Weekly Newsletter, November 15, 2019

Dear 2A Families,

We had a terrific week in second grade with lots of learning!  In reading, students worked on “shopping” for good-fit books in our classroom.  The students are working on retelling a story in sequence.  In small groups, we worked on similarities and differences between characters.  We continue to read with fluency and practice phrasing.  In spelling, students learned about the long vowel /a-e/.  Next week, we will focus on long vowel /ee/ and learn the “Flip the Sound” strategy.  In math, students are working to identify the value of each digit in a three-digit number.  They are demonstrating their understanding of Standard Form, Base-Ten Model/Picture Form, Number Word Form, and Expanded Form.  Next week, we will work with three-digit numbers and learn to order them from greatest to least and least to greatest.  At home, you can support their math skills by practicing addition and subtraction flashcards and skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.  In science, we used the physical properties of matter to describe a pebble and learned about minerals.  Students are also learning about bats and nocturnal animals in reading, writing, and art.  In art and writing, we decorated a “turkey in disguise” and wrote a story to convince others not to eat the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  Our read-aloud model was a personal favorite Thanksgiving story, A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.  In religion, we learned about God’s love for each of us.  We were reminded of God’s love when he created the earth.  We learned that the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus is also known as the Word of God.  Next week, students will receive their First Reconciliation book that will guide our learning as we prepare to receive this special sacrament.

Homework, Spelling, and Upcoming Projects:

The homework packet was sent home last Friday, 11/8 and is due Thursday, 11/21.  The spelling test covers long vowel phonograms /a-e/ and /ee/.  The test will be given on Thursday, 11/21.  The next report project is coming up next week.  Traditionally, second graders focus on holiday traditions from around the world.  We learn about the holiday traditions of many countries from around the world.  This is accomplished in class and through an at-home report.  This weekend, talk with your child about a country they may want to research.  Please have them prepared to tell me the name of their country by Thursday, 11/21.  It is important that the country has holiday traditions so please help your child in their selection process.  The report directions will be sent home on Thursday, 11/21.  Students may begin working on the project over Thanksgiving break.

Reminder:

Student-parent-teacher conferences are Friday, 11/22, Monday, 11/25 and Tuesday, 11/26.  Please be sure to sign up for a time that works best for you!  https://signup.com/go/wVJjGfs

The students have worked very hard and have some incredible projects to share with you.

I am happy to answer questions you may have.  Feel free to write any time.

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!