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    Second Grade


    smiley ​January Greetings smiley

    From the desk of Kathleen L. Gullo

    Happy New Year

    I have stopped  checking their assignment book. (Just spot checks to see if they are keeping up. Their  sentences should now be more than four words and no I sentences.  We are very engaged in our "Ramona" book club meetings!! The children are always wondering what she will be up to next.!


    ​A New Year Prayer

    Thank You Lord for giving me the brand new year ahead, help me live the way I should as each new day I tread.  Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend.  Give me the strength and courge so a shoulder I might lend.  The year ahead is empty - help me fill it with good things  with joy and happiness.  Please give to all upon this Earth a heart that's filled with love - a gentle happy way to live with Your blessings from above.



    angel January Birthday angel

    Maks Figueroa


       heart Character Education Counts heart

    Each month we focus on a character trait - a virtue.  This month we will focus on respect. Respect for ourselves and others. Our possessions and the possessions of others.


    cool This month's focus will be:

     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 sound.  Our wrting skills are getting better and we will be working on descriptive writing this month.  Grammar will have us focusing on irregular verbs.   Math will have us working on money - counting, making change adding and subtracting. We will also learning how to tell time to the minute on an analog clock.  We will be exploring the different types of rocks and how they were formed.  Students will be completing projects online using ipads.  Social Studies will have us leaning about many different Native American tribes and researching them.  We will also learn about various explorers and the first colonies.


    laugh Schedule laugh

    Monday - spanish, Mr. Martinez

    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.