Second Grade,
Ms. DeVaney-Wilkes, (Ms. D.)

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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 (6 yrs.) and Rowan (4 yrs.) and one amazing granddaughter (1 yr.). God is good!

This is my forty-second year of teaching, my thirty-fifth 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.

We all know that it takes many hands to make the work light! I am thrilled to have Mrs. Jen Washburn join the second grade learning community as our part time instructional aide.  Mrs. Washburn and I worked together several yeas ago, and I can hardly believe that I'll have this wonderful opportunity again.  What a blessing for all of us at Holy Cross!

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


Important Date:

First Day of the 2022-2023 School Year ~ Tuesday, September 6



                                                         May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing as you trust in him.                                                                                                                                                                                             Romans 15:13

Keep the learning going 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. Passwords were sent home in students' yellow School Folders.

Epic! Books is a wonderful website filled with electronic books and videos. Click here for login information to use this resource this summer during school hours (8:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.) information about how to access this resource during the summer. Click here for information about a subscription for unlimited use.

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 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. There are so many possibilities for practice. Try to keep it meaningful and fun! 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.

Students used XtraMath in class to practice math facts. Here is the link:



The Second Grade Buzz Newsletter~ Here is the last newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year. New weekly editions begin in September!


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


Book orders are optional each month.

Use this link to place your Scholastic Book Order online.

Book orders have come to an end for this school year.


2021-2022 ~ Sacramental Preparation Information for Families ~ Click here. 

If you have any questions, please email Andrea Swanson at Thank you!

Andrea Swanson

Director of Religious Education

Holy Cross Parish, North Portland

(503) 206-8069


Faith Formation

Learning about and having the opportunity to fully participate in the wonderful sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist make second grade an extra special year!

First Holy Communion Photo Gallery for 2022

Congratulations to MaryAnne and Johnnie who received their First Holy Communion on April 24th at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Blessings to Clara who received her First Holy Communion on May 1st at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

Felicidades to Mateo who received his First Holy Communion on May 14 at Holy Cross Church

Hooray for Harper, Dominic, Carson, Petrona, Siobhan, Jack, and Josie S. who received their First Holy Communion on May 21 at Holy Cross.





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.