Teacher's Name: Miss Victoria Erdman

Grade/Subject: Grade 2

Contact: verdman@stjohnskenmore.com

December

Happy Advent!  This month we are talking about how we are preparing our hearts to celebrate the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  The 3 Wisemen also are wandering through our classroom every day, on their way to the Christ Child in our classroom manger scene.  The students are excited each morning to see where the wisemen traveled! 

We also have an exciting STREAM partnership with the Buffalo Zoo!  Zoo educators will be coming to our classroom 3 times this month, and then we will be taking a field trip to the zoo on December 12th.

Here's what else we're busy with this month:  

Reading: We are continuing in our Superkids reading curriculum, including reading chapter books at the students' reading levels in Book Clubs!

Math: We are learning about double digit addition, with and without regrouping.  Remember to log in to First in Math at home to practice your math facts!   

Religion: Our Virtue of the Month is generosity: Giving without counting the cost.  The saint for the month is Saint Nicholas.  We also are learning about the season of Advent, and then will learn about the Holy Family and the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary.

Writing: We are finishing our autobiographies unit, and then will be doing some holiday writing!

Science: We are finishing up our plants unit--learning about the life cycle of a plant, photosynthesis, and then completing a plants craftivity to review all that we've learned.  The Botanical Gardens will also be coming to our classroom to make Terrariums with us (another great STREAM partnership for this month!)

Important Dates in December:

Wednesday, December 12th: Field Trip to the Buffalo Zoo

Thursday, December 13th: Christmas Concert at 6:30 PM in the church

December 17th-18th: Santa's Secret Shop

Thursday, December 20th: Advent Prayer Service in the school gym at 8:30 AM

December 21st: Half Day - Dismissal at 11 AM - Last day before Christmas break

December 22-January 1: Christmas Break

Helpful Math Websites:

firstinmath.com

www.abcya.com

www.coolmath-games.com

www.hoodamath.com

https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards

2nd Grade Special Schedule:

Monday: Gym (Students may wear sneakers to school.)

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Art 

Thursday: Library

Friday: Computer and Art

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at verdman@stjohnskenmore.com, or through the school office at (716) 877-6401.