*Please scroll down if you need to revisit any topics or homework assignments from the last few weeks…*

 

*Online Resources*

  • ThinkCentral: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do
    • District: Archdiocese of Phil Ed Office
    • School: St Helena School – Blue Bell
  • IXL: https://www.ixl.com/signin/sainthelena

 

Homework – Week of March 30, 2020

Our Focus Wall:

ELA: Life Science – Life Cycles

  • Comprehension Skills: Text and Graphic Features; Cause and Effect; Monitor/Clarify
  • Phonics: Words with au, aw, al, o, a
  • Grammar: More Irregular Action Verbs
  • Writing: Informative Writing – Research Report
  • Strategies: Using Context

Math: Chapter 8 – Length in Customary Units

  • Lesson 6: Measure in Inches and Feet
  • Lesson 7: Estimate Lengths in Feet
  • Lesson 8: Choose a Tool
  • Lesson 9: Display Measurement Data

Religion: First Holy Communion

  • Chapter 5: We Receive the Body and Blood of Christ
    • It is during the Communion Rite of the Liturgy of the Eucharist that we prepare for and then receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.
      • The Lord’s Prayer (The Our Father) – We join ourselves with the whole Church.
      • Sign of Peace – The priest reminds us of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
        • We pray that Christ’s peace may be with us always and share a sign of peace with people near us to show we are united in Jesus Christ and to one another.
      • Breaking of Bread (the Host, the Body of Christ)– Asking Jesus for forgiveness and peace, to save us from sin.
        • Prayer: “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.”
      • Receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion
        • Priest says: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”
        • We pray: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
        • We go forward (the Communion Procession) with love and respect to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. As each person approaches, the priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister raises the Host. The person bows his or her head. The priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister says, “The Body of Christ.” The person responds “Amen” and receives the Host.
        • If the person is receiving from the chalice, the priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister raises the chalice. The person bows his or her head. The priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister says, “The Blood of Christ.” The person responds “Amen” and drinks from the cup.
        • The gathered assembly sings a song of thanksgiving during this time.
      • Quiet Prayer of Thanks (for the gift of himself in Holy Communion) – We remember that Jesus is present within us.

Every Night: Practice your spelling list and vocab words. Remember to complete your Reading Log. Log in to IXL at home!

Spelling List – Words with aw, al, o:

  1. tall
  2. saw
  3. dog
  4. draw
  5. call
  6. fall
  7. soft
  8. paw
  9. ball
  10. yawn
  11. log
  12. small
  13. awful
  14. wallpaper

Vocab Words – “From Seed to Plant:”

  1. grain
  2. pod
  3. soak
  4. soften
  5. root
  6. shoot
  7. nutrition
  8. tasty

 

Monday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 142 and 143
  • Math: Lesson 8.6 Workbook pages 191-192
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Tuesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 144 and 146
  • Math: Lesson 8.7 Workbook pages 193-194
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Wednesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 151 and 153
  • Math: Lesson 8.8 Workbook pages 195-196
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Thursday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 152 and 154
  • Math: Lesson 8.9 Workbook pages 197-198
  • Spelling: Study words

Friday:

 

Looking Ahead:

  • April 9-13: No School – Happy Easter!
  • April 14: Classes Resume; Summer Uniform Begins

 

Allergy Notice: Please note that we have students with allergies in our classroom (including peanut). Please be mindful of this when preparing snack, lunch, or birthday treats for your child. Thank you!

 

Homework – Week of March 23, 2020

Our Focus Wall:

ELA: Cultures – Traditional Stories

  • Comprehension Skills: Cause and Effect; Point of View
  • Phonics: Prefixes re-, un-, over-, pre-, mis-; Silent Consonants
  • Grammar: Irregular Action Verbs
  • Writing: Informative Writing – Research Report
  • Strategies: Antonyms

Math: Chapter 8 – Length in Customary Units

  • Lesson 1: Measure with Inch Models
  • Lesson 2: Make and Use a Ruler
  • Lesson 3: Estimate Lengths in Inches
  • Lesson 4: Measure with an Inch Ruler
  • Lesson 5: Add and Subtract in Inches

