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    Second Grade


    smiley ​March Greetings smiley

    From the desk of Kathleen L. Gullo

    ​A Prayer For a Lenten Spirit

    Be with me this Lent, Jesus, and deepen my spirit.  Let my every sacraifice be underscored with gratitude and humility.  May I discover anew all I have taken for granted.  In each small effort, may I recongnize my need for your strength.  As I obstain from negativity, self-righteousness, and arrogance - replenish me with kindness, understanding and good humor.  Be with with me this Lent, Jesus and turn my spirit towards you.


    angel No March birthdays angel

    enlightened 100 Book Challenge enlightened

    yes I gave the children a challenge to read 100 books by the end of the school year! These books are to be read at home.  A binder was sent home explaining all the details. Students will earn a homework pass for every 10 books they read and a Barnes and Nobles gift certificate will be given when 100 books have been read.  Students' names will be posted every month.  I hope they accept the challenge! yes  

    We have students who took the challenge and are placed on our "book challenge wall:"

    Brandon - 20 books

    Frankie - 10 books


         heart Character Education Counts heart

    Each month we focus on a character trait - a virtue.  This month we will focus on faithfulness.  What does it mean to be faithful?? We will be exploring the lives of some of our saints to see how they were faithfull to God..


    cool This month's focus will be:

    The children have settled in very nicely to our every day routine.  They are getting used to more independent work and have taken on more responsibility.  We will contine with our work in reading - adding more strategies as we go along.  Phonics brings us to working with words with vowel digraphs and consonant blends. Grammar's focus is on the parts of speech - pronouns (singular, plural, and possessive).  In math we will be finishing up our chapter on geometry and then moving on to adding and subtracting hundrends with regrouping.  Science chapter 8 will  have us exploring space - the moon, planets and constellations.  Social Studies will bring us into economics jobs for wages, needs vs. wants.  During this Lenten season, we will be following a Lenten Calendar and doing one activity per day  We will be doing the Stations of the Cross each Friday.


    laugh Schedule laugh

    Monday - spanish, Ms Frasquieri

    Tuesday - art, Mrs. Cruz; library, Mrs. Cavallerano

    Wednesday - computer, Mrs. Evans

    Thursday - spanish, music, Mrs. Alvarez

    Friday - gym, Mrs. Gaeta


      Classroom Rules

      *Be polite at all times.
     *Work quietly so as not to disturb others.

    • Listen courteously when others are talking.

    • *Be friendly to fellow classmates.
      *Be truthful and honest.
      *Respect the teacher, other adults and fellow classmates.
      *Hallway manners when walking in the hall.
      *Be prepared for class every day.
      *Arrive to class on time.
      *Cooperate with others.
      *Always try your best.


    Second Grade Homework Policy
             Homework is an important part of your child’s school experience.  Supporting good work habits requires a joint effort.  I will support your child and encourage good work habits at school.  Your child will benefit great    from your support and encouragement at home.
             Homework will be given daily and occasionally on a weekend.  Children are expected to write their daily homework in their green assignment book.  In the beginning of the school year, I will check these books to make sure that the homework is written correctly.  Beginning in January, I will no longer check these books every day.  Please sign, or initial this assignment book each day, so that you are aware of the work being done.
             If a child is absent, please call the school office and try to pick up the homework, perhaps a sibling could bring it home, or another child that lives nearby.
            You can also email me, and if the books are home I can send the pages to you via email.                 Whenever a child misses an assignment a notice will be sent to you.  The homework should be completed for the next day.  Every third missed assignment will result in a detention.


    Spelling homework will be the same each week:

    Monday - Write challenge words 3 times each and one sentence for each word.

    Tuesday - Choose any 5 words to write 3 times each on one sentence for each word.

    Wednesday - Write all 16 words in alphabetical order.
    Thursday - Study for test.

    If a child is absent from school, please try to get the homework for the day.  I don't mind emailing you the pages, if he/she has the books at home.  You know our spelling homework for each night - so go ahead and do that homework for the absent day.


    Behavior and Discipline Policy

              Your child’s success is very important.  To create and maintain a positive learning environment for all students, I will follow this behavior and discipline policy.
             Good behavior is expected everywhere in school, not only in the classroom.  The rules and regulations will be discussed on the first day of school and a copy of the rules will be sent home to you.  When student disobeys any rule, I will move their clothespin to over to the “slip up,” try a little harder side of our behavior chart.  A note will be sent to you regarding the “slip up.”  Please sign this form and return it to school.  If the “slip up” is more serious, a conduct referral will be sent home to you, or a detention will be given.
           Detention will be issued every third time a clothespin has been moved to the “slip up” side of our chart.