All-Star Community Pictures!

2nd Grade All-Star Communities!!

In getting ready  for summer and closing our 2nd grade year, we built communities  – partly for our learning outcomes, and partly to remember our St. John All-Star Community.


Distance Learning

Dear 2nd Graders and families, 

       Here we are in a situation out of our control, but distance learning is another great tool for education.  The first 2 weeks of the closure, Mrs. Oines and I were able to make packets for you.  After that we are going to do distance learning using your computer and other resources.  The first 2 weeks is review and practicing what we have learned so far.  After that students will be learning new things.  I will be available every day 1-3 for any questions and support.  You can contact me by email at that time.If those times don’t work, I will be watching on and off all day for emails from you.  

The specialist teachers and I will be giving student their assignments one week at a time. This will be a learning process for all of us, but that is what education is all about – being flexible and learning new ways of doing our best!   

     Students, I will be missing every one of you during this time, so I would love an email from you- what you are doing, how you are feeling about all of this, any school assignment questions, drawing me a picture and having your parents take a picture and send it to me – anything.  The parents were given times that I would be available for sure, but you can anytime, any day!  Even though I am not at school, I am doing school things at home, just like you.

Getting Started:

  1. Set a time for school. Your work should take you about 2 hours each day.  You can do an hour, then take a break, then complete the 2nd
  2. Get supplies ready: pencils, sharpener, paper, work folder.
  3. Follow the day’s plan and decide the order you will do it.
  4. Listen to the grownups helping you with your school work.
  5. Try your best. Use your great handwriting even at home!
  6. Every Friday, your parents will report to me how the week went and if you completed your work for the week.

Bless all of you,

Mrs. Hendrickson

February News

Learning and  fun!  Here are some reminders about Valentine’s Day and what we’ve been learning:

Valentine’s Day – We will celebrate Thursday, February 13th.  No school on Friday for Teacher Retreat Day.

  1. Secret Valentine card exchange – due tomorrow, February 12th. Your child pulled a classmate’s name so that they can make a special Valentine for them.
    • Steps:
      • Decorate one side
      • Write a friendly message to tell why this person is special – no names
      • Bring by Wednesday, February 12th.
    •  Pajama Day also on Thursday!Your child may wear pajamas because the “principal for day” decreed it on Purple and Gold Day
    • Pajama Day Parameters:
      • If not pajamas, students should dress in school uniform
      • Sweat pants, shorts, and athletic wear okay
      • Onesies okay
      • Pajamas cannot be too large, low rise, too long, too short, low cut, too tight, oversize, or too small. Gaps between pants and top are not permitted. There should be no holes, tears, or other signs of excessive wear
      • Flip flops, slippers, and sandals are not permitted, even on pajama day
      • No face paint, no painted hair

Our Learning last week:

  • 3-digit subtraction using the regrouping strategy
  • We learned how to use addition to check subtraction answers.
  • cursive –We learned many of the small letters.
  • Pike Place Market: We learned about what you can visit at the market, explored an international touch kit and found where they were from on a map, and learned about Rachel the Piggy bank, then made our own Pigs on Parade art.
  • You can use the Family Guide for visiting Pike Place Market:


This Week:

  • President’s Day– we’re reading So You Want to be President? to learn about past presidents.
  • Safety Lesson– Rule 1: Only go with an adult with your parent’s permission.  Rule 2: You don’t have to do what adults say if it is unsafe.
  • Wednesday: Peacemaker lesson by Mrs. Dahlgren
  • All School Mass @ 9am.  You are welcome to join us!
  • Greenwood library – check out a book and write a book report.
  • Kelso – Walk Away lesson with Ms. Shaw.


Happy Valentine’s Day,

Mrs. Hendrickson


January News

Hello Parents!

We’ve been working hard all week to prepare for Catholic Schools Week.  The kick-off for Catholic Schools Week starts on Sunday!  Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 26th, and for the Open House 12-1:30. Come see our animals reports based off the author, Steve Jenkins.  He creates life-like animal art using collage.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: Service and Outreach Day – Bring $1 for Ashley, our sponsor child from Costa Rica.  Wear Costa Rica colors – red, white and blue – or uniform.

