2nd Grade Scoop

Mayfield Junior School - February 1, 2016

Friday's International Heritage Fair

Mayfield Junior School celebrated Mosaic Month with the International Fair on Friday. Several countries' booths offered delicious food samples from their cultures, and dancers performed incredible dances from Mexico and Indonesia. Students traveled to the different countries and cultures with their passports in hand, learning interesting facts about each country and culture, and meeting authentic representatives of each country.

Homework this Week

This is a special week in second grade as we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will have practices Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings at school. Therefore, there will be no spelling test this week, and no regular homework schedule. Instead, we want the second graders to memorize the Act of Contrition prayer, and to prepare themselves for the sacrament. We strongly suggest students use this week to study their addition and subtraction math facts (flash cards, online games, apps like "pop math" work well.) All second graders must have their facts memorized for regrouping, and for all types of math computations in the future. Finally, the students have a fun Family Valentine Project they are bringing home today that will be due in a week. See the instructions below.

Family Valentine Project

It's February...the month of love and hearts! To begin our month, each second grader has been given a heart shape for a project that will be due next Monday, February 8th. Students will decorate their Family Valentine hearts with any kind of adornment or colors they would like! They can color it, paint it, cover it in sequins...use your imagination here!

Here are the only guidelines to follow:

  1. Involve the entire family! Everyone can get a little bit messy!
  2. As a family, you are always a team. However, for this project, your second grader must be the "Design Leader"
  3. Keep in mind, these beautiful hearts will be hung up, putting a smile on everyone's faces! Please return by Monday, February 8th.
  4. Remember, second grade families are the best!

Thank You!!

Love Grams are Here!

Love is in the air, and so it must be time for Love Grams! What are Love Grams you ask? It's a way to show someone you love them, or show them you are happy about your loving friendship! Your second grader can send one to their friends and family members, and you can send one to your child. Along with a message, the recipient receives the candy of your choice, a cutie, a singing telegram, or even a 3-D ring. Love Grams will be delivered to the recipient's classroom by Valentine's Day. Click here on Love Gram to download and complete your order form. Forms, with money attached, are due February 5th. Please note that the money collected for Love Grams goes to the School Reach-out, lead by the eighth graders.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Mayfield’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day is next week. We look forward to welcoming our guests and loved ones on February 12, 2016. The day begins with valet parking and registration at 8am, Mass at 8:30am, followed by classroom visits, a photo booth, and refreshments. Please use this Grandparents' and Special Friends' Dismissal Permission Slip if your child is going home with his or her grandparents or special friend. The students have concert dress with Valentine accessories, and 11am dismissal that day.

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is on Thursday, February 4th in the HPAC. All second graders will wear concert dress to school, and at 3:00pm will remain at school in the classroom for snacks and activities. Parents will arrive in the HPAC by 4:00pm and find your seats with your family name. (Please do your best not to be late!) The children will meet you at your seats as the service begins at 4:00pm. The children continue to prepare for this evening in religion class, and together as a second grade, so they will know exactly what to do!

The evening will consist of a prayer service, lead by Father Alan and the second graders, followed by Confession. The entire service is expected to last no more than an hour and a half. Please remember that this is a Sacrament, so no photography is allowed at any time during the service. The room will remain quiet during Confession. The service will include parents and students only. Aftercare is available at no charge for siblings attending Mayfield. We hope you enjoy this very special evening with your children.

Girls: Fittings for First Eucharist

This Friday, February 5th, Dennis Uniform will come to Mayfield between 8 and 10am, to fit the girls for their First Eucharist Pinafores which will be worn over the white pinfeather dresses. The cost of the special pinafore is $47.50. (You also may order a new pinfeather dress that day, if you'd like.) Or, your daughter may wear a sibling's or friend's Mayfield First Eucharist pinafore instead of purchasing one. If you cannot make it to school at that time, please simply have another mom (or dad) take you daughter to the fitting.

Faith Matters - Forgiveness

Forgiving Others as God Forgives Us

How do we teach our children to be forgiving people? One way is to model forgiveness with our children, with our spouses, and with friends and family members. We also can help our children by explaining how to forgive someone, especially when it is hard. Here are some helpful words to share with your children.

Forgiving others is always hard to do when you are still feeling hurt. It takes courage to decide to forgive someone. In fact, forgiving someone shows strength of character, not weakness.

By forgiving someone, you are not saying what the other person did is okay; but rather, that you have decided not to hold it against him or her. It may seem unfair to just let someone off the hook for what they did. That is why it takes a special kind of love, like the love of God, to forgive. Remember...

  • Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a decision—a choice you have to make.
  • God can help you forgive others. Ask Him to fill your heart with His love.
  • Go to the person you need to forgive and tell him or her what made you feel sad or hurt; then let the person know that you have forgiven him or her.
  • Forgiving someone may not take the hurt away immediately. It also won’t take away the memory of what happened. You may still feel sad or hurt for a while.

When it is hard to forgive

  • Write on a piece of paper what happened and how that made you feel. To show that you won’t keep a record of the wrong, you could do one of the following things with that paper:
    • tear it up
    • bury it in the garden (in a secret place);
    • think of some other unusual way to get rid of it.
  • Ask the Lord to help you get over the feelings of hurt.
  • Any act of kindness done for the person who has been unkind will show your love in action and will help you get over your hurt more easily.
  • Remember, forgiving is something you must do. The other person doesn’t need to do anything, and he doesn't owe you a favor in return. In fact, the other person might not even be sorry.

What if I don’t forgive?

  • You will probably start to feel miserable and grumpy. But when you set someone free by forgiving them, you set yourself free to enjoy life!
  • You cannot expect God to forgive you if you don’t forgive others. Jesus taught the disciples to pray to God in this way: “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us”
    Luke 11:4.

Dates to Check

  • February 4: First Reconciliation (4:00pm in the HPAC) wear concert dress to school
  • February 5: Dennis Uniform fitting for girls' First Eucharist dresses; 8 -10am
  • February 5: Love Grams due
  • February 8: Family Valentine due
  • February 9: Classroom party for Mardi Gras and Valentines Day
  • February 10: Ash Wednesday Service; 9am
  • February 12: Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Mass at 8:30am. Concert dress and 11am dismissal.
  • 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

Report Cards

Report Cards for the first semester have been mailed. If you do not receive your child's report card by the end of the week, contact Patti Long in the front office.

February's Quotes - What is LOVE?

To connect with the second grade teachers:

Mrs. Dorr - bdorr@mayfieldjs.org

Mrs. Delgado - kdelgado@mayfieldjs.org

Mrs. Genton - cgenton@mayfieldjs.org