October News

Hello All-Star Families,

MAP testing is complete!  The kids did a great job persisting through the math, reading and language tests.  We will review the testing scores and other work at the upcoming conferences.  Sign up for conferences here: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/5317fd70fa2c3e95-studentparenttea

Flat Stanley–Don’t forget to check on Flat Stanley to see when he will be returned.   This is a very important school project for Social Studies in 2nd Grade.

Homework– Homework is Monday-Thursday to be completed each day.  It comes in the packet on Mondays with a cover sheet to explain each assignment.  Spelling words are also attached to practice for the test on Friday.  Please check the box when the homework is completed.  If your child is unable to complete and needs more time, just write me a note on the homework cover sheet. Otherwise, your child completes it during recess, which isn’t much fun!

Math–  Students have been working on skip counting, not always starting at the beginning of numbers (count by 3s, starting at 27), and even/odd numbers. Now that MAP is over, we move on to various ways of subtracting,  then to place value.

Reading– In reading groups we are focusing on main idea and retelling the beginning, middle and end of stories read aloud or written. Students spend time reading good-fit books every day.

Religion– Students have been learning the different forms of prayer including memorized, asking for forgiveness (Act of Contrition), saying thank you to God for the many blessings, praying for others, singing, and now saying a decade of the rosary every day.  Our saint this month is St. Francis of Assisi, and the virtue is peace.  Please teach your children that peace is more than just the peace sign.

Grammar – We do daily grammar so that your child will understand the uses and meaning for capitalization and punctuation in writing.  We learned to capitalize months, days of the week and to include a comma.  Ex: Today is Friday, October 11, 2019.  You can help by guiding your child to begin sentences with a capital letter and end with punctuation.

Writing – Students are getting better at writing week-end news.  This helps with understanding the 5 Ws, in writing and grammar.  Currently, students are learning about writing paragraphs, another important concept of the common core for 2nd grade.


Reconciliation Class, October 15, 7pm

Kindness Mass, Wednesday, October 16th @ 9:00 – all are welcome! Dress uniform (white shirt, blue sweatshirt).

Hearing and Vision screening, October 17th

Jog-a-thon Celebration Day, FREE DRESS – We passed our goal – $82,000!!

Special blessings,

Mrs. Hendrickson



September 20

Hello Parents,


The Jog-a-thon was a blast today!  We were blessed with some sunny weather and many cheering fans.   Your kids ran and ran for Saint John!  We are so thankful for your support and appreciate all the donations you collected.  God bless you!


Flat Stanley has started his travels around the globe.  If you still have the envelope, now is the time to mail Flat Stanley so his adventure can begin.  Reminders: When Flat Stanley returns to you, contact me.  I will send home a sharing page for your child to complete.  Then your child will choose a date to present the sharing page, pictures or things that they got back.  Finally, they will make the place that Stanley traveled on our US or world map.  At the end of the year, we will have a Flat Stanley Open House with both classes.


STAR Reading Test – check your child’s folder for the reading test results.  You keep this copy.  The report will show you what reading level your child is currently reading.  This can help you select good-fit books.  If you need help choosing books for your child, let me know. Good fit books are so important as too easy means the reading level is difficult to get better, but too difficult means that they are concentrating so much on words that the comprehension is not happening (Goldilocks Rule).  To get better at reading, good fit books are important!


Library cards – Students will get their library cards on our first field trip.  Our first trip to Greenwood is this Tuesday @ 12:50 – return permission slips now. . On Greenwood library days, students can bring their own card.  After the first time, we will write down their number, and then they can either bring their card or ask us for their number.

Safety Lesson about Gifts and Secrets:  We had our safety lesson this week.  They learned: It is wrong for an adult or another child to ask a child to keep a gift a secret from his or her parents.  It is okay to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable or confused by how an older person is acting—even if the older person is someone they love and trust. You can speak up and tell a trusted adult when someone’s behavior makes them feel uncomfortable or uneasy.


