Monday, October 14, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a great day today!


Spelling- write words 3 times each
Math- p 23
Read your book

**Religion- bring in stickers or words for prayer boxes by Wednesday**

**Book Orders due Wednesday

Spelling Words


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Prayer Partners will be on Wednesday

If you have not yet sent in stickers/words with religious meaning please do so by Wednesday.

Students will be decorating their prayer box with words and stickers.

Religious stickers or positive words (hope, pray, love, etc) cut out of magazines or printed from the computer should be brought into school by Wednesday.

Thank you :)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a busy day yesterday!
A few reminders for next week...

Monday is a half day - there is NO AFTERCARE

Please remember to send in field trip form and money for Disney on Ice trip

Below are next week's spelling words:

Have a great weekend!





Thursday, October 10, 2019

Good Afternoon

Today was just so busy!!

The fire truck visited us and we did the first day of MAP testing.


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- p 22
Read your book

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Good Afternoon!!

We had an amazing day today.
In reading we did so much.  We reviewed setting and problem and solution.  We also learned about the "high point" or turning point in the story.  We learned about series of events and about ending.
In math we worked on word problems. We also talked about the value of specific digits in a number.  In science we learned about matter.
Today in religion we had a special visitor.  father Anthony came and he read us the story of the last supper.  He also showed us his own personal chalice and paten (communion plate.)


Spelling- sentences 7-12
Math- p 21
Read your book

Noon dismissal on Friday

Monday, October 7, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a greatly in second grade!

In reading we read a book about problem and solution.  We read a book about a restaurant.  We learned about writing reviews and wrote a review of one of the places we have eaten out at in the past.
In math we started the next chapter on place value.
In religion we are focused on Baptism.
In social studies we talked about how life was different in 1919!!!
We also took a spelling pretest. I love how many people got a head start on prating the words.

Math- p 19
Spelling- write the words three times
Religion- Baptism paper and photo due Wed.
Read your book!

Have a great night!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

NextWeek's Spelling Words

Next week's words


Thursday, October 3, 2019


Spelling- test tomorrow
Read your book
Religion- Baptism paper and picture due 10/9

Noon dismissal tomorrow

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Spelling- sentences 7-12, Test Friday
Math - Test Tomorrow on Chapter 1
Religion- Baptism worksheet and a picture from your baptism- due 10/9/19
Read your book :)

Have a great night!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Good Afternoon!!

We were SO busy today.
We did more than you can imagine today!

We finished our sacrament books in religion.  In science, we did one final apple experiment on sink or float and then finished our apple books.  In social studies, we read a Scholastic News Magazine about the three types of communities.  In math, we did more word problems and started to study for the test on Thursday.  In reading we discussed how characters act and related that to our own lives.


Spelling- sentences for words 1-6, Test Friday
Math- p 15 and 16, Test Thursday
Read your book

Friday is a half day.  There is after care.  If plan on going to after care please send lunch as the cafeteria will not be open.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.
We worked on telling and commanding sentences.  We had a spelling pretest and went over the new words.  In math we worked on word problems.  In religion, we continue to learn about the sacraments.  Today we focused on Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.  In reading and writing we made predictions and connections.  We also formed opinions and used text evidence to support our opinions.


Spelling- write words 3 times each
Math- pages 13 and 14
Read your book

Spelling Words

**Check home folders for information about the Chuck E Cheese fundraiser event this Friday.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had an "apple-lisious" day today!!!

We compared apple, weighed apples, measured apples and tasted apples.  We graphed apples, wrote facts about apples and made applesauce!!!

In addition to tons of apple experiments, we also did math, religion and reading and writing.

In religion we talked about the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  We added them to our sacraments books.  In math we worked on finding the missing number is a number sentence.  In reading and writing reread the book "Mango, Abuela, and Me" and practiced making predictions based on text evidence.  We reviewed how many stories have a setting, problem and solution.  We discussed these parts of books we have already read.  Then we wrote about the problem and solution in the book we read today.  We also read with Mrs. Potter and did literacy centers...and took a spelling test!!

IMPORTANT - I have scheduled our MAP testing which will take place in the computer lab.  Since we have a window of time to complete this not every grade is doing it on the same date. Listed below are the days I have scheduled so far for us to take the three part (Reading, Math, Language Arts) test.  We will take one part each day.  Please be on time each day as I have scheduled it for first thing in the morning.
Thursday October 10
Thursday October 17

Next Week's Spelling words....

Have a great weekend!!  Se everyone Monday :)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Good Afternoon!!!

What a fabulous day we had today!!!

We are apple experts! We started to learn fun facts about apples.  We also put an apple on a balance and weighed it in comparison to other classroom items.  Before weighing, we predicted and after weighing we recorded the data!! True scientists are here in grade two!!

In religion we continued to work on the seven sacraments.  We started a sacrament book and we focused on the sacrament of Baptism.  We spoke about how, through Baptism, we become members of the Church.

