Ms. Ignacio's 2nd Grade
Welcome to Second Grade!
Dear Second Grade Families,
My name is Ms. Jolene Marie Ignacio and it is my pleasure to welcome your student to Assumption School’s Second Grade! I am honored to have your child in my class! We are going to explore learning in a variety of subjects which include reading, writing, math and most profoundly, religion. This is an exciting year for a young Catholic’s First Holy Communion as well as the foundational development in faith and understanding of Catholic beliefs. There are many fun activities, virtual field trips, and special moments to be shared. Please join me and the whole Assumption community as we look forward to and begin a great year of education, connections, and positive growth in your young pupil. This year is truly a gift to work with your child and I will passionately teach him or her to achieve their full potential. Parents and family are always welcome in our learning environment, so please feel free to visit and support our classroom after all visiting/volunteer requirements are met.
With gratitude and peace,
Ms. Jolene Ignacio
Religion/Family Life: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Text: Sadlier
- Subject Matter: Recognizing bible stories and their application to daily life, knowledge of Catholic prayers and mass responses, articulation of church doctrine/history/moral issues, preparation for sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, understanding of the Holy Trinity, and the uniqueness of each child.
- Expectations: Daily participation, attendance and reverence at mass, basic understanding of the sacraments, especially of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, and to develop a sincere respect and tolerance of others.
- Grading: Daily oral and written participation, home/parent study in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion.
Reading: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (email@example.com)
- Text: Scott Foresman Reading Program, Razkids, Reading A-Z Curriculum
- Subject Matter: Exploring various genres, cause/effect, new vocabulary, sequencing, main ideas, comprehension, and quality literature
- Expectations: Full participation in cooperative reading groups, Literature Circles, proficiency in skills presented, fluency, weekly home reading, poetry folders and increased reading enjoyment.
- Grading: Oral and written participation
Phonics/Spelling: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Text: Scott Foresman Reading Program
- Subject Matter: Long and short vowels, digraphs, blends, root words and endings, prefixes and suffixes (correlated with spelling list).
- Expectations: Daily oral and written participation in weekly spelling activities and tests.
- Grading: Oral participation and written assessments
Handwriting: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (email@example.com)
- Text: Handwriting 2C, Zaner-Bloser
- Subject Matter: Review formation of lower and upper case manuscript letters leading to the introduction of lower and upper case cursive letter formation.
- Expectations: Neatness, proper spacing, and the correct formation of letters according to Zaner-Bloser's continuous stroke manuscript alphabet and new simplified cursive alphabet.
Language Arts: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Text: Lucy Calkins Writing Pathways
- Subject Matter: Assumption School has adopted Writing Pathways across all grade levels. These learning units are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will assist our knowledge of the teaching of writing. In the Units of Study, students will be able to synthesize, analyze, compare and contrast information and ideas. This program will give students the skills to write narratives, persuasive arguments, and informational texts.
- Expectations: Daily individual and written group work, oral participation, demonstration of correct principles of grammar through speech, writing samples, and active participation in “Writer’s Workshop”.
- Grading: Oral participation and written assessments within various writing activities. Writing notebooks will also be assessed.
Social Studies: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (email@example.com)
- Text: Houghton Mifflin
- Subject Matter: Family traditions and ancestry, neighborhoods, global interdependence, maps, how/where products and food come from, historical heroes, the value of quality citizenship and the rules, laws and role of government.
- Expectations: Frequent partner and whole class discussion and the ability to demonstrate learned concepts in personal projects.
- Grading: Oral and written participation in the form of both in-class assessments and take-home projects.
Art: Mrs. Mary Munoz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Subject Matter: Students will realize art is another way to express oneself, develop ways of expressing ideas in visual form, explore and experiment with different art media, grow in awareness of the environment and heightened sensitivity to beauty, experience a sense of personal achievement and the joy of creation, develop muscular coordination through manipulation of art materials, learn to appreciate the visual expression of others.
Science: Mrs. Mary Munoz (email@example.com)
- Text: Foss [hands-on program aligned to the new NGSS standards]
- Subject Matter: Physical science (Solids and Liquids), Life science (Insects and Plants), and Earth science (Pebbles, Sand, and Silt) through hands-on investigations, writing, and projects.
