2nd Grade


Welcome to Second Grade! We always look forward to an exciting year, filled with learning and academic growth. Through an inviting and positive classroom environment, students are motivated to learn and be kind to others.

This year, students will experience the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion to grow stronger in their faith and closer to God. Students will also take part in a service project to develop empathy for others and make a positive impact in the lives of others; we visit a senior living community several times throughout the school year to read, play games, and sing with the elderly.

From learning how to write in cursive to doing double-digit addition problems, students will learn so much throughout the school year. Be sure to check out the “Curriculum” tab to learn more!

What will your child be learning?

Math: We are excited to continue with our math program, GoMath. Students will master basic addition and subtraction facts through 20, learn two- and three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, and focus on place value to compare numbers. We will also work with money, time, graphs, measurement, and geometry. Students will also have Simple Solutions, another math program that reviews math areas throughout the year.

Religion: Students will have a wonderful opportunity to learn so much of the Catholic faith this year! We will discuss how Jesus is always with us, especially in the sacraments. We will do an entire unit dedicated to Reconciliation, and another unit on the celebration of the Eucharist. We will have conversations on how we can live our faith every day. Prior to receiving the sacraments, parent meetings will be held by Mrs. Barb Campbell, the Director of Religious Education to provide you with further information.

Handwriting: Handwriting will be practiced each day, whether with a specific worksheet or in writing answers, stories, etc. We will begin teaching cursive after Christmas Break.

Science: Students will learn how to work like a scientist and use the design process. They will also learn about technology, animals, plants, environments for living things, Earth’s resources, and weather.

Social Studies: Students will study basic geography skills, where we live, our country’s past, the working world, and government. We will also learn about various people and places in history.

Reading: We will be reading stories throughout the year and discussing various story elements, such as setting, plot, conclusion, etc. Students will learn how to identify the main idea and details within a text. We will also learn several reading skills and strategies to build comprehension and fluency in both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Writing: Students will effectively use the writing process to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces throughout the year.

Phonics: We will cover various sounds, from short and long vowel sounds, to consonant blends, to diphthongs and digraphs. Students will also learn contractions, prefixes, and suffixes.

Shurley English: Students will learn to use correct punctuation and capitalization, while writing in complete sentences. We will also learn to classify sentences with various parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions).

Spelling: Each week, students will have a list of ten words to learn. The first two words on the list can be spelled phonetically, the next six words follow a spelling pattern, and the last two words are “challenge” words. Tests will be on the last day of the week.

Some Extra Information

Math Facts and Reading: Students are encouraged to practice addition and subtraction facts (0-20) and read at home daily. Both of these activities will help them in the classroom!
Spelling: Students are encouraged to practice their weekly spelling words at home using SpellingCity, a fun website with games and activities to practice our spelling lists. The link is:

Volunteering: Parents are welcome to volunteer for recess, lunch duty, field trips, and parties. You must be fully Virtus trained. We look forward to seeing you! Links to help you help us are below.

Virtus Training*:

*Once you click the link and get to the site, you will have to scroll and choose Chicago (Archdiocese) to see the options for available Virtus classes.

Room 109
B – STREAM, Spanish
C – Physical Education
D – Music, Library
F – Spanish
G – Music, Physical Education

Rule 1 – Listen carefully.

Rule 2 – Follow directions.

Rule 3 – Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.

Rule 4 – Respect others. Be kind with your words and actions.

Rule 5 – Respect school and personal property.

Rule 6 – Work and play safely, fairly, and honestly.

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On WEDNESDAY, September 18, we will attend 8 AM Mass. Please drop your child off at church between 7:50 – 8:00 AM. We are having our St. Cletus Pep Rally on Friday, September 20, at 2 PM. Let’s show our Cardinal Pride as we celebrate our athletes. Grandparent’s/Special Person’s Day is Friday, September 27. A...
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Second-2-None: Week of 9/2/19

Week of 9/2/19 The class is adjusting to second grade well. We are learning our routines and following them. Have you signed-up for Class Dojo yet? The notes went home several days ago. It’s an easy way to see how your child’s day went, maybe some pictures, and ease messaging me. We’ve gotten down to...
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Second-2-None: Week of 8/26/19

The first few weeks of school is an adjustment. So we spend quite a bit of time on learning/practicing routines, working together in our workbooks, etc. so as to make everyone as comfortable as possible. We may continue this a bit into September. Grammar this week focused on capitalization rules. We talked about when do...
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Second-2-None: Week of 8-19-19

 WELCOME BACK! I am really looking forward to teaching the second grade class this year.  Ms. Brcic and I are so excited to work with your child and watch as they grow academically, spiritually and socially. Second grade is filled with so many new and exciting things to learn.  Each week, please be sure to check...
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2019-2020 School Year Is Almost Here!

We’re excited start start the new school year in less than a month!  Our interim principal, Mr. Greg Porod, is busy getting to know the school and community.  The office staff is prepping class lists and finalizing orders for supplies.  Our maintenance team is nearly complete with waxing school classroom floors… moving shortly to the...
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