Second Grader’s January Newsletter

Categories: Classroom News,Second Grade

Protecting God’s Children

As I’m sure all of you know the Diocese requires all volunteers to take the Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  If you are planning on volunteering at all this year or attending any of our field trips you must have this class.  If you do not then you can not come with us.  On Sunday, January 29th, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Leitner room St. Gregory’s will be hosting the Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  To register for this workshop you will need to go to You will need to click on registration and select Kansas City/ St. Joseph Diocese.  After that you will follow the prompts.  If you haven’t taken this workshop, now is a great time since it is being offered here!  Please remember, if you don’t take this workshop you can’t go on our second grade retreat to Conception Abbey in May.

All School Mass to kick off Catholic Schools Week

Please mark on your calendar that Sunday, January 29, at the 10:30 Mass we will be having an All School Mass to help kick off Catholic Schools Week.  We ask that all of the students come and sit with their class during this Mass.  After Mass is over please consider taking your family down to the gym to enjoy some pancakes made by Chris Cakes.  This is a fundraiser for the Professional Development Funds for the Faculty of St. Gregory’s.  The Pancake lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be a free will donation.  Please plan on attending Mass and staying after to catch a few pancakes!

Keeping Parenting Fun Workshop

This coming Monday night there is a Keeping Parenting Fun workshop at the Northwest Student Union Ballroom from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Paul Gasser MS/LMFT will be presenting the workshop.  Below is the informational excerpt about the workshop.  Please consider checking this out.  I have been to one of Paul’s workshops before and it was great!  I will get to go to his teacher’s presentation on Tuesday!

Keeping Parenting Fun

As a parent, have you ever had to deal with kids that:

  • Believe you need to wait on them
  • Don’t pick up after themselves
  • Won’t sleep in their own bed
  • Are not responsible
  • Ask questions like, “Why do I have to do this?”
  • Fight with their siblings
  • Love to argue with you

This workshop is presented by Paul Gasser MS/LMFT. Let Paul help you put the fun back into parenting. His workshops are lighthearted and filled with practical ideas to use with your children. His information, skills and strategies will help you to immediately feel more in control and understand a diagnosis that can often be very confusing.

Contact NWRPDC at 660-562-1995 for more information

Mustangs Reading Program

Again this year the St. Joseph Mustangs Baseball team will be having a reading program for children.  The students can earn up to five free tickets to a mustang game just by reading.  If your child reads 1,000 minutes they can earn a free ticket, if they read 2,000 minutes they can earn two free tickets, and so on up to 5,000 minutes for five free tickets.  These minutes will have to be turned in my April 16, 2012.  If your child is interested in this please send me an e-mail by Wednesday of next week.  The Mustangs have requested that we let them know how many of our students are going to participating.  I will get your child the reading logs once I hear from you.

Food Drive

I just wanted to remind everyone that the school is currently having a food drive to help celebrate Catholic Schools which is coming up.  Next week we are asking the students to bring cereal or peanut butter and jelly.  The following week (Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 / Catholic Schools Week) we will be collecting saltine crackers or pudding and jello.  Any donations you can make would be greatly appreciated!


This week we have been focusing on Caring for All of God’s People.  This was a great topic to discuss considering that we ended last week discuss Martin Luther King Jr.  We also talked about how Jesus welcomed all people to hear his message, including kids!  The students thought it was really neat the Jesus wanted to spend time with kids.


This week we worked on unit 14 for spelling.  Next week we will move onto unit 15.


This week we read stories about food and baking!  The kids kept saying that our stories made them hungry!  We read Treasure Pie and Bruno the Baker this week.  The kids have asked that I copy the recipe from Bruno the Baker so that they can try to make the cake at home.  I’ve sent the recipe home with them today.  If you make it, let me know how it turns out.  I’ve never had a chance to try it!


Noises everywhere!  We are studying sound during our current science unit.  I brought in my clarinet for the class to look at.  We learned that sounds are made by vibrations and we discussed what part of my clarinet vibrated to make the sounds from it (the reed).  The kids have also learned about volume and pitch this week.

Mass Roles

Date Petition Offertory
January 25 Ava Wilmes Jacob Ferris
February 1 Grace Wright Athena Groumoutis
February 8 Jordan Brady Anna White

Reminder of Important Upcoming January Dates:

24th – Teacher Academy (Mrs. Casteel Gone)

25th – K-4 Mass

29th – 10:30 All School Mass to help celebrate the start to Catholic Schools Week

29th – Professional Development Fundraiser (Chris Cakes Pancakes in the Parish Hall directly after Mass)

January 29th through February 3 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Reminder of Important Upcoming February Dates:

1st – K-4 Mass

2nd – Tye’s Birthday

3rd – Movie at the Hangar at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

8th – Mass

14th – Valentine’s Day Party (1:15 to 2:15)

15th – Noah’s Birthday

15th – K-4 Mass

15th – Second Grade Day

17th – No School (PD Day for Teachers)

22nd – All School Mass – ASH WEDNESDAY

27th – Teacher Academy (Mrs. Casteel Gone)

27th – Lenten Prayer Service

19th – K-4 Mass

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