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Welcome to 2nd grade!
On this page, you will be able to find various updates regarding our class (school events, tests/quizzes, due dates, photos, reading logs, extra parent resources, etc.). Please check back frequently/subscribe to this page so you can stay up to date with what's going on in 2B!


Week of 3/9 Updates

Good morning, everyone! Some news for you all:
  • We'll be having a Mid-Module 6 Math Assessment on Thursday, lessons 1 through 9 in the green book. We're reviewing today and tomorrow, I will remind students to bring their books home if you wish to look over them. 
  • In ELA, we've been reading different books in our book club groups. Students have been getting various forms of homework this week, and thus have been bringing the books home. Many students have been forgetting or misplacing their books, and I don't have any extras. This is very disruptive to the reading group, so please remind your students to bring their books back to school each day. I have spoken to them about this, and they know it is their responsibility to keep track of their things and prepare for their own learning, but a reminder would be helpful!
  • There is a Communion Retreat this Wednesday for students making their First Communion next month. It will start at 5:30 in the St. Stephens gym. This is where banner kits and information will be distributed, so if you are unable to make it, please let us know so we can make sure to give your child a banner kit this week.
  • The chicks of 2B are alive and well. I'm sure you've heard about them, the class voted on Buckbeak and Peanut. They have grown immensely over the last week, and we have about 2 weeks left until the 7 eggs begin to hatch. We were able to "candle" the eggs yesterday, which means we were able to shine a powerful light inside and begin to see some development. Students were able to see the veins leading to a very tiny chick. 
  • Does anyone have a single copy of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl? We'd love to borrow it for a few weeks, and will absolutely return it.
  • Lastly, we talked quite a bit about hand washing yesterday. We did a mystery science lesson, watched a BrainPop Jr. Video, and then started to practice. We have a very cool solution that acts as fake germs that students were able to spread all over their hands, and see the germs under a blacklight flashlight. Then, they washed their hands for 20 seconds, and came back and saw how many germs remained, and which areas they need to do a better job at washing. I'll be honest, the students did not do well. About a quarter of the students forgot to use soap, despite having just discussed, which leads me to believe it isn't part of their routine. Only 3 students came back with their hands perfectly cleaned. Many forgot common areas (between the fingers, near the finger nails). Please go over this with your children at home! Obviously this is especially relevant now, but I was surprised to see how much practice still needs to be had in this area, as students should be regularly washing their hands regardless of sickness-season. We'll be doing the same experiment again later in the week, and I hope to see some improvement. 
Thank you! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

3/2 Updates

Good evening, everyone! Some updates for this week:
  • The chicks are arriving tomorrow! 2B will be receiving 2 newly born chicks, as well as 7 eggs. They'll be able to observe the 2 babies as they begin to mature (they end up growing a shocking amount), and we'll be able to take care of the eggs. We had a conversation today about how although we get 7 eggs, we will most likely not be getting 7 chicks. On average, we should expect 3-5 eggs to hatch properly.
  • In ELA, tomorrow, we'll be starting new books for our reading groups. Because of this, there will be no reading logs. Students will having book-specific work sent home for homework. They might have to read a few pages, a few chapters, or do an accompanying activity based on what we read in class. The work and expectations will differ from group to group, and work will usually be on a post-it note attached to the book. Please be careful with the books, and be sure the book is sent back to school each day. Please be sure your child keeps up with the assigned reading at home (there might not be reading each and every night), and please do NOT read ahead. We want to be able to make predictions and inferences, and do so while we're all at the same spot. 
  • Be on the lookout for an email later this week about First Communion, as well as a permission slip for our next field trip.
As always, feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. Happy to be in touch.

