Welcome to 2nd Grade

    Contact Information: Please email me at lgerding@jacksonsd.org should you have any questions or concerns.

    Be Kind” – Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti!"

    UPDATES WEEK OF 1/25/21

    *Please remember to fill out the Daily Health Screening on the Parent Portal every day your student is in school*


    Wednesday January 27- Group 1 and Thursday January 28- Group 2

    Synchronous Learning Schedule (GERDING)

    Please use the Gerding (Full Class) Google Classroom to access information and the meeting link. First full class meeting is at 9:05 and the rest of the day's schedule will be discussed then. Please check the daily schedule to see when your child is scheduled for a small group meeting in the afternoon. 

    Switlik's Read the Movie Challenge

    Students were sent home with their own copy of Charlotte's Web and a letter explaining the Read the Movie Challenge. The "Flat Wilbur" was sent home with students attached to their Spirit Week Schedules. Below are links to the spirit week schedule and the suggested schedule for when to read each chapter. Enjoy Reading! Spirit Week kicks off on Tuesday January 19 and that's when students can start reading too. Daily trivia questions will be posted on the Switlik homepage for students to answer! Spirit Week Schedule      Reading Schedule

    Second Grade Reading Night

    Join Miss Gerding for a virtual read aloud of a chapter in Charlotte's Web on Thursday January 28 at 6:45 pm. Wear your PJs, bring some popcorn or hot chocolate, and enjoy a reading night of fun with our class. Please use the link in our Google Classroom to join- families are welcome!

    Switlik "Soup"er Bowl Challenge

    Vote for your favorite team Monday January 25th through Friday February 5th. Help the Jackson Food Pantry by bringing in non-perishable food items such as mac & cheese, peanut butter, cookies, canned goods and soups. They are also in desparate need of soaps, sanitizers, shampoo, detergent, and other cleaning supplies. Cast your vote by placing your donation in your favorite team’s bin. Bins will be located in the gym vestibule. 

    Switlik Yearbooks

    Please click this link to find the order form if you are interested in purchasing a Switlik School Yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year. Link to Order Form All orders are due no later than April 30, 2021. 

    Important Updates: 

    Dear Switlik Families,

    Please see important information below regarding Free and Reduced Meals:

    Free and Reduced Meal Applications Should be Submitted ASAP

    Although the government has made meals free for all students for the remainder of this year, all families who believe they qualify for free or reduced meal benefits should still apply so their benefits are in place at the beginning of next school year.

    Please visit our Free and Reduced Meal Application Page ASAP to get your application in right away.

    You can apply online and find out immediately if you qualify!


    Bubbakoos Read It to Eat It Program:



    Welcome back!

    Welcome to Second Grade!! My name is Miss Gerding and I am so excited to be your teacher this year. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to know each one of my students. I am looking forward to having a great year of learning together! Please check our class page daily for updates. Please send in a note with your child if there are any changes to dismissal.  

    Let's Stay in Touch!


    Please join our class' Remind! I will be using it to provide daily updates, reminders, and announcements of important information. A paper with directions on how to join will be sent home the first week of school. It is free and easy to use! Once you join, be sure to still check our class page for additional information. Things are constantly changing so it is important we stay in communication with each other. 

    Below is information and resources on instruction and how we will communicate throughout the school year.

    Class Page: Our class page will be updated daily with any important information that is happening in our classroom and announcements that pertain to our class, school, and community. This is one form of communication that is used throughout the year. This website can also be used to access digital resources, tools and remote learning expectations.

     Google Classroom: Our google classroom is where assignments and lessons will be posted throughout the year and where students will submit their assignments. Students will get an invite to join before the first day of school through their school email.

    Google Meet: Google Meetings will be held each remote learning day. The link to access the google meet will be found in the google classroom. Please click here to review Google Meet Expectations .

    Bitmoji Virtual Classroom: Bitmoji Classroom can be used to access online websites and tools that are used in the classroom and for remote learning. Links will be posted in our Google Classroom.


    nut free

    Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Students are permitted to bring items containing peanuts or nuts during lunch, but no snacks or food are allowed in the classroom. We are asking your assistance in providing all students with a safe and comfortable learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Please let me know as soon as possible if your child has any allergies to sanitizers.

    Safety First!


    *Face coverings are required for all students and staff at all times when in school.

    *It is recommended to have at least one extra mask stored in a backpack in case one gets misplaced or dirty. 

    *Please practice wearing a mask at home to ensure it fits properly- must go over the nose. 

    *Students are not allowed to share or trade masks- please discuss this prior to the first day and talk about the importance of wearing a mask to stay safe and protect others.

