1st & 2nd Grade

MRS. LEMIRE’S

FIRST AND SECOND GRADE CLASS

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Thank you “Santa and Mrs. Clause” for the new knitted hats and toys.

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Happy All Saints Day!

Reminder to Parents:  Please take your children to church.  We need to follow the 3rd commandment, Keep Holy the Sabbath Day.

 

 

February 21,2018

Dear Parents,

Boys and girls have been working very hard this week in the classroom. We are finishing up lessons and activities so as to be all caught up before vacation. I am very proud of boys and girls for doing their personal best in all of their work. Good job!!

Reading assessments will be finished by Friday. Reading groups will resume after vacation. Thanks for reading with your child throughout the week. It makes such a difference with their reading progress.

First graders have begun a math unit on place value to 100 this week. Second graders will begin a unit on subtraction with regrouping after vacation. Any extra help with these math concepts at home would be helpful for both first and second grade students.

It will be a spelling week after vacation. This week we have been working on vocabulary review activities in the classroom for units 1-7.

We will be starting physical science after vacation. We will be doing various hands on activities for this unit. I am excited about doing some experiments with boys and girls.

I look forward to seeing everyone at conferences on March 7th and 8th. There will be an envelope in your child’s backpack tomorrow with your conference time. Please let me know if the time is a problem for you.

Have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

Boys and girls are settling back into a regular routine this week after a wonderful Catholic School’s week. Thanks so much for helping to make it a successful week for your child. It is greatly appreciated.

Boys and girls finished their writing pieces on the theme of winter fun and snow. I was very pleased at how hard everyone worked and the imagination and creativity that went into these writing pieces. Great job boys and girls.

We celebrated the 100th day on Tuesday. Boys and girls had fun doing a variety of fun activities centered around the 100th day. We did many activities that involved a lot of movement and a fun math activity with dice. Boys and girls had a great time with these activities.

Boys and girls will have their spelling test tomorrow. It will be a vocabulary week next week. Unit 7 will be the focus.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday February 13th. Boys and girls can bring in Valentine’s to share with their classmates. I will provide a class list in Thursday folders. We will have some treats. Our room mother Emmi Chapdelaine will contact you about bringing in something for the party. Feel free to send in something if you would like even if you are not contacted. I know boys and girls like to bring in treats to share with the class.

I will be starting reading assessments for the end of the second trimester at the middle of next week and continuing into the following week. I will let you know about reading homework as that begins next week. When we are assessing we don’t meet for reading groups.

I hope you all have a great weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

It has been a busy week in first and second grade. Boys and girls have worked very hard to do their personal best in the classroom. I am so proud of all they have accomplished and all the hard work they have put forth. Keep up the good work boys and girls!!

Reading groups are going well. Boys and girls are progressing nicely with their reading. Thanks for reading with your child each night. The added practice really helps with their progress.

In math second graders working  on two-digit addition with regrouping. Any added practice at home would be helpful. The focus for first graders has been on data and graphs. We have made pictographs, picture graphs,and bar graphs this week. They are enjoying this unit a great deal.

We will be starting Star Student in the classroom next week. Each student will have the opportunity to do this. They will have a poster to fill out about themselves and they may bring in pictures of themselves, their family, pets, special vacation or a special day trip, or any important event that is special to them. These pictures will be displayed along with the poster for boys and girls to share with the class. The share day will be Thursday right now because of winter activities. It will be Friday when winter activities are over. Having boys and girls present helps them to learn how to speak in front of an audience and to listen and answer questions that are asked to them with detail. I will let you know ahead of time when it is your child’s turn to be Star Student.

In social studies our focus as been on mapping activities and life in different places.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Open House next week. Have a wonderful weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

Boys and girls are settling back into the school routine nicely after our short week last week. They are happy to be able to go outside and play, since the weather has warmed up. I am proud of all the hard work that is being put forth in the classroom. Boys and girls have been focused and engaged with learning.

Reading is going very well. Boys and girls seem to enjoy books that we are reading in group. They have been working on various comprehension activities, sight word vocabulary, fluency, and writing for the books being read. Thanks for reading with your child each night.

