We have a few special events coming up in the next few weeks.
This Monday, December 4th is our school Christmas Concert. Students should arrive at the school lunchroom by 6:15 p.m., dressed in their “Christmas best.”
This coming Wednesday there is no school Mass. We will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with Mass on Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 13th we will take a field trip to the Winona Theater to see The Star. The Star tells the Nativity story from the perspective of the animals. It is rated PG. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Your child is bringing home a field trip slip today.
As an Advent service project, each of the second grade classes will be collecting baby items for Birthright. The items will be used to make gift baskets for new mothers in need. Our class has been assigned baby towels, burp cloths, and knit blankets as items to collect. You are welcome to either donate one of these items or send in a few dollars which we will use to purchase the items. I encourage the children to do some extra chores at home in order to earn a few dollars to donate towards the baby items. If you do want to donate money, any amount, no matter how small, is welcome.
I hope this Advent season fills your heart and home with peace and happiness.
September 15, 2017
If your child had a school picture taken at Open House this year, you will find it in their take home folder today. If you didn’t get a chance to have a picture taken at Open House or need retakes, HR Imaging Partners will be at St. Stan’s on Wednesday, October 4th.
Each week I will give some information on how we learn about different subjects in second grade. Today I would like to tell you about writing class. For writing I use some ideas in our language arts curriculum as well as a program called the Six Traits of Writing. I think of the six traits as being six qualities of good writing.
Ideas—the main message
So far this year we have focused mainly on the trait of “Ideas.” We have used children’s books as a model. One of the first books we read was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. After reading we brainstormed ideas about what would make a terrible or wonderful day in our own lives. Each student
made their own list. After creating several different lists based on ideas from several books, each child chose one topic to write about. It has been really neat to see all the different topics students are writing about. I am excited to show you their writing at conferences in October
Sneak Peek at Next Week
September 1, 2017
We have had a great second week of school. We have settled into a routine and have started to explore the academic side of second grade. We have been gathering writing ideas in our writing notebooks, picking good-fit books and partner reading, and working on place value in math.
Busing begins on Tuesday. I will have cards with bus numbers and parent contact information for students who are riding the bus Tuesday afternoon. We will walk out to the buses together to make sure everyone gets on the right bus. Let me know if you have any concerns.
For the children in my reading class, we will have a decodable book to read and spelling practice packet to work on for homework beginning next week.
If your child misplaces their spelling list or forgets their assignment book, you can check my class website to get the information. Go to www.wacs1.org. You can find my name under the “Grades 1-3” tab across the top of the page.
Sneak Peek at Next Week
Parent/Child Conversation Starters About School
What unusual food did Ramona eat in Ramona Quimby, Age 8? What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
We had a great first week in second grade. We have been getting to know one another, playing some fun games, and learning routines to make our classroom run efficiently. We have had some time to begin some of our second grade curriculum too. Mrs. M. is working with us as one of our reading teachers. During math time, we are splitting the children between the three second grade teachers, Mrs. Lentner, and Mrs. Besek. We do this so that the children have a small group with lots of teacher help for the core subjects.
Hopefully you have seen your child’s Student Assignment Book coming home each night. Please sign the book so that I know your child has completed their homework. This is also a great tool to use if you want to send me a note. I will check them each morning. We will not bring them home on Fridays as we will not have homework over the weekend.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Sneak Peek at Next WeekMonday, Thursday, Friday are PE days. Don't forget your gym shoes!
Bring your library books back by Friday.
Mass is at 9:45 on Wednesday.
Questions to Ask Your Child to Learn About What We Learned in School
What books did you choose during Book Shopping time?
How can you tell if a book is a good fit for you?
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Have you been swimming, riding your bike, or reading? I have been too! One of my favorite summer memories was searching for agates on the shores of Lake Superior. I can’t wait to get to know you and hear all about your summer!
This will be my tenth year of elementary school teaching. I have been a third grade teacher and a math and reading teacher. I am so excited for a new adventure teaching second grade. I live in Winona with my husband Nathan who is a physics teacher at Winona State. We have four kids. You might know Jacob and Henry who are in third and second grade at our school this year. My daughter Olivia is going to be in seventh grade at Cotter and my youngest, John, is in preschool at St. Mary’s.
I have been back in our classroom decorating, organizing, and planning all of the fun things we will do in second grade. We will learn all about multiplication and division, read interesting books, play games, write and illustrate stories, learn about God, go on field trips, and much more! You will see some of your old friends in our class and make new ones too. In our class we have a few students who are new to our school. Welcome to St. Stan’s!
Our open house is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th from 5-7 p.m. I hope you will be able to come to school and see our classroom. Our classroom number is 107. If you are able to get your school supplies by this date, please bring them with you and we will put them away. You can also get your school picture taken at this time.
God’s blessings to you as you enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation.
Love, Mrs. Moore