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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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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!

* * * Important Dates in April: * * *

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~


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~




Just a reminder that September Reading Logs are due Tuesday, September 30th.


Remember, 2nd graders should be reading about 15 minutes a night to help improve their fluency and reading rate, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen their reading comprehension.

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