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14 September 2017

Happy Thursday, Grade 2 families!

Well,we’re off and running into another exciting year! It’s going to be a year full of reading strategies, math facts & skills, fun writing projects, science explorations, world cultures, and first sacraments. Whew!I don’t think it gets any better than that!

I enjoyed seeing many of you at Curriculum Night last week. If you were not able to attend, you should have seen Curriculum information come home in your child’s backpack last week. If you did not receive the information, please email me and I’ll send a copy home with your student this week.

*Reminder: First Sacraments (Sacramental Prep) Orientation meeting THIS Sunday, September 17 (9:30-10:45am) in the Gym. If you are planning to have your child receive First Reconciliation and First Communion this year, please plan to join us this Sunday for a full overview of the Sacramental Preparation Program. We will be going over all of the requirements/expectations for families whose children will be receiving the sacraments. I look forward to seeing you there!

Here are a few notes about what’s happening in the classroom:


  • Fri., Sept. 15 — “Blue Friday” for all students
  • Sun., Sept. 17 – Orientation Meeting for First Sacraments (9:30-10:45am) in the Gym
  • Mon., Sept. 18 — Gift Wrap Assembly
  • Tues., Sept. 19 –Grade 2 MAP Testing (Math)
  • Wed., Sept. 20 – Individual Photos (free dress day, remember PE shoes)
  • Thurs., Sept. 28 — Grade 2 MAP Testing (Reading)
  • Mon., Oct. 2 — Grade 2 MAP Testing (Language)
  • Friday, Oct. 6 – Archdiocesan Teacher In-Service No School
  • Wed., Oct. 18 — Field Trip: UW Arboretum
  • Friday, Oct. 20 – Noon Dismissal (1/2 day)


  • Earthquake Kits — Please make sure I have an Earthquake Kit for your child. I need to have all of them by THIS Friday.
  • Pick Up/Drop-Off Forms – Please return them to the office as soon as possible.
  • MAP Testing will be happening for the next 3 weeks. Please note the Grade 2 testing dates listed above and try to plan appts/absences around those dates, if possible.
  • Classroom Help! I could still use a volunteer to help me sharpen pencils each week. I send a bag of dull pencils home on Saturday and hope to have them back on Monday (or Tuesday) ready for us to use throughout the week. Please email me if you’re interested in this at-home project. Thank you!


Language Arts – In the next few weeks we will be learning how to read be active readers by marking texts, asking questions, making connections, predicting, and visualizing. We will practice these strategies using the Daybook materials, and further practicing them with our Read Aloud book, Because of Winn Dixie. I am doing preliminary assessments to create our SIPPS word work groups that will strengthen foundational skills in reading. My hope is start our Word Work groups next week.

We will be learning how to read with Buddies, building stamina, and using informational texts to learn about communities. We will be doing “close reading” of texts (re-reading several times as we look for different information within the text), which will help us practice fluency. While reading informational texts about Community, we will introduce several reading strategies that will be used throughout the year: (1) Marking Texts — recognizing important points in texts and making notes about those points; (2) Text-to-Self – connecting what we read with our own experiences; (3) Ask/Answer questions about texts with evidence; and (4) Summarizing – retelling information in our own words. We will practice these strategies through written responses to our reading. Our writing is focused on using proper sentence structure (capitalization & punctuation) and using complete sentences to respond to reading prompts.

I will be doing individual assessments on each student to determine their current independent reading level. Once all students have been assessed, students will be given a reading level for independent reading, and we will begin building stamina as individual/independent readers. Keep up the great reading you’re doing at home!

Social Studies – In our first unit we will learn about communities. We will learn that all communities in the world have 4 things in common – they all have places to live, learn/solve problems, work, and play. We will also learn that there are 3 kinds of communities: urban, rural, and suburban. Using informational texts, we will discover what these “fancy” words mean and how we experience them in our own community of Seattle.

Math – We are reviewing counting patterns and place value this week. At home, please practice counting patterns with your child… find fun ways to encourage them to count by 1’s, 10’s and 100’s (forward AND backward to 1,000) to help them feel really confident in their number patterns.

Spelling – We will begin having weekly Spelling work in October. Please note that we will not spend time in class practicing Spelling words, so please be sure to do so at home throughout the week. Our Spelling tests will usually be on Fridays. Once we have had a word as a Spelling Word, students will be expected to spell that word correctly in everyday writing. Please help your child practice their Spelling words throughout the week so they can comfortably spell these words for the test and in their daily writing.

Religion – We are focusing on God’s love for us. We have read several versions of the Creation story and reflected on the many blessings God has given us. We have learned about Saint Isidore (patron saint of farmers & picnics). We will be learning the story of Joseph next week. Our service project of cleaning the church will begin in a couple of weeks.

The year is off to an exciting start and I feel so blessed to journey through the year with you and your family! I pray you all have a fabulous week, full of smiles & sunshine!

With joy,

Rachel Hoch