December 7 Newsletter

We had a wonderful 1st Week of Advent!  We participated in the sacrament of Reconciliation, prepared for the Immaculate Conception mass with our 5th grade buddies, practiced telling time, read books every day, started an author study of Tomie dePaola and helped lead mass today.  We’re busy and working hard!

Dates:

Greenwood Library, Tuesday, Dec. 11th @ 12:50.

Christmas Concert, Thursday, Dec. 13th, @ 6:40 in the mezzanine to change into costumes.  Concert in Egan @ 7pm.

Coffee and Donuts: We are still in need of  two volunteers to help with coffee and donuts after mass on Dec. 16th from 8:45-10am. Here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054ca4a82ea7fb6-2ndgrade

*New Toy Drive: The Kim Family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers. The Kim family will be delivering the toys on Dec. 12th, so please have all donations in by Dec. 10th.
*Last day of school Before Break- Just a friendly reminder that we get out of school for Christmas break on Friday Dec. 21st. This is an early dismissal day at noon.

Immaculate Conception Mass Photos

God bless you!

November 16

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend over Veteran’ Day.  My dad served in the Army in ’69 by building roads in Vietnam.  I got to spend the day with him and thank him for his service.

Primary Advent Service Opportunity hosted by Ryland’s family.

New Toy Drive for Foster Kids

The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy starting November 16th and ending Dec. 10.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th. Thank you!

Book Orders:  Thank you for ordering books.  The class earns free books because of your orders!  A new order form went home today.

This Week:

Saint Report Sharing: We heard all about wonderful saints from each student. The student graders took turns reading their reports and received a compliment from a classmate.

Math: skip counting forwards and backwards by 5s. Mrs. Guaditis taught a logic strategy

Writing and Social Studies: We brainstormed how our families celebrate Thanksgiving, listened to story by Gail Gibbons titled Thanksgiving Is… and wrote about our Thanksgiving traditions. We watched two virtual tours of a Plymouth Plantation and a Wampanoag hut. Check it out here: https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/thanksgiving-virtual-field-trip

Science: Matter changes by heating and burning. We explored if heating or burning.

Reading: We read about extreme plants, dome volcanos and simple machines in the Explorer Magazine.

Coming:

Math: Telling time – Get your analog clocks ready!

Monday, Nov. 19: DRESS UNIFORM for Thanksgiving Mass @ 9am

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Greenwood Library @ 12:50

Blessings,

Mrs. Oines

 

 

 

 

 

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November 8th Newsletter

I was so moved at the children’s First Reconciliation!  God has blessed them with His love and forgiveness.  I’m so proud of them!  I enjoyed meeting with all of you at conferences.  Your children are wonderful and love to learn!  Please contact me anytime during the year if you’d like to check in.

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank a veteran for their service.

Important Dates:

Help for the Homeless – Kit Making – Tuesday, November 13th , 6:30-8 in Egan Hall.  All welcome to help. Thank you for all the donations!

Grandparent’s Day November 15thGrandparents 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 Reports Due due Tuesday Nov. 13th.  Students will read their reports to the class.  Presenting to the class is an important skill that we work on in 2nd grade.   Have your child practice reading their report to you so they feel ready to share.

Our Learning  

Religion: We wrote thank-you cards to Fr. Crispin, Fr. Angelovic and Fr. Okumu for helping us with First Reconciliation.

Math: Place value, skip counting and #s up to 1,000.  Keep up xtramath practice.  Try to do more sessions than last month.  Daily practice is best!

Science/S.S.: Election Day and class vote for if markers or colored pencils are better.

Reading and writing: We published our first story!  It includes a cover, title, and neatly written story that is bound.

Science: We learned about reversible and irreversible changes of matter.  We explored what happened when solids and liquids are heated or cooled.

Safety Lesson:

The safety lesson was about getting gifts and keeping secrets.  It is wrong for an adult or another child to ask a child to keep a gift a secret from his or her parents.  It is never okay for a grown up to ask a child to keep a secret from their parents.  We reviewed the touching safety rules – No is allowed to touch your private parts accept to keep you clean and healthy.

