December 14, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed An American School and Schools Around the World.  Both are informational texts.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with vowel digraphs "ee" and "ea" as in "feed" and "mean," using quotation marks correctly in sentences, decoding words with "s" and "es" endings, using story vocabulary in context, using a glossary and dictionary to determine meanings of words and phrases, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

SECOND GRADE MASS:  Second graders are in charge of the school Mass next Wednesday, December 20.  Please look for a note in today's take home folder to see what special part your child will have in our Mass.  Mass begins at 9:15 in the school gym.  We hope to see you there if you are able to come!

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY DONATION:  St. Malachy School is collecting items for our local food pantry during this Advent season.  If you would like to donate, items needed are:  Toothpaste, toilet paper, Kleenex, non-perishable canned fruits, vegetables, and boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper).  Items can be brought to school through December 15.


MATH:  We took the chapter 4 test over two-digit addition and started a new chapter over two-digit subtraction.  So far students have used the "break apart" strategy to subtract a one or two-digit number from a two-digit number, modeled two-digit subtraction with regrouping, and recorded two-digit subtraction using the standard algorithm.

BRING SACK LUNCH TO SCHOOL:  Next Thursday, December 21, students will be eating lunch with their Advent Angels.  For this, students are to bring a sack lunch.  Milk will be provided, so you do not need to send a drink.

ALL-SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CAROLING:  Students will sing Christmas carols with their Advent Angels next Thursday, December 21 in the school gym.  This will take place from 12:30-1:00.  Please join us if you are able to come!

TAKE HOME FOLDER AND SPELLING:  Due to the short week next week, we will not have taking a spelling test.  Also, take home folders will not be sent home next Thursday and there will not be a second grade newsletter posted on my blog.

BOOK IT/READING RODEO:  We had 55% participation in the Book It/Reading Rodeo program in November with 5,201 minutes read! Congratulations second grade! Keep reading throughout the month of December and return your December calendar to school on Wednesday, January 3.  I will send the January calendar home in the take home folder on Thursday, January 4.



December 7, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed an information text called Ah, Music.  We also read and sung There's a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with "ai" and "ay" as in "rain" and "stay," producing, expanding, and rearranging compound sentences, decoding words with "s" and "es" endings, using story vocabulary in context, identifying and using idioms in sentences (i.e., "it's raining cats and dogs" means "it's raining very hard,") capitalizing proper nouns, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

RELIGION:  We have been discussing Advent.  Students learned that the word "Advent" means "coming."  Students discussed various ways they can prepare their hearts for the coming of Jesus during this Advent season.

BOOK ORDERS:  Book orders are due tomorrow, December 8 if you are interested in ordering.  If you are writing a check, please make it payable to Scholastic Reading Club.

SCHOOL MASS ON DECEMBER 8:  Tomorrow, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We will be having school Mass.  Please have your child dress up for Mass tomorrow.

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY DONATION:  A note was sent home in last week's take home folder about St. Malachy collecting items for our local food pantry during this Advent season.  If you would like to donate, items needed are:  Toothpaste, toilet paper, Kleenex, non-perishable canned fruits, vegetables, and boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper).  Items can be brought to school through December 15.


Field Trip to the Des Moines Playhouse












November 30, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows That Type and Talk About Smart Animals.  Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows That Type is a humorous fiction selection while Talk About Smart Animals is an informational text.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with "s" and "es" endings as in "toys" and "benches," recognizing compound sentences, decoding contractions and words with the consonant-vowel syllable pattern, decoding words with the prefixes "pre" and "mis" as in "preheat" and "misunderstand," identifying plural nouns, using story vocabulary in context, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

SCIENCE:  We are wrapping up our chapter over habitats for plants and animals.  To end this chapter, students will choose a habitat to create in a shoe box.  All work on their habitat will be completed at school.

ADVENT ANGELS:  Your child has been paired up with an older student during the Advent season.  This "buddy" is known as their "Advent Angel."  Advent Angels will get together once each week throughout December for 30 minutes to complete an activity that will help students prepare for the coming of Jesus.

BOOK IT/READING RODEO:  I have enclosed a December Book It/Reading Rodeo calendar in today's take home folder.  Please return the November calendar to school as soon as possible.  The goal is to read at least 350 minutes throughout the month.

BOOK ORDERS:  Book orders have been enclosed in today's take home folder.  If you are interested in ordering, money and order form(s) are due Friday, December 8.  If you are writing a check, please make it payable to Scholastic Reading Club.

SCHOOL MASS NEXT WEEK:  Since next Friday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we will be having school Mass that day instead of Wednesday, December 6.  Please have your child dress up for Mass next Friday, December 8.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  Next Wednesday, December 6 is the St. Malachy Christmas concert. Students will be practicing for this during the afternoon of December 6.  The concert will be held at 6:30 P.M. at Creston High School.

November 16, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed Splash Photography and Jellies:  The Life of  Jellyfish.  Both are informational texts.  We worked on skills such as forming and using contractions, identifying statements of fact and opinion, blending and decoding words with consonant digraphs "th," "sh," "wh," "ch," "tch," and "ph," writing verbs in the present, past, and future tenses (as in walks--walked--will walk,) identifying and decoding words with suffixes "er" and "est" (as in smaller--smallest,) identifying singular and plural nouns (as in bench--benches,) using story vocabulary in context, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

MATH:  We applied place value concepts when using a break apart strategy for two-digit addition, modeled two-digit addition with regrouping, and recorded two-digit addition using the standard algorithm.

SHORT WEEK NEXT WEEK:  Due to Thanksgiving and the short school week next week, we will not be taking a spelling pre and post test.  Also, take home folders will not be sent home and there will not be a second grade newsletter sent home/posted on my blog.

FIST RECONCILIATION:  First Reconciliation will take place this Sunday, November 19.  It will begin at 1:00 P.M. at Holy Spirit Church with a potluck lunch followed by reconciliation.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Next Wednesday, November 22 school will not be in session due to teacher professional development.

November 9, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed two folktales called How Chipmunk Got His Stripes and Why Rabbits Have Short Tails.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with "ed" and "ing" endings, adding "s" or "es" to present tense verbs, decoding words with the consonant-vowel syllable pattern, using the correct verb in sentences for subject/verb agreement, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

RECONCILIATION:  Thank you for sending your child's First Reconciliation book to school on Monday.  We discussed chapter six in class.  This is the last chapter.  You do not need to send the book to school anymore...it is yours to keep.  Please make sure all work in the book has been completed, though, before your child's First Reconciliation.


  • First Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 at Holy Spirit Church.  We will begin with a potluck lunch in the church basement followed by reconciliation.


BOOK IT/READING RODEO:  For the month of October the second grade had 65% of the students reach the goal in the Book It/Reading Rodeo reading incentive program.  They read a total of 6,729 minutes! Wow! Keep up the great work second grade!

BOOK FAIR:  A big THANK YOU to all who donated books to our second grade classroom from the book fair last week!  We will enjoy having these books in our classroom library! Your generosity is very much appreciated!

SCIENCE:  We started a new chapter over habitats for plants and animals.  So far students have identified a habitat as a place where a plant or animal lives and grows.  They recognized that different habitats meet the needs of different plants and animals.  Students identified and described different kinds of land and water environments and habitats such as the desert, rain forest, tundra, forest, pond, and ocean.

MATH:  We took the chapter three test over basic facts and relationships and started chapter four over two-digit addition.  So far students have found a sum by breaking apart a one-digit addend to make a two-digit addend and a multiple of 10, and used compensation to develop flexible thinking for two-digit addition.

Halloween!