Mrs. Kennedy – 2nd Grade
Email: ckennedy@saintstansschool.org 
Office Hours: Language Arts, Wednesday 7:45-8:10am

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August/September 2022

Dear Parents and Students,

Mrs. Kennedy’s office hours for extra help in Language Arts will be Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:10.  Notification will be sent letting you know when office hours will begin. 

Welcome to Second Grade!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready for some great learning!  There are so many new and exciting things for you to learn. Our school theme for this year is “Children are the Heritage of the Lord.”  I will be teaching Second Grade with Mrs. Schurch, and I will also be your child’s Language and Science teacher.  I look forward to working with you in the upcoming months. 

Our first few weeks of school will be transitioning our students back into a school routine by going over classroom policies and procedures and continuing to practice health and safety protocols.  Keeping your children safe is a priority.  It will be important for all of us to support one another as we begin another wonderful school year together at St. Stan’s.

Below is an outline of how we will begin the year in each subject area.

Religion: This will be a very special year for second graders as we prepare our hearts for Jesus.  We will be celebrating the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist.  I am looking forward to preparing your child for these special sacraments.  Both are a time of joy and excitement as the children come closer to Jesus.

Our Religion series is called Christ In Us.  The first unit, “What do we believe?”  consists of 5 lessons.

            Lesson 1-What do we believe?

            Lesson 2-Who is God?

            Lesson 3-Why did God make us?

            Lesson 4-Who is Jesus Christ?

            Lesson 5-What is the church?

Reading:  Unit I in Reading is titled “You Are Here:  How do different places affect us?”  In this unit students will read realistic fiction and use elements and clues to make connections to what they know about their community. They will learn to distinguish between  short and long vowel sounds, rhyming words, the CVCe long vowel pattern, consonant blends, the ch, sh,wh, th, ph consonant digraphs, the tch consonant trigraph, and the –s, -ed, and –ing inflected endings. 

This unit will help your child with the following skills:

  • Understanding setting and characters
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Making and confirming predictions
  • Explaining patterns and structures in poetry
  • Understanding plot elements

The children will be expanding their vocabulary and comprehension skills as we progress through the year. 

Our weekly spelling lists consist of 10 spelling words, 3 High-Frequency words, and 5 Vocabulary words.  Tests will be given each Friday and they will consist of the spelling words, and high-frequency words.  Students need to understand the meaning of each vocabulary word as they will be tested on these words weekly.  New word lists will be sent home every Friday.  Please log into the website called Spelling City using the following link to help your child study weekly spelling words by playing some fun games.  www.SpellingCity.com/ckennedy7.  Also, this is a great resource to use if your child is absent when lists go home or if the list gets misplaced.  Weekly words will also be posted in Google Classroom.

Language:  I am looking forward to working with the children this year for Language class.  It is very exciting to see their progress from day to day and week to week throughout the course of the year!

In Unit 1, students will be improving their writing skills by learning about simple sentences, subject and predicates, compound sentences, and ending punctuation.  They will plan, draft, and publish their writing.

Science: We will begin with our unit on Science, Engineering and Technology:  Technology and the Design Process.  The children will learn the benefits of technology, the functions of machines, and the steps of the design process.

Feel free to contact me throughout the year with any questions or concerns that may arise. You may contact the school office at 592-5135 or send me an email.  My email address is ckennedy@saintstansschool.org.

Thank you and may your child have a positive and fun-filled year in second grade!

Mrs. Kennedy  


Mrs. Schurch  – 2nd Grade
EMAIL: mschurch@saintstansschool.org

Office Hours: Math, Thursday 2:45-3:15pm


Dear Parents and Students,

Mrs. Kennedy’s office hours for extra help in Language Arts will be Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:10.  Notification will be sent letting you know when office hours will begin. 

Welcome to Second Grade!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready for some great learning!  There are so many new and exciting things for you to learn. Our school theme for this year is “Children are the Heritage of the Lord.”  I will be teaching Second Grade with Mrs. Schurch, and I will also be your child’s Language and Science teacher.  I look forward to working with you in the upcoming months. 

Our first few weeks of school will be transitioning our students back into a school routine by going over classroom policies and procedures and continuing to practice health and safety protocols.  Keeping your children safe is a priority.  It will be important for all of us to support one another as we begin another wonderful school year together at St. Stan’s.

Below is an outline of how we will begin the year in each subject area.

Religion: This year we will be celebrating the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist.  How exciting!  Chapter 1 of our religion book is titled, What Do We Believe? We will be discussing the history of the Church, What is the Church? Who is God? and Who is Jesus Christ?

Reading:  Unit I in Reading is titled “You Are Here:  How do different places affect us?”  In this unit students will read realistic fiction. We will be reviewing and learning about short and long vowel sounds, rhyming words, the CVCe long vowel pattern, consonant blends, the ch, sh,wh, th, ph consonant digraphs, the tch consonant trigraph, and the –s, -ed, and –ing inflected endings. The children will continue to expand their reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills as we progress through the year. 

Our weekly spelling lists consist of 10 spelling words, 3 high-frequency words, and 5 vocabulary words.  Spelling tests include the 10 spelling words, 3 high frequency words, and writing 2 sentences using a spelling word. Spelling tests will be given every other Friday. Vocabulary and reading tests will be given on the Friday when there is not a spelling test. Students will need to understand the meaning of each vocabulary word.  New word lists will be sent home every other Friday.  Please log into the website called Spelling City using the following link to help your child study weekly spelling words:  www.SpellingCity.com/ckennedy7

Math:  This month students will take a Grade 2 readiness test, review addition fact strategies, practice adding doubles and near doubles, using tens frames to make a 10 to add numbers, counting on and backward to subtract, see how addition and subtraction are related, and solve addition and subtraction word problems. 

Please have your child utilize the online website:  https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/ to practice fluently adding and subtracting number equations.

Social Studies:  This month we will start with a geographical review of vocabulary:  states, countries, continents, oceans, compass rose, and scale. The first unit is, “Governing the People.”  We will be learning many vocabulary words:  citizen, rights, law, government, judge, government service, tax, election, mayor, governor, President, vote, ballot.  Central questions include:  How does government help people?  Why do we need leaders? How does our country’s government work?  What are the jobs of our community and state government?

Mrs. Schurch’s office hours for Math extra will be Thursday from 2:45-3:15.   

Feel free to contact me throughout the school year with any questions or concerns. You may email me at mschurch@saintstansschool,org or call and leave a message for me in the school office 413-592-5135. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to wonderful year of working together with you and your child!

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Schurch

 

 

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