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The Last Week of Lent

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Welcome to Holy Week Second Grade Families,
Due to it being a short week, the students will be stepping outside of their regular reading lessons.  Instead, the students will be focusing on religious based lessons and writing their research reports in class.  Please know that the students will be dismissed at noon on Thursday and there is no school on Good Friday.  May you and your families have a blessed Holy Week and a beautiful Easter celebration.  May you also enjoy some much needed downtime during your Spring Break.
Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place in the second grade classroom and right here at ACS.

ELA (Strong Communicators)
The students will be writing their research reports on a person who contributed scientifically to our world.  This is a cross-curricular activity, as it combines the history of an important scientific figure and writing.

Math (Resourceful Learners)
The students have begun a new unit which focuses on geometry and fractions.  Our cla…

Hello April!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Happy April!  Your children worked so diligently during our ITBS testing last week.  I am very proud of how focused they were during the course of our testing time.  Luckily, we only have two more sections of the ITBS test left, and so, all of the second graders will have completed our required standardized testing by the end of the day on Tuesday, unless they were absent last week.  All of the children who missed any day of school last week, will have their testing finished by the end of this week.  Thank you all for your support and efforts in regards to our testing.  Please know that due to testing, we will not have our regular homework assignments,  Instead, every second grader should be reading their biography on an individual who made a scientific contribution that made a difference in our world.  The students should also be filling out their "Biography Facts" handout that was sent home last Monday.  The Biography Facts sheet is due on April…

It's ITBS Time!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
This week, your children will begin taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  Our mornings for the next few weeks, will be spent completing sections of the Iowa tests to measure our strengths and our areas for growth.  Please read the information found below to ensure that your child is ready each day for testing.
Get a good night's rest!  Second graders typically need 10 hours of sleep each night.Eat a healthy and filling breakfast!  Healthy foods provide children with brain power and are a good source of energy.  Sugary cereals and drinks create hyperactivity and a lack of focus power in children.Pack filling and nutritious snacks for our daily morning breaks.  The testing will require the children to completely focus throughout the morning.The second graders will be testing every day at around 8:30 am.  Please be on time! Also know, that the second graders will not have their typical homework for the next few weeks.  Instead, your child is going to be …

Hello Spring!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Welcome to the season of Spring!  The season when plants grow, flowers bloom, and the weather is just perfect for outdoor activities.  It's also the season when we all look forward to Spring Break and the celebration of Easter!  Easter is late this year, and so, I'm going to need your help in assisting the students with staying focused in our classroom learning activities.  I will be giving my best effort in creating some new and exciting hands on activities to keep the kids engaged in the second grade, as we navigate through the next four weeks together.  Thank you for your partnership and here's to a beautiful Spring season.  Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place this week in the second grade and right here at ACS.

ELA (Strong Communicators)
The second grade students will be stepping outside of their Journey's lessons this week in order to prepare for our upcoming ITBS testing that begins next week on April 2nd.  …

Irish Blessings!

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May the luck of the Irish be with all of our second grade families!
Blessings to you and your family and hopes that your families all had a wonderful four day weekend and a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.  This week, your students will resume their English Language Arts schedule.  A reading log will also be sent home this week, however, your child will only need to read and log it for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.  All of the reading logs will be due on Friday, March 22nd.  Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place inside the second grade classroom and right here at ACS.


ELA (Strong Communicators) Spelling ~Suffixes Grammar ~ Irregular Verbs Writing ~ Informative Writing Target Skills ~ Conclusions, Sequence of Events, Summarize

Math (Resourceful Learners)
The students will continue their learning in Unit 7.  This unit focuses on money and time concepts. In class, the second graders will continue their math "sprints" to assist them in the skill …

Welcome to the Season of Lent

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Welcome to our Lenten season.  This is the time when we as Catholics focus on praying, fasting, & serving those in need.  Your children will begin this week by experiencing a Second Grade Lenten Retreat at St. Rose.  It's going to be a meaningful way to pray the Stations of the Cross in our Catholic tradition.  Thank you to all of our parent chaperones for assisting the second graders on their retreat.  Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place during this short 4 day week.

ELA(Strong Communicators)
Due to it being a short week, the students will be reviewing past content that focuses on 
fluencycomprehensionwritingThe students will be creating a formal writing piece this week that requires them to utilize the writing process (brainstorm, rough draft, edit, revise, and create their final copy).
There will be no Spelling test this week!

Math (Resourceful Learners)
The students will begin unit 7 in their Go Math series.  This unit wi…

Ash Wednesday

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Hello Second Grade Families,
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and it will begin the holy season of Lent in our Catholic faith.  This week, your children will be experiencing a variety of religious based activities.  On Monday, the second graders will be leading our school wide Rosary.  On Wednesday and on Friday, all of the students will be attending Mass.  In class, the students will have an Ash Wednesday themed lesson and we will also be learning that Jesus forgives through the Jesus Our Life religion series.  It is going to be a faith filled week, so here's to celebrating the gift of our Catholic traditions.
Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place this week in the second grade and right here at ACS:

ELA (Strong Communicators) Spelling ~ Homophones Grammar ~ Using adjectives Writing ~ Informative Writing Target Skills ~ Understanding Characters, Figurative Language, Question
Math (Resourceful Learners) The students will continue to work in unit 6.  Unit 6 focu…