Year of Possibility
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Welcome to Second Grade:
This year has been dedicated as the “Year of Possibility”. What a wonderful, positive way to start a new school year. When I look back over the year, I realize that life has offered me endless possibilities. True, some of them may have seemed impossible at first thought but they were there nonetheless. I feel that possibilities are God’s way of showing us what is available, what could be and what will be if we accept the challenge. Possibilities could be considered the dreams that are just close enough to make realities. They are not always easy and quite often seem unreachable, but with faith, perseverance and a bit of luck, possibilities can indeed become realities. I hope to instill confidence and courage in my students. I want them to see the possibilities they have been gifted and work to make them happen. Through our faith and our strength, we can work to make our world a better place. We must first recognize what is possible and have the courage to see it through, but we can’t do it alone. “For nothing will be impossible with God”-Luke 1: 37. Together, we can move mountains.
Second grade students are full of wonder and full of energy. This combination makes for an excellent learning environment. This year, students can expect to become confident in double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping as well as master their math facts. They will investigate word problems showing not only the answer but defending how they got there. They will write clear, meaningful six sentence paragraphs with special attention paid to thoughtful expression and writing skills. Second graders work on reading to learn while still mastering learning to read. We ask a lot of our students and they never fail to amaze us with their dedication and hard work.
Second graders are also invited to participate more fully in the Church this year. Both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of First Eucharist are celebrated. It is an exciting time for the students as they grow closer to Jesus during these special times. Students will explore their personal relationships with Jesus as well as learn scripture and stories about His life. I often learn more about Jesus’ love from the children as they believe without seeing. They have such pure faith.
Science brings the world of dinosaurs as well as the study of matter and motion. Projects include technology integration, research and experiments both in class and in STEM We also love to get messy and discover new ideas. We will also have more hands on learning opportunities.
Social studies will lead us into a world outside our own. We learn about other cultures and traditions. We study our ancestors and see a time that is very different from our own. We share this through time line projects. We also get to explore how the United States came to be our respected country. Learning about our government will teach us more about democracy and liberty.
Second grade is an amazing adventure. I am blessed to be a part of it each day. Thank you for your smiles, your trust and your commitment. I look forward to working with each of you this year.