April 18, 2021
Dear 2B Families,
Happy Sunday! Thankfully the temperatures cooled down this week, unfortunately the pollen has kicked in. We had many sneezers in our class this past week, poor things. Please make sure that extra masks are in your child’s back pack.
We have a busy week ahead of us. Beginning Monday, grades 1-8 will begin their ITBS testing. To best prepare for these tests we ask students to get to bed on time, eat a healthy breakfast, arrive to school on time and remember to put forth their best effort. On Friday we went over how tests will be administered this year and the importance of trying their best when answering questions. Despite not being for a grade on their report card, these tests are used to show students, parents, and teachers the skills that have been mastered by the student and areas that may need to retaught. This year tests in grades 2-8 will be administered via iPads. We will have 2 tests daily this week and one test the following Monday.
Due to ITBS testing, students will not have a weekly Reading or Spelling test. We will also not have homework this week. Our hopes are that this will allow our students to have some down time at home for all their hard work in class this week. Students will still have their timed 10s quiz on Thursday. They should continue to study their math facts. Daily reading is always suggested but will not be recorded on a daily log this week.
Friday, April 23 has been declared Crazy Hat Day. Students may wear a crazy hat to school that day. I encourage my virtual students to participate too. Let’s see who has the craziest. 😊
Let’s look into the week…
This week we will practice parts of speech in Language Arts. During class students will practice using adjectives and adverbs to add details to given sentences. We will review what nouns and verbs are and subject/verb agreement. An anchor story will not be covered this week due to testing, but we will continue to read stories as a class.
Students took their first spelling test on binder paper last week and did phenomenally. Overall, the class used their best handwriting and I was proud to see how beautifully words and sentences were written. Keep it up 2B!
We continue to work with time in Math. Wow, I am impressed with how fast students have picked up reading, writing, telling and drawing time. This week we move onto elapsed time. This is a little more challenging for students, but with the determination they have shown, I know they will continue to do well. Please encourage your child to tell you the time at different moments at home. This a life skill that they will improve on with daily/impromptu practice. Our weekly 10s quiz will be on Thursday within 4 minutes.
Economics continues as our theme in Social Studies. This week we’ll review imports and exports and examples of each. We’ll move onto discussing the choices we have to save or spend money and how savings accounts work. We’ll conclude the week with learning about man-made and natural resources and how they contribute to the economy.
The Holy Mass are this week’s chapter theme in Religion. As a class we’ll read and discuss what sacrifices we offer at mass and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Why do we go to mass on Sunday? What is the connection with Sunday mass and the day of Jesus’s Resurrection? Our weekly prayer leader will lead us in special intentions, and we will also take some time for reflection and adoration in our classrooms.
Last week, we were sadly informed that Atrium has been canceled for the remainder of the school year. We are so blessed to have had Ms. Brittany and Ms. Norlisa guide our class through Atrium lessons and reflections. Our hopes are that Atrium continues in the following school year.
We continue to move forward through this year, working like “soon to be” third graders. Students have stepped it up and realized that they can do the “hard” stuff. I have seen what each of them is capable of and the sky is the limit. Please help me to encourage your kiddo to work hard until the end. We still have 6 weeks of learning ahead of us and it’s not time to check out yet.
Enjoy your Sunday Funday! Make sure those kiddos get to bed on time tonight, a healthy breakfast tomorrow and I’ll see you all in the morning with a big smile under my mask and most likely a coffee drink in hand ready to get this Monday started! Ha!
P.S. Don’t forget the message from Mrs. Jasinski:
Dear Families of Saint John XXIII Catholic School,
We are putting together a video montage presentation for Mother's Day! We would love to have you send in pictures with your Saint John student and mom, grandma, aunt or special "mom" type friend they look up to! Please use the link below to submit your photos. We will also be asking students to send in photos as well. The final video will be posted on Friday May 7th as a tribute to all the special women in our lives.
We look forward to honoring all of them!
Coordinator of Campus Ministry Projects
****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:
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We are a nut free classroom. Please make sure to keep this in mind when packing snacks and lunches.