Weekly Newsletter, November 4, 2019

Dear 2A Families,

We had an eventful week, filled with much excitement and celebrating!  Thank you for your donations to ensure our Halloween party was a hit.  Special thanks to Mrs. Cuellar (Benjamin’s mom), Mrs. Keeney (Brandon’s mom), and Mrs. Akashio (Matthew’s mom) for helping us during our party.  I loved seeing the many saints today as well!  We had some great costumes and I applaud all of your efforts for helping your kiddos know more about the saints.  We enjoyed celebrating this feast day at Mass today.

Here is a learning update:

In reading, the students learned an important strategy for reading fluency, Read with Expression.  We read Zoom Broom together to practice this skill.  In small groups, we are reading books to practice phrasing and expression.  In language arts and writing, we started a writing project about the season of Autumn.  We will continue this next week.  In spelling, we learned about other consonant digraphs: /ck/-jack, /wh/-wheel, and /ch/-chair.  Next week, we will learn the FLOSS rule to help us understand how to double the consonant at the end of a word.  In math, we continued our learning of place value.  Next week, we will practice this concept by expanding it into Hundreds, Tens, and Ones.  Students are using place value blocks and mats to build the numbers and understand values.  These are important foundational skills as we prepare for adding and subtracting two- and three-digit numbers in the next few months.  In science, we learned about magnetic attraction and completed a study guide.  The students will take a test on Tuesday (11/5).  The study guide was sent home with your child either Wednesday or Thursday this past week.  In religion, we learned about our loving and forgiving Father in Heaven, discussed many saints, and created a paper skull mask for Dia de los Muertos.  We learned about passing from this life to the next, and that our prayers help those who have died.

Reminders and Announcements:

Student-led conferences are just around the corner!  The school will send out a Sign-Up link in the next couple of weeks for you to choose a slot that works best with your schedule.  The conferences are student-led, so please sign up for a time that allows you to bring your student to our conference.  We will be preparing for our conferences over the next several weeks.  I will send out a pre-conference survey for you to fill out next Friday.

Progress Reports:  Mid-Trimester report cards will be sent home next Friday, 11/8.

Fall Report is due Friday, November 15th.  Encourage your child to do a little bit each day.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  Thank you for supporting your child through this exciting project.

Review the uniform policy here:  http://stmarym.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Parent-Student-Handbook-2019-2020-1.pdf

Please pack a weather-appropriate jacket and a reusable water bottle each day for school.

Upcoming events:

Friday, 11/8-Veterans Day Assembly at 2:00 pm in the parish hall.  Please join us as we honor special veterans from our community and families.

Monday, 11/11-Veterans Day-No School

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Nicole Martin

2nd Grade Teacher

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Melissa Morrier-Turk

My name is Melissa Morrier-Turk, I am a graduate of SMM (class of 1986) and have been a member of the parish community much of my life. I have a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources from Central Washington University and have spent my 23 years working in this field, traveling all over the USA and Canada as an HR Director, as well as a corporate trainer. My husband Mike and I have two kids, our son will be a Junior at Archbishop Murphy High School and our daughter will be a 7th grader here at SMM. As a parent, I have been an active member of the SMM community, most recently wrapping up my role as the Parent Club President this year and V.P. last year. I have also been an active member of the auction for the past 8 years, along with numerous opportunities to volunteer in my children’s classrooms and through club activities. In my off time I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, anything outdoorsy really. I have absolutely loved working with and getting to know so many of the families here at SMM as a parent and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as part of your school community!