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Ms. Mary Broncato, 2nd Grade

Welcome to Ms. Broncato's 2nd grade! Our homeroom this year will be 215. I am a new teacher at this school this year, and I thought I would share with you a bit about myself.

  • I attended Catholic school for my elementary education, at a school called St. James the Apostle in Glen Ellyn.
  • I am from Wheaton, where I live with my family.
  • I graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Spanish and a middle school endorsement in English.

I am so excited for the year ahead, and I hope you are too!

Week of 1/14/19

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Hello all!

 

Reminders for this week:

  • The students are to have 4 AR tests taken and passed this month by Jan. 31st. 
  • Field trip money for Disney on Ice will be due this coming Friday, Jan. 18th.
  • If you received an email earlier in the year about being a chaperone for this field trip, you are required to be up-to-date on Virtus training and CANTS. If you have any questions about this, feel free to email me!

That being said, this is what the upcoming week looks like:

  • The students will have a Math test tomorrow, and they should have brought their books home over the weekend to study, as well as they should study their chapter reviews tonight.
  • The students will have an English test on Friday this week on verbs.
  • In Religion, we will begin working in our "Making it Right" Reconciliation books to prepare for the upcoming Sacrament.

Our spelling list this week is:

still

idea

ago

head

better

drive

train

tree

please

slow

fly

clean

sleep

free

grade

Week of 12/17/18

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Hello all!

For the month of December, the AR goal is to pass 3 tests by December 21st. The students have one week left to reach this goal, and they are encouraged to take AR tests at the library before or after school to help them reach this goal each month. 

The students will have early dismissal this Friday, December 21st. The students will be having cookies and milk on this day, but are welcome to bring a small snack if they would like as well to munch on if they get hungry. 

This is the last week before break! Everyone is very excited for the holidays!

 

Some things to know this week:

  • In math, we will continue to work with subtracting 2-digit numbers and regrouping.
  • In Social Studies, we will be learning about Christmas traditions in other countries, and how they compare to the way the United States celebrates.
  • In English, the students will be writing about their opinions of whether they would rather be Santa's Elf or Reindeer. 

The spelling list this week is as follows:

together

great

even

become

beautiful

luck

kick

cook

rock

cave

sick

look

lock

cake

kiss

 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of 12/10/18

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

Hello all!

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

Some things to know for this week:

  • In math, we will begin to practice subtracting 2-digit numbers. 
  • In reading, we are talking about mysteries. The students will read a Cam Jansen detective story in their readers this week.
  • In Religion, we will continue to learn about God's forgiveness and its importance in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The spelling list for this week will be the following:

read

picture

next

brought

bring

low

hold

cold

road

coat

own

told

know

old

grow

 

 

Week of 12/3

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Hello all!

For the month of December, my students will be required to take 3 ARs. 

Some reminders for this week:

  • In math, we will have a test on Thursday. The students will bring home their math books on Tuesday and Wednesday night to study.
  • In spelling, we will also have our normal weekly spelling test on Thursday. Be sure to keep studying those words at home!
  • In English, we will continue to explore verb tenses and how to use them properly.

Our spelling list for this week is the following:

my 

try

fine

mile

across

best

either

toward

nice

by

cry

fry

sky

dry

sometimes

 

 

Have a great week!

 

Week of 11/27

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

Hello all!

I hope we all got to enjoy our bonus snow day to finish off our Thanksgiving break. It was definitely extra relaxing!

Things to know this week:

  • In math, we will be continuing to practice our 2-digit addition skills and fluency. Continue using Reflex at home to practice these skills!
  • In English, we will be continuing or study of verbs and how they work in the present tense.
  • In Science, we will begin to study animals who look different from their parents when they are born, such as butterflies and frogs.

Our spelling list for this week is as follows:

place

room

city

high

children

seen

seat

neat

week

eat

need

seem

read

sea

beef

 

Week of 11/12

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Hello!

Last week we had a beautiful Veterans' Day Prayer service. The students dressed down in red, white, and blue and learned about the symbolism of the American flag. It was a blessing to have so many Veterans from our parish present to be recognized. 

Things to know this week:

  • For the month of November, our AR goal will be 3 tests passed by 11/30. 
  • Final grades for the first trimester will be posted. I look forward to seeing many of you at parent teacher conferences!
  • In math this week, we are working on and practicing mental strategies for adding two-digit numbers.
  • In reading this week, we will be reading 2 stories about baseball.
  • In science, we have been discussing the different characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
  • In English, the students will be finishing up their "How-To" paragraphs for Thanksgiving turkey.

