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Dear Parents,                                                                          September 4, 2018
Welcome to a new school year!  I hope your child is as excited as I am about the upcoming year.  The children were busy the first few days being introduced to new classmates, class routines, and curriculum.  They did well despite the heat last week.
Some of the programs we use in second grade will be familiar to the children.  We use the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Program, which was introduced last year! We use the Reader’s Workshop format, which is similar to what your child used in first grade.  The children are expected to read for 15 minutes each night as part of their homework. We are using Fundations for our phonics/spelling program this year.  Students will work on their phonics skills in class and take a test at the end of each unit. Sight words will be sent home at the beginning of each unit.  Our math program is Go Math! The program includes a homework component given Monday – Thursday that reinforces the concepts we work on during the week.  Homework will be sent home starting Monday, 9/10/18. I will be sending home a letter which will include a Reflex Math login and password for your child to practice their math facts.  
The special schedulefor this year is as follows:
Monday– Library
Tuesday– Physical Education & Computer Bi-Weekly
Wednesday– Chorus & Physical Education
Thursday– Music 
Friday– Art
Lunch– 11:15-11:40
Recess– 11:40-12:00
Each month I will post a newsletter on my website which will outline the material and topics that we are studying during the month.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send a note, email, or call me @ 508-541-5475 ext. 2033. Please check my class web page to find out more information about homework, book club orders, birthday celebrations, and useful links children can use to reinforce skills learned in the classroom. The web address is  Look under Grade 2 and click on my name, Kate Aucella, to get to my web page.  I am looking forward to a great year!
Mrs. Aucella

April Newsletter

posted Apr 24, 2019, 10:05 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 12:13 PM ]

Curriculum Updates

Math - We began unit 7 before April Break. This unit focuses on money and time. The kids have been learning the value of coins and how to write money using the dollar and cent symbols. The second part of the unit focuses on time. The class has been doing very well with money. Our next unit is on Measurement.

Reading - The kids have wrapped up their series book clubs. We have begun our poetry unit, the class is reading poems by many authors. The students are learning how to pay attention to figurative language, comparisons and what the author is trying to say in poems or fiction books.

Writing - The class is finishing their book nominations this week. The children have been working very hard and the nominations are great! Throughout the unit students wrote letters to each other about their favorite books.

Science – We will be finishing our unit on Matter this week. The boys and girls have learned about solids, liquids, and gases, and the properties of each.  

Social StudiesWe will focus on our unit on continents, oceans, rivers and mountain ranges.

Special Events

4/25 – Mind, Body, Spirit Night  - 6:30-8:00 

All children should try to attend this fun night. See you then!

4/15-4/19 – No School – Spring Break

4/24 – Johnny the K Assembly

*Thank you to those parents who donated books from the Book Fair!

**Thank you to the TPA for sponsoring Johnny the K this month!

Recommended Links

Poetry Fun 

Haiku Poetry

March Newsletter

posted Mar 18, 2019, 10:44 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 10:46 AM ]

Curriculum Updates

Math - We began Unit 6 this week. The focus is on 3-digit addition and subtraction strategies and the children have started off great with this unit!  The next unit will be on money and time. Keep having your child practice their math facts!

Independent Reading – The kids will be wrapping up their series book clubs soon. They have learned how to think more deeply about the text they were reading by having group discussions, how to pay attention to figurative language, what the author is trying to say and all about character traits.

Writer's Workshop – The class is in the middle of their Opinion writing unit. The children have been working very hard to convince readers to read their favorite books and the paragraphs are great! 

Science – A scientist from Hi Touch Hi Tech came to visit our class on 3/18 to teach the children about Matter.  The students got to be scientists by participating in a few science experiments. We will continue our unit on Matter for a few weeks.

Social Studies – We continue to learn about Continents and oceans.  The children will continue to study Black History and Immigration.

Upcoming Events

This Friday will be the last session of Club GLO. The children have enjoyed this special time!    

3/22- Report Cards will be sent home - please send the envelopes back if you haven’t yet.

3/26– 1/2 day - Evening Conferences

3/28 – 1/2 day – Afternoon Conferences

Recommended Links

Children’s Books


Fun Brain

Thank you to the TPA for sponsoring Hi Touch High Tech, this is an exciting,

 hands-on program!

February Newsletter

posted Feb 13, 2019, 12:11 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 12:37 PM ]

Curriculum Highlights

Math - We are halfway through unit 5 which focuses on double digit subtraction with regrouping. The children have been working hard to master regrouping and are making great progress.  Please have your child continue to practice their math facts at home!

Reader's Workshop – The students were just placed in book clubs this week. They will be reading many books in a series and have discussions about the characters in their books.

Writer's Workshop – We started our unit on opinion writing which involves the children writing persuasive letters and opinion pieces on their favorite books and characters in the book.

Social Studies - The class will be learning about presidents and other  famous people from history.

ScienceWe began our unit on Matter (solids, liquids, & gases) which includes many fun experiments which will last a few months.

    Upcoming Events

2/14 – Field trip to Mechanics Hall in Worcester to see Henry & Mudge - 9:00 - 12:00 - Mrs. Donegan will be our chaperone. Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

**Please bring your own lunch today.  We will be eating in our room when we get back from the play. 


2/14 - Valentine’s Day Class Party – Party in a Box 

**This will be your child's snack for the day.

2/15 - Ice Skating at Norfolk Arena - 9:10-11:00

2/18 – 2/22 – Mid-Winter Break – Enjoy!

