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. This is my thirty-eighth year of teaching, my thirtieth 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.

    Contact Mrs. Devaney-Wilkes


    We are the light of the world.

                                              Matthew 5:14


    Look what second graders are learning now . . .


    • Our study of the sacrament of Reconciliation has come to an end, but we will continue to link what we know to our next unit of study about the Mass. 
    • We are also learning about the season of Lent.
    • Please practice reciting the Act of Contrition with your child at home:
    • Act of Contrition ~ My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.


    • Basic addition and subtraction facts to 18 are being practiced daily. Our goal is to become fluent (recall quickly and accurately).
    • Students will continue to review adding and subtracting numbers within 100.
    • Our new focus is on solving problems involving money. Pleasepractice counting groups of coins with your child at home. This hands-on approach will help support the work your child is doing in the classroom.

    Language Arts

    • 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 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 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 writing in the narrative style. In grammar, we're learning about pronouns.
    • Second graders are learning cursive writing strokes and will practice all the lowercase letters of the Zaner-Bloser style alphabet followed by the capitals.


    • New to Holy Cross this year are the Next Generation Science Standards. We are exploring interdependent relationships in ecosystems. 
    • Investigating what plants need to grow is our main topic.

    Social Studies

    •  Students practice geography skills daily by reading maps and answering questions related to them.
    • We honored Martin Luther King, Jr.'s memory and humanitarian work. Check out these images of Dr. King that the second graders made. . .

    • We are studying holidays and special celebrations. February is the perfect month ~ Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday, and Presidents Day!
    • The marketplace is our current unit of study.


    • Color is currently our main focus.


    Click here to read The Second Grade Buzz.

    The second grade's newsletter is emailed to families and made available online at the end of each week.


    Faith Formation

    Children's Liturgies are amazing! Join us on Fridays at 8:30 A.M. in the church during the school year.

    Thank you, Fr. Mark, for teaching us more about our faith and helping us grow closer to God.

    The 2nd grade's next School Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 9th at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome!


    Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online

    Books orders are due March 2nd.


    Service Projects

    The second grade will be working with Pre-K this year to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with whatever they may need. We will also continue to provide service to the parish through cleaning projects in the church and artwork for the home-bound.