St. Jerome Catholic School Mission in the Diocese of Oakland educate children in the Catholic faith and nurture their minds, bodies, and souls, inspiring them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, achieve their highest academic and creative potential, and actively serve and enrich the community.

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320 San Carlos Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Second Grade – Journal

Wednesday
Nov302016

Weekly News

Dear Second Grade Parents,

The students have been working very hard and are behaving wonderfully. 

Many in our class are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Penance on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome to attend this Sunday's gathering for children and parents at 9:00am in Rohan Hall for some final reminders about this sacrament.

The class is enjoying working with technology for both Math and English Language Arts. Mrs. Petri comes in on Monday and helps with our technology lessons. Mathletics is used for math experiences and there is Dance Mat Typing for keyboarding and Microsoft Word for publishing. 

I also need to let you know that I have a pre-planned vacation for the 1st full week of December.  Ms. Theresa Fenzel, will be the teacher for the week.  The children have enjoyed having her for Religion class; I know that everything will go smoothly.  Should you need to let anyone know about attendance or early pick-up, please email Miss Wilkie: awilkie@csdo.org.

Advent Blessings,

Ms. Wallis

Important Dates

Please review the report cards, sign and return by this Friday. 

On Thursday, December 8th we will attend mass.  Please plan on sending a non-perishable food item for the Saint Jerome Church food pantry.

December 13th:  Second Grade class parent meeting hosted by Ms. Wilkie.   Lions Club will be available at no charge for the duration of the meeting.

December 15th:  Christmas Program in Church at 7:00.  Students are to be in their best Christmas attire in the classroom at 6:30pm. Once it is over, we will all go to Lion’s Club for cookies and milk and to see the Gingerbread House created by all the students at St. Jerome.

Friday, December 16th is Spirit Dress Day.  Students will wear Christmas sweater/ shirt with jeans.

Monday, December 19th:  Students may wear Christmas hats/headbands with school uniform.

Tuesday, December 20th is a full day and it’s the last day before the Christmas break.  It is also a free dress day, and the theme is “Green, Red, and White Spirit Day”.

Wednesday, January 4th classes resume.

 

Thursday
Nov172016

Weekly News

Dear Second Grade Parents,

I would like to thank you very much for your patience as the children and I are learning how best to work with one another!

I am enjoying working with the students. I know them fairly well because of my volunteering last year in first grade. This has helped make our transition flow pretty easily.

Before anything else, the important news the students would like me to impart is that the class has green class free dress this Friday! This is for earning 100 points as a class...I’m proud of them!

You may have heard that we have some "animals" living in second grade. We do, but don't be concerned, they are little stuffed animals that I use as positive reinforcement for good behavior. If a student is following directions and working nicely I will give him/her an animal or allow the student to choose one. The animal can then sit on the student's desk, or chair or lap and will be returned at the next "break" time, like recess, lunch or dismissal. The students then get to start fresh to earn 1 or more animal friends until the next break.

We also will be using a "ticket" system for behavior management. Each morning, every student will have a white ticket in their ticket holder on their desk. If the student behaves wonderfully, he/she keeps that ticket all day. The reward, besides the student knowing he or she had a great day, is that the student gets to put his/her name into a raffle. At the end of the month, we will pull the names of one boy and one girl as the winners. Those winners will win either a new chapter book or a new stuffed animal to keep as their very own!

If during the day a student is not following directions and misbehaving, the student will receive a gentle warning to correct that behavior. If the behavior is corrected....nothing else happens. If not, then the student will be given a yellow ticket. At break time, the student will speak with the teacher, very briefly...discuss what the ticket was for and how they can work better to change that behavior. This is written down on a card so the teacher and student agree on all that is said. Then, the student is given a new white ticket, and starts fresh once again. If, and I don't expect this to happen often, but, if while having a yellow ticket the student continues the improper behavior, that student again is warned, and if no correction, will then get a red ticket. If a red ticket is earned, the parent will be informed about the child's behavior. After the red ticket is discussed with the teacher and student, the student again gets a white ticket and starts new.

Another new procedure will be sending home classwork and homework that has been checked on Friday in a Friday Envelope. On the outside of the envelope is a place for the parent to sign and date so that I know the papers made it home. Feel free to write a comment to your child like," Wow...great job!" if you like. Keep the papers at home and have the student return the empty envelope on Monday.

Ms. Theresa, the catechist from St. Jerome Church, will be coming in to teach the children about reconciliation and preparing those who will be receiving the sacrament of Penance. As a class, we are discussing what it means to be a "peacemaker" so feel free to continue such discussions at home!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Ms. Wallis

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Oct162016

Journal for October 17-21

Happy Sunday! Our Steam Event today went very well! It was nice to see some of the 2nd graders and their families attend. Courtesy of a bad cold, and missing 2 days of school, we will be playing a little catch up this week. A reminder that on Tuesday we will be having an all school mass, please make sure your child is in full uniform and they may bring a donation of a box of cereal or mac and cheese. Friday is pink spirit free dress and with a donation of $2.00 to $5.00 , your child may have free dress .The money will go towards a Breast Cancer organization. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the parish will be holding a Virtus training in Rohan Hall at 11:00, this may be done in lieu of the online training.

