September 21, 2017

Welcome back!! I hope you all had a great summer break! We are having a wonderful start to our school year! The students (and I) are just getting back into the school routine and are getting our classroom schedule figured out. We have been very busy these last two weeks. We have been working with long and short vowel words, starting to talk about place value, and discussing our community government. Please continue to read with your child each night and to practice their prayers! We are also getting ready to celebrate Grandparent’s Day!! We will be having Grandparent’s Day mass next Thursday, Sept. 28th. After mass all the grandparents are invited to come to the school for some muffins!

June 2, 2017

Have a wonderful summer break!! Thank you to all my students and their parents for making this a great year!! See you all next year! 🙂

March 30, 2017

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Hello Parents!

Can you believe it is almost April?! This year has gone WAY too fast! The second graders just wrapped up their history chapter is Social Studies. They each picked an American Hero and made a mask to help them look like their person. Then, they wrote a short biography stating who they were, what they did and when they did it. Next, they shared their person with the class and created a living timeline! (middle picture) Now we have started working with good, services, wants and needs. We have a classroom economy  for our classroom that they students are participating in. Each student has a job for the day, receives a salary at the end of the day and can give out fines or rewards throughout the day. They are having a lot of fun!! They are doing a great job working with money!

Mrs. Detloff

March 6, 2017

Hello Parents!
The second graders have been very busy! In Math we are continuing to strengthen our addition and subtraction skills with two-digit numbers. In reading Social Studies we are discussing the different cultures that are around the world. We have been working on comparing and contrasting different items in all subject areas. We are getting excited about First Communion! Don’t forget their is a parent meeting this Thursday, March 9th at 6 p.m. at the school. We have been learning about all the different parts of mass and what certain aspects mean. They are working hard and doing great!

Mrs. Detloff

February 21, 2017

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Happy 100th Day of School! The second graders were each given the task of counting out 100 legos and building with them. They then had to measure their creation, count how many of each color they had and fill in some graphs to document this information. They had a blast!

January 12, 2017

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Hello parents!
This year has just flown by! We have been super busy in second grade these last few weeks!
In Math we have been working with patterns and are now focusing on variables, story problems and creating our own story problems. In Reading we are learning about how to use verbs in different situations. In Science we are learning about matter and having fun with water! We are enjoying having a relatively calm January before the craziness of February begins! Next month we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, have fun at the Carnival and enjoy I Love to Read Month!

Mrs. Detloff

May 20, 2016

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Hello Parents!!
Summer is almost here! I can’t believe how fast this year flew by. The students are definitely ready for summer and sunshine! As we approach the end of the year we are doing lots of testing and assessments to see how much the students have learned. In second grade we are wrapping up Science by practicing our observation skills. We spent some time outside observing nature and the different animals that were around. We are also writing some opinion pieces, learning a little about multiplication and discussing about the different Seasons of  the Church. We had a BLAST on our school trip to Duluth. The picture above shows the second graders enjoying their cruise around the harbor! I hope you all have a safe and fun summer break!!
Mrs. Detloff

April 29, 2016

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Hello Parents!
Can you believe it is almost May? We are almost done with school for the year. The students are very excited about this of course! Tomorrow our First Communion, I am so proud of all the hard work that the students have been doing throughout the year! Thank you for all that you do with them at home and for keeping them so excited about the Eucharist! This week we have been learning about engineering in Science. The student have each built a house for the “4th Little Pig” who needs a house that will withstand the wind from the Big Bad Wolf. They created a blueprint, started building, tested their house several times and are now creating an advertisement to “sell” the houses they built. Above are some pictures showing the students hard at work building.

March 30, 2016

Hello Parents!

We are very busy in second grade! We just wrapped up our economy unit in Social Studies and are moving onto Science. The students are excited to begin learning about mass and matter. We are also finishing up our money unit in math. The students are very good at working with money. We had a classroom store last week and they had fun buying things with the money they had earned. First Communion is almost here! I am so excited to share this experience with the students and I know they are excited too! Thank you for all that you do to help prepare your children for this special event. Keep working on those booklets, they are due April 14.

Mrs. Detloff

March 2, 2016

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The second graders are enjoying the healthy snacks that will be provided for the month of March to promote healthy living. Lakewood health system is helping to provide the snacks for our school. So far the students have enjoyed oranges and grape fruit! They are excited to see what fruit or vegetable they will get next!

Mrs. Detloff

February 3, 2015

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This week the students are having so much fun celebrating Catholic Schools Week! In the picture above the students are showing all the ways they can make bubbles. They had a great time! This week we played games in all the classrooms, had a Kryptonite Game on the playground and even got a visit from the Science Guy today. The students had a blast learning that “It’s not magic…It’s SCIENCE!” They learned a lot about air pressure and oxygen. All the Superheroes are ready to dance the night away tonight at our Superhero Dance! I hope to see you all there. They are also very excited for the Carnival this weekend!!

