Second-2-None: Week of 10-2-17

Week of 10-2

This week in Reading, we started to read “Friends around the World” and learned about e-pals. We began identifying the main topic and supporting details within the next, and next week we will learn how to use captions and key words to better understand a text.

In Shurley English, took a test on Chapter 3, where we classified sentences with article adjectives, subject nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Next week, we will continue working with those parts of speech, but look at end marks in sentences as well.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point for the week. Sometimes the secret is hidden on the different pages so please be sure to look through our Events and Homework page as well!  This week’s newsletter secret is….Columbus Day.

We had our sixth Spelling test today on ea words. Next week, the pattern is words with soft c sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is

In Math, we took our Unit 2 test. We showed how much we knew about number names, showing different forms of numbers, counting on and back by ten and one hundred, and comparing numbers. We will start Unit 3 on Tuesday; we will be working on doubles facts, addition facts, making a ten to add, and relating addition and subtraction.

In Religion, we learned all about Baptism. Through baptism, we are freed from Original Sin and are given grace. We discussed what our own baptisms might have been like and who our godparents are. Next week, we will study the sacrament of Confirmation in depth.

In Social Studies, we learned about laws, votes, and communities. We compared and contrasted the three types of communities: urban, suburban, and rural. Next week, we will learn about our state and country, as well as how our country is a part of the world.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Preschool Newsletter – October 6, 2017

Preschool Newsletter – October 6, 2017

This week in Preschool we learned about fall. Throughout the week we read many stories about fall and how the leaves change colors. We even went outside to collect leaves and identify signs of fall around our school. Our letter of the week was letter E. We practice writing the letter and identifying what sound the letter makes.

Our centers included:

  • E is for Elephant
  • Leaf man people
  • Leaf painting
  • Graphing our favorite color leaf
  • Fall roll and cover math game
  • Handwriting journals
  • Religion “I Love God & God Loves Me”

Next week our theme will be scarecrows and the letter of the week is F. Throughout the week we will read various books on fall and scarecrows. In centers we will create scarecrow art project and practice writing the letter F. Please continue to encourage your child to practice writing their name and identifying upper-case letters.  Thanks for all your help! – Preschool team

Upcoming Events:

  • No School – Monday, October 9th
  • Hot lunch (Taco bell) – Wednesday, October 11th
  • All School Mass – Thursday, October 12th
  • Virtus Traning – Saturday, October 14th from 9 am till 12 pm (at Parish Center)

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Second-2-None Homework 10-16-17

 Monday: Math 3.4 & Handwriting

Tuesday: Math 3.5 & Handwriting

Wednesday: Math 3.6 & Handwriting

Thursday: Math 3.7 & Handwriting; Spelling test tomorrow

Friday: No Homework

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Fourth Grade Fall News

Important Dates to Remember:

-No School – Monday, October 9

-Frindle quiz (room 115)-Wednesday, October 11

-9am All School Mass – Thursday, October 12

-Frindle Story Cube Project (completed in class) due-Friday, October 13

-8am Mass – Wednesday, October 18

-Chicago History Museum field trip – October 19


Fall in Fourth Grade

The past two weeks students have been learning about the importance of responsibility, for our actions, our learning, our work ethic, and our listening and respect. We have spoken about how they are the drivers of their learning and that the work and effort they put in, shows in their learning and successes. We know they can accomplish wonderful things and cannot wait to see them grow as they just keep pushing themselves throughout the year. We have also had the chance to finish our first class novel, complete a few of our first tests, and build and test bridges.

Reading/Language Arts: The students did a great job of reading and completing their very first class novel, Frindle! This past week they took a quiz on the book to see how much they remembered. They will begin their in class Frindle project next week. Their project will dive deeply into the book; including a summary, the characters, main events, and more. We will start to get into myths by reading our next ReadyGen book! We will practice analyzing problem and solution, figurative language, and theme. We will focus on these details within one text and then across multiple texts while reading this book, as well as other books, stories, and articles during small group rotations. As we continue to read new books, the students will continue to use context clues, discuss the main characters and their traits, pick out the main events in the story, and identify the problems and solutions within the story.

In writing, students continue to work on organizing a piece of writing. We are practicing how to pick an appropriate topic by starting with a list and narrowing down to just one. The students are using these topics to write personal narratives and explanatory papers in class. They have focused on building an introduction, and connecting their body paragraphs to that introduction. The students will work on adding details that support their main idea/topic to help the reader visualize what the are reading.

