Welcome to
Mrs. Ridings' Second Grade

What we are learning for the month of November


Our focus is the various ways to have long vowel spelling patterns.


We are wrapping up Chapter 2 on nouns: common, proper, singular, plural, and possessive. Chapter 3 will be about verbs.


The class is beginning Unit 4 with compound words, hard/soft c/g, diagraphs, and y as a vowel.


Correct slant, size, and shape of letters will be our goal this month.


Our Chapter 3 test is at the beginning of this month on basic facts and their relationships. Moving forward, we will work with two-digit addition in Chapter 4.


Focus skills: making predictions and plot
Phonics Skills: Long vowels /i/a/o/ and the r-controlled vowel
Writing: The parts of a friendly letter and composing our own friendly letter to a classmate.

Stories we will read:
"Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike"
"The Great Ball Game"
"Click, Clack, Moo- Cows That Type" 



Besides getting ready and learning about the upcoming Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, we will be focusing on learning about the Church Year calendar and the different seasons within it.

Social Studies

We are learning about communities and then beginning our unit on the Native American culture.


We're wrapping up our pumpkin investigations to conclude our pumpkin unit.


About your teacher:

        My name is Mrs. Julie Ridings and I will be your child’s 2nd grade teacher this year. I have a dual degree from Bloomsburg University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have taught 1 year in a public school setting and 7 years teaching at another Catholic School. This is my fourth year teaching at Saint Joseph’s School and I look forward to teaching your child many new skills and concepts throughout this school year. My teaching methods are based on a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom with respect for faith, children and teachers.

Check Parent Square daily for homework assignments! 

I would like to give the parents/guardians a brief explanation of the colored smiley face that is inside the homework agenda. The color of the smiley face will correspond to my behavior chart we use in class. This is a quick way for you to chart your child's daily behavior progress.  


Behavior Chart outline with corresponding colors:

 Roaring Great Behavior!
Good note written inside agenda               
Prize Bucket Reward     
 Spotted Being Good!   
 Reward Sticker    
 Ready to Explore!    
Everyday begins here; if you end here then 
you still did a great job being prepared. 
Caught Monkeying Around!     
Warning for not making good choices.
Safari Cancelled!                          
Note written inside agenda; must be signed & returned.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: