Ms. Candy Whelan
651-403-8027 |

I'm excited to spend another school year as part of the second grade team at Mendota!  During my career I have taught first grade, second grade, third grade and sixth grade.  I am a flexible, experienced teacher who has consistently high expectations for students and myself.  My goal for students is that they be enthusiastic, self-directed learners.  I have fun with my students, and we work hard.  Second graders love learning!

I live in Eagan with my husband.  My daughter was just married in July, and she and her husband are both pharmacists in the Twin Cities.   Our family enjoys golf outings, playing board games, team trivia contests and our annual trips to Disney World.

Mendota Elementary is an incredible community school! I am proud of my colleagues and the important work we do with children.  The easiest way to reach me is usually by e-mail. 

Scroll to "Documents" at the bottom to find copies of my weekly newsletters, copies of weekly second grade spelling lists and other important second grade information.

Feel free to email me any time with questions, comments or concerns(


Q1 Report cards will be sent home right before Thanksgiving break in the weekly folder.  A lot of progress has been made with maturity and academics! 

We are off to an excellent start with second quarter!  Basic addition and subtraction math facts are getting to be more automatic, students are getting stronger at explaining their math thinking, they are very willing writers and they have been reading a lot of books. 

Thanks for getting your child to school on time -- it really helps give our whole class a smooth start to the day.

Most second graders LOVE a little snack in the morning -- please send something neat, pretty healthy and easy to open if your child wants a snack.

Students may bring water bottles filled with water to school each day (PLEASE LABEL).

Make sure that your child is very clear about their after school plans and mode of transportation every day.  Please enter pick-up info, after school classes etc. into your child's planner and explain to them what you are writing.

Thanks for your support from home! 

You might want to try Bedtime Math:     


Encourage your child to spend some time on Raz-Kids and DreamBox.

RAZ-KIDS LOGIN LINK (after the school year begins):
Your child should go to the following link and enter cwhelan5 at the first prompt and isd197 at the second prompt:
Note: The routine for Raz-Kids is listen to the book, read the book (silently or orally), take the quiz.  Raz-Kids is meant to be done independently but it is helpful to have students read some of the books orally to an adult.  The questions can be tricky.

DREAMBOX LOGIN LINK (after the school year begins):

‚ÄčYour child should go to the following link and enter their two passwords:
Note: DreamBox is meant to be done independently to get the full effect of the program.  Students should spend about an hour per week on DreamBox (school and home combined). 

Students love learning about animals and are intrigued with learning about noteworthy people too.  Remember to include biographies and animal books in the nonfiction mix when you read to/with your child at home.  Both genres are rich in vocabulary.  Our school has purchased access to a wonderful research site called PebbleGo.  Students can read and listen to information on animals and people.

(passwords are mendota1 and isd197)

SPELLING LISTS: Weekly spelling lists may be viewed on Mendota's Second Grade Website.  If your child uses Spelling City at home, remind him/her to go to Mendota’s “Second Grade” lists at

School Day Begins at 7:45
Dismissal at 2:15

Spanish with Ms. Crider: 9:00 - 9:30
Media with Ms. Marron: 9:30-10:00
Recess/Lunch: 11:30 - 12:10

Art with Mr. Schufman: 9:00 - 10:00
Recess/Lunch: 11:30 - 12:10

Music with Ms. Koester: 9:00 - 9:30
Physical Education with Mr. Holtz: 9:30 - 10:00
Recess/Lunch: 11:30 - 12:10

Music with Koester/Pichelman: 9:00 - 9:30
Physical Education with Holtz/Alleman: 9:30 - 10:00
Recess/Lunch: 11:30 - 12:10

Music with Ms. Koester: 9:00 - 9:30
Physical Education with Mr. Holtz: 9:30 - 10:00
Recess/Lunch: 11:30 - 12:10