“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 24, 2021
Happy Rainy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying this cold, rainy day with some hot chocolate and maybe a family movie day. The boys and I put on our rainboots and went puddle jumping this morning. I don’t’ know who enjoyed it more, me or the boys.
The forecast is projecting low temperatures and chances of rain this week. Please make sure that your child is wearing a sweatshirt/jacket to school each morning. We’ve had some cold mornings and students entering my classroom without a sweatshirt. With the change of weather, I’ve also noticed quite a few students out of uniform. As a reminder, girls are allowed to wear white socks, white or navy knee-high socks and white or navy tights (no leggings). When wearing pants or shorts, boys should all have belts. Out of uniform sweatshirts and jackets may be worn outside, but we are asked to have students remove them when in the classroom. If you have any other questions regarding uniform, you can access the student/parent handbook on our school website under the parent tab. I also ask for your help in also making sure that your child always has 1-2 back up masks in their backpacks.
This Friday will be our kickoff to Catholic Schools Week. As a school we will celebrate with World Rosary Day lead by our Student Leaders. Though, we may not be able to gather in the courtyard, we will still be able to pray together as a community. Each grade level has been assigned a color t-shirt to wear on Friday in representation of our 7 continents. Second grade has been assigned the color white. On Friday, second grade may wear a white t-shirt in lieu of their regular school polo. They should still wear their regular uniform bottom. Be on the look out for more Catholic Schools Week information in next Friday’s newsletter.
Now let’s look at the week ahead….
Our next anchor story in Language Arts is The Signmaker’s Assistant. Students will learn about “ar” words in Phonics and the use of commas will be this week’s Grammar focus. Students will also be assigned the task of reciting and writing their home address. This is an important life skill and directly ties into the use of commas when writing names of places such as cities and states. Students will be asked to both write and recite their address to me by February 5. This will give them two weeks to practice this important life skill. Spelling words can be found under our “Homework” tab on the class website.
Students will receive their next math textbook and workbook on Monday. Over the next two weeks, students will learn and practice how to estimate/round to the nearest ten and hundred place value. We will begin the week with addition and subtraction review and then lead into estimation. Thursday students will take their final 3s timed quiz for a grade. Students will have 3 minutes to complete the quiz. Students should have their flashcards in their yellow Homework folders each day. These should be practiced daily at home and remain in their yellow folders to be practiced at school as well. Next week we will move onto 4s.
Students completed their continent/oceans study guide on Friday. Students are expected to correctly label the 7 continents and 5 oceans on a map. This geography quiz is schedule for Friday, January 29. Studying off their study guide will be part of daily homework this entire week. This week we will also switch our focus to Science. Students will read, discuss, and complete activities on hibernation and animal adaptations. IT’s fitting that we learn about how animals cope with drastic change of weather during this chilly week.
Finally, in Religion we’ll take a closer look at the Our Father prayer. We recite this prayer daily, but do students really understand what this prayer means? As a class we’ll discuss each phrase of this prayer and what it means when we recite it. We’ll conclude our Religion chapter on Thursday with our weekly quiz and World Rosary on Friday.
Thank you for your help in signing your child’s sentence writing homework assignments. All assignments that require students to write their own sentences should be reviewed and signed by an adult. Assignments that are returned without a signature will be deducted 2 points. My hopes are that this will motivate students to put forth more effort into writing strong sentences and following directions, knowing that an adult is previewing it.
In our efforts to remain healthy in our classroom, our paper towel and Clorox wipe supply is once again low. If you can help in donation a roll or container of wipes, we would be most appreciative. We’ve had quiet a few students in need of emergency snacks and water bottles which has caused our class supply of snacks and water to run low as well. If you can donate any amount of individually packaged snacks such as goldfish, cheese-its, popcorn, granola bars, pretzels or water bottles, the class would be so thankful. You’ve all been so generous thus far and I cannot thank you enough.
Thank you for all you do for your own kiddos and the support that you’ve shown me since day 1. We continue this journey together and I have to say I think this village is doing a pretty great job! Enjoy your Sunday and I will see you all tomorrow. Don’t forget your jackets.
****I am asking parents to please sign all sentence writing assignments. By signing your child’s assignment, you are letting me know that you have previewed the assignment with your child checking for spelling, grammar, handwriting and content. I thank you in advance.
I thank you all for your continued support of your students and their learning. As we continue into this second half of the school year, let’s work together to remind our students that they are capable, hardworking, responsible individuals and that it is up to them to show others what they can do!
Spring Semester Dismissal K-2 Times:
Link to 2nd Semester Handwriting Paper: www.schoolspecialty.com/school-smart-zaner-bloser-paper-white-085341
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