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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 .

March News

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IMG_0418When I said February was going to be a short month I didn’t realize how short it would be!  Time is really flying by.  We hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved and restful week off from school!

Here is what 2R will be learning about this month

Math – We will be finishing up Chapter 4 and moving on to Chapter 5. In this chapter we will learn Double Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping). Your children NEED to be practicing their math facts at home. Use Xtramath.org to help with math fact speed. Please make sure you are registered under my class.


Reading - We have started Unit 4. In this unit, we are continuing to strengthen our skills and strategies.  Unit 4 reinforces comprehension strategies like inferencing, fact/opinion, compare/contrast, and theme and plot.

English – We will continue to learn about adjectives and how we can use our sense to describe a noun.

Phonics/Spelling – Our spelling words will consist of vowel patterns /oo/ and /u/, as well as dipthongs: ou, ow, oi, oy

Social Studies – We have started the chapter “Our Earth”. We will continue to learn about landforms. Big thank you to Mr. McCarty for coming in and talking to us about the Grand Canyon!

Science- We will prepare for our STEM fair.  Come visit the classroom on March 8th to see our projects!

Religion -2nd grade will be preparing the St Patrick's Day Mass on March 16th at 9:15am. We will also continue with Unit 2 about Penance and Reconciliation.


Important Dates in March:

March 8:         STEM DAY - all day

March 8:        Science Fair/STEM night – 5:30-7:00pm

March 9:        EARLY RELEASE – 12:30pm – NO AFTER CARE

March 16:         St Patrick's Day Mass - 9:15am - 2J and 2R preparing!!

March 16:         St Patrick's FREE DRESS day

March 21:        Spring Pictures – DRESS UP DAY

March 23:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

March 29:        Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15

March 30:         NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY!!!

April 2:              NO SCHOOL – EASTER MONDAY!!!


February News

febJanuary has come to an end and February is here! I cannot believe how quickly our time has flown. I guess time flies when you are having fun! January was another wonderful month in 2nd grade. I am so impressed with how hard the students are working!

February is a short but busy month in 2nd grade. Here are some of the things we will be focused on this month.

Math: In January we finished our chapter on graphing and data. This month we will work on Chapter 4: This chapter focuses on double digit addition with and without regrouping. We will complete many hands on activities to help us understand regrouping. We have begun our timed subtraction facts. Please make sure you log on to www.xtramath.org each week to practice these skills.

Reading: This month we will continue to strengthen our comprehension skills. The skills we will be working on are drawing conclusion, comparing/contrasting and sequencing. We will read many stories together in class to practice these skills. Fluency is another skill we will continue to improve. The class has done a great job in their reading groups and many have increased their words per minute!  Keep reading at home!

Spelling/Phonics: The spelling patterns this month will be long vowel patterns i, ie, igh, y and comparative endings “er” and “est”


Religion: In January we began our chapter on the 10 commandments. We learned that these are laws that help us live as God’s children. To remember the 10 Commandments we sang the 10 Commandment Boogie” and did a matching activity. This month we will learn more about these commandments and how to follow them. Catholic Schools week begins on 1/29 with a day dedicated to faith. We will have a buddy mass then spend time learning about our classroom Saint. Saint Andrew.

Social Studies - We will be learning about Landforms!


January 25 – Report Cards sent home

January 29-February 2 – Catholic School Week!

January 29 – Catholic Schools Week Buddy Mass – 9:15

January 30 -Spirit Day – No Homework Day!

January 31 – Spanish Rosary Service – 2pm

January 31– Report Cards due to school

February 1 – Beach day – bring beach towels

February 2- - PJ Buddy Day – PJ Free Dress!

February 13 - <3 Valentine’s Free Dress <3

February 14- Ash Wednesday- Mass 9:25

February 16 – Progress Reports go home

February 19 – NO SCHOOL –President’s Day

February 21 – Progress Reports due to school

February 23- Stations of the Cross 2:15

February 26-March 2 - NO SCHOOL – WINTER VACATION!

Have a Fabulous February!


January News!







Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful, restful Christmas break with your families. Now onto a new year filled with new learning experiences in 2nd grade!

Here is what we will be focusing on this month!

Math:    In Math we will continue to learn about different types of graphs. We will learn how to collect and analyze data. We will continue to review pictographs, bar graphs, line plots, and surveys. We will also continue to practice range, mode, and median. This month we have moved on to subtraction for our timed math practice! Please make sure to practice this at home! Xtra math and IXL is the best way to practice these skills.

Reading:  This month we will improve our reading comprehension by practicing some new strategies and reviewing previously thought ones.  We will review author’s purpose by looking at different texts and deciding if the author chose to write to entertain, inform, or persuade. The new strategy we will focus on is “drawing Conclusions.” We will look at various stories and make inferences.  We will also continue to work on our phonics skills by learn about the phonics patters ee ea y and o oa ow.

Religion:  This month our focus will be learning about the Bible. We will read stories from the Old and New Testament and talk about what the Bible can teach us. We will begin to discuss the laws God gave us called the Commandments. At the end of the month we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a week filled with fun and faith!

Science: We have been having a blast during our science unit on weather. We talked about the different seasons and each type of weather they bring. We spent time doing many hands on activities to learn about the water cycle! This month we will end this science unit by talking about EXTREME WEATHER!

Handwriting:  We will be starting cursive this month! The class is very excited!

Happy New Year!

Love, Mrs. Rankins

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