2/24 Updates

Good afternoon, everyone! 
I hope you and your families and a wonderful February break. We're back at it, and I couldn't have been more excited to see the class this morning!
A few updates for this week:
  • I will be off-site for a professional development this Thursday and Friday. If there are any changes in dismissal, or anything that will affect your child's day-to-day activities this Thursday and Friday, please include both myself and Mrs. Keefe on the email (akeefe@saintstephenschool.org). 
  • We started a new math module this week, which is the foundations of multiplication. With some groups of students, we will be delving into multiplication a little more intensely. For now, we're dealing with equal groups and will be moving into repeated addition sentences as the week progresses. 
  • In ELA, we're finishing up our biographies this week. As I mentioned a bit before break, the students interviewed classmates in 2A and have been diligently using the information they gathered to write multi-paragraph biographies. After the drafts, we talked about revising and editing. They had an opportunity to peer-check work, and have been working on nice, neat final copies. We're in the home stages of that, and hope to finish up this week. It really is incredible to see how far their writing has come since September!
  • We spoke in Religion today about what Lent means, and the significance of Ash Wednesday. We discussed that tomorrow, we'll be doing an activity that will hang up in our classroom for the duration of Lent. Students will have to think of some people they can pray for throughout Lent, something they might want to give up for Lent, and a way they can show kindness during Lent. Feel free to brainstorm the answers to those questions with your child tonight! 
  • In Social Studies, we've been talking about government. Todays lesson was about rules and laws, and why we have them. In the very near future, students will be having a mock "city council" meeting, in which students will elect representatives and make a decision about a proposed problem. 
  • Baby chicks should be arriving midweek next week. More on that before they arrive, of course, but you may start to hear the students talking about it toward the end of the week. While we will be discussing animal adaptations, biodiversity, and how different animals need different things to survive, we'll also have some time to simply play with the chicks for the next 4 weeks. 
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!
- Dan

1/27 Updates

1.) There will be regular spelling words and reading log for this week. The spelling quiz will be on Friday,
2.) Please see the 2nd Grade Parent email that Rabiya sent out for information regarding Catholic Schools Week this week and all of the uniform changes for particular days!
3.) Spring Kids Clubs begin this week. Please make your that your child knows his or her new after school schedule for the second half of the year!

1/20 Updates

Good evening, everyone! A few things to note!
  • No spelling words this week! Reading Logs, however, are a go!
  • This is Club Make-Up Week. Spring Clubs start next week!
  • We started Module 5 in Math today, which is more addition and subtraction. (Module 4 was within 200, Module 5 is within 1,000). Many of the students have mastered this material in Module 4, so we may breeze through some sections. Students will be clear on what work is expected of them and any changes that are made.
  • We are starting a new writing unit, specifically on biographies. Last week, we gathered information by interviewing students in 2A. This week, we'll start drafting paragraphs based on the data we collected. Then, we'll revise our work, peer-edit for spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and then publish a final copy! On the flip side, the students in 2B will be having their own biography written by a partner in 2A.
  • This Friday, we'll be celebrating the fullness of our marble jar! We will be watching Disney's The Lion King (animated, rated G). Students will be allowed to bring in one stuffed animal pal to enjoy the movie with, and I'll be getting popsicles for the class. (Remember, they are the ones that voted for an icy treat in the dead of winter!)
As always, let me know if there are any questions or concerns.
- Dan

1/13 Updates

A few reminders for the upcoming week:
1.) Weekly spelling words are posted and the quiz will be on Friday. 
2.) There will be a Module 4 Math Assessment this Friday. We will be completing a review sheet in class on Thursday that will be your best study tool for the test, but reviewing some of the problem sets in the module all week would also be helpful!
3.) Fall Picture Day Retake is Tuesday (1/14) this week.
4.) There is no school on Monday of next week for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
5.) This is the last week of Fall Kids Clubs! The only clubs that will meet next week are those that have indicated they need to do a makeup session. Spring Kids Clubs do not begin until the last week of January (1/27).

1/6 Updates

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday break, and that 2020 is off to a great start. A couple of things for this week:
  • Reading logs are going home today, as per usual. We're back at it!
  • There will be no new spelling words this week. Instead, we'll have a cumulative quiz from words from the last three lists. I'll pick 20 words of the 30, and we'll go from there. There will be new words next week. 
  • We've started using a program on the iPads during math time called Zearn. The students can go to www.zearn.org and play games and do lessons. The program is directly aligned with the Eureka curriculum that we use in math. Once Edgenuity is up and running, we'll switch to that, but here's where we are for now. Your child can absolutely use Zearn any time at home, although it isn't required. They should know their login information. If they don't, shoot me an email! 
  • We have a half day this Friday.
  • There are still 2 weeks in this semester of Kids' Clubs. Registration for the next semester will be this week, and the catalog went out today. If you didn't receive it, please let me know. The new clubs will begin the last week of January, and the dates can be found in the last page of the catalog. 
As always, please let me know if there are any questions or concerns! Have a great week. 
- Dan

