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Grade 2 - Mrs. Rankins


I am very excited to be your child's teacher and I look forward to creating many wonderful memories with you this year!

I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Rivier University. Before coming to St. Christopher's, I taught Kindergarten for a year. Additionally, I worked as a Special Education Para educator in Massachusetts for six years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Happy December

Dear Families, 6358486707913274031048167474_december-month-snowmen

November was another busy month in 2nd grade filled with wonderful activities! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and you enjoyed time with your families. Wow! I can’t believe there is less than 4 weeks until Christmas! This is always a very busy time of year, but we still need to remember the true meaning of Christmas. This month we will be having a lot of holiday celebrations and activities and I am sure the class is going to be very excited! December is a very important month for second graders and we will continue to learn and grow as a class Here are some topics we will cover this month:

Religion: Our class will be leading the Christmas Prayer Service on December 21st with our buddies! We have been working hard putting the service together and practicing our reading. We hope to see you all there!

We will learn more about the season of Advent. This is a time that we wait and prepare for Jesus Christ.  Additionally, we will continue to talk about Christmas, the season to give glory to God.

Reading: In reading this month we will focus on three comprehension strategies:




These skills will be practiced daily when we read in our Reading Street and when students work in small groups during the Daily 5. Fluency is another skill be will focus on. The class is learning to read with “expression’! And to “not read like a robot”! Please continue to read every night for 15min. and do not forget to record your books in your reading logs!

English: We are still working on nouns in English. Our focus this month is on plural nouns, irregular plural nouns, and possessive nouns.

Spelling/Phonics: We will focus on 3 spelling patterns this month: r-controlled vowels, plurals, and long “a” vowel patterns: a, ai, ay. Please check spelling city for our spelling words!

Math: We finished Chapter 2 in November. The class worked hard leaning about place value and counting patterns. We even solved a 100’s chart challenge riddle! In December we will move on to Chapter 3, where students will learn to read, interpret, and create graphs, collect data, and determine range, median, and mode. We will continue to work on our problem solving skills as well.

Science: We will continue our Weather unit in Science. We have talked about seasons and patterns in weather. Next up, extreme weather!


December 1-                            Hot Lunch Ordering Begins

December 1                              Christmas Shopping

December 6 -                           Picture Retakes

December 8 -                           Immaculate Conception Mass 9:15-10:15

December 8 -                           Christmas Shoeboxes Due

December 8 -                           Progress Reports go home

December 8 -                           Christmas Tree Lighting Festival – 6:00pm

December 12 -                         PreK-2 Christmas Concert 10:00-11:00am

December 15 -                         School Field Trip to "The Star" at 9:15am

December 15 -                         NO AFTER CARE – Staff Christmas Party

December 19 -                         Grade 3-6 Christmas Concert – 10:00am

December 21 -                         Red, White, and Green Christmas FREE DRESS

December 21 -                         Christmas Prayer Service 11:30am

December 21 -                         December READING LOGS DUE

December 21 -                         Early Release – 12:30 – NO AFTERCARE

Dec. 22-Jan. 2 -                       Christmas Vacation – NO SCHOOL


November News

Wow! October was a busy month in 2R!cornucopia120907

In Religion we started the month by learning about the 7 sacraments. The class is doing a great job with their Religion tests. Don’t forget to study! This month we created pumpkins for our hall bulletin board and wrote a descriptive paragraph about our pumpkins. The class is doing a wonderful job with their writing.  We did many Halloween themed activities this month. We sorted Halloween sentences into the 4 types of sentences: Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative, and Exclamatory. And used candy corn to compare numbers. We had a wonderful Halloween party! Thank you Mrs. Costa and Mr.Cyran for planning and leading a craft!  We finished our Social Studies unit on Where People Live by completing a country project! Each student was given a country they needed to research. I was very excited to read about all the different countries the class learned about!  We will now be moving onto our first unit in Science.

November is a short, but busy month! Here is what we have planned in 2nd grade.

