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Welcome to 2nd Grade with Mrs. Applegate!
 
 
My name is Samantha Applegate and I am so excited to be joining the SJCS family! I grew up in central Indiana and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University in 2017. My husband and I relocated to the Chicagoland area in 2019 where I spent the first three years teaching Kindergarten. This will be my fourth year teaching and my first year teaching at St. Joseph. 
 
When I'm not teaching, you can find me spending time at the lake and watching college football. I also enjoy concerts, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. Some of my favorites include Diet Coke, Starbucks, and trips to Target. I look forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year!
 

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Wednesday 10.5.2022

Homework:
1. Study for tomorrow's Social Studies test. Here is the study guide.
2. Optional: 1.7 Math homework page
3. Study for Friday's spelling test.

Monday 10.03.2022

Homework:
  1. Math 1.6 homework page
  2. Study for Thursday's Unit 1 Social Studies test. Study guide was sent home in Friday Folders!
  3. Study for Friday's spelling test.
 

Additional Reminders:

  • *If your kiddo is any extra curricular activities, please email me or send me a message on seesaw of some days and times for any games, events, etc. I would love to try and make a few of their activities!*
  • Monday, October 10th = No School

Monday 10/3: $1 Dress Down Day

Monday is a dress down day to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Ian. Students can be out of uniform if they bring in a $1 (or more) donation.

10.03.22-10.07.22 Week at a Glance

Religion:

  • Students will:
    • Tell about the special meal that Jesus shared with his disciples at the Last Supper
    • Identify Ordinary Time as a time to be fed by Jesus, the Bread of Life
    • Explain that Ordinary Time is a time to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus
    • Define Bread of Life, chasuble, liturgical year, and vestments

Math:

  • Students will:
    • Continue to learn about different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems
    • Write number sentence to solve word problems
    • Count back to find the difference between two numbers
    • Subtract zero or subtract all from a number to find the difference


Language Arts:

  • Students will:
    • Revise narrative writing by adding to it
    • Edit, illustrate, and publish a personal narrative
    • Give positive feedback to other writers

Reading:

  • Students will:
    • Review long-vowel pairs
    • Review short-vowel and long-vowel patterns
    • Identify long-vowel words
    • Decode and encode words ending in y/i/ and y/e/
    • Understand adjectives ending in y
    • Practice reading rhythmically 

Social Studies:

  • Students will review:
    • Laws and consequences
    • Rights and responsibilities
    • Branches of government
    • Community jobs
  • Unit 1 Test = Thursday 10/6

Science: We will resume science lessons the week of October 10th.


Additional Reminders:

  • *If your kiddo is any extra curricular activities, please email me or send me a message on seesaw of some days and times for any games, events, etc. I would love to try and make a few of their activities!*
  • Monday, October 10th = No School
  • New Spelling words:
  • show
  • now
  • down
  • work
  • first
  • many
  • about
  • over
  • only
  • before
  • would*
  • could*
*helpful way to remember could and would = o u lucky ducky (-ould pattern)

Thursday 09.29.2022

Homework:
1. Optional: 1.5 math homework page
2. Study for tomorrow's spelling test
 
*If your kiddo is any extra curricular activities, please email me or send me a message on seesaw of some days and times for any games, events, etc. I would love to try and make a few of their activities!*

Tuesday 09.27.2022

Homework:
1. Read 20 minutes
2. optional: math 1.3 workbook page - doubles and near doubles
3. Study for Friday's spelling test

9.26.2022-9.30.2022 Week at a Glance

Religion: 

  • Students will 
    • Discuss and describe how the Holy Spirit leads and guides us.
    • Express appreciation for the good things in our lives.
    • Define faith, Holy Spirit, Messiah, and Temple.

Math:

  • Students will:
    • Use a number line to count on when adding.
    • Use doubles and near doubles to find the sum of addition problems.
    • Make a 10 using ten frames to solve addition problems.
    • Add three numbers to find the sum.

Language Arts:

  • Students will:
    • Generate ideas for writing personal narratives
    • Plan the beginning, middle, and end of a personal narrative.
    • Draft the beginning, middle, and end of a personal narrative.