Math: Hello chapter two! The students recently started the next chapter on multiplication. They have been working on drawing models to solve multiplicative comparison problems. This is a very tough lesson! We will continue to practice this lesson with problem of the day, as well as in small groups. They are starting to move into rounding numbers to create an easier multiplication problem. They are also using patterns to find the answer to a multiplication problem. It’s important to remember and use these patterns to help the students get the right answer. We finished the week with learning about the distributive property! Remember to use flash cards at home to practice basic multiplication problems! Knowing their basic facts will make this chapter much easier.

Religion/2nd Step: After a successful Grandparents/Grandfriends Mass, we will be moving back into our textbook! The students will be discussing how Jesus brings happiness to each of our lives. They will learn about The Beatitudes and how they connect to our life. In 2nd Step, the students are learning that their friends may have different preferences on different activities. They discussed why it’s important to be friends with those people you enjoy being around, even if they prefer different food, movies, or sports.

Social Studies: Chapter one has come and gone! The students did a wonderful job getting into Social Studies, and learning all about the five regions of the United States. They took their Chapter 1 Test on Thursday. Next week, the students will start to dive deeper into each of the five regions. We will start with the Northeast region! They will learn about the people who have come from there, and continue to live there. They will also learn about events that take place there, and have happened there in the past! They will learn about all of these topics within each region as the year goes on.

Science: Our study of science processes, the scientific method, data, and models has finished this week. We ended our learning with a STEM mission to build a model of a bridge using straws, tape, and paperclips. We tested to see how many marbles each bridge could hold before collapsing. Students did a wonderful job and designed some very sturdy bridges. We will then move on to Chapter 4, working on ecosystems, food webs, and the human impact on ecosystems and the environment in general.

As always, it’s a great day to be a cardinal!

Mrs. Duffy and Ms. Gross

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Kindergarten Newsletter

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, October 9th: NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day Holiday.
  • Tuesday, October 10th: Bring in your favorite kind of apple to school.
  • October 10th: Dining for Dollars Chick-fil-A,  Countryside 5-8, no flyer needed!
  • Wednesday, October 11th: All school Mass, 9 am
  • Thursday, October 19th: Field Trip to the LaGrange Farmers Market

This Week: 

  • We worked very hard this week! We are so excited to now have a full month of kindergarten under our belts.  The children have settled in so nicely to our routines and we continue to make a lot of progress each and every day! Please help extend your child’s learning at home by using the newsletter to get ideas.  Also, you can find additional activities to do at home by clicking HERE. Keep your child’s learning hands on! This is how young children learn best.

Next Week: 

We will begin our first unit on APPLES. This cross-curricular unit will have us busy, especially during center time!  We will have apple math, literacy and science centers! Please note we are asking all children to bring their favorite kind of apple to school on Tuesday.   We will send a reminder email on Monday so you don’t forget after the long weekend!


  • We are moving into the blends of letters. Please review the sounds we already have learned in our Jolly Phonics program. The blends are tricky! We will be completing group 4 sounds next week: ie, ee & or; practice group 1-4 sounds and actions at home!

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  • Word wall word practice. Look for our word wall words in books. Our current word wall words are: a, I, is, do, did, go, see, we, will, the, to, yes, no.  Ask your child to write these words for you.  Find these words in books while reading.
  • Journaling: when the children journal, they draw a picture and then “write the sounds they hear.”  We do not answer the question, “how do you spell….?”  The goal of journaling is to help the children become independent writers. Practice this at home! It’s okay if it’s not spelled correctly.  Again, we’re building confident, independent writers when we used “brave spelling” or “inventive spelling”.

Math and Science:

  • We will be working on numbers and recognizing numbers 1-20. Have your child tell you how many tens and ones are in a number. For example, how many tens in 17? How many left over? This is the language we use in class, using the same language at home just might help! Please refer to the activities for home page to print a ten frame to use at home!
  • Patterning and sorting with apples.
  • Ordering numbers from 1-20.
  • Using a ten frame to show numbers.
  • Graphing: Do you like applesauce?  Which is your favorite kind of apple?
  • We will introduce NONFICTION text to the children and will learn all about APPLES.
  • We will weight and measure apples.
  • We will test whether or not an apple sink or floats in water.


God cares how we feel! We will look at our feelings, how we can read someone’s face to tell how that person is feeling. In sad times, we turn to God. Let’s remember to turn to God in happy times too! A grateful heart is a happy heart!



