendars a month from today, February 25th, for our classroom’s First Reconciliation. We are entering such an exciting time!

Here is a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will continue to learn about verbs. Our story this week in reading is called, "Wild Weather.” The genre is narrative nonfiction, and our purpose is to make inferences. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: hens, eggs, ducks, bikes, boxes, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes, grapes. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We will continue this week with Chapter 5. Tomorrow we will take our mid chapter checkpoint quiz. Please review 2 digit subtraction sentences with your child tonight. We will spend the week practicing 2-digit subtraction with regrouping and rewriting.

Social Studies- We will continue talking about unit 3 this week. We will discuss factories, using a compass, and what a trip to a bank looks like.

Religion- We will continue with Ch. 11, “We Act on God’s Word.”

 Have a great week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of January 18th

Posted on Jan 19, 2021

Happy New Year! I am so happy to be back in person with each of your children! Thank you for helping our two weeks of e-learning go so smoothly. Here is a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will continue to learn about verbs. Our story this week in reading is called, "Who are Government’s Leaders?" The genre is informational text, and our purpose is to summarize the text in our own words. Students will bring home their book tomorrow to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are homophones: meet, meat, week, weak, mane, main, tail, tale, be, bee, too, two. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We will continue with Chapter 5. We will spend the week practicing 2-digit subtraction with regrouping.

Social Studies- We will be talking about services in our community. We will discuss what a tax is, who the workers in our communities are and what services they provide to us.

Religion- We will start Ch. 11, “We Act on God’s Word.”

 Have a fantastic week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of December 14th

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. I cannot believe this is the last full week before Christmas break! Time has flown by. We are going to be putting on the Christmas Gospel as a class this year. I am sending home a script for your child to start practicing with at home. We will be practicing in class with Ms. Chermak everyday this week, and we will be recording the final product on Friday. Please make sure to go through your child’s part every night. Encourage them to speak loudly, slowly, and with expression. Here is a look at our festive week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will continue to review lessons we have learned this trimester. Our story this week in reading is called, "Going Places." The genre is a fantasy, and our purpose is asking questions before, during, and after we read to help get information about the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: own, most, soap, float, both, know, loan, goat, flow, load, throw, and roast. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We will be finishing up Chapter 4 this week. Lessons will be on writing equations and finding sums for 3 and 4 addends. We will be taking our Ch. 4 test on Friday. We will spend time reviewing on Friday. Book, flashcards, and practice test will be sent home on Thursday.

Social Studies- We will talk about what Christmas looks like around the world.

Science- We will do an experiment that involves Santa’s cookies and milk.

Religion- We will continue to discuss the season of Advent.

Reminders: Thursday is Polar Express Day! Make sure your child comes to school in their favorite holiday pajamas. It will be such a fun day! :)

 Have a great week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of December 7th

Posted on Dec 07, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. There are 18 days until Christmas, and the kids are getting so excited for this holiday season! We have spent some time crafting the nativity scene and making stockings so that our classroom looks festive. We are having so much fun this month! Here is a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will continue to review lessons we have learned this trimester. Our story this week in reading is called, "If the Shoe Fits." The genre is a fairy tale, and our purpose is to make connections with real life events. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: free, teach, teeth, please, each, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, sheep, meaning, and weave. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We will continue with Chapter 4 this week. Lessons will be on practicing and reviewing 2 digit addition. We will have a short quiz on Wednesday as we are reaching the half way point of our chapter.

Social Studies- We will continue working on Chapter 3 this week. We will be talking about goods and services.

Religion- We will continue to discuss the season of Advent.

Reminders: Friday is an ugly sweater/ Christmas dress down day. Please send in $1 donation if your child is dressing down.

 Have a fantastic week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of November 30th

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and were able to enjoy some quality time with your family. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with you all last week for conferences. I am so thankful to spend each day in person with your children. I truly cannot believe it’s already December tomorrow! Time is flying by in second grade. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will continue to review lessons we have learned this trimester. Our story this week in reading is called, "A Crow, a Lion, & a Mouse. Oh My!" The author’s purpose is creating mental images to help us understand the text. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: pay, wait, paint, train, pail, clay, tray, plain, stain, hay, gray, and away. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- We started Chapter 4 today which is on two digit addition.

Social Studies- We will start Chapter 3: “Working Together,” this week.

Religion- We will begin to discuss the season of Advent. The children will also be receiving a kindness calendar to practice throughout Advent. They will be encouraged to complete one kind act a day!

 RemindersReport cards will be going home with your child on Thursday. The paper copy is yours to keep. Please sign and return the envelope.

Have a great week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of November 23rd

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone! Thank you all so much for a great two days of e-learning. I am so happy that everyone was able to log on. You were all so understanding and flexible in our quick transition. I appreciate it so much! I am looking forward to meeting with you all for conferences. Please have your child work on their assignments in their baggie over the next two days. Make sure to sign the top sheet and return all work next Monday, November 30th. 

ELA: Thanksgiving Syllable Sort. Color, cut out, sort and glue the pictures into the correct column.

Spelling: Turkey Feathers ABC order. Color, cut and glue the feathers in the correct order.

Reading: Paired Passages – read each passage, out loud, twice. (“A Family Feast” and “Giving Thanks”) Complete pages 112-114. Login to iReady for 15 minutes.

Math: Login to iReady for 15 minutes. Prepare for your math test. Go over the chapter review and your flashcards. Complete all pages of your test. Don’t forget to show your work, and check your answers carefully!

Social Studies: Review study guide and complete all pages of your test. Check your answers carefully!

Religion: Read the Gospel for 11.29.20. Complete the activities on the Children’s Worship Bulletin.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving with each of your families! I am so very thankful to teach your children everyday.

Week of November 16th

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- This week in ELA, we will review nouns. Our story this week in reading is called, "How to Read a Story." The genre is procedural text, and the skill we will work on is making inferences about things the author does not say. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, and trick. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math- This week we will finish up Chapter 3 with lessons on problem solving, equal groups and repeated addition. We will review towards the end of this week and plan for a Ch. 3 test on Tuesday of next week.

Social Studies- We will finish up our unit on our earth this week. We will talk about ancestors, producers and consumers, our earth’s resources, and caring for our resources. We will take our Unit 2 test this Friday. A study guide and book will be sent home to study.

Religion- We began Ch. 9 today entitled, “We Learn about God’s Love.”

*Reminders: The kids will have iReady assigned every Wednesday. Please make sure to take some time to get your child logged on. Don't forget to sign up for parent teacher conferences! I am looking forward to meeting with you all next week.

Enjoy the week! :)

-Ms. Surin

Week of November 9th

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend! Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- In ELA, we finished our chapter on nouns today. We will be reviewing in class the next two days. Our test will be on Thursday. A study guide along with the ELA book will be sent home to help prepare. Our story this week in reading is called, "Pepita and the Bully." The genre is realistic fiction, and the skill we will work on is retelling the story using your own words. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: dish, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, white, while, these, flash. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math-We are halfway through Chapter 3! We will be taking a short quiz tomorrow. This week, we will use ten to subtract, use drawings to represent problems, and use equations to represent problems.

Social Studies- We will continue talking about our earth this week. We will talk about where people live and discuss what a consumer, producer, natural resource and crop is.

Religion- We finished Ch. 8 today and we will begin a review of Unit 2.

Enjoy your week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of November 2nd

Posted on Nov 02, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed this Halloween weekend and got to soak up that extra hour of sleep! Here's a look into our busy week:

ELA & Reading- We will continue to learn about nouns this week in ELA. Our story this week in reading is called, "Working with Others." The genre is informational text, and the skills we will work on are finding the main topic and making predictions. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: full, dress, mess, add, hill, pull, spill, class, doll, kiss, fell, and off. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math-We began Ch. 3 today on basic facts and relationships.This week, we will use doubles facts, practice addition facts, and add using 3 addends.

Social Studies- We will briefly talk about what a presidential election is towards the beginning of this week. We will also start Unit 2, "Our Earth."

Religion- We finished Ch. 7 today and began Ch. 8, "We Say We Are Sorry."

Enjoy this beautiful week!

-Ms. Surin

Week of October 26th

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- We will continue learning about nouns this week in ELA. Our story this week in reading is called, "Big Red Lollipop." The genre is realistic fiction, and the skills we will focus on are activating prior knowledge, asking questions when we don’t understand something and using the visual clues to help us understand the story. Students will bring home their book on Wednesday to read the story aloud to you. Please make sure to sign their planner. Our weekly reading quiz will be on Friday.

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: next, end, camp, sank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, stamp, pond, and bring. Students will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math-We are just about done with Ch. 2! We are finishing up the last two lessons, and we will be reviewing on Wednesday and Thursday. Our Ch. 2 test will be on Friday! Practice test, flashcards, and book will be going home this week to study.

Social Studies- We will have our first social studies test on Wednesday! A study guide and the book will be going home today and tomorrow. We will spend class time reviewing for the test.