Enjoy your fall break!

Mrs. Oines

Newsletter November 2nd

Happy All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day!  We learned that we are saints in the making.  Our All Saint’s mass was beautiful and your children were reverent and showed they are ready for their First Reconciliation.  I’m so proud of them and look forward to seeing them receive the Sacrament of Healing this Saturday.  Bless you!

Conferences

I’m looking forward to meeting with families scheduled for Nov. 5 conferences.  Your child will share their Schoolwide Learning Expectation rubric for the first 5 minutes.  The rest of the time will be for teacher and parents to conference.  An ipad and coloring will be available for your child while we conference.

Service Opportunities for you and your child:

  • Candy Drive – Nov. 1-9
  • Food Drive to support Food Bank – Nov. 1-20
  • Items for the Homeless Kit Making – by Nov. 7 (socks, hand-wipes, cough drops, ziplocs, $5 donations)
  • Thanksgiving Service Opportunity: Skagit Valley & make a big meal! Here’s a service opportunity for us, St. John.  The Tri-city Food Bank that hosts our kids for the youth migrant camp trip every summer is looking for help on Saturday, November 17 (note date correction).  The plan is to leave St. John around 7:30 am, drive to Burlington, help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for some 400 needy people, and return home around 4 pm.  Jose, the dynamic leader of the Youth Migrant Project, is looking for anywhere from 5 to 30 volunteers.  So we’ll take the first 30 who sign up.  It’s bound to be a beautiful and meaningful Saturday.

Please email Kristin Kent if you’re interested:   kkent@stjohnsea.org

State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend!

The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 3rd & 4th.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish

Our Learning this Week:

Religion: All Saint’s Day and saints

Reading: asking questions and finding the main idea

Writing: Weekend News & write a story about a friend

Science: Solids and Liquids: We observed 13 solids (raisins, rice, cardboard, popsicle stick) and guessed if water would change the solid and if the change is reversible.  We added a little water to the solids in a little dish.  We are waiting until the water evaporates to see the results.  Using small pieces to build multiple objects: We chose a bag of 10-20 items (dominoes, blocks, geometric shapes) then build something, then took it apart and build a new object.  We predicted the number of different objects we could make.

Math: Place Value, comparing #s, >,<, =

Read Aloud book: Cam Jansen and The Basketball Mystery

Dates:

November 3rd – Sacrament of Reconciliation, 10am in the church

November 5th – No School, Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

November 9-12 – No School, Fall Break

November 20th – Greenwood Library field trip

November 23-25th – Thanksgiving Break

Blessings,

Mrs. Oines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter for October 26th

Newsletter for October 29

The middle schoolers put on a fabulous carnival and led Halloween Bingo in the the classrooms!  I loved seeing the kids dressed up today 🙂

Where in the world is Flat Stanley?

***When Flat Stanley returns to you, please email me. I will send you the two presentation pages for your child to complete.  After that, your child will present where Stanley went to the class and they will mark where Stanley went on our class maps.  I will keep all project materials until the end of the school year.  We will display all class’ Flat Stanley projects at our Open House in June.

Unity Day

We are united to fight against bullying and help the world through inclusion, acceptance, and kindness!  Talk to your child about what Unity Day means to him/her.  On Unity Day our lessons focused on this theme and how to stand up for yourself.

Conferences

I’m looking forward to meeting with you and your child on Oct. 29 or Nov. 5.  Your child will share their Schoolwide Learning Expectation rubric for the first 5 minutes.  The rest of the time will be for teacher and parents to conference.  An ipad and coloring will be available for your child while we conference.

Our Learning this Week:

Religion: praying the rosary and sacrament of Reconciliation

Reading: main idea and details about States of Matter

Writing: Weekend News & add details and check for capitals and punctuation to story

Science: States of Matter and use solids to build a tall tower.

Math: Place Value, write numbers in expanded form, use a 100 chart, math fact practice.

 

Dates:

Oct. 29th – No School, Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 30th – Reconciliation Rehearsal, 7pm, church

November 1st – All Saint’s Day mass, All are welcome.

