Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important October Dates:

Spiritwear Day--Monday, Oct. 4th
No School (Columbus Day)---Monday, Oct. 9th
No School (Teacher Inservice)--Tuesday, Oct. 10th
Spirit Week--Monday, Oct. 16-Friday, Oct. 20th
Grandparents' Day--Friday, Oct. 20th
Holy Trinity Parish/Historic St. Pat's Parish Parent Meeting for Reconciliation (@ HT Parish Center)--Monday, Oct. 23rd (6:30)
Halloween Parties and Costume Parade (grades PreK-2)--Tuesday, Oct. 31st




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 are learning about the sacrament of Baptism in Chapter 4.  We just shared our own Baptism  "stories" and will be learning the steps and the signs of New Life at a Baptism before finishing the chapter.  Chapter 5 will be a chapter focusing on the sacrament of Confirmation and then we will officially begin our preparations for the Sacrament of Reconciliation!  Woo-hoo! 

English--We are continuing to work on using capitals and correct punctuation (end marks and commas especially) during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also finishing our unit on the four types of sentences: statements, questions, commands and exclamations.  The next unit of study will be on nouns. 

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. For "regular spellers", this set of six units will be working on various blends and digraphs.

Reading--In Guided Reading groups we are reviewing long and short vowel sounds, as well as story elements (character, setting, plot), story maps and sequencing.  We are also working hard on our fluency homework and trying to use text evidence (proof from the story/text) to answer questions.

Writing--Come check out our fall poems and our monthly "quick write" about finding the biggest pumpkin ever!  We are also completing a "Response to Reading" writing assignment using our online library on Epic! during Guided Reading.

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 jumping in to our second unit in our Math book which continues to focus on place value and number sense, but with 3-4 digit numbers.

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 and the first lessons focused on weather.  We learned how to read a thermometer and we did an experiment to learn about the effects of a flood.  The next few lessons will begin to introduce thinking like a scientist and living and nonliving things.

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 Miraclulous 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

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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, October 23rd: 

Signed Friday Folders and quizzes are due today.  Did you find a proud paper?  Did someone respond to your Friday Letter?

Simple Solutions lesson 19 is due today.