Mrs. Kennedy – 2nd Grade

ELA Office Hours: Gr. 2 – Wednesday 7:45 – 8:10am

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August/September 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

Mrs. Kennedy’s office hours for extra help in Language Arts:  Wednesday mornings 7:45-8:10.  Notification will be sent letting you know when office hours will begin.

  Welcome to Second Grade!  I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready for some great learning!  There are so many new and exciting things for you to learn. Our school theme for this year is “With God All Things Are Possible.”  I will be teaching Second Grade with Ms. Taylor, and I will also be your child’s Language and Science teacher.  I look forward to working with you in the upcoming months. 

Our first few weeks of school will be transitioning our students back into a school routine by going over classroom policies and procedures and continuing to practice health and safety protocols.  Keeping your children safe is a priority.  It will be important for all of us to support one another as we begin another wonderful school year together at St. Stan’s.

Below is an outline of how we will begin the year in each subject area.


Religion: This will be a very special year for second graders as we prepare our hearts for Jesus.  We will be celebrating the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist.  I am looking forward to preparing your child for these special sacraments.  Both are a time of joy and excitement as the children come closer to Jesus.


Our new Religion series is called Christ In Us.  The first unit, “What do we believe?”  consists of 5 lessons.

            Lesson 1-What do we believe?

            Lesson 2-Who is God?

            Lesson 3-Why did God make us?

            Lesson 4-Who is Jesus Christ?

            Lesson 5-What is the church?


Reading:  Unit I in Reading is titled “You Are Here:  How do different places affect us?”  In this unit students will read realistic fiction and use elements and clues to make connections to what they know about their community. They will learn to distinguish between  short and long vowel sounds, rhyming words, the CVCe long vowel pattern, consonant blends, the ch, sh,wh, th, ph consonant digraphs, the tch consonant trigraph, and the –s, -ed, and –ing inflected endings. 

This unit will help your child with the following skills:

  • Understanding setting and characters
  • Identifying main ideas
  • Making and confirming predictions
  • Explaining patterns and structures in poetry
  • Understanding plot elements

The children will be expanding their vocabulary and comprehension skills as we progress through the year. 

Our weekly spelling lists consist of 10 spelling words, 3 High-Frequency words, and 5 Vocabulary words.  Tests will be given each Friday and they will consist of the spelling words, and high-frequency words.  Students need to understand the meaning of each vocabulary word as they will be tested on these words weekly.  New word lists will be sent home every Friday.  Please log on to Spelling City to help you child study weekly spelling words by playing some fun games.  Also, this is a great resource to use if your child is absent when lists go home or if the list gets misplaced.  Weekly words will also be posted in Google Classroom.

Language:  I am looking forward to working with your children this year for Language class.  It is very exciting to see their progress from day to day and week to week throughout the course of the year!

In Unit 1, students will be improving their writing skills by learning about simple sentences, subject and predicates, compound sentences, and ending punctuation.  They will plan, draft, and publish their writing.

Science: We will begin with our unit on Science, Engineering and Technology:  Technology and the Design Process.  The children will learn the benefits of technology, the functions of machines, and the steps of the design process.

Feel free to contact me throughout the year with any questions or concerns that may arise. You may contact the school office at 592-5135 or send me an email.  My email address is

Thank you and may your child have a positive and fun-filled year in second grade!


Mrs. Kennedy 


Ms. Mary Taylor – 2nd Grade

Math Office Hours: Monday 7:45-8:10am

Ms. Taylor’s August/September Web Update 2021

Welcome back!   I’m blessed to be teaching Second Grade this year with Mrs. Kennedy.  I am excited to see all of you! I will be teaching Math and Social Studies to both classes. The theme this year is, “With God All Things are Possible.   God loves you and with His help we can do amazing things.  My office hours will be Monday mornings 7:45-8:10.

Grade 2 will begin the year with addition and subtraction. They will learn they can add numbers in any order and still get the same sum.  They will be introduced to double facts and near double facts, making 10 to add, using addition tables, and using number lines to subtract.

The theme for Unit 1 in Social Studies is, “Governing the People.”   Students will learn how citizens can be responsible in their community and how the government helps people.  We will discuss why we need leaders and how our country’s government works.  They will learn how we elect our leaders, and what the jobs of our community and state governments are. 

Our reading series begins with the theme “You are Here.”  Stories focus on how different places affect us.  Students will read examples of realistic fiction, informational text and poetry. They will learn about the setting of a story, characters and the main idea of a story.  They will review long and short vowels sounds.  Spelling tests and Checkup Tests will be given weekly on the skills learned in class.

The new Religion series is called “Christ in Us.” Unit 1 teaches about how we can share Jesus’ message of God’s love.  Students will learn that the Blessed Trinity is one God in Three Persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  They will understand Jesus’ Resurrection makes possible eternal life with God.


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