- Expectations: Daily individual and group written and oral participation. Following instructions carefully and participating in all investigations. Practice safe procedures during all investigations.
- Grading: Daily performance and teacher observation of mastery of content through sharing of knowledge and demonstration of concepts learned through in-class and at-home investigations, in-class assessments and science notebooks.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child” - Dr. Seuss
- Subject Matter: According to Jim Trelease’s book entitled, The Read-Aloud Handbook, research repeatedly validates the importance of reading aloud to children because it improves a child’s reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills along with enhancing a child’s attitude towards reading.
- Expectations: Students will be expected to adhere to the usual rules you would have in any other public library. Additionally, sometimes books do get lost or damaged. The policy for this school library is that in the event that this happens, the book would either need to be replaced with another book [in excellent condition] of equal value, or remit a check made out to Assumption School that covers the cost of the book.
- NOTE: In-person library classes are usually held once a week. Breathtaking, religious stained glass windows provide the perfect backdrop for an enriching library experience. Grades T/K-3 check out books for  week; grades 4 and 5 get to check out books for  weeks.
- In addition to providing students with a variety of reading adventures, the library hosts an annual book fair through Scholastic in the Spring. This event sparks a lot of excitement and enthusiasm - it’s like having our very own bookstore for a week!
Mathematics: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Text: Investigations
- Subject Matter: Including, but not limited to: number sense, addition, subtraction, place value, measurement, time, fractions, money, geometry, graphing, word problems.
- Expectations: Appropriate use of manipulatives, participation in daily hands-on activities, oral reasoning, effort in maintaining math journals, memorization of basic addition and subtraction facts, accuracy in daily work and on assessments.
- Grading: Oral and written participation during in class investigations and other forms of assessment.
Computer Science/Coding: Ms. Jolene Ignacio (email@example.com)
- Text: Various educational coding and computer based programs such as code.org, Class Dojo, typing.com, and Dance Mat Typing
- Subject Matter: Integrating technology through age-appropriate activities into the curriculum, using educational software.
- Expectations: Students will be expected to participate 100% and be able to complete all activities.
- Grading: Students will be graded on participation and application of knowledge attained through technology activities.
Spanish: Mrs. Andrea Contreras (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Subject Matter: Students will - recognize and recite classroom words, talk about wants and needs, recognize animals in Spanish, recognize food in Spanish, recite the alphabet, colors and numbers in Spanish, practice how to greet and introduce themselves, discuss in Spanish the things they need and want for their classes, discuss the calendar and weather, describe themselves and personality traits, describe the items in their rooms and in pictures, describe how they prepare themselves for school, describe extended family and family life in general, & students will recite and translate prayers. New vocabulary, books, games, and music will be introduced around the theme of activities and personality traits.
- Grammar: Students will learn vowels, gender, cognates, infinitives, negatives, structures to express agreement and disagreement, and adjectives.
- Cultural Perspectives: Students will learn about several Spanish-speaking countries and their cultural differences. They will also learn about holidays: Independence Day, Day of the Dead, Christmas, Cesar Chavez, Cinco de Mayo and Children’s Day.
- Expectations: Students are encouraged to participate in classroom activities and projects and to communicate in class using Spanish.
- Grading: Grades will be based on class participation as well as completion of homework.
Physical Education: Mr. Darren Deonigi (email@example.com)
- Text: none
- Subject Matter: Physical games and motor skills, group play and teamwork will all be emphasized in this subject area.
- Expectations: Students will be expected to participate and exhibit proper sports behavior and self-discipline.
- Grading: Students will be graded on achievement of the above listed expectations.
Music: Mr. Bill Vaughan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Welcome back!! I have planned an exciting year of music for our school and class sponsored Masses, the Fall Festival, our Christmas and Spring concerts.
- Text/Digital Tools: Nearpod, Edpuzzle, Google Classroom, Zoom, Loom, Seesaw
- Subject Matter: Students have two music classes each week. One class is music theory, music history and liturgy, where they learn how to read music, study composers of the past and present, and study the parts of the Mass. The other class is a practicum, spent singing, using their God-given instrument, the voice, to get ready for the various parish/school Masses and concerts throughout the year. The goal of music class is not only to study music, but also to perform music.
