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 one amazing granddaughter (9 mos.). God is good!

This is my forty-second year of teaching, my thirty-fourth 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 Northeast Portland . My hope is that your child will feel the same way I did, and still do, about this special year of elementary school.

Students need a safe, respectful, and faith-filled 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 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 teaching lessons about these Sacraments 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


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

Second graders have learned a lot this school year! Let's keep their minds active this summer . . .

Websites to access for summer learning:

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. Students should know their login picture(s) for this site.

Epic! books is a wonderful website filled with electronic books and videos. Information about how to access this resource during the summer months was included with your child's report card. Language arts and math skills can be practiced at home or while on vacation! Please utilize this awesome learning tool through mid-August.

Another website for online math learning is Students have their own learning paths based on the periodic diagnostic assessments that students completed this school year.

Other summer learning resources:

Spelling: Please be sure that your child has mastered all  from the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program. The best way to practice these words is to provide real life experiences for your child to use them like through writing a letter/email/text to someone, creating a story, keeping a journal/diary, composing a song or poem, making signs, helping to write a shopping list, sending a post card to someone while on vacation, or writing a family newsletter. The possibilities are endless!

Summer Learning Letter

Summer_Learning_Booklet PBS


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!

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to Evie who received her First Holy Communion on April 24th at St. Wenceslaus Church.

Congrats to Wesley, Luke, and CeCe who received their First Holy Communion on June 5th at Holy Cross Church.


Many thanks to Fr. Mark and Andrea Swanson!


Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online

Book orders will resume in September.


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 to the homebound.