In reading, we read the book "Pecan Pie Baby."  We practiced making connections to other books we have read and about talked about how sometimes when we read we should stop and ask questions or mark a page with a post it as a reminder that we would like to talk about that page later.  We also practiced picking out "just right" books for independent reading. In writing, we wrote a letter to the main character of the book giving her some reasons why having a baby sibling can be fun.

In math, we worked on finding number patterns and continuing them.  This can be difficult, so please review at home.  We will have a math test next Thursday.  I posted the review last night.


Spelling- test tomorrow

Math - page 11

Read your book

Have a great night!  See you tomorrow :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chapter 1 Test Review

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

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today!

Once again we met all of our goals.  In reading and writing we inferred the message of a text, made and wrote about connections with characters, discussed new words such slob, revolting and hollered and learned about how to choose a "just right" book during independent reading.  We worked on fact families in math.  In religion we reviewed the seven sacraments and learned how Jesus is present in all of the sacraments.  In social studies we read a Scholastic News magazine about bullying.  We even did some more work in science with apples!  It was definitely busy!!!

I would like to let you know about a project we will be working on this year in religion.  One of our 8th Grade students has organized Prayer Partners for the entire school.  It will work in such a way that younger students will be paired with older students.  Our class will be working with 8th Grade students and meeting each month for projects and prayer sharing.

Our first project will be making an Intention Box.
We need your help for this project. Please send in a few items to decorate a 4 x 3 inch box which has been provided for us. 
Here are some suggestions:
         *Religious stickers
         *Inspirational words (cut from magazines or printed) such as: 
         *small pictures printed, cut, or drawn
                such as:
Please feel free to send any other items you think of. Please send these items (in an envelope or ziplock bag with your child's name on it) to school by Oct. 10th.

Thank you for all your help!


Spelling- sentences for words 7-12
Math- p 9
Read your book

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had such a busy day today!!!

Once again....we met all of out goals.  In religion we learned about the 7 sacraments.  In math, we learned that we can use addition to check subtraction.  In science we learned about the life cycle of an apple.  In reading and writing we learned how to express thinking about a text and to form opinions and support them with text evidence. We practiced how to find the problem and solution.  We also reviewed new vocabulary words (decision, downhearted.)  We learned about making posters/advertisements and we also wrote opinions about a book we read.  We wrote "I would/would not recommend this book because it was...."  Students had to write their opinion and then use text evidence to support their opinions.


Spelling- write good sentences for the first 6 spelling words

Math- p 9

Read your book :)

See you tomorrow!!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Good Afternoon!!!

We had such a fabulous day today!

We started the new reading program today.  As a part of the reading program we are having a morning meeting.  During that meeting we are setting goals for the day.  Here were our goals for today:

Math Goal: to solve related addition and subtraction facts
Religion Goal: to learn that prayer and worship are a the ways Catholics celebrate God’s Love
Science Goal:  To explain the season of an apple tree
Reading Goals:  to identify title author illustrator and title page, to make predictions using titles, to infer about the main characters feelings, to notice how illustrations help the author, to learn new vocabulary words, introduce reader’s notebook

I am very happy to report that we met all of these goals.  We did not get a chance to have a spelling pretest, but we wrote them in our notebooks.


Spelling- write words three times each

Math- p 8

Reading- read your book

Have a great night.  See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a very busy day today!  We worked on independent reading and reviewed making connections.  We talked about the Holy Spirit and Pentecost in religion.  In math we learned about fact families.  We discussed common sentences in grammar.  We also did a very special writing project which we will save to show you in June!  Lastly, we took our spelling test!

Next week's spelling words are below,

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Reminder- Oradell Day is Sunday.  Dr. Valenti and other teachers will be there, so stop by to say hello!





Thursday, September 19, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a fantastic day today!

We talked about making connections in reading and we reviewed sequencing.
In math we did related subtraction facts.
In social studies we did a project about Johnny Appleseed.

There is no written homework tonight.

We do still have a spelling test tomorrow.

Back to School night is tonight at 7 pm - hope to see everyone then :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Second grade was stupendous today!

In reading we continued to read Kevin Henkes' books.  We read "Chester's Way" and learned about character traits.  Then we charted the traits of different characters from the book and did a project using both physical traits and character traits.
In math we continue to work on subtraction
In grammar today we talked about how there are different types of sentences.  We focused on telling sentences (or statements.)
We had a special presentation today about taking music/instrument lessons.  A form is going home today to explain.


Spelling - sentences for words 6-12 ( Please note, that while there will be no written homework tomorrow due to Back to School night, I will still be giving the spelling test Friday)

Math- p 7 ( 7 only, please do not do page 8 yet)

Reading- read your book

See everyone tomorrow

Reminder- Back to School Night tomorrow 7 pm

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Second grade was fabulous today!  We started our day learning more about Johnny Appleseed!  In reading and writing we learned about sequencing.  We practiced this skill as a whole group and independently.  We also did literacy centers.  In math, we started subtraction.  Today in religion, we talked about the disciples and the Apostles.

Test folders are going home today.  Please look at the papers, keep them at home, sign the paper stapled in the folder and return tomorrow.


