Second Grade

Mrs. Barber and Ms. Duff

A warm welcome to 2nd grade!  Please be assured that your child’s safety and comfort in the classroom is our top priority each and every school day.  Our time together will be filled with learning about each other, respecting each other, and of course the curriculum!

“Be a Buddy and Not a Bully!”  We will all follow these classroom rules:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Caring

  • Be Fair

  • Be Honest

By now, you should all be familiar with the following worthwhile websites .  Please ask your teacher if you are not sure of your child’s access information.


Curriculum Updates and Goals:

  • Reading : We are implementing a balanced literacy program where our students will be working in small groups at their own instructional levels. 

  • Writing : We are utilizing a Writer’s Workshop format throughout the year.  We will cover such genres as: personal narrative, informational, persuasive, realistic fiction, poetry, and more.

  • Project Read : Each week we learn a new Phonics skill.  Phonics/Spelling has become more fun with Tic-Tac-Toe homework activities, which are due Tuesday-Friday.

  • Math : We are exploring different ways to write numbers and how to use place value to find the values of numbers. There will be Math homework most nights, due Tuesday through Friday.  Please encourage your children to complete it independently.  If they aren’t sure how to solve a problem, please remind them to try their best.

  • Science : Our little scientists are using a new program this year called Science Fusion.  It is directly aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a focus on STEAM activities.

  • Health : We are focusing on ourselves, how we relate to others, and keeping ourselves safe/healthy.

Please feel free to call us at school at 973-428-7572 or send an email (click on our names below) if you have any concerns or questions throughout the year.   


Mrs. Wendy Barber & Ms. Laura Duff


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