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Grade 2 - Mrs. Rankins


I am very excited to be your child's teacher and I look forward to creating many wonderful memories with you this year!

I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Rivier University. Before coming to St. Christopher's, I taught Kindergarten for a year. Additionally, I worked as a Special Education Para educator in Massachusetts for six years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

April News

aprilshowersWe have finally marched out of winter, hopefully, and seem to be heading to warmer, spring days! March was a very busy month in 2nd grade! We started the month by preparing for our STEM fair. The class was given a challenge to build the strongest tower just using index cards and stickers. Boy! Was this a challenge! Despite the challenges, the class worked together and made some really great towers! Please see the pictures below to see what else we did on STEM day!

I would like to thank the Davidson family for arranging for Sub Zero to come in and do a science activity with the 2nd grade! The class really enjoyed learning about liquid nitrogen and even got to enjoy some AMAZING ice cream!

On St. Patrick’s Day 2nd grade lead the traditional St. Patrick’s day Mass. Everyone did a wonderful job!

We spent the month following the Iditarod. The Iditarod is a famous dog sled race that takes place in Alaska. Each student got a musher they needed to follow throughout the 1,000 mile race. We loved watching the progress of the race and were excited to learn that there was a Musher from Merrimack NH in the race this year!

Here is what we have planned for April.

Math – We will finish up our unit on Double Digit Subtraction – with and without regrouping. Our next unit will be on time and money. Please continue to use IXL and Xtra math to practice these skills.

Reading – The comprehension strategies we will be working on this month are plot and theme, fact and opinion, and cause and effect. These strategies can be practiced and discussed at home during your child’s nightly reading. Please remember to read every night!

Spelling/Phonics – Our spelling words this month will focus on vowel digraphs (oo, ue, ew, ui), suffixes (-ly, -ful, -er, -or, -ish), and prefixes (un-, re-, pre-, dis-).

English – This month we will talking about adverbs. We will also start learning about pronouns.

Religion – We will begin Unit. In this unit we will learn about Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Important Dates

April 1 – Hot Lunch Ordering Begins


April 6 – Mass 9:15am.

April 13 – Report Cards go home

April 14 – Family Dance – 6:00pm – St. Patrick Parish Gym

April 20 – Earth Day Free Dress

April 20 – Poetry  Slam – 1:45pm – Church Hall


April 30-May 4 NWEA Standardized Testing (Grades 2-6)


STEM Fun in 2nd Grade!



March News

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IMG_0418When I said February was going to be a short month I didn’t realize how short it would be!  Time is really flying by.  We hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved and restful week off from school!

Here is what 2R will be learning about this month

Math – We will be finishing up Chapter 4 and moving on to Chapter 5. In this chapter we will learn Double Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping). Your children NEED to be practicing their math facts at home. Use Xtramath.org to help with math fact speed. Please make sure you are registered under my class.


Reading - We have started Unit 4. In this unit, we are continuing to strengthen our skills and strategies.  Unit 4 reinforces comprehension strategies like inferencing, fact/opinion, compare/contrast, and theme and plot.

English – We will continue to learn about adjectives and how we can use our sense to describe a noun.

Phonics/Spelling – Our spelling words will consist of vowel patterns /oo/ and /u/, as well as dipthongs: ou, ow, oi, oy

Social Studies – We have started the chapter “Our Earth”. We will continue to learn about landforms. Big thank you to Mr. McCarty for coming in and talking to us about the Grand Canyon!

Science- We will prepare for our STEM fair.  Come visit the classroom on March 8th to see our projects!

Religion -2nd grade will be preparing the St Patrick's Day Mass on March 16th at 9:15am. We will also continue with Unit 2 about Penance and Reconciliation.


Important Dates in March:

March 8:         STEM DAY - all day

March 8:        Science Fair/STEM night – 5:30-7:00pm

March 9:        EARLY RELEASE – 12:30pm – NO AFTER CARE

March 16:         St Patrick's Day Mass - 9:15am - 2J and 2R preparing!!

March 16:         St Patrick's FREE DRESS day

March 21:        Spring Pictures – DRESS UP DAY

March 23:        Stations of the Cross – 2:15pm

March 29:        Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15

March 30:         NO SCHOOL – GOOD FRIDAY!!!

April 2:              NO SCHOOL – EASTER MONDAY!!!

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