Spelling- sentences for words 1-6

Math- p 6

Reading- read your book (keep in your folder)

Back to school night is Thursday 7pm

Monday, September 16, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

We had a very productive Monday here in second grade.  We wrote about our weekend this morning. Then, in reading we practiced two main skills- visualizing and writing about reading.  We listened to a story and visualized as the book was read (we didn't see the pictures .)  Then we wrote and drew about how the main character was feeling based only our our own visualizations and clues from the text.  We also wrote the beginning, middle and end of the story we read.  We worked in literacy centers and read with Mrs. Potter. We took a spelling pretest and corrected it.

In math, we practiced adding three and four digits.  This can be difficult, so please practice with your child at home. Tomorrow we will move on to subtraction.

In religion, we finished Chapter 1.  We reviewed that Jesus was both human and divine.  We also reviewed the meaning of Holy Family and Blessed Trinity.

We are learning about Johnny Appleseed in social studies and we started to share our All About Me posters with the class!

Spelling Words



Spelling- write your spelling words three times each

Math- p5

Reading- Beginning today, I will send one book home in the homework folder p/week.  Please read some of it (or all of it, depending on the book) every night.  Having read independently with every child, this book is a good book for you child's independent reading level.  I will remove the books Friday and send new books on Mondays.  This communication will help you to see your child's progress and will give him/her a book right on level to read.

Back to school night is Thursday

Thursday, September 12, 2019


For anyone interested in next week's spelling words...


Please disregard the words on the side of my blog page- I am working to update that section, but having some difficulty with the blog program :)

Working on it!
Thanks for your patience!
Good Afternoon :)

We had a great day today!  We did a lot of work in reading.  We worked on making predictions.  We also worked in literacy centers and read with Mrs. Potter.  In math we worked on doubles and doubles plus one and minus one.  In religion we learned about how Jesus was divine.  We also learned about the Holy Trinity and about some of Jesus' miracles.

Tomorrow is the pep rally.  Students may wear gym uniforms. Pizza will be provided by the PTO.  If your child doesn't want pizza, please send in lunch.


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- p 4

Please return the forms from the nurse and the PTO

See everyone tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another successful day in second grade today.  In reading we finished assessing reading levels and finished book shopping.  We are reading books by Kevin Henkes. Today we read the book "Owen."  Then we practiced making text to self and even text to world connections.  We also wrote about our favorite part.  In math we worked on adding doubles.  Today in religion we talked about how Jesus was human and how he taught people about God's love. We also talked about how, while Jesus did teach through his words, he also taught through his actions.  We continued to work on complete sentences in grammar.  Today we had gym :)  We also had a special prayer service in remembrance of  9/11.


Spelling - sentences 7-12 (Good sentences please :)

Math- p 3

Book orders due Friday ( I accidentally have the wrong date on the paper I printed- my apologies)

Please check your child's back pack for information about the pep rally/pizza lunch on Friday.

See you all tomorrow :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.  We worked in our handwriting books, continued to do reading assessments and book shopping, reviewed the habits of good readers and started chapter one in religion.  In religion we discussed the Holy Family and that God's greatest gift to us is his son Jesus.  In math, we continue to work on addition up to twenty.  Today we started our grammar books.  You will see the pages we did in the home folder.  Our focus was on complete sentences.  We reviewed starting with a capital and ending with a punctuation mark- in today's lesson, a period. We had our first art class today.

Book Orders went home today.  You do not have to order, but if you do please do so by Friday.  I sent directions home if you wish to, you can order online.  If you wish to pay cash or write a check, just send it in an envelope with the order form by Friday.  There are some great deals in there :)

PTO Meeting for class parents tonight at 7:30


Spelling- write sentences for the first 6 spelling words.  I told the class- these must be GOOD sentences that prove they know the meaning of the word.  They should not be "I see a lady."

Math- p 2

Have a great night- see you tomorrow :)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another great day in second grade.
We wrote about our weekend, talked about what good readers do (and discussed what some of those things mean,) went to music and worked on using a number line in addition.  I also started to read with students one on one to get a better idea of individual reading levels.  After I worked with those students, they were able to go book shopping. If I didn't get to your child today, I will tomorrow.

New Spelling Words for the Week



Spelling- write words 3 times each (in addition to the time you wrote them this morning)
Math- page 1

Friday, September 6, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a good day today.  Everyone was very well behaved at the first mass of the school year.

Today we worked on related facts in math.  In writing, we wrote about our favorite part of second grade so far.

A few reminders...

~ If you haven't handed in your summer packet please do so Monday

~ Next week begins full days of school.  If you wish to order hot lunch, please check the school website for the menu.  If your child is getting hot lunch, please write the order on a piece of paper for me.

~ Gym is Wednesday- students should wear gym uniforms and sneakers

~ All About Me poster is due Monday

~ Parents- please read the yellow form that went home yesterday.  If you wish to come with us on the Disney on Ice trip, we need to know by Monday so as to reserve the correct number of seats.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday :)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another great day today!

Today we went to computers.  We talked about reading with partners and then practiced reading with a buddy.  We wrote about summer vacations and did addition and word problems in math.  We also started the introductory chapter in religion.


