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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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April Showers Bring May/June Flowers


May's a month of happy sounds,

The hum of buzzing bees,

The chirp of little baby birds,

And the song of a gentle breeze.



I can't believe it is already May! I hope everyone had a fabulous vacation! Your children came in on the first day back from vacation excited to write about their break! I'm looking forward to reading all the exciting adventures they had!

May is our last full month of school! With that comes the count down until the end of the year! I can't believe my students will become third graders in a little less than a month! I will miss them all so much!

Here's a quick look at what we will learn about in May/June:

Reading: We will continue our Daily 5 and Reading Street program, focusing on comprehension skills and strategies and building our oral reading fluency. This month we will be reviewing many of the comprehension skills we have learned throughout the year.

Math: We will begin working on Chapter 7: Time and Money. Students should be practicing these skills on IXL at home as well as in school. We will also continue the timed "Minute Math."

Science: We have started our next Science unit on fossils and dinosaurs. Students will not only be learning from the textbook, but from picture books, video clips, and news articles as well. This is a great chapter and will include many hands-on activities.

Handwriting: We will begin learning how to form all the capital letters in cursive. Once your child has learned how to write their first and last initial in cursive, they must write their name in cursive on all their papers!

English: We have finished learning about Adverbs and have moved onto Pronouns.

**Important Dates in May and June**

May 11                    Used Book and Uniform Sale -- 3:30-5:30 PM – Church Hall

May 12                    Used Book and Uniform Sale – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

May 12                   Progress Reports sent home

May 16                 Diocesan Convocation – Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester

May 17                   Teacher Appreciation Lunch – 12:00 PM – Church Hall

May 17                 Progress Reports due back to school

May 19                 May Crowning – 9:15am Church

May 15                 School and Parish Mass – 10:00 AM – Church

May 21                 Open House for Prospective Families – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Lobby

May 22                 Fine Arts Festival – 6:00 PM – Church

May 23                 Grades 3-6 Spring Concert – Church – 10:00 AM (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

May 24                 Walk to School – 8:15 AM – Sargent Ave Park

May 24                 Volunteer Brunch – 8:30 – 9:30 AM – Lobby

May 25                 Ascension Thursday Mass – 9:15am - Church

May 26                 Hot Lunch Ends!!!

May 26                  Field Day/Fun Run – 12:40 PM – Sargent Ave Park

May 29                  NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 31                 PreK – 2nd Spring Concert – Church – 10:00 AM (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

June 2                    Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 4D preparing

June 2                    BBQ – 5:30-7:00 PM – Back Parking Lot

June 8                   6th Grade Luncheon – 12:00 PM – Church Hall

June 9                   PreK and Kdg Last Day of School

June 9                   Graduation – 7:00pm – Church

June 14                 End of School Prayer Service – 9:15 AM – 5V preparing

June 14                  Early Dismissal and Last Day of School – Grades 1-5

June 14                 12:30 …. SUMMER VACATION!!!

Happy May/June!

Happy Mother's Day!

Love, 2J and Miss Jacques


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~

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