Advent Week Two: The Candle of Bethlehem (Preparation)
God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem.
Preparation means to get ready. Help us to be ready to welcome you, O God!
“As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ ~ Luke 3:4-6
1. Tuesday, December 12th, is the LifeTouch retakes.
2. Saturday, December 16th, is the Barnes and Noble fundraiser at Riverside Square in Hackensack. If your child is singing in little Glee, please check the information found on the permission slip on arrival time.
3. Wednesday, December 20th, is an 11:50 dismissal with NO aftercare. It is also the dress rehearsal for the Christmas Show, beginning at 9:45. Students are to come to school dressed in their costumes. Students are to return to school by 6:30. The show begins at 7:00.
4. Friday, December 22nd, is an 11:50 dismissal with NO aftercare. School reopens on Tuesday, January 2nd.
- Students will be dismissed in the kindergarten parking lot at 2:50 on full days and at 11:50 on half days. Please be prompt in picking up your children. Please do not leave your children unattended in the parking lot. You are responsible for them once the hand off has been made.
- Students are required to complete their homework each night. Please review the green assignment pad to ensure that the work is completed. You cannot return to the classroom to pick up any missing items. If a student does not complete their homework, he or she will complete the missed work during snack. Once completed, he or she may have the remainder of the snack period.
- Celebrating your child’s birthday is a fun activity that is shared by the entire class. We celebrate birthdays during snack time in the morning. Please email me to ask for an appropriate date to bring treats in for your child. Treats must be individual in nature, such as cookies, cupcakes, donuts, or munchkins. You may NOT send in ice cream or cakes, including cupcake cakes. Ice cream is messy and it is time consuming to cut a cake into slices or break apart cupcake cakes. Please send in plates, napkins, and drinks as you deem necessary.
- Birthday party invitations must be for the entire class if your child brings them to school. They will be placed in that week’s brown envelopes. If invitations are limited, you must hand them out in the parking lot. They will be sent home if they are limited in number.
- Five pencils are to be sharpened at home each night. That is part of your child’s homework. We do not have the time to sharpen pencils in class. Additionally, colored pencils must be sharpened at home.
Please read with your child for 15 minutes each night. Please use the Orton-Gillingham method of arm tapping of red words practiced in class to master the spelling of red words. Please allow your children to read phonics homework aloud on their own. It does not help your children develop reading fluency if you complete the work.
SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER
December / January: Responsibility
Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: Keep on trying • Always do your best •
Use self control • Set a good example for others
Common Core State Standards Abbreviations
RL: Reading Literature OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
RI: Reading Informational Text NBT: Numbers and Base Ten
RF: Reading Foundational Skills MD: Measurement and Data
W: Writing G: Geometry
SL: Speaking and listening
LESSONS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11th – 15th
(all lessons are subject to change)
JOURNAL WRITING: Students will write daily in their journals. Topics will be given and students will practice brainstorming of ideas prior to writing. Students will learn paragraph development and understand the concepts of main idea and details.
SPELLING: Students will practice words with silent letters (-igh, -stle, -scle). They will receive 16 – 20 spelling words this week, some of which are pattern words that follow the rule and can be sounded out, and red words, which do not follow rules. They will practice the Orton-Gillingham methods of clapping out sounds in pattern words and arm tapping of red words. They will use the Decodable Book on the SmartBoard to develop reading fluency. They will complete workbook pages 83 – 88. Students will mark pages either with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework). Students will take a test on Friday, December 15th.
PHONICS: Students will continue to practice the soft and long sounds of c and g. Students have received their fourth packet, which is used as a combination of lessons/classwork and homework. The packet is designed to be completed as a unit and should NOT be completed in one night. They will continue to practice the Orton-Gillingham method of clapping out syllables in order to improve spelling. Pages will be marked with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework).
READING: Group setting: Students will practice pages 124 – 133 in their first readers, The Superkids Hit Second Grade. They will review the concept of table of contents and practice picture walks. They will listen to the pages on the SmartBoard to develop word awareness.
Book Club (in class/at home): Students have completed their second book, Snowshoe Thompson. This is an in-class/at-home reading assignment where students and parents share a book together. Students will complete a response journal about the book.
Super Magazine (in class): Students will receive a themed, nonfiction magazine. The first theme is What’s New. They will learn the concepts of headlines, photo captions, news articles, features, and departments.
GRAMMAR: Students will continue to identify four of eight categories of words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. They also will practice the correct usage of commas, quotation marks, and transitional words in writing sentences.
MATH: Students will continue their unit on addition of two-digit numbers, first with no regrouping and then with regrouping. They will use what they know about place value to set the foundation for regrouping. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home. They will cover pages 171 – 178 in their workbooks. Please do not have children go ahead in their workbooks, as lessons are designed as classwork and homework. Pages will be marked with CW (classwork) or HW (homework). They will take an addition quiz this week.
RELIGION: Students will continue their unit on the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. They will complete Chapter 9: God Gives Us Laws. Key vocabulary includes Commandments, Great Commandments. They will take the Chapter 9 test on Thursday, December 14th. Students will practice daily the Act of Contrition.
Monday: Music (Mrs. Minetti)
Tuesday: Computer (Mrs. Sanchez) and Art (Mrs. Beier)
Wednesday: Spanish (Mrs. Sanchez)
Thursday: Physical Education (Mr. Koslowski)
Friday: Science Lab (Mrs. Jakowenko)
Friday, December 22nd (11:50 dismissal with NO aftercare)
School reopens Tuesday, January 2, 2018