March 2nd Newsletter

Lent is here!  It’s a time we focus on prayer, fasting and giving for Jesus. The students have created a countdown of the days of Lent that we post on our Lenten Journey bulletin board. Yesterday they made a cross with their Lenten promise on it and posted them on the board. We will spend time during Lent preparing our hearts for Jesus’ resurrection. Monday – Thursday the primary department will pray at 8:25. Fridays are 2:30 the whole school with pray the Stations of the Cross together. You are welcome!

Do want to grow closer to Jesus too?  Check out the Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic at for short daily videos.  I love this!

What we’ve learned in February:

  • Reading and making graphs
  • Collective nouns, reflexive nouns and possessive nouns
  • History of Pike Place Market
  • 10 Commandments, Morning offering prayer and Order of Church leaders (pope, archbishop, priest)
  • Book clubs have been meeting to share and make reading goals
  • Engineering and Design: we planned, designed, created and reflected on problems that came up when we made container for Clifford’s bone
  • Visit the chapel for Adoration prayer every Thursday- 10:00-10:10

Coming up:

  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • adding suffixes to words
  • Identifying and counting coins
  • Participating in the season of Lent and will learn about Sacramentals (items and actions used during prayer and mass like ash, blessed medals, blessed candles, crucifix, and the sign of the cross)
  • Librarian Erin with visit us during the Greenwood Library closure for story time
  • More cursive strokes
  • Read biographies and write a biography about a classmate- Some biographies we’ll read: Dr. Seuss, Kate diCamillo (author), George Washington Carver and presidents
  • End of the month: ecosystems and how plants and animals interact with ecosystems
  • Read Aloud: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

Here’s some great photos for you:

Engineering project: Recyclable materials were transformed into dog-bone carriers.














Newsletter for January 28th

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass tomorrow (in dress uniform or cultural attire) and then at the Open House, immediately after.  Come by to see the 2nd Graders amazing animal reports Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair and the classrooms in the main building.  To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule:

Sunday, January 29th – Celebrating Our Parish

  • Catholic Schools Week Liturgy 10:30. Students may wear cultural dress or dress uniform.
  • Cultural Fair 12:00-1:00
  • Open House 12:00-1:30 (come into our classroom and see next year’s room, too!)

Monday, January 30th – Celebrating Your Community and Nation

  • Students bring one can of food for St. Vincent de Paul
  • Free dress
  • Primary department will spend time thanking the Fire Department

Tuesday, January 31st – Celebrating Our Volunteers

  • Crazy sock day! Accessorize school uniform with outrageous socks!
  • Special thank you coming home!

Wednesday, February 1st – Celebrating Our Nation

  • Singing patriotic songs and thanking God for our country
  • Choose your own sweatshirt. Accessorize uniform with sweatshirt of choice!

Thursday, February 2nd – Celebrating Vocations/Teacher Appreciation Day

  • Crazy hat day! Accessorize uniform with hat of your choice!
  • Students bring 1 flower for teacher
  • Parents coming into classroom to speak about vocations

Friday, February 3rd – Celebrating Our Students

  • Purple & Gold Day/Spirit Day: This is the favorite day of the school year for our students! Purple and gold clothing is encouraged (dress code appropriate) – this is the one day of the school year, face paint and hair paint is allowed. Festivities will begin in the gym at 1:30pm and we will enjoy the annual competitions between students and faculty/staff, halftime performances, and more!
  • Students will be treated to a Nacho Bar Student Appreciation LunchFREE to ALL students!

Valentine’s Day: We will celebrate Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th.  It is your child’s choice whether they would like to write their classmates’ names or just sign their own name on their Valentine’s.  Your child is welcome to send the cards early for safe keeping at school.  Please do not add edible treats but non-edible treat like stickers, pencils, bookmarks are okay.

Last week we…

  • learned more about plural nouns.
  • learned how to determine an author’s purpose for writing.
  • listened to the story of Moses and learned the 10 commandments
  • practiced 2-digit subtraction.
  • learned how to make a consensus in a group.
  • continued cursive letter formation.
  • presented our animal reports to the class
  • had art class with Ms. Kay

Engineering Project:

Clifford the Big Red Dog nears our help!  He needs to carry dog bones safely to his family.  The 2nd graders are designing and constructing containers to carry a real dog bone that will meet the following criteria.  1. It must close tightly.  2. It must fit the dog bone.  3. It must be decorated for one of Clifford’s family members.  4. Clifford must be able to carry it.  We have completed the planning steps in their groups.  Next Monday the 2nd graders will build their container.  Thank you for sending the “building supplies!”