Reading

  • Students will:
    • Spell words with -le and -ng endings
    • encode the spelling words to complete sentences (CVVC, CVC, CV, CVCe)
    • understand and identify nouns and verbs
    • practice reading with appropriate stress and natural phrasing
    • discuss grade-level fiction texts

Social Studies:

  • Students will:
    • Continue to learn and read about the three branches of government
    • Explain how the voting process is both a right and responsibility 
    • Learn about fictional political candidates and hold a mock election in class
    • Complete voter registration cards
  • First Social Studies test will be the week of October 3rd, and the study guide will come home this Friday.

Science: see Social Studies → We will switch back to Science the week of October 11th.

Tests and Quizzes:

  • Spelling Test = Friday, September 30th - see list below
  • Social Studies Test (Community and Government) = week of October 3rd

Additional Reminders:

  • Tuesday, September 27th = no All School Mass - We will attend Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday afternoon as a school community.
  • Thursday, September 29th = Food Pantry Collection → 2nd grade should bring canned beans. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • Thursday = Fire Drill

New Spelling List (Unit 2 Week 1):

handle

middle

ring

strong

want

look

come

any

some

very

good

new

Thursday 09.22.2022

Homework:
  1. Study for tomorrow's spelling test.
  2. Optional: 1.1 Math Homework
    • Our new math unit focuses on multiple addition and subtraction strategies. Students will not be expected to know them all. We are focusing on what strategies work best for each child.
  3. Bring back "Resource Page 7" with address and return address on it
Additional Reminders:
  • Food Pantry Collection = Thursday, 9/29 (during morning drop off)
    • 2nd Grade = canned beans
  • We have had many students start to bring in stuffies/toys. I am asking that we no longer bring in toys or stuffies because it is starting to become a distraction and I don't want anything to get lost or broken. Thank you!
 

Wednesday 9.21.2022

Homework:
 
1. Read for 20 minutes
 
2. No math homework: we took our Place Value test today. We are starting a new unit tomorrow.
 
3. Study for Friday's spelling test.
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Food Pantry Collection = Thursday, 9/29 (during morning drop off)
    • 2nd Grade = canned beans

 

Tuesday 09.20.2022

Homework:
  1. Read for 20 minutes
  2. Study for tomorrow's chapter 5 math test.
    • Optional: Understand Place Value sheet for extra practice
  3. Practice for Friday's spelling test
  4. Return resource pg. 7 with address and return address filled out if you have not already
 
Upcoming Tests:
  • Math Chapter 5 Test = Wednesday
  • Spelling Test = Friday
  • Superkids Reading Unit 1 Test = Friday (no extra preparation needed)
Additional Reminder:
  • Food Pantry = Thursday, 9/29 --> 2nd grade should bring in canned beans

Monday 09.19.2022

1. Read 20 minutes (or continue to build reading stamina towards the goal of 20 minutes)
 
2. Math: Study for Wednesday's Chapter 5 test, view ways to review here.
 
3. Writing: Fill out and return mailing addresses sheet for our friendly letters. Please return by Wednesday.
 
4. Spelling: study for Friday's test.

Week at a Glance 9.19.2022-9.23.2022

Math: We will spend the beginning of the week reviewing topics from Chapter 5 in our Math textbooks. This chapter specifically focused on place value. Students should have a copy of the review sheet in their Friday folders. You can find information about topics that will be on the test if you would like to do extra practice at home. You can also access it here. The students will take their first Math test on Wednesday. Then we will start a new chapter on Thursday, and that will focus on addition and subtraction strategies.

Science: None - see Social Studies

Language Arts: We worked this past week on a “get to know me” letter. This upcoming week we will continue with our letter writing as we write a “what’s new” letter that we will mail to a family member. Please be on the lookout this upcoming week for a paper asking for a mailing address. We will mail the letters from school, so you will not have to worry about mailing them!

Reading: This week as we continue with Unit 1 of our Superkids curriculum, we will spend time decoding and encoding words with the digraphs th and wh. We will also form contractions (e.g., it’s, they’re, etc.) and use onomatopoeia words (e.g., bang, splash, boom, etc.). We will continue working through our nonfiction Super magazine. We have learned a lot so far about things that are “new”, including new critters, ice cream flavors, vocabulary words, and skateboarding techniques.

