Mrs. Shepperd
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February 25, 2020

This week celebrates the beginning of Lent.  We will talk about Shrove Tuesday and we invite families to join us at Guardian Angels Church on Tuesday night for a pancake supper.  We will also celebrate Ash Wednesday with a liturgy on Wednesday at 9:30 in the school gym, parents and guardians are always welcome to join us.  Friday we say no to treating others unkindly and encourage everyone to treat others as Jesus would and we encourage everyone to wear pink.
We are learning about place value , the tens and ones columns and how numbers are build.  During our writing block we have been writing procedures.  Our science unit has been about simple machines.  
Spelling words for this week focus on the long o sound:

sight words: does, don't

February 13, 2020

I apologize for not updating the webpage lately.  We continue to be busy beavers here in Grade 2.  We have started a new science unit, simple machines, which is a fun hands on unit.  We are starting a new math unit on Tuesday which will cover place value.  During writing time we are learning how to write longer more organized pieces of writing with detail.  At the beginning of the week we complete a recount of our weekend. We have also been learning about the elements of procedural text.  
Spelling words from this week will be carried over into next week as we have not had enough practice with them this week.  The focus has been on long i words.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and students are encouraged to wear red, white and pink to celebrate!  Tomorrow the Grade 8 friends will be hosting a bake sale to fundraise for some of their upcoming trips.
We would like to welcome Ms. Higgs to our classroom.  Ms. Higgs is a Lakehead University Education student and will be with us on Wednesdays until after March Break then after March Break she will be here full days taking on some of the teaching duties, with supervision!

Upcoming events
Feb. 14th -Valentine's Day, Pink, Red and White Day, Bake Sale
Feb. 17th -Family Day Holiday
Feb. 20th -Reports sent home
Feb. 25th -Shrove Tuesday
Feb. 26th Ash Wednesday Liturgy 9:30am

January 17, 2020

Next week we will start to explore 3-D solids.  Students need to learn how to describe and sort these solids by their geometric properties: faces, vertices, edges, curved, straight.   They will also be making models of prisms and pyramids and describing their attributes.  
During our social studies unit we continue to explore celebrations and traditions and how these change over time as families grow and as we learn about new cultures.  If your child is asking you where their ancestors are from this might be why!!
We will be celebrating Mass together as a school community on Wednesday January 22 at 9:30am in the school gym.  Parents and guardians are always welcome to join us.

Spelling words for the week focus on blends br, fr, gr:
sight words: because

January 13, 2020

Good morning everyone.  Food orders are open on School Days and will close on the 16th!  Spelling words are back this week.  We are listening for blends bl, cl, fl and gl and I have included two sight words:


Please remember that library is on Tuesdays, if you have any library books kicking around please send them back!
Have a great week!!

January 7th

Welcome back!!  I hope that you all had a relaxing break spending time with family and friends.  We have jumped back into the school year with both feet.  During our math block we are talking about collecting and sorting data, creating graphs and interpreting graphs.  During our language block we are creating some New Year Resolutions.  Please be patient with books coming home, I am currently trying to read individually with each student which makes the process a bit slower!  During our Social Studies time we are talking about our community, cultures and traditions.  
Food orders open on January 9th and close on the 16th.  If you would like to order milk, pasta or pizza be sure to access School Days for this information.

November 29

Wow the Advent season starts on Sunday, we begin to prepare our hearts for Jesus, what a blessed time in our Catholic community.  We begin next week by gathering in the gym for the first week of Advent liturgy.  

Please continue to practice telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour with your child, next week we will be exploring temperature.  

Our spelling words for next week are focused on short i:

Upcoming Events:
December 2 Advent Liturgy, Week One Hope 9:15
December 4 Field Trip, Simcoe County Museum
December 6 Patrick Fogarty Band @ MLE 9:30am
December 10 Christmas Concert: Grades 3-8 @ 10am
    JK- Grade 2 @ 12noon

November 15

Happy Friday everyone!!  It was nice to touch base with soooooo many families over our 3-way conferences, thanks for raising such amazing little humans!  I think the snow is here to stay!  Please dress for the weather, the students are outside for 2 20 minute blocks everyday.  Extra socks and mittens in the school bag might be a good idea. I will be insisting that children wear snowpants home at the end of the day.  When they wear snowpants home they don't get left on the bus!
Next week looks like it will be a busy week we have some theme days planned by our Student Council:

  • November 18 - Mismatched Monday (no Clothes match)
  • November 19 - Colourful Tuesday - Each grade assigned a colour
    • Kindergarten - Red
    • Grade 1 - Light Blue
    • Grade 2 - Pink
    • Grade 3 - Yellow
    • Grade 4 - White
    • Grade 5 - Orange
    • Grade 6 - Grey
    • Grade 7 - Green
    • Grade 8 - Dark Blue
    • Staff - Purple
  • November 20 - Wayback Wednesday - Going back to the 80's
  • November 21 - Jers-day Thursday - Wear a Jersey
  • November 22 - Aloha Friday - Hawaiian Day

We also have a school mass on Wednesday November 20th @ 9:30 am, parents and guardians are always welcome!

November 8

Hello Parents!!
We have been sooooo busy in class and are looking forward to sharing our learning with you during parent teacher conferences next week.  Please make sure you sign up for a time we look forward to meeting you!
We are trying to wrap up our math unit on number relationships.  Please continue to practice identifying and spelling number words, counting by 2's, 5's and 10's at a variety of start points, and counting and skip counting numbers beyond 100.  
We are also finishing up our science unit on states of matter.  We will hopefully be starting our social studies unit next week.
We have started weekly spelling words, you will see the words come home in the agenda on Monday and we will have a "test" Friday.

Upcoming events:
Monday November 11 -Remembrance Day Service 9:15am
Tuesday November 12 -Bus Safety Presentation
Wednesday November 13 - Grade 2 Friends @ PF for a play 9-10am
Wednesday November 13 -Progress Reports Sent Home
Thursday November 14 -Parent Teacher Conferences @ night
Friday November 15 -PA Day, Parent Teacher Conferences

October 27

Happy rainy day!  The rain reminds me that I should mention that our yard does get muddy at this time of year.  Please think about putting a change of clothes in your child's backpack incase they fall on these wet days!  Also an extra pair of socks is always a good idea in case they have a run in with a puddle!

We have a busy week coming up, Hallowe'en always causes excitement in our school.  We will have costume day on Wednesday.  We ask that there are no weapons or extremely scary masks there are 3 year olds in the building.  On Thursday please wear your orange and black!! On Friday and over the next week as your child(ren) work through their candy please only send in one or two treats for lunches.  It is hard to push the healthy stuff with lots of sugary treats to choose from!!

We are working on developing our understanding of what a full sentence looks like!  We are also trying our hand at some creative writing and working on our own Hallowe'en stories!  The friends are encouraged to think about the setting, characters, problem and solution of their story.  I am hoping to start spelling words during the week of November 4th!

During our Math block we have been working on the friends of 10, numbers that add up to 10, how to spell our number words up to twenty and our doubles (2+2, 3+3 etc), counting to 200, what number comes before and after larger numbers. 
During our music block I have started to teach the students some clapping games.  It has been a blast.  They are really enjoying it and I think it is hurting their brain a bit as they figure out how to move their hands!! If you want to work with your child to develop this gross motor movement and practice their ability to keep up with the beat and rhythm check out the link below:

If you have any questions please send a note in the agenda or call the school and leave me a message.  Please remember that if your child's home time routine is changing, someone different is picking up, being a walker rather then taking the bus etc.., we need a note or a phone call to the office.  

Important Dates:
Wednesday October 30 -Costume Day
Thursday October 31 -Orange and Black Day

Have a great week!!  Happy Hallowe'en!

October 19

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend.  Thank you to all the families that contributed to our Food Drive, lots of items were donated.  Our school community always blows me away with how generous they are!
We are learning about the elements of stories right now.  We will be working on writing our own Halloween stories soon! I encourage you to look at the writing activities coming home and review sentence structure with your child, do the sentence they are writing contain a full thought, do they have spaces between the words, are they using capital letters to start sentences, do they use punctuation??  During our math block we are looking at number relationships: counting forward, counting on, counting groups, skip counting, the meaning of more and less, doubles and reading and printing number words to twenty.  If you would like to work with your child on these skills have them match numerals with the number word, have them skip count using a number line, place some items (bread ties, forks, marbles) on the table and have them tell you how many are there then ask them questions such as what is 5 more then this set, what is 2 less then this set?  Below are some links to more resources.