Next week we’ll learn…

  • how to use addition to check subtraction
  • Catholic school’s week activities
  • possessive nouns
  • work on Clifford’s bone container
  • ask and answer questions about informational texts
  • parent-led art on Wednesday at 12:45

God bless you and your family!  Thank you for all you do for our school.  I appreciate you!

Mrs. Oines

Animal Report Sharing































January 15th Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

We’re at my favorite time of year!  We have many wonderful and engaging projects ahead, but I won’t give them away just yet!  Thank you for all you do to support our school and our work in the classroom.  And a special THANK YOU for the generous gift card you gave me for Christmas.  I really appreciate it!!   The next two months we will have Accreditation visitors coming to observe how our school is meeting various standards.  This is our time to celebrate what a great school we have and show off a bit.  Ask your child, “What are the Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs)?  Hint: Christ-center person, Active Learner and Empowered Disciple.  The visitors are looking for examples of how we are show our Catholic identify and how our students exhibit the SLEs.  The Pre-Visit is Monday, January 23rd.  This will be a DRESS UNIFORM Day. The teachers will meet the Visiting Team and they will get a tour of our school.  The offical visit is March 1-3rd.

***Hot Lunch: DO NOT order hotlunch on February 22nd.  We are going to Pike Place Market that day.   More information to come later.

This Tuesday: Martin Luther King Jr. school prayer assembly on Tuesday at 10am.

Bring Library Cards this Tuesday: Greenwood library field trip, chaperones come at 12:20.

THIS Wednesday and Friday: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP Testing) from 12-1:30pm.  Do not schedule appointment on these days.  Thank you!  You will receive results in about a week after the testing.

Catholic Schools Week Open House, Sunday, January 29th- Come see our our great classroom, our animal reports and more!

Our Upcoming Week’s Learning:

  • cursive strokes
  • plural nouns, reading and writing them
  • Reading strategy: main idea
  • writing animal our reports and creating a cover
  • subtracting two-digit numbers with and without regrouping

God bless you this New Year!

Mrs. Oines

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time with family and friends.  A special welcome to our new student, Lennon!  Please extend a welcome to Lennon, and her parents Brooke and Lindy.

This month we are working on many new skills and new projects.

Math: Last month we will learned how to add 2 digit numbers using regrouping, otherwise known as “carrying.”  This month we’ll be learning how to SUBTRACT two-digit numbers.  We will used concrete objects first and then move on to the algorithm.  We use popsicle sticks and place value blocks to subtract the ones place first, then regroup the tens place if needed.  It’s very important that students get in the habit of starting in the ones place.  We draw a t-chart to help us remember to start in the one place.


Science and Writing:

For a common core standard students are to do a research and writing project in 2nd Grade (W2.7). Next week, the students will be doing their own research and finding pictures at home for their project. Then, the final writing will be completed in class. This will be divided into sections with homework every night being a part of the research, and then the next day will be writing it in class. Please help your child do the research if needed. They can choose any animal that has a habitat in North America, and I request some NEW (unfamiliar) animal so that they learn something new. This will be presented to the class once the project is complete.  All the information and rubric will be sent home on Monday, but this is to let you know as a parent, in advance. If you want to look in advance, these websites will be helpful: STUDENTS will choose their animal at school this Friday from this site:


The final reports will on display at the Open House for Catholic School’s Week, January 29th from 12-1pm.

Cursive:  The kids are working on earning a new nametag with their name written in cursive this week.  They earn it by using neat handwriting in all their work.  Next week, we will begin lessons on cursive strokes.

Flat Stanley:   Students can bring in their Flat Stanley projects anytime between January and April.  The projects can be a poster, binder, book or just the materials you mailed.  Students should practice reading their project at home so they are ready to present.

Next Greenwood Library visit: Tuesday, January 10th at 12:30.

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Oines

December 1st Newsletter

Happy 1st Week of Advent!  I hope your family is having a lovely time preparing for Christmas.  In class we drew Advent wreaths, have attended the Primary and all-school prayer services and have begun a special Christmas gift.  Please consider attending the Reconciliation Prayer Service as a family on December 12th at 7pm.  This is a great way to start making Reconciliation a part of your family life.

Check your child’s folder today.  It has report cards, the collection of weekly Weekend News from this trimester, notice letter about lice at school and a flyer about the Christmas program.

Report Cards: Please return the signed report card and envelope next week. The envelopes are reused each trimester!