The spelling list for this week is as follows:

those

since

show

friends

been

save

stay

ate

rain

say

play

may

wait

safe

day

Week of 11/5

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

Hello all!

This week we will have a Veteran's Day service on Friday, 11/9. There will be a panel of speakers who have served in the military, and there will be a prayer service following. There will also be a dress down day on Friday to collect money for Honor Flight Chicago. The students will be asked to bring a dollar on Friday to dress down in red, white, and blue. 

For the month of November, the students will be required to take 3 AR tests by the end of the month. 

Things to know this week:

  • On Tuesday this week, we will have a math test. The students should have brought their books home over the weekend to study, and they will bring their books home on Monday night as well. 
  • On Wednesday this week, we will have a social studies test. The students will bring home their social studies books to study on Monday and Tuesday nights.
  • In science, we have been discussing the characteristics of mammals and birds, and how they are different.
  • In English, we will be reading about spiders. The students will be comparing fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Our spelling list this week is as follows:

ink

flap

hall

tank

grip

salt

hate

sung

dead

cove

 

Everyone have a wonderful week!

Week of 10/29

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Hello all!

 

This week will be an exciting one! Wednesday is Halloween. We will be having a Halloween party in our classroom on that day, and we are so looking forward to it. Following Halloween, there will be an all-school All Saints Mass at 1pm on Thursday, Nov. 1st.

Things to know this week:

  • In math, we are continuing to practice our fact fluency, and applying our fact strategies to real-world problems. 
  • In reading, we will be learning about Spiders this week.
  • In Social Studies, we will continue to learn about producers, consumers, natural resources and how to conserve them. 

Our spelling list for this week is as follows:

heard
pipe
joke
enough
tape
fire
until
mule
base
full
cute
wave
call
late
robe

Week of 10/22

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Hello all!

Some things to know this week:

  • We will have an English test on Thursday on nouns. The study guide will be sent home tomorrow night and Wednesday night to allow the students time to study.
  • In math, we have been working on fact fluency within 20 for addition and subtraction. We have been practicing mental strategies to add fluently in our heads, such as making a ten or using knowledge of doubles facts. We have used Reflex Math at school to get even better at our fact fluency. Reflex can be used at home to practice fact fluency as well. The students should have their logins in their homework folder, and the website to access Reflex is:

https://accounts.explorelearning.com/reflex/student

  • In social studies, we have been discussing types of land forms and natural resources, as well as what producers and consumers are. 
  • In science, we have been learning about the parts of the plant and what they do to support the plant's life.

Our spelling list this week is as follows:

animals

before

between

knew

why

does

been

some

have

said

give

come

done

head

live

 

Week of 10/15

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Hello all!

The baby bottles to collect change for the Women's Center of Greater Chicagoland are due back this week on Friday the 19th. You can keep collecting change throughout the week and bring the bottles back on Friday.

If you are starting to plan Halloween costumes, or have already, keep in mind that masks and weapons are not allowed at school on Halloween. I am very excited to see all of their costumes on this day!

Some things to know for this week:

  • In math, we will be building our fluency adding together two 1-digit numbers. We will be practicing using mental strategies such as doubles-plus-one, making a ten, etc.
  • In reading, we will be reading the stories "Furry Mouse" and "Two Mice" in our readers and working on building our comprehension.
  • In Social Studies, we will be talking about producers and consumers.

Our spelling list for this week is as follows:

sing  wink  almost
king  sink  another
long  ring   around
bank  hang  food
drink  wing  under
 

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of 10/9/18

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Hello all!

Students brought home a baby bottle from school today. We are collecting spare change in these baby bottles for charity! The bottles will be due back to school on Oct. 19, and all of the collected change will be donated. 

Picture day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 16th. The students received a small flyer with this date today in their folders.

Things to know for this week:

  • We will have a math test on Chapter 2 on Thursday of this week. The students brought home their math books tonight, and will also bring them home tomorrow night. We will be going over the last 2 pages of the chapter review tomorrow in class, so they will need to bring their math books back to school.
  • In reading, we will be reading a non-fiction story about eyesight and talking about optical illusions.
  • In science, we will be learning about the parts of a plant, and how they support the plants' needs to live.

