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. 4th
Feast of the Immaculate Conception---Friday, Dec. 8th
Christmas Program @ St. Patrick's of Merna--Monday, Dec. 11th (6:30)
Caroling at Westminster--Monday, Dec. 18th
Mrs. Roche Going Away Reception---Wednesday, Dec. 20th (4-6 pm)
Happy Birthday, Jesus parties---Friday, Dec. 22nd
Christmas vacation---Saturday, Dec. 23rd-Sunday, Jan. 7th




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:


Field trip drivers:

Go to

and then follow the directions from the 

"Be Smart-Drive Safe" video link below:



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 have moved on to our unit focusing on Reconciliation.  The first chapter in this unit is about the Bible, and then we will begin studying the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments.

English--We are continuing to work on using capitals and correct punctuation (end marks and commas especially) during morning "Tune Ups."  We will be moving on to our unit on nouns...common vs. proper, singular vs. plural, etc.

Spelling--"Bonus Spellers" has officially started.  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 various blends and digraphs.

Reading--In Guided Reading groups we learning about how problems and solutions help to create the plot of a story and fit together like puzzle pieces.  We will also be using the story A Turkey for Thanksgiving to practice some of our skills we are learning. Finally, we are continuing to work hard on our fluency homework and trying to use text evidence (proof from the story/text) to answer questions.

Writing--We will be writing about our disguised "naked turkeys" and we will be putting those stories up in the hall soon.

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 also finishing up our second chapter in our Math book which continued to focus on place value and number sense, but with 3-4 digit numbers.  Our next chapter will begin to explore different ways to add 2 and 3 digits numbers, with and without regrouping.

Science/Social Studies--In Social Studies we are learning more about maps and globes, leaders of our city/state/country, public transportation and other services within a community, and so much more!  In Science we have started in our Simple Solutions book.  Some things we have learned about are weather, seasons and weather tools, the Scientific Method and living and nonliving things.  Our next lessons will begin to discuss specifics about both plants and animals.

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 Mouse and the Motorcycle.

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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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)

Wednesday, December 13th: 

Simple Solutions lesson 35 is due today.

Are your practicing your Prayer of Sorrow?  You need to be able to recite that to me before Christmas vacation!