Grade 2 News

Thursday, September 10

Upcoming Events:

September 21: Peace Day (wear white!)

September 25: International Day

Welcome to Grade 2

We hope everyone is having a great year so far! Thank you for coming to school on time each morning!

Primary Back to School Parent Evening

Thank you for a wonderful Parent Evening! If you were unable to attend or would like to see the Grade 2 presentation again, click on the link below. The password is: bmsg2

Meet the Grade 2 teachers!

Classroom Teachers

Rachel Bandelin


Room 2.10

My name is Rachel Bandelin and welcome to 2a! I am originally from the US and received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After a few years of teaching in the US, I moved overseas and have taught in China, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Hannover Germany and the Northern Mariana island of Saipan. This is my second year at BMS. I look forward to working with this enthusiastic group of learners and teaching and learning with them this year!

Michelle Cormier


Room 2.09

My name is Michelle Cormier and I am very honored and excited to be the 2b teacher! I grew up in Ontario, Canada but have moved around a lot ever since. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent 7 years in Vancouver, B.C. as a counselor at various community centers and nonprofit organizations. Although I loved counseling, I really felt compelled to go back to school to become a teacher. As a teacher, I worked in Taiwan for 3 years at an International school in a Kindergarten class which focused on Reggio Emilio methods. Afterwards, I worked for 2 years as a first grade teacher at an International school in Istanbul. This is my eighth year here in Berlin at this school. Throughout my time at B.M.S., I have taught both first and second grade as well as overseeing our math curriculum and program. I believe that my students’ success is a product of teamwork and collaboration between students, teachers, schools and families thus my classroom door is always “open”. I encourage you to visit, volunteer and share in our classroom learning experiences. This can take place in a variety of ways from accompanying us on field-trips to coming into the classroom to read with students or to share your talents and experiences with us.

Ben Rollman


Room 2.07

I moved to Berlin from New York 4 years ago with my wife and our daughter Adele, who you may see downstairs in the BMS preschool. My family has grown here in Germany and our son, Ellis, was born in Berlin in 2013. Over the past 13 years I've taught Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 in New York, Tokyo, California, and here in Berlin as well. In addition to being a Grade 2 classroom teacher I'm also a soccer coach for the Secondary School. I'm very excited about getting started here at BMS and I look forward to a great year together!

Jessica Zeitler


Room 2.04

Dear Parents,

Welcome to 2d and a wonderful new school year! I grew up near Nürnberg (Bavaria) and I am American and German. This is my 6th year teaching at BMS. I've enjoyed the opportunity of having been able to work with children in grades 1 through 4. Before that, I taught at the International School of Augsburg, after earning my teaching degree in Virginia (USA). I am excited to be your child's teacher this year and hope to make it a special one. I'm looking forward to a new learning adventure with your child and working together with you!

Meet the Grade 2 German Teachers!

Frau Christof

Dear Parents,

I am the German teacher in 2c. I was born in Oberkirch which is located in the middle of the beautiful Black Forest. I came to Berlin in 2005. I studied fine arts at the University of Arts and Humboldt University in Berlin and finished with the Master of Education and the Meisterschülerabschluss. This is going to be my 2nd year at BMS and I will be teaching German and Art in 1st grade and German in 2nd grade. I am looking forward to an inspiring year.


Miriam Christof

Frau Ginzel

Dear Parents,

I cordially welcome you to a new school year at BMS! This year I am the German teacher in three different classes. These are 2d, 5a, and 5d.

After finishing my 1st Staatsexamen in Bayreuth with a degree in Primary School Education I moved further south (close to Nuremberg) where I worked as a homeroom teacher and finished my 2nd Staatsexamen. Before I started teaching at BMS four years ago I also worked as a single subject teacher at public schools in and around Munich and lived in Australia for seven months. I am looking forward to working with 2d this term and support your child in his/her learning!


Martina Ginzel

Frau Woodall

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you and your child to our wonderful classrooms! I am the German teacher in 2a and 2b. This will be my second year at BMS and my seventh year of teaching in the primary grades. I enjoy teaching and find it very rewarding to see the growth in every student throughout the whole school year. I am excited about this upcoming school year and all that we will experience and learn together in German class.

I look forward to a fantastic school year!


Caterina Woodall

Meet the CCEP Educators!

Meet the Specialist Teachers!


Classroom homework will begin Monday, September 14.

German homework will begin Thursday, September 10.

Unit of Inquiry

Our first unit is Role Models!

Central Idea: Choices of role models reflect the beliefs and values of individuals and societies

Lines of Inquiry:

  • What determines our beliefs and values
  • How and why role models are chosen
  • Influence of role models on our choices and actions

Please contact your classroom teacher if you would like to be a parent role model and present your profession to the class!

Language concepts:

· Review writing conventions (full stop, spacing, letter formation, capitalization)

· Review parts of speech (nouns, verbs and adjectives)

Spelling Investigations:

  • review sounds and blends
  • short and long vowel sounds

Mathematics concepts during this unit:

· Determine, through investigation, the relationship between days and weeks and between months and years.

· Pose and answer questions to demonstrate understanding about class generated data in concrete graphs, pictographs, simple bar graphs, and tally charts (e.g., Which is the least favourite season?)

Number Skills this semester (outside of the unit):

  • Place value to 1,000
  • Add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers
  • Skip counting by 2, 5, 10 and 100 (forward and backward)
  • Begin to interpret word problems


For those of you interested in hands on math activities to support your child's learning. Please follow our math coordinator on Pinterest at:

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