    *Don't forget to fill out the Daily Screening on Genesis. Please stay home if you do not feel well!  

    School Supplies

    School Supplies

    *Updated 9/3/2020: All you will need to bring on the first day of school is a backpack, assigned Chromebook, your planner and your lunch/lunch money.

    *Other basic school supplies will be provided so please do not stress about buying anything!

    *I will be providing a green Take Home Folder for students on the first day. This folder is to come back and forth with them to school each day. Please use this folder to send in important notes or schoolwork.

    *Students will each have his/her own set of supplies (crayons, glue, scissors, etc.) and will not be sharing any items. 

    Note: Our classroom has air conditioning, but it can get pretty chilly after being in the room for some time. I recommend bringing in a sweatshirt each day to have just in case. 

    *Please label EVERYTHING coming in to school. 

    Virtual Learning

    Remote Learning Parent Survey - Jackson Roosevelt Elementary

    On the days that your child is not in school, they will be expected to log into Google Classroom for attendance and to complete on-line assignments.  Our assigned Google Meeting will begin around 2:20-3:15pm. These Google Meets are used to check in and review work at the end of the day.  They are mandatory to attend in order to get credit for attendance on remote days. The District Tech Tool Kit and Student/Parent Tutorials are available to help you with some common tech problems and document questions.


    Google Computer Clipart - Chromebook Clipart , Free Transparent ...

    Chromebooks have been provided to each student for use at home and in school for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. Please remember to bring your chromebooks to school each day and charge every night so they are accessible for in person and remote learning. Please review chromebooks protocol and expectations below:

    Review Chromebook Expectations

    If you are having technology issues please fill out this survey: Parent Tech Support Form

    Lunch/Water Bottles/Snack

    *Bagged lunch is strongly encouraged, but students do still have the option to buy. Please be sure to label student lunches/lunchboxes.

    *If purchasing a lunch, it is strongly encouraged to deposit money on your student's lunch account ahead of time, to limit the exchange of cash.

    *We are encouraging students to bring in a labeled water bottle each day. We will not have access to water fountains for safety reaons.

    *There will be no snack or food of any kind in the classroom.

    This announcement was just made by the USDA this week:

    • IMPORTANT:  Pursuant to new USDA Guidelines, Effective August 31, 2020,  ALL Jackson School District students are now eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch through December 31, 2020.  If you wish not to participate, please instruct your child(ren) not to take the meals.  This includes in-school meals as well as remote meals.
    • What does that mean for you? 
      • If you want your child to bring in their own meal to eat during their scheduled lunch you may do so.  If you would like your child to choose the hot/cold lunch option they simply have to ask for it during homeroom.  These orders will be filled by the food services staff and bagged/container lunches will be distributed to students during their lunch period.  They do not have to swipe into their account because they are free of charge.
      • ALL students will also have the option of taking home a FREE BAG OF REMOTE BREAKFAST/LUNCH MEALS.  At the end of the day, several areas will have tables set up for students as they exit the building.  The tables will have bags that contain the following day’s breakfast and lunch as well as the breakfast for their next day in school (We ask that they eat this breakfast before coming to school the next day.)  Again, these meals are FREE of charge for ALL students so they do not have to swipe their card.  If they would like, a student may take only one bag as they are escorted during dismissal by a staff member.  If they do not want this bagged series of meals, they will simply exit the building as normal without stopping by the tables.

    School Initiatives

    Books and Pencil

    Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop

    Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading: comprehension, fluency, and decoding, and strategies for writing: elaboration, development, and punctuation. The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and writing and gives students chances to practice reading/writing strategies independently and with guidance through conferences. Reading for Stamina- school initiative which encourages students to read more and more each day to build their reading stamina by recording reading steps.


    Second Grade will continue to use Fundations, a phonics and word-study program to help build phonemic awareness and provide the foundation for reading and spelling. It is a research-based, multisensory, and structured language program. It provides systematic and explicit instruction using materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

    Phonemic awareness

    Phonics/ word study

    High frequency word study

    Reading fluency


    Comprehension strategies 




    Bucket Filling

    bucket filling

    Please encourage your child to be a Bucket filler at home and at school! A bucket filler is kind, respectful, and caring! Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.

    Donations to Our Classroom

    Donations can be made anytime during the school year and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!


    Hand Sanitizer

    Clorox Wipes

    Paper Towels

    Ziploc Bags (large/small)

    Anything else you think we may need in our class!






  • Important Information

    Specials Schedule:

    1/25-1/29- Week 1 (students WILL have Google Meets this week with their specials)