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    Second Grade


    smiley ​September Greetings smiley

    From the desk of Kathleen L. Gullo

    Welcome to the wonderful world of second grade at the Academy at Saint Mary.  I'm delighted to have your child in my class this year and am looking forward to an awesome year.  The beginning of a school year is full of new beginnings and challenges for everyone - students, parents and teachers. I believe with school and home working together we can make great things happen.


    ​A Prayer For the Beginning of Our School Year

    Dear God, Thank You for looking after our school.  Thank You that you love each and everyone of us.  Help us to learn, play and share together, so that the wonderful world You have made becomes more beautiful everyday.  Amen



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    St. Mary - 8th


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    Each month we focus on a character trait - a virtue.  This month we will focua on friendship. We will explore the concept of what it means to be a good friend to someone, both in their lives at home and in school.  The class will make a friendship snack to share with each other.  We will talk about having no "rotten bananas" in our class. LOL


    cool This month's focus will be:

    The beginning of a school year always focuses on settling into a new routine.  Like writing our own assingments in our new homework books and being more responsible students. Reading will bring us to a new adventure in guided reading and self reading.  There will be more emphasis on phonics and learning the many different varient sounds.  Students will be introduced to a seperate set of vocabulary words.  Math will have us reviewing for a little while and making sure that we are on target with adding and subtracting.  We will be exploring animal groups and exploring their habitats.  Students will be completing projects online using ipads.  Communities will be our focus in Social Studies - rural, surburban and urban.




    laugh Schedule laugh

    Monday - spanish, Ms Frasquieri

    Tuesday - computer, Ms. Oliveria; music, Mrs. Alvarez

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

    Thursday - spanish

    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.