Grade 2

sperito@saintbernadette.org

November Newsletter

Hello, and welcome to November! Your children are doing an incredible job in second grade! I’m especially impressed with their level of reading and math skills.
First and foremost, thank you so much for making the Halloween parade, and Trunk or Treat such a memorable experience for your children. You, truly, gave them special times they will never forget.
We have successfully completed the Cogat testing and will inform you of the results as soon as we receive them.
In math, we will begin chapter 4, which focuses on collecting and analyzing data. We will be making various types of graphs, organizing the children’s responses to many questions.
Continue doing those wonderful reading logs and book reports, at home. Don’t forget that a passage on Read Theory or Moby Max Reading is considered reading for fifteen minutes.
In religion, we began to study the 7 sacraments. The first sacrament is the Baptism, which marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. Along with Confirmation and Eucharist, it is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, giving access to the full sacramental life of the Church. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life. We have also talked about how the church welcomes all people, whether they are baptized or not. I have attached a short description of each sacrament. The 2nd graders will take part in the sacrament of Reconciliation in the spring. All children can participate, but only those who were baptized may receive the sacrament.
On Sunday, November 5th , the 3rd graders will be hosting a special Veterans Day Mass. All children are welcome to participate in singing Proud To Be An American, at the end of mass. We encourage children to wear red, white, and blue, or camo attire.
Leo Lionni will be our author study for the month of October. If you have a book by Leo Lionni, your child may bring it in for the month and share it with the class.

Have a Nice November!
God Bless,
Mrs. Perito =)

Important November Dates

1 – 9:00 am First Friday Mass – All Saints Day

4 – Pasta Sauce Championship 5:00-8:00 pm in the church hall

5 – 10:00 Mass Veterans Tribute

9 – Glyph Due &
Scholastic Order Due Class Code NKWB7

10 – No School Veterans Day

22 – Half Day – 12:30 Dismissal

23-24 – No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Seven Sacraments
The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.

Baptism
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Eucharist
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Reconciliation
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Confirmation
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Marriage
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.