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Grade 2 - Ms. Jacques

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Welcome to Second Grade!!

My name is Nicole Jacques and this is my 5th year teaching 2nd grade at St. Christopher School. I graduated from Keene State College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology. I earned my M.Ed in Literacy and Language Learning from Lesley University and am currently working towards a Reading Specialist license.  Prior to working at St. Chris, I worked in the Salem public school district as a Title I Reading Teacher. In addition to teaching, I am also a part-time swim instructor.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love reading and being around the water.

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Amazing April Agenda

April

The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.

Yet the backyards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.

by Sara Teasdale

 

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March was a busy month! We had our annual STEM Day and Science Fair, which were both big successes. Thank you for coming to check out 2J's Science Projects. We had a challenging, but fun time creating our index card towers! 2J and 2R ran the St. Patrick’s Day mass on March 16th and everyone did a fabulous job! The 2nd graders also completed their take-home “Mystery Island Landform Projects.” I can’t wait to hear all about them after Easter break! We welcome April with open arms and look forward to the warmer weather and no more snow days!


We will learn many things in 2nd grade this very short month, below is a quick outline of some of the exciting topics our class will cover…

 

Religion – We will begin Unit 3 in our Religion anthology. In this unit we will learn about Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist.

 

Math – We will finish up our unit on Double Digit Subtraction – with and without regrouping. Our next unit will be on time and money. If you want to get a head start on these skills at home, IXL is great! And don’t forget to keep practicing those math facts too! www.xtramath.org

 

Reading – The comprehension strategies that we will practice this month are plot and theme, fact and opinion, and cause and effect. These strategies can be practiced and discussed at home during your child’s nightly reading.

 

Reading Logs – Reminder: Reading logs are due at the end of each month. These reading logs should include the amount of time your child reads each night and a parent signature.  2nd graders are expected to read 15 minutes or more a night, this means they should be reading a total of 400+ minutes every month!

 

Spelling/Phonics – Our spelling words this month will focus on vowel digraphs (oo, ue, ew, ui), suffixes (-ly, -ful, -er, -or, -ish), and prefixes (un-, re-, pre-, dis-).

 

English – This month we will talking about adverbs. Good writers use adjectives and adverbs to make their writing more interesting! We will also start learning about pronouns.

 

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April 1 – Hot Lunch Ordering Begins

April 2 – NO SCHOOL – EASTER MONDAY

April 6 – Mass 9:15am

April 13 – Report Cards go home

April 14 – Family Dance – 6:00pm – St. Patrick Parish Gym

April 20 – Earth Day Free Dress

April 20 – Poetry  Slam – 1:45pm – Church Hall

April 21 – 29th - APRIL VACATION, NO SCHOOL

April 30-May 4 NWEA Standardized Testing (Grades 2-6)

 

Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful April Vacation!

~Miss Jacques~

 

 

March Madness

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March

When the rain is splashing down
On the fields and in the town
Singing winds begin to blow
And the flowers start to grow
How glad I am when I have seen
Those tender leaves of gentle green
They warm my heart and make it sing
For now I know at last it’s spring
Spring makes the world a happy place
You see a smile on every face
Flowers come out and birds arrive
Oh, isn’t it grand to be alive.

~ Author Unknown ~

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Spring is on its way! I hope you all have a wonderful February vacation! We have a lot of fun things going on in March, including the STEM Science Fair, St Patrick's Day, and the St Patrick's Day Mass, which 2nd grade is preparing.


Here are a few things 2J will be working on in March:


Math – We will be finishing up Chapter 4 and moving on to Chapter 5: Double Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping). Your children NEED to be practicing their math facts at home. Use Xtramath.org to help with math fact speed (email me if you need another copy of their log in information)


Reading - We have started Unit 4. In this unit, we are continuing to strengthen our skills and strategies.  Unit 4 reinforces comprehension strategies like inferencing, fact/opinion, compare/contrast, and theme and plot.  We will continue to build our vocabulary by tuning into “Interesting Words” as we read.


English – In English, we will begin learning about adjectives


Phonics/Spelling – Our spelling words will consist of vowel patterns /oo/ and /u/, as well as dipthongs: ou, ow, oi, oy


Social Studies – We have started the chapter “Our Earth” where we will learn about landforms and map reading. Students will also be completing a take-home project that goes along with this chapter.


Religion -2nd grade will be preparing the St Patrick's Day Mass on March 16th at 9:15am. We will also continue with Unit 2 about Penance and Reconciliation.


Important Dates in March:

March 1-15:      Hot Lunch Ordering

March 8:         STEM DAY - all day

March 8:        Science Fair/STEM night – 5:30-7:00pm

March 9:        EARLY RELEASE – 12:30pm – NO AFTER CARE

March 16:         St Patrick's Day Mass - 9:15am - 2J and 2R preparing!!

March 16:         St Patrick's FREE DRESS day

March 21:        Spring Pictures – DRESS UP DAY

March 23:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

March 29:        Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15

March 30:         NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY!!!

April 2:              NO SCHOOL – EASTER MONDAY!!!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy March!

Love, Miss Jacques and 2J

 

 

Frolicking into February

I stood beside a hill

Smooth with new-laid now,

A single star looked out

From the cold evening glow.

There was no other creature

That saw what I could see –

I stood and watched the evening star

As long as it watched me.

By: Sara Teasdale

 

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February is a short month filled with fun activities and lots of learning! Take a look at what we have coming up:

 

MathWe have finished our chapter on graphing and data analysis and have started Chapter 4: Double digit addition with and without regrouping. Don’t forget to keep practicing those math facts! We have switched our Minute Math tests to subtraction this quarter.  www.xtramath.org


ReadingThe comprehension skills we will be working on in reading this month are drawing conclusion, comparing/contrasting and sequencing. Have your child practice these strategies while reading at home. We will be working more on our oral reading fluency too. The goal is to read at a “just-right” speed with good expression. We do not want to read like “robots”.


Spelling/PhonicsThe spelling patterns this month will be long vowel patterns i, ie, igh, y and comparative endings “er” and “est”


EnglishWe will continue to work on verbs this month.


ReligionJesus taught us the 10 commandments, which are laws that help us live as God’s children. Last month we sang the “10 Commandment Boogie” to help us remember each commandment (“we’re gonna dance it ‘til we die”). This month we will learn more about these commandments and how to follow them. We will also talk about sin. The first week of February is also Catholic Schools Week, so pay close attention to the fun dress down themes and activities planned for each day.


IMPORTANT DATES IN FEBRUARY:


January 28-February 3 – Catholic School Week!

February 1 – Beach day – bring beach towels

February 2 – Pajama Day and movies with our buddies

February 2 – Brown Bags for Corpus Christi Food Pantry due at 9:00am

February 13 - <3 Valentine’s Free Dress <3

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass – 9:15am

February 16 – Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

February 19 – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

February 23 – Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

February 24-March 4 - NO SCHOOL – WINTER VACATION!

 

Happy February!

Love,

~Miss Jacques~

 
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