All About Me poster due Monday

**Please return the field trip form if you wish to join us on our trip on November 8

If you are going to after care tomorrow please pack lunch.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Welcome to second grade!

We had a great day today!!  We got used to a few routines, went "book shopping," had gym, and read a book called "Iggy Peck Architect."  After we read the book, we built our own towers!  Overall, I would say it was a great first day!

I sent a note home today but here are some reminders.

Aftercare starts tomorrow.  It is a noon dismissal, so please remember to pack a lunch if you are planning to stay.

All About Me posters are due Monday.

Gym is on Wednesdays, so plan to wear gym uniforms on Wednesdays.

I hope everyone had a great day!  I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow :)

Monday, June 24, 2019

                                                                        June 24, 2019

Dear Camp Families,

         Welcome to our first year of camp for the older students!  I hope that everyone has a great time.  My goal is to do some enrichment lessons in reading, writing, math and science through direct instruction and a STEM project.  To give you an idea of what we will be doing….here is my plan.  
We will be reading the chapter book “The Lemonade War.”  This is a book about a brother and sister who set up opposing lemonade stands.  In math, we will focus on graphing, measurement and money.  In reading, aside from reading the book itself, we will also read other books about lemonade stands.  I have purchased numerous books (involving lemonade stands), at various reading levels so as to meet the needs of each student and also to challenge students. I believe the books are not only great literature, but will also spark interest in lemonade stands.  In writing, we will focus on writing about what we have read.  We will write using different comprehension strategies including- predicting, making connections, sequencing, and summarizing.  After the math, reading, and writing parts of the morning we will take a break to go outside/have a snack/play.  I anticipate that this will happen around 10:15 each morning.  
The second part of the morning will focus on STEM activities.  Our goal is to build lemonade stands with a partner.  Using a variety of materials, students will create lemonade stands.  I will have them draw their designs, create names for their stands and create business cards.  They will choose a recipe from a children’s cookbook.
On Friday, the students will finish the book and their lemonade stands.  We will set the stands up at the end of the camp day and students will “sell” lemonade.
I am planning on sending home a folder each night.  The folder will contain the book we are reading as well as a “homework” assignment. There will be one math activity and one reading/writing activity.  Completing these assignments is COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY.  I know it’s the summer and everyone is busy.  I just thought some parents and students might enjoy the enrichment work.  Please return the folder each morning of camp.
The weather looks really great this week.  It’s going to get pretty warm, but it will be sunny which is great.  My classroom does have air conditioning.  Please send cold water every day for your child.  Each child should have water for the classroom, plus water/drink for snack. Once the students have chosen their recipes for their lemonades, I will ask for help with the supplies for making the lemonade.
Finally, I did purchase three play cash registers for the “sale day.”  I could use one or two more- just to borrow for the week.  If you happen to have one we could borrow, please let me know by Tuesday.
I am looking forward to a great week of fun and hands on learning!!!  If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email me at

Mrs. Potter


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Good Evening....

Happy Father's Day to all :)

I just want to has been a remarkable year.  Your children have showed tremendous growth and have learned so very much.  They are fully prepared for third grade!  I would like to thank you for trusting me with their education this year and for all the assistance you have provided.

I hope you have wonderful, restful summers that are filled with sun.  Thank you so much for the incredibly generous gifts.

I look forward to seeing these third graders next year!!

A safe summer to all,

Mrs Potter

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.
Test folders went home today.  They do not need to be returned.  Please notice two things in the folder.  One is an article I copied for you.  It has a great list of new books I thought you might enjoy over the summer,  The other is some writing with note attached.  This is really very impressive writing and I always like to share it with parents.  In addition to the fact that the writing from June is generally more detailed and better organized, it is also written in cursive.  The students should be very proud of themselves.

Math- p 134

Noon Dismissal tomorrow

Monday, June 3, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Tag Day $2 tomorrow - Lancer's Fight Cancer

Math - p 132

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day.  This week we are working on writing through the writing process.  The students are writing multiple paragraph narratives about their Memorial Day weekend.

Tomorrow is Ascension Thursday - 10:30 Mass, all are welcome

Friday is Outrageous Pets- pizza lunch will be provided, students may wear gym uniforms, please bring a drink


Grammar- ABC order- runner side of paper
Math- p 130

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Good Afternoon

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

There will be no spelling words this week.


Math - p 129
Grammar-abc order sheet (tree side only)

Ascension Thursday Mass 10:30 Thursday
Friday- pizza lunch and Outrageous Pets (please send a drink)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Lots to post about today....

Tomorrow is Field Day.....let's pray the rain clears out in the morning and the weather  is good during the day!
Please send your child to school with a bottle of water clearly labeled with his/her name.  All students should wear sunscreen.  Please be aware...there will be some games that involve water.  If you want to send you child with extra clothes (gym uniform) you may put them in the book bag and then if they get too wet they can change.  If you send a jacket or sweatshirt please make sure your child's name is clearly written on the item....we don't want to lose anything.
Pizza lunch will be served when we return to school.

