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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 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


September News

Happy September!

Wow! Our first few days of school have been fabulous and the class is quickly adjusting to being back in the school routine. I am adjusting to 2nd grade as well :)

Below is the Special schedule.

Monday – PE- don’t forget your gym uniform!

Tuesday – Computer/Library

Wednesday – Music and Spanish

Thursday - Art

Becoming more responsible

One of our goals in second is to become responsible citizens. There are many ways we learn to do this. One way is to keep track of their own homework. Second graders are now responsible for keeping a Student Planner. They are in charge of writing their homework in it each day. They need to bring their Student Planner and HOME folder home with them each afternoon and then bring it back the very next day. Friday folders will be sent home on Fridays. Please sign and return on Monday.


We will start our math curriculum with a basic review od 1st grade skills, then quickly move on to new skills. Students are expected to use IXL and Xtramath at home often. There will be timed tests each week on basic math facts. Xtramath is a great resource to improve on speed and automaticity. A letter went home with an access code for Xtramath. Even if your child used Xtramath last year, please log in with the access code highlighted on your letter, this will link your child's account to my class account so I can see how he/she is doing.

Language Arts

The month of September will be spent setting the daily routines and expectations in our classroom. Students are learning the Daily 5 routines and quickly building their stamina in both reading and writing. We are currently working on "Read to Self" and "Work on Writing." Our next Daily 5 choice will be "Read to Someone," We will also begin working on word work. I am very impressed with everyone’s writing and I enjoyed reading about their “super summer”

Our FIRST spelling test of the year will be Friday, September 15th. This spelling test is a sight word review. Spelling lists go home every week with a list of activities that need to be completed everyday.


We started our first chapter in religion which is focusing on of the life of Jesus. Students will contune to learn about all the wonderful things Jesus has done for us!

If you ever have any questions please e mail me!

Looking forward to an amazing year!


Welcome to 2R!

Hooray for Second Grade!

Welcome back!

I am very excited to meet everyone at Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 28th from 9:00- 11:00.

Don't forget to bring your school supplies.

I am very excited to hear all about the fun you had this summer. I am looking forward to an amazing year!

Love, Mrs. Rankins