- Expectations: Active participation through singing and memorization of the score in class is primary. Good behavior in the classroom and church is absolute. Attendance with an animated spirit at all school sponsored Masses, Fall Festival, Christmas and Spring Concerts is mandatory.
- Grading: Grading will be based on assessments made at the time of a ‘performance,’ and quizzes afterwards. Along with these assessments, I also review behavior in the classroom and church, active class participation, and attendance at mandatory liturgies/concerts.
- Materials: Up and coming anthems that all classes will be singing can be found on our school website under Music and also on Google Classroom (6-8 grades). This way, students can be prepared before they come to class. Let’s get started!!
Learning Support Team
To ensure that the needs of all learners are met, Assumption School has two part-time teachers who support both students and their teachers. Student services include both individual and small group pullout or push-in instruction. If you believe your student has special needs, please discuss your concerns with their teacher and/or the Learning Support Coordinator, Sue Mart (email@example.com) or Reading Resource Teacher, Krista Imrie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to Contact Me - Ms. Jolene Ignacio, 2nd Grade Teacher
*All questions regarding Art, Science, , Spanish, Physical Education and Music, etc. direct to that assigned teacher listed above.
Homework will be sent home weekly in packets every Monday and completed packets are collected every Friday. The front of the packet will have a breakdown of homework that is expected to be completed every night, however, homework may be done in any order that suits you and your family’s schedule. The assignments are specifically related to the content and concepts covered that day during school. If a new concept is
introduced on Wednesday and you or your child attempting to complete the Wednesday homework on Monday, it is highly recommended to wait until your child has learned the new concept to complete the homework as to avoid confusion and frustration. Towards the end of the year, homework will be sent home nightly and students will practice
writing their homework down in preparation for the expectations they will face next year.
If homework is forgotten at home or in the car, please do not bring it to school during the day for your child. Tomorrow is a new day with another chance to remember to bring it in, but, most importantly, we are working to foster independence and responsibility in our students.
Homework packets will be available every Monday. This being said, if you are planning a trip out of town and your student is to miss school on Monday and will not receive their packet, homework packets can be emailed the day they are distributed to the class. Early packet requests for out of town trips will not be permitted. Please refer to the Assumption School Handbook.
As is stated in our school handbook, second graders are expected to spend 30 - 45 minutes per night on homework--much of which will include reading.
*If there is not any written homework, please encourage your child to read to you, listen to you read, listen to books on CD, and practice math flashcards.
- Religion: Throughout the week the Religion book will come home with the page(s) we have completed. Please review the page(s) with your son or daughter and initial each page.
- Sacramental Preparation: All preparation will occur in the classroom. Traditionally, 2nd graders will participate in a very special retreat called Bread Day.
- Reading: Weekly stories and poetry will be used to assist students toward improving their fluency. Please have your son or daughter read the story and poems aloud to you. Occasionally, book report sheets will be sent home for your child to complete based on the story we are reading in class that week or on other books of their choice.
- Spelling: Spelling lists will be sent home for review in the Friday newsletter. The list will consist of 12 list words and 3 bonus words. Reviewing these words at home is very helpful. Typically, the spelling pretest occurs in class on Monday and the actual test is given Friday morning. In class throughout the week, we will be practicing the words through an assortment of activities such as alphabetizing them, rainbow writing, and so forth.
- Cursive Writing: 2nd graders will be learning how to write in cursive. Feel free to help your son or daughter with their cursive alphabet. Extra practice is ALWAYS encouraged.
- Language Arts: This year, 2nd graders will be writing each day. We will focus on different aspects of writing in our writing workshops. To develop their growth as writers, students will be adding details to their writing. Your son or daughter will keep a journal at school with various writing prompts. Periodically, their journals will need to come home for them to complete an activity begun in class.
- Math: Math worksheets/workbook that correspond and relate to the week’s lesson or for general practice will come home each week. Please allow your son or daughter to complete the pages independently and then, if time and schedules allow, to review at home for errors.