November 3rd – Sacrament of Reconciliation, 10am in the church

November 5th – No School, Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

November 9-12 – No School, Fall Break

November 20th – Greenwood Library field trip

Build the tallest tower you can with aluminum foil, 3 rubber bands, cardboard square, little cup, straw and popsicle stick.

 

 

 

 

Newsletter for October 19th

Hello 2nd Grade parents,

Wow! We had the best, sunny day!  We enjoyed that jog-a-thon assembly, silly-string showdown by the 6th grade, Frankenstein art lesson by Temry and Kerry, movie-popcorn party and free dress.  Your children should be tired tonight!

School Picture Day and Greenwood Library Field Trip on TUESDAY, October 23 – No school on Monday, so get your form filled out and in your child’s folder right away.  Students may wear school uniform or nice clothes for the photo.

Unity Day on October 24, a day that promotes acceptance, kindness and inclusion.  Since orange is the color of unity, students are encouraged to find something orange to wear on Oct. 24 (Free dress if you wear something orange!)

Halloween Celebration next Friday, Oct. 26:  The middle school students have created a Halloween carnival for the Preschool-3rd Graders to attend in lieu of the Family carnival.  Students may come in their Halloween costumes to enjoy a fun day.  No masks, make-up or weapons.  Student must be able to go to the bathroom easily in their costume.

Conferences Oct. 29 and Nov. 5th: I’m looking forward to conferencing with you this week!  Please arrive on time and bring your child.  Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minute passing period.  Knock on the door when it is your conference time.  Conferences must start and end on time so every family gets their allotted time.  Thank you!

Spanish Homework: Senora Blanca would like the kids to practice saying numbers in Spanish.  A number chart is in your child’s folder.

Book Orders:  Due by November 2nd.  Thank you for ordering books.  The class earns new books for the classroom.  Thanks Tricia for organizing the book orders!

Our Learning:

Reading: identifying main idea

Writing: We wrote a story from a life experience, check for capitals and punctuation and add a few details and describing words.

Phonics: reading and writing –ar words

Science: states of matter, observing solids and liquids

Religion: sacrament of Reconciliation and praying the rosary.

Math: place value and math facts – read, write and make numbers with place value blocks.  Expanded form of numbers, 345 = 300+40+5

Read Aloud book: Lulu and the Brontasaurus

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Oines

 

 

Newsletter for October 12th

Hello 2nd Grade Families,

Thank you to Mrs. Kathy Kelly and Mrs. Arruela for subbing for me while I was sick this week.  Your children were great for our guests.

You may have noticed the weekly magazine, MagnifiKid, coming home each Friday in our child’s folder.  This is a gift from St. John parish for all 2nd graders.  It is meant to taken with you to mass so your child can follow along with the liturgy.  Please take it with you!  Here is an overview:

The ideal spiritual guide for your children, perfectly adapted to their lives:

magnifikid
  • to accompany them on the path of daily prayer;
  • to help them develop and nourish their spiritual lives;
  • to hand on to them our rich Christian spiritual values;
  • to encourage them to participate fully in the life of the Church.

Every week, MagnifiKid offers:

  • All the readings and the prayers of the Sunday Mass with explanations of the difficult words and the meaning of the rituals;
  • suggested prayer for Morning and Evening;
  • Many suggestions on how to live the entire week with the Lord;
  • Various games, a comic, and activities to help children learn about Christian life and culture;
  • A page intended for the parents with suggestions for family prayers.

This week we learned:

  • to find the main idea in Time for Kids and Explorer Magazine.
  • about the sacrament of Baptism.
  • to draw a sketch to help us begin to write.
  • started using our Writing Folders to collect our sketches and stories we wrote.
  • how to create a 3 digit # with stick bundles of 1s, 10s and 100s.
  • participated in our first all-school mass
  • finished out first read aloud chapter book, My Father’s Dragon.

xtramath.org – Keep up the great practice of 10 or more session/month.  It works best if you practice daily – it’s like your child’s math vitamin.

Coming soon:

Next Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Vision and Hearing Screening

Thursday, Oct. 18th – Jog-a-thon prize day

Friday, Oct. 19th – FREE DRESS and popcorn/movie party for our class.  We ran the most primary laps at the jog-a-thon!

