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Grade 2 - Ms. Jacques

NOID1Q02165Welcome to Second Grade!!

My name is Nicole Jacques. I am so glad to be part of the St. Christopher family. I graduated from Keene State College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology.  Before coming to St. Chris, I worked in the Salem school district as a Title I Reading Teacher. In addition to teaching, I am also a swim instructor.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love reading and being around the water.

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Amazing April Agenda


The roofs are shining from the rain,
The sparrows twitter as they fly,
And with a windy April grace
The little clouds go by.

Yet the backyards are bare and brown
With only one unchanging tree--
I could not be so sure of Spring
Save that it sings in me.

by Sara Teasdale

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March was a busy month! We had our third annual STEM Day and Science Fair, which were both big successes. Thank you for coming to check out 2J's Science Projects. We had a wonderful time learning about landforms and creating our own Mystery Islands! 2J and 2C ran the St. Patrick’s Day mass on March 17th and everyone did a fabulous job! The 2nd graders also had their first Terra Nova Testing experience. I heard a lot of "Miss Jacques, this is so fun!" from everyone, so it seems they all liked it. We welcome April with open arms and look forward to the warmer weather!

We will learn many things in 2nd grade this very short month, below is a quick outline of some of the exciting topics our class will cover…

Religion – We will begin Unit 3 in our Religion anthology. In this unit we will learn about Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Math – We will begin our unit on Double Digit Subtraction – with and without regrouping. Please practice these skills at home with your child. Our next unit will be on time and money, if you want to get a head start at home. And don’t forget to keep practicing those math facts too! www.xtramath.org

Reading – Our big unit question this month is “How do things change? How do they stay the same?” The comprehension strategies that we will practice this month are sequencing, fact and opinion, and plot and theme. These strategies can be practiced and discussed at home during your child’s nightly reading.

Reading Logs – Reminder: Reading logs are due at the end of each month. These reading logs should include the amount of time your child reads each night and a parent signature.  2nd graders are expected to read 15 minutes or more a night, this means they should be reading a total of 400+ minutes every month!

Spelling/Phonics – Our spelling words this month will focus on words with syllable patterns and vowel digraphs (oo, ue, ew, ui)

English – This month we will begin talking about adverbs. Good writers use adjectives and adverbs to make their writing more interesting!

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April 1 – Hot Lunch Ordering Begins

April 7 – Stations of the Cross – 1:00pm – 4T preparing

April 7 – Report Cards go home

April 13 – Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15am – 1st grade preparing

April 14 – Good Friday – NO SCHOOL

April 17 – Easter Monday – NO SCHOOL

April 21 – Earth Day Free Dress

April 21 – Poetry  Slam – 1:45pm – Church Hall


Have a wonderful April Vacation!

~Miss Jacques~


March Madness

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When the rain is splashing down
On the fields and in the town
Singing winds begin to blow
And the flowers start to grow
How glad I am when I have seen
Those tender leaves of gentle green
They warm my heart and make it sing
For now I know at last it’s spring
Spring makes the world a happy place
You see a smile on every face
Flowers come out and birds arrive
Oh, isn’t it grand to be alive.

~ Author Unknown ~

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Spring is on its way! I hope you all had a wonderful February vacation! We have a lot of fun things going on in March, including the STEM Science Fair, St Patrick's Day, and the St Patrick's Day Mass, which 2nd grade is preparing. 2nd grade will also be taking the Terra Nova Test. This will be the first time your children will take a Standardized Test, so we will be talking about test-taking skills and expectations. Please make sure your children get plenty of sleep the week of Terra Nova Testing and come to school with a quality snack.

Here are a few things 2J will be working on in March:

Math We will be finishing up Chapter 4 and moving on to Chapter 5: Double Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping). Your children should still be practicing their math facts at home.

Reading - We are starting Unit 4. In this unit, we continue to strengthen our skills and strategies.  Unit 4 continues with reinforcing inferencing, fact/opinion, compare/contrast, and theme and plot.   We focus on ending le, more vowel patterns in addition to dipthongs ou, ow, ou, oi, oy.    We continue to build our vocabulary with our Amazing Words.  We have learned 113 Amazing Words so far!

English In English, we will begin learning about adjectives

Phonics/Spelling Our spelling words will consist of words ending in the syllable –le, vowel pattern /oo/ and /u/, as well as dipthongs: ou, ow, oi, oy

Social Studies We have started the chapter “Our Earth” where we will learn about landforms and map reading. Students have already completed their first take-home project “Mystery Island.” These projects will be displayed at the STEM Day Science Fair on 3/9/17.

Religion -2nd grade will be preparing the St Patrick's Day Mass on March 17th at 9:15am. We will also continue with Unit 2 about Penance and Reconciliation.

Important Dates in March:

March 1-15:      Hot Lunch Ordering

March 8:           Lifetouch Spring Picture Day – Dress UP day

March 5:           School Dance – St. Patrick’s Gym 6:00pm-8:00pm

March 9:         STEM DAY - all day

March 9:        Science Fair/STEM night – 5:30-7:00pm

March 10:       Stations of the Cross – 9:15am

March 10:        EARLY RELEASE – 12:30pm – NO AFTER CARE

March 11:        Auction

March 11:        EARLY RELEASE DAY – 12:30pm, NO aftercare

March 13-17:         Terra Nova Testing - **please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep this week**

March 17:         St Patrick's Day Mass - 9:15am - 2J and 2C preparing!!

March 17:         St Patrick's FREE DRESS day

March 24:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

March 31:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy March!

Love, Miss Jacques and 2J


Frolicking in February

I stood beside a hill

Smooth with new-laid now,

A single star looked out

From the cold evening glow.

There was no other creature

That saw what I could see –

I stood and watched the evening star

As long as it watched me.

By: Sara Teasdale



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February is a short month filled with fun activities and lots of learning! Take a look at what we have coming up:


MathWe have finished our chapter on graphing and data analysis and have started Chapter 4: Double digit addition with and without regrouping. Don’t forget to keep practicing those math facts! www.xtramath.org

Reading: The comprehension skills we will be working on in reading this month are drawing conclusion, comparing/contrasting and sequencing. Have your child practice these strategies while reading at home. We will be working more on our oral reading fluency too. The goal is to read at a “just-right” speed with good expression. We do not want to read like “robots”.

Spelling/PhonicsThe spelling patterns this month will be long vowel patterns i, ie, igh, y and comparative endings “er” and “est”

English: We will continue to work on verbs this month.

ReligionJesus taught us the 10 commandments, which are laws that help us live as God’s children. Last month we sang the “10 Commandment Boogie” to help us remember each commandment (“we’re gonna dance it ‘til we die”). This month we will learn more about these commandments and how to follow them. We will also talk about sin. The first week of February is also Catholic Schools Week, so pay close attention to the fun dress down themes and activities planned for each day.


January 30 – Report Cards sent home

January 30-February 3 – Catholic School Week!

January 30 – Catholic Schools Week Buddy Mass – 9:15

January 31 – Spanish Rosary Service – 9:15am

February 1 – Spirit Day – No Homework Day!

February 2 – Beach day – bring beach towels

February 3 – Report Cards due to school

February 3 - PJ Buddy Day – PJ Free Dress!

February 14 - <3 Valentine’s Free Dress <3

February 15 - Yearbook Group Photos

February 17 – Progress Reports go home

February 20 – NO SCHOOL –President’s Day

February 22 – Progress Reports due to school

February 27-March 5 - NO SCHOOL – WINTER VACATION!


Happy February!



~Miss Jacques~


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