Religion- We finished up Ch. 6 today, and we will be starting Ch. 7, "We Think About our Choices," tomorrow. 

*Reminders: The kids can dress up for Halloween on Friday. No weapons please! Unfortunately, NO treats can be brought in or passed out. We will celebrate the day in class the best we can! :)

Ms. Surin 

Week of October 19th

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you all were able to enjoy the weekend. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading- We will continue learning about nouns this week in ELA. We are focusing on special nouns that need capital letters. Our story for the week is called "The Puddle Puzzle." The genre of the story is a drama. The focus skills are asking questions before, during and after to help get information and understand the text. We’ll also look for evidence in the text to answer questions. Please sign your child's planner on Wednesday night once they have read the story aloud to you. Our weekly quiz will be on Friday.  

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: space, globe, grade, swim, place, last, test, skin, drag, glide, just, stove. The children will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday.

Math- We are drawing quick pictures and writing numbers different ways, counting on and counting back by 10’s and 100’s, and finding the next number in a pattern. We will have a SHORT quiz tomorrow. 

Social Studies- We will wrap up our social studies chapter this week and spend time reviewing and preparing for the test next Wednesday, October 28th.

Religion- Today we began Chapter 6, “We Celebrate God's Forgiveness.” We will be discussing what Penance and Reconciliation are. This week’s scripture story is about how Jesus forgave a woman who was a sinner.

Have a great week!

Ms. Surin 

Week of October 13th

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed our nice long weekend. We are back into the swing of things this week:

ELA & Reading- We will begin learning about nouns this week in ELA. Our story for the week is called "The Great Fuzz Frenzy." Please sign your child's planner on Wednesday night once they have read the story aloud to you. Our focus this week is on making connections with the story. Our weekly quiz will be on Friday.  

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: tap, tape, fin, fine, cute, ride, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid, and slide. The children will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday.

Math- We will write how many hundreds, tens, and ones, identify the value of a number, and write different numbers using words.

Social Studies- We will focus on locating different places on a map and globe.

Religion- We will begin Chapter 5, “We Choose Good.”

Enjoy the short week!

Ms. Surin 

Week of October 5th

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

Happy Monday! We are back with a fun Spirit themed week! Here is a look at our short week:

ELA & Reading- Our first English test is on Wednesday. Students are bringing their book and a study guide home tonight to start studying for the test. In reading, we are going to be learning about matter. The students will bring home their reading book on Wednesday to read "Many Kinds of Matter," aloud. Please sign their planner. Our weekly vocabulary/comprehension quiz will be on Thursday.  

Spelling- Our 12 spelling words this week are: doze, nose, use, rose, pole, close, June, woke, rule, rode, role, tune. The children will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Thursday!

Math-We began Ch. 2 today on Numbers up to 1,000. The students will be learning how to group tens as hundreds, write numbers in different ways, and draw pictures to represent hundreds, tens and ones.

Social Studies- We will compare urban, rural and suburban communities and locate different places on a map.

Religion- We began Ch. 4, "We Praise and Thank God." We will recognize different types of prayers of praise and thanks and hear a scripture story of King David.

*Reminders: This week is Spirit Week! Today was pajama day, Tuesday is high school/college day, Wednesday is favorite sports team day, and Thursday is SJF spirit wear day. We have Fall Break coming up this weekend. We have no school on Friday or Monday. 

Enjoy that extra long weekend! :)

-Ms. Surin 

Week of September 28th

Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Here's a look at our week:

ELA & Reading-.We will finish up Chapter 1 this week and take our first test next week. Details to follow. Our story for the week is "Picture Day Perfection." The children will bring this story home on Wednesday to read aloud. Please make sure to sign their planner on Wednesday night. 

Spelling-Our 12 spelling words this week follow the long a andpattern. Our words are: cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, race, line, pile, and rake. The children will write their spelling words 4x each for homework tonight. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math-We finished up our last lesson of Chapter 1 today. Tomorrow and Wednesday will be used for review. The in class review will look identical to the actual test and is a great resource for studying. The Ch. 1 test will be on Thursday.

Social Studies- We will be learning how to read a map and find similarities and differences of historical pictures.

Religion- We will begin Chapter 3 "Our Church Shows Us How To Live." We will learn about saints that help us follow Jesus, and we will also learn to pray a litany of the saints.

*Reminders:Tomorrow is picture day! Don't forget to dress in your Sunday's best. Starting Thursday, October 1st students must return to traditional uniforms. No more gym uniforms or shorts please. Falcon Spirit Wear continues every Friday. 

Enjoy this brisk Fall weather! :) 

-Ms. Surin 

Week of September 21st

Posted on Sep 22, 2020

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! We are hopping straight into the swing of things this week:

ELA & Reading-We will be reading and focusing on what it means to be comfortable in our own skin. Our story for the week will be "Spoon." Students will bring the story home on Wednesday to read aloud. Please make sure to sign their planner once they have read the story out loud to you. In english, we will be writing sentences using correct word order, learning about subjects and predicates, and making sure each sentence has a capital letter and ending mark.

Spelling-Our 12 spelling words this week follow the short e, o, and u pattern. Our words are: yes, job, hug, rest, frog, hum, left, melt, plum, shut, net, and dot. Make sure to study for our spelling test on Friday!

Math-We are focusing on different ways to write numbers, different names for numbers, reading word problems, finding a pattern, and counting by ones, fives and tens. Remember that homework pages in math will go home Monday-Thursday. The Chapter 1 test will be either Thursday or Friday of next week.

Social Studies-We will be talking about how rules are made and changed. We’ll identify people who model good citizenship and recognize diversity in communities.

Religion-Please practice the act of contrition at home every night with your child. We will begin Chapter 2 in Religion: “Baptism.” We will learn about signs of new life, discuss how we can bring God’s light to others and hear the scripture story of Cornelius and Peter. 

*Reminders:Don't forget that Wednesdays are early dismissal days. Please make sure to send your child with a snack and water on this day. Brain break bags will stay in class M-F. They will be sent home over the weekend to change out toys, games, etc. Lastly, just a reminder that next Tuesday is picture day!

-Ms. Surin 

Week of September 14th

Posted on Sep 15, 2020

Happy Monday! We have been off to a great start to our year! The kids did a great job last week of learning our new rules, expectations, and routines. This year is incredibly unique, but the kids have been so flexible in the classroom. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them so far and cannot wait to dive more into our curriculum this week. Here is a glance at our week in Room 215:

ELA & Reading-We will be reading and focusing on what it means to be a super citizen in our community. Our story for the week will be "Clark the Shark." The kids will bring this story home on Wednesday to read aloud. We will also be focusing on the 4 different types of sentences and how to be a good listener and speaker.

Spelling-Our 12 spelling words this week follow the short a and short i pattern. Our words are: sad, bit, jam, glad, list, win, flat, if, fix, rip, kit & mask. We will have our first spelling test on Friday. Make sure to practice these words at home every night!

Math-We will be focusing on even and odd numbers, place value, and expanded form this week. Math homework will be sent home Monday-Thursday.

Social Studies-We will be talking about living in our neighborhood/community.

Religion-Please practice the act of contrition at home every night with your child. We will be discussing being a part of different communities and how to welcome others. 

*Reminders:This Wednesday, we will have a dress down day to raise money for and honor our friend and neighbor, Finley, who so sadly passed away this weekend. A donation of $1 or more is needed in order to dress down. Don't forget that the kids need a snack on Wednesday due to early dismissal (12:45pm). Please don't forget to check your child's take home folder every night and make sure they send back their folder and planner each day!

Have a fantastic week!

-Ms. Surin 

Welcome Back to School!

Posted on Sep 09, 2020

WELCOME TO SECOND GRADE!

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

Student Orientation

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

• Students with last name A-L will attend 8:00am-9:30am

• Students with last name M-Z will attend10:30am-12:00pm

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

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

School Wide Best Practices for Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

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

Classroom surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, but specifically before and after snack/lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day. The school buildings will receive a deep clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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

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

Teachers will train students how to properly wear and adjust their masks and consistently work with students to ensure appropriate hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting takes place frequently throughout each day.

Classroom Set-Up

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

• Student desks all facing forward and spaced appropriately

• Emphasis on hand washing and hand sanitizing

• Wiping and sanitizing of desks multiple times a day

• Frequent movement breaks for students in the classroom during the day

• One SJF mask and one lanyard will be provided to each student (we encourage students to keep a backup mask in their backpack in the event that one is needed)

• Outdoor time for recess and lessons, weather permitting

• We welcome any donations (to be kept in our individual cohorts) of cleaning supplies or easily wiped/sanitized recess equipment

2nd Grade Curriculum

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

Religion

In addition to our regular religion series, the children will be studying two sacraments this year. The first is Reconciliation and the second is First Holy Communion. Both of these sacraments are very important days in the life of your child and we look forward to preparing your child for them. You will be given more information about these two

special days as it becomes available. Please encourage regular Mass attendance as part of their preparation for the reception of these two sacraments.