Tuesday: Celebrate our Volunteers Day –uniform

Wednesday: Celebrate the Dignity of People Day-uniform

Thursday: Celebrate Our Teachers – Dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower or uniform

Friday: Purple and Gold Day- free lunch for students and all school assembly @ 1:30.  Wear purple and gold!

*****Vocations Guest Speakers needed for Catholic School’s Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 1: ***Can you come and share about your job with the 2nd graders?  We are flexible on the time of day.  Contact me if you have share with us.

Our introduction to Costa Rica – Vanessa Castillo was a fabulous guest speaker!  She is from Costa Rica and shared her story of growing up there.  She wore a beautiful dress, showed us pictures, maps and even gave us a little poison dart frog toy.

Our Learning this month:

Author Study Steve Jenkins: This author writes facts and creates beautiful collage pictures of animals. We’ve had over 30 of his books in class to read.  This video show how Steve Jenkins creates is amazing books.

Our Learning This Month:

  • Math: 2 subtraction using the regrouping strategy
  • Religion: Learning the Morning Offering prayer
  • Religion: Praying every morning (Morning Offering) and our special intentions (Hail Mary), Before and After Meals, and End of the Day (Act of Contrition).  We continue to go to church for Adoration and use our virtues for “What Would Jesus do?”.
  • Reading: Nonfiction skills using  Steve Jenkins’ books.
  • Writing: Non- fiction: book reports, research information, writing about the author, applying a book information from Steve Jenkins (What Would You Do With a Tail Like this?) Fiction: reviewing details in fiction, writing a story about a Snowman
  • Social Studies – lessons about Australia (prays for animals affected by fires) and Costa Rica (home country of our Unbound friend, Ashley)

I hope to see you Sunday at the Open House!  Your child has been working very hard to share!  Be sure to look at the hallway bulletin boards for our Australian board and our 2nd Grade board – so many pictures!


November News

Congratulations to our 2nd graders for receiving their First Reconciliation!  God has blessed them with His love and forgiveness.  We will participate in reconciliation during the upcoming Advent season.

I enjoyed meeting with all of you at conferences.  Your children are wonderful and they love to learn!  Please contact me anytime during the year if you’d like to check in.

Our Learning

Math: Continue working on place value, skip counting and #s up to 1,000 and Math Facts.  New skill: adding 2 digit numbers. This is an important part of the common core for second grade, continuing on with 2 digit subtraction, and then 3 digit numbers for adding and subtracting.

Religion:  The virtue of the month is generosity, and many students have shown this by bringing in food for our Food Drive, and bringing money for the St. John Parish Unbound Project.  As we celebrate our theme this year of  Be Kind and the virtues of the Holy Spirit, a World Kindness Day  was created on November 13.  Hopefully, this will show students at our school the importance of being kind to others.  We also go to church every Thursday for Adoration. It is so heartwarming to see 55 students and about 8 adults praying, and not one sound can be heard while we are there.

Social Skills

Ms. Shaw, school counselor,  taught us the “Talk it Out” strategy.  We did role-playing to practice this strategy to solve small problems.

I feel _____ when you _____. Can you please __________?

Mrs. Dahlgren, our recess manager, taught two lessons about friendship and tolerance with Peacemakers.

In the classroom, we are doing a program called Second Step.  There are 3 units, and there is a Family Home Link letter that comes home for you to practice these important skills at home as we do them in class as well as to inform you of the lessons.

Social StudiesWe completed our Washington State landform book and took a test to show what we learned. New Learning: This week we began learning about Thanksgiving today and Thanksgiving in 1621, so we can put together a Now and Then poster before Thanksgiving.

Writing: . We continue to write our weekend news with the who, what, where and when.  We have now added grammar skills and the main idea with 3 details to our writing.  For our Thanksgiving writings, students are given a writing prompt, and they are to complete them mostly with their imagination.  Today I learned that out of 23 students, only one knew that pumpkin came in a can.  Most students when writing how to make a pumpkin pie, said to get a pumpkin from the store and “smash” it.  I can hardly wait until reading tomorrows prompt, “How to convince your mom to make pizza for Thanksgiving dinner!”

With only a week and a half until the day of Thanksgiving, I wish all of you special blessings for the holiday.  May you enjoy your children that you gave to me to guide them in learning, and for everyone to be thankful for what they have, and show gratitude to others.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Pat Hendrickson





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:

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