Join us!! 2nd and 5th Grade will host the Immaculate Conception Mass, December 8th @ 9am.  Every 2nd and 5th grade child will be a part of the procession and some students will be greeter, gift bearers, bell ringers and readers.  We will be celebrating that Mary said “YES” to God.  She willingly agreed to be Jesus’ mother.  God calls us to say “YES” too!

Canned Food Drive: Thank you for generously donating items!

Flat Stanley: Students can begin sharing Flat Stanley projects as soon as they are ready.  Each student must share their project by the end of March.  The project can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.  Your child could bring all the items they were mailed or create a poster or book out of them. Project ideas: poster, book, binder, slideshow, Powerpoint

Greenwood Library books due December 20th.  Students may return SPL to me and I will deliver them.

Thanksgiving Posters






Saint Reports


Cameron and Mena’s Flat Stanley Presentations



We are learning about…

Math: We are beginning a unit on 2-digit addition.  We are playing games using hundred charts, playing cards and number lines.  We practice math facts everyday for 10 minutes.

Reading: We are learning to compare and contrast to stories by reading Corduroy and Pocket for Corduroy.  Don Freeman’s, Corduroy, has many different versions.  We will compare and contrast Corduroy to our own teddy bear on tomorrow and the live action movie tomorrow.  I am reading Tomie dePaola Christmas books and his Strega Nona books too.  Students also spend time each day reading choice books from their book box.  I’m really impressed with how much reading growth the children have made!

Writing: We are learning to write our own story with a beginning, middle and end.  We started by retelling and summarizing the beginning, middle and end of picture books.  Now it’s time to write our own.  We are using the writing process: prewriting, draft, revising/editing with help, publish.

Thank you for all you do!  I’m so proud of the 2nd graders!

Mrs. Oines












November 18th Newsletter

img_0155  img_0159Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a huge success!  Thank you coming, helping and supporting the 2nd graders.  Last week we sent Mrs. Lunning off with cards, prayers and hugs.  I’ve heard that she enjoying her new job but misses us!  Mrs. Julie Skinner will be filling in as our teacher assistant temporarily until the position has been filled.  Mrs. Skinner worked with me last year and is familiar with the 2nd grade routines.

Our Learning:

Math: Continuing our work with telling time.  Does your child have an analog watch?  That’s a great way to get practice in telling time.

Religion: We explored the Kids and Saints website and wrote a whole class report about St. John the Evangelist on Monday.     This should help your child know what to do for their own saint report.  Saint Reports are due next Monday.  Please have your child practice saying their report so they’ll be ready to share on Monday.  Your child made a Liturgical Calendar to post in your home.  We discuss the church season and the colors we use during those seasons.

Writing and Reading:  We have been working on reading nonfiction using our Explorer magazine about predators and prey.  We used our sentence patterning chart to write detailed sentences about predators and Pilgrims.  In first grade your child learned how to write a complete sentence.  This year we’ll be focusing on writing a paragraph with a beginning, middle and end.

Social Studies: Last week we learned about our branches of government, elections and the presidency.  The students wrote three ideas they would put in place if they were president.  Now we’re learning the history of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Then and Now

The 2nd graders have been learning about Pilgrims and Wampanoag people to prepare for Thanksgiving.  We have read several books, been on a Virtual Field Trip to the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation and a Wampanoag village.   We have had class discussions about what it would have been like in 1620 for the Pilgrims.  We’ll be creating a Thanksgiving Then and Now poster next week to summarize what we’ve learned.  Check out this scholastic website we used to learn about Pilgrims and Wampanoag.

Advent Prayer

Beginning Monday, November 29th the entire school will gather for Advent morning prayer every Monday in the church at 8:25. Second graders will head straight to the church at 8:15. Please do your best to be on time. If you are late, please come directly to the church. We will be sitting in the front on the left hand side facing the altar if you need to meet us there.

We have quite the collection of nameless school sweatshirts.  Is your child missing one?   At Thanksgiving break the collection will go the Lost and Found.


  • November 21st- Thanksgiving Mass and Dress Uniform
  • November 21st- Seattle Public Library books are due
  • November 28th at 8:25 – Advent Prayer in the church every Monday
  • November 29th- Greenwood Library field trip at 12:30-1:30
  • December 1st – report cards issued

God bless you and your family!

Mrs. Oines

November 5 Newsletter

Hello 2nd Grade Families,

Native American Orca Whale Art and paragraphs

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It’s been a full week of learning, praying and fun! We started the week by celebrating Halloween with our buddies and ended the week with an all-school blessing of the NEW Crispin’s Kitchen! At the All Saint’s Day mass, hosted by Kindergarten and 7th grade, your children sang, prayed and thanked God for the saints.


