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.
February 6, 2018
We had an enjoyable Catholic Schools Week. In addition to the free dress days we had a day with our mixed grade communities playing PE games, watched a schoolwide spelling bee, the talent show, and played board games in the gym. We also partnered with our 5th grade buddies to take part in a STEM activity on Tuesday and Thursday. The students built skyscrapers using index cards and scotch tape. The goal was to build the tallest structure that would withstand an earthquake. The shaking of their buildings was provided by Mr. Parker, who even brought in sound effects. The students had a great time, learned how to cooperate with others, and worked on revising and improving their structures. I was very proud of all the 2nd and 5th graders.
In math the students have learned to add two double digit numbers with and without regrouping. Then we learned to subtract two double digit numbers with and without regrouping. We have begun to make subtraction flash cards so they can practice and improve their subtraction facts. Our Chapter 6 test will be on Thursday.
Our reading last week was a number of Cinderella stories. We have been comparing the characters and plots of the stories. In writing we have begun writing fables. These fables are being typed in the computer lab. The students will be presenting these during our classroom speech contest later this year.
Our current social studies unit is Our Nation’s Story. The study of our country’s past will help us to better understand our country today.
Last week in science we learned about the way that a wheel and axle can reduce friction and make objects move easier. The students made a car with straw axles, lifesaver wheels and an index card body. For the next lessons we will be using the toy cars they brought in to learn about movement on an inclined plane.
Religion lessons have been focused on learning about Jesus as the Bread of life. We will also study the parts of the Mass. We made paper doll apostles to place on our banner of the Last Supper.
Our Valentine’s Day party will take place on Tuesday Feb. 13th because Ash Wednesday is the 14th. If you would like to send in juice, cookies or another treat for the party please send me an email. I am listing the student names below for Valentines. Please send one for each child.
Thank you for all you do for your students.
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 10 good sentences
Tuesday write the words and bonus words 3 times each
Thursday have someone give you a practice test and correct it