2nd Grade Scoop

Mayfield Junior School - January 11, 2016

Happy Birthday, Cornelia Connelly!

This Thursday, we will celebrate Cornelia Connelly's birthday with a special Mass.The second graders have been learning about Cornelia Connelly's life. Cornelia Connelly founded the Society of the Holy Child sisters and schools. She believed in the education of the whole child, including the importance of the Arts and physical education, along with the academic subjects in a child's education. We are grateful for her courage and conviction in establishing our Society of the Holy Child Jesus schools throughout the world, especially our school here in Pasadena. The second graders will lead the 9:00am Mass. Parents, we hope you can come! Please remember this is a concert dress day.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Also on Thursday, second graders will watch a powerful, animated movie called, "My Friend Martin" in honor of the upcoming holiday and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will discuss his life, the events leading up to his death, and the civil rights movement. We will talk about appreciating each others' differences. The children also will learn the importance lesson of one person's ability to make a difference. (Please note, there is no school on Monday in observance of the holiday.)

Homework Assignment!

Coming home with your child today is a small poster about Family. Your child's assignment for the week is to fill this in with information about your family, using the neatest handwriting, and in the shapes draw and color pictures. Your child also will color and decorate the poster, and can glue decorations on the poster, if they wish. Please keep in mind, we will hang these up, so make sure the poster is not too heavy. These posters are due this Friday, January 15th. This will be a wonderful way to share our families and family traditions with each other, especially during Mosaic Month.

This is the only homework for the week, besides studying for the spelling test and reading for Read Across America. As this is the only homework, we expect your children to spend quality time with their families, and take their time each night completing the poster. Please do not wait until Thursday night.

The Hour of Code

This week Wednesday, Mayfield Junior School students will participate in the Hour of Code.

"The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming."

Why is it important that students participate? In our world of technology, it's not only important to know how to operate technology, but to understand how to create technology. If you can create technology, you can change the world. This movement exposes children (and adults) to the language of programming. Parents, look it up. Maybe you will want to try it too! See http://hourofcode.com/us for more information.

Report Cards

With the closing of the first semester, report cards will be sent out shortly. Here is a reminder of the grading scale used in second grade.

Grades are based on a 1-5 scale as follows:

5 - Consistently exceeds expectations

4 - Often exceeds expectations

3 - Meets expectations

2 - Inconsistent with expectations

1 - Needs additional support

Parents, please keep in mind that this is a new year of growth for your child, and along with that come new expectations. Grades given in first grade are not connected to your child's grade in second grade. A "3" is commonly given, as your child is meeting the expectations of a second grader at this time. Your support for your child is an important factor in his or her growth mindset and confidence.

Mosaic Month

Requesting Parent Volunteers:

January is Mosaic Month at MJS and we need you!

Mosaic Month is a beautiful celebration of the cultural diversity that exists in our community and we rely on our parent volunteers to help make it happen. The culminating event is the International Heritage Fair on Friday, January 29th. If you are interested in either creating a cultural table for the fair or in helping out behind the scenes, please contact Ms. Myvonwynn Hopton mhopton@mayfieldjs.org as soon as possible. Thank you!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Mayfield’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day is only a few weeks away. We look forward to welcoming our guests and loved ones on February 12, 2016.

Faith Matters: The 10 Commandments

First Reconciliation is on February 4th. In preparation for First Reconciliation, the second graders are learning about God's Laws, the 10 Commandments, in religion class, using second grade-friendly vocabulary. The second graders are making posters similar to this one to help them understand what the commandments mean. We also discuss what it means to disobey God's laws.

Dates to Check

  • January 12: Hour of Code
  • January 14: Cornelia Connelly Mass (lead by 2nd grade) CONCERT DRESS
  • January 18: No school for MLK Holiday
  • January 20: Farm field trip
  • February 4: First Reconciliation (4:00pm in the HPAC)
  • February 12: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • February 15-19: Winter Break
  • March 3: AGAPE Prayer Service (4:00pm in the HPAC)
  • March 24: Holy Thursday; 12n dismissal (Stations of the Cross at 8:30am)
  • March 25: Good Friday; Easter Break begins (School resumes on 4/4)
  • April 12: Play at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
  • May 4: Field Trip to the Cathedral

Spelling Words - The two sounds of "c" , and the two sounds of "g"

  1. cot
  2. face
  3. goal
  4. gym
  5. city
  6. page
  7. plug
  8. crash
  9. place
  10. gone
  11. brag
  12. nice
  13. goat
  14. green
  15. circus
  16. once


1. Where is the best place to play?

2. The books fell with a loud crash!

New Year's: Inspiring Quote

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

author, Neil Gaiman

To connect with the second grade teachers:

Mrs. Dorr - bdorr@mayfieldjs.org

Mrs. Delgado - kdelgado@mayfieldjs.org

Mrs. Genton - cgenton@mayfieldjs.org