Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!!!

I think everyone had a great day today :)

Thank you to the PTO for the Trunk or Treat event and to Mrs. Casey for providing the adorable cupcakes!


Students should arrive at school at regular time.  They may bring a snack.  They may bring a lunch to eat when we return from school if you want.  If you are coming on the trip, you may buy lunch at the venue.  If you are not coming, and you wish for your child to get a souvenir or something to eat please send the money in an envelope with his/her name clearly written and email me about what food you are/aren't okay with.  Do Not Bring Book Bags Tomorrow and Students May Wear Gym Uniforms

Parents coming on the trip- meet in the cafeteria at 8:45.  We will distribute the tickets so you can meet us at the venue.  Please be aware that the seat number you get may not be the seat you actually sit in.  Once we are at the venue we will sit ( child-parent-child-parent, etc) in class order...K first then 1 and finally grade 2.

If you have any questions please email me tonight.

There will be no homework tomorrow.

Noon Dismissal
We are attending mass at 8:30 am
Veteran's Day Program

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Good Afternoon!!

We had a great day!  Our fairy tales are really coming along.  We started to learn about non fiction books and we continue to learn about Confirmation in religion.  In math we started to learn about collecting data!  We read tables and charts.  This is one of the harder chapters in the entire year so please look at the work as it comes home so you will see what type of information will be on the test at the end of the chapter.



Math- p 599
Religion- Family Life book pages 10 and 11
Read for 10 minutes

Picture Day Tomorrow ( students may wear own clothes or uniform) Please bring in forms if you haven't already

Wednesday- Power of One Assembly, Book Fair, extended lunch ( 12:45 - 1) students may go home for lunch, parade and trunk or treat

Thursday - Field Trip - wear gym uniforms

Friday - noon dismissal, 1st and 2nd grades will go to mass at 8:30 am, Veteran's Day program

Have a great night!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Good Evening!!

Again I am sorry for the late school computer is on the process of being fixed!

We were super busy today!

The highlights....

We have fairy tales in full swing!
We reviewed for the math test.


Spelling- sentences 7-12

Math- test tomorrow ( the page I sent home is for practice doesn't have to be returned)

Please bring a pumpkin tomorrow

Quarters tomorrow for book drive :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Good Evening!

Sorry for the late post...

We did so much today but the most important thing we did was start our fairy tales :)


Spelling- sentences 1-6

Math - pages 25 and 26, Test Thursday

Please bring a pumpkin in by Thursday

Please bring in change for the book drive :)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today....

In reading....we continue to read fairy tales and discuss the elements of fairy tales.  We read a story about Red Riding Hood today...but told by the wolf!  We discussed point of view.  Tomorrow we will begin to write our fairy tales!

In spelling....we did a pretest for our new words.  The new words all have "kn, wr. or ph" in their spelling, so we talked about silent letters and letters that are paired together to make one sound.

In math....talked about counting patterns and ordinal numbers.  We also started to review the major concepts of the chapter through centers.  Test is Thursday.

**The school is collecting change for needy classrooms that cannot afford books. The class that collects the most money will get a pizza party or a free tag day.

Monday- send pennies
Tuesday- send nickles
Wednesday- send dimes
Thursday- send quaters
Friday - send singles



Spelling- write words 3 times each, spelling city, test FRiday

Math- pages 35 and 26

Reminders for next week

10/30 Picture Day ( may wear own/dress clothes)
10/31 Halloween - extended lunch/parade/trunk or treat/BOOK FAIR
11/1 Disney on Ice trip
11/2 Noon Dismissal - All Souls Day- grades 1 and 2 will attend 8:30 mass

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone enjoyed the day off!

Here's what we did today....

In reading....we reviewed the elements of a fable and we reread the fable "The Lion and the Mouse."  We also reviewed the vocabulary words.  We worked in word work centers and we read the fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"

In grammar....we worked on compound words and we reviewed common and proper nouns.

In math....we worked on even and odd numbers and on counting by 3s and 4s.  We are nearing the end of the chapter and I am planning to have the Chapter 2 test next Thursday (October 25)  A hard copy of the review is going home in today's folder. 

In religion...we started to learn about the sacrament of Confirmation.

In science....we read a Scholastic News Magazine about spiders.  We also read the labeled parts of the spider on a diagram. 


Spelling- test tomorrow

Math - even and odd worksheet

Reading- read for ten minutes

Chapter 2 Review

Dear Parents – On Thursday, October 25, the second grade will have their second math test. 
Here is a review sheet so you can help prepare your child for the test.

