Welcome to 2nd Grade
My name is Liz O’Meara and I am beginning my 32nd year in the teaching ministry. I have been truly blessed to have been given the honor of working with many children and families over the years. I completed my undergrad work at Valparaiso University with a BS in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities. The Lord led me to Lutheran Special Education Ministries where I worked with gifted and learning disabled children for 8 years. During that time I completed my Masters study of the teaching of Reading through Oakland University. In 1994, I began teaching 2nd grade here at Immanuel. It has been a wonderful journey of teaching children and learning from them.
One of my greatest passions is to share the love of Jesus through mission work. I encourage children to share their faith as they help others with basic needs within our community, nation, and across the world.
The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Ed, two step-daughters, and three beautiful grandchildren. I love to garden, spend time on the beach, and travel.
I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growing with the children and families that God has entrusted to my care. Praise God for all the blessings He showers upon us each and every day!
Welcome to 2nd Grade! My name is Katie Pettibone. I graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a major in Language Arts. I am trained in DIBELS, Reading Horizons, and MLPP.
This is my 8th year here at Immanuel. I taught 7th grade my first year and am now going on my 6th year of teaching 2nd grade. I taught Sunday School here for 5 years as well as VBS for 7 years. I have been coming to church at Immanuel all of my life, in fact, I was baptized here by Pastor Mike! I live in Clinton Township with my husband of 7 years, Andrew and our son, Jackson who will be starting 3 year old preschool here at Immanuel. We have 2 cats, Chloe and Thomas. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of the children and parents as we embark on a wonderful journey together with God.
Mrs. O'Meara's Field Trips
Mrs. Pettibone's Field Trips
Tuesday, September 26: Stony Creek Nature Center- $4.00
Friday, November 17: Clinton -Macomb Public Library-Free
Thursday, February 15: Nino Salvaggio's International Marketplace- Free
Monday, May 8: Poppleton School $13.00
Michigan Law requires all children under the age of 8 to ride in a booster seat until they are 4’9” tall.
Mrs. O'Meara's Schedule
Mrs. Pettibone's Schedule
Curriculum - 2nd Grade
RELIGION: Bible stories, prayer, life application activities, memory work (Friday only until mid-year then we add Tuesday memory)
CHOIR: The children will be praising God with their voices during worship services throughout the school year.
Daily 5 -Read to self - The research continually shows that the very best way to become a better reader is to practice, practice, practice! Your child will read books at his/her level while practicing reading strategies. -Work on Writing – Just like it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better reader, it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better writer! -Working with Words – Working with words helps children become better spellers, readers, and writers. -Read to Someone – Reading to someone helps develop reading fluency and comprehension, and it’s FUN! -Listen to Reading – Listening to reading helps children develop reading fluency. It also allows them to access texts that they can’t read independently yet.
Guided Reading: Builds comprehension, builds fluency, and introduces students to a variety of genres
Book-It: Pizza Hut Reading Program (October-April) Book Orders: The children will be able to order about every two months. Library: The children will learn about authors, illustrators, different types of books, and library skills.
Working with Words: Learn to read and spell words through a sequential phonemic and phonics based spelling program.
Writing: Learn to read through writing, see writing as a way to tell things, learn different writing forms, and apply grammar and mechanics in their own writing
Weekly Journal: On the fourth Friday of the month the journals will be sent home. Please read through it with your child and respond with a positive written statement for your child to read. Writing Process: prewriting, drafting, conferencing, revision, editing, and publishing Grammar: Parts of sentences, types of sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, compounds, contractions, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, and suffixes. Mentor Pen Pal Program: Bridging the gap between generations through friendly letter writing (November – May).
LISTENING: Skills in listening will be developed by following directions, listening to stories, participating in discussions, etc.
HANDWRITING: Continuation of manuscript from first grade.
ORAL SPEAKING: Children will be working on speaking skills through sharing written stories, giving directions, asking questions, participating in discussions, Show & Tell, etc.
MATH: Concepts to be reviewed and learned by the use of manipulatives, paper & pencil activities, and/or memorization are place value, whole number operations, estimating, graphing, fractions, money, telling time, measurement, problem solving, and geometry.
SCIENCE: The students will use hands-on activities along with the text, videos, and other material to cover these areas: Plants and Animals, Habitats, Our Earth, Weather and Sky, Matter, and Motion & Energy
SOCIAL STUDIES: Through the use of text, videos, and hands-on activities these areas will be covered: Our Government, Geography, Using Resources, People Long Ago, Different Cultures, People at Work, and Christmas Around the World.
CURRENT EVENTS: "Weekly Reader" will be used throughout the school year. Children may bring in newspaper clippings along with information obtained from radio and/or television.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: The children will work on gross motor skills, following directions, and teamwork. COMPUTER: The students will improve keyboard knowledge and programming setups. The children will be following directions for different programs to reinforce and/or enhance educational concepts.
MUSIC: The students will learn vocabulary and musical concepts by using instruments, movement, and voice.
ART: The children will use different materials to learn a variety of art concepts.
SNACK: A break will be given each morning for the children to eat a nutritional snack. Please do not send in any peanut or nut-tree snacks. All snacks are to be brought from home even on half days.
RECESS: All recesses are scheduled for outdoors unless it is raining or bitterly cold. Please dress your child appropriately. Send in a note if your child must stay in a day.
Show and Tell
The children will be listed in the newsletter for the upcoming week. This is a great time to work on oral speaking skills. Please help your child select an item to share with the class. Try to pick different types of items throughout the school year and look for things that are educational. The children may also do demonstrations. These are some of the guidelines that you can use to help your child practice presenting their item to the class.
1. Speak clearly and loudly. Have your child practice presenting to you.
2. Explain what the item is. What does it do? Is there anything special or different about the item?
3. Where did you get the item? Was it a gift from someone? Is it a souvenir from some place you visited?
4. Where do you keep it?
5. Why did you choose this item? Does it relate to anything we are doing in school? Is it an interest of yours?