November News

November I was so moved at the children’s First Reconciliation!  God has blessed them with His love and forgiveness.  I’m so proud of them!  I enjoyed meeting with all of you at conferences.  Your children are wonderful and love to learn!  Please contact me anytime during the year if you’d like to check in.


Important Dates:

Help for the Homeless – Kit Making – Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30-8 in Egan Hall.  All welcome to help. Thank you for all the donations!

Grandparent’s Day November 15th – Grandparents come to the classrooms between 10:45-11:00 to see the classroom.  Then Grandparents will escort the 2nd grader to Egan Hall.  No hot lunch on November 15th.  Bring a lunch to share with Grandparents.

Saint Reports Due due Tuesday Nov. 13th.  Students will read their reports to the class.  Presenting to the class is an important skill that we work on in 2nd grade.   Have your child practice reading their report to you so they feel ready to share.                                                                                                                                     2nd graders do three types of writing in 2nd grade for the common core, and this is the first  for informational writing.  Narrative writing has been our Weekend News, and all students are enjoying writing.

Our Learning  

Religion: Students are focusing on the lives of Saints and how saints changed their lives to follow Jesus as the Apostles did.  We went to Mass on All Saint’s Day, and talked about All Soul’s Day.  Then our saint report is telling our classmates about a saint.

For the rest of November, our focus will be things to be thankful for, and  showing respect and gratitude to others.

Math: Place value, greater than/less than, skip counting and #s up to 1,000 and addition facts.  Keep up xtramath practice.

Reading:  Spelling and phonics continue with practice for better reading fluency.  The current reading skills are main idea and details, the 5Ws for writing/reading skills, and sequence in a story.

Social Studies: We read a book about the process of voting for Election Day, then voted on whether we would rather do an art project with markers or colored pencils, which was a hard decision, but the result was colored pencils.

On Thursday, Social Studies was the importance of those serving our country, and the history of Veteran’s Day.   Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank a veteran for their service.


Science: There are many things to learn about matter including the states of matter and their properties, building with solids, results of mixing a solid with a liquid for evaporation, using solids to make and remake a design with the given parts, and reversible/irreversible changes in matter. All Stars enjoy Science with all the hands-on activities!

The safety lesson was about getting gifts and keeping secrets.  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 never okay for a grown up to ask a child to keep a secret from their parents.  We reviewed the touching safety rules – No one is allowed to touch your private parts accept to keep you clean and healthy.

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Pat Hendrickson

All-Star Photos


Small pieces of a solid can be changed into other objects.


Building a tower with solids with 1 only of the following: cup, cardboard piece, foil square, popsicle stick, straw and rubber band.




Halloween Carnival


October News

You may have noticed the weekly magazine, MagnifiKid, coming home each Friday in your child’s folder.  This is a gift from St. John parish for all 2nd graders.  It is meant to be taken with you to mass so your child can follow along with the liturgy.  Please take it with you!  Here is an overview:

The ideal spiritual guide for your children, perfectly adapted to their lives:

  • to accompany them on the path of daily prayer;
  • to help them develop and nourish their spiritual lives;
  • to hand on to them our rich Christian spiritual values;
  • to encourage them to participate fully in the life of the Church.

Every week, MagnifiKid offers:

  • All the readings and the prayers of the Sunday Mass with explanations of the difficult words and the meaning of the rituals;
  • suggested prayer for Morning and Evening;
  • Many suggestions on how to live the entire week with the Lord;



Tuesday, October 16 – 1st Reconciliation Class, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Vision and Hearing Screening, 10:00-10:30

Friday, Oct. 19th – FREE DRESS, thank you from the Jog-a-Thon

Monday, Oct. 22nd – No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd – School Portrait Day


October blessings,

Mrs. Pat Hendrickson



September News

I enjoyed meeting you at Curriculum Night! It was a lot of information so here is an overview of what I shared:

I hope to see you this Sunday for the Blessing of the Backpack Mass @ 10:30. Please bring food items for the Broadview Thomson School Food Bank.

Jog-a-Thon: 2nd Graders run from 1:30-2:00 on September 21st.  T-shirts will go home next week for decorating with markers.

MAP Testing: October 2-4, 2018 from 12-1. Math, Reading and Language Tests

Parent Led Art– Fridays from 12:20-1:00 every other week.


Parent To Do:

  1. Log in to this week and observe your child completing one session.
  2. Complete the Greenwood Library permission slip.
  3. Get a library card for your child by filling out the form I gave you or go to the library.  Complete soon since our first trip is 9/25.
  4. Mail Flat Stanley to a friend of relative in September.
  5. Continue to procure donations for our Jog-a-Thon.  We’re shooting for 100% participation.  THANK YOU!!


  • Contact to complete Safe Environment Training or to check for needed updates on your eligibility to volunteer.
  • Lunch Recess volunteers urgently needed daily, 11-12:15.  Contact Catherine @
  • Sign up genius coming soon.

Homework begins week of September 24th.  Students need to complete 10 xtramath sessions per month.  This can be completed at home.  Contact me if you prefer to do this at school.

*****Nut and Peanut free snacks only!  Okay to include in a lunch but never for a snack.******


I’m enjoying your children so much!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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.  Our schedule and the curriculum are also listed.  We will discuss this on Curriculum Night so be sure to place it on your calendar:  Curriculum Night, Thursday, September 13th, 7 p.m.

First Day, September 5:

  • Meet at the playground line marked with HENDRICKSON
  • Bring snack  (no nuts) and water bottle
  • Noon Dismissal
  • CURRICULUM NIGHT:  Thursday, September 13th, 7 pm


Mrs. Pat Hendrickson