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December 15, 2017
The countdown is on!  I must say that the energy in the school is pretty high and the student are looking forward to the Birth of Jesus!
Thank you for joining us at the concert last night, the night was a great success and the students were very proud of themselves! Next week we will use the spelling words from this week as we didn't get a chance to review them in class.  I am collecting readers, no readers will come home next week, please send any school books found at home into the school.  Continue to read over the holidays and sign the reading log once a day.
 We will enjoy our peers country presentations next week.  Your child has their presentation date recorded in their agenda so that they know when they will present!
We will be going to the movies on Wednesday to see The Star.  

Christmas Spirit Week December 18-22:
Monday: Christmas Socks
Tuesday: Christmas Head Wear
Wednesday: Scarf Day, movie day for grades k-4
Thursday: Jammies 
Friday: Christmas Colours!!

December 4, 2017

Good morning parents.  The weeks will continue to get busy and full of events as we get closer to the Christmas holidays. We are practicing for the Christmas Concert this week and celebrating the first week of Advent.  We made Advent Wreaths on Friday, hopefully they all made it home safely!  
The annual Monsignor Lee food drive has started and the theme this year is 12 days of giving:


Day 1: package of pasta Dec 4.

Day 2: pasta sauce Dec. 5

Day 3: canned veggies Dec. 6

Day 4: canned fruit Dec. 7

Day 5: can of soup Dec. 8

Day 6: canned meat Dec. 11

Day 7: box stuffing or rice Dec. 12

Day 8: coffee/tea Dec. 13

Day 9: canned beans Dec. 14

Day 10: Toiletry item Dec. 15

Day 11: Hat/mitts Dec. 18

Day 12: anything! (your choice) Dec. 19

If you are able to donate that would be very much appreciated by families in our community.

Important Dates:
The 12 days of giving!
Tuesday December 5 @ 9:15 -PF band playing in our gym
Friday December 8th @ 9:15 -2nd week of Advent litergy
Thursday December 14th @ 9:30 -PF play in our gym
Thursday December 14th @ 6pm -Monsignor Lee Christmas Concert in our gym
Christmas Spirit Week December 18-22:
Monday: Christmas Socks
Tuesday: Christmas Head Wear
Wednesday: Scarf Day
Thursday: Jammies 
Friday: Christmas Colours!!


November 27, 2017

Good morning parents!! It looks like it will be a muddy week.  Please make sure your child is dressed for the mess that will be our school yard!  If you could also remind your child about school appropriate play that would be wonderful.  I am getting reports of hands on at recess time and unkind words.  Please reinforce to your child that there are many adults out at recess to help them if there is a problem and that walking away if the game is becoming rough is a great strategy.  Please remind them to listen to instructions, and to be respectful of our lunch time supervisors.
We have been learning about the continents and most students are able to name all 7, and find them on a map!  This week we will continue to learn about continents and the cardinal directions!  
During math we are learning about our double facts, which all grade 2 students should be able to say quickly: 1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6 etc. This week we will be working on numbers to 100, patterns we see in the 100 chart and skip counting using 2's, 5's, 10's and 25's beyond 100!
During our language block we continue to write poetry.  At home please practice rhyming with your child.  I am noticing that this is difficult for some of our students.  Rhyming helps to see spelling patterns.  


November 17, 2017

Happy Friday!  Thanks for taking the time to come and meet with me this week.  It was nice to touch base with so many parents!  School tends to get very busy just before Christmas and lots of things will be happening in the school, so make sure you check in!
We have started our new social studies unit about global communities.  We will be learning about maps, climate regions, naming the continents, different landforms, our basic needs, exploring Canada, looking at the province of Ontario and comparing Ontario to Nunavut.  Each student will be asked to complete a project on a country, assigned by the teacher so that we have a variety of countries.  Your child will then be asked to present their country to the class during the week of December 18th to 22nd. 
During math class we are continue to explore number relationships.  Can your child print number words to twenty? Are they able to mentally add and subtract single digit numbers? Are they able to skip count forward and back to 50 by 2s, 5's and 10's?
We have been writing poetry during our language block.  It has been fun listening to the different poems that everyone is making!  Keep up the great work poets!
Soon we will start preparing for the Christmas concert! It is always exciting to get on stage and perform for our parents!

Important Dates
Wednesday November 22 -Big Box of Cards Pick-up 4pm-6pm
Thursday December 14th -Christmas Concert
December 18-22 Social Studies Projects Due


November 10, 2017

Today we took time to say thank-you to those that are and have served in the military.  Mrs. Clifford's class did an amazing job leading us in our ceremony.  What a beautiful way to say thank-you and to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to live in Canada. Today I sent home a permission form for the legions annual Remembrance Day poster contest, please fill it out and send it back by Monday.
Food order forms are now posted on the school website under the online backpack tab.  Please check it regularly to see if new order forms have been posted.  If you are unable to print a form they are available at the office.
Parent Teacher interviews are coming up, I look forward to speaking with you about your amazing child!  A green piece of paper was sent home today which contains all the information you need to book an appointment online.  I will be here on Thursday evening and all day Friday, if those times are not convenient please let me know, you can jot a note in the agenda, and we can find a different time that works better!

Important Dates:
Monday November 13: Visit the Safety Village (in the gym)
Tuesday November 14: Visit the Safety Village (in the gym)
Wednesday November 15: Progress Reports Home
Thursday November 16: Parent Teacher Interviews in the evening
Friday November  17: PA Day Parent Teacher Interview all day




November 3, 2017

Oh My Word..... what a week.  A week that starts with Hallowe'en is going to be busy!  We had a great dance on Monday and the costumes were fantastic, then on Tuesday the energy could have lifted this building of the ground with the excitement of Trick-or-Treating.  The students all had wonderful stories to tell of their night.  We wrapped up the week with a spirit assembly where Mrs. Jackson cuddled a snake for our Terry Fox challenge.  If our school raised over $1500 then Mrs. Jackson said she would cuddle a snake and we raised over $2000, thank you, thank you, thank you.  So Mrs. Jackson held a snake today!  Thanks to Scales Nature Park for coming out and providing us with a snake and an informative talk to let us know that very few snakes are dangerous and snakes are our friend!
Please remember to limit the number of Halloween treats coming to school.  

Important Dates:
Wednesday November 8th Picture Retake Day
Friday November 10th Remembrance Day Service @ 9:30 in the gym



October 20th
Happy Friday!!  Congratulations to all of our readers!!  At the spirit assembly today we handed out 25 nights of reading certificates to friends who had gotten 25 signatures in the reading log.  The reading log is found in the front of the agenda, great job everyone, keep reading!  Check out your child's spelling test results, their booklet will be coming home tonight, everyone is doing a great job!!
We wrapped up our science unit today, we have been exploring solids and liquids.  Once I have all the work marked and recorded I will send it home.  It was a fun unit!

Important Dates
Wednesday October 25 -School Mass @9:30 in the gym
Friday October 27 PA Day
Monday October 30th -Wear your Halloween Costume and enjoy the Halloween Dance
Tuesday October 31st -Wear orange and black



October 16th
Good morning everyone.  The card orders are due today so if you have any boxes floating around send them to school today, you will be asked to purchase any missing or damaged card boxes.  Pizza lunches start today!  Our next school Mass is on the 25th of October. Have a great week.

October 6, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you all enjoy a wonderful, family filled weekend!  Please remember that Tuesday October 10th is our school picture day.  Fundraising cards came home tonight with youngest and only, please return orders by the 16th.  Terry Fox money is due October 13th! New spelling words come home on Tuesday.

October 1, 2017

It was a busy week at MLE and the next one looks to be as busy!  We will spend some time this week talking about what we are thankful for in our lives and talking about the blessings we continue to receive from God.  All the friends in our class should feel very proud of their behaviour during our first school Mass, we have a very reverent group of friends.  Students also demonstrated respect during our Terry Fox walk/run.  Please continue to collect donations, they are due October 13th.

Important Items:
**Please refer to the Backpack tab on our school webpage for food order forms as we will not be sending home paper copies anymore
**Fundraising products coming home this week, we will be selling a box of special occasion cards as our big Parent Council fundraiser
**October 9th Thanksgiving Day NO SCHOOL enjoy your family!
**Please check your child's agenda for picture day information

September 22, 2017

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our open house BBQ.  It was nice to see so many parents come out to support our school community.  It's been a busy week here.  During math class we have been sorting items by different attributes, in grade 2 students should be able to create patterns and sorting rules using 2 attributes.  Focus during writing time has been on having a proper pencil grip and forming letters properly, staring at the top.  We are working on creating sentences that have a complete thought and putting sentences in the correct order to retell an event.
Important Dates:
Wednesday September 27 @ 9:30 School Mass (parents always welcome)
Thursday September 28 @ 2pm Terry Fox Run/Walk (donations due October 13)
Friday September 29 PA Day

September 15, 2017
Friday Update:
Our school enrolment has gone up and we have been lucky to gain a teacher, which is fantastic news!!  This means smaller class sizes for your child!  This also means restructuring.  Some students have been moved to new classes and will start on Monday in a new room.  Please check agendas for more information.

