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    Welcome to 2-1
    for the Week of
      Feb.12, 2018!

Dear Parents and Students,
 We are all looking forward to another fabulous week ahead as we embrace our love of God, learning, and each other together!
****Our Valentine's Day Celebration has been moved to Tuesday, Feb.13 due to the solemnity of Ash Wednesday which falls on Feb. 14. Please send all treats and cards in on Tuesday.
Thank you!


***There will be a Dress Yellow, Green, and Purple Day this Tuesday, Feb. 13 to celebrate Mardi Gras. 
The children will receive ashes this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, at 8:30 in the Holy Family Chapel. Parents are welcome.

  **Our Phonics Check up will take place on Thursday and our Spelling Test on Friday. 

*Please be on the look out this week for a memo regarding our next book report. The topic for this report is Our Heritage.

The children will spend this week preparing their hearts for the season of Lent. We will discuss the ways that we can walk with Jesus by making prayerful sacrifices to show our love for Him. Ashes will be distributed to the children this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, at 8:30 in the Holy Family Chapel. Also on Wednesday, all Second Graders will be receiving an at home Lenten activity which they are to complete on a daily basis throughout the season of Lent. Please be sure to remind your child about the importance of completing this activity each day. 
*Please have your child continue to say the Act of Contrition at home each night.
**Please remember to say one Hail Mary each night to the Blessed Mother, our class saint.

We will continue our chapter on the concept of addition with regrouping. Our lessons this week will address regrouping in the tens, adding three digit numbers with regrouping, rewriting three digit addition sentences, and using guess, check, and revise strategies. Please utilize the connected website for review work and activities related to this chapter. Math homework will be given Monday through Thursday of this week. 

This week's essential question will focus on how does the earth change. In conjunction with this concept, the class will read the stories, "Into the Sea" and "Volcanoes" in their readers.

The children will work on identifying and writing the r-controlled syllables "er", "ir", and "ur" in two syllable words. A Phonics Check-up on this concept will be given on Thursday. 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 have a Spelling test with dictation sentences on Friday.

We will review our linking verbs and be introduced to our helping verbs. The children will utilize their knowledge of these verbs when completing their "Angry Verb" story based on the Angry Birds animation series.

Social Studies
The children will continue learning about the world around us by discovering the location of the continents and oceans of our world. Both Second Grade classes will join together later in the week to construct their paper mache globes.

Our Health Program, also known as H.E.P.P., will continue this Tuesday. The children will engage in discussions which will help them to make healthy choices. All classes will be conducted in our classroom each week and will be taught by a certified health teacher from the H.E.P.P. program.

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 were sent home 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 prayerful week ahead.

Mrs. Cooke

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