Weekly Newsletter, November 8, 2019

Dear 2A Families,

We had a great week to start November!  The students are working very hard and enjoying the projects and lessons we are working on.  We were fortunate this week to welcome Mrs. Peinado as an art docent for a few months.  Mrs. Peinado taught 2nd grade at St. Mary Magdalen for over 30 years.  She retired just a few years ago and stays involved by volunteering as an art docent.  She has graciously volunteered to help us with the Christmas art show coming up in December and the elements of art.  She will work with us for November and December, March, April and May.  Mr. and Mrs. Chantara have volunteered to be our art docents in January and February.  We are so grateful and excited to have them share their amazing talents!

Here is an update of our learning this week:

In reading, we continued in small groups to work at our good-fit level on reading fluently with good expression.  Students are also learning how to write a retell of a story in sequence including important details.  Another goal for reading is to read with accuracy.  In writing, we wrote poems in honor of Veterans Day.  Students created cards for Veterans that visit the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Seattle.  We also wrote Fall poems using our senses to describe the season of Fall.  In math, we continued learning about place value with Hundreds, Tens, and Ones.  Students are learning to identify the value of each digit and write the values in expanded form as a math expression (example: 600 + 30 + 2).  In science, students completed Assessment Two on magnetic attraction and the physical properties of matter.  We are now applying our understanding of the states of matter to learn about Geology.  We will study rocks and minerals in this unit.  In religion, we learned about right and wrong choices and how our choices impact our friendship with God.  We learned these vocabulary words:  conscience, free will, sin, reconciliation.  It is important to attend Mass and pray as a family as your child prepares for First Sacraments this year.  Also, the name of God is sacred and special.  In class, we are learning to only use the name of God when we are praying, praising, and worshiping God.  It is helpful to keep this a practice at home.  Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Homework and Spelling:

Due to Veterans Day and upcoming conferences, homework coming home today is a two-week packet.  We will use the same spelling words for this week (11/12-11/15) and next week (11/18-11/21) with the spelling test on Thursday, 11/21.  The spelling focus is on two long vowel phonograms /a-e/ and /ee/.  The Fall Repot is due Friday, November 15th.

Conferences:

Please fill out the pre-conference survey coming home with your child today and return by Friday, 11/15.  This will help me prepare to make sure we allow time for any questions you want to discuss.  The conference link is below.  Please ensure that you sign up for a time in which you can bring your student with you. Conferences are student-led, so it is hard to have the conference without the student!  A reminder that there is no school on Friday (11/22), Monday (11/25) and Tuesday (11/26) due to student-parent-teacher conferences.  Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday (11/27)-Friday (11/29).  I am looking forward to seeing the students at each conference.

Here is the link to sign-up for your conference time:  https://signup.com/go/wVJjGfs

Progress Reports and MAP Data Report:

Your child is bringing home a progress report and a report of their achievement on the MAP assessment.  If you have questions regarding either report, please make sure to include these on your pre-conference survey so that we can talk at our conference.  You are welcome to keep the copy of each report.

Turkey Project:

In writing, we will be creating a “Turkey in Disguise” persuasive speech.  We will be decorating these in class and doing the writing in class.  If you happen to have some items that would be helpful in decorating turkeys, please feel free to send them in by Tuesday (11/12).   Suggested items:  colorful fuzzy cotton balls, googly eyes, colorful craft leaves, feathers, or other items you can think of.

Have a terrific 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!