Second Grade

Year of Giving


Welcome to Second Grade:

This year has been dedicated as the “Year of Giving”.  What a wonderful, positive way to start a new school year. When I look back over my life, I realize that God has given me so many blessings. As I thought about what giving means to me, I realized that it is important on so many levels.  Giving can be physical such as gifts or money.  It can also be emotional such as friendship and kindness.  We can give a hug or a smile.  We can give someone the time or give them our time.  The list is endless.  When I tried to prioritize each component, I realized that each has its place and it is always changing.  Some days we give a compliment, other days we give all we have.  As children of Christ, we are called to give each day, just as He did.  The beauty of giving is that we always get something in return; the satisfaction and fulfillment that we are doing Christ’s work.  I am blessed to be a part of a community that understands and lives this mission.  In my twenty four years here at St. Patrick School, I have been given love, support and friendship.  My goal is to be able to give back what I have been given.  Each hug, each smile, each kind word has been appreciated and incorporated into my soul.  Although I am the teacher, I am also a student.  I have learned about giving without pause and feeling so wonderful when others benefit from my giving.  There is no place I would rather be, no place that can lift up one’s spirit like this school.  I invite you to immerse yourself into this giving community.  I am sure you will find that you will receive tenfold what you give.

Second grade students are full of wonder and full of energy.  This combination makes for an excellent learning environment.  This year, students can expect to become confident in double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping as well as master their math facts.  They will investigate word problems showing not only the answer but defending how they got there.  They will write clear, meaningful six sentence paragraphs with special attention paid to thoughtful expression and writing skills. Second graders work on reading to learn while still mastering learning to read.  We ask a lot of our students and they never fail to amaze us with their dedication and hard work.

Second graders are also invited to participate more fully in the Church this year.  Both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of First Eucharist are celebrated.  It is an exciting time for the students as they grow closer to Jesus during these special times.  Students will explore their personal relationships with Jesus as well as learn scripture and stories about His life.  I often learn more about Jesus’ love from the children as they believe without seeing.  They have such pure faith.

Science brings the world of dinosaurs as well as the study of matter and motion.  Projects include technology integration, research and experiments both in class and in STEM  We also love to get messy and discover new ideas.  We will also have more hands on learning opportunities.

Social studies will lead us into a world outside our own.  We learn about other cultures and traditions.  We study our ancestors and see a time that is very different from our own.  We share this through time line projects.  We also get to explore how the United States came to be our respected country.  Learning about our government will teach us more about democracy and liberty.

Second grade is an amazing adventure.  I am blessed to be a part of it each day.  Thank you for your smiles, your trust and your commitment.  I look forward to working with each of you this year.