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Second-2-None EVENTS

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Tuesday, October 17th – Mandatory First Reconciliation Parent Meeting (7-8 p.m. in Morrissey Hall)Wednesday, October 18th – 8 a.m. Mass (drop off at Church, 7:50 a.m.)
Saturday, October 21st – St. Cletus 5K run

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7th Grade LA

Seventh grade has been busily working in the three areas of language arts – composition, grammar, and vocabulary.

They spent some time composing a descriptive essay on a historic place of their choice.  Hopefully, students learned that writing is a detailed process that takes time rather than something that they attempt to complete as soon as possible.

In grammar, we have completed Unit 8, which focuses specifically on subjects, predicates, and sentences.

Lastly, we began the month of October with Unit 1 vocabulary.  Acquiring strong vocabulary skills is imperative in students becoming better writers, as well as preparing them to be successful on their standardized tests.


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Overton October News!

Language Arts: On Monday, students will recite their September Poems. They will then receive their October poems. October poems are due on October 30th. Spelling test Unit 4 is on Friday.

Reading: This week we are looking for the main idea across multiple texts. Students are continuously reading The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, or Henry Huggins in small groups.

Math: This chapter is all about data tables, graphs, and using both to solve problems. This week we are learning to create bar graphs, solve problems using data, and use and create line plots. We will begin reviewing for the test over unit 2 on Thursday. Our test will be on October 12th. Play our jeopardy game to review! Students will also have review homework next week.

Writing: This week students will learn how to grab their readers attention, add a “heart” to their story, and peer edit their stories. We are still working on personal narratives! If you have any great ideas of stories you child could write about, please remind them!

Social Studies: Last week we finished chapter 2! Chapter 2 is all about different types of communities like rural, urban, and suburban communities. Our Unit 1 test will be on Thursday, October 5th. This week we will continue to review. On Tuesday, your student will come home with a review packet. The jeopardy game currently includes chapter 1, but by Monday evening it will include all of chapter 1 and 2!

Science: This week we will begin Unit 2! In Unit 2 we will learning about the Engineering process!

Please join our class Dojo!! Students gain or lose points throughout the day based on their behavior. Track your student’s day, using our app! If you need a new invite code, please let me know! Students have different incentives based on their points! Ask your student about the possible prizes!


Important Dates:

October 4:   8 am Mass

October 5: Social Studies UNIT 1 Test

October 9:   No School, Columbus Day

October 10:  Isle a la Cache Field trip  8:15-1:30

October 27: October Book Report Due

October 30: October Poems Due

October 31: Classroom Halloween Parties 2-2:45 (more information and sign up to come!)


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First Grade Happenings for the week of October 2nd to 6th

Religion:  This week the class will talk about the many ways in which Jesus helps those in need.  We will also talk about trusting and accepting help from others. 

Each month the school picks a prayer to say together at the beginning of the school day.  Our prayer this month is the Guardian Prayer”  Angel of God, my guardian dear.  To whom God’s love commits me here.  Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.  Please practice this prayer at home with your child.  It does not have to be memorized.

Second Steps:  This week we continue exploring the feelings we see on our friends and families faces.  The emotions that we will be looking for this week are ones of surprise, joy and excitement. 

Reading:  This week our story comes from the Frog and Toad series.  We will be reading the story “Dragons and Giants”.  As the class is working with this story they will identify the story elements such as characters, setting, and B*M*E (Beginning, Middle and End).  We will also identify the beginning and ending sounds of words.   

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week contain the R controlled vowel /or/.  R controlled vowels are ones where a vowel is paired with an R.  The R does all the talking and the vowel is not heard in it’s long or short form.  Our words this week are at, yes, slug, fork, storm, horse, forty, are, all, morning.

Grammar:  We will continue learning about the different kinds of nouns that are in our everyday language.  This week we will focus on common nouns.  Common nouns are words like chair, cat, ball, duck, pizza these do not need to be capitalized.  

Math:  We have been working with subtraction and will continue to enhance our knowledge of this strategy as we work with subtracting zero from a given number.  The students will see that any time you take zero from a number the difference is ALWAYS the number.  Another subtraction strategy that we will be working with this week is taking apart numbers 1 – 10.  The students will practice this strategy as they change the order of the number being subtracted and the number that is the difference.  (Ex:  9 – 5=4  or  9 – 4 = 5)  

Social Studies:  We will conclude our unit about Johnny Appleseed and begin one on Christopher Columbus.

