Hello 2nd grade families,
This week was a great one! As you all know, second grade has started multiplication. The children are excited about this math unit. We have been playing math games, and practicing multiplication facts. I suggest you continue to practice multiplication facts at home.
The next two weeks will be busy (Zoo field trip, 4 day weekend, Field day, and Swan Lake field trip.) Because of our busy schedule, we will extend our Language Arts Unit (Lesson 27.) The spelling test will be June 2nd. You should still expect a new reading log and math packet.
Wednesday is around the corner, and the children are excited!
Here are a few things to remember,
Students must be in my classroom by 8:00am. This will give them the time to use the restroom and get into their assigned cars.
Please make sure you provide their car seat if they are will required to use it. We will be leaving at 9:15am, we are scheduled to enter the Zoo at 10am.
All students must wear uniforms, pack a few snacks, and a lunch.
It is a short drive, students are required to leave their electronics at home.
We are scheduled to leave the Santa Barbara Zoo at 1:30pm. We will arrive at Holy Cross before 2:30pm.
Swan Lake Field Trip June 2nd- We still need parent volunteers for our field trip to Swan Lake June 2nd. Please email me if you can volunteer. Also, please state how many students you can take!
Library: We will be going to the Library Monday, June 5th. Please remind your child to pack their books! This will be our last library walking field trip.
Monday– Regular Dismissal. Spanish. Homework goes home.
Tuesday- Computer Lab. Mass. All families are welcome, no shorts please. Math Test
Wednesday- Field Trip. Chaperones, please arrive at 9 (meet in the 2nd grade classroom)
Thursday- P.E.2PM dismissal. Art Trek.
Friday- Regular Dismissal. Not Spelling test this week.
Second grade is learning…
Religion: We Work for Peace and Justice
Math: Topic 18- Multiplication Concepts Test Tuesday
Language Arts: Lesson 27
Phonics: Vowel Variant aw, augh and Inflection -es
Spelling Words: claw, fault, draw, haul, crawl, lawn, sauce, paw, caught, saw
Challenge Spelling Words: daughter, naughty, seesaw, author, because
Comprehension Skill: Cause and Effect
Robust Vocabulary: accent, native, beyond, noticed, create, award, literature, grand, aspire, accolade
Reading: “My Name is Gabriela” and “Gabriela Mistral: A Poet’s Life in Photos”
Grammar: Irregular Verbs
Writing: Animal Reports
Social Studies- America’s Past
Important Upcoming Dates/Items Needed:
5/24 Santa Barbara Zoo Field Trip
5/26 No School
5/29 No School
6/1 Field Day
6/1 Noon Dismissal
6/2 Swan Lake Field Trip
6/6 Hot Lunch
6/6 Free Dress- $1 and $2 Jeans
6/12-6/16 Free Dress
6/14 Last Day Choice Lunch
6/16 Noon Dismissal
Happy Memorial Day week, sixth grade families! It is hard to believe, but we are on the verge of Memorial Day, which means we are just a few weeks away from the end of the school year! The class spoke about how quickly our year has passed, and we are all a little shocked that it will come to an end soon. Before then, however, we are busily at work, enjoying Shakespeare, Ancient Rome, and volcanoes, along with all our other work.
We had a great time last week at Theatricum Botanicum, where students learned to juggle, do stage combat (which is so much fun in class!), dance, and do improv theatre games! The students loved seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and were excellent as audience members who remained engaged and attentive, as they laughed at all funny events and words Shakespeare and the great group of actors provided for us. I was extremely proud of the class, and we have decided to learn a few scenes from the play for our unit on Shakespeare. I will keep you informed of possible performance times, depending on how we progress. Thank you to the Silvestri and Hotzler/Callahan families for providing us with transportation and great chaperoning. We are thankful!
Our final field trip of the year will be on June 2, when we will go with most of Holy Cross School to see the ballet, Swan Lake. Permission slips went home last week, so please be sure to send your signed slip in ASAP. We will need drivers for that trip as well, so please check your calendars.
Remember that this is a four-day week, with Friday, May 26, a day off. We also have Monday, May 29, off for Memorial Day, so enjoy your four-day weekend, as a preview of summer!!
Here is what we are up to in sixth grade:
Religion–We are having our Chapter 9 test on Monday, so remind your child to study for it. Then, we are moving on to a study of the Jewish traditions that are the forerunners of our Catholic sacraments and sacramentals, including the importance of water in Biblical and especially Christian history.
Literature–We are reading Shakespeare’s sonnets, doing activities, reading a shortened version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and beginning our work on memorizing and performing Shakespeare. We will also take a virtual tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
English–We continue our work on pronouns, including intensive and indefinite pronouns. We will have our test on rupt and junct words for Vocabulary on Wednesday.
Spelling–Most of the class will be on Unit 34, compound words 2. Our special spellers will have a unit on words with cle, micro, mim, and mini. For both groups, packets and tests will be on Thursday, because of our Friday off.
Math–We will be dividing integers and reviewing the use of all operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with integers. This involves the understanding of positive and negative numbers. Our test on these topics will be on Thursday.
Social Studies–We are continuing to learn about Ancient Rome, with students working to complete their projects in time for presentation the week after Memorial Day. We will be reading the short story, “The Dog of Pompeii,” which tells the human and canine perspective on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. This story will tie in Literature, Science, and Social Studies.
Science–We are reviewing rocks and the rock cycle, with a quiz on Tuesday. We are also studying the Earth’s crust and volcanoes, as mentioned above for Social Studies. The week after Memorial Day, we will create volcanoes in class and explode them!
Genius Hour–Students are wrapping up their final Genius Hour projects and nearing the point of presentation and completion. They remain hard workers and inquisitive learners!
Thank you all for continuing to encourage your child and provide the love and encouragement each of the students needs to stay successful as the year wraps up. Keep those healthy breakfasts, snacks, and lunches coming, and remind your child to get plenty of sleep. Your love and hugs keep their hearts happy, so those remain a key element of success!
Have a great week!
Mrs. Nancy Cinney
Our classroom had a great time learning about the ocean and all of the many creatures that live there. Our week was guided by the interests of your children. At the beginning of the week we played with our new water table outside, learned about jellyfish and even made our own. We learned how clams and oysters make pearls, all about sea stars and how they eat and move, octopus and sharks. As under the sea week comes to a close, I would like to share some of the memorable moments we had this week.
Art time is a great time for preschoolers to be creative and use their imaginations. Its wonderful to see them transfer what they have learned to the art piece they are working on.
Free play is important for preschool! This is the time they learn to interact and problem solve with their peers. They are a very social group and love to build and play. They’re always so proud of their creations.
A big thank you to Gregg Waugh for building preschool some much needed shelving for our classroom. We are currently using this space for our science center and home to our new class pet, Lightning!
The weather has been very nice this week which allowed for some extra time in the sunshine for preschool. We love any extra time we can get outdoors if that means an afternoon story in the garden, enjoying the beautiful chalk boards or even taking play-dough outside.
As we prepare and plan for the summer months at Holy Cross, please stop and speak with me and let me know if your child will be attending our summer session this year.
No School: Friday, May 26th – Monday May 29
Registration for the 2017-18 School year is here! Please stop by the office to return your child’s packet for Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten next year.