Friday, September 28, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today....

In math we worked on math facts.

In religion we talked about the seven sacraments.

In reading we discussed character traits and them compared and contrasted characters from Kevin Henkes books. 

In writing and science we talked about the many things that happen during the fall...such as:

  • longer days/shorter nights
  • animals migrate
  • animals prepare to hibernate by eating a lot
  • the leaves change color and fall
  • we rake and play in the leaves
  • many farmers harvest crops such as apples and pumpkins
  • holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving
We talked about it, read about watched a clip on the computer about it and then we wrote about it!!

We did all that and we went to Spanish class too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

* Students did take their spelling test today.  I handed it back for them to see so they will beable to tell you how they did but I will not return it until I send the test folder again.

Next week -

Friday noon dismissal - First Friday - 10:30 mass- all are welcome
Monday, Columbus Day, October 8 - noon dismissal  No Aftercare
Wednesday October 10 Pizza Lunch
October 18, 2018 - Teacher PD Day- No School for students
Week of October 29 - Book Fair

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today.....

Reading:  We reviewed the vocabulary of the week, reread the story "Because of You,"  read the decodable book "Kate's Picnic" and answered comprehension questions....we also did reading groups and read Chapter 2 of "Flat Stanley"

Math - We reviewed fact families and we learned two different ways to find the missing addend in a number sentence (7+ ____ = 11)  One was is to subtract and the other is to "count on" from the number 7 (in this case)

Social Studies - We read a "Scholastic News" magazine and discussed the three types of communities - We didn't have time to answer the questions on the back.  Students were told they can choose to answer the questions tonight and I will give them a sticker for doing it- but it is not required

Grammar - We continued to learn about proper nouns.  We spoke specifically about places and holidays.


Spelling - write your words 2 times, test tomorrow, go on spelling city
Math - p10
Reading - "Kate's Picnic"

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Good Afternoon

We had a wonderful day today!  In reading we started our first story from the new text book - "Because of You."  We also learned the vocabulary words that go with the story- care, kind, precious, feelings and share.  In addition, we started the chapter book, "Flat Stanley."  In grammar we worked on common nouns and proper nouns.  In math we worked on using addition to correct our subtraction. In religion we talked about how we can be like Jesus.  We also got some time on SpellingCity to work on our spelling words.

Test folders went home today.  There are two math papers in the folder.  I generally suggest saving these to help to study for the test.  Please empty the folder, sign and return.


Spelling - sentences 7-12, test Friday, spelling city
Math  - p9
Reading - Read for 10 minutes

Reminder Friday is a 12 dismissal

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Good Afternoon

We had a great day today.  We were very busy.  In reading, we read the decodable book "The Red Star" and answered comprehension questions.  We also started reading groups with Mrs. Potter.  I will work in small groups with the students every day.  I try to see a minimum of two groups per day.  In grammar, we finished the chapter on types of sentences and sentence structure.  In math we worked on word problems and related facts - addition and subtraction.  We are more than half way through the chapter and I anticipate the chapter test will be next week.  I will let you know the date and I will post the review on the blog and send it home.  In science we sorted solids, liquids and gases. 

A big shout out to those students who went on spelling city last night!!! Great job!!!
It was a great day!


Spelling- sentences 1-6, spelling city, test Friday
Math - p 8, test next week
Reading- "The Red Star"

Chapter 1 Review

Here is a review sheet so you can help prepare your child for the test.

1 – Practice your addition and subtraction with numbers up to 19.
2 – Practice doubles facts.
      Example: 4+4=     5+5=
3- Practice adding more than two numbers (3 and 4 addends.)
      Example: 3+6+7+1=
4 – Fact Families
      Example: 2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-3=2, 5-2=3
5 – Finding patterns
      Example: 1+3=4, 2+2= 4, 1+3=4
6- Word problems
7- Find the missing number
    Example 3+___=7

Monday, September 24, 2018

Good Afternoon

We had a very productive day in second grade today.  We added a few things to our morning routine - including practicing sight words.  Today we read 90 words!  In reading, we read the Kevin Henkes book "Wemberly Worried," and then we made test to self connections. In grammar, we worked on the prepositions before, and after and the conjunctions because and so. In math, we worked on related subtraction facts.  In religion, we worked on the ways we can be like Jesus and teach others about Jesus.

Spelling- write words 3 times each, Test Friday, go on (user name sare this pattern SophiaP2018)
Math - p7
Reading - 10 minutes

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.  In reading we read "Chester's Way " by Kevin Henkes and we continued to work on sequencing.  We also talked about "setting" and author's purpose.  In grammar we learned about the "naming" and "action" parts of a sentence.  We also learned about the conjunctions - and, or and but.  In math we worked on subtraction.  In science we talked about matter and solid, liquids and gases.

