August 2016

Welcome to Mrs. Vaughan's Class Page



All Are Welcome

My email address is:

Expect a response within 48 hours.

Please do not email anything that is urgent.

For urgent issues call the school @ 609-597-3800. 


First day of school is Wednesday, September 7, 2016.



I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

I can't wait to meet my new students in September. 


Below are a few supplies that you will need for 2nd grade:


-Pencil Case  ( top zipper; SOFT, pouch style- NOT hard plastic)

-24 box Crayola Crayons

-Markers (washable)

-Colored Pencils

-Erasable blue pen

-2 yellow highlighters

-2 glue sticks

-2 large pink erasers

-pencil top erasers

-Hand held pencil sharpener 

-one box # 2 SHARPENED pencils

-1 can any color Play Doh 

-lunch box and backpack ( no characters please- school policy)

PLEASE label everything you can with your child's name.


All 2nd grade students are allowed to have a water bottle on their desk during the school day.

Keep in mind that backpacks with wheels do not fit in the lockers.


Recommended Reading List

for students entering Second Grade in September 2016




Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel

Who was? Books/ A series of biographies for kids

Dr. Seuss Series by Dr. Seuss
Flat Stanley Series by Jeff Brown
Jigsaw Jones Series by James Preller
Nate the Great Series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmut
Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
Amber Brown Series by Paula Danzinger
Junie B. Jones Series by Barabra Park
Cam Jansen Series by David A Adler
Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner
An Extraordinary Life by Laurence Pringle
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Get Ready for 2nd Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka
Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poetry
National Geographic Kids Biographies
Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay by Kristin Earhart

August 19, 2016 at 01:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Look what's happening:

Want a PEEK at our week?


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 Additional Subject Area Classes:











can be found in your child's BLUE PLANNER

written under today's date.


This week we will be reading:
August 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


Second Grade welcomes Father Marcin
from St. Mary's Parish once a week.
Please Note: 
2nd Grade is a very important year in regard to the Sacraments.
 Please note that many parishes celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in early JANUARY.
Most students will be receiving one or two
Sacraments this year.
All students who will be receiving a sacrament this year should have already registered with the Religious Education Program in their Parish.
If you have any questions regarding sacraments please contact the school @ 597-3800.
August 19, 2016 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What's New in LA!


2nd grade students should be READING for 15 minutes each night!


Students practice basic grammar and vocabulary skills daily.

Punctuation,capitalization and sentence structure are reinforced daily.

Phoneme skills we will be working on are; long and short vowels, initial and ending consonant clusters, rhyming words as well as common and proper nouns, adjectives, verbs, prefixes and suffixes.

We also continue to write in our journals DAILY.


Like to play on the computer?          

Below are some practice websites with activities that relate to 2nd grade:



phonics review

language arts review

main idea practice

suffix practice

parts of speech practice

reading practice

reading comprehension

 noun and verb

edit sentences




August 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Math Update






 Ask your child about the different kinds of math drills we do everyday!



Math is integrated throughout all subject areas. Second graders are encouraged to become "Problem Solvers" from day one. We challenge the students with "Problem of the Day", EVERY SINGLE DAY. While we are very hands-on, we do Mental Math daily.

We also practice basic math facts with 5 minute math drills.

Many parents ask for copies of 5 Minute Math drills. For your convenience I have inserted a link to a site that offers free 5 minute math drills. Explore the site and you'll find many fun math drills for extra practice at home!



Students will have math homework almost every night. Their homework will be a review of what was learned in class that day.

For help with any of the math homework visit:

If it prompts you for a password, type in : Andrews

This site includes "Family Involvement-tips and Activities" as well as "Show Me" math models, a glossary of math vocabulary and GAMES!!!!!

August 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 2016

Social Studies

Click on the link below to take you to some fun activities that we are doing in Social Studies :) 

Fun Liberty's Kids Activities


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Some fun and interesting websites and games:


The Continent Game

 United States Map Game!

  Lincoln's childhood home and story

Ben Franklin's guide for government
compass rose game
 Google Earth


Map skills are practiced throughout the year and students are encouraged to hone their Geography Skills daily at our Geography Table.  Here they can find various activities (mostly HANDS ON) to excite and inspire a love for where everything  IS in this great big world God made for us.
July 28, 2016 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)




 The following items are needed for the classroom - your generosity and support is greatly appreciated:  



Dog 1. small paper cups

2. Germ-X

3. Baby wipes

4. Plastic spoons 

5. TISSUES!!!!!!!!

6. Small water bottles

                  7. Snacks(pretzels,goldfish)

                  8.  Plastic zip-loc

                       baggies/gallon sized


Thank you SO MUCH!!!

Please know that it is important for us to encourage healthy habits within the classroom.

July 28, 2016 at 07:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)




Visit Miss De Cataldo's class page to view what is currently happening in 2nd grade Science!

                 Web sites used in class:


Phases of the Moon demonstration

Phases of the moon video

Moon Phases Game

Animal habitat adaptations

Food web

Living vs Non living things quiz

Challenge sorting living and non living things

sorting Living and non-living things

Habitat maker-

July 28, 2016 at 06:00 AM | Permalink

Favorite Links

Some Favorite Links:

July 28, 2016 at 06:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Write to President Obama

For any student interested in writing to President Obama:

President Barrack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
The Presidential Student Correspondence Fax Number is 202-456-7705.


In March of 2004, my class wrote individual letters to President Bush stating their reasons for leaving the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

On June 14, 2004, the Supreme Court ruled to leave the words "under God" in the constitution. The ruling came on the 50th anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge. YAY!

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July 28, 2016 at 05:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Special Note

In the spirit of our shared faith, please be mindful that when inviting children to birthday parties, excluding only one or two students from a party invitation causes hurt feelings.  Being inclusive allows all students to feel that they are a valued part of the class.  Thank you so much for your understanding!

July 28, 2016 at 05:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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