Congratulation to our 2nd graders for receiving their First Reconciliation! God has blessed them with His love and forgiveness. I’m so proud of them! We will participate in reconciliation during the upcoming Advent season.
I enjoyed meeting with all of you at conferences. Your children are wonderful and they love to learn! Please contact me anytime during the year if you’d like to check in.
Math: Continue working on place value, skip counting and #s up to 1,000. New skill: adding 2 digit numbers. We are learning how to regroup (used to be called carrying) the ones to the tens place.
Religion: We’re learning about different saints, the virtue of the month: generosity and celebrated World Kindness Day (11/13).
Zones of Regulation/Social Skills:
Ms. Shaw taught us the “Talk it Out” strategy. We did role-playing to practice this strategy to solve small problems.
I feel _____ when you _____. Can you please __________?
Mrs. Dahlgren, our recess manager, taught two lessons about friendship and tolerance.
S.S.: We completed our Washington State landform book and took a test to show what we learned.
S.S. New Learning: This week we began learning about Thanksgiving today and Thanksgiving in 1621, so we can put together a Now and Then poster next week.
We started off by sharing what we do for Thanksgiving with our families. Then we looked back 400 years to when Pilgrims came and settled on Wampanoag land, near present day Massachusetts. These Native Americans had lived there for thousands of years before Europeans came. We learned how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag had made an alliance and lived peacefully for a generation. They had a thanksgiving meal together to show gratitude for the harvest. It lasted three days and it included delicious foods that likely are not on your present-day Thanksgiving table such as waterfowl, venison, lobster, clams, berries, fruits, and squash.
After this generation of peace the Native Americans throughout our present-day country were forced from their land, enslaved and forced to give up their languages and traditions. We spend time teaching this difficult history so that Native peoples are respected and honored and so we can fight racism and injustice. One way we can be mindful of our nation’s past is land acknowledgement. It goes like this:
“On behalf of Mrs. Oines’ 2nd Grade Class, I acknowledge the land on which we stand today as the traditional home of the Coast Salish people, the traditional home of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.”
Today there are about 5,000 Wampanoag people living mostly in Massachusetts and there is a movement to restore their nearly lost language. Parents are encouraged to learn along with us! Follow this link for more information about Pilgrims and Native Americans: Havest Ceremony Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth
Go to these websites to see some of the amazing reenactment videos we watched of a Pilgrim village and Wampanoag village.
Help for the Homeless – Kit Making – Tuesday, November 19th , 6:30-8 in Egan Hall. All welcome to help. Thank you for all the donations!
Grandparent’s Day November 21th – Grandparents come to the classrooms between 10:45-11:00 to see the classroom. Then Grandparents will escort the 2nd grader to Egan Hall. No hot lunch on November 15th. Bring a lunch to share with Grandparents.
Saint Vincent de Paul Food bank is accepting donations for families in need. Please send in non-perishable food, no glass. Thank you for your support!
God bless you and your family!