No Homework today

Back to School Night 7 pm

Tomrrow is the last call for book orders

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Good Evening

We had a wonderful day today.  In reading we worked on the comprehension skill of sequencing.  We had another Kevin Henkes book and then sequenced the events.  Then we wrote about what we want to be when we grow up ( as the main character in the book did.)  In grammar we continued to learn about exclaiming and asking sentences.  In math we added three and four numbers in a column.  Today I introduced the students to a website I use in the classroom and as part of homework- spelling city.  Students can use it to practice their spelling words.  I will provide details tomorrow night at back to school night.  If you want to go on the page and look at it tonight it is -  Every child's user name is their first name and last initial plus 2018- for example: SophiaP2018  The password is potter


Spelling - sentences 7-12
Reading - read for 10 minutes

Book orders are due tomorrow- but if you have questions I can wait until Friday to place the order

Back to School Night tomorrow 7 pm

Spelling City

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Good Afternoon

We had a very busy day today!  In reading we read a new decodable book, answered questioned, did a shred reading and read a poem! We also read a Kevin Henkes book - "Owen." In grammar we worked on asking and exclaiming sentences.  In math we started to add three digits.  This can take time to get used to, so extra practice at home is a good idea.  You will see it as homework soon. We read a Kevin Henkes book - "Owen."  We also did a Scholastic News magazine.


Spelling- write sentences for the first 6 words
Math p 6
Reading "The Contest"

Book Orders due Thursday
Back to School Night Thursday 7 pm

Monday, September 17, 2018

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.  In reading we read a new decodable book and answered compression questions in complete sentences.  We also read the book "Down the Hill" and discussed vocabulary words.  In math we continue to work on double facts.  Students should begin to memorize these - 2+2=4, 3+3=6 etc.  In religion we discussed the miracles of Jesus. 

Students brought home book orders today  - please see information posted below.


Spelling- Write words 3 times each ( no test this week)
Math- p 5
Reading - "Mitts and Hits"

                                                                                                            September 2018

Dear Parents,
Attached you will find a Scholastic book order.  If you wish to order books, please complete the form and return it to me by Thursday, September 20, 2018.  If you wish to pay with a check, please have it written out to Scholastic Reading Club.  You can also choose to place your order online by going to and then using our class code.  The code is:  PBGW3
If you do place the order online, please jot me a note so that I can check to make sure that it has been placed with our class.

Thank You,

Mrs. Potter

Friday, September 14, 2018

 Good Afternoon!!


We did every subject today - using apples!! We read about apples in reading.  In science we tasted apples, learned about the parts of the apple and labeled them and we learned how the apple changed from a solid to sauce while making applesauce.  In math, we tallied and graphed out favorite apples. In social studies, we learned all about Johnny Appleseed.  After we learned about him, we wrote about him and did a craft.  In writing we wrote the steps for "How to Make Applesauce."  And finally, in religion we read the story of Adam and Eve.
It was an extremely busy and fun day!
We did so much work and we hope to get it up on display before you come to Back to School Night next Thursday.

I hope to see you all at the carnival this weekend :)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Good Afternoon

We had a fabulous day today!  In reading we read the story "Down the Hill," which was quite funny.  We also discussed both fiction and realistic fiction books.  While "Down the Hill," id a Frog and Toad book it is just fiction.  We read "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day" as an example of realistic fiction and then we compared the two.  In grammar we talked about commanding sentences.
In math we added "doubles" facts and we made flashcards to go use for practice with doubles facts.
In science, we talked about more apples.


Spelling - write words 2x each
Math - p 4
Reading - read for ten minutes - please read the book from yesterday that we left in our mailboxes by accident

Please bring three apples to school tomorrow- one yellow, one red, one green

Thanks you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Good Evening!

We had a great day in second grade!

In reading we read our first decodable book - which I sent home today.  Students should read it as part of their homework then keep it at home.  We also started our comprehension notebooks where we answer comprehension questions about books we have read.  We continue to review the habits of good readers. In grammar we learned about "telling sentences." In math we worked on adding to 20  and using "make ten" as a strategy for adding.  We continue to work on the apple unit in science.  Today we wrote about the life cycle of an apple.

In regards to the cancelled trip.  I am sorry that I had to cancel it- I know many were disappointed.  I told the students today that instead we will have a super fun celebration of apples in the classroom.  We will make applesauce, taste test apples, learn about Johnny appleseed, do tally charts and graphs and tons of fun hands on learning.  In an effort to help me with this can you please -

1- let me know if your child cannot -for ANY reason - eat apples.  If there is an allergy I am unaware of please let me know.

2- please send in three apples each ( one red, one yellow, one green)

3- if you could send an extra apple or two that would also be very helpful but not necessary.