Friday is a half day with no after care.  Dismissal at noon.

Friday is a tag day - $2- red white and blue

Monday - NO SCHOOL

Next Friday, we will have our Outrageous Pets day.  If you have not already, please send in the $15.  Pizza will be served.


Spelling - write sentences for words 9-15, no test this week
Math- p 128

Monday, May 20, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today!
Some notes for this week....

There will be a math test tomorrow.  We reviewed today in class.  I didn't send a review sheet because all they need to know is:

Adding and subtracting three digit numbers with and without regrouping
Round to the nearest hundred
Word problems ( some with multiple steps)
Finding patterns in a string of numbers (+/- 1, 10, 100)

Other news for the week....

Field Day is Thursday - shirts went home in book bags today
Friday - half day, no after care
Friday- Tag Day - red, white and blue
Monday- No School, Memorial Day

There will be spelling words this week, but there will not be a test


Spelling - three times each
Math- test tomorrow

If you didn't send in your Communion poster/project please do so ASAP, it was due today

Please send in $15 for next Friday - pizza lunch and Outragehissss Pets

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Good Afternoon!!!

Tomorrow is the big day....and we are ready!!!!!  Students who are going home- pick up is at 11:45, in the front of the school.  Students should return to school without their book bags, dressed in communion outfits.  Students who are staying in school- please bring your entire communion outfit to school to change into after lunch.

May Crowning is at 2pm in the Upper Church.  Students should return to school at 1:30.

We are almost done with the math Chapter.  A test will be next week.  The class did a great job when having to regroup twice in addition, however regrouping (borrowing) twice in subtraction is harder.  They need to slow down and remember to do all the steps.  The common error is knowing they have to borrow but not changing the number they borrowed from.  For example:

- 296

They know that 2 cannot take away six.  They change the 2 to a twelve but forget to change the 1 to a zero.
They do the first step correctly and make that mistake the second time.  They know 0 cannot take away 9.  They change the 0 to a ten but forget to change the 5 to a 4.

This would be a good thing to practice at home :)


Spelling- choose 8 words from the spelling list and use them in sentences, in cursive
Test Friday

Math- p118

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

No Homework Today

Concert Tonight
7pm start
Students should start to arrive at 6:45 and come to the classroom

Monday, May 13, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that all the moms enjoyed their day!
This is a VERY busy week for us.

Tomorrow is pizza lunch.
It is also the Spring Concert.
The concert is at 7pm  Please arrive after between 6:45-6:55 for a timely start.

There will be no homework tomorrow because of the concert.

Thursday is the May Crowning.  This is a very special day for the second graders.  They are the stars of the show :)
Students can go home at 11:45.  I will drop them off at the front entrance for pick up.  They return at 1:30.  If students are staying in school they must bring their entire First Communion outfit ( shoes, suit, tie etc)  They will change into their outfits after lunch.
The crowning starts at 2pm.  Students should not bring their book bags back to school.  The weather predictions are good.  When the crowning is over we will be able to stand on the steps and take a group picture.

Reminders for next week...

Communion Projects Due Monday, May 20
Field Day Thursday, May 23
Half Day Friday, May 24 - NO AFTERCARE
NO School Memorial Day May 27

Spelling- three times each, test Friday
Religion- Communion Project

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Good Afternoon


Spelling - sentences 9-15 in cursive, test Friday

Math- p 116

Religion- Communion Project due on May 20

Reminder - no school tomorrow

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a great day today.  We continue to practice for May Crowning.

Some reminders....

~Please return the text book forms.  They just need to be signed and returned.  It's very important that they be sent back to school.

~Please return May Crowning pages.  I am still waiting on a few.

~There is no school Thursday, May 9.

~My apologies about the math homework last night.  They can do page 115 tonight.

~There is a special presentation tonight on internet safety in the gym at 7:30 pm.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

~Next week - pizza lunch is Tuesday, May Crowning is Thursday.

~ Next Tuesday is the spring concert...please return the form that went home today. we know, it is allergy season.  We are blowing through ( pun intended :) ) tissues.....and a few other things.  If you could send in a box of tissues and/or some lysol wipes or spray it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you!!!!


Spelling- sentences 1-8 in cursive
Math - p 115

Monday, May 6, 2019


I forgot to hand out the math!!!  I am so sorry.


Also, there is a special presentation tomorrow night in the gym about internet safety.  It is being held by the prosecutor's office.  7 pm - all are welcome
Good Afternoon!

Today was a great day :)  We were very busy.  We started to prepare for May Crowning.  If you have not yet sent in the form about going home for lunch/to change, please do so as soon as possible.

Text book forms are in the red folders today.  Please sign and return these forms.  These forms need to be filled in for funds for books for next year.  It is very important that everyone send it back.. I will give a prize to all students who return it tomorrow!


Spelling- 3x each
Math - p115
Reading- read for ten minutes

Reminder:  No School Thursday, May 9

*Pizza lunch next week was moved to Tuesday, May 14
*Spring Concert Tuesday, May 14 7pm

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Spelling- test tomorrow

Math- p 114

Noon dismissal tomorrow.  If you are going to after care please bring lunch.