Second graders will be starting a new math chapter on addition of two digit numbers next week. First graders  will be finishing up with subtraction next week and their new chapter will be on data and graphs. Keep practicing X-tra Math at home to build upon math skills.

Boys and girls will be writing winter poems next week. They will be working on different activities in class to help with their writing.

Second graders will take their spelling test tomorrow. It will be a vocabulary week next week. First graders will begin having a list of spelling words and activities to do starting the week of January 22nd. I will talk more about this as it gets closer. They have been working on various spelling activities in Fundations to get them prepared.

The share for next week will be a place you  would like to visit. Boys and girls can bring in a book or pictures about it to share.

Have a wonderful long weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

Dear Parents,

Boys and girls have been working very hard in the classroom. I am proud of how engaged and focused they have been with activities. Boys and girls have been focused on trying to do their personal best each day. I am happy with progress being made. Good job everyone!!

Reading is going very well.Boys and girls are enjoying books being read in groups each day. Keep reading at home with your child. It is helping with their progress. Thanks so much for all your support in helping your child.

We have finished a writing piece this week.The focus was on Christmas traditions in your family. I enjoyed reading all the wonderful stories that boys and girls wrote. They did an excellent job!

There will be no spelling next week because it is such a short week. We will carry over vocabulary into next week. Boys and girls still have activities to finish up. They will take their test on Tuesday of next week. It will be a spelling week when we come back from the Christmas holiday.

We will have a Christmas celebration in our room on Wednesday, December 20th. Emmi Chapdelaine our room mother will contact you to bring in goodies. Feel free to send something in even if you are not contacted.  I know boys and girls enjoy bringing in things  to share. The celebration will be in the afternoon. We will watch a movie and have snacks.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year! Thanks so much for all you do and for giving me the opportunity to teach your child each day. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

Boys and girls have been very busy in the classroom. They have been engaged in activities that we are doing each day. I am so proud of all their hard work that is being put forth.

Reading groups are going very well. Boys and girls seem to enjoy the books we are reading for groups.Thanks for all your support in helping your child read each night. Reading logs look good. Please remember to fill out and sign them each night.

In math first graders have begun a chapter on subtraction facts to 12. Any added support at home with these concepts would be helpful. Second graders will take a chapter test on Friday for their place value to a 100 chapter. They will start a new chapter next week on data and graphs. Please keep having your child practice Xtra-math skills at home.

Second graders will begin spelling next week. I will send home a word list on Monday for them to study and practice throughout the week. We will do various activities in the classroom to help boys and girls with learning the words. They will have a pre-test on Thursday and a spelling test on Friday of next week. The following week will be vocabulary.

We continue with our chapter on animals in science. Boys and girls have begun a new unit in social studies. The focus has been on looking at communities and various types of land forms.

I have sent a book order home with your child. If there is anything you would like me to hold for Christmas let me know. The share for next week will be A special Christmas ornament.

Have a great weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

Dear Parents,

Boys and girls have been working hard in the classroom each day. They are focused and engaged in lessons. I am proud of all their accomplishments and continued hard work!.

Reading groups are going very well. I will begin reading assessments next week for the first trimester. Boys and girls will have books to read and activities to work on during this time. I will still be sending home books for them to read each night,but it may be a book from their browsing boxes that has been read before. I won’t have time to meet for reading groups as I will be assessing. Thanks so much for reading with your child each night. Please remember to fill out and sign reading logs.

Second graders have begun a new chapter in math on place value to 100. Any added practice at home would be great. First graders continue with addition. They have been using ten-frames to help them with addition facts. Keep doing Xtra-Math at home to practice facts.

In science we will begin a chapter on animals. Our focus will be on classifying types of animals. Any books that boys and girls would like to bring in about animals would be helpful.

Boys and girls will begin unit 2 in their vocabulary books next week. They will work on various activities throughout the week that focus on vocabulary words in class. They will have a pre-test on Thursday and a vocabulary test on Friday. We did the unit one vocabulary practice test together,so boys and girls could understand what was expected.

We will begin working on a writing piece next week about Thanksgiving.

The share for next week will be a baby picture. If you have not sent in a family picture and a picture of your child could you please do that. Thanks so much!!