Religion: First Holy Communion

  • Chapter 4: We Celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist
    • The Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist. Eucharist means “to give thanks.”
    • At the Last Supper Jesus gave us the gift of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. “Do this in memory of me.”
    • The Eucharist is offered to make up for the sins of the living and the dead. Through it we receive spiritual and physical help from God.
    • The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the part of the Mass in which the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We remember that Mass is a sacrifice, an offering of a gift to God.
      • 1. Preparation of the Gifts: The priest prepares the altar. Members of the assembly bring forward the gifts of bread and wine. We remember the gifts God has given us and get ready to offer (“to give” or “to present”) these gifts and ourselves back to God.
      • 2. Prayer over the Offerings: The priest or deacon brings the gifts to the altar and prepares them with special prayers. We respond “Blessed be God for ever.”
      • 3. Eucharistic Prayer: The great prayer of praise and thanksgiving – the most important prayer of the Church. It joins the members of the Church to Christ and to one another. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the priest says and does what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper – this part of the prayer is called the Consecration.
        • By the power of the Holy Spirit and through the words and actions of the priest, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus Christ is really present in the Eucharist. We call this the Real Presence.
        • We pray and proclaim our faith. We end with “Amen,” saying “Yes, I believe.”
        • Only a priest ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders can preside at the Eucharist and consecrate the bread and wine. He uses a special plate called a paten and a cup called a chalice.
      • 4. Communion Rite

Every Night: Practice your spelling list and vocab words. Remember to complete your Reading Log. Log in to IXL at home!

Spelling List – Prefixes re-, un-:

  1. unhappy
  2. retell
  3. untangle
  4. unkind
  5. repaint
  6. refill
  7. unlike
  8. remake
  9. unpack
  10. reread
  11. unlock
  12. replay
  13. rewrite
  14. overheard

Vocab Words – Half-Chicken:

  1. tumbling
  2. flung
  3. tangled
  4. empty
  5. swift
  6. peacefully
  7. stream
  8. blazed

 

Monday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 127 and 128
  • Math: Lesson 8.1 Workbook pages 183-184
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Tuesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 129 and 138
  • Math: Lesson 8.2 Workbook pages 185-186
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Wednesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 131 and 136
  • Math: Lesson 8.3 Workbook pages 187-88
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Thursday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 133 and 139
  • Math: Lesson 8.4 Workbook pages 189-190
  • Spelling: Study words

Friday:

  • Parent Social Rescheduled

 

Homework – Week of March 16, 2020

Our Focus Wall:

ELA: The Arts – Visual Arts

  • Comprehension Skills: Conclusions; Sequence of Events
  • Phonics: Suffixes -y, -ly, -ful; Final Syllables -tion, -ture
  • Grammar: Irregular Verbs
  • Writing: Informative Writing – Informational Paragraph
  • Strategies: Compound Words

Math: Chapter 7 – Money and Time

  • Lesson 10: Practice Telling Time
  • Lesson 11: A.M. and P.M.

Religion: First Holy Communion

  • Chapter 3: We Celebrate the Liturgy of the Word
    • The Bible is the book of God’s word. It has two parts:
      • 1. Old Testament: We learn about God’s people who lived before Jesus’ time on earth.
      • 2. New Testament: We learn about Jesus and his disciples and about the beginning of the Church.
    • Every Sunday at Mass we listen to three readings from the Bible. We listen to God speaking to us through his word. The first two readings are read from a book called the Lectionary. The third reading is read from a book called the Book of Gospels.
    • The Liturgy of the Word is the part of the Mass in which we listen to God’s word being proclaimed. To proclaim means “to announce God’s word.” We praise and thank God.
      • 1. First Reading – read by a reader (from the Old Testament – we sit and learn about the wonderful things God did for his people before Jesus was born and his never-ending love.)
        • After, we pray, “Thanks be to God.”
      • 2. Responsorial Psalm (psalm – a song of praise from the Bible, sung by the cantor. We sing or say a response.)
      • 3. Second Reading – read by a reader (from the New Testament – we sit and listen to the teachings of the Apostles and learn about the beginning of the Church.)
        • After, we pray, “Thanks be to God.”
      • 4. Alleluia (or other words of praise)
      • 5. Gospel – read by a priest or deacon (from one of the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) – we stand and listen to the gospel, which means “good news.”)
        • After, we pray, “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”
      • 6. Homily (when the priest or deacon talks to us about the readings – when we listen carefully, we learn more about God and ways we can share God’s love with others.)
      • 7. Creed (we announce what we believe as Catholics – we believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Church and in God’s forgiveness of sins.)
      • 8. Prayer of the Faithful (we pray for the needs of all God’s people – after each prayer, we ask God to hear our prayer.)

Every Night: Practice your spelling list and vocab words. Remember to complete your Reading Log. Log in to IXL at home!

Spelling List – Suffixes -ly and -ful:

  1. helpful
  2. sadly
  3. hopeful
  4. thankful
  5. slowly
  6. wishful
  7. kindly
  8. useful
  9. safely
  10. painful
  11. mouthful
  12. weakly
  13. quickly
  14. wonderful

Vocab Words – The Goat in the Rug:

  1. yarn
  2. strands
  3. spinning
  4. dye
  5. weave
  6. sharpening
  7. duplicated
  8. delicious

 

Monday:

  • Third Trimester Begins
  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 113 and 121
  • Math: Lesson 7.10 Workbook pages 175-176
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Tuesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 116 and 118
  • Math: Lesson 7.11 Workbook pages 177-178
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Wednesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 123 and 125
  • Math: Chapter 7 Review Workbook pages 179-180
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Thursday:

  • Confirmation
  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 122 and 124
  • Math: Finish Chapter 7 Review Packet
  • Spelling: Study words

Friday:

  • Report Cards

 

Homework – Week of March 9, 2020

Our Focus Wall:

ELA: Recreation and Travel – Following Directions

  • Comprehension Skills: Understanding Characters; Figurative Language
  • Phonics: Homophones; Base Words and Endings -er, -est
  • Grammar: Using Adjectives
  • Writing: Informative Writing – Compare-and-Contrast Paragraph
  • Strategies: Idioms

Math: Chapter 7 – Money and Time

  • Lesson 6: Amounts Greater Than $1
  • Lesson 7: Problem Solving – Money
  • Lesson 8: Time to the Hour and Half Hour
  • Lesson 9: Time to 5 Minutes

Religion: First Holy Communion

  • Chapter 2: We Gather and Give Thanks
    • We gather with our parish community to celebrate God’s love and worship Him. To worship God means “to praise and thank” Him.
    • It was on a Sunday that Jesus Christ rose to new life, so Sunday is a special day for the Church. We rest and worship God on this, the Lord’s Day.
    • The celebration of the Eucharist is called the Mass.
    • The community of people who join together for the celebration of the Mass is called the gathered assembly. A priest leads the gathered assembly in this celebration. He is called the celebrant. He is often assisted by a deacon. They wear special clothing called vestments. A man becomes a priest through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. They act in the Person of Christ in celebrating the Mass and the other sacraments.
    • Throughout the Mass we show God our love by singing, praying, and listening to God’s word.
    • The celebration of Mass begins with the Introductory Rites – prayers and actions at the beginning of the Mass that help us remember that we are a worshiping community. They prepare us to listen to God’s word and to celebrate the Eucharist.

Every Night: Practice your spelling list and vocab words. (We will take a test on Friday.) Remember to complete your Reading Log (due Friday). Log in to IXL at home!

Spelling List – Homophones:

  1. meet
  2. meat
  3. week
  4. weak
  5. mane
  6. main
  7. tail
  8. tale
  9. be
  10. bee
  11. too
  12. two
  13. threw
  14. through

Vocab Words – Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend:

  1. knot
  2. copy
  3. planning
  4. lonely
  5. heavily
  6. seriously
  7. answered
  8. guessed

 

Monday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 101 and 106
  • Math: Lesson 7.6 Workbook pages 167-168
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Tuesday:

  • Grades K, 1, and 2 Liturgy 9:00AM
  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 99 and 107
  • Math: Lesson 7.7 Workbook pages 169-170
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Wednesday:

  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 97 and 108
  • Math: Lesson 7.8 Workbook pages 171-172
  • Spelling: Choose one Tic-Tac-Toe Activity

Thursday:

  • Stations of the Cross 11:30AM
  • ELA: Reader’s Notebook pages 103 and 109
  • Math: Lesson 7.9 Workbook pages 173-174
  • Spelling: Study words

Friday:

 

 

Welcome Back!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Second Grade! I hope you have enjoyed a terrific summer and are as excited as I am for the year ahead of us! Thank you for all you have done to ensure that your child is ready and prepared.

I am Miss Montgomery and I am thrilled to be your partner this year as we guide your child through the many new and exciting experiences ahead. Second grade is a busy year, bringing with it many new milestones. Together, we will work hard, try our best, grow in our Catholic faith, build new friendships, and learn a lot! My hope is that our classroom will be a happy place where we can create many magical memories together!

Hopefully, this letter will answer some questions you may have about this school year and help make it a smooth transition for you and your child. You will be able to find this information on the 2AM page on the school website, as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can email me at amontgomery@sainthelenaschool.org.

 

Stationery Fee for Supplies from School

Your child will receive the following items at school, which must be purchased through the school. Please send in the amount below by Monday, September 16. Please mark the envelope Stationery Fee 2AM with your child’s name. This can be paid by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to St. Helena School.

