Welcome to a new school year! I look forward to an exciting year of learning ahead.
This letter contains lots of important information for the school year. I realize it is long, but I hope it will answer many of your questions. Please keep this as a reference throughout the year.
8:25 School Starts
10:05 – 10:20 Recess/Snack Break
11:30 – 12:10 Lunch
Monday and Tuesday: Early Dismissal – 2:00
Wed., Thurs., Fri., Regular Dismissal – 3:00
Tusdays: Fine Arts (10:20-11:05)Wednesdays: P.E. (10:45-11:30)Thursdays:Library (10:30-11:00)
Second Grade Curriculum
The curriculum is based on the state and district standards in all areas. Second grade teachers meet each week to discuss and plan units of study. As much as possible our lessons focus around themes, which integrate the subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, P.E. and Fine Arts.
We will be incorporating the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series into our teaching of reading that includes comprehension strategies (schema, inferring, connections, questioning, determining importance, mental imagery, and synthesizing), phonics, and sight words. Each student will receive instruction at his or her own reading level through the use of small groups and individualized guided reading.
- Writing: the mechanics of grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
- Writer’s Workshop: sentences, paragraphs, stories, poems and letters
- Board Work: morning board work that reinforces concepts both mastered and unfamiliar
- Spelling: weekly spelling tests given on Friday
- Penmanship, speaking and listening skills
We will be using the enVision math series along with technology in our classroom to enhance student learning. Second Grade math skills include:
Numbers to 1000 Place Value – hundreds, tens and ones
Time – to the quarter hour and elapsed time Money Measurement, estimation
Problem Solving Graphs
We will be incorporating the Scott Foresman Time and Place Series into our studies that will include themes such as map skills, historical heroes,
We will be incorporating the new Next Generation Science Standards.
Students will also have P.E., Fine Arts, Computers and Library (see schedule above).
The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts and skills taught in class, to provide an opportunity for extra practice and to teach responsibility and organizational skills. Please provide your child with:
- A set study area to complete work
- Homework supplies
- A set time to do work
- A place to put all completed assignments
Regular reading is essential for all children if they are to become successful readers.
This includes independent reading as well as being read to by parents and siblings. One hundred minutes each week is the minimum students should be reading. One of the most important things you can do for your child is read to them and/or have them read every night of the week.
Students will begin receiving homework next week. Homework will come home each Friday in the red homework folder. This folder will contain an outline of the work that needs to be completed that week. Homework folders are to be returned with completed homework each Friday.
Help them with the directions, help them complete the work to the best of their ability, and help them place it in the red folder and in their backpack so it can be returned on time. This is the year to help your child develop good study habits. Their success depends on your support.
In addition to reading, spelling, and math, we will occasionally send home other assignments as needed. Sometimes these are family projects, and may include penmanship or an extension of what we have done in class.
We do not assign additional or extra homework. We encourage you to choose extracurricular activities to challenge your child.
We will be visiting the Library on Thursdays. Students will be checking out books which can be kept in their cubby or can be taken home. Please keep these books in a safe place at home and be sure your children return their book so they can check out a new one. There is a fine for lost books.
During the school year there will be four class parties. They are the Halloween party in October, the Winter Holiday party in December, the Valentine’s Day party in February, and the Year End party in June.
Please provide your student with a healthy snack for recess.
Our Classroom Rules
1. Follow directions quickly2. Raise your hand for permission to speak3. Raise your hand for permission to leave you seat.4. Make smart choices5. Keep your dear teacher happy
· Positive reinforcement
· Rewards and consequences at an individual, group and whole class level
· Set consistent and fair expectations
Classroom Discipline Plan
The goal of the plan is to help children learn self-discipline, responsibility, problem-solving skills, and cooperation. When a child has difficulty following classroom agreements, I will work with the child to:
· Determine why the problem is occurring.
· Identify alternatives and strategies to prevent the behavior from
· Identify an appropriate consequence for the behavior.
Natural and Logical Consequences
We do not have predetermined consequences for problem behavior. We will be using
the following criteria for determining consequences for specific behaviors:
· Related - The consequence is related to the problem behavior.
· Respectful - The consequence does not humiliate or embarrass the child.
· Reasonable - The consequence is reasonable in relationship to the behavior.
We will make every effort to contact you when a behavior is persistent or serious. Working together is the key to success.
Goals for the Year
o School should be a positive experience
o Students become independent learners
o Build your child’s self esteem and confidence
o Critical thinkers
o Develop social, academic, and study skills
If your child would like to share a birthday treat with the class please let me know ahead of time so that we can plan together for your child’s birthday. If you would like to have your child pass out invitations to their party at school please make sure that everyone in the class is invited. If you are only able to invite a few students, please send them by mail or have your child pass them out after school – I would like to avoid having hurt feelings.
Many parents have asked what they can do to support their child’s education. Daily attendance is paramount to your child’s success. Classroom experiences cannot be replicated in independent study. Children need to be in contact with the curriculum and with their peers and teachers.
I am looking forward to an exciting year with your children. They have already proven to be a bright, caring and wonderful class in the short time that I have known them. I also look forward to staying in contact with all of you during the school year. Our partnership will ensure that your child has a successful second grade year!
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. We unfortunately have periodic trouble with email and voice-mail. If you have not heard back from me in 24 hours please send a note with your child or stop by after school. It is my goal to respond quickly to your questions/concerns and if I haven’t there is a good chance that we may be having technical difficulties at school!