Monday, Oct. 22nd – No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd – School Portrait Day and Greenwood library visit

God bless you,

Mrs. Oines

Newsletter for October 5

Hello 2nd Grade Families,

The 2nd graders completed the 3 days of MAP testing! Hooray! They put forth great effort and persistence. I am very proud of them! You will get the results of their test soon.  We will review the MAP scores and discuss your child’s strengths and areas of growth at the upcoming conferences. A signup genius will be sent to you.  The conference schedule is different this year because of the school’s construction.  Conferences will be on October 29 and November 5.  An email will be sent to you from the school to sign up.

You’re an angel! Thank you for the food donation to our Saint Vincent de Paul food bank.  You are welcome to send food anytime.  They are in need of donation all year.

Our Learning:

 Social Studies: We’re learning how to read different maps in our atlas book books.  Where in the world is FLAT STANLEY? I hope Stanley and Flat-self are off on their adventure!

***When Flat Stanley returns to you, please email me. I will send you the two presentation pages for your child to complete.  After that, your child will present where Stanley went to the class and they will mark where Stanley went on our class maps.  I will keep all project materials until the end of the school year.  We will display all class’ Flat Stanley projects at our Open House in June.

Math: We continued to work on math fact strategies like fact families, doubles and make a ten.  We have learned many games to practice adding the subtracting skills.  Next week we will begin place value unit by counting and grouping popsicle sticks, learning the 4 # forms (standard form: 427, word form: four hundred twenty-seven, expanded form: 400+20+7 = 427 and picture form).

Writing: We are a classroom writing community.  This year we will write about things we are interested in, talk about and share our writing, learn what real authors do and help each other become better writers.  We are beginning our classroom writing community unit by drawing a picture and then writing about. We also spend time each Monday writing about our weekend.

Religion: We learned how to pray the Rosary and got our own rosaries from the parish.   Virtue of the Month: studiousness & Saint of the Month: St. Albert the Great.

Reading: Parts of a story and My Father’s Dragon read aloud book.

Dates:

School Mass and Dress Uniform: October 10th, 9am

Vision and Hearing Screening: October 17th

Jog-a-thon Celebration: Oct. 19th, Free Dress and popcorn/movie party for Mrs Oines’ class :).  We ran the most laps in the primary department.  Great running 2nd graders!

School Pictures: October 23rd

Greenwood Library Field Trip: October 23rd, 12:50

Greenwood library books due October 23rd.  I am returning all the books.

Thank you for all you do to help our school!  You are appreciated!

Blessings,

Mrs. Oines

 

 

Newsletter for September 28

Hello Parents,

It’s been a wonderful week! It was great to see many of you at the prayer service last Monday.  This week we started reading groups, made a compass rose and learned about maps, prayed in the chapel for Adoration, enjoyed an orca art project with Mrs. Declous and made a class book about the Zones of Regulation.  Many kids have completed 10 sessions of xtramath!  We ended the week with an all-school disaster drill, including an earthquake drill.  I’m enjoying your children so much!

Donate food for our St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank –

Please be an angel!  Bring non-perishable food on October 2nd, Guardian Angel Day, for our Saint Vincent de Paul food bank.  Needed items: peanut butter, pasta, cereal, granola bars

Homework:  Spelling lists will go home with the homework next Monday and students will have a test on Fridays.  Xtramath practice is required 10 times per month or more.  These can be completed on a home computer, phone or tablet.  Apps are about $5.  Xtramath is your child’s “math vitamin.”  Daily practice is best!

Religion:

  • Lessons: We are God’s children and created in God’s images.
  • Memorizing Act of Contrition
  • Adoration on Thursday

Reading:

  • Practicing choosing a good-fit book
  • Began reading groups
  • Phonics workbook practice

Math:

  • Continue reviewing math fact strategies and vocabulary
    • Counting on (8 + 3 is 8, 9, 10, 11)
    • Counting back (12 – 3 is 12, 11, 10, 9)
    • Make a ten (7 + 5 is 5 + 5 = 10, 10 + 2 = 12)
    • Doubles and Near Doubles (8 + 9 is 8 + 8 = 16, 16 + 1 = 17)
  • Math games: Guess my Number, Addition Bump and NEW Sum-mania.

