Second Grade Newsletter

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.
Use them well to serve one another. – 1 Peter 4:10

Dear Parents,
Welcome to Panda Country. What an exciting time! Second Grade is here at last, which can be really exciting and overwhelming at the same time. It usually takes a few weeks for the students to adjust to the new schedule. The schedule of tasks can be a little more challenging and will take more time to complete. Time management is very important in life.

Your child has to adjust to new time frames, classroom procedures, and workloads. Some children may experience a little stress during this time. If the stress continues after a month, please let me know.

I am looking forward to working with you this year. We are one team working together for your child’s benefit. If you ever have any questions or concerns please let me know. Always feel free to contact me – just call or e-mail me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can (@).

I hope you had a great summer. I know you are just as excited as the children for school to start.

I am looking forward to seeing you in person at our class meeting on Thursday, September 6th at 6 pm. This year our room parents are Teresa Propper and Mari Waldron. They will introduce themselves at our meeting.

Toni Mazzara

Curriculum . . .

Jesus Is the Son of God

God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, to be with us. Jesus is God’s greatest gift. In this chapter the children will learn that Jesus’ family helped Him to grow. They will appreciate their families as gifts from God, and we will discuss that they are gifts to their families. The children will understand that it is every family member’s responsibility to help one another. We will talk about ways the children can participate in family responsibilities and activities. SLE: 1a, d

Additional Resources: 1) the book, A Child’s Life of Jesus, Lizzi Napoli, Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1990; 2) the video, “Jesus, the Son of God, Animated Stories from the New Testament” series, Nest Entertainment, 1995; 3) the website

For the first ten days of school students will scan 10 pages per day. In addition, oral reading is done at this time. We are lucky to have Open Court Reading, which is known as “Imagine It”. The books are beautiful and the stories wonderful. I know your child will love these new books. In our workbook, Unit One consists of compare and contrast, figuration language, short vowels, position words and nouns. A comprehension worksheet is done at the completion of each story.
SLE: 2d, 3d

I am teaching students how to use addition and subtraction strategies. Included in this instruction are:
• using strategies, including the association and commutative properties to add three or more numbers
• recognizing, describing and extending patterns
• using addition facts to solve related subtraction
• writing number sentences to solve problems
• identifying and writing different names for the same number
( SLE: 2e, 4a

The curriculum is Catholic based and includes grade level themes that complement our Sadlier religion text. This is the year we begin cursive. The students feel so grown up to learn cursive. SLE: 3d

Investigation and Experimentation

Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will: a) Make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guesses; b) Compare and sort common objects according to two or more physical attributes (e.g., color, shape, texture, size, events, and observations); c) Write or draw descriptions of a sequence of steps, events, and observations. SLE: 1b, 2b

There is an online database ( available for you to help your child choose library books to read about science, nature and inventors.

Students will study and write words daily in class. On Friday there will be a test on the words of the week.

Social Studies:
We will begin with the five themes of Geography. The students will:
a. Understand how the five themes help us see all the parts of geography
b. Identify what each theme means
c. Define geographic words
d. Define what a direction is in geography

For Your Information
√ Our room parents will be contacting you on various upcoming events. I want to thank them in advance for taking on this responsibility.

√ Our patron saint for second grade is Saint Anthony of Padua. During the year we will learn about the special life of Saint Anthony and we will be praying for his guidance, protection and help in finding lost items.

Home-School Connection
√ Second graders love to read chapter books. I am starting to read in class the book Magic Tree, a collection of short stories. Ask your child about the stories. (I leave them with a “cliffhanger” each day.)

√ I suggest that you and your child read a chapter from a book together each evening.

Bedtime Suggestion
√ Your child needs 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night. This allows your child to learn more as he or she won’t be tired. I have had children put their head down and sleep for two hours because they didn’t get enough rest. While doing this they miss math or language arts. If your child goes to bed at 7:30, I suggest you read with them until 8:00 and then the lights should go out.

√ Morning snacks should be nutritious such as fresh fruit or vegetables. In second grade we closely examine the labels to find out the nutritious value of the product. I also teach them about making healthy choices for snacks. Nutrition is a lifelong education that starts early in your child’s life. The instruction they learn now will impact them as adults. Anything with high fructose and any other added sugar is not a very healthy snack.

√ Getting your child to school on time is important. They need to walk in with everyone in class and get started when everyone else does. Have you ever gone into work late and everyone else is settled and working or walking in late to a meeting and people watch you walk in. If your child is late they feel like they are behind before they even start.















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