Please return the slips about May Crowning.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Spelling- sentences 1-5 - must be in cursive
Math - p112
Reading - "Kim and the Wave"

Noon dismissal Friday
Please return notes about May Crowning

Monday, April 29, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a fabulous vacation and a very Happy Easter!

We had a very productive first day back!

A few notes....

~Thursday, May 2 is a Tag Day -to benefit Girl Scouts.  Students must wear green to participate and must bring in $2

~Friday is a half day.  Noon dismissal.

~ Congratulations to all those students who received their First Holy Communion this weekend!

~ May Crowning is Thursday, May 16 at 2 pm.  Information will be coming home however, on this day students usually go home at lunch time and return at about 1 pm in their First Communion clothes (similar to Halloween.)


Spelling- Write words 3 times each

Math- p111

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had such a nice two day....VERY busy but also great fun and learning.

An important note....

In the students' book bags today is a note about field day.  It has the information to order to place orders for field day t-shirts.  Orders must be placed by April 29.

Here is the website:

Click on Team Stores and scroll down to find your team store and click the icon...choose size and color and quantity.  If you personalize it make sure the spelling is correct.  Then checkout.

If you have questions call Tom- 973.814.7386






I hope you all enjoy a happed and blessed Easter.

See you on the 29th!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Math- p 110

Tomorrow is Charlotte's Web day.
One thing we will be doing is designing our own cover for the book and writing a summary.
We discussed how the summary on the back of a book does not give all of the details and doesn't give away the end.
Some students asked if they could start to work on this from home - they may, but do not have to.

Tag Day is tomorrow- students must wear Easter colors/ pastels. $2.00

Noon Dismissal on Thursday.  Passion Play at 11 in the upper church if you want to join us.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Good Afternoon

There is no spelling this week.


Math- p 109
Reading - "A Plant That Acts Like an Animal"

Please send in paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls and each student needs 1 plastic 2 liter bottle for Wednesday.

Wednesday is a tag day - $2
Wednesday is "Charlotte's Web Day" I have lots of fun things planned and a special treat too :)

Thursday is noon dismissal- no aftercare
11 am Passion Play in the Upper Church

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful, warm weather.

A few notes about next week....

Thursday is a half day- no aftercare....we will have our Easter party on this day as well as color eggs
Passion Play at 11 in upper church all are welcome

Wednesday I am planning a full day of Charlotte's Web celebrations.  As part of this, we will be creating our own piggy banks!

I am asking for the following....

Each student will need ONE 2 Liter soda/fruit punch/seltzer bottle - if you have any extra please send it in

Please send in paper towel rolls/ toilet paper rolls

Please send your child in with a small baggie of coins ( please label with name)

I need all items by Tuesday please- especially the soda bottles :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Spelling- sentences 9-15, test Friday

Reading - "Mr Brown Sees the World"

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Spelling- sentences 1-8
Math - test tomorrow Chapter 8

Pizza lunch tomorrow
Students may bring in a book that has an act of courage or is about a courageous person
Please return the Lancer cafe form asap

Thursday, April 4, 2019


Math- page 102, Test on Chapter 8 Wednesday
Spelling - Test tomorrow

Tomorrow is stations of the cross at 10 am and the second grade mass at 10:30 am

Math Review
Chapter 8

~ writing number words in hundreds
~rounding to the nearest 100
~ writing in expanded form (432= 400+30+2)
~know the value of the underlined digit
~write numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least
~compare numbers using <,>,=
~ fill in the missing number ( counting by 1s, 10s, 25s, 50s, and 100s)
~ word problems
~ how many numbers can you make with certain digits – if I give you cards with the numbers 2, 4, 7 how many numbers can you make? (247, 274, 427, 472, 742, 724) What’s the biggest number you can make? Smallest?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Spelling- sentences 1-8
Math- p 99 and 100
Reading- "A True Lesson for Drew"

Monday, April 1, 2019


Spelling- 3 times each, test Friday
Math- p98

Second Grade mass this Friday 10:30

Thursday, March 28, 2019


Spelling- test tomorrow

Reading- "How Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots"

Students may wear spring uniforms
Stations of the Cross tomorrow 2:15

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Math- test tomorrow on time and money

Spelling - sentences 9-15

*Cereal Collection

Monday, March 25, 2019

Good Afternoon!

The last week of March already!!!
We were very busy today!
Math Test will be Thursday.

The school is collecting cereal for the food pantry.  If possible please send in a box to donate.


Spelling- 3 times each

Math - pages 91 and 92

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a very busy day today.
I am moving the math test to Wednesday or Thursday...I will let you know by Monday.  Please practice telling time at home.  In this digital age, it's hard for student's to read an analog clock.  We are also working on elapsed time.


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- pages 89 and 90

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We were so busy today.  If you are in the building be sure to check out our letters to the leprechaun which are hanging in the hallway.


Spelling-Sentences 9-15
Math- p 88
Reading- Read for 10 minutes

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Good Afternoon!