English Language Arts

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

Reading

We’re so excited to explore our new reading series with our second graders, HMH’s Into Reading! Our faculty is continuing training on this series so we can be sure to get the most out of our new program.

Science and Social Studies

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

Math

We will continue with our Go Math series for math instruction. The series is based on the common core standards and has many different on-line features for students and parents to access at home. One component of this program is a nightly homework assignment. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how student’s got their answer not just the computation.

Handwriting

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

Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Specials Schedule for Room 215- Ms. Surin

Monday 8:15-9:00am Music with Ms. Surin

Tuesday 8:15-9:00am Art with Mrs. Corley

Wednesday 8:15-8:45am Gym with Mr. Mulchrone

Thursday 8:15-9:00am Library with Mrs. Keller

Friday 8:15-9:00am Computers with Mrs. Maxwell

* We will be unable to gather to celebrate mass as we have in previous years. Once the plan is finalized, we will communicate it with you.

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

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

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

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

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

Homework

The homework assignments your child brings home each night are an important part of his/her education. Homework provides students with opportunities to develop good study habits and practice new skills. One of the best ways to help your child learn is to encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes each night!

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

Please make sure your child has adequate supplies at all times. Pencils and crayons wear down, break and get lost. They need to be replaced often.

ABSENCES

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

REMOTE LEARNING PLAN

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

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

Sincerely,

Ms. Lauren Surin and the 2nd Grade Team

Tuesday May 26th

Posted on May 26, 2020

Tuesday May 26th

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Today is our last official day of E-Learning. Hooray! The rest of this week will be used as catch up days. Please turn in any missing assignments by Friday. Don’t forget to join Mrs. Nolan’s Zoom sing-a-long this afternoon at 1:00pm!

Watch Morning Video!

Last Day Activity: End of the Year Book

-Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-Nvdq5aJlIVPCcIiypT5bcHVqYkZMyzHKReY9yD193I/edit?usp=sharing

-You can also complete on seesaw!

Friday May 22nd

Posted on May 22, 2020

Friday May 22nd

Don’t forget today is a catch up day! Please let me know if you have any questions about any missing assignments. Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!!! xxx

Science: Mystery Doug Video

-Link: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/allergies

Trait of the Week: Integrity....Check out Mrs. Carey's Blog!

-Read Along Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev5L0f8hI1k

Art: Optional Spring Coloring Sheet

-Go to seesaw for coloring page

Thursday May 21st

Posted on May 21, 2020

Thursday May 21st

Watch Morning Video!

Watch Declan’s Student of the Week Video!

Math: Lesson 10.4 Making Bar Graphs

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp10_L4/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Fluency Passage

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Grammar: Possessive Nouns Worksheet

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Religion: The Month of May Activity

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Pray the Hail Mary today!

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/jump-like-the-bunny?s=Discover&t=Wo5/18/20-FP-Themed-Jump Jump! &sid=1776&x=2&y=2&mft=visual row

Wednesday May 20th

Posted on May 20, 2020

Wednesday May 20th

Watch Morning Video!

Watch Declan’s Student of the Week Video!

Math: Lesson 10.3 Reading Bar Graphs

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp10_L3/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Corwall

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwXKM7cyYGM

-Go to seesaw for growth mindset worksheet

Spelling: Review Week

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review Words (his, I, in, it, of)

Grammar: Possessive Nouns

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/disco?s=Discover&t=Wo5/18/20-FP-4GA-All Grades&sid=1777&x=4&y=3&mft=simple row

Tuesday May 19th

Posted on May 19, 2020

Tuesday May 19th

-Watch Morning Video!

-Declan is our Student of the Week this week! Watch his videos this morning!

Math: Lesson 10.2 Make Picture Graphs

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp10_L2/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Corwall

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwXKM7cyYGM

-Growth Mindset Vocabulary Words: determination, bravery, fear, encourage, accomplish (not in story)

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Review Week

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review Words: (his, I, in, it, of)

Grammar: Possessive Nouns

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/squatchy-rock?s=category&t=Body Awareness&sid=28

Monday May 18th

Posted on May 18, 2020

Monday May 18th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 10.1 Picture Graphs

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp10_L1/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment 

Reading: Listen to “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Corwall

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwXKM7cyYGM

Spelling: Review Week

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review Week

-Words: (his, I, in, it, of)

Grammar: Possessive Nouns

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/release-your-warrior-1?s=category&t=Boost Confidence&sid=19

Friday May 15th

Posted on May 15, 2020

Friday May 15th

Art: Color by Sight Word

-Go to seesaw for optional assignment

Science: Mystery Doug Video

-Link: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/glass#slide-id-5489

Trait of the Week: Gratitude

-Head over to Mrs. Carey’s blog to learn about the trait of the week!

-Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Uo0-ZeHq1enn95nXwncxt_KoK5-TUvxw/view?usp=sharing?

Thursday May 14th

Posted on May 14, 2020

Thursday May 14th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 9.4 Measurement

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp9_L4/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Read May Day Fluency Passage

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Synonyms & Antonyms

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, punctuation)

-Words: (mop, shop, small, fall, shell, bell, drill, grill, sheep, jeep)

Religion: Mary the Mother of God

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/peppy-puppy?s=category&t=Freestyle&sid=44

Wednesday May 13th

Posted on May 13, 2020

Wednesday May 13th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 9.3 Measurement

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp9_L3/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment (2 worksheets)

Reading: Listen to “Alligators and Crocodiles” by Gail Gibbons

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNU3kKQmcc

-Go to seesaw to complete vocabulary worksheet

Phonics: Antonyms 

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Put words in ABC order

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Words: (mop, shop, small, fall, shell, bell, drill, grill, sheep, jeep)

Art: Alligators and Crocodiles Coloring Sheets

-Link: http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/reptiles/crocodile

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/tightrope?s=category&t=Stretch&sid=39

Tuesday May 12th

Posted on May 12, 2020

Tuesday May 12th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 9.2 Measurement

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp9_L2/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Alligators and Crocodiles” by Gail Gibbons

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNU3kKQmcc

-Listen for vocabulary words: reptile, paleontologist, carnivore, nocturnal, hatchling

Phonics: Synonyms

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Review Sight Word List 6: (a, and, as, for, he)

Spelling: Practice Spelling words on dry erase board, printing on paper, sidewalk or out loud

-Words: (mop, shop, small, fall, shell, bell, drill, grill, sheep, jeep)

Science: Alligators vs. Crocodiles Wild Kratts Video

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxvIHuKPBE

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/boom-chicka-boom?s=category&t=Guided Dance&sid=38

Monday May 11th

Posted on May 11, 2020

Monday May 11th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 9.1 Measurement

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp9_L1/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment (2 worksheets)

Reading: Listen to “Alligators and Crocodiles” by Gail Gibbons

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNU3kKQmcc

Phonics: Review List 6 Sight Words

-Words: (a, and, as, for, he)

Spelling: Print spelling words 2x each

-Words: (mop, shop, small, fall, shell, bell, drill, grill, sheep, jeep)

Science: Alligators vs. Crocodiles Video

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdrTqJY4siY

-What are the similarities and differences of the two?

Friday May 8th

Posted on May 08, 2020

Friday May 8th

Happy Friday everyone!! Remember that today is a “catch up” day for any missed assignments.

Reading: Listen to “The Night Before Mother’s Day”

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TUFhEHrqj0

Science: Mystery Doug Video

-Link: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/spring-flowers?loc=mini-lesson-button#slide-id-8722

Trait of the Week: Perseverance 

-Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14J_oja1wKtcIwqox3f0XWHqr-PZX1IsT/view

Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother's Day to all you awesome moms!

Thursday May 7th

Posted on May 07, 2020

Thursday May 7th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.9 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L9/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Fluency Passage

-Go to seesaw, find your name, and record yourself reading your leveled passage

Phonics: Conjunctions “BUT”

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Review Sight Word List 5: (all, am, by, at, be)

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, punctuation)

-Words: (blew, drew, jewel, blue, clue, fuel, glue, fruit, juice, bruise)

Art: Mother's Day Activity

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/dont-sit-down?s=category&t=Workout&sid=42

Wednesday May 6th

Posted on May 06, 2020

Wednesday May 6th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.8 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L8/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment (2 worksheets)

Reading: Listen to “Wangari’s Tree of Peace,” by Jeanette Winter

-Link on seesaw

-Listen for vocabulary words: haul, barren, seedling, earnings, village

Phonics: Conjunctions “AND”

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Practice Spelling words on dry erase board, printing on paper, sidewalk or out loud.

-Words: (blew, drew, jewel, blue, clue, fuel, glue, fruit, juice, bruise)

Religion: The Birth of Mary

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Tuesday May 5th

Posted on May 05, 2020

Tuesday May 5th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.7 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L7/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Wangari’s Trees of Peace,” by Jeanette Winter

-Link on seesaw

-Think about the main idea of the story

Phonics: Compound Word Review

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Review List 5 Sight Words: (all, am, by, at, be)

Spelling: Print Spelling words 2x each

-Words: (blew, drew, jewel, blue, clue, fuel, glue, fruit, juice, bruise)

Religion: Pray the Hail Mary today

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/guacamole?s=category&t=Guided Dance&sid=38

Monday May 4th

Posted on May 04, 2020

Monday May 4th (MAY the fourth be with you!)