Social Studies: We will continue learning about communities as we learn about specific tools and skills that people use to do different jobs. We will also learn more specifically about government jobs and community leaders. We will discuss why our government has three branches and what each branch of the government does.

Religion: We will transition back to our textbooks as we move into Session 3, where we will describe God as our father. We will practice praying the “Our Father” prayer, and we will be able to define prayers of praise, thanksgiving, and petition.

 

Tests & Quizzes:
  • Chapter 5 Math Test on Place Value = Wednesday, September 21st
    • See Review sheet in your child’s Friday Folder, or view it here.
  • Spelling Test = Friday, September 23rd
    • See list in your child’s Friday folder or view it below “additional reminders.”
Additional Reminders:
  • Please check Seesaw for pictures from Friday's fun events!
  • Remember to return your child's Friday Folder on Monday.
  • Monday = Bears/Packers/Favorite Sports Team Dress Down Day
  • New Spelling List
    • who
    • what
    • why
    • where
    • there
    • here
    • were
    • are
    • be
    • have
    • do
    • how

Thursday 9.15.2022

1. Read 20 minutes (or continue to build reading stamina towards the goal of 20 minutes)
 
2. No Math homework - We spent extra time reviewing skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s in class today.
 
3. Spelling --> Practice words for Friday's test
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Tonight (Thursday) = Curriculum Night - 6:30 pm - We look forward to seeing many of you this evening.
  • Bring back library books on Friday.
  • Friday = Rosary Prayer Service (7:45 am) and Spirit Run (11:45 am) --> Students should wear their Spirit Run shirts, gym or other athletic shorts, and sneakers.
  • Friday = Sock Hop (6pm in the Koenig Center)

Tuesday 9.13.2022

1. Read 20 minutes
 
2. Math *optional* 5.6 Homework page --> skip counting practice
 
3. Spelling --> Practice words for Friday's test
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Thursday = Curriculum Night - 6:30 pm
  • Friday = Rosary Prayer Service (7:45 am) and Spirit Run (11:45 am)
  • Friday = Sock Hop (6pm in the Koenig Center)

09.12.2022-09.16.2022 Week at a Glance

Religion: We will be spending our religion time learning about the Rosary, which is a very important set of prayers in our Catholic faith. We will learn about different titles with which people refer to Mary, review the Hail Mary and other prayers, and discuss how a rosary is organized (what the beads mean, etc.).

Math: We are continuing to work through chapter 5 in our math textbooks, focusing on place value. Skills we are focusing on this week include:

  • Skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s
  • Comparing numbers up to 1,000 using the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols

We will also begin to review for our first math test, which will be the week of September 19th.

Language Arts: During Writing time, we will work on identifying the parts of a friendly “get-to-know-me” letter. We will also plan and write out these letters. The students will be able to write a greeting, a body, and a closing for their letter.

Reading: We finished up our Warm Up Unit for SuperKids and are starting Unit 1 in our SuperKids Hit Second Grade! workbooks and readers. The first unit will focus on spelling and reading words with digraphs ch, tch, and sh. We will also be reading fiction and nonfiction texts, while practicing fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. The spelling words this week are pronouns.

Social Studies: As we continue to learn about citizens and communities, we learn about the rights and responsibilities that citizens have in their communities. We will also discuss important jobs in the community and how different members of the community depend on each other.

Science: None
 

Tests and Quizzes:

  • Spelling Test = Friday, September 16th → The new list went home in Friday folders. You can also see the list below the "additional reminders.
Additional Reminders:
  • Wednesday, 9/14/22 = Dine and Donate → If you order from Dos Amigos on this evening, 10% of all proceeds go back to St. Joe’s!
  • Thursday, 9/15/22 = Curriculum Night at 6:30pm
  • Friday, 9/16/22 = Rosary Prayer Service and Spirit Run - The prayer service will begin at 7:45am in the park. Our class will participate in the Spirit Run after lunch.
  • Friday, 9/16/22 = Sock Hop - 6-8pm in the Koenig Center (Pre-K - 4th grade)
  • Please remember to check and empty your child's take home folder regularly.
  • New spelling list = pronouns
    • me
    • she
    • he
    • we
    • they
    • you
    • my
    • her
    • his
    • our
    • their
    • your