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Grade 2 - Ms. Jacques

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Welcome to Second Grade!!

My name is Nicole Jacques and this is my 5th year teaching 2nd grade at St. Christopher School. I graduated from Keene State College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology. I earned my M.Ed in Literacy and Language Learning from Lesley University and am currently working towards a Reading Specialist license.  Prior to working at St. Chris, I worked in the Salem public school district as a Title I Reading Teacher. In addition to teaching, I am also a part-time swim instructor.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love reading and being around the water.

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November News!

The year has turned its circle, 
The seasons come and go.
The harvest is all gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures, 
The fields, their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!

turkey_dance

October was a fun month full of activities! We learned about the 7 sacraments. We made Frankensteins for the hall bulletin board and did a witch craft at our Halloween party. We sorted sentences into the 4 types of sentences: Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative, and Exclamatory. We finished our Social Studies unit on Where People Live and completed our first take-home project: Countries!

 

November is here! This is a short, but busy month! Take a look at what we have planned in 2J this month:

 

Math: In math this month, we will be working on Chapter 2: place value. We will be identifying the values of digits in two-digit numbers, writing number words up to 100, comparing and ordering numbers up to 100, and problem solving. We will also be practicing our estimation skills. We will continue to do Minute Math – a daily timed math fact quiz. Students should be practicing their math facts daily on www.xtramath.org, they should also be practicing math skills on www.ixl.com a couple times a week.


Religion: In Religion we will be talking about how the church celebrates different seasons of the Church Year. We will also learn more in depth about Ordinary Time, when we celebrate Jesus Christ and learn to follow him.


Science: 2J has moved onto our first Science unit, Weather and Seasons! We are all very excited to learn about this topic! We will be spending a lot of time reading, writing, and watching video clips about weather. We will talk about the patterns found in weather, how weather changes from season to season, and finally extreme weather! (Think: tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc)


Reading: In Reading, we will learn a few more comprehension strategies including cause and effect, Author’s purpose, and facts and details. Students should be practicing these strategies at home while they are reading 15 minutes a day. We will also continue building our fluency and reading rate. The class loves Daily 5 and enjoys making their Daily 5 choices throughout the week.


Spelling/Phonics: The spelling patterns we will work on this month are: r-controlled vowels and contractions. Keep practicing those spelling words on http://www.spellingcity.com/NicoleJacques/.


English: In English we will talk about nouns; common nouns, Proper Nouns, and singular/plural nouns.

 

Check out some important dates in November:

November 1: Hot Lunch Ordering begins

November 1: Winter Uniform Dress begins (no shorts)

November 1: All Saints Day Mass – 9:15am – 4T preparing

November 7: Barnes and Noble Night - 6:00-7:30pm

November 9: 1st Quarter Report Cards go home

November 10: NO SCHOOL – VETERAN’S DAY

November 15: Hot Lunch Ordering ends

November 15: Lifetouch picture retakes

November 16: Parent/Teacher Conferences – 4:00-8:00

*you will be receiving a conference time reminder from me soon*

November 21: Crazy Sock Day!!

November 21: Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 9:15am – 5M preparing

November 22-26: NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK

November 29: Paper News Wednesday

November 29-December 1: Christmas Shopping

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy November!

Love,

~Miss Jacques and 2J~

 

Outstanding October!

An Autumn Day!

Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant 
As an autumn day!
-Carmen Lagos Signes

pumpkin-patch

 

Wow! I can’t believe how fast September has flown by! We have covered a lot in a few short weeks. We have learned about The Daily 5 and CAFÉ. Through this system, we have been building our reading and writing stamina by practicing “Read to Self,” “Read to Someone,” “Work on Writing,” and “Word Work.” In Religion, we have learned about the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Family, and several special Catholic celebrations, like Pentecost. In Math, we have been practicing both addition and subtraction math facts and problem solving. We have been taking 3-minute timed math tests and have been beating our scores each day! In Social Studies we have just started talking about the different types of communities in which people live: urban, rural, and suburban.

 

 

October brings in a new season and more learning! Check out some of the things we will be learning this month in 2J:

 

 

ReadingWe will continue our Unit on “How can we explore new places and things?” We will be focusing on a few important comprehension strategies: Character/Setting, Main Idea, and Fact and Details. We will also talk about building our oral reading fluency, working on our expression and intonation. Students should be reading 15 minutes each night. Remember: the only way to get better at reading is to read !

 

SpellingOur spelling patterns will include long vowels, consonant blends, inflected endings and consonant digraphs! We will also have a high-frequency word review week, so keep practicing those words on spellingcity.com (link: https://www.spellingcity.com/NicoleJacques/)

 

ReligionIn Religion, we will focus on the sacraments and the different ways we worship God.

 

EnglishWe are currently working on sentences. This month we will learn about subjects and predicates, as well as the different kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. Practicing these skills on IXL will be very beneficial!!

 

Social StudiesWe will continue our unit on where people live. We will learn how to use a map key and a compass rose. We will also read about states, countries, continents, and oceans.

And finally, MathWe will finish up our unit on addition and subtraction facts and then move on to place-value. It’s extremely important that each student practices their math facts every day. These should be automatic (no fingers)! Please let your child use Xtramath.org in order to improve their speed and accuracy.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES IN OCTOBER:

 

September 29 – NO SCHOOL

October 6 – Rediker Emergency Communications Test

October 9 – NO SCHOOL/COLUMBUS DAY

October 13 – EARLY RELEASE DAY at 12:30 – NO After Care

October 18 – Picture Day! Please wear your best uniform

October 24 – Vocation Day – Mass at 9:15am

October 25 – Paper Wednesday News

October 31 – Halloween Free Dress – Booooooo!!!!

 

Happy October/Happy Halloween

Love,

~Miss Jacques~

 

Back to School - September News

Welcome back to school!

Our first few days of school went well and your children are quickly adjusting to being back in the school routine, as am I.

Below you will find the Specials Schedule for 2J:

Monday - PE 11:40-12:20

Tuesday - Music 9:20-10:00

Wednesday - Computers/Library 1:40-3:00

Thursday - Art 9:00-10:00, Spanish 1:20-2:00

Second graders are now responsible for keeping a Student Planner. They are in charge of writing their homework in it each day. They need to bring their Student Planner and HOME folder home with them each afternoon and then bring it back the very next day.

In 2nd grade, students are expected to use IXL and Xtramath at home often. There will be timed tests each week on basic math facts. Xtramath is a great resource to improve on speed and automaticity. A letter went home with an access code for Xtramath. Even if your child used Xtramath last year, please log in with the access code highlighted on your letter, this will link your child's account to my class account so I can see how he/she is doing.

The month of September will be spent setting the daily routines and expectations in our classroom. Students are learning the Daily 5 routines and quickly building their stamina in both reading and writing. We are currently working on "Read to Self" and "Work on Writing." Our next Daily 5 choice will be "Read to Someone," which is always a big hit!

We will also be gradually introducing each subject this month, starting with Math and Religion. And, our FIRST spelling test of the year will be Friday, September 15th. This spelling test is a sight word review.

I update my class page at least once a month. Please check back for updates, topics we will cover in class each month, pictures, and congratulations. Also, feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns.

I look forward to a great year!

~Miss Jacques~

 
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