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Dear Parents,                                                                                                                         September 6, 2016
 
Welcome to a new school year!  I hope your child is as excited as I am about the upcoming year.  The children have been busy the first few days being introduced to new classmates, class routines, and curriculum. 
 
Some of the programs we use in second grade will be familiar to the children.  We use the Lucy Calkins Reading Program, which was introduced last year!  It follows the Reader’s Workshop format, which is similar to what your child used in first grade.  The children are expected to read for 15 minutes each night as part of their homework. In the spring, we will be starting the Lucy Calkins Writing Program.  We are using Fundations for our phonics/spelling program this year.  Students will work on their phonics skills in class and take a test at the end of each unit. Our math program is Go Math! The program includes a homework component given Monday – Thursday that reinforces the concepts we work on during the week.  Homework will be sent home starting Wednesday, 9/7/16. I will be sending home a letter that will include a Reflex Math login and password for your child to practice their math facts.  Please try to get your child on Reflex a few times a week to practice their facts.
 
The special schedule for this year is as follows:
Monday – Physical Education
Tuesday – Library
Wednesday – Chorus & Physical Education
Thursday – Music & Computer
Friday – Art
 
Lunch – 12:50-1:20
Recess – 1:20-1:40
 
Each month I will post a newsletter on my website which will outline the material and topics that we are studying during the month.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send a note, email, or call me @ 508-541-5475 ext. 2033.  Please check my class web page to find out more information about homework, book club orders, birthday celebrations, and useful links children can use to reinforce skills learned in the classroom. The web address is http://hods.norfolk.k12.ma.us.  Look under Grade 2 and click on my name, Kate Aucella, to get to my web page.  I am looking forward to a great year!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Aucella


January Newsletter

posted Jan 26, 2017, 7:19 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 7:22 AM ]

What We're Learning


Math - We are almost done with Unit 5   which focuses on 2 digit subtraction. The class will take their test early next week.


Reader's Workshop - We started a new unit on Fluency. The kids are working on ways to improve their reading, so that it sounds smooth.


Writer's Workshop – The kids are learning about Persuasive writing.  They will be writing letters to persuade their audience to feel the same way they do on a topic.


Social Studies - We will begin our unit on mapping skills, continents, oceans, rivers and mountain ranges next week.  


Science – We finished our unit on Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. The kids loved the hands on experiments! The next unit will be Matter.


Upcoming Events


1/16 No School – Martin Luther King Day

1/17 Half Day - Professional Development

1/27 Bingo Night – HOD

1/30 Kick off of the BEAR Reading Incentive



Teacher Tips

Addition and Subtraction practice 

This is a great link for students. It lets them practice addition and subtraction fact. 


http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skill_builders/adding_math_second_2nd_grade.htm

Grade Two Games 

http://www.brooklyn.ctschool.net/elementary/games2.html  



Happy New Year!

December Newsletter

posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:47 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 1:02 PM ]

What We're Learning!

Math - We are working on Unit 4 in Go Math. This unit teaches the students addition strategies using two digit and three digit numbers.


Reader's Workshop - The class continues to focus on Non-Fiction for the rest of this month.  The kids are learning all about the elements that make up a Non-Fiction book and main idea.


Writer's Workshop – The kids are working on Non-Fiction writing. They are researching an animal to that they chose.  The kids will be using books and various websites to find information about their animal with the end project being a poster.  They also have been doing some Holiday writing.


Social Studies - The next unit will include mapping skills, continents, and oceans.  


ScienceWe continue to learn about Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class has been investigating the properties of different rocks and doing experiments with sand & silt. The kids love the hands on experiments!

*Ask your child to tell you how they grow

knowledge while reading Non-Fiction books.



Upcoming Events

Friday – 12/23 ½ Day

School Sing-a-Long and Class Holiday Party which will be a Party in a Box - details to come.



Teacher Tips


Sight Words

http://www.sightwordswithsamson.com/sw/sight_words.asp

Second Grade Math Practice

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade/second


Thank you for your donations made to the food Pantry! 

We sent 430 canned goods to the Norfolk Food Pantry in November! 


I would also like to thank you for your generous donations made to our

 Hat & Mitten Tree and the Holiday Giving Project!

Our class raised $105! 



Happy Holidays!

November Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2016, 3:28 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 3:43 PM ]

What We’re Learning!


Math – We are in the middle of Unit 3 which focuses on Basic Facts and Relationships.  Some of the strategies being taught for addition and subtraction are challenging. The kids are working hard and figuring out which strategy works best for them.  Please  encourage your child to study their facts using Reflex, games, or flash cards.  


Reading The class just ended our first reading unit. This unit focused on decoding, strategies to help when retelling, and author’s purpose. We will begin Non-Fiction this week and continue with it until next month.  The kids will learn all about the elements that make up a Non-Fiction book and main idea.


Writing – This class finished fiction writing last month.  I hope you enjoyed the Halloween stories shared at conferences. We will be starting a non fiction writing unit this week.  The kids will research an animal and then create a poster with all the information they learned. 


Science – We continue to learn about Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class has been investigating the properties of different rocks and doing experiments with sand & silt. The kids love the hands on experiments!


Social Studies – The class is learning about landforms. The next unit will include mapping skills, continents, & oceans.

Upcoming Events


11/8 – No School – Professional Development

11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day

11/17 – Little Mermaid Play – Foxboro Orpheum

11/23 – Noon Dismissal

11/24 & 11/25 – No School

Teacher Tips

Ask your child to tell you two non fiction features they’ve learned

during Independent Reading.

LINKS

*Stop the Clock

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/StopTheClock/sthec3.html

*A Plus Math

http://www.aplusmath.com


I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and

 happy Thanksgiving with your families!



October Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2016, 3:21 PM by Kathleen Aucella

What We’re Learning!


Math - We finished Chapter 1 last week. This chapter focused on Algebra, with specific lessons on odd and even numbers, place value, different names for numbers, and skip counting by 5s, 10s, & 100s. We began chapter 2 this week. This Chapter focuses on many concepts taught in chapter 1, but includes numbers to 1,000.

Reading - We have been learning how to choose “just right“ books and about the Decoding Strategies good readers use, in order to become better readers. Please remember to have your child read for 10 to 15 minutes each night and follow the Homework Calendar.

Writing - The students have been working on sentence structure and what makes a good sentence.  The children are also learning about writing Small Moments (stories from their lives). Each child will be publishing one of their pieces at the end of the unit.

Science - We began a unit on Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class will be investigating the properties of different rocks and doing many experiments with sand & silt. The kids love the hands on experiments!

Social Studies – The class will be learning about Wants and Needs, Products and Services, and Christopher Columbus.


Upcoming Events


10/3-10/14 – “Eye & Hi’s” Program – Reinforces social skills of making eye contact & greeting adults and children.

10/11 & 10/12 – No school due to Columbus Day and a Professional Development Day.

10/21 – Progress Reports issued

10/31 – Halloween Parade – 1:45


I will be emailing a conference reminder to everyone in the middle of the month.


Teacher Tips


*You can check out updates, upcoming events, homework assignments, and our class schedule on my web page.  To view my page, go to http://www.norfolk.k12.ma.us/aucella.   

*Links 

Spin and Spell

http://www.spinandspell.com

Math games

http://www.myschoolhero.com

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