12/9 Updates

1. There will be an Mid-Module 4 Assessment on Wednesday of this week. The assessment will cover the lessons that we did thus far in the module (Addition and subtraction using place value charts and stacking--some with borrowing/regrouping, some without). We will be doing a review sheet on Tuesday in class that will be very similar to the assessment. It will go home with your child and is a great studying tool. 
2. Reminder that our Christmas Concert is next Tuesday (12/17) at 8:30am in the Church. You can send your child up to the classroom that morning instead of the auditorium. Students are allowed to wear their "Christmas Best" that day-- just no jeans, tee shirts or sneakers.
3. This Saturday is First Penance for all the students who are making it! Please arrive to the church by about 9:45 so the ceremony can get started on time at 10:00. You will be asked to sign your child in at the back of the church and then you can take a seat next to your child anywhere in the front half of the church. Please continue to review the Act of Contrition at home this week and discuss with your child what they might want to talk to the priest about. Thank you for all of your support with this!

12/3 Updates

Good afternoon, everyone!
I hope you had a restful break with friends and family. A small request, and a few notes about what we've been up to in 2B!
  • In the spirit of Advent, we'll be decorating our classroom this Friday for Christmas! If you happen to have any old decorations laying around, please send them in! Please don't go buy anything--we have some things in our closets that we'll be able to use, and students will be able to make some decorations. If you have anything old or extra, though, we'll gladly take them off your hands! 
  • We've done it, folks. We've arrived in math to the addition and subtraction that we all learned when we were kids with the stacking/regrouping in vertical form. Your child has been working on it in class, and might have some extra practice at home. They should also be doing work with their place value chart--they should be able to tell you how the two coorelate!
  • We'll be starting a unit on paragraph writing in ELA, beginning with topic sentences, moving to details, and finally a closing sentence. We expect that your child should be able to produce a succinct 5 sentence paragraph by the holidays! 
  • In science, we just finished a unit on the power that water has on the earth, and the process of erosion. Staying in this lane, we just started a book called "Salila and the turtle", in which a girl had to clean some water in order to save a turtle. We'll be testing materials next week, and making our own water filters after that. 
  • In social studies, we're learning about Maps, which will tie into different landforms (which, look at that, ties into our science unit about mountains and canyons!) That will carry on in the next couple of weeks to different types of environments (rural, urban, suburban)
  • We are continuing to talk about Reconciliation. Today's lesson was about how when we sin we get a little lost, but through the sacrament of Reconciliation we can join with God and get back on track. We also talked about what a conscience is, and how when we examine our conscience we are able to understand right from wrong.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Have a fantastic week.
-Mr. Mullen

11/14 Updates

Good morning, everyone! 
  • Thank you all for being so flexible with Parent/Teacher Conferences. The Conferences that I have had so far have been wonderful, and I very much look forward to discussing with the rest of you tomorrow! Keep in mind that the time goes by quickly, and we will be setting a timer in order to stay on schedule. I'll have lots of things for you--an updated reading level, report card, most recent MAP data, a writing sample, our most recent math test, and a student self-evaluation. Please come prepared with any questions or concerns!
  • We did Module 3 Lesson 3 today in math, and many students will have to finish or do some extra practice at home. It's tricky stuff, and I wanted to mention a few quick things that might help you monitor your child's learning with this lesson. The end goal here is being able to add mentally but the strategy we're using right now Is called the "arrow way", which allows us to add tens and ones. For example, if the problem read 24 + 30, they could start at 24, and add 10 three times.It gets tricky, though, when the problem is something like 24 + 19. Our strategy for that is to add 20, then subtract one (which is the same as adding 19). For example, 24 -->34--->44--->43. It's a work in progress, and we'll be continuing with this well into next week. 
  • We gave the Archdiocese mandated lesson on "mental health" today, so feel free to reinforce our learning at home. We began the lesson asking about the word "health" and what it means to be "healthy". Expectedly, they all focused on physical health--eat healthy, exercise, get sleep, stay hydrated, etc. We watched a video about emotions, and then discussed how there are other types of health too. The three categories we came up with were 1) physical health 2) mental/emotional health and 3) social health. We'll be discussing more into next week, but we talked about ways we can regulate our mental/emotional health, as well as our social health with friends and family members. Happy to answer more specific questions if you have them! 
Thank you all, and have a wonderful weekend!
- Mr. Mullen

11/4 Updates

Good morning, everyone! A few updates this week:
  • There will be a Module 3 Assessment this Friday. The test will cover all lessons of Module 3. I'll remind students to bring their green books home each night. There will be a review sheet on Thursday that will be sent home as well.
  • Fall pictures day is tomorrow, Tuesday November 5th. Have your child wear regular school uniform!
  • The social studies "interview" sheets should be turned in at this point. If your child has not, please get it in as soon as possible! Tomorrow we will be talking a bit about what it means to be an immigrant, and we'll mark on a map where every family on our class is originally from. I'll be sure to share the map with you when it is complete! 
  • This Friday your student will be able to wear their St. Stephen shirt for a "spirit" day.
Thank you! As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mid-Week Updates!