Important Information for the Week:

Sunday, October 1st:  Please attend Mass some time this weekend.

Monday, October 2nd:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Hot Lunch from Bouna Beef.

Tuesday, October 3rd:  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.

Wednesday, October 4th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Hot Lunch from Great American Bagel.

Thursday, October 5th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.

Friday, October 6th:  A – Day:  107 has Art, Music.  108 has Art.

Monday, October 9th:  No School in observance of Columbus Day


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Third Grade News Room 112 Mrs. Reckwerdt 9.29.17

October 4:   8 am Mass                                                                                                                                                                            October 9:   No School, Columbus Day                                                                                                                                                October 10:  Isle a la Cache Field trip                                                                                                                                                  October 12:  Memorized October poem due/ all school 9 am Mass

Happy Fall!    Today we had a lovely Grandparent/ Grand friend Mass and reception.   The students prepared for the day by working hard to make something special their grandparents.   I enjoyed meeting many wonderful grandparents.

Religion:  Third grade will go to 8am Mass on October 4th111 will have a chapter 2 test on Tuesday, October 3rd112 will have the chapter 3 test on Tuesday, October 3rdStudents will continue to learn how to identify their emotions in Second Step. 

Language:  In Shurley English we will be classifying sentences with subject nouns, verbs and adverbs.

Phonics: We will be learning the long vowel patterns for a, i, and u.

Spelling: In unit 6 Students will be reviewing the skills from units 1-5. The test will be on Friday.

Math:  Students will organize and record data in a variety of ways in chapter 2.  They will however  continue to practice their addition, subtraction, and story problem skills.   There will be a Simple Solution quiz on Friday, October 6th.

Science: Students will be recording data in tables and graphs in our science  chapter.



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5th Grade News

  • Thursday, Oct. 5~ 8 AM Mass
  • Monday, October 9 ~ No School
  • Thursday, October 12 ~ All school Mass

Happy Fall!

The start of October brings many new areas of study for our 5th graders.  In language arts, the students will be creating a repetitive poem.     We will concentrate on 2 traits for this month’s poetry and narrative writing, idea and organization.  In both pieces we will be descriptive using Show, not Tell strategies.  In Shurley English we are reviewing basic sentence parts and the different types of sentences.

In reading, we will be finishing Night of the Spadefoot Toads next week.  As a class, we are identifying the theme of the novel and analyzing how the author uses different strategies to convey that theme.  Students have also complete their first book report: The Dodecahedron Report.  In the future, students will be able to choose their projects.  Some projects will be completely digital while others will have physical parts.  Students are expected to complete the majority of their projects in class.  We stress the importance of time and guide students to see how their decisions, in class, affects the amount of work done at home.

In social studies we will be studying Geography followed by the Overview which discusses our country’s mottos, ideals, and government.  There is quite a bit of vocabulary in the unit.  The students should be able to recognize the word and its definition.  You may want to quiz them on these words in your spare time.  The lesson also includes the role and rights associated with being a United States Citizen.  Free Enterprise was discussed too.  Ask your student about the largest U.S import and export.  The answers may surprise you!

In Math, we are in the middle of our unit on Division.  we have learned the traditional algorithm for division, as well as how to model it with base ten blocks and how to solve a division problem with partial quotients.  Each week, we supplement our math instruction with 2 simple solutions lessons.

We have completed our study of the cell and a brief lesson on inherited traits.  Next, we will discuss cells to body systems.

For the month of October we will focus on Mary.  Along with reading and discussing Mary, we ask that the students bring in a rosary as we will be saying a decade of the rosary everyday in class.  We continue to do Second Step.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans. We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home. Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Noonan and Mrs. Gridelli

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Preschool Newsletter – September 29, 2017

Preschool Newsletter –  September 29, 2017

This week we learned all about the letter D.

Letter D story- Detective Dog’s Missing Donuts

Letter D words- Dad, donuts, door, duck, dog, dinosaur

Centers included:

  • D for Dog, D for Duck, & D for Dinosaur
  • Alphabet /Number Bingo
  • Rainbow fish craft
  • Allelu (Religion) “God Made Me Wonderful”
  • Do a Dot
  • Roll & Cover math game
  • Playdough
  • Apple measurement activity
  • Family portrait

Out theme this week was Friendship, Family, and Apples. We talked about what we can do to be a good friend. We also discussed parts of an apple and how an apple grows.