Happy Star Wars Day! Today we will have Star Wars themed activities:

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Addition Facts of 4

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “BB-8 On the Run” by Drew Daywalt

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pZjeGe038I

Science: Forces- Push and Pull

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEg5GOVpUlE

-Push and pull forces sort on seesaw

Art: Star Wars Coloring Pages

-Here is a link to a website with printable Star Wars coloring pages: 

https://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/star-wars-coloring-pages.html

**Brain Break: Star Wars Jedi Workout

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVY_awAiV5k

Friday May 1st

Posted on May 01, 2020

Friday May 1st

Happy Friday everyone!! Remember today is a “catch up” day for any missed assignments. Please let me know throughout the day if you have any questions at all.

Science: Mystery Doug Video

-Link: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/birds-spring

Trait of the Week: Optimism

-Each week, you can check out Mrs. Carey’s blog post where she will share about the trait of the week! We want to encourage character development and social emotional learning during this time. I have copied her link to a read aloud she has done about this week’s trait: optimism!

-Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SyO47v5Hd0r5Pl20fgn-9xyPKWproRi1/view?usp=sharing

Thursday April 30th

Posted on Apr 30, 2020

Thursday April 30th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.6 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L6/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Thunder Underground,” by Jane Yolen

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrMjsHUt_o

-Repetition: When sounds, words, or phrases are used more than once

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review List 4

-Words: (they, to, was, with, you)

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, punctuation)

-Words: (enjoy, annoy, spoil, voice, point, splat, splits, splash)

Science: 5 Senses

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain Break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/champtastic-disco-brain?s=category&t=Guided Dance&sid=38

Wednesday April 29th

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

Wednesday April 29th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.5 Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L5/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Thunder Underground,” by Jane Yolen

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrMjsHUt_o

-Rhyme: When words have the same ending sound

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review List 4

-Words: (they, to, was, with, you)

Spelling: Practice Spelling words: Your Choice!

-Words: (enjoy, annoy, spoil, voice, point, splat, splits, splash)

Religion: A Forgiveness Story

-Go to seesaw for assignment

**Brain break on Go Noodle: https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/champtastic-cookie-boogie?s=category&t=Guided Dance&sid=38

Tuesday April 28th

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

Tuesday April 28th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.4 Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Link: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L4/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “Thunder Underground,” by Jane Yolen

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrMjsHUt_o

-Alliteration Animals: Go to seesaw for assignment

Phonics: Review List 4 words

-Words: (they, to, was, with, you)

Spelling: Practice Spelling words on dry erase board, printing on paper, sidewalk or out loud

-Words: (enjoy, annoy, spoil, voice, point, splat, splits, splash)

Religion: The Golden Rule

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Monday April 27th

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Monday April 27th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 8.2 & 8.3-Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Watch 8.2 Video: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L2/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for 8.2 assignment

-Watch 8.3 Video: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L3/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for 8.3 assignment

Reading: Listen to “Thunder Underground,” by Jane Yolen

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VrMjsHUt_o

Spelling: Print Spelling words 2x each.

-Words: (enjoy, annoy, spoil, voice, point, splat, splits, splash)

Friday April 24th

Posted on Apr 24, 2020

Friday April 24th

Happy Friday!! Please use today as a “catch up” day! Make sure to turn in any assignments you have not yet completed.

Science: Mystery Doug Video 

-Link: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/old-earth#slide-id-8308

Thursday April 23rd

Posted on Apr 23, 2020

Thursday April 23rd

Math: 8.1 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction Review

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,” by Dev Petty

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41dgVHRDZsc

-Think about why the frog doesn’t want to be a frog

-How do you think the dad feels throughout the story?

Phonics: Contractions Review

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, punctuation)

-Words: (cry, fly, sky, my, shy, bunny, happy, sunny, squad, squid

Wednesday April 22nd

Posted on Apr 22, 2020

Wednesday April 22nd

Math: Lesson 8.1 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction

-Watch Lesson 8.1 Video: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp8_L1/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “I Can Save the Earth,” by Alison Inches

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mkwhe6LOBo

-Think about what the Little Monster learns about taking care of our Earth

Grammar: Trick Y Sort

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Practice Spelling Words

-Words: (cry, fly, sky, my, shy, bunny, happy, sunny, squad, squid)

Science: Earth Day Activity

-Listen to Earth Day song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DJ45Yc3urg

-Go to seesaw for Earth Day Coloring assignment

Tuesday April 21st

Posted on Apr 21, 2020

Tuesday April 21st

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 7.5 Comparing Numbers Review

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading:  Listen to “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,” by Dev Petty

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41dgVHRDZsc

-Listen for vocabulary words today: wise, glum, gobble, fierce, garbage

Phonics: Contractions

-Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gubPH3WEurg

-Go to seesaw for assignment

-Practice reading Sight Words (on, said, she, that, the)

Spelling: Practice Spelling words on dry erase board, printing on paper, sidewalk or out loud. 

-Words: (cry, fly, sky, my, shy, bunny, happy, sunny, squad, squid

Monday April 20th

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break and had a wonderful Easter!

Monday April 20th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Lesson 7.5 Comparing Numbers

-Watch Video: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp7_L5/launch.html

-Go to seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,” by Dev Petty

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41dgVHRDZsc

Phonics: Introduction to Contractions

-Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xE-vw2ctqo

Spelling: Print spelling words 2x each

-Words: cry, fly, sky, my, shy, bunny, happy, sunny, squad, squid

Thursday April 9th

Posted on Apr 09, 2020

Thursday April 9th

Watch Morning Video!

Religion: Holy Week Activities

-Easter Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4gQniUVO8

-Easter Picture Cards: Print Easter cards out, cut, and glue them into the shape of a cross on a piece of paper. Upload a picture of your work to Seesaw and record something you learned about Holy Week. Include something you’re thankful for this Lenten season.

-Enjoy Your Spring Break!-

Wednesday April 8th

Posted on Apr 08, 2020

Wednesday April 8th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Fact Fluency (Xtramath or flashcards)

Reading: “The Easter Egg Farm,” by Mary Jane Auch

-Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWJ5LwvItqM

-Answer correlating questions through video or by writing on Seesaw

Phonics/Grammar/Writing: Time Capsule-Pick any 3 pages in the packet to fill out. Color slowly, in one direction, use at least 3 different colors. Print slow and neat. 

Religion: Holy Week Activities

-Good Friday Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uviZqlTFSPE

-Holy Saturday Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT6KVdMB_Uo

Tuesday April 7th

Posted on Apr 07, 2020

Tuesday April 7th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Jelly Bean Sorting & Graphing Activity

Reading: Practice reading Sight Words (his, I, in, it, of)

-Daily Reading for 10-15 minutes (good fit book) 

Phonics/ Grammar/Writing: Time Capsule- Pick any 2-3 new pages in the packet to fill out. Color slowly, in one direction, use at least 3 different colors. Print slow and neat. 

Spelling: Practice Spelling words on dry erase board, printing on paper, sidewalk or out loud. 

-Words: (draw, saw, paw, crawl, hawk, lawn, sauce, pause, shred, shrink)     

Religion: Holy Week Activities 

-Holy Thursday Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SigoALSS1R8

Monday April 6th

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

Monday April 6th

Watch Morning Video!

Math: Fact fluency (Xtramath or flashcards)

Reading: Listen to “Farfillina & Marcel” by Holly Keller

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kF_7afeHV0&t=1s

Phonics: Time Capsule: Decorate box/cylinder can for a Time Capsule, pick any 2-3 pages in the packet to fill out. Color slowly, in one direction, use at least 3 different colors. Print slow and neat.

Spelling: Draw and cut out an Easter Egg on paper. Print your spelling words 1x each on the EGG. Decorate if you want. 

-Words: (draw, saw, paw, crawl, hawk, lawn, sauce, pause, shred, shrink)

Religion: Holy Week Activities

-Watch Palm Sunday Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTmbTuutBgg

Week of April 6th

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

Week of April 6th- April 10th

Religion: Holy Week, Palm Sunday & Easter

Phonics: “AW ” “AU”  words & “SHR” trigraph

Rhyming Words

Continue /Compound Words/ commas                                   

Reading: “Farfillina & Marcel” by Holly Keller

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling,

Focus Skill: Character Action/Dialogue

*Sight words: his, I, in, it, of (Review words list 2) 

*Spelling: draw, saw, paw, crawl, hawk, lawn, sauce, pause, shred, shrink

Math: Chapter 7 “Comparing Numbers" Review

Science: Time Capsule

Social Studies: Time Capsule

Centers: (Theme Based) Phonics, Writing, Math, Art, Listening Center

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: HOLY THURSDAY—SPRING BREAK STARTS!!

