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Dear Parents,                                                                          September 4, 2018
Welcome to a new school year!  I hope your child is as excited as I am about the upcoming year.  The children were busy the first few days being introduced to new classmates, class routines, and curriculum.  They did well despite the heat last week.
Some of the programs we use in second grade will be familiar to the children.  We use the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Program, which was introduced last year! We use 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. 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. Sight words will be sent home at the beginning 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 Monday, 9/10/18. I will be sending home a letter which will include a Reflex Math login and password for your child to practice their math facts.  
The special schedulefor this year is as follows:
Monday– Library
Tuesday– Physical Education & Computer Bi-Weekly
Wednesday– Chorus & Physical Education
Thursday– Music 
Friday– Art
Lunch– 11:15-11:40
Recess– 11:40-12:00
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  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!
Mrs. Aucella

November Newsletter

posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:51 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 12:07 PM ]

Curriculum Highlights

It was so nice to catch up with all of you at conferences and share your child's progress.

Math - We are working on Unit 3 in Go Math! This unit teaches the students Basic facts and Relationships. The kids will be taking the test later this week. Our next unit focuses on Addition Strategies using two digit numbers. 

Reading – The unit being taught is Non-Fiction. Students are becoming experts on Non-Fiction books. They are reading a variety of texts and learning the components that differentiate Non-Fiction from Fiction.

Writing – The class is writing Non-Fiction Expert books. They are incorporating all the parts of a Non-Fiction book in their own books. The topics the kids have come up with are great!

Social Studies - The class has begun to learn about Landforms.

ScienceWe continue to study Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class has sorted and observed the properties of sand. Coming up, the kids will be exploring clay, studying the uses of rocks, and making sand sculptures.

11/6 – Noon Dismissal – Afternoon Conferences

11/8 – Noon dismissal – Evening Conferences

11/12 – No School – Veteran’s Day

11/21 – Noon Dismissal

11/22 & 11/23 – No School

Recommended Links

*Kid Rex Searche Engine

*A Plus Math

Happy Thanksgiving! 

October Newsletter

posted Sep 3, 2018, 4:28 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 5:40 AM ]

Curriculum Highlights

MathThe children took the test for Unit 1 last week and began unit 2 in Math this week.  Unit 2 focuses on Number Sense and Place Value with numbers 1-1000.  Please continue to encourage your child to study their facts using Reflex along with math games and/or flash cards.  

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. The children have also learning about author’s intentions for writing a book. Please remember to have your child read for 10/15 minutes each night and fill in their reading log. Book bags will being to go home this month. This gives your child a choice of books from the classroom to read.

Writing - The children are have been learning about writing Small Moments (stories from their lives). They have been working hard on sentence structure, editing and revising their stories. Each child will be publishing one of their favorite pieces this month. Our next unit will be Non-Fiction writing.

Science - We will begin a unit on Pebbles, Sand, & Silt next week. 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 continues to learn about Communities and Economics. These units focus on what makes a community and Producers, Consumers, Wants and Needs. 

 Upcoming Events

National Smile Day 10/5 - Wear Yellow to kick off our school Hi's and Eye's program

Conference sign up link to be emailed out - 10/5 - Watch your emails to sign up for a conference.

Columbus day - 10/8 - No school

Teacher's Professional Development - 10/9 - No school

Halloween Parade and Party - 10/31 - 1:45

Teacher Tip


Second Grade Math Practice 

Fun Brain 

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