Recommended Links

Addition Flash Cards

Subtraction Flash Cards


Typing Practice

Happy Valentine’s Day!

January Newsletter

posted Feb 3, 2019, 2:15 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 2:39 PM ]


Math - We finished our chapter on addition.  The children learned many new strategies for adding multi digit numbers. We began our subtraction unit last week which focuses on many new strategies for subtraction.  Please have you child continue to practice their math facts at home!

Reader's Workshop – We just finished  our unit on Non-Fiction in Reading.  The kids learned all about Non-Fiction books and what kinds of features are in them.

Writer's Workshop – The class is finishing up their expert books and beginning to work on their tri-folds. They are looking forward to presenting both at the Learning Expo February 1st & 4th.  Our next unit is on Persuasive Writing. The kids will be writing Opinion pieces.

Social Studies - The class will be learned about Martin Luther King Jr., timelines, and will begin out unit on Continents and Oceans next month.

Science – We are finished our unit on Pebbles, Sand, and Silt and We will be starting our Matter Unit next month.  The kids love the hands on investigations.


1/21 – No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/22 – No School – Professional Development

1/25 - Family Bingo Night – HOD 


Kid Friendly Search Engines

Safe Kids Search Engine  

Enchanted Learning

December Newsletter

posted Dec 20, 2018, 10:19 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 10:26 AM ]

Curriculum Highlights

What a busy and fun month we've had in our classroom.  The kids have been busy learning and  doing many holiday activities.  

Math - We finished Unit 3 in Go Math and the kids did a great job! We started Unit 4 last week. This unit focuses on many Addition Strategies to use when adding two digit numbers. Once the children learn all the strategies, they are encouraged to use the best one for their learning.

Reading – We are still in our Non-Fiction unit. Students really are becoming experts on reading Non-Fiction books. They continue to read a variety of texts and learn the components that differentiate Non-Fiction from Fiction.

Writing – The class is writing Non-Fiction Expert books. They are incorporating all the parts of a Non-Fiction book in their own books. The topics the kids have come up with are great! There will be a Learning Expo at the end of January where the children will highlight their Expert Books. More info to follow.

Social Studies - The class has been learning about Landforms and bodies of water.

Science – We continue to study Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class has sorted and observed the properties of sand. Coming up, the kids will be exploring clay, studying the uses of rocks, and making sand sculptures.  We will wrap up this unit in January.

*Please have your child read and practice facts over break.

Important Dates:

December 24th - January 2nd - Winter Break

Recommended Links:

Children's Books 

Johnnie's Math Page 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

November Newsletter

posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:51 AM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 12:07 PM ]

Curriculum Highlights

It was so nice to catch up with all of you at conferences and share your child's progress.

Math - We are working on Unit 3 in Go Math! This unit teaches the students Basic facts and Relationships. The kids will be taking the test later this week. Our next unit focuses on Addition Strategies using two digit numbers. 

Reading – The unit being taught is Non-Fiction. Students are becoming experts on Non-Fiction books. They are reading a variety of texts and learning the components that differentiate Non-Fiction from Fiction.

Writing – The class is writing Non-Fiction Expert books. They are incorporating all the parts of a Non-Fiction book in their own books. The topics the kids have come up with are great!

Social Studies - The class has begun to learn about Landforms.

ScienceWe continue to study Pebbles, Sand, & Silt. The class has sorted and observed the properties of sand. Coming up, the kids will be exploring clay, studying the uses of rocks, and making sand sculptures.

11/6 – Noon Dismissal – Afternoon Conferences

11/8 – Noon dismissal – Evening Conferences

11/12 – No School – Veteran’s Day

11/21 – Noon Dismissal

11/22 & 11/23 – No School

Recommended Links

*Kid Rex Searche Engine

*A Plus Math

Happy Thanksgiving! 

October Newsletter

posted Sep 3, 2018, 4:28 PM by Kathleen Aucella   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 5:40 AM ]

Curriculum Highlights

MathThe children took the test for Unit 1 last week and began unit 2 in Math this week.  Unit 2 focuses on Number Sense and Place Value with numbers 1-1000.  Please continue to encourage your child to study their facts using Reflex along with math games and/or flash cards.  

Reading - We have been learning how to choose “just right“ books and about the Decoding Strategies good readers use, in order to become better readers. The children have also learning about author’s intentions for writing a book. Please remember to have your child read for 10/15 minutes each night and fill in their reading log. Book bags will being to go home this month. This gives your child a choice of books from the classroom to read.

Writing - The children are have been learning about writing Small Moments (stories from their lives). They have been working hard on sentence structure, editing and revising their stories. Each child will be publishing one of their favorite pieces this month. Our next unit will be Non-Fiction writing.

Science - We will begin a unit on Pebbles, Sand, & Silt next week. The class will be investigating the properties of different rocks and doing many experiments with sand & silt. The kids love the hands on experiments!

Social Studies – The class continues to learn about Communities and Economics. These units focus on what makes a community and Producers, Consumers, Wants and Needs. 

 Upcoming Events

National Smile Day 10/5 - Wear Yellow to kick off our school Hi's and Eye's program

Conference sign up link to be emailed out - 10/5 - Watch your emails to sign up for a conference.

Columbus day - 10/8 - No school

Teacher's Professional Development - 10/9 - No school

Halloween Parade and Party - 10/31 - 1:45

Teacher Tip


Second Grade Math Practice 

Fun Brain 

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