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 (5 yrs.) and Rowan (3 yrs.) and my first granddaughter who was born September 6th, about a month early! Luckily, she is thriving. God is good!

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

Meet Miss Wanner ~ University of Portland Student Teacher 2020-21


                                                                 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.                                                                                                                                                                                             1 Corinthians 13:7


Second Grade Back-to-School Distance Learning Information (Click here.)

Copy of Zoom Etiquette (5)

Back-to-School ~ Distance Learning Video 

Revised 2nd Grade Schedule - Feb 22


Second grade focus . . .

  • Religion: The fifth unit of study in the Alive in Christ religion series is called Morality The essential question guiding this unit is: "What do we mean when we pray, 'thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven'?" Students are learning that everyone is welcome in God's Kingdom, that the Holy Spirit helps us proclaim the Gospel in our words and actions, and that prayer is being with God in your mind and heart. Jesus taught his followers to pray the Lord's Prayer, and we continue to pray as Jesus showed us.


  • Reading: Second graders will be reading a variety of developmentally appropriate literature and informational texts from the Journeys reading series. Phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension skills are ongoing and integrated into lessons. Guided reading groups provide differentiated instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners. Students will also read electronic books on a website called Raz-Kids. This site can be accessed at home for additional practice. Login information was included on your child's special username and password page.


  • English: The 6+1 Traits of Writing integrated with the English Language Arts Common Core Standards are being used in planning, teaching, and assessing the progress of my young authors. Students will begin writing in the informational style. We are currently writing an end-of trimester informative paragraph about snow.


  • Spelling:The Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program is a resource that is used schoolwide. In second grade, there are 170 Core Words that the students should master by June. The weekly spelling lists are made up of high-frequency words that recycle through the year.


  • Handwriting: The four keys of legibility (letter size, shape, spacing and slant) are being emphasized and used for handwriting assessment.  Students are currently learning and practicing the cursive alphabet. The Zaner-Bloser style is used for instruction.


  • Math: Second graders continue to practice basic addition and subtraction facts to 20. Our current focus in Unit 3: Numbers Within 1000 is understanding place value involving three-digit numbers and adding and subtracting numbers to 1000.


  • Social Studies: Where in the world is Holy Cross? Students are exploring the location of our school and parish in relationship to our city, state, country, continent, and the world! Natural features such as landforms and bodies of water have also been included in our studies.


  • Science: Earth Materials is our current unit of study. Non-living materials such as water, rocks, and soil are being investigated.


  • Art: Second grade artists will be exploring line, shape, and color later this year.

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!

Information about the Holy Cross Parish Sacramental Preparation Program is now available! Please click on the link below to read about the plan for this school year. Many thanks to Andrea Swanson, our parish Religious Education Director, for all of her efforts to maintain a wonderful, faith-filled sacramental prep program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sacramental Preparation Letter for HCCS Second Grade Families 2020-2021

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.  Please see the names and photos of the students who followed their hearts and chose to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2020!!!


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.

Congrats to Mallory and Poppy for receiving their First Communion on June 28th at Holy Cross.

The following students have also received this Blessed Sacrament at Holy Cross Church:

Many blessings to Teagan and Caroline who received their First Communion on July 11th.

Congratulations to Diego whose First Communion was on July 18th.

So happy for Ethan Chand who received his First Communion on July 25th.

Best wishes to Abigail for receiving her First Communion on August 15th.

Special blessings to Luisa and Franny who celebrated their First Communion on August 22nd.

Many blessings to Aubree Rose who celebrated her First Communion on September 12th.

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



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.