2nd Grade Scoop
Mayfield Junior School - January 19, 2016
Farm Field Trip
Faith Matters: First Reconciliation
Reconciliation essentially begins with our examination of conscience, which means we reflect on our lives and the choices we have made. Our poor or "unloving choices" are called sins. We continue on by confessing our sins to a priest. When we confess our sins to the priest, we are speaking to God and to his people. We say the Act of Contrition to tell God and the Church that we are sorry for our sins and plan to do better. The priest forgives us and absolves our sins, and then gives us a penance, which might be to pray for someone, or to do something nice for someone we have hurt, essentially to make amends. Reconciliation brings us back into friendship with God and the Church. We reconcile our friendship. Reconciliation sometimes is referred to as the Sacrament of Penance or Confession. Here are some ways you can help support your child's religious education, and help him or her prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at home.
- Pray at home each day: morning prayer, meal prayer, bedtime prayer
- Model spontaneous prayer (keep it short and simple)
- Read children's Bible stories and talk about them (The Prodigal Son)
- Go to Mass/church as often as possible
- Share good memories of your First Reconciliation or faith formation
- Talk about the blessings in your lives, show thankfulness
Please know that your child's confession should be private for them. Please do not ask about, or try to help them choose what they will confess to the priest. This is a private conversation between your child and God. :))
Please note: If your child is of another faith or has not been baptized Catholic, he or she will receive a blessing from the priest at Reconciliation time, and will participate fully with all of second grade in the service.
The Hour of Code
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.
January is Mosaic Month at MJS
Mosaic Month is a beautiful celebration of the cultural diversity that exists in our community. Join us for the International Heritage Fair on Friday, January 29th in the HPAC. If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please contact Ms. Myvonwynn Hopton email@example.com .
Spelling Words - Words with: the vowel sound /aw/ as in "tall"
1. Will you draw a picture for your mom?
2. Please call me after school.
Dates to Check
- January 19: Hearing Exam
- January 20: Farm field trip
- February 4: First Reconciliation (4:00pm in the HPAC)
- February 10: Classroom party for Mardi Gras and Valentines Day1
- February 11: Ash Wednesday Service
- 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
New Year's: Inspiring Quote
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