Friday, June 1, 2018

June


Here we are, the last month of grade two! This year went by incredibly fast and I can’t believe that this year is almost over. I am so proud of how much these grade twos have grown.

Here is what has been happening in our class this past month:

In Language Arts, we have started looking at story elements and recognizing the character, the setting, the problem, and the conclusion of a story. Then we looked at how we can create each story element. The students have been working hard creating their first short story. We practice the writing process and went over the stages of writing: pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and publish. The kids did a really good job in writing their ideas, putting it together, revising and fixing their mistakes, and writing their good copy. In the end, they will put all their stories together and create a short story book for them to read.

In Science, we are exploring and researching animals. The kids have become “Animal Experts” and have been learning to ask questions and find answers about the animal that they have chosen. We looked at types of animals, their diet, life cycle, adaptations, and physical features. Hopefully, we will get all their research done and create their own animal research book.


In Social Studies, we continue to study information about Canada. We looked at the provinces, researched popular landmarks, looked at food and culture, and explored different animals in Canada.

In Math, we did shapes. We looked at 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes. We looked at how we can use 2-D shapes to create 3-D shapes. We also connected 3-D shapes within our environment and how we create and build things using 3-D shapes. For this last month of school, we are reviewing all our number sense skills for example, addition and subtraction facts using mental math and understanding place value, as well as problem solving.


Many things are happening this month of June. Please look at your calendars to keep you posted.

Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

Many Blessings!

Miss Simbulan

Monday, April 30, 2018

May


Happy May, everyone! This year is just going by way too fast! I can’t believe this school year is almost over! The grades 2s have come a long way and I am very proud of how much they have grown in their academic skills.

This is what has happened this last month:

In math we have finished our coin unit! The students had practice in counting their coins by 5s and 10s using nickels and dimes. We also explored ways in how we can make $1.00 using quarters, nickels, and dimes. We are now doing subtraction with 2-digit by 2-digit with and without regrouping. Continue to have your kids practice their subtraction facts to build up their fluency.

For language arts the students have been learning how to write different poems during poetry month. They have done a really good job in exploring their creativity and using many descriptive words with their poems.

In Science, we have looked at the water cycle and how we can take care of the environment for Earth day. The students went on a fun field trip to the Children’s Museum and learned all about WATER! They did a fun experiment about polluted water and discussed ways in how we can save our clean water.

In Social Studies, we continue to explore Canada. We looked at different symbols that represent Canada, the physical features that Canada has, and looked at the provinces and territories on the map.

Thank you for those who supported their child as they prepared for their First Holy Communion. They looked amazing on the weekend and it was such a blessing to see your child receive their sacrament.


Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

Many Blessings!

Miss Simbulan

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April





Happy Easter, everyone!

I hope everyone had a blessed, safe, and wonderful spring break!

Here’s what happening in our classroom:

In math we have been practicing our addition up to 100 and have been adding two-digit by two-digit with and without regrouping. The students are doing a really good job in understanding the concept and remembering the steps when they need to add. We are now exploring with money and looking at ways to count the different coins.

For Language Arts we continue to practice reading and spelling words using phonics. Students have been doing daily journal writing in class and working on how to add more detail and using correct punctuation. This month is Poetry month so we will learn and read different kinds of poems during this time. It is going to be fun!

For Science, we have explored with air and now we are looking at different forms of water and why water is important in our environment. Later this month, we will do a water activity at the Children’s Museum. A field trip letter will go home for that soon. For Social Studies, we are now studying Canada and its different physical features they have for each province. We will later on move to different animals, Canada’s symbols, and communities.

For religion we have prayed and reflected using the Stations of the Cross during the week before Holy Week. We continue to prepare also for 1st Holy Communion. A reminder to please go over the lessons in your child’s Communion book and I encourage you to attend Mass every Sunday during your child’s preparation.

Dates to remember:
April 10 – Early Dismissal
April 12 – Talent Show/ Wear Pink Day for Anti-Bullying
April 21 – 1st Holy Communion practice at St. Gerard Church (time TBA)
April 24 – Children’s Museum
April 28 – 1st Holy Communion 5:00pm at St. Gerard Church


Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

Many Blessings!

Miss Simbulan

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February

This month the children have been very busy!

Many things were happening this month including I love to read month and Catholic’s Schools Week. Lent season has also started. During the season of Lent, our focus is on how we can grow closer to Jesus and pray more together as a class.

Catholic’s Schools Week was a lot of fun! Students got to dress up every day and participate in activities all week long. Thank you for those who came to family lunch. It was nice to see you all there!


For Language Arts, students have been practicing with their reading comprehension and fluency. They do daily reading passages with words that they are focusing in phonics and answering the questions. We also have been reading about the Winter Olympics and learning about each winter sport. The kids have enjoyed watching Team Canada and cheering them on during this time. Go Canada Go!


In math, we explored with different patterns. We looked at increasing patterns, decreasing patterns and simple patterns such as ABA, ABBA, ABC patterns. We are now practicing more with our number sense and adding and subtracting up to 20 using different strategies. We also practiced adding word problems.