Friday: GOOD FRIDAY

Birthdays: Declan Bogyo--April 11th

"Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life."

-Woody Allen

Thursday April 2nd

Posted on Apr 02, 2020

Thursday April 2nd

Math: Lesson 7.4 Comparing Numbers (Go Math)

-Go to Seesaw website for math assignment

-Watch video first: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/content/hsp/math/gomath/na/gr1/online_interactive_teacher_book_9780544349063_/G1_Chp7_L4/launch.html

Reading: Listen to “3 Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas

-Compare/Contrast this story to the original 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf story 

Phonics/ Grammar/ Writing: Commas in a Series Worksheet

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

-ER, UR, IR Worksheet on Seesaw

Science: Mystery Doug Video

-Watch video: https://mysterydoug.com/mysteries/germs-sanitizer?code=b9b575485fe6be502d44efa77b2aa6ac

-Think about 1 thing you learned from this video!

Wednesday April 1st

Posted on Apr 01, 2020

Wednesday April 1st

Math: Chapter 7 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint

-Go to Seesaw website for math assignment

Reading: Reading Fluency

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

Phonics/ Grammar/ Writing: Bossy “R” Activity

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

-Commas in a series worksheet on Seesaw website

Spelling: Practice Spelling your words out loud/ on dry erase board/magnetic tiles/chalk them on the sidewalk  (Pick 1)

Religion: Name one way you follow the Ten Commandments.  Recite the “Angel of God” Prayer.

Tuesday March 31st

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

Tuesday March 31st

Math: Lesson 7.3 Comparing Numbers Review

-Go to Seesaw website for math assignment

Reading: Listen to “3 Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas

-Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPW9VUm299I

-Practice reading Sight Words (a, and, as, or, he)

-Daily Reading for 10-15 minutes (good fit book) 

Phonics/Grammar/Writing: Commas in a Series

-Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQOX3UdeAZI

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, punctuation)

(nurse, church, hurt, serve, perch, purse, clerk, stern, scrub, scraps)

Religion: Ten Commandments

-Watch Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSXviJco41k

Week of March 30th

Posted on Mar 29, 2020

March 30th-April 3rd

Religion- Random Acts of Kindness & Lent

Phonics- “ER” “UR words & “SCR” trigraph

Commas in series

Continue Beginnings blends/Compound Words                                    

Reading- Story: “3 Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Fairy Tales, Compare & Contrast

*Sight words: a, and, as, or, he (Review words starting at List 1)

*Spelling: nurse, church, hurt, serve, perch, purse, clerk, stern, scrub, scraps

Math- Chapter 7 “Comparing Numbers"

Science- Rainbows, Weather, Clouds

Social Studies- Countries

Daily 5- Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/Library

 

“Difficult times don’t come your way just so you can survive them; God uses these times in your life to form and refine you.”

 -Joel Osteen

Friday March 27th

Posted on Mar 27, 2020

Friday March 27th

Math: Lesson 7.2 Comparing Numbers Review

-Go to Seesaw website for math assignment

Phonics/ Grammar/ Writing: “OU “ & “OW” Sorting Activity

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

Religion: Good Deeds During Lent

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

Science- Virtual Field Trip:

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos/cheetahs-speedy-spots

Thursday March 26th

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

Thursday March 26th

Math: Lesson 7.2 Comparing Numbers (Go Math)

-Go to Seesaw for assignment

Reading: Listen to "The Mermaid" from Tuesday

-Listen for vocabulary words: crustacean, jet, curious, sidle, current

Phonics/ Grammar/ Writing: “OU” & “OW” Activity

-Go to Seesaw for assignment

Spelling: Practice Spelling your words out loud/ on dry erase board/magnetic tiles/chalk them on the sidewalk  (Pick 1)

Wednesday March 25th

Posted on Mar 25, 2020

Wednesday March 25th

Math: Lesson 7.1 Comparing Numbers Review

-Go to Seesaw website for math assignment

Reading: Practice reading Sight Words: after, away, again, call, every

*Daily Reading for 10-15 minutes (good fit book) 

Phonics/ Grammar/Writing: Compound Words Activity

-Go to Seesaw website for assignment

Spelling: Pick 5 Spelling Words & Print Sentences (Capital Letter, finger spacing, Punctuation)

  (loud, shout, cloud, house, mouse, south, gown, shower, sprout, sprig)

Tuesday March 24th

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

As you continue to work on your packets, today there will be a few introductory activities to get us started on Seesaw. We will have a math activity, a reading video, and a phonics activity. Make sure to go to the activities tab to find the assignments.

Tuesday March 24th

Math: Introduction to Chapter 7 "Comparing Numbers"

-Copy & Paste the link into browser to watch Lesson 7.1 “Greater Than” video

-Go to Seesaw for math assignment

-Your child will complete the worksheet and submit to me via Seesaw

Reading: Listen to read aloud of “The Mermaid” by Jan Brett

-This is posted on Seesaw

Phonics/ Grammar/Writing: Introduction to Compound Words & Activity on Seesaw Website

Spelling: Reviewing Words from Last Week (Homework Calendar 3/16)

-Print Spelling Words 2x each (loud, shout, cloud, house, mouse, south, gown, shower, sprout, sprig)

Monday March 23rd

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your support and cooperation during this time. As we navigate through this time together, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions and concerns you may have. Moving forward I will post daily activities on my blog by 9am. Most of the activities will be on seesaw. Parents have been on board with me on seesaw since the beginning of the year, but now I need the kiddos to sign up! (I'm still learning as well :) ) This will allow them to complete work and lessons virtually.

Please check your email for instructions on how to sign your child up. You will find and download the seesaw learning journal app. After you have downloaded the app, click on "I'm a student," and scan our class QR code that was sent via email last night. Then, choose your child's name when connecting. That should get you all set up! 

Please email me with any questions!

Monday 3/23/2020

Since we are getting the children all set up with their learning journal app today, that is going to be our main task. I want the children to get familiar with the site today, so our assignment for today is:

-Post a picture of yourself wearing your PJ's from home (SJF Spirit Week support!) OR any picture of you doing something fun from home.-

I will post the directions on how to do this on seesaw, and look out for my (not so glamorous) picture to start us off!

I am SO looking forward to seeing those faces whom I miss so dearly!

Week of March 23rd

Posted on Mar 22, 2020

March 23rd-March 27th

Religion: Random Acts of Kindness & Lent

Phonics: “OU” words and blend “SPR”

Continue Words “AR” and “IR” Word Review

Continue Beginnings blends  

Reading- Story: “The Mermaid“ by Jan Brett

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Fairy Tales, Compare and Contrast

*Sight words: after, away, again, call, every (Review from last week 3/16)

*Spelling: loud, shout, cloud, house, mouse, south, gown, shower, sprout, sprig (Review from last week 3/16)

Math: Chapter 7 “Comparing Numbers”

Science: Rainbows, Weather, Clouds

Social Studies: Countries/ St. Patrick

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

Week of March 16th

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

 

Week of March 16th

Dear Parents,

In your child’s backpack, you will find a ziplock bag that contains the e-learning materials for your child to complete while home. Please return the work in this ziplock bag so we can keep it as organized as possible. The children also brought home library books on Friday. Please make sure your child is reading daily during our time off. Have your child find a "good fit" book (one that your child can read independently at their reading level).

The Ziplock Bag Contains the following: 

-A packet with an informed letter attached explaining the assignment

(Must be completed & returned)                     

-2 Homework Calendars for the week of March 16th & March 23rd

(Must be completed & returned)                                     

The Daily 5 is hands on, so some activity suggestions are:

Read to Self- Read a "good fit" book to self

Listening to Someone read – Listen to March Stories online on epic, raz kids, or you tube read alouds.

Writing- Write sentences with your spelling words from the Homework Calendar, write a creative writing story about leprechauns, rainbows, gold, write a narrative story using adverbs (Now, Then, After, ) what you are doing on your days off.

Word Work- Practice printing sight words & spelling words, rainbow write your sight words and spelling words,  use magnetic letters to spell out sight words and spelling words, do a word search, find words in magazines or books.  

Centers: Some activity suggestions:

Math: Xtra math, flashcards, puzzles, pattern block, grouping cereal in groups of ten

Art: Play-doh, coloring, painting

STEM: Blocks, stacking mini Dixie cups, big cups, legos

Word Work: Stamping /tracing sight words

Writing: Journal topic ideas

Please check your email for some extra websites and games for your child to play. These wesbites include: education.com, SpellingCity.com, and storylineonline.net. Please contact me via email if you have any questions.

Stay healthy!

