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Grade 2 - Ms. Jacques


Welcome to Second Grade!!

My name is Nicole Jacques and this is my 5th year teaching 2nd grade at St. Christopher School. I graduated from Keene State College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology. I earned my M.Ed in Literacy and Language Learning from Lesley University and am currently working towards a Reading Specialist license.  Prior to working at St. Chris, I worked in the Salem public school district as a Title I Reading Teacher. In addition to teaching, I am also a part-time swim instructor.

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

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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 have 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.

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 NEED to be practicing their math facts at home. Use Xtramath.org to help with math fact speed (email me if you need another copy of their log in information)

Reading - We have started Unit 4. In this unit, we are continuing to strengthen our skills and strategies.  Unit 4 reinforces comprehension strategies like inferencing, fact/opinion, compare/contrast, and theme and plot.  We will continue to build our vocabulary by tuning into “Interesting Words” as we read.

English – In English, we will begin learning about adjectives

Phonics/Spelling – Our spelling words will consist of vowel patterns /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 will also be completing a take-home project that goes along with this chapter.

Religion -2nd grade will be preparing the St Patrick's Day Mass on March 16th 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:         STEM DAY - all day

March 8:        Science Fair/STEM night – 5:30-7:00pm

March 9:        EARLY RELEASE – 12:30pm – NO AFTER CARE

March 16:         St Patrick's Day Mass - 9:15am - 2J and 2R preparing!!

March 16:         St Patrick's FREE DRESS day

March 21:        Spring Pictures – DRESS UP DAY

March 23:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

March 29:        Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15

March 30:         NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY!!!

April 2:              NO SCHOOL – EASTER MONDAY!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy March!

Love, Miss Jacques and 2J



Frolicking into 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! We have switched our Minute Math tests to subtraction this quarter.  www.xtramath.org

ReadingThe 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”

EnglishWe 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 28-February 3 – Catholic School Week!

February 1 – Beach day – bring beach towels

February 2 – Pajama Day and movies with our buddies

February 2 – Brown Bags for Corpus Christi Food Pantry due at 9:00am

February 13 - <3 Valentine’s Free Dress <3

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass – 9:15am

February 16 – Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

February 19 – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

February 23 – Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

February 24-March 4 - NO SCHOOL – WINTER VACATION!


Happy February!


~Miss Jacques~


Ringing in the New Year

A Bright, Better New Year


Happy, Happy New Year!

We wish you all the best,

Great work to reach your fondest goals,

And when you’re done, sweet rest.


We hope for your fulfillment,

Contentment, peace and more,

A brighter, better new year than

You’ve ever had before.


By Joanna Fuchs


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The New Year brings an opportunity for new learning experiences and those all important “New Year’s Resolutions.” Did you make any this year? Did you make any for your children?


We have a lot to learn in 2018! We will be starting cursive, moving on to SUBTRACTION 3 Minute Math, and we will continue to work on our independence in the classroom!


Here’s a quick look at what we have going on this month in 2J!



Math:    In Math this month we will be learning about collecting, comparing, and understanding data. We will be learning about pictographs, bar graphs, line plots, surveys and range, mode, and median. We will continue to do our daily timed 3 Minute Math as well, but we are now moving on to Subtraction! Keep practicing those math facts at home. Be sure to log in to Xtramath.org and IXL.com often to reinforce and practice math skills learned in class.


Reading:              In Reading we will be focusing on a couple comprehension strategies. The first is "Author’s Purpose" (P.I.E). We will be looking at different texts and deciding why the author wrote it; to persuade, to inform, or to entertain. The second strategy is "Drawing Conclusions" (or Inferring), this is a tricky strategy that we will be practicing a lot this year. In addition, we will also be working on our reading rate (speed or "words per minute").


Religion:               In Religion we will be moving on to Unit 2: “Jesus Calls Us to Penance and Reconciliation,” where students will be learning about the Bible. We will talk about what the Bible can teach us and the different parts of the Bible. We will learn that God gave us laws called Commandments. We will also be preparing for St Christopher’s Catholic Schools Week.


Handwriting:      Yes! You heard right! We will be starting cursive this month! I know your children have been waiting! Woohoo!! :-)



Happy New Year!


Miss Jacques and 2J

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