May 22, 2017
Dear Students & Parents,
Congratulations to all of the students who have received their First Holy Communion at OLMM this weekend! It was a beautiful Mass and how exciting is it hat we can now all receive the Body and Blood of Christ together as a group?
Our May Crowning Mass and Luncheon is on Monday at 10a.m. All students, regardless if they are taking the bus or being driven, should arrive to school on time. This allows us the opportunity to get settled, do a quick run through with our readers and get some nice pictures taken! Fingers are crossed that the weather holds out for us and that it is not a wet trip back and forth to Church! :-) After the Mass, we will gather for a group picture on the Church steps and then all students will return back to the classroom to wait for the announcement that all of the families have made it over to the gym for our Luncheon.
Important Things to Know This Week:
**Don't forget to check, sign and return their Friday folders. These may be brought in on Tuesday!
1. There will be no spelling test OR reading pocket due this week.
2. Field Day is on Wednesday. Students should be wearing their gym shorts and a white top (any sneaker is fine). They also need a bag lunch and drink (please no peanut products as we are eating all together).
4. Please send in our field trip permission slip and payment at your earliest convenience as well.
In reading this week we will be:
-reading stories with the moral of sportsmanship!
-assessing reading progress through the use of cold reads and comprehension assessments.
-participating in our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone).
-working on differentiated reading activities designed to help students improve their weakest areas (fluency, comprehension, decoding).
In language arts this week we will be:
-reviewing short and long vowel sounds.
-learning more about using adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing.
-once again reviewing strategies for identifying words with the same vowel sound as a given word.
-expanding our vocabulary skills by learning new words in our Wordly Wise book. These activities will be done in guided lessons with the students then applying their understanding to short stories with a partner.
-working on our handwriting skills.
In math, we will be reviewing Chapter 11 - Geometry on Tuesday. This will be our final chapter of the school year before we begin to complete lessons that will prepare students for their third grade math curriculum. Being that this chapter's topics were relatively simple and fast moving, we will be taking the Chapter 11 Test EITHER Wednesday afternoon after Field Day OR Thursday morning prior to our Ascension Thursday activities and Mass. Math homework on Tuesday will serve as a review for the chapter and I am confident the children will do very well regardless of when we get the time to take the test.
In science we will be working on Chapter 4 - How Living Things Grow and Change. This chapter focuses on learning more about the life cycles of various animals. This week we will be learning about the life cycle of a dragon fly. As I am sure the students shared with you, our toad eggs arrived and we have many very active tadpoles swimming in our aquarium. This years Science curriculum is chock full of nature-based exploration and learning. We will once again be visiting The Waterfront Center in June to apply all that we have learned this year!
In Social Studies we will be starting Unit 6, which happens to be our final unit of the school year! Most likely, we will take a look at the new vocabulary this week, and draw visual representations of their meanings. Next week, we will begin the first lesson on how people celebrate around the world.
In religion we will be reviewing Chapter 26 - We Show Love and Respect. In Chapter 25 the children learned that the Church honors Mary and the saints. In this chapter they will learn about loving and respecting all of God's creations. The following topics will guide our discussions:
-We live in God's love.
-Jesus taught us to love others.
-We love and respect others.
-We respect God's creation.
We will have a quiz on this chapter next week.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at any time or call/leave a message at school (516-432-8900).
SPECIAL SCHEDULE (Class 2-1):
Mondays - SPANISH
Tuesdays - GYM
Wednesdays - ART
Thursdays - MUSIC
Fridays - LIBRARY/COMPUTER