Good morning, everyone! 
A couple of important tidbits: 
  • Your child is going home with a permission slip today--we hope to be able to watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Halloween. More info is on the sheet, but I didn't put a "due date"--please get back as soon as possible!
  • Your child is also going home with an interview sheet! In social studies, we've been talking about families and communities. We've touched upon what it means to be an immigrant, and we've talked at length about how to find out information about the past. One primary source we have discussed is an interview with an older member of a community to find out more about what life was like in the past. The students developed a list of questions they were curious about, and I typed them up for their interview sheet. The packet is two parts. The first part is for parents to help with--information about where both parents' families are from, and about when each family arrived in America. The other part is for the student to interview an older member of their family. I explained that the older the better, but all families are different and that may not be possible! If the student has to interview a parents or even a sibling, that is fine--we're flexible! I would love these back by the end of next week, but the earlier the better.
  • We have started our book clubs! Students applied to become "text detectives" yesterday, using evidence and clues from texts to support answers to questions. Their first detective test was to make a prediction about the book based on the cover and some pictures and support their prediction with evidence. Today we'll start reading our books. There are 4 different groups and 4 different books. For now, all work will be done in class, but eventually, I'll be sending books home and there will be some assigned reading in lieu of the nightly reading log. 

Week of 10/21

Good morning, everyone! Some important notes as we enter the weekend. 
  • There will be a Mid-Module 3 math quiz on Tuesday. We'll be reviewing on Monday, and your student will go home with a review sheet. The quiz is on Module 3 Lessons 1-9. I'll make sure to remind students to bring green books home tonight if you want to look over the material this weekend!
  • Early next week we're trying to finish up our running records (individual reading assessments). By mid to late next week, we hope to start our guided reading book clubs! 
  • Now that the MAP testing is over and we have had our data day, I'm hoping that the newest round of MAP data will be uploaded to the "Edgenuity" system, which we'll be using in class for both ELA and Math. The program is individualized based on students' needs, and we generally use it about 3 times each week during small group centers. There won't be required homework with the program, but students are more than welcome to work on it at home in the evening or on weekends. There isn't a way to "go ahead" too far, as there is always new information to learn!

10/10 Updates

Good morning, everyone! 
A few things on the horizon for 2B, and a couple important notes.
1) There is no school for students on Monday and Tuesday, and our field trip to the Union Square Greenmarket is on Wednesday. Because of this, there will be no reading logs next week. Students should still read 15-20 minutes each night! 
2) Speaking of reading logs, they should be returned every Friday. Last Friday, we definitely didn't receive all of them. Please hold your child accountable to read each night and fill out the log! There should be at least 2 sentences each night. 
3) We still have 1 chaperone spot available for the field trip on Wednesday. If you happen to be available, please let me know by the end of the day today. 
4) We will still be attending mass on Wednesday, as we won't be leaving for the field trip until later in the morning. Please pack a snack, and we should be back in time for lunch. If you'd like, you can send your child with a small amount of cash (they recommend $3-5) to buy a treat! After the program, there will be about 15 minutes or so to explore the market.

9/30 Updates

Good morning, everyone!
A few quick things this week:
- There will be a math quiz Tuesday on Module 2, mostly dealing with measurement. A review sheet was done on Friday, and I went over the whole thing individually with each student this morning. It will be going home this afternoon. 
- The permission slip for the October 16th Field Trip is going home today, and it has been added to the class calendar. (A copy of the permission slip can also be found over on the "Calendar" page!) You'll see that there is also a waiver that needs to be signed. Please include that with the school permission slip!
- As mentioned at Back to School night, chaperones will be chosen randomly once all forms have been collected. Please notate on the permission slip if you are available to chaperone. Chaperones will be notified and confirmed after the collection of all permission slips.
- There is a spelling quiz of grade 1 sight words this Friday. The words are listed on the "Weekly Spelling" page of the website. 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
- Mr. Mullen