Second Grade

pencils Welcome to the 2nd grade classroom page. Students in second grade are taught by Mrs. Stormi Surma. You can email Miss Stout at  

Second Grade Blog


Meet Mrs. Surma

Mrs. Surma attended college at the University of Indianapolis she graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Mild Interventions.

A few hobbies that Mrs. Surma enjoys include: reading, swimming, and singing. Her favorite color is orange!

Mrs. Surma’s favorite bible verse is Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Mrs. Surma’s special school memory: “A special school memory that I can recall from when I was in school was attending a field trip in the 2nd grade. My class went to the aquarium and each of us was assigned to make a poster about an exhibit and include pictures to go along with the report. I chose to make a poster about Dolphins and got to include a picture of my second grade self petting a dolphin– that is a memory that I will never forget!”


Decorah Eagles

The first and second grade classes have begun to watch the Decorah Eagles as they guard their three eggs that have been laid in the nest they have been preparing for the last month.  We have seen the mom get up and roll the eggs.  We have been watching them each day and we can’t wait until they hatch.


Click HERE to watch the Decorah Eagle Live Stream.

Witness Always — Daily Investigations

During Lutheran Schools’ Week, we will be focusing on people WITNESSed the events of Holy Week.  The things they saw and heard changed their lives forever.  After watching the Investigation video, students will watch throughout the day to see who they WITNESS demonstrating the same trait as the Investigation Witness of the Day.  Students will write or draw about that WITNESS at the end of each day.

Click to watch Daily Investigation #1 .

Click to watch Daily Investigation #2.

Click to watch Daily Investigation #3.

Click to watch Daily Investigation #4.

Click to watch Daily Investigation #5.

Songs of Encouragement


 Click  “Fear Not! For I Am With You!” to watch the song performed by the whole school.                                                                          

Click “Trading My Sorrows” to watch the song performed by the 7th and 8th graders.                                                  


On Sunday, November 17th, the lives of many were changed forever because of the devastating tornadoes that struck Illinois and Indiana.  One congregation that was affected was St. John Lutheran Church in New Minden, Illinois.  This is the home congregation of our 7th and 8th grade teacher.  Students at St. Peter Lutheran School made encouragement cards and have been praying those affected by the storms.                                                                                                                                                 

On the day before Thanksgiving, students gathered together to sing “Fear Not!” as a message of encouragement to the people of St. John.  May the words of the song also encourage anyone experiencing a storm in life to remember that God is always with you.                                                                                                                              


The song is based on the words of Isaiah 43:1-2 —— “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.  When you pass through the waters; I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”                                                                                                                                                                    


The 7th and 8th graders also shared the song “Trading My Sorrows”  which encourages all to remember that the joy of the Lord uplifts us in our times of struggles.  








First Day of School Letter

Here is the letter sent home on the first day of school with this week’s Memory Verse.


First Day of School Letter

Meet Mrs. Skibbe

Mrs. Skibbe  attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan for her undergraduate work and Purdue North Central to complete her Master’s Degree. She has been teaching at St. Peter since 1991.  She also coordinates the technology program at St. Peter. She and her husband, James, are the Junior High Youth Leaders for the congregation. She has a daughter, Kimberlyn, attends Concordia University Wisconsin. Her family has hosted four foreign exchange daughter; they have had one from China, Germany, Norway and most recently  Australia.  She enjoys gardening, reading, and bike riding. Her favorite color is blue. She said her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Mrs. Skibbe’s Special School Memory is: “Winning the spelling bee in first grade and then stopping at the store with my teacher to buy ice cream for the rest of the class.”

Field trip

The first and second graders along with many adult chaperons had a fun day at the Indiana Dunes State Park despite the cool temperatures on Friday, May 10.  Officer Torsell shared what conservation officers do and what was in his mobile office. We then hiked a trail with three major dune climbs to see Lake Michigan. We exited the trail and went down to the beach. As we walked back to the pavilion, we saw drift wood, many flat stones, and mussel shells. We ate lunch in one of the many picnic shelters before spending some time at the Nature Center. Due to time constraints we did not get to climb Mt. Baldy but did get to see this huge sand dune with no vegetation growing on top of it before heading back to school . We had a fabulous day outdoors learning about God’s beautiful creation.

Study Sheet

Click below for the Study Sheet for the Week of 5/14/13

Study Sheet

Study Sheet Week of 5-06-13

Click below to see the study sheet for this week.

Study Sheet for the Week of 5-6-2013

Wind Vanes

This week we began our science unit on weather by studying tools that scientists use to observe the weather.  Then we created our own wind vanes to determine the direction from which the wind was blowing.  We talked about how we can’t see the wind, but we can see what the wind does.  In the same way, we can’t see God, but we can see the things He does.

Wind Vanes

Wind Vanes