ELA    Superkids and Superkids Non-Fiction Magazine. 

Writing    Begin work on a Jack O Lantern poem.

Math     Continue with base ten numbers, lessons to focus on counting money with values of $1.00, $10.00, $100.00, up to $1,000.00.

Religion    All Saints Day Activities

Social Studies   Begin Unit 2, Exploring our Earth

Science   Insides of a pumpkin activity, and assessment on plants and seeds

Steam    Continue with our worm unit

Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

Monday
Oct102016

Journal Entry October 11-October14

Journal for October 11 –October 14 

We had a fun week, working on a pumpkin packet, which integrated Language Arts and Science. Our work is hanging on the inside bulletin board, please check it out when you get a chance! We also completed our second module in Math, and I am happy to say we did well as a class on the assessment.  In Steam we were able to put our compost bin together, and now we will be adding worms to start composting. We are hoping some of our seedlings that we planted in the beds will grow, and we can use the compost!

 

ELA    We continue with Superkids and Superkids Magazine this week. This seems to be a big hit. We will be learning about masks and cranes. We will be doing more writing, and we will begin to work on a Jack-O-Lantern poem, using Nouns , Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs.    

 

Math     Counting up to 1,000 on place value chart

               Write base ten 3- digit numbers in unit form; show the value of each digit

               Write base ten numbers in expanded form

               Write, read and relate base ten numbers in all forms

 

Religion     Finish Circle of Grace Program

 Social Studies   Unit 1 Review and Test, begin Unit 2 Exploring Our Earth

Science    Parts of a pumpkin

Please remember Steam Open House is October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

                                                 Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

 

Monday
Oct102016

Journal Entry October 11-October14

Journal for October 11 –October 14 

 

We had a fun week, working on a pumpkin packet, which integrated Language Arts and Science. Our work is hanging on the inside bulletin board, please check it out when you get a chance! We also completed our second module in Math, and I am happy to say we did well as a class on the assessment.  In Steam we were able to put our compost bin together, and now we will be adding worms to start composting. We are hoping some of our seedlings that we planted in the beds will grow, and we can use the compost!

 

 

ELA    We continue with Superkids and Superkids Magazine this week. This seems to be a big hit. We will be learning about masks and cranes. We will be doing more writing, and we will begin to work on a Jack-O-Lantern poem, using Nouns , Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs.    

 

 

 

Math     Counting up to 1,000 on place value chart

               Write base ten 3- digit numbers in unit form; show the value of each digit

               Write base ten numbers in expanded form

               Write, read and relate base ten numbers in all forms

 

 

Religion     Finish Circle of Grace Program

 

 

 

Social Studies   Unit 1 Review and Test, begin Unit 2 Exploring Our Earth

 

 

 

 

Science    Parts of a pumpkin

 

Please remember Steam Open House is October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

                                                 Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

Journal for October 11 –October 14 

 

We had a fun week, working on a pumpkin packet, which integrated Language Arts and Science. Our work is hanging on the inside bulletin board, please check it out when you get a chance! We also completed our second module in Math, and I am happy to say we did well as a class on the assessment.  In Steam we were able to put our compost bin together, and now we will be adding worms to start composting. We are hoping some of our seedlings that we planted in the beds will grow, and we can use the compost!

 

 

ELA    We continue with Superkids and Superkids Magazine this week. This seems to be a big hit. We will be learning about masks and cranes. We will be doing more writing, and we will begin to work on a Jack-O-Lantern poem, using Nouns , Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs.    

 

 

 

Math     Counting up to 1,000 on place value chart

               Write base ten 3- digit numbers in unit form; show the value of each digit

               Write base ten numbers in expanded form

               Write, read and relate base ten numbers in all forms

 

 

Religion     Finish Circle of Grace Program

 

 

 

Social Studies   Unit 1 Review and Test, begin Unit 2 Exploring Our Earth

 

 

 

 

Science    Parts of a pumpkin

 

Please remember Steam Open House is October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

                                                 Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

Sunday
Oct022016

October 3rd - October 7th

 

Welcome to the Week of October 3rd
 
ELA
 
We continue on in our Superkids Reading Program. This month, we will add in the Superkids Magazine the Superkids Book Club, which introduces literature into the program. We will alternate these two components every two weeks. We will also be working on a fun Unit about Pumpkins, which will integrate Writing activities with Science. In the near future, look for Pumpkin Writing on the hallway bulletin board.
 
 
Math
 
We are wrapping up our Module on Measuring. We will begin a new Module on Place Value, Counting and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000.
 