Have a wonderful weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

Boys and girls have been busy in the classroom. They are working hard on expectations each day. I am proud of how boys and girls are striving to achieve their personal best each day.

Reading groups are progressing very well. Boys and girls are enjoying stories that we are reading. In groups we are focusing on comprehension activities, sight word recognition, and building upon fluency. Please make sure to fill out reading logs and sign them each night. Thanks for reading with your child each night. It makes a big difference with their reading progress.

First graders have begun a new unit in math. The focus will be on addition strategies and facts to 12. Any added practice at home would be helpful. Xtra-Math is a great way for them to practice their facts. Second graders are finishing up with subtraction and should be ready for their chapter test at the end of next week.

Second graders will begin vocabulary next week. They have a book with unit words and skill activities to do each night. On Thursday a pretest will be given and on Friday boys and girls will have test on those unit words. Throughout the week they should practice meanings of words to prepare for test on Friday. We will work on focused activities throughout the week in class as well. Any questions just let me know.  First graders will also begin working in their vocabulary books,but we will work on focused activities in class together.

Share for next week will be a favorite stuffed animal. Please remember to bring in an item for the food shelf.

Have a wonderful weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

First and second graders have been working very hard in the classroom to spite the hot,muggy weather.  We continue with expectations and rules along with a lot of interactive modeling to help students learn and understand. I am very proud of all that they have accomplished. Keep up the good work!!

Reading groups are going well. Thank you for reading with your child each night. It really makes a difference with their reading progress. Reading logs look great. Please remember to sign them so I know that your child has read to you.

Students will be beginning vocabulary soon. I will talk more about what is expected of students next week.

I am looking forward to the field trip today to the apple orchard with boys and girls. We have a beautiful weather day for our trip!

Share next week will be a picture of your pet. if you don’t have one,bring in a picture of a pet you wish you could have. Please have your child bring in a picture of themselves and one of their family for our posters if they have not done this. Thanks!

Have a great weekend with your child. they are all truly amazing!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

It has been very busy in our classroom. Boys and girls are beginning to settle into a routine each day. We are working on rules and expectations using interactive modeling techniques to help children understand what it is they are to do. We are making progress each day.

Reading assessments are finished and we have begun reading groups. Children will have reading homework Monday thru Thursday each week. This will involve reading a book or a selected amount of pages depending on the length of the book. There will be a writing piece or a story web to fill out to go along with reading assignment. This needs to come back each day along with the book they are reading.

In math first graders have begun a unit on numbers, number words, and ordinal numbers. Second graders focus for their first unit is addition and subtraction facts. The first couple of units are a review of skills for children. Any help in these areas at home would be helpful. I am in the process of setting up Xtra-Math and will send home information about that very soon. This will allow your child to practice skills at home.

Our first unit in social studies is we belong to many groups. There is a parent letter in Thursday folders about this unit. Life science will be our focus for this trimester. Plants is our first unit of study. There will be a letter in Thursday folders as well.

Share for next week will be a favorite book. Please look at the share schedule I sent home so your child knows what day they are sharing with the class. Please remember to send in a family picture and a picture of your child for our posters. Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend with your child and enjoy the nice weather!!

God Bless,

Mrs. Lemire

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Dear Parents,

What a wonderful first week of school with students! I have enjoyed all the stories about everyone’s summer and it has been great to see how excited they are to be back with friends. We are settling into a routine more and more each day.

This week the focus has been on “All About Me” activities. Students have been learning about one another as well as about themselves. We have begun discussing Hopes and Dreams for the school year. We have been learning and modeling expectations and guidelines as well as coming up with rules for the classroom. The students have produced great ideas so far. Boys and girls have done a good job with this and we will continue next week.

I will begin assessments for reading next week. This will help to place students in groups when we begin with reading. I am sending home a “Fundations” letter to let you know how you can help with our program. We have been reviewing skills to prepare for Unit 1.

I would like boys and girls to choose a couple books next week for reading homework. I will send home a couple web sheets for them to fill out. This will be due on Friday of next week.

