Grade 2

It was so nice to have a September that resembled more of a normal start to the school, especially compared to last year. In Grade 2 we wasted little time learning our new routines and expectations. Lessons incorporated the theme of respect early and often to help create a respectful and caring classroom environment. The Seven Sacred Teachings were reviewed with the students as well to help support a kindness classroom climate. The grade 2 students have had a great start to the school year with lots of learning experiences and fun.

One of the highlights during the month of September, was going apple picking on our class field trip. Field trips are a major part of the school experience and due to the pandemic, field trips had to be cancelled to ensure everyone’s safety. It was amazing to see all the smiles on the students faces as they picked their apples. In September our literacy and math routines were also established. Students participated during our class shared reading activities along with our smaller group guided reading activities. In math students began exploring their new math tools that helped support students as they worked through a variety of math challenges. Students used their number charts and math manipulatives to participate in a variety of counting activities. The grade 2 students are off and running and if the month of September is any indication on how this year will go, I’d say were going to have an awesome school year.

I’m so thrilled to be back teaching in grade 2 for the upcoming school year, it’s going to be so nice to see all the smiles on the student’s faces as they come back from their summer vacations. This school year should look and feel more like a typical school year especially compared to last year. There are still procedures and protocols put in place to keep students and staff safe but we’ve made some changes at LSK. For one, specialty teachers will be hosting lessons in their own classrooms this year as we’ve gotten rid of the classroom bubbles. This should make students happy especially at recess because students are now allowed to see their friends in other grades. The most exciting change is that field trips will again resume, so students will get to experience the learning opportunities that come along with field trips. I’m excited for a more normal school year and I know the students will be too. 

As for what the students will be learning in class, students will still be learning all your typical subjects such as math, English, science, social studies, Mi’kmaq and art. Routines and schedules will be prioritized early on in the school year to help students get back into the swing of things. Hand washing and sanitizing will still be encouraged to help maintain safety at our school. Technology will also still be incorporated into lessons more than usually to ensure that students are comfortable with all their online educational supports, so that in the event school is moved to at home learning the students will already be familiar with the platforms and websites used as educational tools. I’m really excited to kick off this new school year and I’m looking forward to welcoming all the students back.

Attached is the PDF copy of the school supply list for grade two!!  See you in September!!
Mr. Tyler Schussler

Painted clay creations with Ms. Dorota.

I want to start off by saying thank you to all the parents and guardians for their support during this round of online learning. The transition from in-school learning to online learning was for the most part an easy transition and the parents played a huge part of that. The student’s resiliency really shown through as students used their reading, writing and mathematical skills and adapted them to working online. I’m proud of all the grade 2 students and what they were able to accomplish this time around during online learning. Having said all that, I’m happy that we will be able to finish the school year off in the classroom. There are things that happen in the classroom that can’t be replaced online, so it was a nice surprise to hear that we will be able to move back into the classroom. I look forward to seeing all the grade 2’s during the month of June.

To the 2021 graduates of LSK, I want to say congratulations. You all have worked extremely hard to get here and this accomplishment will be with you for the rest of your lives. Hopefully you can take all the experiences and lessons you’ve learned over the years at LSK and use them on your life’s journey. Awesome job!

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Online schedule for grade 2 virtual learning.  

Here we go again, back to online learning but before we get to that let’s talk about the month of April. The grade 2’s had a great month of April. The month started off with Easter, where students enjoyed an Easter themed art project. Students were asked to draw a bunny and then decorate the background with symbols and colours associated with Easter. Earth day also fell in the month of April, which inspired students to write our planet a letter sharing things they were thankful for and ways they could help protect Earth from the harms of pollution. In ELA, we finished our unit on working with non-fictional text. In math, students continued to enhance their mathematical skills using strategies such as borrowing and carrying over to solve more difficult addition and subtraction problems. In social studies, students learned the difference between a producer and consumer and that some are involved in goods and services. They also examined how consumer’s make decisions through comparing needs and wants. April was a great month for the grade 2’s but unfortunately we’ve had to make the transition back to online learning.

The students are so resilient at LSK, they’ve once again had to make the transition to at home learning. They are becoming pros at it because this transition has been the smoothest in my opinion. As we make our move back to online learning students will be starting their poetry unit during our morning literacy block. In math, students began to explore measurement as they’ve used non-standard units to measure a variety of items in and around their homes. It’s unfortunate but the move back to online learning was made to keep everyone’s safety in mind and I know in grade 2, the students will be happy to continue their learning journey even through a screen on a computer.

Tyler Schussler

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All students will be evaluated and assessed on their virtual learning and attendance will be taken by the teacher.  All students are expected to attend class virtually.   See schedule below for student’s meeting schedule times.  

Learning Center, Resource, Speech & Language, OT, LLI teachers will contact their students/parents to provide additional supports for their students. 

March was a fun filled month that was full of learning experiences that were engaging and enjoyable. Covid-19 has forced us to change the way we do a lot of things however, LSK was still able to create a winter carnival for the students to enjoy. Again, it was different from the winter carnivals we’ve had in the past but students were still able to be entertained with arts and crafts, a movie day, a game day and outdoor activities. Having the walking trails so close to the school is amazing and I can’t wait to explore them with the students more as the weather starts to warm up. In ELA, students continued their exploration of non-fictional texts. Students used their experiences with non-fiction to improve their reading and writing skills. In math, students expanded their knowledge of 3-D shapes as we classified them and compared them to 2-D shapes. Students also created 3-D shapes using toothpicks and play-doh. Students were also introduced to double digit addition this month. In science, students investigated the three states of matter where they completed a science experiment in which they had to test a variety of different solids to see if they would dissolve in water. March was a great month, full exploration and excitement.

As we move into April, students will continue to studying non-fictional texts. Students will also be introduced to double digit subtraction. During our exploration unit, students will be introduced to what a consumer is and how consumers decisions are influenced. Easter, falls in the month of April so we’ll use the theme as inspiration for an art - based activity. March was a great month here in grade 2 and I know that April will be just as great.

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