Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade


Important Aug./Sept. Dates:

First day of school--Thursday, Aug. 15th

Parent Night--Wednesday, Aug. 28th (6:00-8:30)

No School (Labor Day)--Monday, Sept. 2nd

Picture Day--Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

Spiritwear Day & Living Rosary--Friday, Sept. 6th

No School (Teacher Inservice)--Sept. 16th

Track-a-thon--Friday, Sept. 20th

Early Release Day (@ 2:15)--Wednesday, Sept. 25th


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. 2, 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 continuing to learn about and prepare for our First Holy Communion!  Woo-hoo!  We are currently focused on learning about the Liturgy of the Eucharist, as well as the objects used and seen at Mass.  We will be learning about the parts of the Mass, including responses, during this unit, so please make a strong effort to attend Mass regularly with your child. 

English--We are continuing to learn how to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also learning how to identify the subject and predicate of a sentence, as well as to identify the action verb in the sentence and classify it as present, past or future tense. 

Spelling-- "Bonus Spellers" is well under way. 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 the weekly review words. The remaining units will focus on compound words, contractions, adding -ed and -ing, prefixes and suffixes. Our next review will not be until the end of the year. That final review test will have 50 words from any of the previous lists from the year.

Reading--We have finished our unit on drawing conclusions.  We have stressed the need to use text and/or picture clues along with your "schema" to draw a conclusion or to make an inference.  We are also continuing to work on answering text evidence comprehension questions using a variety of texts.  Our final skill of the year in Guided Reading small groups will be working on fact and opinion.

Writing--We are currently working on a writing assignment about "The Best Part of Me" which will be displayed in the hall soon.  For Earth Day we will also be writing how we can make the Earth a better place to live.  Our final writing assignments for the year will focus on writing good 3rd grade sentences as we look back on our favorite second grade memories and look forward to our summer vacations.

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 on our money and telling time unit.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are finishing up with several review lessons.  A final end of the year post test will happen in mid May and will cover all the vocabulary and concepts covered in our book this year.  In Science, we are learning about the states and properties of matter.   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 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

Unit 22: boot, took, new, moon, blew, book, soon, grew, foot, room, you, who

Unit 23: cow, house, town, shout, down, mouse, found, loud, brown, ground, could, should

Unit 25: cannot, pancake, maybe, baseball, playground, someone, myself, classroom, sunshine, outside, upon, nothing

Unit 26: I'm, don't, isn't, we've, we'll, it's, I've, didn't, you're, you'll, wasn't, can't

Unit 31: running, clapped, stopped, hopping, batted, telling, pinned, hugging, sitting, rubbed, missed, pulled

Unit 32: liked, using, riding, chased, spilled, making, closed, hoping, baked, hiding, named, packed

Unit 34: unhappy, retell, unsafe, unkind, repaint, refill, unlike, remake, unpack, reread, unlock, rename

Unit 35: helpful, sadly, hopeful, thankful, slowly, wishful, kindly, useful, safely, painful, mouthful, weakly



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/or assignment)                        

 4. Practice prayers and basic facts (until they are memorized) 


Wednesday, August 21st: 

Are you studying for the final Spelling test on Friday?