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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 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~



October News

An Autumn Day!

Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!
-Carmen Lagos Signes



Wow! I can’t believe how fast September has flown by! We have covered a lot in a few short weeks. We have learned about The Daily 5 and CAFÉ. Through this system, we have been building our reading and writing stamina by practicing “Read to Self,” “Read to Someone,” “Work on Writing,” and “Word Work.” In Religion, we have learned about the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Family, and several special Catholic celebrations, like Pentecost. In Math, we have been practicing both addition and subtraction math facts and problem solving. We have been taking 3-minute timed math tests and have been beating our scores each day! In Social Studies we have just started talking about the different types of communities in which people live: urban, rural, and suburban.



October brings in a new season and more learning! Check out some of the things we will be learning this month in 2J:



Reading: We will continue our Unit on “How can we explore new places and things?” We will be focusing on a few important comprehension strategies: Character/Setting, Main Idea, and Fact and Details. We will also talk about building our oral reading fluency, working on our expression and intonation. Students should be reading 15 minutes each night. Remember: the only way to get better at reading is to read !


SpellingOur spelling patterns will include long vowels, consonant blends, inflected endings and consonant digraphs! We will also have a high-frequency word review week, so keep practicing those words on spellingcity.com


ReligionIn Religion, we will focus on two of the seven sacraments. First, we will talk about Baptism and how we become children of God and members of the church through this sacrament. Then, we will move on to the sacrament of Confirmation. Here we will discuss how the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way.


EnglishWe will learn about sentences. This month we will learn about subjects and predicates, as well as the different kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.


Social Studies: We will continue our unit on where people live. We will learn how to use a map key and a compass rose. We will also read about states, countries, continents, and oceans.


And finally, MathWe will finish up our unit on addition and subtraction facts and then move on to place-value. It’s extremely important that each student practices their math facts every day. These should be automatic! Please let your child use Xtramath.org in order to improve their speed and accuracy.






Oct. 1-15                   Hot Lunch Ordering for November

Oct. 2                        3-School Ice Cream Social – 1:00-2:00 at Nashua Catholic

Oct. 7                        Rediker Emergency Contact Test – after 9:00am

Oct. 7                        Progress Reports sent home

Oct. 10                      NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

Oct. 12                      Picture Day! - Children must wear their uniforms

Oct. 12                      Signed Progress Reports due

Oct. 14                       Historical Perspectives All-School Assembly – 9:15am – Church Hall

Oct. 14                      Early Release 12:30pm – NO AFTERCARE

Oct. 18                      Vocation Day, Vocation Day Mass at 9:30am

Oct. 26                      Paper Wednesday News

Oct. 26                      Teacher Appreciation Soup Lunch

Oct. 31                      Orange, Black, and White Halloween Free Dress

Oct. 31                      October Reading Logs are due!

Oct. 31                      2J Class Halloween Party……BOOO!


Happy October/Happy Halloween


~Miss Jacques~


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