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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spelling- sentences 1-7, test next Friday
No Math today
Reading- "In the Money"

Book Orders due tomorrow

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Good Afternoon

We were so busy today.  We read the decodable book "The Boat Show" and did comprehension questions.  In grammar we did comparative nouns.  In math we did a lot of work on word problems....and a little more multiplication because they were so eager to do more!  In science we learned about humpback whales.  In religion we learned about being peacemakers.

Spelling- 3x each, Test NEXT Friday
Math- p65
Reading- "The Boat Show"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a great and busy day today!

In reading we reread the story " In the Money."  We also reviewed the vocabulary and answered comprehension questions.  In cursive we practiced letters we have already learned.  In math we actually did a little multiplication :)  In religion we talked about the ways sin hurts our friendship with God and about the story of the lost sheep.


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math p 64
Reading "In The Money"

Book Orders due Friday

Monday, January 14, 2019

Good Afternoon

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!

A few notes...

I was out on Friday and therefore the spelling test was not given.  Students should practice last week's words today and tomorrow.  I will give the test on Wednesday.  I will give new words Wednesday to be tested on next Friday.

No school next Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

We were very busy today...

In reading we read a new story called "In the Money."  This is a hard story with a lot of facts and details.  Reading it will be part of the homework a few nights this week.  We reviewed the vocabulary words and looked up the definitions- withdrawals, deposits, loans, employees and vault.
In math we continue to work on double digit subtraction.  I urge you to remind your children to show their work.
In social studies we worked learned about Dr. King and how he was such a hero.  We read about hime, saw two short clips about him and made posters about him.  Tomorrow, on his actual birthday, we will listen to part of his "I Have a Dream" speech.


Spelling- 3x each, test Wednesday
Math- p 63
Reading- "Inn The Money

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We were so busy today.  In reading we finished up the story "Red Light Green Light Mama and Me."  In math we continued to practice using addition to check our subtraction and we did chain operations. 


Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- p 62
Reading- read for ten minutes

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Good Afternoon

We were so busy today!  In reading we read the decodable book "Try My Pie"
In math we continued to work on double digit subtraction.  I taught the class this poem to help them decide if they need to borrow:

More on top?
No need to stop.
More on the floor?
Go next door...
Get 10 more
Numbers the same?
Zero's the game.

In science we labeled the parts of a toothed whale and discussed and wrote about how fish and whales are similar and different.

Spelling- sentences 8-13
Math- p 61
Reading "Try My Pie"

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today!

In reading we worked on vocabulary words and continued to make inferences. We also worked on similes.  In writing we wrote book reports. In grammar we worked on adjectives.  In math we used addition to check our subtraction.


Spelling- sentences 1-7
Math p60
Reading- read for ten minutes

Pizza lunch tomorrow

Monday, January 7, 2019

Good Afternoon

We were so busy today!
In reading we read "Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me."  We reviewed the vocabulary and made inferences.  In cursive we did the letters j and p.  In religion, we met with the priests.  Everyone did such a great job, I was so proud!  In math we worked on double digit subtraction with regrouping.  We rewrite the problems vertically.  In science, we started our whale unit of study!  We already know SO much!!!!!

Test folders went home today, please sign and return


Spelling- write words 3x each
Math- p 59
Reading- Read for 10 minutes

Any donations of Lysol spray, pencils and tissues would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great and busy day today.  In math we worked on rounding and estimating in subtraction.  In reading we did a visualizing lesson.  We worked on pronouns in grammar and continue to prepare for Penance in religion.

Reminder- Penance books are due Monday.  Please practice the Act of Contrition.

We are running out of the following items- tissues, pencils and lysol disinfecting spray....any donations would be greatly appreciated

Today we opened the second box of crayons that was sent into school in September.  A few children only brought one box back in September.  Please ask your child if he or she got new crayons today and if not please pick some up when you get a chance.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Good Afternoon

We were very busy today.  In reading we read a new story and looked up new vocabulary words in the glossary.  We wrote the definitions and used the words in sentences.  We also worked on making text to self connections.  In math we are working on regrouping in subtraction.  These are the common errors students are making- 1. not showing the work. 2. rushing 3. starting in the tens column.  Students need to be reminded that they must start in the ones column and then ask themselves - "Can 2 take away 5?" before doing the next step.. I know it is tedious and it is new to them so we are working on it at school.  Please practice with them at home as well.

We are working really hard on the Act of Contrition.  Please practice this at home too.


Math- p 58
Reading- read for 10 minutes
Religion- Penance books due Monday, practice Act of Contrition

We are running very low on the following three items- Lysol spray, tissues and pencils.

If you can send some in it would be very much appreciated!!!

Noon dismissal tomorrow :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!

I hope everyone had a very restful vacation.

Students who are receiving Penance- the books are due to me Monday.  I will forward them to Mrs. Kennedy.
Please be aware that on Monday each student will meet individually with one of the priests.  They will have a conversation about the Sacrament of Penance, what sin is and they will be expected to know the following four prayers
Hail Mary
Our Father
Glory Be
Act of Contrition
We have been practicing in class, but I ask that you please practice at home as well.  Due to the short week, we have no spelling this week.  Please use those minutes to practice the prayers.  Today I sent home a mini prayer book with each student that has all 4 prayers and their words.

We were very busy today,  In reading we read the decodable book "Meet the Firefights" and answered comprehension questions.  In writing we wrote about our vacations. In math we started regrouping in subtraction.  This is a bit tedious.  I encourage all students to take their time and to show ALL of the work.  In religion we worked on the prayers and what the sacrament of Penance will look like the first time we do it. 

Students enrolled in art club got letters from Mrs. Dennehy before vacation, please forward her the dues.

Friday is a half day- noon dismissal.  There will NOT be mass this Friday.  It is rescheduled for January 11.
Recess activities ( arts and crafts, yoga, legos, etc) started today.


Math- p 57
Reading- "Meet the Firefighters"
Religion- Practice the prayers above