Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Summer 2022

A Message from Your 2nd Grade Teachers!

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to meet our new Second Graders! We have so many wonderful activities planned for the school year!

Summer is a perfect time for children to practice their reading skills. In fact, recreational reading is one of the best ways for children to maintain and enhance their reading skills over the summer months. We are asking your child to independently read, or paired reading, or even be read aloud to ONE of the following books during the summer: (Both authors will be explored in more depth during the school year.)

  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue, by Kate DiCamillo
  • Roscoe Riley Rules - Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs, by Katherine Applegate

To correspond with your child’s reading, we have attached a writing assignment packet for each book below in this newsletter. We ask that your child return this assignment to his/her teacher the first week of school. If your child will be completing the Roscoe Riley Rules packet, we ask that he/she complete the entire book study packet (chapters 1 to 13), but only complete one of the following activities: “My Super Glue Invention”, “My Own Head Bobbles!”, or “My Secret Handshake!”. If your child is interested in reading both books, we certainly welcome his/her love of reading, but please know that only one writing assignment is required.

Additionally, each student has received the 1st-2nd Grade Summer Skills Math Sharpener workbook. It contains an excellent reinforcement of 1st grade skills, as well as hands-on math manipulatives for extra practice and an answer key in the back of the book for parents. Please have your child work on a few pages each week to keep their skills fresh, and bring their completed book with them on Book Day.

We hope you have a safe and relaxing summer, and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Hynes and Miss Roy

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Click on the summer reading assignment below that matches the book of your choice!


Each year, Mrs. Phiambolis, our Librarian, creates an *optional* reading challenge for students. This is separate from the grade level summer reading assignments and a great way to keep children reading. Recommendations are below. Have fun!

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Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary has bundled tuition which includes field trips, school pictures, yearbook, and most student school supplies. In addition, copy books, folders, rulers, and student planners will be distributed to students. Below is a list of supplemental supplies your child will need for 2nd Grade:

  • Colored Pencils - Crayola - 24 Ct
  • Crayons - Crayola - Twistables - Minis - 24 Ct
  • Dry Erase Markers - Expo - 4 Color Set - Fine
  • Eraser - Magic Rub - White - 1 Pk
  • Highlighter - Pen Style - Chisel - 3 pack, Yellow, Blue and Pink
  • No. 2 Pencils - Sharpened - 12 Pk
  • Pencil Sharpener - Canister - 2 Hole
  • Package of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes
  • Clear contact paper for covering books
  • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones with 3.5mm (not bluetooth or Apple lightning)
  • 1 reusable water bottle
  • Individual or pocket-sized hand sanitizer
  • Individual tissue packets

Please put all stationery supplies in a labeled gallon zip-lock bag with your child’s name on each item. We will store the extra supplies in the classroom and dispense when needed. Additionally, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy is an environmentally friendly school. Please be sure lunches are packed in reusable lunch bags with two cloth napkins for use. Snacks may be in their original packaging or in reusable containers/bags. We appreciate your attention to this as we all work together to care for the Earth.

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