Second & Third Grade
Catholic Schools Week
We begin February with Catholic School's Week.
Yesterday we wore pajamas, and had a Read-In.
We also read about GroundHog day. The children learned that a lot of people still enjoy the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil predicting a longer winter or an early spring. We enjoyed finding out his prediction this morning.
Today was Sports Day and the children were asked to don on 'sports' related attire. I asked them to give me what the sport was. Some children said 'futbol' while some said soccer. But American football was just called football. I loved that the children even supported my favorite football team the 'Broncos'.
The schedule for the rest of the week is:
-Wednesday is Flip-Flop Day: students dress like teachers, teachers like students
-Thursday is Grandparent's Day and Mass (full uniform! No sweatshirts, girls must be in skirts or jumpers)
-Friday is Color Wars Day. Second graders will be with me and should wear yellow; third graders will be with Mrs. Nolting and should wear in pink!
We will also have a Religion & Bible Trivia later in the afternoon.
In our classes
We continue with many of the same topics. In math, second and third graders are looking at money and word problems. Please help your child practice basic math facts at home, as well as counting money in real-world scenarios! Second grade will begin fractions at the end of this week.Third graders continue to develop their skills in multiplication and division--it's all about accuracy and speed. Third graders should know their multiplication tables 1-10 proficiently. If your child does not, please work with them at home. As I say often to the kids, even 15 minutes of practice a day will make a huge difference!
Throughout the month, we will be learning about the influence African Americans have made in the United States during Black History Month. We still see that this is a tender issue with some people. I will tread lightly and share historical information - notice that I mention information and not FACTS. Even facts can be opinionated - at whose point of view are we looking from?
And yes, we know why we don't have classes on February 15. It all started with those two Presidents: Washington and Lincoln. And our wonderful state is named after one of them. The history of how Presidents too affect our lives is making the news and now we are having an election to see if a female will be the next president. After all who would believe that an African American would ever be President - and repeat a term!?
So much information to share and discuss and all happening at the same time.
A note about homework
Homework is becoming more of an issue with both grades. There are numerous students who do not complete their homework assignments (generally math and some form of language arts). It is essential that students practice the concepts covered in class at home. I will start highlighting and marking which ones I do not see as being done. And I know that Mrs. Nolting will be handing out pink slips, also. We thank you for your support in this matter.
Third Grade mass is coming up on the 18th of February.
Lucy Puryear, Samantha Canche and Itzayana Montes will be assisting with the Reading, Responsorial Psalm, and Prayers of the Faithful.
Second Grade mass is the week after; 25th of February.
BUT next week we have the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. You may help your child decide on a Penance for the season. I encourage 'not' giving something up but 'doing' something extra. Praying the rosary will be the class Penance. We are also going to encourage silent lunches starting on Ash Wed. and every Friday after that. It is called penance - a sacrifice. Thank you for your support in keeping with this tradition.
Progress Reports will be going home so if you feel the need to have a conference please email Mrs. Nolting and I so we can schedule you in, otherwise only those with a special note will be needing to schedule one as we, the teachers, see a need to meet.
Things to keep in mind.
Registration for current families is from Feb 1 - 26. It will open for everyone on Feb. 29. If families do not complete the registration process, including paying the enrollment fee (by Feb 26th), their "spot" may be given away for next year. Also, all families must have an account in "good standing" in order to re-enroll for next year.
Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday
Feb.11: School Mass
Feb. 12: No Classes; Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Feb. 15 & 16: No Classes