Just a reminder that October 21st is a PA day

Monday October 21  PA Day
Wednesday October 23 School Mass 9:30am all are welcome
Friday October 25 Bake Sale hosted by the Grade 8 friends

October 4

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Monday we will be having a little math test.  Please don't worry about it, it is more of an opportunity for your child to complete an activity independently and within a given time frame!  They will need to complete repeating patterns, create growing patterns, create shrinking patterns, create a pattern using shapes and write the pattern rule for some simple number patterns.  All skills we have been working towards during class time!

During our writing block we have been learning about adding detail to our writing, retelling events in proper sequence, put spaces between our words, proper use of capitals and punctuation.  Reading groups have begun, please send readers back to school everyday, if I have a chance to pull a reading group I will!! The kids just never know when they might be asked to join me at the reading table!

During science we continue to explore the properties of liquids. solids and gases.  We have some fun experiments coming up so be sure to ask your child about their science activities!

Next week we start the Thanksgiving food drive.  If you are able to contribute to the food drive please do so, it is really appreciated.  

Upcoming Events
October 7-11 Food Drive
October 7 -Bus Safety presentations
October 8 -Hidden Turkey Assignment Due
October 8 -Library Day, Thanks Mrs. Canning
October 14 -Thanksgiving Holiday!! Gobble Gobble

September 27

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are slowly settling into routines of Grade 2.  I am noticing that students need lots of practice and review with counting forward and backward from a variety of starting points, up to 200.  Counting up starting from a number such as 26 has been challenging for some, and counting down from numbers such as 47 is proving difficult.  Being able to see the patterns in counting up and down will help your child with adding and subtracting.  Counting down and bridging the decade (going from 31, 30 to 29) is a difficult concept to grasp for children.  
If you would like some more information on this topic here are some webpages that might be of help:

Our library date will be Tuesday this year.  Please keep that in mind and send books back so that your child can get a new book out on Tuesday!  

Some important dates to keep in mind:

Sept. 30 Orange Shirt Day
Oct. 4    Picture Day
Oct. 14  Thanksgiving Weekend!!

September 23
Okay, just so you know I did update this on Friday before I left but didn't hit publish!!  Sooo let's try this again.
Happy first day of fall.  Friday was our first school Mass of the year.  Many of my Grade 2 friends are interested in the Sacrament of First Communion and in participating in this part of the Mass.
At our assembly on Friday we kicked off the Terry Fox run.  Our run will be on Thursday September 26th.  Our school goal is $1500, and if we meet it Mr. D. Marwick has agreed to do something wild and crazy!
Reading groups will be starting this week, look for readers to come home in the agenda bag.  Thanks for your support.  
Friday September 27th is a PA day!

September 15

Our first full week of school is behind us and if your house is anything like mine there are some very tired people in your home!! Lots of changes were announced on Friday, change is good, the classroom shuffles mean that your child is in a class with fewer students.  The transition on Monday may be difficult but will make for a wonderful school year!  If you have any questions or concerns make sure you contact the office.

Continue to read nightly at home and record it in the reading log stapled in the back of your child's agenda.  One signature each day!!  Once I have completed my reading assessments I will make reading groups and start sending books home!

Next week will be a busy week, please read the agenda for messages!!

Sept. 16 Reorganization if needed
Sept. 17 Book fair arrives!!
Sept. 18 First school Mass 9:30am in the gym
Sept. 19 Meet the creature, I mean teacher, night 5pm-6:30pm

September 6

 Thanks for a great week back! If you haven't had a chance to fill in the back to school paperwork yet please take a second to finish it this weekend and get it in! Also, just a gentle reminder that agendas cost $5!

 Next week we will continue to settle into routines and remembering the rules at Monsignor Lee. Books have not started coming home yet, it may be another 2 weeks before I can get reading groups organized. Please read books you already have at home or visit the library for some reading material. Reading logs have been stapled into the back of your child's agenda and you can be filling them out and celebrating reading!

Have a great weekend!! Thanks for your continued support!


September 3, 2019

Welcome Back!!

Image result for clip art back to school 

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 Mr. Strong 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. Purchases can be made through your School Days account, if you need more information on this online payment system please let me know.   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 discreetly.  

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.

If you could donate some kleenex and some paper towels for our classroom that would be greatly appreciated!

Please be sure to check out the class webpage on our school website for updates!  I hope to update it on Friday afternoons! I will not be sending out any more paper based newsletters, I will assume that you are checking the classweb page! Don’t forget to sign up for our eblasts, as well.

Important Dates:

September 3 -1st day of school

September 19 -Open House! 5-6:30pm

September 26th -Terry Fox Run

September 27th -PA day