Math facts  – all students have an Xtra Math code now, and have learned how to do this..  We will do iPads in the classroom so each student has one opportunity to use Xtra Math on Wednesday and Thursday.  The code has been sent home as well, and every student can practice at home to learn their facts to 20.  At home, this can be completed Monday- Sunday. What a great way to learn math facts to 20!


Grammar skills – Most days we do a short grammar lesson that includes capitals, punctuation, parts of speech and sentence combining.


Reading groups- Next week we will begin reading groups.  Mrs. McCarthy will begin on Monday, and other students will be assigned to groups , based on the STAR reading results.



Tuesday, September 24th – Greenwood library field trip – bring library cards.

Wednesday, September 25th – All School Mass – DRESS UNIFORM means wear the blue logo sweatshirt and white shirt.


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Hendrickson




September 16

All-Star Parents,

It was great to see so many parents on Curriculum Night!  We are off to a fantastic start in 2nd Grade.  Here is a review of the most important information shared that night.

  • Flat Stanley and Flat Self came home on Friday!  Mail the manilla envelope to a friend or relative, hopefully not in the state of Washington as soon as possible.  Choose someone who is out of state or out of the U.S.  When Flat Stanley returns home, tell Mrs. Hendrickson.  Your child will get a form and a date to share with the class.  At the end of the year, both classes have a Flat Stanley Open House, and all the exciting things will be on display for you to see.
  • Student work is sent home daily in the folder.  Please take time to look at it so you know what your child is learning, take all papers out (except homework) and return the folder the next day.
  • HOMEWORK begins this week.  Please follow the directions given on Curriculum Night, and it is returned the next day in the folder unless otherwise stated.
  • Good-fit books.  We reviewed how to choose a good-fit book and spent time reading every day.  When going to either Greenwood Library (September 24) or St. John Library, students are required to have at least 1 good fit book for the classroom.
  • Religion.  On Friday, your child will read a weekly magazine called MagnifiKid, given to us by St. John Parish. Please take it to Mass with you every week and have your child follow along.

Mrs. Pat Hendrickson

September 6

Welcome back to school!  It’s been a busy, fun first week of 2nd Grade.  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you at Curriculum Night.  Be sure to come so you can hear all about 2nd grade, our projects, field trips and volunteer opportunities.

Curriculum Night – Please join us on Thursday, September 12, 7pm, in Egan Hall.


After school pick-up location change

Starting Monday, pick up your child at the morning drop off spot. We need adults to come to our line for pick up as we are still getting to know parents.  Do not have your child run to you.  Instead meet us along the fence and then have you child let us know so we are sure your child has been picked up and by the right person!

Playpit after school

Only supervised children are allowed in the playpitafter school from 3-3:15.  No teachers are supervising the playpit after school.  When the whistle blows, exit the playpit so the daycare can use the space.  Thank you!

Jog-a-thon fundraising starts now!                                                                             Thank you for supporting our school.

Specialist Schedule – Starting Monday, your child will have the following specialist schedule:

     Music & PE – Monday and Tuesday, 8:45-9:45

     Spanish – Wednesday, 8:45-9:15

     Library-  Thursdays, 2:10-2:50 (Great time to volunteer)

     Art – Thursday, 1:20-2:05


See you Curriculum Night,

Mrs. Hendrickson


September Welcome!

Greetings to all Second Graders and Families,

We are called the All-Stars, and I am so excited to begin a new year with all of you. Both 2nd grade teachers have been getting together to plan a wonderful year for students as a second grader.  We also teach the Reconciliation and First Eucharist classes through the parish, which is definitely a highlight in 2nd Grade.

You can find information about 2nd grade on this website, which will be a  tool for communicating with you this year as well as any classroom news.  Our daily routine and the curriculum are also listed.  We will discuss this on Curriculum Night so be sure to place the date on your calendar.

First Day, September 4:

  • Meet at the playground line marked with HENDRICKSON
  • Bring snack  (no nuts) and water bottle
  • Noon Dismissal
  •  Pick up your child on the playground between the portables and the alley entering the playground (basketball hoop)



Mrs. Pat Hendrickson