Second Grade,
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. at Holy Cross. In my family, I'm also known as Grandma Suzy. I have two awesome grandsons, Xander (4 yrs.) and Rowan (2 yrs.) and a granddaughter due in October! This is my forty-first year of teaching, my thirty-third at Holy Cross. I can hardly believe how quickly time has passed! Most of my career has been spent teaching second grade. It's such an incredible year of academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth. I still have fond memories of being a second grader myself in Mrs. Edlund's class at The Madeleine School in Portland . My hope is that your child will feel the same way I did and still do about this special year of elementary school.

Ms. Shannon Goldrick, Ms. G., is our amazing second grade part-time instructional aide. She assists in the classroom each day until noon, and then shares her time and talents with other classrooms till dismissal. It's such a blessing working with Ms. G!

We welcome Miss Anna Wanner who will be spending her professional year student teaching in the second grade. Miss Wanner attends the University of Portland and is very excited to get to know the students and provide engaging lessons to help them grow in their faith and learning. I am equally excited to help make her experience at Holy Cross a success!

Students need a respectful, challenging, and safe 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. We hope 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 am no longer directly involved in teaching the Sunday sacramental preparation classes, 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, and there's no place I'd rather be!

Contact Ms. DeVaney-Wilkes


                                                                 Open the eyes of our hearts Lord.                                                                                                                                      (based on) Ephesians 1:18

The second graders learned a lot this school year, but as lifelong learners they know there are always new ideas and skills to explore. Here are some resources to keep their minds, hearts, and bodies active this summer...

Students may access electronic books at home by clicking on this link My teacher name on the login page is sdevaneywilkes. Please take advantage of this great resource through mid-August. Students should know their picture(s) to log onto the site. If they have forgotten, a login card is taped inside the red read reading folder that was sent home this spring.

Here is another website that the students used this year: Your child’s student username and password can be found in his/her yellow School Folder that was sent home this spring. Language arts, math, science, social studies skills can be practiced at home or while on vacation! Please utilize this awesome learning tool through mid-August.

One more website for online math learning is Students have their own learning path to help with areas of need. We have utilized this tool throughout the school year. Login information is located in your child’s green math folder.

Spelling: Please be sure that your child has mastered all 170 Core Words from the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program. The best way to practice these words is to provide real opportunities for your child to use them like writing a letter/email/text to someone, creating a story, composing a song or poem, making  sign to post about equality, or writing a family newsletter!



Handwriting: Keep practicing cursive handwriting this summer! Students have been introduced to all 26 lowercase and capital letters of the alphabet! The four keys of legibility are letter size, shape, spacing and slant. Click here to download a Handwriting_Cursive_Practice_Package.

Summer Learning Letter - Please click here to read a letter from Ms. D. about more learning opportunities.

Summer Learning Booklet PBS - Click here to access the booklet.

2nd Grade Goals - Click here for kid-friendly versions of math and language arts goals.

Children's books to help further conversations about race:



Faith Formation

Learning about and having the opportunity to fully participate in the wonderful sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist makes second grade an extra special year! This is certainly a year that no one will forget! Even though the parish programs had to adapt to the times because of the pandemic, the children were active participants and eager to deepen their faith and receive these blessed sacraments.   

First Reconciliation ~ Congratulations to Mallory, Abigail, Ethan, Teagan, Franny, Aubree Rose, Jack, Diego, Caroline, Luisa, Julian, and Poppy who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time either here at Holy Cross or at St. Wenceslaus Church in Scappoose.

First Holy Communion ~ Congratulations to Jack who received his First Communion on June 14th at St. Wenceslaus, and congrats to Mallory and Poppy for receiving their First Communions on June 28th at Holy Cross!

First Communions will be ongoing throughout the summer! Many thanks to Andrea Swanson and Fr. Mark!!!



Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online

Book orders will resume when school opens again.


Service Projects

The second grade works with the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with whatever they may need. We also provide service to the parish by making various projects, and writing notes for the homebound.

Second graders carried all the items donated during the fall Food Drive to the SVdP Food Pantry.