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Welcome to Second Grade! We always look forward to an exciting year, filled with learning and academic growth. Through an inviting and positive classroom environment, students are motivated to learn and be kind to others.

This year, students will experience the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion to grow stronger in their faith and closer to God. Students will also take part in a service project to develop empathy for others and make a positive impact in the lives of others; we visit a senior living community several times throughout the school year to read, play games, and sing with the elderly.

From learning how to write in cursive to doing double-digit addition problems, students will learn so much throughout the school year. Be sure to check out the “Curriculum” tab to learn more!

What will your child be learning?

Math: We are excited to continue with our math program, GoMath. Students will master basic addition and subtraction facts through 20, learn two- and three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, and focus on place value to compare numbers. We will also work with money, time, graphs, measurement, and geometry. Students will also have Simple Solutions, another math program that reviews math areas throughout the year.

Religion: Students will have a wonderful opportunity to learn so much of the Catholic faith this year! We will discuss how Jesus is always with us, especially in the sacraments. We will do an entire unit dedicated to Reconciliation, and another unit on the celebration of the Eucharist. We will have conversations on how we can live our faith every day. Prior to receiving the sacraments, parent meetings will be held by Mrs. Barb Campbell, the Director of Religious Education to provide you with further information.

Handwriting: Handwriting will be practiced each day, whether with a specific worksheet or in writing answers, stories, etc. We will begin teaching cursive after Christmas Break.

Science: Students will learn how to work like a scientist and use the design process. They will also learn about technology, animals, plants, environments for living things, Earth’s resources, and weather.

Social Studies: Students will study basic geography skills, where we live, our country’s past, the working world, and government. We will also learn about various people and places in history.

Reading: We will be reading stories throughout the year and discussing various story elements, such as setting, plot, conclusion, etc. Students will learn how to identify the main idea and details within a text. We will also learn several reading skills and strategies to build comprehension and fluency in both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Writing: Students will effectively use the writing process to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces throughout the year.

Phonics: We will cover various sounds, from short and long vowel sounds, to consonant blends, to diphthongs and digraphs. Students will also learn contractions, prefixes, and suffixes.

Shurley English: Students will learn to use correct punctuation and capitalization, while writing in complete sentences. We will also learn to classify sentences with various parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions).

Spelling: Each week, students will have a list of ten words to learn. The first two words on the list can be spelled phonetically, the next six words follow a spelling pattern, and the last two words are “challenge” words. Tests will be on the last day of the week.

Some Extra Information

Math Facts and Reading: Students are encouraged to practice addition and subtraction facts (0-20) and read at home daily. Both of these activities will help them in the classroom!
Spelling: Students are encouraged to practice their weekly spelling words at home using SpellingCity, a fun website with games and activities to practice our spelling lists. The link is: http://www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

Volunteering: Parents are welcome to volunteer for recess, lunch duty, field trips, and parties. You must be fully Virtus trained. We look forward to seeing you! Links to help you help us are below.

Virtus Training*: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theme=0

*Once you click the link and get to the site, you will have to scroll and choose Chicago (Archdiocese) to see the options for available Virtus classes.

Room 109
A – STREAM, TLC
B – STREAM, Spanish
C – Physical Education
D – Music, Library
E – TLC
F – Spanish
G – Music, Physical Education

Rule 1 – Listen carefully.

Rule 2 – Follow directions.

Rule 3 – Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.

Rule 4 – Respect others. Be kind with your words and actions.

Rule 5 – Respect school and personal property.

Rule 6 – Work and play safely, fairly, and honestly.

Second-2-None: Week of 12-2

In Religion this week, we learned that the Church has its own seasons of the year. We discussed what happens during the various seasons, looking especially close at Advent, which began this past Sunday. In Language Arts, we continue to look at how to classify sentences and the various parts of speech. Within Phonics, we...
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Second-2-None: Events

Tuesday, December 10, is D4D at McDonald’s. No flyer is required. We will attend 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, December 11. On Thursday, December 12, we will have a school mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. if you can. Please consider coming in for Lunch/Recess Duty. Even...
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Second-2-None: Week of 11-18

This week in Religion, we talked about Confirmation. We learned that this sacrament seals us with the Holy Spirit. Next week we will talk about the Church Year, looking at each season of the church carefully. In Language Arts, we’ve been working on our persuasive paper, asking for a new pet. We have also continued...
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Second-2-None: Week of 11/11

In Religion, we have been spending time on our Second Step program, focusing on fairness and how to interact with one another. We have also made Thanksgiving cards for parishioners. So look for them in the Canticle. We read a great story called “I Wanna Iguana” about a little boy who tries to convince his...
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Second-2-None: Week of 11/4

  The class is ready for First Reconciliation. We’ve practiced many times and have examined our conscience together to be ready. Please be sure to arrive before our 11AM start. Next week, we will begin to look more closely at the other 5 sacraments that we haven’t delved into yet. In Reading, we finished reading...
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Second-2-None: Week of 10/28/19

Reconciliation is one week away. We’ve spent all of Religion the last several weeks preparing for it, and we are ready. Please continue to practice the Act of Contrition (so many know it already … yay!) and the Ten Commandments. Barb Campbell sent out information regarding the Sacrament this past week. Please refer to it...
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Second-2-None: Week of 10-21

We’ve been continuing our preparation for Reconciliation by speaking more about what sin is, in addition to the different kinds of sin. We’ve discussed the difference between sin and an accident, as well as how God gave us the gift of free will. In Language, we’ve written our first opinion piece. The topic was “What...
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Second-2-None: Week of 10-14

Now that we have learned about the Bible, we moved onto God’s laws, the Ten Commandments. The list has been sent home to start memorizing. I will test the class on the Ten Commandments the week of November 11. They should know the order and most of the verbiage. The Act of Contrition was also...
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Second-2-None: Week of 10 – 7

10-7 This week in religion class, we began our preparation for First Reconciliation. It began by learning about God’s Word, the Bible. We learned the Bible is divided into 2 testaments, and we even found out that the Gospel is the “good news” of Jesus, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Next week, we...
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