Vacations/Absences During School:
Attendance is critical to your child’s performance in school. Arriving late, consistently, can have a negative impact. We would like to discourage you from taking vacations during school time. We also know that, occasionally, this is unavoidable. Unfortunately, I will not be able to send work home prior to the vacation or create individualized lesson
plans for absences due to vacation. Please refer to the Assumption School handbook.
If your son or daughter is ill, please contact the office if you would like homework prepared for you to pick up at the end of the day. Homework will be ready for pick up after 3:15pm.
To report absences to the office please call the school office or email: email@example.com. Emailing this address will record the absence in PowerSchool. If you wish to email the school about your student being absent, please use this address.
After a concept has been taught and reviewed, children will be checked on their understanding of that concept. Please help your son or daughter to learn the importance of completing their work and to correct any errors when found. Any unfinished homework assignments can be returned within the following week to receive partial credit.
Behavior and Classroom Management
My classroom approach to teaching is focused on positive reinforcement and helping my students to grow and make positive behavior choices. Assumption school has adopted a positive discipline program. Positive Discipline weaves the teaching of social-emotional skills and character development into the fabric of each and every school day.
In addition to this program, students will also have an opportunity to set goals, self regulate themselves each day and work towards making positive behavior choices. I employ the three strike policy in my classroom as well. This method gives students three chances to make better choices. This is communicated to students verbally. The hope is with three chances to make better choices, students will reflect on their behavior and how they can take steps towards making good choices.
As a visual reminder, each child will be included on our vertical “HOW AM I DOING TODAY” chart. There are 5 sheets and throughout the day, students will have opportunities to move their clothespin up and down the chart. Movement on the chart directly reflects the choices they are making throughout the day.
At the end of each day, they will color their behavior log the color they ended, which is to be signed by parents each night. This is important, as signing the behavior log every night helps to keep students accountable for their choices in school. On Fridays, students will get an End of Week Report that is to be signed and returned on Monday.
*These behavior logs will be reviewed prior to going home by the teacher. Please also review your child’s behavior log at home.
- “Dojo Points” In my classroom, I use ClassDojo, an online points system to help with classroom management. Students receive points for making good choices, fulfilling classroom expectations, demonstrating SLE’s, and engaging in learning in a positive and safe manner. There are no negative points. Students only lose points when they spend them. Each week, students will have the opportunity to spend their Dojo points on class perks such as bringing a stuffed animal to school, being a teacher’s assistant, and much more. Every two weeks, all students must spend their points and points are reset. To keep track of your student’s points, please connect with us on Class Dojo. Follow the steps on your invitation.
- “Trojan Tickets” Students will receive Trojan Tickets throughout the week. Trojan tickets are earned through making good choices (reflected on the color chart) and/or exemplifying the SLE’s in the classroom and beyond. Students will keep these tickets in their envelopes and turn them in each week. Every Friday, 2-8 tickets will be drawn for the Trojan Ticket Raffle in which students who win will pick a prize from the treasure chest. Students who are picked two weeks in a row will receive 10 Dojo points in lieu of picking out of the chest again for equity purposes. For students to be eligible to put their tickets into the raffle on Fridays, they must end the day on green or higher.
Standards based grading is not equivalent or related to letter grading. Students are graded on a scale based on their demonstration of the mastery of the standard that is being assessed. This is done on a 1-4 scale. Here is the breakdown of grading, which can be found in the Diocesan Parent Guide to Standards Based Grading:
1 - Needs Support/Below Basic Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student exhibits limited skills necessary to meet the learning targets as shown in performances on recall, basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
1.5 - Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student is beginning to develop the necessary skills to meet the learning target as exhibited in performances on recall, basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
2 - Developing/Approaching Mastery Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student is approaching an understanding of the learning target as exhibited in performances on recall, basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
2.5 - Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student almost meets learning targets as exhibited in performances on recall,basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
3 - Proficient/Mastery Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student meets the learning target as exhibited in performances on recall, basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
3.5 - Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student meets and sometimes exceeds learning target as exhibited in performances on basic application, strategic and extended thinking activities.
4 - Advanced/Exceeds Mastery Using the most recent, comprehensive evidence requiring high levels of cognitive demand, the student exceeds the learning target by performing at exemplary levels.
