September 2017

It is with great pleasure that I welcome your child to Grade 2 at St. James Catholic School. 
My name is Mrs. Maria Knowles and I am delighted to be your child’s teacher this year. I hope your family had a good summer!

This website will provide you with some important information regarding our grade 2 class and the St. James community. Please feel free to explore! Information will be updated as the year progresses. 

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Important information to help facilitate your child’s transition into Grade 2: 


Open communication between home and school is essential in the education of your child.  Your child’s agenda will help to facilitate this communication.  It will contain information regarding homework, special projects/assignments, due dates, milk/lunch orders, permission forms, reminders of special events and other important notes.  Parents are also encouraged to use the agenda to communicate with their child’s teacher.  The agenda MUST be signed daily by the parent/guardian.  I will look at and initial the agenda each day.

Lunches and Snacks

All lunches and snacks must be NUT-FREE due to life-threatening allergies. Your child’s lunch should include one snack for the morning and one snack for the afternoon, in addition to his/her “lunch” part. 

As part of the Physical Education and Health Curriculum, children are required to make healthy food choices.  Children are encouraged to eat their healthiest snack for the morning snack.  Healthy snacks include food such as fruit, yogurt, cheese and vegetables.  

It is our goal to reduce the amount of garbage we are sending to the landfill.  All students will be encouraged to bring their lunches/snacks in recyclable containers. Students will be asked to take any garbage that cannot be recycled or composted  home with them in their lunch kit.  


St. James Catholic School provides students with the supplies they need to do their daily work. However, if your child would like to bring their own supplies to school in a pencil case (e.g., glue stick, scissors, sharpener, crayons, pencil crayons or markers) they are most welcome.  Your child will need a pair of (non-marking sole) indoor running shoes to keep at school for the entire year.  All items brought to school, including shoes and jackets, should be labeled with your child’s name. There are a lot of sniffles and colds throughout the year, so if you could send a box of Kleenex with your child for everyone’s use, it would be greatly appreciated by all.  We also go through a lot of Ziploc bags in the classroom to send items back and forth with your child.  It would be helpful if you could spare a box of large Ziploc bags.  Your child will also benefit from a pair of headphones to be used during chrome book and ipad time.  They can be purchased at a dollar store for a reasonable price. 

Physical Education and Indoor Shoes

Please make sure that your child has running shoes for gym.  Children should not be wearing sandals, platforms, or any shoe that has a dark sole.  Only non-marking soles are permitted in the gym. 

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I look forward to working in partnership with you and your child throughout this school year! It is going to be a GREAT year! 

Your Partner in Learning,

Mrs. Knowles