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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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Monday 11.21.2022

There is no homework this week.
 
Upcoming Tests:
  • Spelling Test - Wednesday, 11/30/22
  • Reading Progress Assessment - Wednesday, 11/30/22
Additional Reminders:
  • Disguise a Gingerbread craft/activity - due Tuesday, 11/22
  • Winter Clothing Notes:
    • Please send your child with appropriate outerwear for outside recess. We will go outside as often as we safely can.
    • Please also send in an extra pair of school shoes when your child comes to school wearing boots

11.21.2022-11.22.2022 Week at a Glance

Reminders:
  • Disguise a Gingerbread - due Tuesday 11/22
  • Winter Clothing Note
    • Please send your child with appropriate outerwear for outside recess. We will go outside as often as we safely can. (Label items if possible, this is very helpful when trying to locate lost items. :) )
    • Please also send in an extra pair of school shoes when your child comes to school wearing boots.
Religion: We will start to learn about the Church season of Advent.
 
Math: We will be reviewing place value and problem solving strategies to prepare for Chapter 3, which will start the week after Thanksgiving break.
 
Language Arts: Students will be completing Thanksgiving-themed writing activities to practice writing opinion and informational writing.
 
Reading: We will review comprehension strategies for fiction and nonfiction texts, as we enjoy stories from our Superkids reader, articles from our Super magazine, and Thanksgiving-themed read aloud selections.
 
Social Studies: We will read about the Wampanoag tribe, along with truths and myths about their interactions with the European explorers. Our new social studies unit will start the week after Thanksgiving.
 
 

Wednesday 11.16.2022

Homework:
1. Read 20 minutes
 
2. Practice spelling words - Spelling Test is tomorrow!
 
3. Math "Arrays" paper - Show the array for each repeated addition equation below. *Students can choose to do one side or both sides.*
Math Chapter 2 Test is Friday
 
Reminders:
  • Food Pantry: Tomorrow, Thursday, 11/17
    • Please send in pastaAs we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, all of our donations are especially appreciated.
  • Disguise a Gingerbread - check your child's folder for more information about a fun activity to kickstart the holidays!
  • Pillow Drive: Tuesday, 11/22
    • Please send in new pillows to go with the bed ministry's requests for hundreds of beds.
  • Winter Clothing Note - Please send your child with appropriate outerwear for outside recess. We will go outside as often as we safely can. Please also send in an extra pair of school shoes when your child comes to school wearing boots.
  • Thanksgiving break: Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25
    • No homework will be assigned over the break.
    • We want it to truly be a relaxing and enjoyable celebration.

Tuesday 11.15.2022

Homework:
  • 1. Read 20 minutes
  • 2. Optional: Math "Check My Progress" page (2 sides)
    • This may be completed tonight and tomorrow night for extra practice for Friday's test.
    • Chapter 2 Test is Friday!
  • 3. Practice Spelling words
    • Test = Thursday
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Food Pantry: Thursday, 11/17
    • Please send in pastaAs we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, all of our donations are especially appreciated.
  • Pillow Drive:Tuesday, 11/22
    • Please send in new pillows to go with the bed ministry's requests for hundreds of beds.
  • Winter Clothing Note - Please send your child with appropriate outerwear for outside recess. We will go outside as often as we safely can. Please also send in an extra pair of school shoes when your child comes to school wearing boots.
  • Thanksgiving break: Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25
    • No homework will be assigned over the break.
    • We want it to truly be a relaxing and enjoyable celebration.

Monday 11.14.2022

Reminders:
Scholastic book orders are due Tomorrow, Tuesday 11/15
Shop our class page here: https://orders.scholastic.com/XNRPK2
 
Homework:
 
1. Read 20 minutes (or longer)
 
2. Practice Spelling words
*Test is Thursday*
 
3. Math "Count Columns and Rows" practice paper
*Chapter 2 Test is Friday*

11.14.2022-11.18.2022 Week at a Glance

 

Religion

Students will:

  • tell about how Jesus welcomed children.
  • identify Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares for us.
  • explain the meaning of the parable of the lost sheep.
  • describe how Jesus cares for us through the leaders of the Church.
  • define deacon and psalm.

Math

Students will:

  • Create arrays based on a given number of columns and rows.
  • Create arrays by using repeated addition.
  • Use arrays to solve word problems.
  • Chapter 2 Test → Friday, 11/18
    • Click here for the study guide

Language Arts

Students will:

  • Learn and write similes
  • Plan, write, and edit a poem using similes
  • Illustrate and present a poem

Reading

Students will:

  • Encode words with /o/
  • Encode ay/a/ words to complete sentences
  • Practice reading with accuracy
  • Practice reading long words
  • Practice reading speech balloons

Thursday 11.10.2022

Homework:
 
1. Read 20 minutes
 
2. Start practicing new spelling words, list & backpack pages will go home tomorrow in Friday folders.
  • Test is next Thursday 11/17
 
3. Optional: Math 2.7 homework page
  • Test is next Friday 11/18
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Tomorrow, Friday, 11/12 is Patriotic Dress Down --> Students may wear red, white, and blue in celebration of Veterans Day
  • Food Pantry: Thursday, November 17th 2nd grade should send in boxes of pasta
  • Pillow Drive: Tuesday, November 22nd Please send in new pillows to help the St. Joseph Bed Ministry as they fill their requests for beds.
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
New Spelling List:
  1. draw
  2. yawn
  3. awful
  4. fault
  5. August
  6. called
  7. smallest
  8. chal
  9. wal
  10. tal
  11. today 
  12. away