The spelling list for this week is:

plant  

flat    

because

front   

glass   

carry

grass   

dress  

don't

glad   

bring   

goes

class   

clap   

whole
 

 

Week of 10/1/18

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Hello parents of room 215!

 

I can not believe it is already the beginning of October! This week we will be starting AR, and I know that the kids are very excited! The students are welcome to read AR books at home and then take the tests at school. The students will also be reading books in class and the library, where they will be able to take AR tests during school. If you or your child are wondering if a book is an AR or not, this website is helpful: 

arbookfind.com

 

Things to know for this upcoming week:

  • In math, we will be working with adding and subtracting 10 or 100 to or from 3-digit numbers. 
  • In reading, we will be reading the Ugly Duckling as well as a non-fiction text about ducks.
  • In English this week, the students will be writing a narrative paper about their favorite vacation.
  • In science, we will be learning about living things and what they need to live.

 

Our spelling list for this week will be:

warm

myself

mother

new

keep

tall

ball

wall

fall

chalk

all

call

small

walk

talk

 

Have a wonderful week!

Week of 9/24/17

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Hello! 

Things to know this week:

  • In math, we will be beginning to recognize numbers in the thousands as groups of thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. We will also be learning how to write numbers in different ways.
  • In reading, we will be comparing Fiction and Nonfiction texts this week. 
  • In Social Studies, we will have a test on Thursday of this week, and a study guide will go home with the students this week.

 

This is the last week that the students will be allowed to wear shorts to school. As of Monday, Oct. 1st, they will not be allowed to wear shorts again until later in the year. 

The spelling list for this week is as follows:

mug

mad

gill

spun

yell

nap

moss

silk

belt

fond

 

Week of 9/17

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Hello all!

I could tell this morning that everyone had a ton of fun at Fisher Fest this past weekend. I'm glad I got to see a few of my students when I went on Sunday evening. This morning, we had a nice discussion about our favorite rides and things to do at Fisher Fest, and it seemed like everyone had a fun-filled weekend.

Some things to look forward to this week:

  • In math, we will be working with 3-digit numbers this week. The students will be working to understand what each digit in a three-digit number represents.
  • In reading, we will be reading a story about Frog and Toad and working on our comprehension skills.

The spelling list for this week is:

mud 

just

jump

dust

cup

jug

hunt

club

drum

rub

house

took

never

off

these

 

Please email me with any questions! Hope we all have a great week! :)

Week of 9/10/18

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Hello parents of 215!

I am very excited that we will have a much cooler week ahead of us. It will also be great weather for Fisher Fest, which begins on Thursday!

 

A few things to know this week in Ms. Broncato's 2nd grade:

  • The students earned their Patriotic Out of Uniform Day for tomorrow (9/11)! They will be allowed to wear Red, White, Blue, and Patriotic-themed clothing tomorrow instead of their uniform. 
  • We will have an English test on Wednesday. I will send home a study guide for tomorrow night to help the students prepare for this test. 
  • We will also have a Math test on Thursday of this week.

The spelling words for this week are as follows:

dog

stop

fog

pond

lot

doll

cot

log

spot

nod

would

very

should

their

through

 

Hope everyone has a great week!

 

Week of 9/4/18

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

This week, we are trying to raise money for our Patriotic Dress Up day on Tuesday, 9/11. By the end of the week, our class has to have raised $60 in order to qualify for the Dress Up day. If we raise enough money by the end of the week, everyone from our class will be allowed to wear red, white, and blue on this day. I told all of the students that this means everyone would have to bring at least $3 from home, but they are of course welcome to bring more.

In class:

-In math, we will be working on writing numbers in multiple different ways, as well as we will begin our work with story problems.

-In reading, we are talking about the story "Tools" in our reader, and discussing differing tools and their uses.

-In English, we are continuing to work with sentences and sentence structure.(Uppercase letter at the beginning, punctuation at the end)

 

This coming weekend until the end of September there will be a Mass Challenge for all of the grades. Essentially, the students will receive tickets for going to 10 am mass on Sunday. At the end of the month, the grade level with the most tickets will earn a prize. I will send home more information about this tomorrow. 

 

 

Week of 8/27/2018

Posted on Aug 28, 2018

Hello parents of room 215!

 

We are now in the full swing of things for the school year, and we have been working really hard to learn new things in second grade. I am so impressed with how well the students have handled the heat so far this week, hopefully it will cool down for tomorrow.

This week:

  • In Math we will continue to talk about even/odd numbers, as well as we will begin to review place value this week.
  • In English, we will be studying different sentence types and sentence structure.
  • In Religion, we have been and will continue to talk about Baptism this week. The students have been sharing tidbits about their own Baptism.
  • We will have a spelling test on this week's spelling words on Friday (8/31).

And don't forget, our Open House/ Curriculum night this week will be on WEDNESDAY, starting at 6:30pm. I cannot wait to see you all there, and meet those of you I have not gotten the chance to introduce myself to.

 

Our First Full Day!

Posted on Aug 22, 2018

What a wonderful first full day of school! We talked about class rules, took a tour around the classroom, and were introduced to the Smartboard. We also began working in our Reading, English, Math, and Religion textbooks today.

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

  • We will have gym on Friday (8/24), so the students should come prepared in their uniforms.
  • I would love to have all of the parent letters and surveys by Friday (8/24).
  • If your child brought home an emergency contact card, I would also like that by Friday.

Other than that, here is another copy of the Parent Letter, if you need it.  

August 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year for your second grader at St. John Fisher School! We are looking forward to a great year of learning with your child. There are a few things we would like to go over with you concerning the curriculum, classroom rules, and homework policy. After reading this letter, please fill out the form at the end and return it as soon as possible.

Religion

Besides our regular religion series, the children will be studying two sacraments this year. The first is Reconciliation and the second is First Holy Communion which is scheduled for May 4, 2019. Both of these sacraments are very important days in the life of your child and we look forward to preparing your child for them. You will be given more information about these two special days as it becomes available. Please encourage your child to attend Mass regularly as part of their preparation for the reception of these two sacraments.

English Language Arts

In addition to our emphasis on English grammar we will be using Common Core Progress for English Language Arts which incorporates the four core standards of Language Arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be presented with both fiction and nonfiction selections to compare and contrast and to respond orally and in writing using extended response answers.

Reading

The reading series is divided into different themes and the stories are entire selections from popular children’s authors. There are weekly comprehension tests and extended response questions (SLAM) based on that week’s story. Your child will bring the textbook home once a week so that they can review the story several times to prepare for the test. Beginning in October, we will start the Accelerated Reading Program. A monthly grade will be recorded for Accelerated Reading. More details to follow.

Spelling

There will be a weekly spelling test based on that week’s unit as well as an additional 5 challenge words from the reading story. Students will write down their spelling words in their planner each Monday at school. On Monday nights, students will have 4 x each for homework. It would be helpful to give a practice test each week at home. Words will be marked wrong if they are misspelled, if the letter is formed incorrectly, or if capitals letters are used inappropriately.

 

Science and Social Studies

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

Math

Our math series is Go Math. The series is based on the common core standards and has many different on-line features for students and parents to access at home. We will be sending home login passwords so that you can access these features at home. One component is a nightly homework assignment. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how student’s got their answer not just the computation.

Handwriting

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

Our lunch is the second lunch period. It is scheduled from 11:00 – 11:20

Our special schedule is:

Monday - Computer (Mrs. Maxwell)

Tuesday - Music (Mrs. Lenz)

Wednesday - Mass

Thursday - Art/Lirbrary (Mrs. Newman / Mrs. Keller)

Friday - Gym (Mr. Pirkle)

Classroom Procedures

 

The classroom procedures have been explained and are reviewed regularly. If a child misbehaves

or misses a homework assignment they will miss 5 minutes of recess.

 

Homework

 

The homework assignments your child brings home each night are an important part of his/her

education. Homework provides students with opportunities to develop good study habits and

practice new skills. If a child does not turn in their homework, they will receive a homework slip and miss 5 minutes of recess that day. Three or more missing assignments per trimester will be noted on the report card. Please see the Parent Student Handbook regarding make up work,

extended absences, etc. We will allow the student time when he/she returns to school to complete the missed assignments, tests, and homework.

 

Please check the student planner daily. We will check them daily to make sure assignments are written down. Encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes each night. Please make sure your child has adequate supplies at all times. Pencils and crayons wear down, break and get lost. They need to be replaced often.

 

Finally, if your child is absent please phone the office that morning and send a note explaining the absence when he/she returns to school. Also, if your child would like to bring a treat on his/her birthday feel free to send one.

 

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning with your child. If you have any

questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Thank you for your

cooperation.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Karen Ade Mrs. Meghan Kellam Ms. Mary Broncato

 

 

 
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