For Science, we have explored more on matter. Students got to make ice cream as an experiment and saw what happens when a liquid turns into a solid. We also looked at buoyancy and experimented with different objects to see whether or not it will float. To end this unit, students will design their own boat and test to see if it will float.

For Social Studies, we ended our cultural community unit. Thank you for letting your child bring their cultural treats to share with the class and help them with their cultural book. It was really nice to see that everyone got to learn about each other`s culture.


For Religion, we are about to prepare ourselves for Communion. Your children have received their First Communion books. A letter will be going home soon regarding what needs to be done at home.


Please make sure that your child has an extra pair of socks and mitts for recess and to always have their snow pants.


Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

Many Blessings!

Miss Simbulan

Monday, January 22, 2018

January

A late Happy New Year to all of you!
January has been a very busy month! The students are back in routine and they continue to be good workers!

Here are some of the things we are covering this month of January:

In math, we have started measurement using non-standard units. We looked at terms such as height, length, and width and measured objects around the classroom using interlock blocks, coffee sticks, hands, paperclips, and string. We also explored with measuring things in centimeters.

In language arts, we continue doing our Daily 5 literacy program. I have started doing guided reading with the students and practicing different reading strategies to help them become better readers! Please continue to have your child do their daily home reading at home. We also been doing a lot of writing and practicing how to read over our sentences and edit our mistakes. Children are also exploring more word patterns in phonics and have been practicing their spelling words in class.

For science we have started exploring with matter and looking at the properties of solids, liquids, and, gases. Students are very excited with the experiments that we are doing this month.  As you can see, we’ve done some experiments on different liquids and how they interact.
Observing different liquids and how they interact. 

In Social Studies, Our class is learning about how people within our community, province, and nation are both similar and different. We are exploring various culture heritages and traditions within different continents. Traditions include cultural activities, events, beliefs that are passed down from generation to generation. Please help your child work on their culture book that was sent out for homework. It is due on January 31st.

Please make sure that your child has an extra pair of socks and mitts for recess and to always have their snow pants.


Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

Many Blessings!
Miss Simbulan

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December

Just like that, our first term is complete! I am so proud of the Grade 2s in what they have accomplished this term!

This month we have started the season of Advent. Our focus this month before Christmas break is to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. Children are focusing on how to be kind to one another and helping each other out. During religion, we will focus on hope, love, joy, and peace. They did a wonderful job creating their Advent wreaths which is displayed on our hallway bulletin.

During the past month, the grade twos has been working hard. In math we continue to practice the different mental math strategies to add up to 20. We also have been reviewing place value up to 100 and exploring tens and ones to create a number using base ten blocks.

In Language Arts, students have been doing well with Daily 5. Their reading stamina has increased and most students are able to read silently for 15 minutes without interruptions. We have done a lot of writing projects for Christmas. Students have been going over the writing process and learning to edit their own writing before writing their good copy. Their writing stamina has improved a lot since September!

In Social Studies we continue exploring our Community. We looked at the natural environment of our community and created dioramas. For Science, we finished up our Simple Machines unit and the students got to create their own simple machine boxed car.

Please make sure that your child has an extra pair of socks and mitts for recess and to always have their snow pants.

Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.


Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Christmas!

Miss Simbulan 

Friday, November 3, 2017

October

Hello Parents and Guardians!

It was nice to meet many of you these past two days during our student-led conferences and discussing the goals for your child. I am looking forward in seeing all of them grow in their learning.

For the past couple of months, the Grade Two class have been doing well in practicing classroom routine and understanding the expectations in grade two. They are learning to become independent workers and how to solve problems with friends on their own.

If you haven’t already, most of you have joined our CLASSDOJO to see your child’s monster and look at their progress behaviour and their personal portfolio. If you have trouble in joining, please contact me and we will get that working right away! The grade two class love showing off their work and seeing their monster gain positive points!

As you know, we have started a new Spelling program called Words Their Way. Thank you parents for your support with homework expectations that they need to do at home. I can already see that the student’s spelling is improving in their test and in their writing!

In math we are working on different mental math strategies for adding up to 20. Please have your children practice their partner facts to 10 (for example, 6+4, 9+1, 8+2, etc) and their double facts (for example, 9+9, 8+8, 7+7).

For Science we have been exploring many simple machines in the classroom and have done plenty of experiments on levers, wheel and axles, incline planes, and pulleys. They are having a lot of fun exploring and constructing new things.

For Social Studies we have been exploring our Local Community. We learned the importance of being responsible and how to be a good citizen in our local community. We looked at the importance of our school community. We explored the differences between a Rural, sub-urban, and urban community and we just finished studying and learning about different community helpers.

For French we have looked at basic word vocabulary like words used for Thanksgiving and Halloween. We are now going over numbers to 20, days of the week, and months.

For Religion we have started preparing for our Sacrament of Reconciliation. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be on Saturday, November 25 at 1:00pm in St. Gerard School.

Please continue to check your child’s agenda for homework and make sure to sign it every day. If you have any questions or concerns you can email me at christinesimbulan23@gmail.com or call me at the school.

God Bless,
Miss. Simbulan


Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4:9