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        Welcome to 2-1
        for the Week of 
        Nov. 13, 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!

School will be closed this Monday, Nov. 12 in honor of Veteran's Day. Please keep all of our veterans in your prayers and thank God for giving us these men and woman who serve and protect us each and every day.

The children did a fabulous job presenting their beautifully written Saint Reports! They truly enjoyed each and every moment of this project. Please see our photo gallery page for pictures of our class Saints as well as the SEAS Facebook page for highlights from our Saint Parade!

School pictures will be taken this Wednesday, Nov.14. Although this is our Gym day, full uniforms are to be worn! Sneakers should be worn to school as well. Order forms that were sent home last week should be brought into school either on or before Wednesday.

Please continue donating items for our Operation Christmas Child Event. School supplies such as spiral notebooks and pencils are greatly needed. Operation Christmas Child will take place this Thursday evening beginning at 6:30. Please make every effort to join us for this wonderful night of prayer and giving as we remember those who are much less fortunate than us.

Due to the shortened week ahead, we will not have a Spelling Test this week. Our Phonics Check-up will take place on Friday.

Our Thanksgiving Food Drive is still underway. All Second Graders are asked to bring in boxed mashed potatoes as a part of our school wide drive. Please make every effort to contribute to those who are less fortunate. Thank you for the many contributions that have been sent in thus far. 

*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 be focusing on how we can try to make good choices each day in our lives. We will learn how we can be tempted to sin, to know that we must STOP, THINK, ASK, and PRAY before making a decision, to understand the difference between a mortal and venial sin, and we will be introduced to the steps of going to Reconciliation. The Reconciliation book will be going home with your child each night, so please take the time to review the day's lesson with your child to reinforce their understanding of this beautiful sacrament. The children will continue reciting the Act of Contrition prayer each day in school and are asked to pray this beautiful prayer of forgiveness at home on a daily basis to help prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Each student was given an Act of Contrition prayer to take home with them last month.

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

We will continue moving ahead with the concept of place value. This week we will focus on using patterns to skip count, modeling skip counting to find a total, and finding counting patterns. A Math Test on this chapter will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Please utilize the connected website for review work and activities related to this chapter. All pass codes were distributed and should be kept in a safe place. 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. 

We will begin working on several reading packets which focus on the First Thanksgiving. Two of the packets that we will work on this week are entitled "The Story of the Mayflower" and "How Pilgrim Children Lived".  Please continue to have your child work on their reading log each night and bring them in on Friday this week so that they can be checked. 

We will be introduced to the concept of syllable division in multisyllabic words. A Phonics Check Up will take place on Friday. 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 not have their weekly Spelling Test this week.

This week, the class will work with singular and plural nouns and how to use and identify them in sentences. 

  The children will write a fact and opinion letter from the viewpoint of a pilgrim child, sailing on The Mayflower. They will incorporate facts that they have learned about The Mayflower as well as their opinions of the trip into their piece.

Social Studies
We will begin our unit on The First Thanksgiving. This week, we will learn about the journey of The Mayflower and the lives of the pilgrims.

 We will continue with our next chapter on animal habitats. This week we will learn about living things that live in water habitats.

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. 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, respectful, responsible, reverent, and giving week ahead.

Mrs. Cooke