Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important February Dates:

**Early Dismissal--Friday, Feb. 2nd
**Spirit wear Day--Monday, Feb. 5th
**Yearbook group pictures--Tuesday, Feb. 6th
**Parent/Child Sweetheart Dance--Sunday, Feb. 11th @ 1:30-3:00
**Ash Wednesday/Lent begins--Wed., Feb. 14th
**No School (Teacher Inservice)--Friday, Feb. 16th
**Fish Fry--Friday, Feb. 16th

**No School (Presidents' Day)--Monday, Feb. 19th
**Holy Trinity Parish/Historic St. Patrick's Parish First Communion Parent Meeting (HT Parish Center) @ 6:30--Monday, Feb. 19th

**End of the 2nd Trimester--Friday, Feb. 23rd
**Dance Program--Tuesday, Feb. 27th @ 2:00


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. 23, 2017 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center

First Reconciliation--(9:00) Jan. 20, 2018

First Communion Parent meeting--(6:30) Feb.19, 2018 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center 

First Communion--(10:00) April 22, 2018 with rehearsal on April 21 @ 9:00


St. Patrick's of Merna Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting--(6:30) Nov. 27, 2017 @ Shamrock Hall

First Reconciliation--(6:30) Jan. 25, 2018  OR  (9:00) Jan. 27, 2018

First Communion parent/child meeting--(6:30) Mar. 8, 2018

First Communion--(6:00) April 28, 2018 with rehearsal on April 27 @ 6:30  OR

                              (1:00) April 29, 2018 with rehearsal on April 28 @ 9:00



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

Religion--We are starting our unit on First Communion.  Woo-hoo!  This first chapter will focus on the story of the Last Supper and how Jesus is the Living Bread, while the following chapter will focus on the importance of the Mass and the roles we all play in the Mass. 

English--We are continuing to work on using capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We have even introduced dialogue sentences and using quotation marks.  We are starting our adjective unit, which builds on the previous unit on nouns.

Spelling--"Bonus Spellers" is well under way.  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!) For "regular spellers", this set of six units will be working on plurals, as well as unusual vowel sounds and combinations.  Our next review unit will be mid March.

Reading--We are continuing to work on using the text evidence in a story to answer various questions, even while using some of our content area textbooks.  We have also restarted with our small Guided Reading groups, with the first cycle focusing on the skill of drawing conclusions and making inferences.

Writing--Final plans are being made on our new writing topic, so please be on the lookout for an update soon.

Math--We are still 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 also working on a new chapter where we are learning different strategies for subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers, with and without regrouping.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we have learned about natural, capital and human resources, and we are starting lessons about Native Americans, explorers and early America.  In Science, we are working on knowing characteristics of each of the vertebrate animal groups, in addition to what we already learned about weather, clouds, living and nonliving, etc. is a lot to know, so check out our Quizlet page to help you!

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 The Doll People.

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 34

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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)


Monday, Feb. 26th: 

Simple Solutions lesson 50 is due today.

Today is our next Simple Solutions Science quiz.  Be sure to review lessons 1-24 to help you prepare.

Signed Friday Folders and quiz are due back today.  Did you find a proud paper?  Did someone write back to your Friday Letter?