Announcements

Welcome to Ms. Boczek's Website for 
The 2017-18 School Year!
Welcome to a new week and month : October 13-

Monday, Oct. 16
Tuesday, Oct.17 
Regular Day / Marcy Cook Math activites
Wednesday, Oct.18  Saint reports due
Library Day-bring books. 
Vocabulary reading 
Thursday, Oct. 19
Mass -8:30 Thanks for remembering the Offertory : $1. , can good, or written prayer. 
Grammar Test
Friday, Oct. 20  Pumpkin Project due
Flash card testing of facts,  Morning Packet, Spelling Tests. The reading test for Life cycle of a Pumpkin will be on Friday, Oct. 27.

Religion  Saint reports due Wed., Oct 18
Saints

Reading : This will be a 2 week story
Vocabulary words : bumpy, fruit, harvest, root, smooth, soil, vine, cycle, wither, tendrils, annual, adapt, nutrients.
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin pgs. 46-61
Genre : expository nonfiction : tells facts about a topic
Phonics/spelling : vowels oo and u
Spelling words are :put, cook, stood, full, wood, July, shook, push, pull , brook , hook, hood,
pudding, cushion, footprint.
Comprehension : fact and opinion

Comprehension :
fact and opinion
Grammar :
singular and plural nouns

Math
Chapter 2 
Skip counting


Social Studies
Landforms

Science
Life cycle of a pumpkin


Oct. Book Bash   Friday, Oct. 27 Please find a safe spot for the log.
This month's theme is camping. If your child read over the weekend, please "guesstimate" time spent reading and add to the log.
Also, don't forget to log reading minutes spent on our weekly stories from our reading books.   This week's story is Fire Fighters. Please add weekly stories to the log.
Also, there should be log enteries for most days of each week. It is understandable if your child doesn't read every night due to activities , however, there should be a log for the majority of days in each week. If an adult shares in the reading, those minutes can be added too.
Please know that the above are requirements for each student to participate in the end of the month celebration.  
If a log gets lost, use notebook paper for recording. Thanks !


Pumpkin Book Report and Project : Due Friday, Oct. 20.
Look in your child's green folder for directions to complete  a pumpkin book report/project.
Your child needs to decide on a book( their reading level) to read and do their report on. 
This doesn't need to be a chapter book, however, it should be a book on your child's reading level. If the book is fiction, the form labeled fiction needs to be used for the report. Likewise if your child selects a nonfiction book: use the  nonfiction form. The form not used can be discarded Please carefully read and follow the directions for completing the project.Remember not to carve a real pumpkin as we want to display the students' work in the front entry hallway. Carved pumpkins rot and make a mess. Also, the pumpkin should be as large as the student can carry.
Keep in mind that this is a child's activity , however, parental help is encouraged.
I encourage you to get on the internet for ideas.
Each year I am amazed by the creativity. 
As always, please let me know if there are any questions.

All Saints' Day
Students- Be thinking of a saint that you would like to learn more about and dress as for All Saints' Day. I strongly encourage all students to learn about a different saint than in years past. Costumes can be altered. The important thing is learning about a new saint and how  you can be more like that person. Thank you.



Additional Dates of Interest

Week of Oct 16-20
Monday, Oct. 16  No bus service
Wednesday, Oct. 18 Feast of St. Luke
Thursday, Oct. 19 Mass
Friday, Oct. 20 Pumpkin Book Report due

Week of Oct. 23-27 Parent/Teacher Conference week
Monday, Oct. 23 Fall picture make up day.  
                           Saint information due

Thursday, Oct. 26
Mass
Friday, Oct. 27  Oct. Book Bash

Week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 3rd 
Monday, Oct. 30 -No school for students.  Parent /teacher conferences
Tuesday, Oct. 31- Halloween
Wednesday, Nov. 1- All Saints' Day. Parade at 1:15. Party : 1:30 - 2:30 in classroom.

Mark your calendars :

Friday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 P.M. - 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Play. Details to follow. 
Both 2nd grades will put on short skits and sing a song.
Parents, grandparents, friends are welcome.







Additional Notes

SHUTTERFLY:

Parents, please look for an email from Shutterfly. By signing up you will be able to view photos that we take of your children throughout the year. Thank you.Religion Note
If your child is planning on celebrating his/her First Holy Communion, please find out when formation classes at your church begin. If students do not participate in the classes, they will not be able to celebrate this Sacrament in the spring. Please share this information with friends. Thank you.

 Classroom Sign Ups

Math Fact sign up.
Please click on the sign up below
Math facts are every Friday from 8-8:30. We will begin testing  : Friday, Sept. 8. The flash cards you test on will be in the classroom. Just bring yourself.

