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Grade Two October News

St. Cecilia 2019 

We would like to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving
weekend with your families. Each class has created a class Religion/Fully Alive
book of prayers that showcases our beautiful artwork and
our prayers to God. Each student has written a prayer In Religion we are exploring our faith through Unit 1, We
telling what they are thankful for. Class books will be sent Belong to God’s Family. Our Fully Alive unit focuses on how
home with students to share with their family. Please feel we are all created unique and special and all loved by God.
free to add a comment about what you are thankful for on
the back of your child’s prayer page. Language 
With the arrival of fall we ask that children come prepared We have been learning that good readers use their schema
for all kinds of weather. It is best to dress in layers e.g., a (or prior knowledge) to help them make predictions and
t-shirt, sweater and a jacket to allow for sudden changes in connections when they read. You can help your child
the weather. Children do go outside when there is a light practice these reading strategies at home by asking them to
drizzle, so warm jackets and boots are needed. Please think about the title and pictures before he or she reads and
ensure all items are labeled clearly with your child’s name use what they know to make predictions about the text
so they can be returned easily if they get lost, mixed up or before and during reading. As your child reads, ask them if
left on the floor. they can make any connections to the story.

We are hoping to have our school agendas soon. Please ● Text to Text Connections are when you connect what
continue to check and sign the temporary pages on a daily you have read to another book.
basis to keep updated on any school events. Feel free to ● Text to Self Connections are when you connect what
contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you have read to your own life (a time you felt the
you for your continued support. same as the character)
● Text to World Connections are how you connect the
Mrs. Proulx, Ms. Ng, Mrs. Phelan, Mrs.Combden
reading to events happening in our world.
Important Dates this month:  In writing we are continuing to work at applying the
conventions of capitals and punctuation in our daily writing.
● Sacrament Mee ngs - Choose one We are also learning to expand our simple sentences by
7:30 St. Monica (parents only) using linking words (because, and, also, but) and are
Tues. Oct. 1, Thurs. Oct. 3, Tues. Oct. 8, beginning to write “super” sentences using adjectives,
Wed. Oct. 9 or Sat. Oct. 5 at 10:00 a.m. nouns and verbs.

● Thursday, Oct. 3re – School Picture Day Math  

● Wednesday, Oct. 9th – Thanksgiving Mass, 1:15 p.m.
We are working on mental math strategies for adding and
in the gym subtracting facts to 20 (making ten, doubles, doubles plus
● Friday, Oct. 11th – PD Day, no school one). Students will be learning about place value and
● Monday, Oct. 14th – Happy Thanksgiving! breaking down 2-digit numbers into tens and ones (e.g. 34
● Thursday, October 31st - School Dance-a-thon can be 3 tens and 4 ones or 2 tens and 14 ones). They are
also practising showing 2-digit numbers in a variety of
Our first unit is on Air and Water in the Environment. At home, you can encourage your child to look for and read
Students will be focusing on the following big ideas: numbers on houses, signs and billboards or in store
● understanding the ways in which air and water are windows. Skip counting by 2s, 5s, 10s and 25s up to 200
used by living things to help them meet their basic when you are in the car or walking to school will also
needs; benefit your child. Challenge your child by starting at
● investigating the characteristics of air and water and numbers other than 0 (e.g. count by 2s to 120 starting at
the visible/invisible effects of and changes to air 64).
and/or water in the environment;
● looking at the ways in which the actions of humans
have an impact on the quality of air and water.