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--Sept. 30th-Oct. 4th

Spiritwear Day & Living Rosary--Friday, Oct. 4th

Granparents Day/  Early Dismissal @ 11:30 (Teacher Inservice)--Oct. 11th

No School (Columbus Day)--Monday, Oct. 14th

Holy Trinity Parish Parent Reconciliation meeting--Monday, Oct. 21st @ Parish Center

Parent/Teacher Conferences--Thursday, Oct. 24th (12:15-8:00pm)  and Friday, Oct. 25th (8:00-3:00pm)


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 finishing up our chapter on how celebrating the Mass, as well as the sacraments, helps our faith grow.  We will be moving on to the chapters about the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation specifically in the next couple of weeks.  Be on the lookout for a Baptism assignment coming home soon.

English--We are learning how to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also learning about sentences:  what makes a sentence complete, as well as the four main types of sentences (statement, question, command and exclamation).  We will be having a quiz at the end of this unit and then we will move on to a unit on nouns.

Spelling-- Our next 5 units are on consonant blends and consonant digraphs.  Practice tests are on Monday or the first day of the week, with final tests on Friday or the last day of the week.  We will also begin 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 are currently finishing the benchmark testing for our new Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Program.  This benchmark testing will occur three different times during the school year and will help identify where your child is in their reading development and where we need to go in their reading instruction.  We are also working on story elements (character, setting, plot), sequencing and reviewing long and short vowel sounds.

Writing--We just finished our fall poem writing assignment.  Come check them out since they are hanging in the hall along with our "Power of Yet" writing.  

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 our two digit place value and number sense unit.  We will finish this unit soon and will begin to work with 3 digit numbers next.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are learning about types of communities and how to read a map.  In Science, we are learning about living and nonliving things and will soon begin to focus on animals and plants  in particular.   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

Unit 9:  dish, what, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, while, catch, sure

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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, October 17th: 

Simple Solutions Social Studies lesson 19 is due on Friday.  Be reviewing the continents and oceans.  We will be having a quiz very soon!

The Religion review paper is due today.  Reread the highlighted parts of the chapter to help you prepare for our chapter quiz today also.


Signed October reading logs and response to reading papers are due Friday, Nov. 1st!  Remember, ten minutes of reading a night and one response box each week.