"A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones."
Remember: Holy Savior Catholic Academy begins school on August 16, 2017
Welcome Back to School 2017-2018 is going to be a great year!
Welcome to another exciting year of school at Holy Savior Catholic Academy. Second grade is a wonderful year when reading really takes off and should become a lifelong habit. I am Mrs. Joan Noonan, the second grade teacher. I am the mother of 4 and grandmother of one and this will be my sixteenth year teaching elementary school. Please take a minute to review our classroom policies and then if you have any questions please ask me.
I use the agenda as an added form of communication. Students will write their nightly assignments. I ask that you please check their agendas every night and sign them. Feel free to write to me in the agenda if you have a question or concern.
Calling in Sick/Lateness: If your child is going to be tardy or absent, while calling in to excuse their tardy or absence, you must order breakfast and/or lunch for the following day. If your child arrives after 7:4 5 a.m., they must stop in the office to receive a late slip. If they forget, they will be asked to go back to the office to get one, which will take away more class time. I know that you want your child to receive the benefit of a full day of learning. Please avoid being late!
Tardy Policy: Any student from Pre K – 8th grade that is tardy three (3) times a week between Thursday and Wednesday of the next week will have to attend morning detention at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday of the following week. If a student misses Mass on Friday, that counts at two (2) tardies.
Birthday celebrations are held once a month and only once a month on a scheduled day. We will celebrate all students with a birthday for the month on that particular celebration day. In staying with the State Health and Wellness Program, healthy snacks will be consumed at the month’s birthday celebration. Snack that I would like you to choose from are: fruit snacks, chewy granola bars, string cheese, graham cracker bears, animal crackers, carrot sticks, pretzels or popcorn. You only need to send one or two items and only when it is your child’s birthday month.
This year's celebration days are:
August 25th for July/August birthdays January 19th
September 8th February 9th (birthday and Valentine's celebration)
October 13th March 2nd
November 10th April 20th
December 8th May 11th for May/June birthdays
****We have Mass on Fridays and ride the bus back to school. If you would like to send the snacks on the Thursday before, that would helpful.****
We offer a breakfast and hot lunch program. Your child, or the youngest sibling, will bring a menu home at the end of each month for the next month. If you have purchased hot lunches, but your child does not care for the lunch that day, please send a sack lunch with him/her so they’ll have a lunch. We only charge for a breakfast or hot lunch that they eat that day. Please do not send fast food, food that needs heating, pop or candy with your child. Students cannot have pop or candy in their lunches as per the State Health and Wellness Program. All breakfasts and lunches will be ordered one day in advance. Make sure your child knows what they are eating the next day so they can let me know. A breakfast or hot lunch must be ordered in advance for them to eat a school meal. It is imperative that you communicate with me when they will be eating breakfast or hot lunch the next day. I would appreciate it if parents would let me know what days your child will be eating a hot lunch and breakfast when you receive the menu. You can write the dates down on a piece of paper or mark on the menu. If they are going to eat lunch and/or breakfast every day or bring a sack lunch every day, then please let me know that as well. If a breakfast or lunch was not ordered for your child the day before, you will be called to bring your child a sack lunch. Breakfast is served at 7:20 a.m. so children are not tardy to class. If you have ordered a breakfast, please be on time. Thank you.
Our school has only 2 rules.
It is never okay to interfere with learning.
It is never okay to be hurtful to anyone.
Our class rules are the same.
I believe in positive reinforcement and encouraging good behavior. With that in mind, we use a behavior intervention model to help create a classroom climate that enhances academic learning. We will be learning how to problem solve solutions that are kind but firm. Students will gain self-worth that results from being respectful to themselves and others. They will also gain courage, confidence and life skills that will help them live successfully in our society. We will be working on the following life skills:
Goals for My Life
1. I can be productive and follow directions even if I’m mad.
2. I can be productive and follow directions even if others are not OK.
3 I can be productive and follow directions even if I don’t want to.
4. I can let the teacher be in charge.
Please review the student handbook for uniform information. All students are required to be in complete uniform every day. This includes belts with slacks. New this year: tennis shoes may be predominantly red, as well as either black or white. (single color only)
Homework is intended to build upon skills we have covered in class. Please set aside time for your child to do his/her homework every day. Athletes need to practice and so do students. Assignments will be written in the agenda. Please sign you student’s agenda nightly. If you feel that your student is spending too much time on homework, please contact me and we will make special arrangements. If you child does not complete their homework, I will put a note in their agenda.
I will also be working with second grade students in Ubuntu Village, our after school program. If you feel your child would benefit from after school tutoring or homework help, please register them for this program. It is one small fee for the whole semester.
Parents in the classroom:
Our class is always open to parents. In order to come to class when students are here, for any reason, you must be Virtus trained. This includes bringing treats in for a students birthday party. When you do come, I must ask that you check in with the office before coming to the classroom. If you need to discuss something with me, I ask that you make an appointment and schedule a conference. I cannot hold even a quick discussion with parents while there are students in the classroom. I am available most mornings before 7:30 and can meet with you then or after school, at 4:45. Thank you for understanding.
Our school day begins at 7:45 a.m. Students may arrive after 7:40 and walk to the classroom. If your child arrives before 7:40, he/she needs to go to extended day in the large portable. School is dismissed promptly at 3:30 p.m. All students not in UVS will be dismissed from the parking lot to the west of the school. Any student not picked up by 3:40 will go to extended day.
We will have a weekly spelling test. Students will be working on Spellingcity.com to access spelling lists, practice with their words and take their weekly spelling tests. Students may access their spelling lists at anytime by signing in to Spellingcity.com. They will also receive a weekly print out of their spelling words which they are supposed to put in the back cover of their take home folder.
Take Home Folders:
Your child will use a folder to store any paperwork that comes home for you to see and review. It is very important that you and your child go through their folder each evening, clean out all paperwork, do their homework, replace it in their folder and then place the folder back in their backpack. We need them every day! I hope that you go over your child’s class work with them and let them explain it to you. This is a great way for your child to review what they have learned. If you need to send something to school with you child, please use your child’s folder and let your child know that they need to give me something out of their folder so I get it. If you send something that needs to go to the office, I will see it gets there. This is an important lesson in organization and responsibility for your child.
Brain research says that for the brain to function properly, it needs water. By the time students feel thirsty, they have already begun to dehydrate. Even the earliest signs of dehydration can include reduced alertness and reduced concentration. I encourage students to drink water throughout the day. Every student should have a water bottle at their seat that we will fill during regular restroom breaks. Water bottles must have push close tops to prevent spilling and must be labeled with the student’s name.
Daily prayer is an integral part of our classroom experience. 2nd grade students are expected to know: Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Angel of God, Grace Before Meals, Grace After Meals, the Act of Contrition and The Morning Offering. While we pray these prayers on a daily basis, please continue to pray them at home.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father”
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Angel of God “Prayer to Guardian Angel”
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here;
ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace After Meals
We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits which we have received from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
The Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.
I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart:
the salvation of souls, ther reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians.
I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops, and all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen.