Ms. DeVaney-Wilkes, (Ms. D.)
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
My name is Suzanne DeVaney-Wilkes, but I'm better known as Ms. D. This is my thirty-ninth year of teaching, my thirty-first at Holy Cross. Time flies when you're having fun! Most of these years have been spent teaching second grade. It's such an incredible year of growth for the children academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. I still have fond memories of being a second grader myself. My hope is that your child will feel the same way I do about this special year of elementary school.
Students need a respectful, challenging classroom environment where they can feel comfortable and confident in their learning. Effective classroom management directly enhances the learning environment. Students who consistently demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that reflect the Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) become Busy Bee Self-Managers. The children really take these expectations to heart and do their best to become Busy Bees!
Second graders who have been baptized have the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist during the school year. Please contact Andrea Swanson, the parish Director of Religious Education, if you are interested in having your child participate in the parish program. This is an important mission of the parish to deepen the children's knowledge of Catholicism and put their faith into action. The children come with open minds and hearts in order to more fully participate in the Church, the Body of Christ. Even though I won't be teaching the weekend classess this year, I will offer support by planning with Mrs. Swanson and presenting faith-based lessons in the classroom.
It's wonderful to be part of the Holy Cross community. It feels like a home away from home.
Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure.
Look what second graders are learning now . . .
- The essential question for the second unit of study called Trinity is ..."How does the Sign of the Cross remind us of the Trinity?"
- The 2nd grade hosted the School Mass on November 9th. We celebrated the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
- Basic addition and subtraction facts within 20 are being practiced. Our goal is to become fluent (recall quickly and accurately) with these facts.
- Fact Families, solving one and two-step word problems, identifying odd and even numbers, and working with arrays are the focus of our first unit.
- Students are reading a variety of texts from different genres this year. The biggest shift in second grade is reading to learn, instead of learning to read. That being said, I understand that each learner is unique. Small guided groups enable the teacher to provide the targeted instruction that students need in order to be successful. The Journey's reading series and many other resources are utilized to help meet the needs of all the students. Electronic books are also utilized during reading time. Students may access these books at home by clicking on this link https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login. My teacher name on the login page is sdevaneywilkes. The school has purchased a license for classroom and home use for the year. Please take advantage of this great resource! The new second graders for 2018-19 will be added to the roster by the end of the first week of school. Thanks for your patience.
- The 6+1 Traits of Writing model is used school-wide to teach and assess student writing. Second graders are currently utilizing the writing process of focusing their ideas, writing a rough draft, revising, editing, and publishing. Students are working on personal narratives based on writing prompts. In grammar, we're learning about sentences.
- Second graders review the basic manuscript alphabet, otherwise known as printing, for the few few months of school. After that, we'll begin to study cursive handwriting! This is a very big deal because second graders feel very grown up when they learn to write like older people. We use the Zaner-Bloser handwriting style for both manuscript and cursive.
- We are investigating what our world is made of - matter! Solids and their properties are the main focus.
- Students practice geography skills daily by reading maps and answering questions related to them.
- We are learning about rules and our Schoolwide Learning Expectations.
- Holidays and history are also a focus of study in the first trimester.
- Seasonal projects and the exploration of line, shape, and color are the basis of our art lessons right now.
Click here to read The Second Grade Buzz.
Learning about and having the opportunity to fully participate in the wonderful sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist makes second grade an extra special year!
Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online
The next book order is due by December 7th.
The second grade works with the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with whatever they may need. We also provide service to the parish through cleaning/decorating projects in the church and notes/artwork for the home-bound.