Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade


Important February Dates:

Spirit Wear Day--Friday, Feb. 8th

Living Rosary--Friday, Feb. 8th

Valentine's Day Parties--Thursday, Feb. 14th

No School (Presidents' Day)--Monday, Feb. 18th

First Communion Parent Mtg for Holy Trinity Parish only--Monday, Feb. 18th @ 6:30 (Parish Center)

Early dismissal (teacher inservice)---Friday, Feb. 22nd

Dance Program--Tuesday, Feb. 26th @ 1:45


Click on the web address below for links to favorite games, songs and websites that go with what we are (and will be) learning at school this year:



Be sure to check the homework tab below to see what is due and when!


Holy Trinity Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting--(6:30) Oct. 22, 2018 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center

First Reconciliation--(9:00) Jan. 26, 2019

First Communion Parent meeting--(6:30) Feb.18, 2019 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center 

First Communion--(10:00) April 28, 2019 with rehearsal on April 27 @ 9:00


St. Patrick's of Merna Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting-- Nov. 26, 2018 @ Shamrock Hall

First Reconciliation-- (6:30) Jan. 17, 2019  OR   (9:00) Jan. 19, 2019

First Communion parent/child meeting-- Mar. 7, 2019

First Communion--May 4, 2019 with rehearsal on May 3rd  OR  May 5, 2019 with rehearsal on May 4th



So what are we learning about in Second Grade right now?

Religion--We have officially starting learning about and preparing for our First Holy Communion!  Woo-hoo!  This first chapter we will learn about how Jesus is the Living Bread that leads us to heaven and how the Mass is both a meal and a sacrifice.  We will also learn that the word "Eucharist" means to give thanks.  We will be learning about the parts of the Mass, including responses, during this unit, so please make a strong effort to attend Mass regularly with your child. 

English--We are continuing to learn how to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also now working on identifying adjectives and the nouns they describe. 

Spelling-- "Bonus Spellers" is well under way. That means if your child has a perfect pretest then they will be given the bonus list of words to work on instead for the week. (PLEASE REMEMBER THAT BONUS LISTS REQUIRE MORE STUDY TIME!) Please remember to make a master list of our Spelling words so you are ready for review tests every 6th unit, as well as the weekly review words. The next five units in cycle 4 will focus on plurals and unusual vowel and consonant sounds. Our next review unit will most likely be in mid-March.

Reading--Small groups in Guided Reading have started back up!  Yes!  There were some changes to groups and/or teachers, so please ask your child if those changes affected them.  This cycle we will focus on the concepts of author's purpose, as well as nonfiction text features.  We will also continue to stress the use of text evidence to answer comprehension activities across our curriculum.

Writing--We will be creating some adjective rainbows soon, so feel free to check them out.  I am also looking into a couple of other writing projects that we can display in the hallway.  Please be on the lookout!

Math--We are working hard on Rocket Math and learning our basic facts quickly and accurately. (Be sure to ask your student what their Rocket Math goal is and what level or letter they are on so we can keep them moving in the right direction.) We are currently working on subtracting multi-digit numbers using a variety of strategies.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are learning about early America (Native Americans and colonists), as well as how our government works .  In Science, we are continuing to learn about plants and animals, although some lessons on the stars, moon and matter are quickly approaching.   Be sure to ask your child about the STEM/STEAM activities that we will be doing throughout the year with Mrs. Zlatic as well!

Extras-- Be sure to ask your child about our brainbuilding activities and what they are doing to try to earn a brain bead.  Our new read aloud book during snack is Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Unit 1: sad, dig, jam, glad, list, win, flat, if, fix, was, want, been

Unit 2: wet, job, hug, rest, spot, mud, just, help, plum, said, of, does

Unit 3: cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, pile, rake, give, have

Unit 4: these, nose, use, rose, pole, close, cute, those, mule, one, love, come

Unit 5: tap, tape, fin, fine, tub, tube, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid, slide

Unit 7: next, spin, clip, grade, swim, plant, last, test, skin, left, drag, glide

Unit 8:  doll, full, dress, spell, add, hill, class, pull, kiss, mess, fell, spill

Unit 9:  dish, what, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, while, catch, sure

Unit 10: end, camp, thank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, thump, hand, think, bring

Unit 11: milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, trick

Unit 13: pay, wait, paint, cave, train, shake, pail, whale, clay, away, they, great

Unit 14: free, each, clean, teeth, please, sheep, beach, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, people

Unit 15: old, own, most, soap, float, hold, both, know, cold, do, goes, toe

Unit 16: night, kind, spy, child, light, find, right, high, wild, July, eye, buy

Unit 17: meet, meat, week, weak, road, rode, tail, tale, be, bee, too, two

Unit 19: days, bikes, boxes, beaches, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes, grapes, children

Unit 20: cot, face, goal, gym, city, page, plug, crash, place, gone, brag, nice

Unit 21:  tall, saw, dog, draw, call, fall, soft, paw, ball, yawn, log, small

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Unit 23

Unit 25

Unit 26

Unit 31: 

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Unit 34

Unit 35



Daily Homework:

1. Practice Spelling words---final test on Friday

2. Work on the Common Core (Math/ELA) paper---due on Friday

                   3. Read the fluency homework with an adult---due on Friday                                     

 4. Complete assigned Simple Solutions lesson---due on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (quiz on every 5th day!)

5. Practice prayers and basic facts (until they are memorized) 

6. Read at least 10 minutes a day (and complete your log)


Friday, Feb. 22nd: 

  Simple Solutions lesson 51 is due today.

Reminder:  No fluency or Math/ELA this week.  We do still have a Spelling list to study though!

For a brain bead:  Recite the Act of Love prayer to me by the end of February.  A copy of the prayer was sent home.  This is the prayer we will be using during morning assembly this month.

Don't forget to read 10 minutes for your log! The February log is due on Friday, March 1st!