Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade


Important December Dates:

Spiritwear Day--Monday, Dec. 2nd (our class only)

Spiritwear Day/Rosary--Friday, Dec. 6th

St. Patrick's of Merna Parent Reconciliation meeting in Shamrock Hall @ 6:30

Chorus/5th Grade Band concert--Monday, Dec. 16th

K-4 Christmas Program--Wednesday, Dec. 18th @ St. Patrick's of Merna (6:30) 

Advent Prayer Service/Happy Birthday Jesus Parties--Friday, Dec. 2oth

Christmas Break--Dec. 21st through Jan. 5th


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. 21, 2019 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center

First Reconciliation--(9:00) Jan. 25, 2020

First Communion Parent meeting--(6:30) Feb.17, 2020 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center 

First Communion--(10:00) April 26, 2020 with rehearsal on April 25th @ 9:00


St. Patrick's of Merna Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting-- (6:30) Dec. 2, 2019 @ Shamrock Hall

First Reconciliation-- (6:30) Jan. 16, 2020  OR   (9:00) Jan. 18, 2020

First Communion parent/child meeting-- (6:30-8:00) Mar. 5, 2020 @ Shamrock Hall

First Communion--(6:00) April 25, 2020 with rehearsal on April 24th @ 6:00 (?)  OR  (1:00) April 26, 2020 with rehearsal on April 25th @ 9:00




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

Religion--We are currently working on our chapter about the Ten Commandments.   We will then move on to explaining the differences between sins, mistakes and temptations as we move into the actual steps to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Just a heads up....there is a lot of vocabulary in the Reconciliation unit, so you are going to want to stay on top of it all.  There is a Quizlet set made already (look on our Symbaloo) to help you out.

English--We are learning how to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also starting our unit on nouns.  We have already worked on the difference between common and proper nouns.  Now we are working on singular and plural nouns and then we will move on to possessive nouns.  Our next grammar unit will be on adjectives.

Spelling-- Our next 5 units are on additional spelling patterns for the long vowel sounds.  Practice tests are on Monday or the first day of the week, with final tests on Friday or the last day of the week.  Remember, final tests now consist of the 12 new words for the week, as well as 4 review words.  We will also continue with "Bonus Spellers".  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. (KEEP IN MIND 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. 

Reading--We have been working in our small groups during Guided Reading rotations.  Each group works on reading fluently and accurately, as well as understanding what is read, with books at their instructional level. We will also be working on text connections and blends/digraphs/vowel digraphs during the month of November and December, as well as using text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to a text.

Writing--Our "Naked Turkeys" are up in the hall, so feel free to come check them out!  Our next writing assignment will focus on our favorite Christmas custom, or tradition.  We will also be writing persuasive letters (from the point of view of a reindeer) trying to convince Santa to hire us. Be sure to check these out in our hallway in the next couple of weeks!

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 different strategies for quickly adding or subtracting numbers, as well as the relationship between addition and subtraction.  Our next unit will focus on 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction.


Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are learning about landforms, different cultures and customs, as well as symbols and landmarks of the United States.  In Science, we are learning about classifying animals according to their characteristics or traits.  We will soon begin working on life cycles and adaptations for both animals and plants. 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 read aloud book during snack is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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

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Daily Homework:

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

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

         3. Read at least 10 minutes a day (and complete your log and response to reading)                        

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


Thursday, December 12th: 

Simple Solutions Social Studies lesson 36 is due Friday.  Our next quiz will be on Monday, Dec. 16th over lessons 1-36.

For a brain bead, complete the Math Extra Practice page and return today.  You must get the whole page correct for the brain bead. Our Math Chapter 3 test is today.  Are you ready?

Are you practicing the Prayer of Sorrow? You have 2 weeks left to learn it!  You must recite it no later than Dec. 2oth!  Everyone needs to have at least tried to say the prayer to me by Friday, Dec. 13th.

Please remember to continue to practice the vocabulary in our Simple Solutions books, even when it is not a quiz day.  There are A LOT of new words to learn!

Signed December reading logs and response to reading papers are due on Monday, Jan.6th!  Remember, ten minutes of reading a night and one response box each week.