1.      Place Value – ones place, tens place – writing in expanded form.
Example 47 in expanded form is 40+7
2.     Writing number words – example  23 – twenty three
3.    Putting numbers in order from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest
4.    Putting numbers in order/fill in the missing numbers
Example:  34, 35, 36, ___, ____, 39, ____
5.    Even and odd number
6.    Rounding to the nearest 10
7.    Estimating
8.    Word Problems

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today....

In reading...we read a decodable book and answered comprehension questions...we read in reading groups with Mrs. Potter...we reviewed the elements of a fable

In grammar....we discussed plural possessive nouns and compound words.

In religion....we finished the chapter on Baptism.

In math...we worked on rounding to the nearest ten.  This can be difficult because it is a totally new concept to the students and we will continue to work on it throughout the week.


Spelling- sentences for words 1-6, test Friday, spelling city

Math- p 24

Reading - Five Gifts for Mike

No School tomorrow
Book Orders due Friday
Please return field trip forms and money if you haven't done so already

Monday, October 15, 2018

Good Afternoon!

This is what we did today.....

In reading.... we read "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs."  This story is told from the point of view of the wolf.  We discussed point of view and wrote a responses to literature about whether or not we believed the wolf and why.  We also learned about fables.  We discussed how they are similar to fairy tales- they can also have animals as characters and those animals often speak- but they are different because they usually teach a lesson.  We read the fable, "The Lion and the Mouse."  We discussed the new vocabulary words- furious, raged, snoozing, gnaw and repay.

In spelling....we took a pretest and wrote the words correctly in our spelling books.

In math....we learned about how to put double digit numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least.

In social studies....we worked on map skills.  We learned about a compass and a key on a map.


Spelling- write words 3 times each, spelling city, test Friday

Math- p 23

Reading- read for 10 minutes


No school Wednesday
If you haven't returned field trip money and permission slip please do so as soon as possible.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tag Day

Tag Day Tomorrow

$2 for breast cancer awareness - please wear pink
( boys can wear red or purple)

Today we had the most amazing day.  We did a STEM project today.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.  To go with our Fairy Tale unit, today we worked in groups to build the Three Little pigs' houses....only we wanted them all to withstand the huff and puff of the Big Bad Wolf (aka my blow dryer.)
One group build a house of straw....using straws.  One group build a house of sticks.....using toothpicks.  One group build a house of bricks....using sugar cubes.  The students were all allowed to use other materials along with their one mandatory material.
I am happy to report that ALL three houses stood to blow of the dryer- on both low and high speed.  When we finished we talked about what we learned about being an engineer and what we learned from the are some responses...

  • you have to work as a team
  • you have to try different ideas
  • it was harder than we expected
  • you have to measure
  • tape is stronger than glue when the glue is still wet
  • be creative
  • don't give up
When we finished the project we completed a "lab" report which you will find in today's folder.

In math today we worked on expanded form and on greater than, less than and equal to.


Spelling test tomorrow
Math p 22
Reading- Read for ten minutes

**  Please wear winter uniforms Monday (Monday only ) for picture day....summer uniforms can otherwise be worn until November 1.
** Tell someone what you learned today :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today...

October is Fire Safety Month.  Today the Oradell Fire Department payed us a visit.  We had a fire drill and then spent time with the firemen learning about their truck and fire safety.

In reading....we reread "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and went over the vocabulary words.  We also read a decodable book and answered comprehension questions.

In grammar.....we started to learn about possessive nouns.

In math....we worked on word problems and also place value.  Today I taught the class a "trick" about how to figure out the value of a digit in a number....ask them if they remember :)

In religion....we read a book about being kind entitles "How Full is Your Bucket." The book explains that we we do good deeds and act kindly it is good for both us and the person we interact with.

Monday is class picture day.  Please wear winter uniform on this day- not gym uniform. 

If you have paper towel or toilet paper rolls or empty tissue boxes please send them in tomorrow.


Spelling- sentences 7-12, spelling city
Math- p21
Reading- A Great Day at the Lake

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Good Afternoon!

This is what we did today....

In Reading.....we talked about what we already knew about the story "The Three Pigs" and then we read a different version..."The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig."  We compared and contrasted the two stories.  We also continue to read our poem of the week during morning routines.

In grammar.....we learned about using commas between nouns when writing them in a series,

In math.....we learned about using number words from twenty all the way to ninety nine.

In religion....we spent a lot of time talk about Baptism today and specifically about how through Baptism we become children of God and members of the Church

** Help Needed** I know this is very short notice but we will be doing a project on Thursday....if you have paper towel rolls/toilet paper rolls ( the cardboard only) or empty tissue boxes please send them in tomorrow or Thursday.