Math: In math this month, we will be starting Chapter 2: place value. We will be identifying the values of digits in two-digit numbers, writing number words up to 100, comparing and ordering numbers up to 100, and problem solving. We will also be practicing our estimation skills. We will continue to do Minute Math – a daily timed math fact quiz. Students should be practicing their math facts daily on www.xtramath.org, they should also be practicing math skills on www.ixl.com a couple times a week.

Religion: In Religion we will be talking about how the church celebrates different seasons of the Church Year. We will also learn about Ordinary Time, when we celebrate Jesus Christ and learn to follow him.

Science: We have moved onto our first Science unit, Weather and Seasons! We are all very excited to learn about this topic! We will be spending a lot of time reading, writing, and watching video clips about weather. We will talk, how weather changes from season to season, and finally extreme weather!

Reading: In Reading, we will learn a few more comprehension strategies including cause and effect, Author’s purpose, and facts and details. Students should be practicing these strategies at home while they are reading 15 minutes a day. We will also continue building our fluency and reading rate. The class loves Daily 5 and enjoys making their Daily 5 choices throughout the week.

Spelling/Phonics: The spelling patterns we will work on this month are: r-controlled vowels and contractions. Keep practicing those spelling words on http://www.spellingcity.com/NicoleJacques/. (we have one account for 2nd grade)

English: In English we will talk about nouns; common nouns, Proper Nouns, and singular/plural nouns.


Happy October!

October400The first full month of school has really flown by! I am so impressed with how well the students have adjusted to 2nd grade. I am so proud of all they have accomplished already!

We have done so much in September and we have lots more to cover in October. Here is an overview of what we have already done as well as what 2R will be learning about in October.

Reading: In September, we spent the first few weeks learning about the Daily 5 and CAFÉ. The students practiced, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, and Word Work. The students continued to build their stamina in these areas.

In October, we will continue exploring the question.  “How can we explore new places and things?” last month we introduced the comprehension strategies Character/Setting, Main Idea, and Fact and Details. And this month we will continue to build on these strategies and apply them to our reading. Reading everyday is very important! Please make sure you are reading for 15 min everyday.

Spelling: In September, I introduced our spelling program and what the weekly spelling and dictation tests would look like. The class is off to a great start! Please remember to do one spelling activity a night and …practice …practice. Practice!

In October spelling patterns will include long vowels, consonant blends, inflected endings and consonant digraphs. We will also have a high-frequency word review week. spellingcity.com is a great tool to use for extra practice! The 2nd grade has one account for both classes. Please see the link below.  (link:https://www.spellingcity.com/NicoleJacques/)

English: In September, we worked on writing complete sentences.

In October, we will learn about subjects and predicates, as well as the different kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. We will also practice organizing and writing paragraphs. These skills can also be Practiced on IXL

Religion: In September, grades 1-6 had the wonderful opportunity to gather at Infant Jesus for a 3 school mass. During this mass we prayed for one another and showed unity and support for the 3 catholic schools in Nashua. It was truly a wonderful day. The lessons we focused on in September introduced the Holy family and some of the important catholic celebrations the honor the Holy Spirit,

In October, we will focus on the sacraments and the different ways we worship God.

Social Studies: In September, we started our first Social Studies Unit on communities. As a class we discussed the different types of communities where people live. We started to read about maps and how to use them!

In October, 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.

Math: In September, we continued our unit on Addition and Subtraction and practicing different strategies. We started taking 3-minute math quizzes to help with our math fluency. We have also be doing a math POD (problem of the day) this is a great way to challenge kids and to have the work on their problem solving skills.

In October, we will finish up our unit on addition and subtraction facts and then move on to place-value.


September 29 – NO SCHOOL


October 13 – EARLY RELEASE DAY at 12:30 – NO After Care

October 18 – Picture Day! Please wear your best uniform

October 24 – Vocation Day – Mass at 9:15am

October 25 – Paper Wednesday News

October 31 – Halloween Free Dress

Love, Mrs. Rankins

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