4 copybooks @ $1.85 each                          $7.40

1 assignment book @ $3.50 each                $3.50

3 plastic folders @ $2.00 each                      $6.00

1 pair of scissors @ $2.00 each                     $2.00

Scholastic and Science Spin                        $6.75

Total Supply Fee————————————-$25.65

Art Fee

Please send in a fee of $20 in an envelope labeled Art Fee with your child’s name on it. This will be used for art projects in the classroom using special art supplies.

Seat Sack

If you have a seat sack from a previous year, please send it to school.

Other Supplies your child needs to bring from home:

Please bring your school bag and pencil case with two sharpened pencils and an eraser on Friday. All other supplies listed below need to be sent to school on Monday, September 9.

*Please remember to label all materials with your child’s name.

  • 1 bottle of white glue
  • 4 large glue sticks
  • Standard 8 pack of markers
  • Box of #2 sharpened pencils
  • 2 handheld pink erasers
  • 1 zippered pencil case to fit in desk
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 container of cleaning wipes
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 art smock or old t-shirt
  • 1 plastic art box (no larger than a shoe box)
  • Clear contact paper to cover workbooks
  • 1 box gallon sized Ziplock bags

Also:

  • 1-2 activity books for use during rainy day recess
  • 1 or 2 picture/chapter books – Your child needs to always have an extra book in his/her desk every day. There will be a silent reading period during the school day.

Books

Please cover workbooks and assignment books with clear contact paper. Please cover hardcover books with brown paper or “book sox.” Please label each book with your child’s name and the subject on the front outside cover.

Homework

Children will now copy homework in their assignment book daily. This is a new responsibility and can be a challenge. Please sign the assignment book each night. Your signature tells me that the homework has been checked for accuracy and completion. In the beginning, it is helpful to cross-check our website each night. I realize that school nights are hectic. If you establish a homework routine and your child is responsible for packing and unpacking his or her school bag, this will enable you to have the time you need to check and sign everything. Homework is a review of that day’s school work and, ideally, should take about 30 minutes. If your child is having difficulty with that night’s assignment, please write a note in the assignment book for me. Any loose homework papers will be sent home in the H folder. Other completed school work will also be sent home in this folder and can be removed and kept at home. Any tests, quizzes, and other important school communication will be sent home in the T folder for your review, signature, and return to school.

Absence

If your child will be absent, please remember to call the office. Upon your child’s return to school, please send in a note with the date and reason of the absence. Your child will bring home any missed work to be completed. Typically, your child will be given the amount of days absent to complete the assignments (e.g., your child is out for two days, they have two days from the time they receive the assignment to return it to me completed). I know extenuating circumstances sometimes occur, and this can be discussed when/if needed.

Birthdays

Birthday celebrations involving simple treats are always welcome! All treats need to be ready to serve individually and napkins are very helpful! There are 21 students in our class. Please remember that birthday invitations and thank you notes are not to be distributed in school unless they are for the entire class.

Names, Names, Names

Children often have identical lunch boxes, jackets, and school bags. As you might imagine, gym sweatshirts and other uniform items tend to look the same once they are taken off and need to be clearly labeled with your child’s name.

Snacks

The children have Morning Recess at 10:30AM. Soft pretzels may be purchased for $0.50 each, or they may bring their own snack.

Lunch

When your child is ordering lunch, please use an envelope or reusable Ziploc bag.

  1. Write your child’s name…
  2. What they are ordering (hot lunch – this should be separate from any money for a drink or extra snack from the counter)…
  3. The amount enclosed on the front of the envelope.

Dismissal

Be sure to inform me how your child will be going home each day so I can ensure he or she gets to where they need to be. Please email me your child’s primary source of transportation by Monday, September 9. If your child will be taking an alternative form of transportation home at any time, please remember to send in a note or call the office (no later than 2:15PM).

Please Save These Important Second Grade Dates

  • First Day of School for Grades 1-4: Wednesday, September 4
  • Grades 1-8 Report: Friday, September 6
  • Back to School Night: Monday, September 23
  • Reconciliation Parent Meeting: Thursday, November 14
  • First Reconciliation: Monday, December 9
  • First Holy Communion Parent Meeting: Thursday, April 2
  • Practice for Parents and Children for First Holy Communion: Thursday, April 30
  • First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 2
  • May Procession: Monday, May 4
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 11

 

I realize that this is a busy time of year for all of us and I am grateful for everything you have done to get your child ready for this new beginning! Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation this year. Again, please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns. I look forward to getting to know all of you and having a wonderful school year!

 

Sincerely,

Miss Allison Montgomery