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2nd Grade Weekly Update! January 21st-24th, 2020

Thank you to everyone who helped us kick-off Catholic Schools Week at the Open House on Sunday! We are all excited for a fun-filled week celebrating our school and Catholic schools everywhere!   Religion  This week in Religion the second graders wrote letters to God thanking Him for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We reflected on what areas of our life we need God’s help. Then, we discussed ways we can stand-u
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! January 13th-17th, 2020

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! We had another wonderful and busy week of second grade! Religion This week we continued to reflect on how Jesus brings us peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We learned about Saint Thérèse and how we can follow her and Jesus’ example to make sacrifices in our everyday lives.  Then, we discussed how the Holy Spirit is always with us and guides us to be more like Go
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! January 6th-10th, 2020

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and that your 2020 is off to a great start! We had a great first week of 2020 together in second grade!   Religion Before break we spent time reflecting on the Nativity Story and the importance of Jesus’ birth. Since coming back, we discussed Christmas and this special season. Then, we reviewed the steps to Reconciliation and reread different
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Intramural Basketball

Thank you to the many parents who have registered their K-3 students for the upcoming season of Intramural Basketball in the St. Joseph Gym. Online registration is now closed. However, parents still interested in late sign ups are invited to email Mike LaRaviere at mlaraviere@gmail.com. While only one spot remains in our K-1 Girls session, we seek additional registrations for our 2nd-3rd Grade Girls program. Boys ses
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of December 9th-13th

Congratulations to all the second graders who received their First Reconciliation this weekend! The second graders did a beautiful job hosting Mass last week for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier!   Religion This week in Religion we continued to prepare for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. We have been reviewing the steps to Reconciliation including the Examination of Conscience, Act of Contrition, Penance,
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2nd Grade Weekly Updates! (Week of 11/25-11/26)

Thank you so much to everyone for making it out to conferences this week! We truly value this time together to share, learn and discuss all the wonderful growth and progress your children are making each and every day. We hope you all have a wonderful break and enjoy spending time with family and friends. We are so thankful for all of your continued support throughout this school year!  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of November 18th-22nd

    We had a wonderful time at our Thanksgiving Feast! We are so thankful for our school family and the opportunity to spend time with our communities. Thank you to everyone who donated food to our Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Thomas of Canterbury! Religion In religion this week, we continue to prepare for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. First, the second graders received new books that we will be
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First Reconciliation

Second grade families are invited to sign up for a slot on December 13th or 14th (at SFX Church) or on January 11th (at SJ Church) when their second grader will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students may select from either church in our parish. Please indicate your choice by reserving a spot here. Questions may be directed to klyons@ssjfx.org or dmckenna@ssjfx.org.
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of November 11th-15th

    We had the best time at the Glow Run! Thank you to everyone who pledged and helped us raise money for our wonderful school! Religion This week, we continued to learn about the 10 Commandments and how we grow closer to God when we follow them. We learned about how we have free will and the ability to choose right from wrong. Then, we discussed how God has given us the special gifts of forgiveness and the
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SFX Glow Run Update!

SFX Glow Run Families, The SFX Glow Run is tomorrow! Thank you to all of our families who have been working hard to raise funds for our school. We truly appreciate your support! There is only one day left in the program. That makes tonight THE LAST NIGHT FOR PLEDGING before the SFX Glow Run. We are currently at 31 states, and we are trying to get pledges from ALL 50 STATES!! Would you consider reaching out to one or
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of November 4th-8th

The second graders had a great time kicking off the SFX Glow Run this week! On top of having a lot of fun raising money for SFX, the 2nd graders have also been learning about generosity, gratitude, honesty, and kindness as part of the Boosterthon Character Development Program. Please ask your child about what they’ve learned!   Religion This week, we continued to learn about the 10 Commandments and how we
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SFX Glow Run Update – November 8th!

SFX Glow Run Families, Thank you again for supporting our school through the SFX  Glow Run! We are officially heading into the weekend, which means we are getting closer to our SFX Glow Run!! As we work towards earning pledges to help our school we can earn some awesome class rewards! If you’re looking for the easiest way to ask for a pledge, just upload a photo of your student to funrun.com to create a personalized
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SFX Glow Run Update!

