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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Welcome to Mrs. Stasiak’s Grade 2/3 Class
 
“I am a child of God and He has brought me here to see and learn the many things that God’s creation holds dear.”
 
The 2006-2007 school year is packed with exciting events and a busy, intensive curriculum. Grade 2’s will be receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
 
The Nelson Mathematics series (Gr. 2 and Gr. 3) is organized to help students become familiar with EQAO expectations. A very useful feature of this series is its examples and models for parents to follow-up at home. Additional web-based support includes interactive quizzes and web activities linked to each lesson. These can be accessed on www.mathk8.nelson.com
 
The Language program is centered on the Balanced Literacy Program. Reading materials are from the Bookshop and Cornerstone Series and are supplemented by early chapter books. Spelling tests are every Friday.
 
The Social Studies program is developed through the “Many Gifts” series. The Grade 2 program focus is on their community and its place in the world community.
 
The Grade 3 program focus is on early North America, Aboriginal Contributions, Early Settlers and comparing Rural and Urban Communities. Trips to a farm and Pioneer Village will help these units come alive.
 
Science units include:
Grade 2: Water, Animals and Energy.
Grade 3: Soil, Plants, Stability, Force and Energy
A “Scientist in the school” will visit in the spring to provide further interactive experiences for both grades. A trip to the Science Centre is also planned.
 
Physical Education:
 
Children participate in physical activity for 20 minutes each day. We have gym every Tuesday and Thursday. Gym clothes are required. From January to March the class goes skating once a week to the rink behind the school. During the winter, at lunch, grades 1-3 have the opportunity of participating in indoor soccer house leagues. Ribbons are given to the participants at the end of each season. In the spring the Grade 3’s are able to try out for various track events and participate in competition with other schools.
 
What makes us special?

The students at MJC enjoy presenting their talents. We are planning another liturgical dance for a Christmas Mass. We enjoy organizing our Mass in October. The children will lead the songs, prepare the readings and decorate the gym.
 
Support from home is an important part of a child’s learning.
 
How can you help?

- Provide a quiet work area for homework and study.
- Keep pencils, sharpeners, rulers, crayons, glue on hand.
- Provide a dictionary, thesaurus and calculator at home.
- Encourage reading not just for school but for pleasure as well.
- Check your child’s Agenda for assignments and notes.
- Let the teacher know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.
*Above all, encourage your child to develop love of learning!