Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important October Dates:

Spirit Week--Oct. 1st-5th


Grandparent/Grand "friend" Day--Friday, Oct. 5th


No School (Columbus Day)--Monday, Oct. 8th

Spiritwear Day--Friday, Oct. 12th

No School (Diocesan Inservice)--Monday, Oct. 15th 

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


Parent/Teacher Conferences--Thursday, Oct. 25th and Friday, Oct. 26th

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-- Jan. 17, 2019  OR   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 been learning about the sacraments in Chapter 3.  Our next two chapters will focus on Baptism and Confirmation and how they are connected.  The students will also be working on learning the story of their own Baptism to help personalize this sacrament.

English--We are learning to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also learning about the types of sentences and the punctuation that is needed for each.  Our next unit will focus on nouns.

Spelling-- We have started working on the second set of Spelling words that focus on blends and digraphs.  "Bonus Spellers" have also started. 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 weekly review words beginning in Unit 7.

Reading--We have  officially started Guided Reading!  Yeah!  We are working on story elements, specifically characters, setting and plot (beginning, middle, end).  We will be using our plot maps to help us work on the skill of sequencing as well.  Finally, we are reviewing our short and long vowels with our texts.

Writing--Our fall acrostic poems are ready to be published to the hall, so be sure to check them out when you visit.  We will have several smaller opportunities to write at school, but our next big writing assignment will be for our "Naked Turkey" project, so 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 also working through chapter two in our book which focuses on number sense and place value, especially with 3 digit numbers.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are learning about communities and map skills right now.  In Science, we are learning about living and nonliving things and thinking like a scientist.  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 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

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Unit 16

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Unit 23

Unit 25

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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)


Tuesday, October 16th: 

Simple Solutions lesson 17 is due on Wednesday.

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

If you are interested in driving on our field trip to see The Nutcracker, please return the completed form (in the Friday Folder) by Wednesday, Oct. 17th. 

Are you a bonus speller?  Remember, bonus lists will usually take more study time since they do not follow a spelling pattern.

Don't forget to read 10 minutes for your log!  The October log is due on Thursday, Nov. 1st!