Advent is off to a great start! We’re busy getting our hearts and minds ready for Christmas. We spent a lot of time this week learning about Advent, our virtue of the month- patience and time preparing for the Immaculate Conception mass on Monday.
Reports cards came home on Thursday. I’m so proud of the 2nd graders! We have learned so much in the 1st trimester.
Math: We learned how to add 3-digit numbers with regrouping the ones and tens place. We also had 12 principals from the northern deanery visit our class during math on Tuesday. They were learning a teacher-observation tool. They were very impressed by our class!
Reading: In reading groups, we have started a vocabulary program called Wordly Wise. Each lesson includes, a word list of definitions and examples, activities to use the words, a story with the words and questions about the story. It’s engaging and challenging.
We have begun an author’s study of Tome dePaola, a favorite of mine. I have about 50 of his books checked out for us! He has written and illustrated the Strega Nona series and many Christmas and saint books. We’re focusing on character traits and will write a book report of our favorite book.
Writing: We continued to work on using correct grammar, capitals and punctuation in our writing.
Handwriting: We are still reviewing and mastering our printing strokes. We practice everyday.
Religion: The 2nd and 5th grade classes will host the Immaculate Conception mass this Monday. We will have students helping as readers, greeters, gift bearers, altar services and all will process up with their buddy for the mass processional. We colored beautiful images of Mary to bring up to the altar. You are welcome to come and sit with us!
For Advent, we made paper Advent wreaths to mark the weeks of Advent. We pray along with an Advent daily devotional on Formed.org – Brother Francis’ Days of Advent. At home your child will mark each day of Advent until Christmas.
We discussed our virtue of the month, patience. Patience is waiting without complaining. Each child made a poster that shows an example of patience. We will focus on patiently waiting in lines, waiting to talk, waiting for our turn, waiting for our favorite book, etc. They learned that we can grow our patience muscles by practicing. We will get more patient if we work at it!
12/5 – Report Cards went home, please sign and return one copy, keeping the other for yourself. Kindly return the envelope for reuse next marking period.
Monday, 12/9- 5th and 2nd grades lead the Immaculate Conception mass at 9:00. DRESS UNIFORM! We’d love to have you join us if you can!
12/16 School-wide reconciliation service from 9:00-9:30 and 12/18 Individual reconciliation with Father
12/19 – Christmas Music Program @ 7pm
12/20 – last day of school before break. Noon dismissal