2nd Grade Scoop

Mayfield Junior School - January 19, 2016

Farm Field Trip

On Wednesday this week, second grade will visit The Farm at Fairplex, as an important educational addition to our study of Nutrition. This field trip will expose student to local agriculture, while they learn and have fun. Students will learn to identify nutritious, wholesome food and encourage them to make connections between wholesome food and local farms. Students will learn about life on a farm, chores, animals and plants on a farm. Students will experience hands-on activities, so please have your child come to school in free dress with long pants, and tennis shoes. They may get a little dirty! Also, please pack a healthy snack (we will have our snack before we go), and a healthy bag lunch, and water. We cannot wait to tell you all about it!

Faith Matters: First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is on February 4th. The second graders are learning about and preparing for Reconciliation in their religion classes. So, what is the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments, after baptism.

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

Last week, Mayfield Junior School students (and teachers) participated in the Hour of Code. Our second graders were natural coders! The second graders could choose from coding a Star Wars game, a Frozen game, or a Minecraft game. They had a lot of fun, and many students didn't want to stop to go to carpool! Be sure to ask your second grader about it! Here is the link to try it, or to get more information: http://hourofcode.com/us

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

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 mhopton@mayfieldjs.org .

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.

Spelling Words - Words with: the vowel sound /aw/ as in "tall"

Spelling Test on Friday - No Second List

  1. tall
  2. saw
  3. dog
  4. draw
  5. call
  6. fall
  7. soft
  8. paw
  9. ball
  10. yawn
  11. log
  12. small
  13. all
  14. walk
  15. awful
  16. wallpaper


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

“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