In honour of Dot Day today we read the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds and we created some 3-D art.  If you would like to complete some 3-D art at home check out this link:

http://www.quivervision.com/coloring-packs/
 
And the Quiver app in the Apple store and Google Play!

I am hoping to start reading groups this week, if I do start then I will start sending readers home in the book bag.  Please return the book bag and books daily.  I will use it to hold the agenda and a familiar to them story.  

During math class we are learning about patterning and sorting.  You can practise these concepts at home with your child by discussing patterns you see at home.  We are also practising forming numbers correctly and learning how to spell number words to twenty.
During our writing time we are focusing on how to create a recount, how to structure a sentence and how to form our letters neatly.
The first science unit will be exploring the properties of liquids and solids.

Important Dates:
Sept. 21 Family BBQ and Book Fair
Sept. 28 Terry Fox run/walk
Sept. 29 PA day
Oct. 9     Thanksgiving






Sept. 8

Happy Friday!! I hope that everyone enjoyed being back to school and that you are finding some type of routine. I know that I am beat and will be looking forward to an early bedtime tonight! READ ON starts on Monday September 11th. For those new to MLS there is a reading log in the front of your agenda. We encourage the children to read every night, including weekends and holidays. When they read an adult signs the reading log, only one signature a day (but you can read more then that!)! We have prizes for friends who collect 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 signatures.

 

Mrs. Shepperd’s Grade 2
NEWSLETTER

September 5, 2017

Welcome Back!!

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If you are a new family to Monsignor Lee, welcome!  We hope you love Monsignor Lee as much as we do.  It is hard to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer but I am looking forward to being back into a routine!  

Over the next couple of days a big focus of our discussions will be about classroom and school rules and routines.  Our classroom behaviour expectations work on a progressive plan.  

1.If your child is struggling to follow instructions and classroom rules they will be reminded of the rules.

2.  If they continue with inappropriate behaviour then they will be moved to work in the classroom away from peers.

3.  If they continue to struggle then they will be moved to work in another classroom.

4.  If they continue to struggle with following adult instructions at this point then they will be sent to the office to discuss their behaviour with Mrs. Jackson and a phone call will be made to let you know how the day is going.

5.  For severe behaviour the office will be contacted immediately and a phone call will be made to home by the end of the day.   

If you have any questions about behaviour expectations please let me know.  

All students are expected to use agendas.  Agendas promote communication between home and school.  I will check agendas as quickly as I can in the morning.  If you are sending in money please put it in the plastic pouch at the front of the agenda with a note detailing what money is for.  Please send in exact change as I am unable to make change.  If you are paying for multiple items please keep the money separate as they will need to go into different envelopes for the office.  Agendas are $5.  Your child is now in Grade 2 and is expected to let me know if there is money or a note from home in the agenda.  I will ask if anyone has anything for me but I will not be going through school bags looking for information from home, so please remind your child to let me know if they have money or notes for me!

Due to concern for allergies within the whole school we are a peanut free environment.

Once  the library gets up and running we will be going there once a week.  I will let you know what day we will be going to the library when the schedule is finalized.  Your child will be allowed to take one book out each week provided they have returned books taken out on previous weeks.  If, over the summer, you found any school books hiding under beds please send them in and I will make sure they get returned to their rightful home!

If, during the year, you would like your child to hand invitations out please send the invitations in to me and I will distribute them to the children discretely.  

I will send out information about food orders when I get it!!

The READ ON program will be starting immediately.  Studies continue to prove that reading daily is extremely important.  Please sign the reading log, located at the front of the agenda, once a day.  Weekends and holidays also count toward your child’s reading time.  

Reading is the number one homework.  Occasionally you may see some other assignments come home but daily reading is the number one homework assignment.  If your child is not using class time efficiently to complete classroom work then they will be asked to take it home to complete it.  Recess is not a reasonable time to complete homework as there is not necessarily someone available to supervise your child at that time.  

Please make sure your child has a pair of shoes that they can keep as indoor shoes.  This helps to keep mess to a minimum and protects the floors.  If your child cannot tie laces please make sure they have velcro or slip on shoes.  

I would love each child to have a pair of earbuds that they can keep here at school to use with the iPads.  When five children are using iPads it can get noisy sooooo I am hoping that every child can bring a set of earbuds to leave here at school for tech time.

Please be sure to check out the class webpage on our school website for updates!  I’m hope to update it on Friday afternoons!  Don’t forget to sign up for our eblasts, as well.

http://mle.schools.smcdsb.on.ca/parents___students/teacher_websites/September