State of the Parish

All in-parish school families are required to attend the State of the Parish. You will learn about all the exciting developments in our parish. These short presentations will be at all the masses this weekend. See you there!

HALF-DAY, NOON DISMISSAL, on November 10th.   XDC is open. Teachers are preparing for the school’s accreditation. The Visiting Team will come to the school in March.  We’ll be showing the Visiting Team what an amazing school we have!

Grandparent’s Day November 17th

Food Drive for Saint Vincent do Paul food bank: Your child can do a job for you or spend some of their money to buy a non-perishable food item. Send in the food any day this month. Thank you!

Our Learning:


Place Value- Students took a place value math test.  Look for it in your child’s folder next week.  Go to to play a place value game.

Time- reading clocks to the nearest minute. Students may wear a non-beeping analog watch to school.

Math facts- daily practice

The 2nd graders did a great job sharing their landform-interviews.  We heard facts about Mt. Rainier, Columbia Gorge, San Juan Islands, Columbia Plateau and the Olympic Mountains.  What a great state we have!  We have ended out unit with creating a beautiful Washington Landform book and a short landform test.  Look for it in your child’s folder next week.img_0148img_0146






Veteran’s Day: We will learn who veterans are, about Veteran’s Day and write prayer for veterans.  My dad is a Veteran of the Vietnam War.  He will visit the 2nd grade to share about his experience building roads in Vietnam and about his visit back to Vietnam two years ago.

Writing: We are working on writing detailed sentences.  We tried a writing strategy using a Sentence Patterning Chart.  We created sentences about orcas.  You’ll see one on this week’s spelling test.img_0149

Spelling Practice Ideas: bookmark these websites for spelling practice.

Art with Ms. Kay yesterday in the Mezzanine- spooky fall trees art will be up in the classroom

Coming this month: Voting and Elections, Saint reports, Thanksgiving history, liturgical calendar and determining the main idea.

Thank you for your participation in conferences!  Your children will be working on the goals we discussed.  They are working on earning Souring Eagle Awards for being Christ-centered people, Active Learners and Empowered Disciples.

Mrs. Oines

October 21st Newsletter

Hello parents,

It’s been another great week in 2nd Grade! This week’s highlights:

  • Prayed a rosary with our 5th grade buddies in the church
  • Read two landform chants
  • made a compound word mini-book
  • worked on building reading stamina and choosing good fit book
  • continued Ramona the Pest – read aloud book
  • Worked on place value and math facts – read, write and make numbers with place value blocks
  • Made a graph of our pumpkin glyph results
  • Reviewed steps of Reconciliation and watched Brother Francis presents Forgiven
  • Completed a SLE (Student Learning Expections) Self Assessment for conferences

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is believing that your brain can grow by doing challenging things. I have introduced this concept with a friendly monster named Mojo. Check out the short videos about growth mindset we have viewed in class.


Check your child’s folder for this week’s MagnifiKid. Bring it to mass this weekend to help guide your child through the Liturgy.


I’m pleased at how well the 2nd graders are moving along on their math facts.   It works best if you are consistent in practicing.

Tip: adjust the screen so you can’t see the teacher or timer.

Greenwood Library

Be sure to return or renew books by October 25th . Fines pile up quickly, so log in to to check which books your child has checked out. You can also put books on hold for your child. Next trip is November 1st.


I’m really proud of the children for their reverence and effort in preparing for their First Reconciliation.   We spent time this week reviewing the process of Reconciliation and talking about God’s amazing forgiveness.  They are ready!  I’ll see you in the church tomorrow at 10am.  t


I’m looking forward to conferencing with you next week!  Please arrive on time and bring your child.  Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minute passing period.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Oines

October 9th Newsletter

Hello parents,

Your children have been busy learning and growing.  They are a faith-filled group! We had a beautiful school liturgy last Wednesday. Last week’s highlights:

  • Began reading groups
  • Learn how to draw Native American style orca
  • Heard the story (adapted by me!) Wren and Apple See Washington to learn about WA landforms
  • Ramona the Pest – read aloud book
  • Counted 1,000 popsicle sticks to learn about grouping numbers in 1s, 10s, 100s and 1,000s
  • Learned expanded form of numbers 1,253…1,000+200+50+3
  • First Greenwood Library field trip

Math studies show that in order to master and maintain quick recall of math facts students must practice for 10 minutes a day. Your child is given time daily to work on this at school, but to make the biggest difference your child must practice at home. Encourage your child to work on math persistence. I suggest watching your child during their practice so you can see which facts they are working on. Then in the car or other times you can reinforce these facts. If needed, your child can say the answer to you and then you push the buttons for them. Log in to xtramath at least 10 times per month.


