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        Welcome to 2-1
        for the Week of 
        Feb. 25, 2019!

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.

Congratulations to Liam McCafferty and Andrew Militello on the reception of their First Reconciliation! May God continue to bless them each and every day.

 We will have a Math Test on Thursday as well as our Phonics Check up. Our Spelling Test as well as a Map Quiz on continent locations will take place on Friday.  The children need to study their world map located in their Blue Notebooks for this quiz. For the quiz, they will be given a blank world map along with a word box containing the names of the seven continents and will need to place the name of the continent on its corresponding continent. 

Please utilize this time to have your child work on their Heritage Book Report Project. A memo was sent home before the break regarding the details of this project. All reports and projects are due on Wednesday, March 13.

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

  This week the children will continue their preparation for First Holy Communion. Over the next several weeks, we will focus on the parts of the Mass and the meaning of each part. This week we will learn about how we can more fully participate in gathering for Mass through song and prayer. We will listen to the story of the coming of the Ark of the Covenant and how, like the people in the Old Testament gathered to celebrate God's presence in the Ark, we too celebrate God's presence in the Mass. We will also discuss the people who help us in the celebration of the Mass. The children will be bringing their books home on a daily basis so that they can share all that they are learning about the Blessed Sacrament. Please take the time to encourage a conversation with them, to enhance their understanding of the Eucharist. 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. 

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

We will complete our chapter on regrouping with addition by rewriting 3 digit addition sentences, using guess, check, and revise strategies, and reviewing the concepts of this chapter. A Math test on addition with regrouping will be given on Thursday. Please have your child write and review their math fact fact flash cards on a nightly basis so that they will be able to work through the regrouping process with a greater understanding of their basic math facts.
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. 

This week our unit will focus on how children around the world are different when we read the stories "Happy New Year" and "Dear Primo". Please continue to have your child work on their reading log each night and bring them in on Friday so that their progress can be checked. 

 This week we will be introduced to the double vowels of "ai" and "ay". A Phonics Check Up on this concept will be given on Thursday. Please see the Phonics packet that will be sent home regarding this topic. It is important that the children practice their Phonics skills nightly in order to meet with success in the classroom!

We will have a Spelling  Test this Friday. The words for the week are as follows: 1. port, 2. north, 3. more, 4. store, 5. oar, 6. roar, 7. board, 8. part, 9. start, 10. park, 11. great, 12. country, 13. ago,
14. carry, 15. people  

This week, the class will identify the helping verbs of have, had, is, are, was, were, and am

We will work on our leprechaun stories, by incorporating the helping verbs in our paragraphs.

Social Studies
We will continue to learn about the seven continents, paint our paper mache globes, place the continents on the globes, and have a map quiz on the continents. The children will be given a blank map and are to name each continent correctly. A word box will be given with the continent names in the box. 

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, and reverent week ahead.

Mrs. Cooke