Here is the list that we came up with on how to be a good friend: Share, Play nicely, Take turns, Help others, and Have play dates. We will continue to practice all of these during school.

Next week we learn about the letter E and our theme will be Fall.

Pictures from this week:

Have a good weekend!

-Preschool Team

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6th Grade Religion

Happy Friday everyone!

We are finishing up Sadlier Unit 1 Chapter 4: God Promises to Help People. Students have learned that the Gospel is the Good News about God at work in Jesus Christ. We talked about how the way we live shows that we share in God’s life and friendship. We reviewed stories from the Book of Genesis: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel. Students will have their chapter 4 quiz on Monday, October 2nd.

Every week, we will switch off between using the Sadlier book and the Bible. Next week, we will continue studying the Book of Genesis and start on chapter 22 on Monday. We also have started Second Step! Our first lesson was all about our hopes and plans we have for 6th grade and also the challenges we may face. We talked about how important empathy and communication is. We practiced active listening and communication in a team building challenge where students had to build the tallest 3D sculpture out of paper, paperclips, tape, and scissors. The students had so much fun!

-Miss Smith 🙂

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7th Grade Service Experiences

Happy Friday everyone!

Students will receive their Journey to Confirmation books at the commitment ceremony October 26th at 7pm. In the meantime, I ask students to just fill out the service hour form so they can remember what they have done until they receive the Journey to Confirmation books. They don’t need to do both once they have the actual book. It’s just to keep record of what they’ve done so they don’t forget it. They can then copy the information into their books.

If they completed Service Experiences before, they most definitely will count! I am sure what they’ve done actually ends up falling under one of the corporal works of mercy.


Corporal works of mercy:

Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead



Cook and serve a meal at Ronald McDonald house (708 327 2273)

Help at a soup kitchen

Work at a local food pantry

Clean out closets and call Amvets, Purple Hearts, or any other charity to donate clothing to

Earn money to buy hats and mittens for a shelter during the winter months

Collect clothing to any disaster relief effort around the country/world

Work with Habitat for Humanity organization

Ask to help out in the hospital

Bring reading material to people in the hospital

Organize Bingo at a home for the elderly

Help serve food at the reception after the funeral Mass

Ask to recite a reading at the funeral Mass

Donate stamps to Kolbe House Prison Ministry so inmates may send cards and letters home

Think of someone who is “house-bound” due to illness, injury, etc and offer to help them clean a room, closet, attic, or garage


Let me know if you have any questions!



Miss Smith

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Art – September 2017


The kindergarten learned about the Art room while going on a texture hunt. They used crayons to transfer different textures onto their paper.  They also looked at the work of Wassily Kandinsky that focused on shapes and color.  Using construction paper scrapes, each choose one shape to repeat throughout their artwork.

First Grade

The first graders learned about mythical creatures, like centaurs and gargoyles. They then created their own creature made up of at least 3 different animals.  They also discussed the difference between two dimensional and three dimensional objects by creating 3D masks using paper strips.

Second Grade

The second grades transformed into shoe designers and created the bottom for a new pair of shoes. They were thinking of both form and function while working.  They then looked at cave art and made some of their own with their papers taped to the bottom of their desks.

Third Grade

They third graders were excited to make this year’s art dollars. Each created their own crazy currency to be used in first, second, and third grade.  They also learned about Keith Haring and created bright scenes filled with figures showing motion.  Now they are gluing small paper squares together to create their own mosaic.

Fourth Grade

The fourth graders slowed down and looked very closely at their shoes. They drew their shoe exactly how it looked in front of them using contour lines.  They are now working on Pop Art inspired by Burton Morris.

Fifth Grade

The fifth graders discussed what makes caution signs so eye catching. Each student created their own silly caution sign using yellow and black construction paper for high contrast and focused more on the image then text.  They are currently working on a self-portrait in Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book style by coloring in with primary colors, black, and a skin color.

Sixth Grade

The sixth graders created an accordion artwork that changes depending on what angle you look at it from. Their drawings had to be different yet related, such as drawing the same house, during the day and at night.

Seventh Grade

The seventh graders practiced gesture drawings and used their sketches to help create a wire sculpture of a figure showing motion. The sculptures are currently on display outside of the art room.  Now they are working on creating a personalized logo that incorporates their initials and hobbies.

Eighth Grade

The eighth graders looked at a brief history of graffiti art and discussed the use of tags. Each student made their own tag in a way that creates one flowing name, not individual letters.  Once drawn they added color, dimension, and shading with colored pencils.

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