The Saint John Parish has given your child a weekly subscription to MagnifiKid. Take this booklet to mass and help your child follow along with the readings and responses. This will help your child tune in to mass and get ready for their First Communion. The introduction page gives a short overview of the gospel reading and is good way to get ready for mass. MagnifiKid goes home every Friday.

Reading Groups

Part of 2nd Grader reading instruction includes small reading groups. We work on expanding our vocabulary, decoding new words, reading fluency and reading strategies. We use a variety of materials that I choose based on reading level, topic and genre. For example, we read texts like Time for Kids, stories from different anthologies, chapter books, poems, Reader’s Theaters and Explorer Magazine. When I meet with small groups, the other children are doing choice reading and writing or a reading assignment. Students are expected to choose good-fit books, read the whole time, stay in one spot and ignore distractions.

Handwashing Lesson by Mrs. Lunning

Mrs. Lunning led a engaging lesson to remind the 2nd Graders why, when and how we should wash our hands.  She started by reading a silly book called Sick Simon and we watched a video about why, when and how we wash our hands.  The children created posters to put up around the school campus that encourage good hand washing habits.  They did a great job!

Spelling Homework Ideas

  • Spell the words aloud in the car
  • Write the words 3 times each on paper- attach to homework
  • Write story that has the spelling words
  • Type the spelling words
  • Write each word in the sentence

Greenwood Library

We had successful first trip to the library. Librarian Erin read several new picture books and we spent time selecting good-fit books. Most kids remembered their pins and those that didn’t had help from the friendly librarians.  Be sure to return or renew books by October 25th . Fines pile up quickly, so log in to to check which books your child has checked out. You can also put books on hold for your child.


I’m looking forward to meeting with you. Please sign up for an appointment if you haven’t yet. Thank you!

I feel so blessed to be your child’s teacher! Thank you for all you do for our school and parish.

Mrs. Oines

September 30th Newsletter

Hello Parents,

We have already done so much in 2nd Grade! Your children are prayerful, happy and welcoming to our new students.  Thank you for all the wonderful support so far this year.

Here’s some learning we’ve been doing:

  • practiced our math facts and are working on joining the 1,000 Math Fact Club
  • students have chosen good-fit books from class library and have had reading meetings with me and Mrs. Lunning
  • developed map skills and can locate places using a compass rose
  • have listened to many, many read loud books like My Father’s Dragon and graphic novel, Hilo.
  • enjoyed prayer time daily by drawing pictures for God, singing along to special songs, writing someone a blessing and learning The Act of Contrition
  • Successfully completed the MAP testing
  • Learned and played many math games with cards, dice, dominoes and number lines.

Coming in October:

Math- We will begin place value concepts

  • ones, tens, hundreds, thousands (Ask: What place value is the 3 in 731? tens)
  • forms of numbers, standard (45), word (forty-five), expanded (40 + 5) and base-ten (draw a picture of the number)
  • number riddles (I have a 6 in the tens place.  My hundreds place is twice is big as my ones place. My ones place is 2. What number am I? 264)
  • creating numbers with popsicle sticks (rubber band groups of tens) and place value blocks
  •  Comparing number with <, > and = (greater than, less than and equal to)


  • Mary and Rosary
  • Sacraments: Baptism and Reconciliation
  • Prayers: The Act of Contrition

Social Studies and Science

  • continue map skills, parts of a map, compass, drawing maps, locating places
  • landforms (types of landforms, how landforms change, WA landforms)
  • Build a volcano in class and make it erupt on October 25th
  • Simple Landform project created at home and presented to the class (directions will be sent home October 17 and Due October 24th)

English Language Arts (reading and writing)

  • Characters and traits
  • applying reading strategies when we read and are read to
  • choosing good-fit books (read most of the words, understand it and enjoy it!)
  • Work on writing complete sentences with capital and punctuation every time.
  • Phonics, read and write short and long vowel words

Other Important Information:

  • Reading STAR tests went home, please contact me with any questions
  • Greenwood Library Field Trip October 4th- BRING LIBRARY CARD THAT DAY
  • No School, Friday October 7th- Teacher Professional Day
  • Picture Day, Tuesday October 11th in the morning

MagnifiKids is a gift from Saint John Parish that your child gets weekly.  Every Friday your child will get to take a copy home to use at mass on the weekend.  It includes the parts of mass and the bible readings for your child to read and follow along with.  As well as activities for you to do as a family.

God bless you and your family!

Mrs. Oines