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
Family Valentine Project
Here are the only guidelines to follow:
- Involve the entire family! Everyone can get a little bit messy!
- As a family, you are always a team. However, for this project, your second grader must be the "Design Leader"
- Keep in mind, these beautiful hearts will be hung up, putting a smile on everyone's faces! Please return by Monday, February 8th.
- Remember, second grade families are the best!
Love Grams are Here!
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.
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
Faith Matters - Forgiveness
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”
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