Mrs. Paulino

Welcome to 2A!

January 24, 2020

Dear 2A Families,

The week has come to an end quickly! The children worked hard in all areas of learning. Please read below all that we accomplished:


This week we continued with our unit on mysteries. We finished our vocabulary books to build some context around mysteries and today the children filled out a graphic organizer with their reading partners. They will use these to make a magnifying glass next week to report on their individual books. They are very enthusiastic about sharing! In Fundations we continued with work on combining different kinds of syllables and worked with partners to build new words with the suffixes -y, -ly, and -ty. We took our Unit 7 test and today we played “word of the day” bingo which was a great review.  We continued to review contractions and reintroduced prefixes like re-, un-, and mis-.



This week we began Unit 9-Subtraction. We introduced the concept of needing to borrow from “next door” if we do not have enough. Ask your child about our new subtraction poem. We will continue to reinforce this concept for the next few weeks.


·       **** There are still a few friends who need to bring in a picture of their family for the Reconciliation book to be complete. Please send them in by the end of next week.


We began cursive-the joy!! I even had one friend tell me that they were so excited to start that they dreamed about it! We saw our names in cursive on our new name tags and we began by introducing the four strokes of cursive: undercurve, downcurve, overcurve, and slant. We practiced writing our name and will begin learning formal letters next week. Very exciting!

Social Studies








We began Chapter 3-The World Around Us. We discussed the vocabulary words, absolute and relative location and talked about their differences. We also learned about grid maps and how the key to a map helps us to read one. We will be making our own maps in the near future.


Hooray! We had Spanish this week and Senora played a fun dragon game with us. Gracias!


 Other highlights of our week:

Ms. McShane visited our classroom to continue with our unit on Social Detectives. This week she discussed the “zapper” channel and how we all sometimes have negative thoughts about ourselves. We need to zap these thoughts away and think positively!!

We read the poem “Sick” by Shel Silverstein and placed a copy of it in our journals and did a whole group poetry examination. There have been many colds in 2A this week so we definitely were able to make a strong connection!

We discussed the word empathy during one of our Second Step lessons and it was wonderful to hear the children speak from the heart on this theme.

** A few reminders:

 *Please remember that if your child is going to stay for extra-learning on Wednesdays to email me that day to let me know. There will be no extra-learning on Wednesday February 5. Please see below.

*Please continue to send in with your child warm winter gear (hats, gloves, boots) as we finish the month of January.

* Progress reports are in your child’s red folder today.

*We completed MAP testing this week. Please check in with Mrs. Paulino about when the results will be sent home.

*Please bring in a canned good for the “Souper Bowl” by this Monday, January 27.

*Next week is Catholic Schools Week and there is a notice in your child’s red folder. We have many fun things planned so please read the schedule of activities on each day. It is also an early release day on Tuesday, January 28.

*Also our class filled the gem jar!! The children voted and if they would like to bring a stuffed animal on Tuesday, that is acceptable.

* We will start the week off on Monday with a school-wide mass at 9:00 am. Please remember that the children must be in uniform. Also if the children attend this Sunday’s 9:30 mass in school uniform we will earn a TAG day for our school. We hope to see as many students and their families as we can over the weekend. 

As the time draws near, I wanted to let you know that my last day with the class will be Wednesday, February 5. After much reflection and discussion with Mrs. Solomon, we feel that this will be in the best interest of the children as they transition back to Mrs. Paulino on that Thursday, February 6. The children are getting excited for her return (8 more days on the chain!) and I am busy putting everything in place for a very smooth welcome back. Because of this, there will be no extra learning that Wednesday as I mentioned above. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or Mrs. Solomon. Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Croke                                                               



MONDAY Library - Remember your books!





Gym - Remember your uniform!














​​​We were fortunate to host Karen Kiefer, the Director of The Church in the 21st Century at Boston College. She is the author of "Drawing God" which portrays the beautiful message of seeing God in all things. She gave a terrific presentation which included time for the students to creatively draw their pictures of how they see God.

Read more about "Drawing God" Presentation

Teddy Droseros and Rachel Schlmenti, creators of Grateful Peoples visited the 5th grade on Monday to discuss how they took an idea to spread positivity and found a way to share it to the world. Teddy took inspiration from his mother’s illness to begin practicing gratitude. After seeing his own happiness grow by journaling about gratitude, he thought it would be great for everyone to be able to have a gratitude journal so Grateful Peoples was created. Teddy and Rachel kindly donated a journal to every 5th grader this year for the students to write in weekly. Ms. McShane led the 5th graders in an activity to make Gratitude Prayer Flags to celebrate Teddy and Rachel’s visit to Saint Joe’s. The idea behind the flags comes from Tibet and it is believed that if we hang them outside, the wind will take our prayers for the things we are most grateful for and spread them.


Read more about Grateful Peoples Journal

The Kindergarten Nativity was outstanding! It is such a wonderful tradition here at St. Joe’s. The Kindergarten students shared the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus with the school community on Thursday and then with their parents, grandparents, and special guests on Friday. Thank you to Mrs. Lempitsky, Mrs. Lalicata, Miss Viscomi, Miss Mulrenan, Mrs. O’Brien, and Mrs. Nedder for all of their hard work.​​​​​​​

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It was wonderful to see so many of you at our fifth grade production of Frozen Jr.! What talented students we have here at St. Joseph Elementary School! Spectacular, amazing, and fabulous are words that come to mind when describing the performance. We are grateful for all the support from our fifth grade parents, as they have been working as hard as the children since September on costumes, staging, scenery, props, programs and more. Of course, none of this would be possible without the fantastic teachers who work to share their love of music and theater with our youngsters. Thank you to Mrs. Pratt, Miss Boland, Miss McShane, and Miss Mulrenan!


Read more about Fifth Grade Play

The fifth graders once again made fleece blankets for Franciscan Children's as well as homeless shelters and hospitals. They had a lot of fun doing this project and we were proud with how well they worked. As the weather gets a bit colder, these toasty warm blankets will be put to good use.


Read more about Fifth Grade Blanket Project