Dear Grade Two Parents,
Hello and welcome to the beginning of a new school year. I am
looking forward to an exciting year.
In general, the Grade Two program is designed to
foster growth and development in each child.
Opportunities for spiritual, social, and academic growth will be
provided through various activities throughout this year. Students will receive
two very special sacraments this year First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Thank you in advance for your time,
cooperation and support.
If at any time during the school year you have any
questions or concerns, please feel free to come and see me.
Overview of the School Year
This years school theme is: Care for Our Common
Home. Most of this year will be focused
on sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Religion will be integrated into the
curriculum using the Christ Our Life series.
Students will have the opportunity to lead daily prayer in the
classroom. During the final weeks of the
school year, the students will participate in the "Im a Gift from God
The four aspects of Language Arts reading,
writing, listening and speaking will be integrated in all subject areas
throughout each day.
The children will explore a variety of literature
throughout the year. Students will be
provided with various reading opportunities such as silent reading, literacy
centres, and buddy reading. Our main
focuses this year will be on fluency and comprehension. Children will have the opportunity to
participate in the Primary Reading Club.
One of our main focuses this year will be learning
how to write well-structured sentences and beginning to use compound sentences
and paragraphs. Each child will be
involved in various writing activities throughout the year. Students will often be expected to write
rough drafts of their work before completing a final copy.
The focus during Spelling this year is on spelling
patterns, specific spelling rules, vowel combinations, blends and high
frequency words. On Mondays the weekly
Spelling lists will be sent home in the students Spelling notebook. The spelling test will take place on Fridays.
Neat and properly formed letters are expected
within all written work completed during class time and for homework. Time will be set aside for instruction on
proper letter formation.
Through the use of manipulatives and other
resources, the students will learn about such topics as Patterns, Number
Concepts to 100, Addition and Subtraction to 100, Geometry, Measurement, and
Data Analysis. Students will continue to
practice their basic addition and subtraction facts throughout the entire
Regional and global communities are the main focus
of the Grade Two Social Studies program.
We will begin the year learning about mapping skills.
In Science, students will learn about life cycles
of living things, physical and chemical processes, types of forces, and the
water cycle and water sources. The
students will participate in a number of hands-on activities throughout the
Physical Education is taught by Mr. Zucchetto for
three 40 minute periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please ensure that gym strips are at school
on these days.
This years Music teacher is Mr. Pepe. Music classes are on Monday.
Our Technology class is taught by Mr. Riccardi on
Library skills are taught to the students every
Monday afternoon by Mrs. Auld. Books are
checked out on Tuesdays. Library books
are due back each Monday.
To keep healthy and fit, students will engage in
various physical activities that promote strength, endurance, and flexibility
for 30 minutes twice a week.
Students are taught French lessons by Mrs. Ponis
on Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
Art skills are integrated into the curriculum and
will often be connected to various themes discussed in the classroom.
Expectations in Grade Two
The purpose of homework in Grade Two is to reinforce
skills taught at school, establish good study habits, and to foster
responsibility and independence by taking work home and returning it to school
on time. Often homework will include unfinished work, Spelling exercises and
studying for their weekly Spelling tests.
Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each night.
If your child is not able to complete their
homework, please send in a brief note that day.
If your child is absent from school due to a
family vacation, homework expectations are as follows:
- read daily for 20 minutes
- keep a travel journal with
daily entries. This journal can be sent
to school if your child wishes to share it.
Each day the students will write their homework in
their agenda book. Parents are asked to initial each entry. The agenda is a great tool to ensure
communication between home and school.
It is very important that the agenda bag is checked each evening as
notices will be placed there.
Oct. 3 - Full School Uniform begins
Oct. 5 - CISVA Cross Country Meet
Oct. 7 Holy Cross Walk-a-Thon
Oct. 19 Picture Day - individual
Nov. 8 Gr. 2 FHC Meeting @ 7:00
Nov. 20 FHC Enrollment Mass Liturgy #1 - 10:00
Dec. 1 Advent School Mass @9:15 prepared by
Jan. 15 Liturgy #2 10:00 Mass
Feb. 21 Reconciliation Parent Mtg. @ 7:00
March 2 First Reconciliation @ 7:00
March 30 School Mass @ 9:15 prepared by Grade
April 4 Eucharist Parent Mtg. @ 7:00
April 28 First Communion Rehearsal @ 4:45 6:45
April 29 First Communion @ 1:00