The share for next week will be a summer souvenir. This can be a picture, trinket, etc. I am setting up a share schedule so boys and girls will know what day is their turn. Please have your child bring in a picture of themselves and a family picture for our posters.

Have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend with your child. They are all truly amazing.

God bless,

Mrs. Lemire

 

 

 

 

 

First and Second Grade Class Supply List
1 box of pencils and pencil erasers (if needed)
1 box of crayons                              1 box  markers
1 box colored pencils                      1 red pen
1 pack of glue sticks                        3 or 4 composition notebooks
1 hand sharpener                              Pencil box
1 container of Clorox wipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       First Grade                                                                   

The first grade class is very structured. The teacher sets obtainable goals and communicates clear expectations. Students continue to be kind and respectful while developing a love of learning in a safe, nurturing environment. Students become responsible for their own learning. When students have met grade level goals and basic skill expectations, they are ready to face the challenges of the next grade as confident, independent, well adjusted individuals.

Curriculum Overview:

First Grade Mathematics: There are twelve major units in the first grade mathematics curriculum. The first unit includes a review of numbers, number words and ordinals. Students continue with addition strategies and facts to twelve. The study of subtraction facts follows. Students learn to work with data. They read and prepare graphs. Place value to one hundred is a major unit. Further units include geometry, money and time and measurement. Students learn to add and subtract two digit numbers. Fractions and probability are additional topics of interest. Students have access to Fast Math, a computer program that helps students review math facts while improving speed and accuracy. The mathematics textbook is Progress in Math.

Science: Students review the scientific method. They explore physical science, life science, and earth science. One major unit of study focuses on Plants and Animals (Growth and Change, Habitats, Foods and Stages of Development). Students play with magnets. They study the Human Body (Senses, Body Systems, and Bones and Muscles), and they discuss Health and Safety. Other units include Observing and Exploring Matter, Sound, the Night Sky and the Moon, Rocks and Soil, Weather and Natural Resources.

Social Studies: Ongoing topics in Social Studies are Getting Acquainted, Social Skills, Personal Information and good citizenship. Beyond these summary units are School Days, At Home with My Family, Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Living in a Community, Black History Month, In and Around the Land, My Country and My Heroes, and My World Near and Far. Specific geography skills (mapping, graphing) appear within units as well. The text is Social Studies by Harcourt Brace

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2nd Grade

The second grade class is very structured. The teacher sets obtainable goals and communicates clear expectations. Students continue to be kind and respectful while developing a love of learning in a safe, nurturing environment. Students become responsible for their own learning. When students have met grade level goals and basic skill expectations, they are ready to face the challenges of the next grade as confident, independent, well adjusted individuals.

Curriculum Overview:

Second Grade Mathematics: Students begin by reviewing addition and subtraction facts. The study of place value to one hundred follows. Students work with data and graphing. They review the addition and subtraction of two digit numbers. Geometry, time and money are further units. Students also learn place value to one thousand. The addition and subtraction of three digit numbers comes next. Students investigate fractions and probability. Students continue to review basic math facts with Fast Math. The mathematics textbook for the second grade is Progress in Math.

Science: Students review the scientific method. They explore physical science, life science, and earth science. One major unit of study focuses on Plants and Animals (Growth and Change, Habitats, Foods and Stages of Development). Students play with magnets. They study the Human Body (Senses, Body Systems, and Bones and Muscles), and they discuss Health and Safety. Other units include Observing and Exploring Matter, Sound, the Night Sky and the Moon, Rocks and Soil, Weather and Natural Resources.

Social Studies: Ongoing topics in Social Studies are Getting Acquainted, Social Skills and Personal Information. Beyond these summary units, there are two cycles of instruction within Social Studies. The first cycle includes Geography Skills (Where We Live), American Indians, Christmas Around the World, People Make History, Black History Month, We All Work Together, Caring for the Earth, Being a Good Citizen and People in Time and Place. Topics in the second cycle include School Days, At Home with My Family, Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Living in a Community, Black History Month, In and Around the Land, My Country and My Heroes, and My World Near and Far. Specific geography skills (mapping, graphing) appear within units as well. The text for both cycles is Social Studies by Harcourt Brace.