SFX Glow Run Families, Our class is having a BLAST preparing for the SFX Glow Run coming up soon! We’ve also begun learning how to choose to live with character every day through Booster’s brand new character theme, MindSpark: Wild West. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to compete in character duels, your students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen them
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of October 28th – November 1st

We had a wonderful Halloween and enjoyed celebrating together! Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the parade and help with our Halloween Party! Religion This week, we read the Parable of the Lost Sheep and discussed how like the sheep, God will go out find us when we lose our way. God has given us a very special gift with the Sacrament of Reconciliation in which He forgives our sins.Then, we began to learn a
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of October 21st-25th

We had a wonderful week of 2nd grade! On Friday, we enjoyed watching the 6th graders dance and play drums as they shared a story they wrote. They demonstrated what they learned from the Kolaam dancers and their partner school in Senegal, West Africa! Religion This week, we first reflected on baptism and how baptism is the door to God’s family, the sacraments, a life with God, and many other wonderful things. Ne
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1st-4th Grade Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Our School Library is growing a Storybook Pumpkin Patch, and we need your help! Families with students in grades 1-4 are invited to decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character, and bring it to the library to “plant” in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch. Download a flyer with directions here. Students who choose to submit a pumpkin must fill out the entry form at the bottom of the flyer and br
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of October 15th-18th

  We had a wonderful short week of 2nd grade! Last week, we began our small groups led by with Ms. Egan and myself to work on our social-emotional learning and strengthen friendship and self-regulation skills. We will continue to split up (boys and girls) in small groups in the following weeks to work on other social and emotional learning concepts. Reminders: Please click here for details about the Library Pump
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of October 7th-11th

The second graders had the best time at Heller Nature Center! We spent the day outside in the beautiful fall weather and had so much fun exploring and learning about habitats.   Religion This week, we learned more about Baptism and how we are given the gift of God’s Grace during this special sacrament. Then, we discussed how God is the Vine and we are the branches. It is important that we fill our lives wi
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of September 30th – October 4th

We enjoyed a fun first few days of October this week in 2nd grade! Everyone looked so nice all dressed-up for picture day!   Religion This week, we began sharing all about our baptisms. It has been so nice to learn how each second grader celebrated their baptism and to hear fun stories about their special day! Then, we learned about God’s greatest gift to us, Jesus. We discussed how Jesus is our savior and
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of September 23rd-27th

 Our second graders enjoyed having the author and illustrator of Dasher, Matt Tavares, visit St. Francis this week! During his visit, Mr. Tavares shared about his writing and illustrating processes. He also showed us all the unique aspects of what it takes to publish one of his books. What a fun and special opportunity to learn more about writing! A few important updates for next week: Baptism Interview – The Baptism
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of September 16th-19th

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for Back to School Night! It was wonderful to be able to share all the great things happening in 2nd grade with all of you!   A few important updates for next week: On Monday 9/23 we will have our first Lockdown Drill of the school year. We ask that you help us facilitate these conversations at home about how these drills are meant to help keep us safe. We will e
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of September 9th-13th

We enjoyed a busy, hot, and fun first full week of second grade! It has been a joy to get to know your children better over these last few weeks, and to see them all grow their friendships & work together as a new 2nd grade team.   Religion This week, we continued to focus on the many ways we pray, the importance of prayer, and spending time with God. Then, we reflected on our many wonderful gifts from God a
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Upcoming author visit with Matt Tavares

We are off to a great year in the library. Classes have been visiting our wonderful library space and we are learning/revisiting library routines and beginning to checkout to students in 1st-8th grade. Kindergarten students will begin checking out later this fall. I am excited to share that our first author visit of the year will occur this month. In partnership with the Book Stall in Winnetka, award-winning author M
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2nd Grade Weekly Update! Week of September 3rd-6th

Welcome to 2nd Grade!! Our second graders had a wonderful second week of second grade! We have enjoyed our first two weeks together practicing routines, reinforcing expectations and rules for the new school year, and having fun getting to know each other!  *Starting next week, we will be filling out weekly homework assignment sheets. We ask that a parent initials this sheet each night in the bottom column after check
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