Please note the following important second grade events:
- Second graders will host the all school mass on Wednesday, February 13, at 10:30 am in the church, please join us!
- First Reconciliation will be Saturday, February 23, at 1:00 pm in the church.
- First Communion will be Saturday, May 4, at 11:00 am in the church.
Happy New Year! As we kick off 2019, we have been busy reviewing and revisiting routines, skills, and expectations. It can be a challenge to come back to the classroom after the long break and remember to raise your hand!
Preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation has begun! Choices, free will, and conscience are the topics of our discussion this week. Our discussion started around choices that were easy and hard for us to make. Then the students connected this to the bible story of the Prodigal Son. This story highlights the power of forgiveness. We talked about how sometimes our choices lead to a need for this wonderful gift!
Christmas break is the perfect time to curl up with a good book! I am asking students to try and read four books (or 200 pages) over break. Please record your titles and authors on your winter break reading sheet that came home in your December 20 Thursday folder. We will celebrate your reading when we return in January!
We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Only 35% of all high schools teach computer science! That’s why our classroom is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that we are ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills!
November is the Month of Remembrance. This is a time when we honor the memory of the ones that we have loved. The students are invited to bring photos or mementos to place on our prayer table. We will pray over them each morning in November!
Due to the short week and all of the Halloween festivities, there will not be a memory word list! We will be reviewing the patterns and words we have learned so far this year.
Please note the following:
*Friday, October 26, is an out-of-uniform, pizza day!
*Wednesday, October 31, will be the date of our Halloween party. The students should bring their costumes to school. We will change before the party. Masks and weapons should be left at home! Costumes should be appropriate keeping in mind our younger students.
*Thursday, November 1, will be our All Saints’ mass celebration at 10:30 at church. Mass uniforms are required.
*Parent-teacher conferences are November 1 and November 2. School is dismissed at 11:30 am on November 1 and there is no school on November 2.
October is Fire Safety month. We had a visit last week from some of Wilmette’s firefighters. The students learned and reviewed ways to be safe in the event of a fire. Ask them to tell you about the three things they are supposed to have in their homes.
This week will be short but busy! Please make a note of the following:
*Wednesday, October 10, is an all school mass. The students need to be in mass uniform!
*Thursday, October 11, is our field trip to The Grove. Students should bring a lunch that day and dress appropriately for the weather.
*Friday, October 12, is the Pumpkin Bowl! This highly anticipated event will begin at 1:00 pm at Howard Park! A flyer from Mr. Walker went home last week in Thursday folders. Parents are welcome!
Please make note of the following:
*We will be decorating our writing journals tomorrow, September 19. Students need to bring in their special items! Please reference the letter that went home in last week’s Thursday folder for details.
*Picture Day is tomorrow, September 19! Students should come wearing their picture day best!
The sacrament of Baptism has been our focus in religion. The children have enjoyed learning about and sharing their own baptisms with the class! This week the children will work cooperatively to create posters to depict the symbols of this sacrament of initiation.
The students have been very excited about the introduction of “Work on Writing” as part of our Daily 5, reading workshop block. The students will create personalized writing journals this week. We have brainstormed possible topics and forms that we can use for our writing. Each day I was asked if we could write for longer!
In addition, the children are working hard at selecting and reading books that are a “good fit” for their own individual reading needs. This helps students to build their reading fluency and comprehension. Ask your child to give a book the five finger test at home to determine if it is a good choice for them to spend reading most of the time!
Notes and Reminders:
- Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 19!
- Please bring in materials for journal decorating by Wednesday, September 19.
- We will have our pajama, movie, and popcorn celebration on Thursday afternoon, September 20. This an earned class reward for reaching the $100 pledge level during the Boosterthon!
- There is no school next Friday, September 21.
- The children should all bring a healthy peanut/tree nut-free snack each day.