Social Studies– Flat Stanley and map skills. We are learning about the parts of a map and made a compass rose.

Read Aloud Book: My Father’s Dragon

Still need Volunteers for Art:  A signup genius has been sent for parent led art.  Lesson leaders and helpers are needed once a month.  The leader chooses an interesting art project to lead.  It can be connected to what we are learning in class or a specific artist. You choose! I bet you have a great idea, so please consider sharing your art experience with the 2nd Graders!  SIGN UP SOON!!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aea92ca0fd0-parentled

 Dates:

MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress): October 2 – 4, 12-1pm.

2nd Graders will take the math, reading and language skills test.  Each test is taken on the ipad and takes 30-60 minutes each.

October 2nd: Bring Food Bank donations for Guardian Angel Day

Book orders due by October 1st.  Thank you to Tricia for organizing the book orders!

God bless you!

Mrs. Oines

 

 

 

Newsletter for Sept. 21

I’m proud of the 2nd Graders for completing about 2 weeks of school!  We are well on our way to a great 2nd grade year.  Your children ran hard at the Jog-a-thon!  We had so much fun!  Thank you for supporting our school!

Your child now knows how to…

  • Choose good-fit books and return them
  • Write their heading on their paper
  • What to do when they are finished
  • Follow the class rules
  • Ask for help in a kind way
  • Organize their materials
  • And many more routines

First Library Visit: Tuesday, September 25 at 12:50 -1:50.  You can keep student library cards at home, hooked on a backpack ring or I can keep them in my library card box.  If you completed a library card application your child will get them on our first visit day.

Homework: Homework begins next week.  Starting October 1st spelling lists will go home with the homework on Mondays and students will have a test on Fridays.  Xtramath practice is required 10 times per month or more.  These can be completed at home and at school.  Xtramath is your child’s “math vitamin.”  Daily practice is best!

Religion: We did our first lesson in the NEW BOOK.  Ask your child what the trinity means.  We are learning and practicing different forms of prayer including: morning, lunch and afternoon prayer and the Act of Contrition (I’m Sorry Prayer).  We are learning and practicing social skills including listening, focusing attention, showing respect, making good decisions and helping others.

Reading:

  • Practicing choosing a good-fit book
  • Read to Self is choice reading time.  We do this every day.
  • Phonics – our workbook has both a word study and reading comprehension components.
  • Practice using reading strategies- check for understanding, retell a story, back up and reread and make predictions

Math:

  • Review math fact strategies and vocabulary
    • Counting on (8 + 3 is 8, 9, 10, 11)
    • Counting back (12 – 3 is 12, 11, 10, 9)
    • Make a ten (7 + 5 is 5 + 5 = 10, 10 + 2 = 12)
    • Doubles and Near Doubles (8 + 9 is 8 + 8 = 16, 16 + 1 = 17)
    • Sum and Addend
    • Difference
  • Math games: Guess my Number and Addition Bump.

Social Studies– Flat Stanley and map skills. We are learning about the parts of a map

Read Aloud Book: My Father’s Dragon

Volunteers Needed for Art:  A signup genius has been sent for parent led art.  Lesson leaders and helpers are needed once a month.  The leader chooses an interesting art project to lead.  It can be connected to what we are learning in class or a specific artist. You choose! I bet you have a great idea, so please consider sharing your art experience with the 2nd Graders!  SIGN UP SOON!!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aea92ca0fd0-parentled

 Dates:

First Reconciliation and First Communion: Opening Meeting Prayer Service for Parents and Children, September 24, at 7pm, in the church.

MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress): October 2 – 4, 12-1pm.

2nd Graders will take the math, reading and language skills test.  Each test is taken on the ipad and takes 30-60 minutes each.

Book orders due by October 1st.  Thank you to Tricia for organizing the book orders!

Blessings,

Mrs. Oines