Wednesday 11.09.2022

Homework:
 
1. Read 20 minutes
 
2. Optional: Math 2.6 homework page - even and odd numbers
 
3. Practice Spelling words
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Spelling and reading progress test tomorrow, Thursday 11/10
  • Food Pantry: Thursday, November 17th 2nd grade should send in boxes of pasta
  • Pillow Drive: Tuesday, November 22nd Please send in new pillows to help the St. Joseph Bed Ministry as they fill their requests for beds.
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15

Tuesday 11.08.2022

Homework:
1. Read 20 minutes
2. Optional: 2.5 Math Homework Page 
3. Study for Thursday's spelling test
 
Reminders:
  • TONIGHT Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
  • Here is the class wish list link for those of you who expressed wanting to help our classroom when we spoke at conferences: Amazon Wish List Always appreciated, never expected! :)
 

Monday 11.07.2022

Homework:
 
1. Read 20 minutes
 
2. Optional: Math 2.4 Homework Page
 
3. Practice spelling words - Test is Thursday, 11/10
 
Additional Reminders:
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/8 Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
Spelling Words: Words with r-controlled vowels (-ear, or, ar --> /er/) 
  • worst
  • word
  • worm
  • worry
  • early
  • earth
  • learn
  • heard
  • dollar
  • sugar
  • regular
  • calendar

11.07.2022-11.11.2022 Week at a Glance

Reminders:
  • Tuesday, 11/8 Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • No all school Mass next week on Tuesday → We will attend a special Veterans Day prayer service on Friday at 12:30pm. 
  • Art in a Box will be Thursday, 11/10 (during school)
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
  • Here is the class wish list link for those of you who expressed wanting to help our classroom when we spoke at conferences: Amazon Wish List Always appreciated, never expected! :)
 

Religion

Students will:

  • define terms pope, bishop, crosier, parable
  • discuss the role of the pope in the Catholic church
  • explain how leaders guide us

Math

Students will:

  • Use equal groups to add
  • display equal groups in arrays to add with repeated addition
  • identify even and odd numbers
  • solve for sums of even numbers

Language Arts

Students will:

  • Draft an informational research project about an animal
  • Illustrate a specific topic clearly
  • Edit research report with the writing process

Reading

Students will:

  • Spell words with /er/ spelling patterns
  • Spell words with /aw/ spelling patterns
  • Discuss ways to forgive others (lasting lesson)
  • Read on-level text fluently and with expression

Science

Students will:

  • make a bird feeder that will feed a specific bird based on what it eats
 

11.02.2022

Homework:

1. Read 20 minutes
2. Optional: Math 2.2 Homework page --> Chapter 2 focuses on the foundation of multiplication skills.
 
Reminders:
  • Friday, 11/4 No school → Teacher and Staff training day
  • Tuesday, 11/8 Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
  • Here is the class wish list link for those of you who expressed wanting to help our classroom when we spoke at conferences: Amazon Wish List Always appreciated, never expected! :)

11.01.2022

Homework:
1. Read 20 minutes
2. Math 2.1 Homework page: Chapter 2 focuses on the foundation of multiplication skills.
3. Spelling Test: Tomorrow, Wednesday 11/2 - practice spelling words
 
Reminders:
  • Friday, 11/4 No school → Teacher and Staff training day
  • Tuesday, 11/8 Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
  • Here is the class wish list link for those of you who expressed wanting to help our classroom when we spoke at conferences: Amazon Wish List Always appreciated, never expected! :)

10.31.2022-11.04.2022 Week at a Glance

Reminders:
  • Please review the Halloween dress down guidelines that Mrs. Hein sent out. We look forward to a fun and safe Halloween party on Monday afternoon.
  • Tuesday, 11/1 All Saints’ Day → We will attend Mass at 8:30 am
  • Friday, 11/4 No school → Teacher and Staff training day
  • Tuesday, 11/8 Parent Sacrament meeting at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • Scholastic book orders are due Tuesday 11/15
  • Here is the class wish list link for those of you who expressed wanting to help our classroom when we spoke at conferences: Amazon Wish List Always appreciated, never expected! :)

Religion

Students will:

  • Celebrate and learn about the fest of All Saints on November 1st
  • Learn about different saints
  • Discuss ways we can imitate the way Saints loved God and the way they lived their lives

Math

Students will:

  • Begin a new chapter about number patterns
  • Use patterns to skip count
  • Model skip counting to find the total in equal groups
  • Use a number line to skip count
  • Practice fundamental skills of multiplication

Language Arts

Students will:

  • research and take notes
  • write an informational paragraph using research notes
  • combine sentences in an informational paragraph
  • choose a research topic for informative writing

Reading

Students will:

  • practice decoding words with er, ir, and ur.
  • encode words with -er endings.
  • encode words with r-controlled vowels.
  • read and discuss grade-level literacy texts.

Science

Students will:

  • Learn to identify frog sounds in different environments
  • Identify frogs by their unique sound and investigate the environments where the frogs live
 
 

Thursday 10.28.2022

Homework:
1. Read 20 minutes
2. Math - no homework, we all did great on our chapter one test today!
3. Practice next week's spelling words, the new list and backpack pages came home tonight. Next spelling test is Wednesday 11/2.
 
Additional Reminders:
  • 1st Communion Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm in the Koenig Center
  • Thank you for your generosity with the Food Pantry! If you are interested, you can read more about the Food Pantry and additional ways to support them here.