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Winter Learning in Grade 2!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Welcome to the second week of being back in school.  Your kids are off to a great start and we completed every single scheduled learning activity last week!  Yippee!  Class Dojo was a huge hit and the second graders are actively engaged in recognizing their daily learning choices.  Also, the consensus for the class is that the "less is more" approach to homework is meeting the needs of your children.  Thank you for all of your feedback and I was so happy to hear of all the meaningful activities that your children were able to do because of minimizing the homework in the second grade.  With that being said, your children's homework expectation will be to read nightly for at least 15 minutes and to complete their reading log.  The students will also need to study their weekly spelling words for Friday's test.  Reading logs will always be due on Friday's.  Please continue reading to discover all the learning that lies ahead in the second …

Happy New Year!

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Welcome Back Second Grade Families!
Happy New Year and welcome to the chilly month of January!  I hope that you and your loved ones had a blessed Christmas and a wonderfully relaxing Christmas Break.  To allow your children time to acclimate to being back in school, we will not be having any homework for this week.  Next week, we will get back to our full learning schedule which will include reading nightly, logging the reading, and preparing for a spelling test.  However, our week will be full of many engaging learning activities and we will be focusing extra attention to behavior expectations for the second half of our school year and this is where the students will be introduced to "Class Dojo."  Every child will be coming home with a Class Dojo parent letter on Tuesday that will allow you to log into this highly engaging behavioral website for kids.  Thank you for all of your support and efforts as we plunge into this second half of the school year together.  Please conti…

Advent ~ Week 3 ~ The Gift of Joy!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Welcome to the third week of advent where we celebrate the gift of joy!  This week will certainly a joyous one as it will be filled with many Christmas themed activities and events.  Our week will not consist of our typical learning lessons, but your children will be immersed in many wonderful activities that will prepare their spirits for Christmas!  May you all have a joyous week!  Please continue reading to discover all that will be taking place this week.

Here is what will be taking place for our class Christmas celebration.  All of the second graders will be having a party where they visit five different stations.  
( Strong Communicators, Thoughtful Citizens, Active Christians, and Resourceful Learners)

The stations that the children will be experiencing are:

Station #1 ~  A Craft station (the kids will be creating light up snowmen.)  All of the materials have been purchased. Station #2 ~ Writing station (The students will be writing letters to Santa Claus…

Advent ~ Week 2, The Gift of Peace!

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Hello Second Grade Families,
Welcome to the second week of Advent.  The week when the "peace" candle is lit on our advent wreaths.  To embrace this season of Advent,  your children will be having a Christmas celebration on December 20th that represents the 4 candles on the advent wreath.  The students will be bringing hope, peace, joy & love to children who are in need with two activities that are in service of others.   Here is what will be taking place for our class Christmas celebration.  All of the second graders will be having a party where they visit five different stations.  

The stations that the children will be experiencing are:


Station #1 ~  A Craft station (the kids will be creating light up snowmen.)  All of the materials have been purchased. Station #2 ~ Writing station (The students will be writing letters to Santa Clause, or St. Nicholas, to thank him for his generosity.)  The letters will be delivered to Macy's where they contribute money for every lette…

Advent ~ Week 1, The Gift of Hope!

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Welcome to December Second Grade Families,
This Sunday Advent began.  This week, the candle of "Hope" is to be lighted.  Your children will be lighting up our battery operated "Hope" candle in class every day this week.  Please also know that inside the second grade classroom, your children will begin a class "Jesse Tree"to help them prepare their hearts for the birth of Christ.   Below, I have attached the meaning and purpose of a Jesse Tree that was written by Tara Ziegmont.    The daily readings that will be utilized in class are from 
Ms. Ziegmont's blog.  A Jesse Tree is such a wonderful way for the second graders to begin each school day during the season of Advent.  

What is a Jesse Tree?
The Jesse tree is the family tree of Jesus. It goes back to the very beginning, to Creation, it traces His family through the Old Testament, and it ends when He is born on Christmas day.
A Jesse tree is a little like an advent calendar, except that it emphasizes th…

Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back Second Grade Families!
I hope that you and your family had a beautiful Thanksgiving!  Isn't it a gift to celebrate all of the blessings God has so graciously given to us?  Being that there is only one more week of November, let's savor all that Autumn brings before we embrace the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  This week is going to be quite hectic due to it being the week that ACS is accredited.  Please continue reading this newsletter to discover all that will be taking place both inside our second grade classroom and right here at ACS.


Homework ~  Beginning this week, I would like to change how the second graders have been doing their nightly homework.  In the past few weeks, I have been gaining knowledge and insight into the overall effects of homework on primary students.  Research is indicating that the only homework that effectively allows students to academically grow is in the area of reading.  With this being said, let's have a trial period…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving Second Grade Families!
Here's to the day where we celebrate all of our blessings!  May this Thanksgiving bless you with good food, good cheer, and surrounded by all those that you hold the most dear.  This week is a short week for all ACS students.  Monday and Tuesday will both be regular dismissal days.  However, all of the students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday.  Due to it being a short week, your children will not have any homework, or any Spelling tests!  Instead, your children will be completing ELA lessons from last week's reading story, "Click, Clack, Moo;  Cows That Type."  Please continue reading this newsletter to discover all that will be taking place for the next three days of school.


Second Grade Specials:
Monday ~ Spanish and Art
Tuesday ~ PE and Spanish
Wednesday ~ Music
Thursday ~ PE
Friday ~ Library



ELA
The students will be learning:

Different types of sentences (statements, commands, questions)Compound sentencesSocial Studies
The st…