 
Religion
 
We will begin our Circle of Grace Curriculum. This Program is designed to educate and empower young children to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others. This will continue throughout the month of October.
 
Social Studies
 
We are finishing our Unit on Families Long Ago. We will have a small assessment, before moving onto Unit 2.
 
 
STEAM
 
We will begin a fun Unit called Wormy Goodness. We will be learning about composting, and we will start using the compost bin in the lower play area. We will also set up a worm farm, and don’t be surprised if your children ask you to take some table scraps to school.
 
 
Don't forget that Monday, Oct 10th is a school holiday in honor of Christopher Columbus Day.
Please remember to come to the Steam Open House from 1-3 on October 16th
 
 
Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

 

 

Friday
Sep232016

Journal Entry Sept. 26-30

Wow, we are almost into October, time flies! We are almost done with Unit 1 in Superkids, and we will be having a unit test on Monday. In Math, we will continue our module on measuring, using cm and meters. We are discussing the Seven Sacraments in Religion, and this week we will be focusing on Baptism. We have almost completed our unit on Families Long Ago in Social Studies, and we are practicing writing Vocabulary Word Definitions, using the glossary at the back of the book. In Science, we will be learning about Plant Life Cycles, which works well with the STEAM Curriculum. We have been watching our seeds that we planted, grow bigger every day, and next week we will be planting them in one of the planting beds outside. 

Please remember that Wednesday is another minimum 12:00 day, and on Friday we will be celebrateing The Feast of St. Jerome with a book character dress up and book donation. Have a nice weekend,    Ms. McBrinn

Friday
Sep162016

Journal Entry Sept. 19-23

We will be continuing on in our Superkids Reading Program and should be finishing the First Unit by the end of the week. In Math we have moved into a Unit on measuring, their rulers are being put to good use! After learning about the Scientific Method, and conducting two small experiments this week, we will be moving on to Classifying, we will spend one day in groups classifying Gummy Bears. In Religion we are discussing the Seven Sacraments and they will have a homework page about thier Baptism. If you are not Catholic, your child can skip that page. There is also a notice that has been sent home regarding First Reconciliation and First Communion, please look for that, if you plan on your child receiving this Sacrament. We are continuing our studies of The Pilgrims and Native Americans in Social Studies. 

 

In an effort to improve our classroom behavior, I have decided to send Behavior Alerts to children who, after one warning, are still not able to modify their behavior. I am hoping that all of you will support me in this endeavor, and make an effort to talk to your children about the importance of listening, following directions and respect in the classroom, not only to me, but also other adults and classmates.  

 

Thank you, Ms. McBrinn

Friday
Sep092016

September 12-16th

Hello all! We are entering our 3rd week of school, and we are beginning to get into a rhythm with our routine and procedures. We are still working on our classroom behavior, and expectations have been clearly stated! I am enjoying each and everyone of the children and our learning discovery together. Next week, we will be continuing  with our EngageNY Math, and Super Kids Reading Program, along with Science. In Science, we will begin our in-depth discussion of  the Scientific Method. We'll start with stating the Problem, and forming a Hypothesis. We will conduct a small experiment involving mentos and coke (no, they will not be consuming them)! In Stream, we will be planting seeds in egg cartons and small containers, with hopes that we will be able to transplant them to the planting beds outside. In Social Studies, we are still exploring our ancestors and finding likes and differences between our lives and theirs. On Tuesday, we will have our first Mass in the Church, all the grades will be participating in this. Please have your child bring a canned or non-perishable food item for the Church Food Pantry. Please make sure your chidren come dressed in full uniform for Mass on Tuesday, and also a reminder that Wednesday is a minimum day with a 12:15 dismissal. I try to find time when I can, to read to the class as a whole. We have almost finished RIDING FREEDOM, which they seem to love! 

Thank you, and have a restful weekend!!    Ms. McBrinn

Friday
Sep022016

September

Hello to you all! I can't believe it is September, and we have survived our first 2 weeks of school! We have started setteling into our routine, and I am getting to know your children and I am enjoying that process greatly. We have had some fun activities this week, we took a field trip to the Church,and we had a fun interactive Math and Science project yesterday involving peppers and counting seeds. We have also weeded the planter boxes, and hopefully we will be planting some Winter vegetables soon. Next week I will finally have all the children entered in the Super Kids Reading Program, so you will be able to access that site. We are moving along in Math and will be continuing our work in adding and subtracting within 20. We will be discussing the Scientific Method and Question Asking in Science, along with looking at different habitats in the plant world, on our Stream day. We were able to share our Family Photos in Social Studies and we are now discussing Family History, and Traditions. I have come up with a few incentives for good classroom behavior, one of which involves having a furry visitor in our classroom. I have some Behavior Reports that I will be sending home to be signed if we are having a really hard time following the classroom rules. Please let me know if you have any concerns, I am readily availble. Have a wonderful long weekend and see you next week!   Ms. McBrinn

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