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        Welcome to 2-1
        for the Week of 
        Sept. 17, 2018!

Dear Parents and Students,
 We are all looking forward to another fabulous week ahead as we will BE JESUS by welcoming our love of God, our love of learning, and our love of each other together!

Thank you parents for attending Back to School Night and thank you to all the families who were able to attend our Block Party. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet so many new ones!

Due to the warm weather, please remember to pack an extra bottle or two of water with your child each day.

We will have a Math Quiz on Wednesday. Our Phonics Check Up on Thursday, and our Spelling Test on Friday. The weekly Spelling words will be assigned on Monday and can be found in your child's Green Notebook as well as on this webpage under the Spelling heading. 

Band Lessons begin this Friday, September 21.

*Please remember that the children are required to have at least 3 sharpened pencils in their cases each day. Thank you! 

 This week we will deepen our understanding of Jesus as we learn more about His Mother Mary and His disciples. We will also listen to the parable about how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and how our good choices can make us become closer to Jesus as well as how the Sign of the Cross is a symbol of Jesus' love for us.

**Please remember to say one Hail Mary each night to the Blessed Mother, our class saint.

 We will focus the addition strategies of adding three numbers to find a sum and writing a number sentence. A quiz on these strategies along with the strategies of counting on, using doubles, and making a ten will be given on Wednesday. For the remainder of the week, we will learn about the subtraction strategies of counting back and subtracting zero. Please utilize the connected website for review work and activities related to this chapter when the pass codes are distributed later in the month. Math homework will be assigned on Monday through Thursday of this week. The homework sheet can be found in your child's take home folder. 

This week the children will be introduced to the theme, "How Families Around the World the Same and Different" by reading the stories entitled "Maria Celebrates Brazil" and "The Big Red Lollipop". As apart of Thursday's reading homework, the class will be required to reread the story "The Big Red Lollipop". The children can use this story to count towards their 15 minutes of assigned reading and record it on their reading log.

We will continue working on our closed syllable words, digraphs, blends, the spelling of "wh" and "k" sounding words. Please see the Phonics packet that was sent home last week regarding this topic. It is important that the children practice their Phonics skills nightly in order to meet with success in the classroom!

The class will receive their weekly list of 15 Spelling Words on Monday. The words for this week are: 1. went, 2. tell, 3. pet, 4. job, 5. fog, 6. not, 7. tug, 8. hut, 9. tub, 10. bun, 11. they, 12. said, 13. one, 14. or, 15. see. 
The children will also be given one dictation sentence which will incorporate some of the spelling words as well as other short vowel and digraph words that were introduced to the children in their Phonics lessons.

This week we will be learning about punctuation usage in exclamation and command sentences.

 In anticipation of this week's arrival of Fall, we will be composing an Autumn sensory poem. 

The class will begin their first unit in Science which will focus on the living environment. For this week we will learn about the many animals that make up the vertebrate group. 

Please check out the "Class News" page for details about classroom policies. 

Also, remember to utilize the pass codes for the Math and Reading series that will be sent home later in September. These codes enable the students to gain access to the Connected website so as to reference their math books and readers for reinforcement activities as well as the pages from their textbooks. It is a great resource for learning!
This website can be easily accessed by clicking on the McGraw: Math & Reading link located to the left of this page.

All the best for a happy, healthy, and peaceful week ahead.

Mrs. Cooke