Welcome to 2nd Grade

    Welcome to Miss Gerding's 2nd Grade Class


    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 March 27:  

    Our Spring Party will be on Tuesday April 4 from 9:45-10:45am. Only guests that signed up at Back to School Night in advance will be allowed into the building. Here is the signup to bring in items for our spring party that our class parent made. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548adab2ca0fb6-spring#/ Thank you!


    Class Donations: We are in need of some additional sidewalk chalk for use at recess. If anyone would like to donate some, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


    If you have not yet joined our class' Remind, please sign up as soon as possible. I am hoping for 100% participation this year and it is a great way to send out quick updates to our families throughout the year. Please let me know if you would like me to send home another flyer with directions on how to sign up. Thank you!

    Homework each week will be Math Worksheet each night (Monday-Thursday) and to read for 15 minutes. Students are welcome to read on RAZ Kids (they should be logged in already on their chromebooks) or EPIC, or they may read any books at home. We will be using our planners going forward to copy down our homework assignments and important updates each day. Please send the planner back and forth to school each day, and be sure to check it each night. Thank you!

    Welcome Back to School!


    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.

    *Please try to practice remembering Bus Numbers/Slot Numbers and Student ID numbers to help with logging into the chromebooks.

    Back to School Night 

    Back to School Night

    We will be having Back to School Night on Monday, September 19th at 7:00PM in our classroom, Trailer 8. There will be an informal, voluntary, Meet the Principal opportunity at 6:45PM in the Cafeteria. As we continue to move past the pandemic, we are excited to open Back to School Nights to two guests. We do ask that you refrain from bringing students to the presentation. 


    As of now, we do not have any allergies in our classroom, but this may change throughout the year, so please keep checking back for any updates. Thank you!

    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. 

    Special Area Schedule


    Monday: Music

    Tuesday: Art

    Wednesday: Media/Library

    Thursday: Technology

    Friday: Gym (must have sneakers)

    School Supplies

    School Supplies

    *All you will need to bring on the first day of school is a backpack, assigned Chromebook, and your lunch and water bottleOther basic school supplies will be provided so please do not stress about buying anything!

    *I will be providing a Switlik Elementary School 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 and return schoolwork. Students are welcome to use a special folder of their choice as long as it is labeled with one side "Keep at Home" and the other side "Bring Back to School."

    *Students will be receiving planners as a communication tool between our class and your home.  Homework and reminders will be written there each morning.  Please sign the planner and review the homework folder on a daily basis.  

    *Students will each have his/her own set of supplies (pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc.).

    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 into school. 

    Lunch/Water Bottles/Snack

    *Students have the option to bring in a bagged lunch, or buy lunch-choice of hot or cold (please note there will NOT be universal free lunches this year). Please be sure to label student lunches/lunch boxes.

    *We are encouraging students to bring in a labeled water bottle each day. Please no glass bottles!


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    Chromebooks have been provided to each student for use at home and in school for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year. Please remember to bring your chromebook to school each day and charge it every night so it is accessible for learning experiences throughout our day.

    Please review chromebooks protocol and expectations: Review Chromebook Expectations

    Tech Help

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    The District Tech Tool Kit and Student/Parent Tutorials are available to help you with some common tech problems and document questions.

    Birthday Celebrations


    Please check back soon for more information. Thank you!

     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 



    EnVision Math 2.0

    This is our math program which helps build students' fluency and automaticity with addition and subtraction in Grade 2. Students are taught a variety of strategies to encourage problem solving and computational skills. Other topics covered include working with equal groups- to introduce concepts like multiplying and dividing, time, money, data, graphing, shapes and their attributes, and measurement.

    Here is a link to access online: https://www.pearsonrealize.com/index.html#/


    Please use this custom domain to sign in to your IXL account

    Bucket Filling

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    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

    *Hershey Kisses/Smarties

    *Small inexpensive items for a prize box (stickers, pencils, small toys, etc.)







  • Important Information

    Save the Date: 

    Easter Bunny with a Basket of Carrots Clip Art

    Spring Party: Tuesday April 4