Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important March Dates:

Fish Fry--Friday, Mar. 3rd @ 4:30-6:30

Spirit Dress Day--Monday, Mar. 6th

Field Trip--Monday, Mar. 13th

Holy Trinity First Communion Parent Meeting --Thursday, Mar. 16th @ 6:30 

St. Patrick's Day parties--Friday, Mar. 17th (green/white tops)

St. Patrick's of Merna Parent/Student First Communion Meeting--Mar. 20th @ 6:30

Spring Break begins--Friday, Mar. 24th



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 are studying the Liturgy of the Word in preparation for First Communion right now.  Soon we will be learning the names of the objects and vestments used and seen at Mass, as well as the parts to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

English--We have started working on dialogue sentences (including correct punctuation) during morning "Tune Ups."  We are also learning about subjects, predicates and action verbs.  Soon we will start learning some of the rules for making verbs past tense before moving on to adverbs.

Spelling--We have started working on the next set of units, which includes compound words, contractions, adding word endings and suffixes, as well as prefixes.  A final "end of the year" 50 word test will be over all words learned this year, so please make sure to continue to review all old lists.

Reading--After Spring Break we will focus on nonfiction text with the skill of fact and opinion.

Writing--We plan on writing our own "creeds" over the next few weeks.

Math--We finally finished our multi-digit subtraction and addition chapters, although we will continue to apply these skills with problem solving practice.  We will be moving on to our units on money and telling time.  Part of our time unit is being able to tell time to the 5 minutes, as well as recognize different ways to say a time (quarter after, half past, etc.).  This is more difficult for many students, so I encourage you to use this vocabulary at home as well.

Science/Social Studies--We have been studying the characteristics of several vertebrate animal groups in Science.  After Spring Break we will jump into a unit about weather and weather tools.  In Social Studies we are focusing on citizens' rights and responsibilities.  After Spring Break we will begin studying explorers and the start of our country.  Please keep in mind that the vocabulary for Simple Solutions is piling 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 33-60,  that you may want to use to help your child review.

Extras--We are currently reading The Doll People.

 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 multiplication at this point, although a few are finishing up subtraction.

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:  boot, took, new, moon, blew, book, soon, grew, foot, room, you, who

Unit 23: cow, house, town, shout, down, mouse, found, loud, brown, ground, could, should

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, April 3rd:

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

Simple Solutions lesson 60 is due today.

The note about the Prayer after Communion needs to be signed for today.  You should be ready to recite the prayer to me no later than April 26th!