 

Library Read Aloud !! Wednesdays from 9:30-9:.50 
Parents can read the first 15 to 20 minutes of class. The remainder of the time the students will be selecting books to read.
Click on the link below to sign up for read aloud. Thank you for volunteering.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084AA5A72AA5F94-2ndgrade1

Marcy Cook Math every Tuesday from 12:15 to 1:00
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hank you to Mrs. Biundo (Rosalia's mom) and Mrs. Funari (Lucia's mom) for volunteering to be our Marcy Cook Math moms.  I would like to have one more mom or dad. Please let me know if you are interested.

GREEN FOLDER HOMEWORK
Students : please clean out your green folder each night on the side Take out/leave home. 
A great way to show responsibility.

Assignment Book
Students , don't forget to ask you parents to "please' initial your assignment book each night. That is part of your responsibility as a catholic school student. Make sure to say , "Thank you." to the parent that signed.  Manners are important to use every day. Thanks.

Hospitality/Manners
Parents, I am reinforcing manners with your children that you have taught them at home.
Manners are so important throughout our lives. They are life skills as we know it.
This year students are encouraged to stand and greet visitors in the classroom to reinforce hospitality to our room and school.
Appearance is also important, so reminders are given out for tucked shirts, combed hair , shoes tied. When we look sharp , we do neat work !!
Students are encouraged to "Build the Body Up in one another, not tear the Body Down." Students demonstrate this by giving compliments to one another when working in groups and cheering on one another when presenting an idea to the class. Students "give a round of applause" "give a Fantasic spray", or "kiss their brain" for good work.
Students are  encouraged to look at adults in the eye and speak to them.
Ex. Good morning Mr. Moore.
I  greet the students each morning with saying hello as they enter the classroom. This  not only reinforces hospitalilty , but it sheds light on their "mood " for that morning. Sometimes a lot can be learned from a child with a  simple "hello". 
The students are encouraged to return ," Good morning Ms. Boczek "each morning as well.
Thank you for reminding your children to get into the habit.
Also, encourage your child to speak to their priest/minister each weekend at Church.
This will boost your child's confidence as well.
Thank you.


Philippians 4:13 " I can do all things through God who gives me strength."
This may be a verse you choose to  recite as a family.

Important reminders for school :


1. Get a good night's rest. 
2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
3. Bring a healthy, easy to open snack (see below our snack procedures ) and water bottle. Please no ice.
(label your water bottle )
4. Don't forget to wear a belt ( if pants or shorts have belt loops only)  with shirts tucked. Comb your hair. Brush your teeth.
5. Know what your are eating for lunch. If you don't like hot , salad bar, or alternative,
    pack your lunch. Don't forget to put your name on the OUTSIDE of your lunch box.
6. Get to school on time : 7:50. Try to be the first one ready in your house to get out the door!!!
7. Grab your belongings as you are dropped off. Kiss mom and dad and don't forget to thank them . Tell them you love them.
8. Enter school with a BIG SMILE ready to begin your new adventures in 2nd Grade.
9. Parents, don't forget to read the email pertaining to our new drop off procedures.
10 Students who arrive early will wait in the cafeteria with Miss Martin on duty.
Students will be guided to their new classrooms for the year beginning at 7:40.
11. Make sure students that you understand how you are going home each night. Are you a walker/rider,
go to Keepers, staying to be tutored, or going home with someone else?

Parents, please send a note if your child is going home a different way than normal or if they are going home with a friend. I will ok the note, and then forward to the office. 
The safety of your child is most important. Thanks.

How to get in touch with me
If you have an emergency, please call the office and Mrs. Stone will notify me.Please know that  your concerns / question are important to me.
If you have a question , please email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I try to look at emails on my afternoon break, however, this is not always the case.
I check emails at the end of the day and most times can resond then. If not, I will  answer the following day.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. 
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Snacks
Students are to bring their own snacks each day . I ask that the snacks be healthy , easy to open , and not messy. 
A mid morning snack gives students the "BOOST" they often  need mid morning. 
Students may bring a water bottle (labeled with name). Please no ice.


LUNCH
Students will wash their hands before entering cafeteria.
2nd Graders will eat from 11:30 to 11:55.  
Students , please look at the menu to decide what you want to eat for the day.
Bring a cold lunch if you do not like what is on the menu. Don't forget to write your FIRST AND LAST name on the outside of your lunchbox.

Allergies
Nurse Ria is now working full time. Her office has been relocated to the room off of the cafeteria.
Please let Nurse Ria know of any allergies your child has if you have not done so.
Additional /Helpful reminders
Student reminders:
*Don't forget to pack all of your belongings for school ,so that you can have a successful school day.
*Check your assignment book each night and make sure your work is completed on both sides of the paper. Parents /guardians are asked to please initial the assignment book each night in the date box. This lets me know that an adult has seen the assignments for homework.
*Make sure that your work is put back into your green folder. Completed papers with a red star or smiley face need to be removed from the green folder.
*Don't forget to pack your flash cards, crayons, colored pencils, and a snack.