That crazy Liam Leprechaun was back today!  I hope they enjoyed it :)


Spelling- sentences 1-8, test Friday

Math- p 87

Reading- read for 10 minutes

Stations of the Cross Friday at 2:15, all are welcome

April 5 is the second grade mass.  Some students will be reading.  If your child is reading he/she brought home the part and should practice.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had great - regular- school day today.  Well....mostly regular....but for the crazy, messy leprechaun! I hope you heard all about him.  He left one big mess and two stinky shoes!  We wrote him letters today.
We also went to Penance this afternoon.

Back to regular homework :)


Math - p 86
Reading - "Look How Pets Adapt"
Spelling- 3 times each , test Friday

Math test Chapter 7 next Tuesday

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Tomorrow is a tag day $2 - wear green

Stations of the Cross at 2:15- all welcome


Math- p 85

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Good Afternoon

We continue to work on the Iowa testing the mornings this week :)

Tomorrow is pizza lunch.


Math- p 84

Monday, March 11, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We started the Iowa test today.  Everyone did a good job.  Please remind the students to

fill in the bubble dark and completely
listen to the directions/questions and follow along


Math- p 83

Book orders due tomorrow
Tag Day Friday - $2 wear green

Friday, March 8, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We have had a very busy week.

We have spent some time this week getting ready for the IOWA test which will take place next week.
Often parents ask me what they can do to prepare for the test.  The best thing you can do for your children is:

  • make sure they get a good night's sleep
  • make sure they eat breakfast
  • get to school on time
  • tell them not to worry and to do their best

  1. Sweetheart Dance is tonight at 7 pm
  2. There is pizza lunch next Wednesday. 
  3. Next Friday is a tag day - wear green/$2
  4. Book Orders are due Tuesday
  5. Fridays during Lent the 2nd grade (and all others up to grade 8) will participate in the Stations of the Cross at 2:15- all are welcome to join us
  6. March 16 Communion Retreat 9 am
  7. Monday, March 18 second grade will be receiving Penance in the afternoon

Enjoy your weekend! :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Math- p 81
Reading "Hungry Little Hare"

Book Orders due Tuesday

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Good Afternoon

No Homework Tonight :)

Enjoy the Stem night/Devils Game for those who are going!!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a great, snowy day!

As you may know- next week is the Iowa test.  Last week and this week we will be doing practice tests to prepare.


Spelling- test tomorrow (last week's words)

Math- chapter 6 test tomorrow

First Communion Meeting tonight 7:30 pm Lower Church

Thursday, February 28, 2019


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- test Tuesday
Reading- "Animal Camouflage"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Spelling- sentences 9-13, test Friday

Math- p 80

MATH TEST MOVED to next Tuesday

Noon Dismissal Friday

Monday, February 25, 2019

Good Afternoon!
Welcome back :)

We were very busy today.  We started a whole new text book in reading and we also just about finished the math chapter.  A review is in the home folder.  Also a quiz is in the test folder.  The test will be Thursday.


Spelling- write words three times each, test Friday

Math- pages 75 AND 76, Chapter 6 Test Thursday

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Good Afternoon

It was a busy day!


Spelling- write sentences 1-8, test Friday

Math- p 73

Please bring in one empty tissue box tomorrow

Please bring in rinsed 1/2 gallons ( 1 cardboard container per family member in your family) by Friday

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day- students may bring Valentines so long as they have one per student ( there are 13 students in the class)

Monday, February 11, 2019


Spelling- test tomorrow on last week's words, write new words 3 x each

Math- p 72

Please remember the 1/2 gallon cardboard containers for Mrs. Dennehy's class

Valentine's Day is Thursday - students may bring cards/treats as long as they have one for each child

Please send in empty tissue boxes by Thursday

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope to see everyone at Tricky Tray tonight!

Good Luck!

Spelling Test is Tuesday

No homework tonight

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a very busy day today.  We read the decodable book " A Stroll on Mule Avenue."  Then we answered comprehension questions in complete sentences.  In grammar we continue to work on contractions.  In cursive we did the capital letters E and N.  InReligion we are working on Chapter 15 - The Celebration of the Eucharist.  In math, we are working on geometry.  Today, we learned about plane figures, lines, angles, and vertices.  Please note that there will be no spelling test this week.  I will give the test on Tuesday, due to Tricky Tray...there will be no homework tomorrow night.


Spelling - sentences 9-13
Math- p 71
Reading- "A Stroll Down Mule Avenue"

Monday, February 4, 2019


Spelling- write words 3x each
Math- p 69
Reading- read for 10 minutes

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Well today was a whirlwind of a day!  Hopefully tomorrow will be warmer :)

We finished the cursive alphabet today!  We also started to share our Saint Projects.  I hope to finish this between tomorrow and Monday.  We got a special treat and read on the iPads this afternoon using  Get Epic ( the app.)

There is no homework today.

Tomorrow is mass at 10:30.  We will also have a Super Bowl party.  Students are allowed to wear a sports jersey OVER their uniform if they choose.  They must take it off prior to going to church.

