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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 .

May News

may_clipartIt’s hard to believe we are entering the last full month of school and a busy month it will be!  Please make sure to check our school calendars for all our activities.

I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation vacation! On our first day back I had the students write about their break. I can’t wait to read all about their exciting adventures.

April was another busy month in 2nd grade! Some of the highlights include:

A visit from Dog sled Musher Bill Boyd and his dog!

Participating in the poetry slam

A visit from the BG chorus and jazz band.

Here's a quick look at what we will learn about in May!

Reading: We will continue our Daily 5 and Reading Street program. Our focus will be on reviewing the skills we have learned this year and building our fluency.

Math: We will begin working on Chapter 7: Time and Money. The hands on lessons can also be practiced at home! Have your child count spare change, set up a pretend store and talk about making change you can even have them help you when you go shopping! Additionally Students should be practicing these skills on IXL at home.

Science: We have started our next Science unit on fossils and dinosaurs. The class is very excited about this next unit and we have already started researching different dinosaurs. Check out our class bulletin board to see the different Dinosaurs we researched!

Handwriting: We will begin learning how to form all the lowercase  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 moved onto Pronouns.

Important Dates

May 8 Grades PreK to 2 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church (Doors open at 9:30)

May 9 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM

May 10 Ascension Thursday Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 3rd Grade preparing

May 10 Used Book and Uniform Sale Set-Up – 1:00 PM – Church Hall

May 10 Used Book and Uniform Sale  -- 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Church Hall

May 11 Used Book and Uniform Sale – All classrooms attending – 9:00-2:00

May 15 Grade 3 to 6 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church (Doors open at 9:30 )

May 16 Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

May 18 Lifetouch Spring Portraits Orders or Proof Returns Due

May 18 May Crowning – 9:15 AM – Church

May 20 Parish/School Mass – 10:00 AM – Followed by Coffee/Donut Hour

May 20 Open House for Prospective Students – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – School Lobby

May 23 Walk to School – 8:15 AM – Sargent Ave Park

May 23 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch – 8:30 – 9:30 AM – School Lobby

May 25 Field Day – 12:40 PM – Sargent Ave Park

May 25 Hot Lunch Ends

May 28 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

May 30 Paper Wednesday News

June 1 First Friday Mass – 9:15 AM – 4D preparing

June 1 BBQ – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Back Parking Lot

June 5 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

June 7 6th Grade Graduation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

June 8 PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – Check with teacher for dismissal time

June 8 6th grade Graduation – 7:00 PM – Church

June 12 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

June 14 Grades 1-5 Last Day of School – EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30 PM

June 15 Summer Fun in the Sun!


April News

aprilshowersWe have finally marched out of winter, hopefully, and seem to be heading to warmer, spring days! March was a very busy month in 2nd grade! We started the month by preparing for our STEM fair. The class was given a challenge to build the strongest tower just using index cards and stickers. Boy! Was this a challenge! Despite the challenges, the class worked together and made some really great towers! Please see the pictures below to see what else we did on STEM day!

I would like to thank the Davidson family for arranging for Sub Zero to come in and do a science activity with the 2nd grade! The class really enjoyed learning about liquid nitrogen and even got to enjoy some AMAZING ice cream!

On St. Patrick’s Day 2nd grade lead the traditional St. Patrick’s day Mass. Everyone did a wonderful job!

We spent the month following the Iditarod. The Iditarod is a famous dog sled race that takes place in Alaska. Each student got a musher they needed to follow throughout the 1,000 mile race. We loved watching the progress of the race and were excited to learn that there was a Musher from Merrimack NH in the race this year!

Here is what we have planned for April.

Math – We will finish up our unit on Double Digit Subtraction – with and without regrouping. Our next unit will be on time and money. Please continue to use IXL and Xtra math to practice these skills.

Reading – The comprehension strategies we will be working on this month are plot and theme, fact and opinion, and cause and effect. These strategies can be practiced and discussed at home during your child’s nightly reading. Please remember to read every night!

Spelling/Phonics – Our spelling words this month will focus on vowel digraphs (oo, ue, ew, ui), suffixes (-ly, -ful, -er, -or, -ish), and prefixes (un-, re-, pre-, dis-).

English – This month we will talking about adverbs. We will also start learning about pronouns.

Religion – We will begin Unit. In this unit we will learn about Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Important Dates

April 1 – Hot Lunch Ordering Begins


April 6 – Mass 9:15am.

April 13 – Report Cards go home

April 14 – Family Dance – 6:00pm – St. Patrick Parish Gym

April 20 – Earth Day Free Dress

April 20 – Poetry  Slam – 1:45pm – Church Hall


April 30-May 4 NWEA Standardized Testing (Grades 2-6)


STEM Fun in 2nd Grade!


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