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12 May 2017

Happy Friday, Grade 2 Families!

A huge “THANK YOU!!!” once again for allowing me to journey with you and your family through the First Sacraments program this year. As I look back on Saturday’s celebration, I am so humbled and extremely grateful to have been part of your family’s faith journey this year. I am constantly inspired by your faith, and my own spiritual life is so much richer, thanks to your questions and dialogues. I pray that your faith continues to grow through the coming months and years, and that your family’s faith journey continues to include conversations and everyday sacramental moments. Our community is so blessed by your presence and Spirit!

If anyone has photos that they would be open to sharing with me, I would really appreciate having copies of photos of the children. Somehow, I never managed to get my camera out of my bag. J I would welcome either electronic copies or hard copies of photos. Thank you!

I hope you have had chance to enjoy the amazing sunshine this week!  God is soooo good! As we enter the final weeks of school, there are a lot of special events. Here are a few reminders about May’s upcoming happenings…

Coming Up…

Mon. May 15 – Grade 2 MAP testing

Tues., May 16 – 8th Grade Play (Lion King) – performances at 2:00 & 7:00pm

Wed., May 17 – Grade 2 MAP testing

Fri., May 19 – Teacher vs 8th grade volleyball game

Mon, May 22 – Field Trip to Arboretum

Wed., May 24 – Spring Concert (7pm)

Fri., May 26 – Pizza Friday

Fri., May 26 – TC Reading Assessments (morning)

Fri., May 26 – Talent Show (afternoon)

Maon May 29 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tues., May 30 – TC Reading Assessments

Wed., May 31 – All School Mass (grades 2 & 6 to lead) (*NOTE THIS NEW DATE*)

Thurs., June 1 – TC Reading Assessments

Fri, June 2 – Field Day

Wed., June 7 – Light of Leadership All-School Mass

Wed., June 7 – Graduation

Fri., June 9 – Pizza Friday

Tues., June 13 – Last day of School – Noon dismissal

MAPs Testing – Grade 2 is scheduled for their last 2 MAP tests next week, on Mon., May 15 & Wed., May 16. Please try to avoid making appointments on those days, if at all possible. Our school-wide testing window ends on Friday, May 18 (including any make-up tests). Also, please be sure students get lots of good sleep, eat a protein-rich breakfast, and bring a hearty snack on our testing days. We want their brains fueled up and ready to strut their stuff. 🙂

Monday, May 22 – Arboretum Field Trip (9:00am – 12:30pm).  For our final Field Trip of the year, we will be returning to the Arboretum to learn about flowers and pollination. THANK  YOU  for all of you who have signed up to help us get out in our community for some hands-on learning!

Classroom Happenings

Reading/Language Arts/Science – We have been exploring Solids & Liquids. We will be finishing up this unit and moving on to our Plants unit after next week. As a “preview” to our Plants unit, 2nd graders had the opportunity to plant seeds in the new OLG garden! We planted two varieties of radishes and some carrots. We look forward to watching them grow as we finish out our 2nd grade year!

Math –We’re finishing up our Subtraction to 1,000 unit. Next up: a couple of short chapters on Money & Time. At home, keep practicing all of the second grade skills, especially Quick Recall facts, as well as adding & subtracting with regrouping and multiplication facts by 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s…we don’t want them to forget those skills as we move on to new concepts.

Religion – Now that First Communion is behind us, we are continuing to deepen our understanding of the rite of the Mass by preparing to lead the All-School Mass scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 (this mass was originally scheduled for May 22…note the new date!). Second graders (and their 6th grade “shadows”) will be doing all of the ministries during the mass – greeters, readers, gift bearers, etc. We hope you’ll mark your calendars so you can join our celebration!

Note: I will not be in the classroom next Thursday or Friday, May 17 & 18. Mrs. Dedon will be filling in for me while I take a little R&R after the big First Communion celebration. I’ll be back on Monday, May 22 for our field trip to the Arboretum!

I pray your weekend is full of laughter and joy!

With joy,

Rachel Hoch

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