Thank you,

Ms. Lauren Surin 

Week of March 9th

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

Week of March 9th- March 13th

Religion: Random Acts of Kindness & Lent

Phonics: “OR” words 

Continue Words “AR” and “IR” Word Review

Continue Beginnings blends  

Reading- Story: “After the Fall“

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Nursery Rhyme, Plot/Problem

*Sight words: right, take, too, want, where (Quiz Fri. 3/13)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling: born, horn, fort, torch, storm, short, sport, north, straw, string

                 (Test Fri. 3/13)

Math: Chapter 6 “Count & Model Numbers”

             Homework: On Calendar

Science: Rainbows, Weather, Clouds

Social Studies: Countries/ St. Patrick

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

 

Student of the Week: P.J. Carey

Week of March 2nd

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

On Wednesday March 4th, the children can dress up for Wacky Wednesday as we celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Week of March 2nd- March 6th

Religion: Random Acts of Kindness & Lent

Phonics: “IR” words 

Continue Words ending in “ED” past tense

Continue Beginnings blends  

Diagraph review “WH”                 

Reading- Story: “Little Red & the Very Hungry Lion”

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Folktale, Compare/Contrast

*Sight words: just, know, part, put, red (Quiz Fri. 3/06)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling: dirt, shirt, smirk, third, stir, girl, bird, whack, whale

                 (Test Fri. 3/06)

Math: Chapter 6 “Count & Model Numbers”

             Homework: On Calendar

Science: Rainbows, Weather, Clouds

Social Studies: Countries/ St. Patrick

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

 

Student of the Week: Colin Sheerin

Birthdays: Liam Gillian—March 6th

Week of February 24th

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

Week of February 24th-28th

Religion- Random Acts of Kindness & Lent

Phonics- “AR” words

Words ending in “ED” past tense

Continue Beginnings blends CR, CL, FR, FL

Diagraph review “TH”           

Reading- Story: “The Koala Who Could”

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Central Message, key detail, main ideas, growth mindset

*Sight words: from, good, got, how, into (Quiz Fri. 2/28)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling- star, chart, cart, farm, smart, start, shark, jar, thin, think

                 (Test Fri. 2/28)

Math: Chapter 6 “Count & Model Numbers”

             Homework: On Calendar

Science: Teeth, Groundhogs, Valentine’s Day

Social Studies: Presidents

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday:  Computers (1:45 Dismissal)

Friday:  Art/Library

Student of the Week: Avarie Drew

Week of February 17th

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Week of February 17th-21st

Religion- Random Acts of Kindness & St. Valentine

Phonics- “ED” & “EAD” words 

                 Continue Beginnings blends CR, CL, FR, FL

                 Diagraph review “SH”                 

Reading- Story: “The Radiant Child” -Biography

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Biography, key detail, main ideas

*Sight words: about, any, around, blue, don’t (Quiz Fri. 2/21)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling- fed, sled, bed, shred, led, head, bread, spread, ship, shed

                 (Test Fri. 2/21)

Math: Chapter 6 “Count & Model Numbers”

             Homework: On Calendar

Science: Teeth, Groundhogs, Valentine’s Day

Social Studies: Presidents

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing

 

Specials:

Monday:  No School

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

Week of February 10th

Posted on Feb 10, 2020

Week of February 10th-14th

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We will be having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday afternoon. Your child is welcome to bring in Valentines and wrapped treats to pass out to each student in our classroom. We have 19 students in our class. Please do not label the valentines with specific names. We will have a small party in the afternoon where we will decorate bags to put our Valentines in, pass out Valentines, and have a small treat. We can’t wait!

 

Religion- Random Acts of Kindness & St. Valentine

Phonics- “OO” words

Continue Beginnings blends & Digraph Review “CH”

Reading- Story: “The Big Bed”

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Point of View

*Sight wordsthan, very, water, who, your (Quiz Fri. 2/14)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spellingbook, hood, cook, look, brook, hook, shook, wood, chat, cheese (Test Fri. 2/14)

Math: Chapter 6 “Count & Model Numbers”

             Homework: On Calendar (XtraMath)

Science: Teeth, Groundhogs, Valentine’s Day

Social Studies: Presidents

Daily 5: Teacher Table (Guided Reading), Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work, Work on Writing

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/Library- Valentine’s Day Party!

 

Student of the Week: Joey Lotito

Birthdays: Emily Spadoni—February 11th

Week of February 3rd

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

Week of February 3rd-7th

Religion- Ch. 10, Random Acts of Kindness & St. Valentine

Phonics- Words ending in “-ent” & “-est”

Continue Beginnings blends- Review

Reading- Story: “Cloudette”

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Focus Skill: Infer & Schema

*Sight wordsmay, no, now, over, ride (Quiz Fri. 2/7)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling- bent, dent, sent, spent, tent, nest, test, chest, west, quest

(Test Fri. 2/7)

Math: Chapter 6 “Addition & Subtraction”

             Homework: On Calendar (XtraMath)

Science:Teeth, Groundhogs, Valentine’s Day

Social Studies: Presidents

Daily 5: Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Work on Writing

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/Library

 

Student of the Week: Madelyn Remegi

Birthdays: Joey Lotito—February 7th  

Week of January 27th

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Catholic Schools Week

This week is a very busy week as it is Catholic Schools Week & we are celebrating the 100th Day of School. During the week, we will have a variety of fun activities to do. On Friday, we will be celebrating the 100th day of school. A note went home on Tuesday that First Grade can dress up like they are 100 years old. I can’t wait to see everyone! Also on Friday, our class will be going to the book fair.

This week to focus on Catholic Schools Week, the entire school is putting a twist on No Homework. Each day your child can pick a Random Act of Kindness from the calendar that will be coming home. Then, we will reflect & discuss how random acts of kindness make a difference.

I was so happy to see everyone at Open House! This is going to be a great week of celebrating our awesome school!

Week of January 27th-31st

Religion- Chapter 10 & Random Acts of Kindness

Phonics- Review and continue Magic Ee

Continue blends: Review

Reading- “The Darkest Dark

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling, Synonyms

Focus Skill: Main Idea, Main Details

*Sight words: NONE

Homework: NONE

*Spelling: NONE

Math- Chapter 5 “Addition and Subtraction” Fact Families

             Homework: NONE

Science- Penguins & Polar Bears

Social Studies- Penguins & Polar Bears

Daily 5- Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Work on Writing

Specials:

Monday:  Gym 

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library (100th Day of School-Dress Up!)

Student of the week: Jimmy Sullivan

Week of January 21st

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

Week of January 21st-24th

Religion- Finish Chapter 9 & Begin Chapter 10

Phonics- Magic Ee

Continue blends at beginning of words “sc” “sn” “sw”           

Reading- “Chameleons are Cool

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling, Synonyms

Focus Skill: Main Idea, Main Details

*Sight words: find, first, its, long, made (Test- Friday, 01/24)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling: bake, lake, rake, snake, cake, make, shake, quake, snap, swim (Test- Friday, 01/24)

Math- Chapter 5 “Addition & Subtraction” Fact Families

             Homework: On Calendar (Xtra Math)

Science- Penguins & Polar Bears

Social Studies- Penguins & Polar Bears

Daily 5- Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Work on Writing

 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym (No School)

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library 

Week of January 13th

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Week of January 13th – January 17th

Religion- Chapter 9 “Jesus is God’s Son"

Phonics- Short i & Long i

Continue blends at beginning of words “sm” “sk” “sp”           

Reading- “Ida Always”

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling, Synonyms

Focus Skill: Fiction Books, Showing not telling, Emotions of Characters

*Sight words: an, ask, been, came, day (Test- Friday, 01/17)

                 Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling: bin, pin, spin, fin, chin, line, nine, shine, mine, spine (Test- Friday, 01/17)

Math- Chapter 5 “Addition & Subtraction” Fact Families

             Homework: On Calendar (Xtra Math)

Science- Penguins & Polar Bears

Social Studies- Penguins & Polar Bears

 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Church

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

 

Student of the Week: Owen Bugala

Birthdays: Clare Hayes-January 13th

Callie Guinane-January 15th

Week of January 6th

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I am so excited to be back with your children! I wanted to thank you all for your extremely generous Christmas gifts. You are all so thoughtful and I appreciate your kindness greatly. You truly made my holidays so great! I look forward to getting back into the swing of things this week.

Week of January 6th – January 10th

Religion- Chapter 9 “Jesus is God’s Son"

Phonics- “ow” & “oa”

Continue blends at beginning of words “S” “T” “ST”              

Reading- “Penguin in Peril" by Helen Hancocks

Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling, Synonyms

Focus Skill: Fiction Books & Shades of Meaning in text

*Sight words: went, will, would, write, yes (Test- Friday, 01/10)

Homework: On Calendar

*Spelling: grow, snow, mow, low, blow, boat, goat, toad, load, float

 (Test- Friday, 01/10)

Math: Chapter 5 “Addition & Subtraction” Fact Families

HOMEWORK: On Calendar

Science- Penguins & Polar Bears

Social Studies- Penguins & Polar Bears

 

Specials:

Monday:  Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday:  Computers

Friday:  Art/Library

Week of December 16th

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

We have such an exciting week ahead of us! Tuesday is our Polar Express pajama day. Please have your child come to school in their favorite pajamas. We are going to be doing some fun Polar Express activities, reading the Polar Express and watching the movie. Friday is an 11:30 dismissal. We will have cookies with Santa, watch a Christmas movie and go to mass before we head into our Christmas break. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am so grateful for all of you!