Spelling- sentences 1-6, spelling city
Math - p 20
Reading- Read for 20 minutes

Monday, October 8, 2018

Good Afternoon!

Here's what we did today...

In reading.... we did a shared reading of our new poem of the week "The Crocodile's Toothache," by Shel Silverstein.  It's another funny one :)  We also started our fairy tale unit.  As a class and with partners with read the story "The Elves and the Shoemaker." 

In spelling....we took a pretest on the new words.  All of the words focus on one of two skills- long vowels or double letters at the end.

In math....we started chapter 2 which focuses on place value.  Today we focused on recognizing that ten ones is equal to one ten.

In religion.....we continue to learn about the good works of Saint Francis.


Spelling - write the words 3 times each, spelling city, test Friday

Math - p 19

Reading - read for ten minutes

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Good Afternoon :)

Here's what we did today....

In reading....we read the story "For the Love of Our Earth" and reviewed the vocabulary words.  Then we did a worksheet on the vocabulary words and linked science in with reading by creating posters on how to care for the Earth.  Students used the vocabulary words to describe their posters.

In grammar...we continue to discuss singular and plural we talked about irregular nouns ( like mouse/mice, man/men)

In math....we reviewed for the test...we practiced adding more that two digits, fact families and word problems. 

In region...we learned about Saint is his feast day.

In social studies we read a Scholastic News magazine about Firefighting - October is Fire Safety Month


Math- Test tomorrow
Spelling- Test tomorrow
Religion- Baptism paper due tomorrow if you have't already handed it in

Calendar error - the calendar says that school is closed on October 18- this is an is closed October 17 ( for teacher professional development)....School is open the 18th!!!

Noon Dismissal Tomorrow

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Good Evening!

Here's what we did today...

This morning we started word work centers!  We played phonics games today but I look forward to adding different activities to  the time block.

In reading....we reviewed the vocabulary words reread "Because of You", read a decodable book as a whole group, independently and with partners, answered comprehension questions and worked on comprehension strategies in small reading groups.

In grammar.....we worked on common and proper nouns and plural nouns.

In math....we reviewed for the test...we worked specifically on finding the missing number and finding and continuing patterns.  A hard copy of the test review went home today.  This was also posted to the blog last week.

In religion....we continue to work on the seven sacraments.


Spelling - sentences 7-12, test Friday, spelling city

Math- p13

Religion- baptism paper

Have a great night :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Good Afternoon!

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

In reading we reread the story "For the Love of Our Earth"  We also reviewed the vocabulary words.  We read with partners and we went "book shopping" for new independent reading books.  I also took two more reading groups.

In grammar we worked on proper nouns - specifically the days of the week, months and abbreviations/initials.

In math we worked on word problems.  We created charts with "key words" that help us to choose the operation.  We also discussed that drawing a picture often helps to solve a word problem.

In religion we continue to work on the seven sacraments.  We will begin to really focus on baptism now - hence the homework.

We read the story "What Does it Mean to be Kind?" as part of the Week of Respect.

Today we also read a Halloween book brought in by Rylend :)


Spelling - sentences 1-6, test Friday, spelling city

Math- p 12

Religion - Baptism worksheet

Monday, October 1, 2018

Good Afternoon!!!  We had the most productive day today!

Here's what we did.....

In reading, we read the decodable book, "The Mole Zone."  We also answered comprehension question.  We did a shared reading of the poem of the week "The Silver Fish."  Be sure to ask your child about this very funny Shel Silverstein poem.  I took reading groups, and we not only continued to read our early chapter books, but we also played a phonics game using blends and digraphs!  We read a new story in our text books, "For the Love of Our Earth," and we defined the new vocabulary words - dawn, engines,glows, witness and litter.

In spelling we took a spelling preset and corrected the words.  We practiced our new words on spelling city using the Ipads.

In math we worked on patterns in addition and subtraction.  We will have a math test Friday.  The review was posted on the blog last week and a hard copy will go home this week.  Please use quizzes from test folder to help study/prepare.

In religion we talked about the day Jesus rode to Jerusalem the week before his death and resurrection.  We read the gospel story from the book of Matthew and discussed that this is Palm Sunday.

This week in the national "Week of Respect."  We will be talking all week about respecting others, being kind and considering others.  Today we read "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun."  This is a story about treating others the way in which you wish to be treated.

Friday is a half day - 10:30 mass all are welcome
Monday- half day, no aftercare
October 18 No School for students


Spelling- write words 3 times each, spelling city
Math- p 11
Reading "The Mole Zone"