Book Bash: . . For the month of September, students are required to read at least 420 minutes (15 min. per day) in order to be able to participate in the end of the month Book Bash. This month our focus will be on Johnny Appleseed. Students should log the minutes they spend reading at home from: AR books, regular library books, stories from our reading text that are assigned for homework, independent readers that I send home, or books at your home.
Parents, please help your child log their minutes each day. Credit will not be given for reading logs containing just a few enteries with large amounts of time read in one sitting. Ex. Ramona the Pest :60 minutes.  or 120 minutes .  Students should be logging  minutes each day or at least every other day.

Prayer Table
I encourage the students to create a prayer table at home. A place where they can go and talk to God. A prayer table can be made out of an empty box, covered with a piece of material or a blanket. On the prayer table , students could put a rosary, words to prayers, the Bible, pictures of saints

2nd Graders follow  P.A.R.R.O.W.S  to be successful , 

P: Prayerful--first we have to have a relationship with God--each day ! Prayer is important in developing our relationship with God.
A: Attitude--I can do anything!!! God loves me!!! I need a good attitude!
R: Respect--treat others as you want to be treated.
R: Responsibility--be prepared ; be on time.
O: Organization--a needed life skill. It is "My" responsibility to keep myself organized.
W: Work--School is my job.
S: Success--School is hard work..We need to work to succeed. 

Additional Reminders:
Assignments Books: Parents, please write your initials in the daily date box each day, so that I know that you are aware of your child's homework. The assignment book will come home each night...even if there is not homework. This helps with their consistency with responsibility. Thank you.

Green folders: Green means GO! These folders will come home each night. Most nights there will be homework. Students are to complete their work and return it in the green folder. Any papers with a red smiley face or a star at the top of the paper will be  placed on the side take out. These papers should be left at home. It is the student's responsibility to clean out their folders each night.
Parents, please use the green folder to send in behavior charts ,  forms, scrip etc. Also, please let your child know when you have put notes, forms, scrip in their green folder, so they hopefully will remember to turn in at school.

White Folders: These folders will be sent home with graded papers. I usually send home each Monday. Students are to remove their work and return the empty folder to school the following day.

Medicine: Please  send any medicine your child needs to the office for safe keeping . I do not keep medicine in my room. If your child brings any type of throat drop to school, please place in a bag with child's name. I will keep your child's bag in my desk drawer until the end of the day. 

Snacktime 
 We have a snacktime between 8:30 and 9:00. Your child is asked to bring their own snack from home each day. Please make the snack HEALTHY and EASY to  CLEAN UP.  Please no cookies, chips, or candy. I also that ask that no GO GURTS be sent as they lead to mess. Students may bring a water bottle, but I ask that they not be frozen , as this leads to water mess as it thaws. We have a water fountain outside our classroom, and students are welcome to use it anytime when instruction is not being given. Label bottles with your child's name. 
3. Eat a good breakfast each morning. Breakfast is not served at school.
4. Students who arrive at school before 7:40 will report to the cafeteria (as in the past) and be supervised by Ms. Martin, our gym teacher.
5. At 7:40 , students will report to our classroom. Any student arriving at  7:40 or after will report directly
to our classroom .

Birthdays
Students are welcome to bring a snack to celebrate their birthday which will be eaten at our regular snack time. Please follow the snack guidelines from above.  The snack needs to be individually wrapped for easy hand out. No cake , cookies , or doughnuts. 
Also, please make the flavors the same--not a variety pack. Thank you 

Specials:
Ms. Boczek's Specials are as follows:
 St. Francis : Gym -Ms. Martin. Students will need their gym shoes .
 St. John : Music - Mrs. Hamilton
 St. Luke : Art- Ms. Sheets
 St. Mary : Spanish - Dr. Caruso
LIBRARY will be every Wednesday at 9:45.
Specials will continue to rotate using the above schedule.

Safety Reminder:
Parents, Please remember to send in a note/email to your child's teacher/office  if your child is going home with someone different at the end of the day. 
Please let your child's teacher/office know if your child will be late for school due to appts. etc. 

DRESS CODE
 2nd Graders, please remember your belts and shirts tucked into your pants. If not pant loops, no belt is required.
Girls- post earrings are allowed. Please no dangle earrings. 
Only CLEAR fingernail polish
Girls-if you have long hair, please pull it back into a ponytail. Thank you.
Boys-please follow the guidelines for hair length.

Virtus Training
Any person ( parent, guardian, grandparents, relatives etc) that is interested in volunteering at the school must complete a background check and VIRTUS TRAINING prior to working with students. The forms plus additional information can be found online at http://stfrancismorgantown.com/students-parents/parent-participation/
Upon completion of your training,please turn your certificate into the office.


Boxtops 
I have a collection box in our classroom, so please send your boxtops. (please trim neatly) Thanks!!!!

Scrip-
This is a school fundraiser where families can purchase gift cards through St. Francis from a variety of businesses. Go to our school webpage --http://stfrancismorgantown.com/students-parents/scrip/ . You can also contact Lauren Stupar (laurenstupar@yahoo.com) with questions.