Week of December 16th – December 20th

Religion- Christmas & Kindness/Advent

Phonics- Digraph Review: “TH” “SH” “WH” “CH”

*Spelling words:  NONE

Reading- “Over & Under the Snow & The Great Spruce”

Main Skill/Focus: Illustrations/Drawing Conclusions

*Sight words: Review (Quiz: NONE)

Homework: NO HOMEWORK CALENDAR THIS WEEK!

Math: Chapter 5

Homework: NONE

Science- Theme: Christmas

Social Studies- Christmas & Holidays

Centers- (Theme Based) Phonics, Writing, Math, Art, Listening Center

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music (Polar Express/Pajama Day)

Wednesday: Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

Your child needs to have a note sent in prior to Wednesday if they are going to watch their siblings programs please. They will be sent to the office to be signed out and back in. Thank you for cooperation & understanding with the school policy.

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Milk & Cookies, 10:15am Mass (Wear Sunday’s Best) & 11:30 Dismissal

Birthdays:

Olivia Glim--Dec. 29th

Danny O’Connor—Dec. 31st

Week of December 9th

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Week of December 9th – December 13th

Religion- Christmas & Kindness/Advent

Phonics- Digraphs “TH” “WH”

*Spelling words: thorn, think, whip, whale, wheel, thief (Test Friday, 12/13)

Reading- “The Animals’ Santa”

Main Skill/Focus: Analyzing Illustrations/Drawing Conclusions

*Sight words: one, them, this, two, way (Quiz Friday 12/13)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 15

Math: Chapter 5

Homework: On Calendar

Science- Theme: Christmas

Social Studies- Christmas & Holidays

Centers- (Theme Based) Phonics, Writing, Math, Art, Listening Center

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computer

Friday: Art/Library (Ugly Christmas Sweater Day)

Student of the Week: Patsy DeTineo

Week of December 2nd

Posted on Dec 02, 2019

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break! I cannot believe we are already in December. The year is flying by! Don’t forget we have no school on Friday. We will have our spelling and sight word tests on Thursday this week.

Week of December 2nd – December 6th

Religion- Christmas/Advent

Phonics- Digraphs “CH” “SH” and “H”                                

*Spelling words: ham, hose, hat, shed, shop, sheep, chop, cheese, chain, chest (Test Thursday, 12/05)

Reading- “Oskar and the Eight Blessings”

Main Skill/Focus: Creating Mental Images/Visualizing

*Sight words: if, like, me, more, my (Quiz Thursday 12/05)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 14

Math: Introducing Chapter 5 “Subtraction Strategies”

Homework: On calendar

Science- Theme: Christmas

Social Studies- Christmas & Holidays

Centers- Literacy Based

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: NO SCHOOL

Student of the Week: Danny O’Connor

Week of November 25th

Posted on Nov 26, 2019

Our week is a short one! I am looking forward to meeting with everyone at parent teacher conferences this week. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and know I am thankful for each of you!

Week of November 25th-29th

Religion- “Gratitude & Thankfulness”

Phonics- Review

Spelling words:  Review

Reading- Thanksgiving Stories

            Main Skill/Focus:  

 Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

                 Sight words: 

                 Homework:

Math: Fact Fluency

             HOMEWORK: No calendar this week!

Science- Theme: Why Leaves Change Colors, Pumpkin & Thanksgiving

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day

Centers- (Theme Based) Phonics, Writing, Math, Art, Listening Center

 

Specials:

Monday:  11:30 Dismissal          

Tuesday: 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday: NO SCHOOL

Thursday: - NO SCHOOL- Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday:  - NO SCHOOL

Week of November 18th

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

Week of November 18th – November 22nd

Religion- Finishing up “Harvest Your Dreams” & "Gratitude and Thankfulness"

Phonics- Review “J” & “H” to learn Digraph “CH”                                

*Spelling words: jar, jet, jog, hat, horn, hook, chin, chop, check, cheese (Test Friday, 11/22)

Reading- “A Plump and Perky Turkey”

Main Skill/Focus: Strong Readers Ask Questions

                *Sight wordsare, big, come, get, has (Quiz Friday 11/22)

                 Homework: Practice Sight Word List 13

Math: Chapter 4 “Subtraction Strategies”

             Homework: On calendar

Science- Theme: Why Leaves Change Color, Pumpkin & Thanksgiving

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day

Centers- Literacy Based

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday:  Library

Student of the Week: Emily Spadoni

Week of November 11th

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Week of November 11th – November 15th

Religion- “Harvest Your Dreams”

Phonics- Letters “S” & “H” to learn Digraph “SH”                                

*Spelling words: saw, socks, seal, ham, hose, house, shed, shell, ship, sheep (Test Friday, 11/15)

Reading- “Amazing Grace”

Main Skill/Focus: Determining the Lesson/Moral of the Story

*Sight words: use, were, what, when, which (Quiz Friday 11/15)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 12

Math: Chapter 4 “Subtraction Strategies”

Homework: On calendar

Science- Theme: Why Leaves Change Color, Pumpkin & Thanksgiving

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day

Centers- Literacy Based

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday:  Library

Student of the Week: Liam Gillian

Week of November 4th

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

Week of November 4th – November 8th

Religion- The “Rosary” Learning to pray the Rosary

Phonics- Review short vowels                                                             

*Spelling words: fan, nap, flag, hop, cot, frog, net, leg, pen, rug, cut, hill (Test Friday, 11/08)

ReadingMaddie’s Fridge

Main Skill/Focus: Text Connections (Text to self & Text to world)

*Sight words: out, see, so, then, these (Quiz Friday 11/08)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 11

Math: Chapter 2 “Subtraction Concepts”

Homework: On calendar

Science- Theme: Pumpkin & Thanksgiving

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Thanksgiving & Veteran’s Day

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday:  Library

Student of the Week: Olivia Glim

Week of October 28th

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Week of October 28th – November 1st

Last week, we practiced our safety drills school wide. Our class worked very well together to make sure everyone was listening and following our safety drill procedures. Great job! Thank you so much to all the chaperones who volunteered to come with us on our field trip last week! I know our first graders had a blast. Here's a look at this week:

Halloween Party- Our Halloween Party will be on Thursday afternoon. The children can come dressed to school in their costumes. NO WEAPONS! They will have a chance to pass out candy or a treat. We have 19 students in our classroom. Thank you to Mrs. Moonan for organizing our party & to our volunteers for coming in to help. We can't wait to have a spooktacular time!

Religion- The “Rosary” Learning to pray the Rosary

Phonics- Word Sort short i: “IP” “IG” & “ILL” words

*Spelling words: lip, zip, rip, dig, pig, wig, hill, mill, pill (double L constant at end) (Test Friday, 11/01)

Continue Blends, review short a words & o words

ReadingREVIEW WEEK

Main Skill/Focus: Non-Fiction Elements (Connections to Text)

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

                *Sight words: each, little, many, not, other (Quiz Friday 11/01)

                 Homework: Practice Sight Word List 10

Math: Chapter 2 “Subtraction Concepts”

             Homework: On calendar

Science-  Theme: Pumpkin, Bat, Owls

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Bat, Owls

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym        

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass / EARLY DISMISSAL 1:45

Thursday: Computers/ Halloween Party

Friday:  Library

Student of the Week: Callie Guinane

Birthdays: Patsy DeTineo, Jimmy Sullivan

Week of October 21st

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

I hope you all had a great weekend! :)

Don’t forget our field trip is this Wednesday, October 23rd. Students should arrive at the regular school schedule time in the morning. We will be departing at 10:30 am to have a picnic lunch from 11:15-12:00. Our guided tour & hayride will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and we will then depart at 1:15 to head back to school. Please have your child wear his or her gym uniform and bring a brown bag lunch. No pop due to bees! We are so excited for our field trip!

Safety Drills: We will be talking a lot about safety this week. On Tuesday & Friday this week, we will be practicing a Soft Lockdown Drill and Bus Evacuation Drill. We will be talking and practicing procedures for these drills. Please know these topic may come up in conversation this week. You may want to discuss safety at home with your child to supplement what we are talking about in school. 

