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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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Reminder!!

Just a reminder that September Reading Logs are due Tuesday, September 30th.

 

Remember, 2nd graders should be reading about 15 minutes a night to help improve their fluency and reading rate, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen their reading comprehension.

 

April Showers bring May Flowers - May News

May

May's a month of happy sounds,
The hum of buzzing bees,
The chirp of little baby birds
And the song of a gentle breeze.

~anonymous

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May is here! I hope you will bring back the warm weather from your exciting vacations! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some sun !


I am so proud of 2J’s first book report! Everyone did such a great job! The 1st grade is going to have a hard time choosing the winner of the T-Shirt contest!


Take a look at what we have planned in 2J this month:


PhonicsWe are wrapping up our Phonics lessons this month! We will be discussing synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. Then, we will be doing some final assessments!


ReligionStudents will learn that everyone is called to God to love and serve him. We will also be focusing on today’s church this month.


Math We have started the chapter on telling time. We will learn about telling time to the ¼ hour, before the hour, elapsed time, and estimated time. This is a challenging topic for children since most of us are now using digital clocks on a daily basis. It would be helpful if you could work on this with your child at home too.


Spelling This month’s spelling patterns include consonant digraphs such as ph, gh, ck, and ng and the vowel patterns aw, au, augh, and al.


Reading We will be finishing our Unit on ‘what it means to be responsible’. Some comprehension strategies we will talk about are character and setting, main idea, and inferring. We will also be working on our reading fluency – using expression and appropriate phrasing while reading out loud.


Science In Science we are starting our unit on Earth Science. Some topics we will cover are natural resources, rocks and soil, using plants, how Earth changes, and how we can protect Earth.


Social StudiesWe will finish up our Social Studies unit by learning about trading and moving goods and bartering goods and services. Then we will create our own business cards!

 

** IMPORTANT DATES IN MAY **

May is a busy month!

Make sure you add these dates to your calendar!


April 26-May 4th: NO SCHOOL - APRIL VACATION

May 9th: Used Book Sale 9:00am-2:00pm - Church Hall

May 11th: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Enjoy your special day!

May 12th: Tuition Packets Due

May 15th: Healthy St Chris Assembly - 9:15am - Church Hall

May 18th: Spring Parish/School Mass and Coffee Hour - 10:00am

May 18th: Open House for Prospetive Students 11:30am-1:00pm

May 19th: Teacher Appreciation Lunch - noon - Church Hall

May 20th: PreK-2nd Grade Spring Concert - 10:00am - Church

May 21st: Walk to School Day - 8:15am - Sargent Park Ave

May 21st: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - 8:30am - Lobby

May 22nd: Grades 3-6 Spring Concert - 10:00 - Church

May 22nd: Spring Fine Arts Festival - 6:00pm - Church

May 23rd: May Crowning - 9:15am - Church

May 26th: NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

May 28th: Paper Wednesday News

May 29th: Ascension Mass - 9:15am

May 30th: Field Day/Fun Run - 12:40pm - Sargent Park Ave (2nd grade wears white)

 

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I hope you all had a wonderful (and much needed) April vacation!

Happy Mother's Day!

Love,

~Miss Jacques~

 



 

April Agenda

April

The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.

Yet the backyards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.

by Sara Teasdale

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March was a busy month! We had our very first STEM Day and Science Fair, which were both big successes. Thank you for coming to check out 2J's Science Project - Low Fat, Low Taste? The 2nd graders also had their first Terra Nova Testing experience. I heard a lot of "Miss Jacques, this is so fun!" from everyone, so it seems they all liked it. We welcome April with open arms and hope it brings warmer weather!


We will learn many things in 2nd grade this month, below is a quick outline of some of the exciting topics our class will cover…


Religion We will learn the ways we celebrate the Eucharist in our lives. We will also learn about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus during the Easter Triduum.


Math We will learn to tell time to the ¼ hour and in 5-minute intervals. We will talk about the values of coins and bills. We will continue to assess our math fact fluency with 5-minute math. I am seeing huge improvements in the students that regularly use Xtramath.org at home, keep up the good work!


Reading Our big unit question this month is “What does it mean to be responsible?” This is a great question that can be addressed at home as well! The comprehension strategies that we will practice this month are fact and opinion, cause and effect, and plot and theme.


Reading LogsReminder: Reading logs are due at the end of each month. These reading logs should include the amount of time your child reads each night and a parent signature.  2nd graders are expected to read 15 minutes or more a night, this means they should be reading a total of 400+ minutes every month!


Spelling Our spelling words this month will focus on words with suffixes, prefixes, and the consonant patterns kn, wr, gn, mb.


Phonics We will learn the rules for singular possessives, inflectional endings, suffixes, and prefixes.


Handwriting We will continue to learn our lower case letters in cursive and then we will learn to write our first and last names!

 

* * * Important Dates in April: * * *


April 4 - School Mass 9:15am

April 11 - UNO's Pizza Lunch for 2J, KB, KN, 3D

April 11 - Stations of the Cross 2:15pm

April 11 - "No Strings Attached" Drama Club Production at Nashua Catholic 7:00pm

April 17 - Holy Thursday Paraliturgy 9:15am

April 18 - GOOD FRIDAY, NO SCHOOL

April 21 - Boston Strong Free Dress - Marathon Monday

April 22 - Earth Day Free Dress

April 23 - Spring Photos - Dress UP Day

April 23 - Paper News

April 25 - Poetry Slam in the Church Hall 1:45pm

April 25 - April Reading Logs are Due!

April 26 - May 4 - APRIL VACATION, NO SCHOOL


Have a wonderful April Vacation! Cool

~Miss Jacques~

 
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