Based on these descriptions, in Second Grade, a 3 is mastery of the standard, a 3.5 is mastery and on track to exceed above grade level, and a 4 is mastery at an advanced level and above grade level. In Second Grade, a 2.5 and/or 3 is on track with grade level.
Students are always learning and improving, so the purpose in giving grades is to provide parents with an accurate accounting of where your children are on the continuum towards mastery.
Birthdays are celebrated by the class in school. Students will receive a special sticker and bookmark from the teacher and the class will sing “Happy Birthday”. There is no obligation to celebrate your child’s birthday at school; however, if you wish to do so, we ask that, in lieu of any food item, your child donate a book for our classroom library, make a donation to the class treasure chest, etc. Due to allergies, intolerances, and food sensitivities, no food will be permitted.
Please make sure you have completed the Safe Environment training and that you have submitted the certificate to the office. http://www.virtusonline.org This is necessary before you work in the classroom, chaperone on trips, or attend and help with class parties. You must always sign in at the office and receive a volunteer sticker. This is for the safety of the children.
Field trips are an integral part of learning to help students understand concepts and to extend their thinking beyond the classroom. Please look for specific information in our bulletin updates. Adventures ahead!
Parent volunteers are a big part of 2nd grade. Parents are encouraged to come in to help with special projects, parties, reading helpers, etc. Prior to coming into the classroom, all parents need to have the Safe Environment training on file as well as fingerprints on file with the school office. Thank you in advance.
- Mystery Readers: I would like to invite any parents, older siblings [18 or older], grandparents, relatives, or other special people to “surprise” your child by being a mystery reader this year. Students LOVE having their family, friends, and relatives visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to the class classroom. A calendar will be available for families to sign up to be a mystery reader.
- Please sign in at the office prior to coming to the classroom on your scheduled day. Bring a book(s) to read to the class and remember you are a “mystery” to the class,so please do not tell your child when you will be coming. Additionally, you will need to create 3 clues via email that I will share with the class about who is coming in and they will try to “guess” who the Mystery Reader is. All “Mystery Readers” will need to have SAFE ENVIRONMENT certification as well as fingerprints on file in the school office.
Distance Learning Considerations
WEEKLY SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING PLANS:
Every week, parents and students will know the Monday through Friday learning plans for our class. In this learning plan, teachers will identify weekly objectives, daily assignments and schedules for ZOOM learning. Resources will also be linked. Students will receive these instructions through Clever, Google Classroom or Seesaw. Parents will receive very informative emails regularly.
ZOOM RULES FOR SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING: Students are to arrive on time, properly dressed while seated at a quiet workspace with their microphones muted and faces visible. In order to verbally share, students will be required to raise their hand either physically as seen on camera or by use of the emoji icon. See below for more details.
ABSENCES/TARDIES: During Distance Learning, attendance will be taken each day at the morning 9am Zoom meeting. All students are expected to attend this meeting. If your child is unable to attend this meeting but will be participating in distance learning that day, please send the teacher and school office an email informing the school of your child’s attendance status. No tardies will be recorded during Distance Learning per diocesan policy.
BIRTHDAYS: During Distance Learning, we will designate the last Thursday of the month to have a class birthday party in the morning for those born in that month. We will sing happy birthday and allow each birthday child to do a show and tell. We will also invite the other students to all share a snack together on video.
DISCIPLINE POLICY: Assumption School will continue to implement a discipline curriculum. The teachers and students will work on a social-emotional curriculum together. This program seeks to establish strong and meaningful connections between students, families and school staff. It views mistakes as opportunities to learn and misbehaviors as opportunities to practice critical life skills. In the beginning of the year, each class will work collaboratively to create their own unique set of guidelines. These will be shared with parents/families once they have been created.
HOMEWORK POLICY FOR ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING: During Distance Learning, No actual homework will be assigned.
ASSESSMENTS IN SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING : During Distance Learning, students will be assessed using Google Classroom, SeeSaw, or other forms of technology and any applicable traditional methods.
GRADING POLICY FOR SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING: During Distance Learning, students will receive feedback either verbally or through email and per graded activities completed online (primarily through Google Classroom and SeeSaw).
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