Week of October 21st-October 25th

Religion- The Rosary- Learning to pray the Rosary

Phonics- Word Sort short u: “UG” “UT” & “UN” words

*Spelling words: run, cut, mug, jug, tug, sun, hut, rug, nut, bun, shut, bug (Test Friday 10/25)

Continue blends, review short a words and o words

Reading- Story of the week: “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures”

Main Skill/Focus: Non-fiction elements (Connections to Text)

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

*Sight words: can, could, did, do, down (Quiz Friday 10/25)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 9

Math:  Ch. 2 Subtraction Concepts

Homework: On calendar (2.2 worksheet)

Science- Pumpkins, Bats, Owls

Social Studies- Pumpkins, Bats, Owls

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music / Soft Lockdown Drill

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library / Bus Evacuation Drill

Student of the Week: Danny Moonan

Birthdays: Avarie Drew, Ms. Surin

Week of October 14th

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Here are a few upcoming events and reminders:

Field Trip- The Children’s Farm in Palos Park on Wednesday, October 23rd. Students should arrive at the regular school schedule time in morning. We will be departing at 10:30 am to have a picnic lunch from 11:15-12:00. Our guided tour & hayride will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. We will depart at 1:15 to head back to school. Money & Permission Slip Due on Friday 10/18.  Please pack a brown bag lunch with water or a juice box, wear gym uniforms, and dress for the weather. NO pop due to bees!! Check to make sure you didn’t order hot lunch on this day!

Halloween Book Report- Please have your child pick a Halloween Book for the month of October. It can be a book that they can independently read or a book that someone may read to them. A Book report form will be coming home on Tuesday stapled to their weekly homework calendar. Please have them fill out the Book Report Form. This can be done together if needed. Book Report Due on Monday, October 21st.

Halloween Party- Our Halloween Party will be on Thursday afternoon! More details to come.

Week of October 14th-October 18th

Religion- Beginning the Rosary- Learning to pray the Rosary

Phonics- Word Sort short e: “ET” “EG” & “EN” words

*Spelling words: net, peg, jet, hen, pen, pet, beg, wet, leg, ten, men (Test Friday 10/18)

Continue blends, review short a words and o words

Reading- Story of the week: “Pumpkin Soup”

Main Skill/Focus: Repetition, Rhyme & Rhythm

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

*Sight words: some, there, up, we, with (Quiz Friday 10/18)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 8/ Halloween Book Report

Math:  Ch. 2 Subtraction Concepts

Science- Pumpkins, Bats, Owls

Social Studies- Pumpkins, Bats, Owls

Specials:

Monday: Gym (No School)    

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

Birthdays: Madelyn Remegi

NO SCHOOL – Monday, October 14th

Week of October 7th

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

 

Week of October 7th – October 11th 

Religion- Ch. 3 “God’s Word Teaches Us”

Phonics- Word Sort: Short o “OP” “OT” & “OG” words

*Spelling words: hop, cot, dog, top, dot, log, mop, hot, jog, pop, pot, frog (Test Friday, 10/11)

Continue Blends “bl”, “cl” short a words, ending “it”

Reading- “If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed”

Main Skill/Focus: Key Details & Retelling with Key Details

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

*Sight words: him, is, look, or, out (Quiz Friday 10/11)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 7

Math:  Finishing Ch. 3 “Addition Strategies” & Introducing Ch. 2 “Subtraction Concepts”

Homework: On calendar

Science- Pumpkin, Bat, Owls

Social Studies- Pumpkin, Bat, Owls

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym         

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

Student of the Week: Clare Hayes

Birthdays: Colin Sheerin

Week of September 30th

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

I hope you all had a great weekend! Here's a quick look at this week: Tuesday, October 1st is picture day! Don’t forget to turn in your picture forms. Make sure to send your child in their best attire! I can’t wait to see how adorable everyone will look! Wednesday, October 2nd is special lunch from pops.

Week of September 30th-October 4th

Religion- God’s Word Teaches Us

Phonics- Word Sort: -AG & -AP words

*Spelling words: nap, wag, cap, rag, map, bag, tag, flag, lap (Test Friday 10/4)

Continue Blends “bl”, “cl” short a words, ending -it

Reading- Story of the week: “Hoot & Peep”

Main Skill/Focus: Connections- Text to Self

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

*Sight words: but, go, had, have, her (Quiz Friday 10/4)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 6

Math:  Ch. 3 Addition Strategies

Homework: On calendar (3.8 worksheet)

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym         

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

Student of the Week: Elliot McGann

Week of September 23rd

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

Week of September 23rd-27th

Religion- We Gather to Celebrate Mass

Phonics- Word sort: -AN and -AD words

*Spelling words: fan, dad, pan, sad, man, pad, van, mad, can (Test Friday 9/27)

Continuing “bl” blends, short a words, ending -it

Reading- Story of the week: “Honey…Honey…Lion!

Main Skill/Focus: Retelling- Beginning, Middle, End

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

*Sight words: all, am, by, at, be (Quiz Friday 9/27)

Homework: Practice Sight Word List 5

Math- Ch. 3 Addition Strategies

Homework: On calendar (3.5 worksheet)

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym         

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

Student of the Week: Brady Rusch

Birthdays: Owen Bugala

Week of September 16th

Posted on Sep 14, 2019

I hope everyone had a great weekend at Fisher Fest! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Just a reminder to please send our leveled reader back to school each day in the Ziploc bag. We will use that copy during our reading time. Please practice reading it each night and send it back to school each day. I will collect them each Friday. For the word sort on the homework calendar, please cut the pictures and words out and keep them at home in a baggie to practice with. These do not need to be turned in on Friday.

For Math, we will be skipping to Chapter 3 to start addition strategies. We will then return to Chapter 2 to start Subtraction Concepts.       

Week of September 16th-20th

Religion- We Gather to Celebrate Mass

Phonics-  Word Sort "short a " words

Spelling words: cat, fat, mat, sat, hat, pat, rat, bat (Test Friday 9/20)

                  Continuing blends “bl”, short a words, ending “it”

Reading- Story of the week: How to Make Apple Pie & See the World (Continued)

Main Skill/Focus: Settings & How Settings Change

Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

Sight words: they, to, was, with, you (Quiz Friday 9/20)

                 Homework: Practice Sight Word List 4

Math- Chapter Three "Addition Strategies"

             Homework: On calendar (3.1 and 3.4 worksheets)

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym         

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

Student of the Week: Jane Stalla

 

Week of September 9th

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm sure your children are ecstatic about Fisher Fest coming up this weekend! Just a reminder that the leveled reader for this week, "Katie and Katie," will be sent home in a ziploc bag. Please have your child return it to school each day as we will be reading it in school during reading time.

Room 111 is still looking for classroom donations! I am looking for book donations to add to our classroom library. I am also looking for any games that families would be willing to donate to our classroom for indoor recess. I would greatly appreciate anything you would be willing to donate to our growing classroom!

Week of September 9-13th 

Religion- We Gather to Celebrate Mass

Phonics- Letters Ll, Kk, Jj, Ww (word sort)

                  Blends “bl”, short a words,  ending “it”

Reading- Story of the week: How to Make Apple Pie & See the World

            Main Skill/Focus: Settings & How Settings Change

 Predictions, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

            Sight words: on, said, she, that, the (Quiz Thursday 9/12)

                 Homework: Practice Sight Word List 3

Math- Finishing Chapter One- Model Adding to and Make Groups to Add

             Homework: On calendar

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym         

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library (NO SCHOOL)

Student of the Week: Starts next Monday, September 16th

NO SCHOOL – Friday, September 13th

Week of September 2nd

Posted on Aug 31, 2019

Week one is complete! We have had such a great first week in Room 111. We are continuing to work on our classroom rules: following directions and being good listeners. Your children are working hard each day! I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know each of your children’s unique personalities. They are so fun!

Just a reminder that Back to School Night is this Wednesday, September 4th from 6:30-8:00 pm. I hope to see you all there! We will be discussing our daily routine, expectations within the classroom, classroom management and the homework calendar.

The letter sort that is sent home at the beginning of each week does not need to come back on Friday. Please cut the letters and pictures out and keep them in a Ziploc bag at home. Practice sorting them each night. Repetition and reviewing the beginning letter sounds daily is an important part of progressing into learning word patterns.

Room 111 is looking for classroom donations! Since this is my first year, I am looking for book donations to add to our classroom library. I am also looking for any games that families would be willing to donate to our classroom for indoor recess. I would greatly appreciate anything you would be willing to donate to our growing classroom!

Week of September 2-6

Religion- Finishing up “We are followers of Jesus”

      “We gather to celebrate Mass”

Phonics- Letters Gg, Tt, Nn, Pp (Word Sort)

                Short vowel a

Reading- Story of the week: Sylvie

                Focus skill: Predictions

                Sight Words: his, I, in, it, of (Quiz Friday 9/6)

Math- Chapter 1- Model Adding To, Make Groups to Add

                Homework: On calendar

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/Library

Student of the Week: Starts September 16th

NO SCHOOL: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

Week of August 26th

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Week of August 26-30th

Religion- Faith & Family “We are followers of Jesus”

Phonics- Letters Bb, Mm, Rr, Ss (Letter Sort)

Reading- Main Idea, Nouns, Writing, Journaling

                Sight words: a, and, as, he, for (Quiz Friday 8/30)

                Homework Calendar: Practice sight word list 1 & number sentences

Math: Solving Word problems in different ways & number sentences (drawing, number sentence, tally marks, adding)

Science- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

Social Studies- Apple Theme “Johnny Appleseed”

 

Specials

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Mass

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art/ Library

 

Student of the week: Ms. Surin

 
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