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Mrs. Di Popolo's Second Grade


(Magnificent, Outstanding, Nice, Smart, Terrific, Energetic, Responsible, Students)



WELCOME to the 2017-2018 school year! I am delighted to welcome your child to 2nd grade! I hope you all shared an enjoyable summer together. We are going to have a wonderful school year together!

I would like to tell you a bit about myself. I have my Masters in Administration and Supervision in Education, and my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. This is my sixth year teaching at School # 4. I absolutely LOVE my job! I am so fortunate to come to school every day loving what I do. I promise you that your child will have a fantastic experience daily in my classroom; we will read, write, explore, discover and learn!

Parents and Teachers have one very important thing in common; we both want what is best for your child! As a result, I strongly encourage you to contact me through class dojo or email with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. 


I am very excited for this school year and I look forward to working with you.


Thank you for your time and effort!



Mrs. Rossella Di Popolo



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Progress Report Dates

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Recent Posts

Hello March!  Will March be in like a lion or out like a lamb? Our class predicted what we think the weather will be like for March.  We are ALL very excited for Spring! 

    In Language Arts, we have been continuing with our Wonders Series.   Our Social Studies discussion will be mostly on Women’s History.  We will honor the women who have made a difference in the world.  In Math, we are loving learning all about money.

     On Wednesday, March 2nd, we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss.   Guests will be invited to read to our class.  We have some fun activities planned for the day as well.                

*Please check your child's homework folder every night.  

                                        Dates to Remember

                         3/1/18- 3/29/18 Coin Challenge Starts                                                               3/5-23rd Bunny Sale                                                                                           3/6/18 HSA meeting 5:30                                                                                   3/2/17-Dr. Seuss: Read Across America                                                           3/14/17-Early Dismissal                                                                                     3/22/18- Report Cards                                                                                       3/22/18 Craft Day                                                                                               3/24/18 Health, Wellness and Safety Fair! (Belleville High                                    School)


 February is a short month, with lots to do and celebrate! This month we will be talking about Black History Month.  We will explore the many contributions of African American athletes, scientists, civil right leaders and more.  We will celebrate Presidents Day and the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.   We will celebrating Valentine’s Day and being 100 days smarter! J


Important Dates

February 7th- Black History Celebration at B.H.S 6pm-8pm

February 12th-100th Day of School Celebration

February 13th- Krispie Kreme Pick up 3-5 pm in Gym

February 14th- VALENTINE'S Day- Bear Distribution

February 15th- Half Day

Feburary 16th. 17th 20th 21st -NO School

Brrrrrrrr…Winter is finally here! 

Happy New Year, wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe year.  In January, we will continue with our Wonders Program in Language Arts and Envision for Math.  We are talking about Matter in Science and about Martin Luther King in Social Studies. 

  Important Dates

School Closed-Martin Luther King: January 15th

½ Day-Parent/Teacher Conferences: January 22nd-25th


As the calendar year 2017 quickly comes to a close, the excitement of the holiday season is building at School 4.  December brings a time to celebrate and reflect on the past year.  We are ready to start “traveling” around the world and learn about different holidays and cultural traditions.  If there is a special way that you celebrate a holiday, and you would like to share it with your child’s class, please contact me.   We always enjoy hearing about family traditions and special celebrations. 

I realize that this time of year can be hectic and exciting for our students, and I ask for help in reminding students that their responsibilities in completing homework, nightly reading, and other areas of learning haven’t changed! With this, I hope that you find time to enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones and will be ready to take on the New Year!


Important Dates

Santa Sale: TBA

Winter Concert: December 8th at 1:30pm

Home and School Meeting: TBA

Single Session/12:30pm dismissal: December 13th

Report Cards: December 13th

Single Session: December 22nd

Holiday Recess/School Closed: December 24th-January 1st

Return to School January 2nd

November is a special month for being extra thankful.  A special thank you to all my parents for all your help and support with your child.   We are looking forward to our Thankful Class Feast at the end of the month with our school 4 family.  More information to follow. 


Important Dates

November 7th - Election Day: School Closed

November 9th- School Closed

November 10th- School Closed

November 22rd-Class “Thankful Feast”

November 22nd- Early Dismissal (12:30pm)

November 23rd-24th- School Closed (Thanksgiving Break)

                          LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER?

Happy October! I can’t believe how quickly September flew by. Thanks to all of you who were able to come to Back-to-School Night. It was great to meet so many of you, and to now be able to put a face with a name.

We have been busy busy with Math, L.A, and our new Science program. Majority of the lessons are all digital, so we really enjoy that component.  We are looking forward to becoming even better Readers and Writers.

Social Studies is a great way to learn how culture, history, geography, people and government shape the development of our community.  In October, students will observe our globe more closely.  They will be learning about the continents, oceans, countries and cities, as well as discuss map features. In addition, we will also be talking about Hispanic Heritage month.  Students will complete a research project on a notable Hispanic American person of their choice.

                                           October Important Dates

October 2nd-STOMP OUT BULLYING-Students and Teachers wear a Blue Shirt

October 3rd-Wear Sunglasses to school

October  4th-Wear your team jersey

October 5th-

October 6th- 

October 9th School Closed for Columbus Day

October 14th- Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Belleville High School 11am-3:30pm (Free Event)

October 24th-Pink Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28th-Trunk a Treat

October 31st-Halloween Parade

We have had an exciting start to our new school year.  It has been a busy first few days that have been filled with many getting-to-know-you activities, learning our rules and procedures, and trying to establish routines within the classroom.  We are off to a great start and I know it is going to be a wonderful year! To help make it a great year your child will need to make sure that their homework assignments are completed on time.  Each night check their homework folder for any notes, homework, or other important information. Another important tool is helping your child have a special place to study and do their homework each night.  Homework each night includes reading for 20 minutes, practicing math facts, and any other special assignments written in their assignment notebooks. Helping your child stay organized and on top of their work will give them the keys they need for a successful year. I look forward to seeing you at Back To School Night on Monday, September 19th.


October 3rd is "World Day of Bullying Prevention".  Our third graders are reading a book called Wonder by R.J Palacio.  Wonder is the touching tale about a fifth grade boy, August “Auggie” Pullman, who was born with a rare combination of genetic anomalies, causing him to look “deformed”. These birth defects require many surgeries throughout his childhood. As a result, Auggie is not able to attend public school until fifth grade. Though he is very smart and has been home-schooled, Auggie has no idea what it is like to be in school with other children. His only experiences with people, besides his family and a few others, have been in hospitals or when people gawked at him in public.

The book relates Auggie’s first year of school from the perspective of many different characters. He experiences both bullying and acts of random kindness. The story is an eye-opening account that helps students understand what it is like to be different, to experience bullying, and to persevere. Wonder is a great tool in the fight against bullying.

WONDER is such an amazing book, it will undoubtedly inspire our students to want to do something to make a difference in the world!  We are looking forward to going on a 3rd Grade Field Trip in April, when the movie "WONDER" will be in movie theaters.  We are excited to see how similar and different the movie is to the book.  We will follow up with a compare and contrast writing in class.