Have a great night and stay warm!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a very busy day today!!  We did get to our math test and our healthy living chart :)  and....teachers won the volleyball game!!!

No homework today

Tomorrow- students MAY but DO NOT HAVE TO dress as their saints.  If they choose to dress as the saint- it must be OVER the uniform.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had so much fun today.  We did tons of Willy Wonka activities and we had hot chocolate while we watched the movie. Which was better the movie or the book?  They are VERY similar :)  We spent a great deal of time today reviewing for the math test tomorrow .
Please look in the folders.  Students should have brought home their notebooks which has practice problems we did today and last week as well as a review worksheet that we did today.

Tomorrow is healthy living day.  Students should bring in three pictures of ANY food.  We will be sorting healthy versus non healthy pictures.  The pictures can come from newspapers/magazines/printed from the computer.  Tomorrow students may wear gym uniforms or exercise clothes and sneakers.


Math- test tomorrow
Religion- saint project due tomorrow

** Please bring in three pictures of food for tomorrow.

Students may wear gym uniform or exercise clothes tomorrow.

Friday is a noon dismissal.  There is mass at 10:30 all are welcome.  There will be after care.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Good Afternoon

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week!

We have tons of fun activities planned this week.  Today we learned more about whales- specifically blue whales.  Do you know the the blue whale is not only the BIGGEST animal on the planet, but also the LOUDEST.  It's louder than an airplane!  Also- the blue whale's heart is the size of a small car!

We went to mass today.  The class was so well behaved and they sang beautifully.

I reading we started the story "Out and About in City Hall"
In math we continue to review for the test WEDNESDAY
In social studies we talked about biographies.


No spelling words this week

Math- p 246
Reading -" Out and About in City Hall"
Religion - Saint Project due Wednesday

Tomorrow is Willy Wonka day.  Students may wear (appropriate) pajamas.  We will be having hot chocolate in the afternoon.  Students should wear sneakers.  No slippers please.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a fun packed, exciting day of learning today.

In science we did an experiment about how blubber keeps whales warm.  Ask your child to explain.  In reading we read the decodable book "Apples Up High" and answered comprehension questions.  We also reviewed the vocabulary words.  Please review at home as well- the words culture ( the customs and beliefs of a group of people) and international ( having to do with two or more countries) are still difficult for some students.  In grammar we finished the unit on pronouns, adjectives and adverbs.  We started the unit on contractions.  In math we worked on word problems.

Please see the papers in the students' folders.  One is a detailed list of the events in second grade for next week.  The other is a project on a saint which is due next Wednesday.


Spelling- test tomorrow

Math- p 68

Reading - "Apples Up High"

Religion- Saint Project

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today!
In reading we read "Jalapeño Bagels" in pairs then answered comprehension questions and made connections.  We talked about the different recipes we have followed with our families.  In grammar we reviewed adverbs and adjectives.  In math we practiced word problems.  You will see the sheet in today's folder.  I wrote what each child was able to do independently on the top of the paper ONLY so you know how they did and what to work on- it was NOT a graded paper.  In religion we continued to learn about Jonah and the whale.  In science we talked about experiments.  Tomorrow we will be doing a very fun experiment :)


Spelling- sentences 8-13, Test Friday

Math- p 67

Reading- "Jalapeño Bagels"

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Good Afternoon
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.

We were busy today.  We started a new story in reading and  looked up new vocabulary words- dough, culture, international, ingredients and jalapeno.  In grammar we worked on adjectives.  In handwriting we learned n and m.  In math we did word problems with repetitive addition/times tables.  In religion we read about Jonah and practiced for Penance.


Spelling- 3 times each ( same words as last week)
Math- p 66
Reading- read for ten minutes

Friday, January 18, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a great day today!
We finished the story "In the Money" in reading.  In grammar we worked on adjectives.  In religion we discussed the Sacrament of Penance.  In math we did word problems.  In science we learned about killer whales.  Please be advised that a Math Test will be coming soon- below is the review.

Have a great weekend!!

Math Chapter 5

1-     Mental Math – example: 
Subtract mentally.
Subtract 2 from:
67, 57, 37, 27

ans:  65, 55, 35, 25

2.  Estimate the difference.

  56                  60
- 21                -20
_______           _______

3. Double digit subtraction – with and without regrouping

4.  Re write the horizontal subtraction vertically then subtract.

5.  Subtract.  Add to check.

6.  Add/Subtract in a chain :  54-20+5=

7.  Regroup – example - 2 tens 8 ones =  1 ten and 18 ones

8.  Word problems.  Some with two steps and some with creating a table.

Example a:  There are 2 stickers on each sheet of stickers.  There are 4 sheets of stickers.  How many stickers are there.  (The cart will be there but they need to complete it.) 

Sheets of stickers

Sample b:

Matt has 19 hats.  He gives 4 away.  His father buys him 10 new hats.  How many hats does he have now?

9.  How to use a table to answer questions.  Please refer to Math lesson pages 227-228 for samples of these questions.  I will send it home tomorrow.