I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I am looking forward to the cooler weather this week. I have been tending to my fruit trees all year, and am thrilled to finally see the grapefruits and lemons changing color and entering the final stage of growth and ripening. I only hope they taste as good as they look. I’ll be sure to bring some in for the kids if they are worth eating!
We will begin a new unit this week in language arts called Lend a Hand in which students will be answering the big question, “what are our responsibilities to each other?” Students will be reading and listening to Aesop’s fables and folktales while analyzing character traits. They will be writing about characters in the stories they read, and about the morals and lessons learned. We will also be finishing up our creative writing pieces about how a turkey managed to escape Thanksgiving, told from the turkey’s point of view! In math, students will continue to represent numbers through the hundreds place using base ten and money. We will also be solving problems with unknowns. We will be taking a closer look at the life of the pilgrims in social studies. Our phonics/spelling focus will be identifying/writing vowel digraphs ai, ay, and multisyllabic words ending with –ing and –ed
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be performing for the 2nd-4th grades on Thursday at 10:45 in the Parish Center. We are really looking forward to it!
This Wednesday we have a half day for teacher inservice. We will dismiss at 12:00. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up. After care will be available.
Canned Food Update
2A and 2B have set a community food bank donation grade level goal of 496 cans! As of right now, we are just over 300 thanks to some very generous donations. Thanks for all your generosity!! The last day to make a donation will be this Friday.
Christmas Cards / St. Nick’s Program
Christmas card orders will be sent home with the kids tomorrow. They did such a great job!! Speaking of Christmas, our K-4 St. Nick’s Program will be Friday, December 13th at 2:00 in the student center (gym). I strongly suggest arriving no later than 1:30 to find a good seat, and a parking spot! Students are being asked to look their best for this special performance. They should come to school dressed in their normal school uniform clothing, and bring a change of clothes for the performance. We will change after lunch! Thank you:)
These last six weeks have flown by! I have loved every minute of teaching this 2A class, and will continue to teach through December. I am delighted to announce that Julie O’Shell will be stepping in as the new 2A teacher, beginning January. There is no one I’d rather have taking over for me! Mrs. O’Shell attended Sacramento State University, where she studied early childhood education and art history. She has taught for over 20 years at St. Michael’s, as both a regular and long term sub, and has proven exceptional classroom management and instruction. She is already well versed in our 2nd grade curriculum, having taken over as the long term sub last spring when the classroom teacher was out. To make the transition as seamless as possible, she will be coming in for three weeks to spend time with the kids, observe our classroom procedures and routines, and be present in the morning and afternoons to greet you and get to know you.
We will be hosting a Cookie Decorating “Meet the Teacher” Night on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00-7:00 in the classroom. Mrs. O’Shell will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then I will lead the kids through a cookie decorating activity, giving you (the parents) a chance to mingle with Mrs. O’Shell and with one another. I hope you all will be able to make it! Mrs. O’Shell will be here this entire week and I know the kids will be thrilled to have her with us. She is beloved by all!! To find out more about Mrs. O’Shell, please read the bio below!
Julie O’Shell Bio
Juliet (Julie) Creswell O’Shell
I was born and raised in Arizona. My mother was a long time teacher and former Head at St. Michael’s School. My brothers and I attended many school functions and parish events growing up. I have always considered myself a member of the St. Michael’s community.
After high school I moved to Northern California where I explored, worked and studied at Sacramento State University. I loved the diversity of Northern California, enjoying the culture, energy and food of San Francisco. I loved the beauty of Lake Tahoe, skiing the Sierra Nevadas, exploring the Mendocino coast, and hiking the Redwoods.
After 10 years, and missing the Arizona desert, I moved back to Tucson where I met and married my husband, Tom. We will celebrate our 30 year anniversary next May! We raised 3 children, Sam, Haley and Ben. All three attended and graduated from St. Michael’s School. They have all become thoughtful, interesting and engaged members of the world with the foundations of their St. Michael’s education.
My family remains lifelong lovers of travel. I enjoy the practice of yoga, am a dedicated reader of all genres, and enjoy the outdoors. I am so grateful to live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
I have been a long time member of the St. Michael’s faculty and believe strongly in its commitment to excellence and achievement. I am thrilled to be teaching in 2A, and look forward to knowing you and your child!
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!