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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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PJ Buddy Day!

Happy PJ Day!!

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"Wouldn't it be great if we could wear PJ's everyday!?"

Love, 2J

 

 

Fabulous February!

February Twilight
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I stood beside a hill
Smooth with new-laid snow,
A single star looked out
From the cold evening glow.
There was no other creature
That saw what I could see--
I stood and watched the evening star
As long as it watched me.

by: Sara Teasdale

 

2 important reminders:

  1. Our first take-home project is due Tuesday, February 4th. I’m excited to see the creative state mobiles the students made and to hear their presentations!
  2. I’ve asked that each student bring in a composition notebook (no spiral notebooks please) by the first week in February. We will be using these as reading journals to practice our writing about reading skills.

Math – This month we will learn to add two-digit numbers with and without regrouping, build our estimation skills, and solve problems requiring more than one step. **Keep practicing those math facts!**

Reading – Our big unit 4 question is: “How do things change? How do they stay the same?” All our stories this month will be addressing this question. In reading we will continue to focus on reading accuracy and appropriate reading rate (words read per minute). We will also be working on some challenging comprehension skills such as: drawing conclusions, sequencing, fact/opinion, and plot/theme. All these comprehension skills take a lot of practice and we will review these skills in future units this year.

Spelling – Our spelling words for unit 4 will focus on: final syllable –le, vowel patterns oo and u, diphthongs, syllable patterns, and vowel digraphs

Phonics – We will be covering: Y as a vowel, words ending in -le, vowel digraphs, and diphthongs.

Science – We will start Chapter 4 - How living things grow and change

Social Studies – We will be presenting our state projects to the class and showing off our creative mobiles. We will also be talking about communities, community helpers, goods and services, banking, etc.

Handwriting – We are still excited about learning cursive! 

English – Our English this month will focus on adjectives, contractions, and book reports.

Religion – In Religion your child will grow as a disciple of Jesus by appreciating that Jesus gave us the gift of himself at the last supper, listening to God's word during the Liturgy of the Word, recognizing that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, and sharing God's love and peace with others. Remember, you can access study guides, quizzes, and games on each chapter at www.webelieveweb.com

**Important Dates in February**

February 2: Groundhog's Day -- Fingers crossed he sees his shadow!!!!!

February 14: Valentine's Day - Party in 2J

February 1st-15th: Hot Lunch Ordering for March

February 17: NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

February 19: Paper News

February 20: Hot Lunch Payments Due

February 22-March 1: SCHOOL VACATION!!! Enjoy!! Cool

 

Happy February!

Love,

~Miss Jacques~

 

February

2 important reminders:

1. Our first take-home project is due Tuesday, February 4th. I’m excited to see the creative state mobiles the students make and to hear their presentations!

2. I’ve asked that each student bring in a composition notebook (no spiral notebooks please) by the first week in February. We will be using these as reading journals to practice our writing about reading skills.

Math – This month we will learn to add two-digit numbers with and without regrouping, build our estimation skills, and solve problems requiring more than one step.

Reading – Our big unit 4 question is: “How do things change? How do they stay the same?” All our stories this month will be addressing this question. In reading we will continue to focus on reading accuracy and appropriate reading rate (words read per minute). We will also be working on some challenging comprehension skills such as: drawing conclusions, sequencing, fact/opinion, and plot/theme. All these comprehension skills take a lot of practice and we will review these skills in future units this year.

Spelling – Our spelling words for unit 4 will focus on: final syllable –le, vowel patterns oo and u, diphthongs, syllable patterns, and vowel digraphs

Phonics –

Science –

Social Studies –

Handwriting – We are still excited about learning cursive! We will be learning how to write the letters ____ in cursive.

English – adjectives

Religion – Chapter 15….

 

November Happenings!

A big congratulations goes out to Efe!!!

Efe mastered his addition math facts on Xtramath.org!!

His hard work has earned him an Xtramath certificate as well as a No Homework Pass! Keep up the good work Efe!

**Xtramath is a wonderful online program that helps improve math fact fluency.

Please take the time to go to Xtramath.org at least a couple times a week.

If you need another copy of your student's name and password, let me know**

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October was a fun month full of festive activities! We created Bossy R flipbooks, performed some Reader’s Theater, made community brochures in Social Studies, took our first field trip of the year to Parlee Farms, put together creepy-crawly contraction spiders, wrote spooky Halloween stories, and enjoyed a special Halloween celebration. Thank you to all the parents who sent in goodies and came to help out!


Make sure you check out the St Chris website to see pictures from Red Sox Day and the field trip! More pictures will be added soon!


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


Religion: We will learn that God gave us laws called Commandments. By obeying these laws, we show love and respect for God, ourselves, and others. We will learn about following God’s Commandments and God’s mercy toward us when we fail to follow them. We will also learn about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.


Math: We will read and write numbers through 100, compare and order numbers through 100, identify even and odd numbers, skip count to 100 by 3’s and 4’s, and solve problems by using logical reasoning.


Phonics: We will continue working with long vowels. We will also learn about initial and final digraphs, the many sounds of c, g, and s, syllables, silent letters, and consonant blends/clusters.


English: We will be learning about the parts of a friendly letter and writing our own letters. We will also start talking about verbs.


Reading: We will continue our unit on “working together” by reading “The Bremen Town Musicians” and “One Good Turn”. We will also continue to work on reading fluency and reading comprehension.


Science: Our next chapter is All About Animals. We will be exploring the different kinds of animals and how these animals adapt to different environments.


Social Studies: We are moving on to Unit 2, “Our Earth”, where we will learn about topics such as landforms, where people live, climate, consumers/producers, natural resources, and our responsibility to our Earth.

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Important Dates:

November 1 – All Saints Day Mass – 9:15am

November 11NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

November 16 – UNO’s Pancake Breakfast – 8:00-10:00am

November 19Parent Teacher Conferences – 4:00-8:00pm

November 26 – Barnes and Noble Night

November 27 – Crazy Sock Day!

November 27 – Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 9:15am

November 27Early Release Day – 12:30pm, No lunch or After Care

November 28 & 29NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

 
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