Mrs. Moynihan is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Spokane. After high school she moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. She graduated from Western in 1974 with a major in chemistry and mathematics minor. Her first job after college was as a lab assistant at Georgia Pacific Company in Bellingham. Her husband’s teaching career took them to Westport, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Moynihan’s three daughters were born while they lived in Westport, then the family moved to Everett and then Marysville where their two sons were born. Her husband continued to teach in Everett and then Marysville schools. She began working as an educational assistant in Marysville schools and that experience working with teachers encouraged her to go back to school to get a teaching degree. She again chose WWU and completed her elementary education training. After two years as a substitute teacher Mrs. Moynihan came to work at St. Pius X School in the fall of 2007 teaching 2nd grade where she has remained for these past nine years. She really enjoys being able to teach kids about Reconciliation and Eucharist. Her favorite subjects continue to be math and science. On occasion Mrs. Moynihan is able to share her love of music and help the student choir at Mass. Mrs. Moynihan and her husband sing in the choir at Immaculate Conception Church in Everett, their home parish.
October 8, 2018
On Friday the class and I met seminarian, John Paul Tomassi, for a lesson in the church on Baptism. He showed us the Baptismal font, the holy oils and explained the sacrament to us. It was a wonderful lesson that the children and I appreciated very much. When we are speaking of Baptism, I am reminded that a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate needs to be on file for your child to receive First Eucharist this year. Your child must have been baptized in a Catholic church to receive the sacrament. If your child was baptized at St. Pius X Parish I only need to know the date of their Baptism. I can make a copy of the certificate and you can keep the original.
In math we are completing our second chapter which has covered both addition and subtraction strategies. I have told the students that it doesn’t matter which strategy you use as long as you get correct answers. I do expect them to practice addition facts to improve the speed of computation.
Our spelling homework is practice for the weekly spelling tests. Some students may need to practice more than the amount I ask for homework. Spelling helps with reading and writing which are a big part of the learning in second grade. You can quiz them on spelling while you perform tasks around the house. Just ask for the spelling list. It is also posted on the school website each week.
Our first field trip is coming up on Tuesday October 30th at 10:00 AM. We will be going to Everett Civic Auditorium to see Rosie Revere, Engineer and other stories. We need drivers for this trip which is for 2nd grade only. If you are able to drive, please let me know and I will send home the driver form.
We are fortunate this year to have Ms. Rash coming in to the classroom to help with writing and reading. This makes it easier for us to work with students during these important times in your child’s educational day. The children also go to the library to read one-on-one with volunteers every Tuesday morning from 9:00-10:15. If you have time to spare we can always use more volunteers in the library or the classroom. Just send me your availability and I can contact you.
We are nearing the end of our first unit in social studies. We have been learning about urban areas (cities), rural areas (country), and suburban areas. After we complete a review from the book, we will complete a worksheet review. This corrected review will come home for study before the test. The test dates will be posted on our homework page.
In science we are also coming to our first test. There will be a review completed and corrected that will come home as a study aid. This test date will also be posted.
I look forward to seeing you at conference time October 17, 18 or 19.
Practice addition facts
Read 15 minutes and get your reading log signed. (5 days a week)
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur. plus 1 day over the weekend
Monday Write 6 good sentences
Tuesday Write the words and bonus words 3 times each
Wednesday Have someone give you a practice test and correct it
Thursday Spelling test in class