Welcome to
Mrs. Ridings' Second Grade

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What we are learning the month of October:

Math: We are working with the basic math facts and their relationships in Chapter 3. Later in the month we will begin Chapter 4 on two-digit addition.

Spelling: Consonant clusters and double final consonants are the focus this month.

Phonics: We will begin Unit 3 all about long vowels.

English: We are working on writing our own personal narratives and learning about nouns.

Handwriting: Proper spacing between letters and words will be our goal this month.

 Religion- We are learning about the Sacraments of
Baptism and Confirmation. We also will learn about the Church Year Calendar.

Reading - We are taking our Theme 1 test to begin this month. For Theme 2 our focus skills are making predictions and identifying the plot. We are working hard on our high frequency words and new robust vocabulary each week. Stories from our Storytown text book include: Winners Never Quit, Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike, The Great Ball Game, and Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type.

Science:  Wrapping up our unit on the pumpkin life cycle.

Social Studies: We are learning about what a community is and the different types: rural, urban and suburban

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 6 years teaching at another Catholic School. This is my third 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:

 Out of this world!
Good note written inside agenda               
Prize Bucket Reward     
 Shooting star!   
 Reward Sticker    
 Ready to Launch!    
Everyday begins here; if you end here then 
you still did a great job being prepared. 
Lost in space!     
Warning for not making good choices.
Houston, we have a problem!                          
Note written inside agenda; must be signed & returned.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns: