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.
We are the light of the world.
The second graders learned a lot this school year, but as lifelong learners they know there are always new ideas and skills to experience. Here are some ideas to keep their minds, hearts, and bodies active this summer...
Students may access electronic 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 use this year. Please take advantage of this great resource through August.
Another wonderful website that the students used this year is https://www.ixl.com/. Students' usernames and passwords can be found in their yellow School Folders that were sent home the last week of school. Language arts and math skills can be practiced at home or while on vacation! Please utilize this awesome learning tool through August.
Summer Learning Letter - Click to read about more ideas to enhance your child's learning.
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.
Remember that God never takes a vacation from us. So we should keep our faith alive during these summer months, too!
Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online
Books orders will resume in September.
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.