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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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October News

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

 

 

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:

 

 

Reading: We 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

 

ReligionIn Religion, we will focus on two of the seven sacraments. First, we will talk about Baptism and how we become children of God and members of the church through this sacrament. Then, we will move on to the sacrament of Confirmation. Here we will discuss how the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way.

 

EnglishWe will learn about sentences. This month we will learn about subjects and predicates, as well as the different kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.

 

Social Studies: We 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! Please let your child use Xtramath.org in order to improve their speed and accuracy.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES IN OCTOBER:

 

Oct. 1-15                   Hot Lunch Ordering for November

Oct. 2                        3-School Ice Cream Social – 1:00-2:00 at Nashua Catholic

Oct. 7                        Rediker Emergency Contact Test – after 9:00am

Oct. 7                        Progress Reports sent home

Oct. 10                      NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

Oct. 12                      Picture Day! - Children must wear their uniforms

Oct. 12                      Signed Progress Reports due

Oct. 14                       Historical Perspectives All-School Assembly – 9:15am – Church Hall

Oct. 14                      Early Release 12:30pm – NO AFTERCARE

Oct. 18                      Vocation Day, Vocation Day Mass at 9:30am

Oct. 26                      Paper Wednesday News

Oct. 26                      Teacher Appreciation Soup Lunch

Oct. 31                      Orange, Black, and White Halloween Free Dress

Oct. 31                      October Reading Logs are due!

Oct. 31                      2J Class Halloween Party……BOOO!

 

Happy October/Happy Halloween

Love,

~Miss Jacques~

 

 

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~

 



 
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