Welcome to Second Grade!

Second Grade is a fun year, where much emphasis is put on gaining the skills necessary to be a life long learner, responsible citizen, effective communicator and faith filled individual.  We will focus on kindness and helping others, not just in our classroom, but in the school and larger community.  

We will be learning about the seven Sacraments in Religion, and students will be supported through the St. Clare Parish to celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Although we will cover many topics in math, we will spend a lot of time learning and memorizing addition and subtration facts, as well as working with place value and addition and subraction with three or more digits.  We will continue to improve our reading and writing skills, through in class work and pen pals.  We will gain knowledge about our church and local community, as well about different areas of the world.  We will work on scientific processes and carry out investigations.  We will incorporate technology into our studies when possible, such as through typewriting skills and basic coding.  

We will go on a few fieldtrips throughout the year, as they pertain to what we are learning, such as a play based on books we read, Pittock Mansion to learn about Portland's history, and Tryon Creek to learn about watersheds and how we can help the environment.

Another important focus of our year is service projects.  We will be doing a project for Meals on Wheels, partner with Easter Seals on a variety of projects, and send cards to the homebound parishners of St. Clare Church.

Second grade will be a busy and informative year!


This is my first year at St. Clare School, and I am excited for what is to come!  I have been a part of the St. Clare Parish for many years, and I am happy to now be a part of such an amazing and friendly school community.  This last school year I was an instructional assistant in a kindergarten classroom, and before that, I worked in social services for ten years, assisting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  My goal is for every child to love learning, and I will work hard to assist each student, and their family, to meet the learning needs of each individual.

Please contact me with any questions.

Mrs. Jessica Montgomery jmontgomery@stclarepdx.org

The Second Grade Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Lynnette Howes.  This is Mrs. Howes sixth year at St. Clare's; she worked in BASC for three years, and this is her third year as a teaching assistant. Mrs. Howes enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, camping, and reading.  Mrs. Howes is excited to be in Second Grade this year!