Mrs. Detloff

January 12, 2015

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Hello parents!

As the end of quarter approaches the second graders are staying very busy. In math we are wrapping up our unit on fractions by making “Fraction Bots” to show our understanding of parts of a whole. We are also transitioning into Earth Science to learn about weather and how to measure different aspects of it. The students’ are looking forward to the Carnival and Catholic Schools week!

December 8, 2015

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Hello Parents!

The students in second grade have been very busy. In math we are working on plane shapes and making patterns. The students love creating new shapes and extending patterns with our pattern blocks. We also created a Nativity scene for our bulletin board (pictured above).We are working hard to learn our songs for the Christmas program. They are doing great! We are also learning a lot about Advent and are completing a treasure hunt as a school. We have learned about Jesus’ family tree, Mary’s love and the town of Bethlehem.  I hope to see you all next week at the Christmas program!

Mrs. Detloff

November 16, 2015

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Hello parents!

Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving? It seems like we just celebrated Halloween! Above is a picture of the second graders with our lunch guest, Ninja Turtle Doug. We had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween this year. This week we are reading “Turkey’s Thanksgiving”, making some Thanksgiving crafts and talking about celebrating holidays together.

Mrs. Detloff

October 22,2015

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Hello parents! This week we have been having a great time in second grade! In reading we are doing a play and the student are having a great time practicing and making their costumes! Soon, they will perform for the first grade class. We are working with data and graphing in math. The students really enjoy practicing graphing on the floor!

Hope to see you all next week at the Halloween dance!

Mrs. Detloff

Sept 30, 2015

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Hello Parents!

Can you believe September is almost over?! We have had a wonderful first few weeks of school here in second grade. We jumped right into working on our reading skills, reviewed our math skills, and began learning about our communities in social studies. We have also had several fun activities. We received a visit from The Cardinal and the homecoming court to celebrate the homecoming festivities! We also got to watch the parade and cheer for the many high school activities that were represented. Check out how much candy we caught! (Pictured above) We kicked off the workathon last week. The students are so excited to raise money for the school and to support the community at our workathon!

Mrs. Detloff

May 4, 2015

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Hello Parents!

It is already May! This weekend the second graders had their First Communion celebration. I am so proud of how hard they have worked this year and everything that they have accomplished. This week we are learned about inflected endings in English, 3-digit subtraction in Math, and are learning more about the American Flag in Reading. The students are very excited about all of their projects for AAA and are also super excited for our field trip to see the Twins on Thursday! On Wednesdays the students have been doing some journaling with our classroom visitor Mrs. Hanson (pictured above). We have been working on our writing skills as well as learning the importance of journaling. I hope to see you all Wednesday night at the AAA program and Parent Appreciation night!

Mrs. Detloff

March 26, 2015

Hello Parents!
Fourth Quarter is here!! It is hard to believe that we are already near the end of the school year. The second graders have been very busy the last few weeks. In math, we finished our unit on money and time. They were able to create their own classroom economy where they earned money each day. The students were then able to save or spend their money throughout the week and at our classroom store. We had a blast! In English we are working with pronouns. We are learning when to use I versus me. We are also getting ready to begin our Spring Blast project! The students are very excited to get to work on this.

Mrs. Detloff

March 5, 2015

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We love to READ! Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s I Love to Read challenge. The students had a great time finding books for each day and reading them. This week we finished up our unit four in reading. We worked on making life cycles to understand how things change and made time lines to see the changes in our own lives. In math we are just starting to work with money. We reviewed the worth of different coins and practiced counting on to a dollar! The students are really excited to start our Classroom Economy project next week. Students will get a daily “career” and daily “salary”. They will have opportunities to save  and lose money as well as buy objects or rewards throughout the week using the money they make each day. We will be doing this activity for two weeks. At the end of the week they will be able to use the money they saved to purchase something at our classroom store! This will be a fun way to help the students understand the value of money and begin to see how saving and spending works.

Mrs. Detloff

February 5, 2015

Thank you to everyone who helped make the carnival such a success! The second graders had a blast and are already excited for next year! We are finishing up two-digit addition, and next week we will start with subtraction. In reading we are learning about the life cycle of plants as well as writing some poetry. The students are having fun using strong adjectives to describe the things around them. In Social Studies we are learning about the difference between wants and needs. The second graders had a blast doing Catholic Schools Week and the Carnival but are ready to get back to a normal schedule!

Mrs. Detloff

January 2015

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 Welcome Back! We have been very busy in Second since getting back from our Christmas break! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year . Last week we began to work with solid shapes…and of course had some fun making castles with the shapes as well! We also worked with the long i sound and compound words in Reading and Language Arts. This week we began discussing comparative endings as well as doing some comparing and contrasting in our writing. In math we have started to work with fractions.

