Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important February Dates:

Early dismissal @ 11:15--Friday, Feb. 3rd

Spirit Dress Day--Monday, Feb. 6th

Early Dismissal @ 11:15 (optional parent/teacher conferences)--Friday, Feb. 17th

Dance Program --Thursday, Feb. 16th

No School (President's Day)--Monday, Feb. 20th



Click on the web address below for links to favorite games, songs and websites that go with what we are (and will be) learning at school this year:


Field trip drivers:

Go to

and then follow the directions from the 

"Be Smart-Drive Safe" video link below:



Be sure to check the homework tab below to see what is due and when!







Holy Trinity Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting--(6:30) Oct. 20, 2016 @ Historic St. Patrick's Hall

First Reconciliation--(9:00) Jan. 28, 2017

First Communion Parent meeting--(6:30) Mar. 16, 2017 @ Parish Center 

First Communion--(11:30) May 7, 2017 with rehearsal on May 6 @ 9:00


St. Patrick's of Merna Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting--(6:30) Nov. 28, 2016 @ Shamrock Hall

First Reconciliation--(9:30) Jan. 21, 2017  OR  (6:30) Jan. 23, 2017

First Communion parent/child meeting--(6:30) Mar. 20, 2017

First Communion--(6:00) April 29, 2017 with rehearsal on April 28 @ 6:30  OR

                              (1:00) April 30, 2017 with rehearsal on April 29 @ 9:00



So what are we learning about in Second Grade right now?

Religion--We have finally finished learning about Reconciliation and we will begin studying the Mass in preparation for First Communion.  Be on the lookout for directions for the pew banner that you will be making for your special day.

English--We are continuing to learn basic capitalization and punctuation rules during morning "Tune Ups."  We also know quite a bit about using commas and apostrophes too, so be sure to ask us!  Finally, we are finishing up our work with adjectives and will be moving on to verbs very soon!

Spelling--We are starting our next set of spelling words.  These units can be more difficult, so they may require more study time at home.  We will also bump up the number of review words to 6 on the weekly final test.  Keep reviewing all of your old lists!

Reading--We finally will be getting back into our small Guided Reading groups starting the week of Feb. 6th.  We will begin this cycle by focusing on character traits and the text evidence that backs them up.

Writing--We will be writing about what fills our hearts with love this month.

Math--We are working through Chapter 5 (and 6) which focuses on different strategies for solving 2, and even 3, digit subtraction problems.  The students are really looking forward to playing Math Baseball again by the end of the chapter!

Science/Social Studies--We are discussing traits and how plants and animals have adaptations to help them survive in their habitats.  We will also be studying the characteristics of several animal groups.  The vocabulary for Simple Solutions is beginning to pile up, so please make sure to stay on top of it.  There is a Quizlet on our class website for the vocabulary for lessons 1-32, as well as another for lessons 33-51,  that you may want to use to help your child review.

Extras--We are currently reading Mr. Popper's Penguins, but will move on to The Doll People when we are done.

 Also, as always, try to talk often with your child about the brain beads they are (or in some cases, are not) earning and what level in Rocket Math they are on.  Some students need a positive push in the right direction from home.  Most students are rocketing through subtraction at this point and some are moving on to multiplication.

Unit 1: sad, jam, glad, flat, dig, list, win, if, fix, was, want, been

Unit 2: wet, job, hug, rest, spot, mud, just, help, plum, said, of, does

Unit 3:  cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, pile, rake, give, have

Unit 4: these. nose, use, rose, pole, close, cute, those, mule, one, love, come

Unit 5: tap, tape, fin, fine, tub, tube, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid, slide

Unit 7:  next, spin, clip, grade, swim, plant, last, test, skin, left, drag, glide

Unit 8:  doll, full, dress, spell, add, hill, class, pull, kiss, mess, fell, spill

Unit 9: dish, what, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, while, catch, sure

Unit 10: end, camp, thank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, thump, hand, think, bring

Unit 11: milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, trick

Unit 13: pay, wait, paint, cave, train, shake, pail, whale, clay, away, they, great

Unit 14: free, each, clean, teeth, please, sheep, beach, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, people

Unit 15: old, won, most, soap, float, hold, both, know, cold, do, goes, toe

Unit 16: night, kind, spy, child, light, find, right, high, wild, July, eye, buy

Unit 17: meet, meat, week, weak, road, rode, tail, tale, be, bee, too, two

Unit 19: days, bikes, boxes, beaches, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes, grapes, children

Unit 20: cot, face, goal, gym, city, page, plug, crash, place, gone, brag, nice 

Unit 21: tall, saw, dog, draw, call, fall, soft, paw, ball, yawn, log, small

Unit 22:  

Unit 23

Unit 25

Unit 26

Unit 29

Unit 31

Unit 32

Unit 34

Unit 35



Daily Homework:

1. Practice Spelling words---final test on Friday

2. Work on the Common Core (Math/ELA) paper---due on Friday

                   3. Read the fluency homework with an adult---due on Friday                                     

 4. Complete assigned Simple Solutions lesson---due on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (quiz on every 5th day!)

5. Practice prayers (until they are memorized) 

6. Practice Math facts (at least 5 minutes daily)


Monday, Feb. 27th:

Simple Solutions lesson 52 is due today.

Signed Friday Folders and quizzes/tests are due today.  Did someone write back to your Friday Letter?  Did you pick a proud paper for the board?