|Hello Grade Two Families,
Today, we dedicated our assembly to St. Valentine. The Grade Two’s, along with their big buddies, helped remind the school that the reason we hand out cards and treats on Valentine’s Day is to let others know we care about them, just like St. Valentine did! Please remember that next week, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day a day early as the following day is Ash Wednesday. There will also be no parent meeting this evening.
While there may be a brief pause in the First Communion program for next week, we aren’t slowing down! We will begin preparing for First Reconciliation. Throughout the next few weeks we will read Bible stories about Jesus’ love, mercy and forgiveness. Then, we will learn about what sins are, what we can do to avoid temptation, and how to be forgiven. We will also begin incorporating the Act of Contrition, a prayer to tell God that we are sorry, into our morning routine. When we get closer to the date, I will be sending home the Steps to Reconciliation (including the Act of Contrition) so that you can practice with your child. They will need to have these steps memorized for their First Reconciliation, happening on March 7th.
As we get ready to embark on our Lenten journey next week, our discussions on reconciliation will become even more meaningful. During Lent, the children will take time to reflect on what they can do over the next 40 days to transform their hearts and become more like Jesus. We will explore the ways we can do this though prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The class is very much aware that Lent is a time to focus our hearts on Jesus and are excited to grow even closer to him during this season. Wishing you all a blessed Lent!
Here are the reminders for the week:
First Communion Theme: On Hold (will resume next week)
Star of the Week: On Hold (will resume next week)
Phonics Skill: On Hold (will resume next week)
Open Parachute: Managing Big Emotions
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write me a note in your child’s agenda if you have any questions or concerns.