Mrs. Detloff

December 18, 2014

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Merry Christmas!! Thanks to all of you who came to see our Christmas program this year! The kids had such a blast! I am so proud of all their hard work! This has been a crazy week between performances and the excitement for Christmas break. We have been doing a lot of review in math and have been working with compound words in reading. I hope everyone has a wonderful break and a great Christmas!

Mrs. Detloff

December 04, 2014

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It has been an exciting couple of weeks here in Second Grade. This week we were in charge of the Mass parts for the first time this year. The students really enjoyed this and did a great job reading!  As we head into the Advent season, the second graders are also getting prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They will be receiving this next week. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they get ready for this important and exciting experience! We are also beginning to learn about plane shapes in Math which the students are really enjoying. In Reading we have been working with the long a, and long e sounds. We are also learning about consumers and producers in Science, and the students are working hard to understand food webs. We have been practicing our songs for the Christmas Program as well. I hope everyone had a fabulous break!

 

 

 

November 21,2014

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Hello parents! It’s almost Thanksgiving! These past weeks have been very busy and exciting in the second grade room! The students filled their “fish bowl” at the end of October and we got to welcome our new class pet, Goliath Oly Olaf the beta fish to our classroom! (bottom picture) The students worked hard, and by having good church behavior, great manners, and awesome listening skills, they earned their new pet. The are all excited about this new responsibility and love when it is their turn to feed the fish and change the water. They are now working to refill the fish bowl to earn a free afternoon! The students have been learning about plurals, contractions, and possessive nouns in English and we just started skip counting in Math! They have been enjoying the winter weather and we are slowly getting used to bundling up for recess. In the top picture above, Joe shows us the appropriate gear that we need to have each day! 🙂

I hope you all have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Detloff

November 07, 2011
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Thank-you to all of my parents who came to parent-teacher conferences! It was great to sit down and talk with all of you and get your feedback on how the year is going so far. My class is already super excited to start working towards their AR goals again. Our goal class goal is to get 4 points and they each made their own individual goal to challenge themselves as well. We are also going to try to pick AR books that are at their levels. We finished Chapter 4 in math this week, and will be reviewing the first four chapters next  week before they take their Unit 1 test. This week we have been preparing of our Veteran’s Day program! We will be reciting some poems with the 1st grade class, we have been having a great time so far. The students are excited to do this next Tuesday. In reading next week we are going to be doing a little play which I hope the students will enjoy! Thanks again for coming to conferences, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Above are a couple pictures from our Halloween fun!

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Hello parents! This week we have started our new unit in reading on Working Together. To kick-off our week we created a new bulletin board for our classroom! This new board is pictured above. We have also started working with surveys in math. The class had fun visiting the first grade room to ask them some questions! I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! Also, Thank-You to everyone who came to our Reconciliation meeting! Remember, YOU are your child’s first teacher of Faith!

Thanks again,

Mrs. Detloff

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October 14, 2014

Hello Parents!

It is already the middle of October, can you believe it?? This month has flown by so far! Our class has just finished our first unit in reading about Exploration. We were able to learn about exploring new places and things. We are going to be starting our new unit, about Working Together, when we get back from MEA break. To get the students excited for this, we came up with a new bulletin board idea to replace our aquatic exploration one. We will be putting this up early next week, feel free to drop by and check it out! Last week we were able to go the fire hall to learn more about fire safety. The kids had a blast learning about the tools used, the different types of gear used, and spraying the ambulance down with the fire hose! Last week we began our unit on communities in Social Studies. We also talked about maps and the cardinal directions. As a class project we created a 3-D representation of two blocks of 4th street, from our school to the movie theater. This project is pictured above. We have been very busy this month, but we are also having lots of fun! Enjoy your long weekend! Don’t forget there is a  1st Reconciliation meeting on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m in the Sacred Heart Church basement. See you then!

Mrs. Detloff

Sept 22 2014

September 22, 2014

Hello Parents!

As we begin our fourth week of school all of us in the second grade room are slowly getting used to being back in school and are getting into our daily schedule! The first week flew by in a flurry of get-to-know one another activities…mostly for my sake! We created a classroom puzzle to show that we are all different, but together we make a beautiful picture! We had a lot of fun getting to know one another, coming up with our classroom rules and preparing for an exciting school year! The second week included jumping into learning by exploring short vowel sounds, practicing ordering numbers in math, and talking about The Sacraments. The students are very excited to begin learning about Reconciliation as well as First Communion so that we are prepared to receive these Sacraments later this year. It has been a great start and I am excited to spend this year getting to know my students as well as all of you!

Mrs. Detloff