Spelling- sentences 7-12
Math -p 3
Reading - "Sand, Tan Hats and a Mat." ( Please read the book at home and keep it ay home.)

Thank You!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018



It will be a regular school day.
Good Afternoon!

We had a wonderful day in second grade today!!! 

We were very busy in reading!!  We talked about all the people we know who are good readers and we discussed what makes them good readers.  We talked about all the habits good readers have.  These habits include - predicting, visualizing, inferring, using strategies for unknown words, making connections, reading with fluency and staying "In The Zone" or focused.  While the students may not be able to explain all of these strategies today - we will use all of them throughout the year.  We read two different versions of "Little Red Riding Hood."  We read the traditional one and a very silly version.  Then we compared the stories.  We also practiced reading with partners.  In grammar we continued to work on writing in complete sentences using a capital and an end mark.  Today in math we worked on two specific strategies for adding - counting up and using the number line.  In religion we learned about the Holy Family.  We talked about Jesus being God's greatest gift to us.  We also learned that Jesus was human and therefore, like us in many ways.  In science we learned about the seasons and parts of an apple tree.

Please check your child's folder for a very important change to our trip on Friday.  We will now meet AT the farm rather than take a school bus.


Spelling - write a sentence for the first 6 words ( in spelling notebook) ** There will be no spelling tests until after back to school night

Math - page 2

Reading - read for 10 minutes

Please send corrected amounts for the trip.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Good Afternoon!!

We had another very successful day in second grade.  Today in writing we wrote about our weekends in our writing journals.  In reading we practiced new words and did a shared reading of the poem "Apples, Apples."  In grammar we discussed and worked on writing in complete sentences.  We practiced remembering to use a capital and an end mark.  In math we worked on related facts.  All that and we went to church too!!!
It was a great first full day!

Students do have homework today.  I try to post the homework every day after school on the blog in the event that someone forgets to bring home the homework notebook or is absent.


Spelling - Write each word 3 times

Math- page 1

Reading - Read for 10 minutes

Field trip forms are in red folders for Friday.  Please return ASAP.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Good Evening!!!

We had a wonderful first week in second grade :)

Next week will begin a week of full days and regular schedules.  Our specials schedule is:

Monday - Gym
Tuesday - Art
Wednesday - Library/Computers
Thursday - Music
Friday - World Language

Please wear gym uniform and sneakers on Mondays.

As of Monday, students may order hot lunch.  Please send any lunch money in an envelope with the child's name and what he/she would like to eat ( there are two options every day.)  The calendar for lunch can be found on the school website.

If your child is going to after care please either make sure they know they are going or write me a note- especially if they don't generally attend.  Also- please let me know when someone different is picking your child up.

Monday we will also have an opening mass at 10:30.  All are welcome.

All About Me posters/papers are due Monday ( if they haven't been handed in already.)  Also, please hand in summer packets by Monday if you haven't handed that in yet.

Our trip to the farm is Friday.  Permission slips will go home on Monday.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Good Afternoon!!
Day 2 went great!

FYI - The note that went home about Disney on Ice was simply to get a head count for parents.  We have reserved seats for the students.  We need to reserve seats for the parents.  We want to reserve the right number of seats, which is why we sent home the note and requested that the parents pay for the seats now.  The cost p/adult is $20.  The information regarding students will come home soon- including permissions slips and cost p/child which will include the bus.

If you have ANY questions please feel free to reach out to me :)

Tomorrow is a half day dismissal - there is aftercare.

Reminder Monday is full day and we have mass at 10:30 - all are welcome.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


We had a great first day in second grade today!!!!!

Everyone had fun and we were so busy.  We took a tour of the school ( just want to make sure we remember how to find everything!), went to computer class, got our supplies organized and even did some math.  We ended the day with one of my favorite books, "Dragons Love Tacos."

A few odds and ends to let you know about.

The red folder is the "Home Folder."  It will come home every day.  Please try to look in it every night for any notices/communication from myself or from the school.  Students will also put the their spelling and homework notebooks in this folder.  All homework in written in the homework notebook but spelling work is completed in the spelling notebook.

I strongly encourage you to check the blog every night.  I make every effort to post before the end of the school day.  You can even get the update emailed to you.  IF you need help setting that up please reach out to me and I will help you.

There is a lot of information in the folders today.

The most import information is :

We are going on a field trip ( apple picking) next Friday.  Permission slips will be coming home soon.

We are going to Disney on Ice in November.  Parents are welcome, however I need a head count by Monday to reserve the seats.  Please let me know if you would like to come and send the $20 no later than Monday.

Gym is on Mondays this year :)

I hope everyone had a great day.  See you tomorrow - we will line up in the yard again at 8 am.

Thanks for the all the supplies and for handing in the summer work!!!