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Important Information 

WELCOME

Welcome to 2nd grade! Second grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated. During second grade, your child will enhance their reading and writing skills, gain a deeper understanding of important math skills, and explore the world during science and social studies times. I hope to make your child’s learning experience a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child’s years of schooling.

So much happens in Second Grade! Because of this, the year will be full of important transitions. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in second grade.

Here are some ways you can help:

• Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem.

• Read to and with your child every day, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.

I am looking forward to working with your child this year and helping them to achieve their full potential!

 

BINDERS/AGENDA BOOKS

Every day your child will take home his/her binder. Inside this binder you will find your child’s agenda book. I will encourage students to keep any and all important papers and homework in their binders. Located inside the agenda book you will find a parent/teacher communication log that requires a parent signature nightly. Behavior and SM scores will be documented daily on the communication log. Please try to check this every day. All homework assignments will be logged in the agenda book. Please take the time to go over the homework assignments with your child. The binder and agenda book needs to be returned daily. This is a wonderful way to communicate with me! For instance, if your child is doing something different from their normal schedule (going home with a friend, being picked up by another family member, or riding a different bus) please send me a note to let me know the change of plans. If I do not receive a note then your child will be required to do their normal afternoon routine.

** The first binder will be provided by the teacher. If the binder is lost or damaged it will be the parent’s responsibility to purchase another 1 inch binder for their child.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework will require some parental involvement at this level. Your cooperation is essential in developing a positive homework habit. First and foremost, you can encourage your child by showing interest and demonstrating helpful attitudes toward homework.

Homework will be given on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday every week. All homework is due the next day.

Homework (day and content)

Monday – Language Arts

Tuesday - Math

Wednesday - Writing

Thursday - Math

Friday – No Homework (Spelling Test will be given)

Some additional suggestions for homework:

• Provide a noise-free, well-lit place to work

• Establish a regular “homework time” in the home and have a special place free from excessive noise.

• Help your child organize adequate time to compete activities neatly and carefully.

• Encourage your child to ask for help when he/she doesn’t understand something or is frustrated. Teachers, like parents, can help only if they know there is a need.

• Decide if it becomes too frustrating of a task to stop and take a break. Any work done under pressure or frustration is not a positive or healthy learning experience.

 

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is important in second grade. What we do in class involves active participation, it is very important that your child attends each day. However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur. Whenever possible, your child’s schoolwork will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school.

** The tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Any student coming in after this time must be signed in at the front office.

** If you transport your child to school and plan on him/her eating breakfast at HES, your child needs to be at school by 7:35 a.m.

**Please review the STUDENT HANDBOOK for attendance procedures.

 

BIRTHDAYS

We love to celebrate birthdays! Please let me know in advance if you plan on bringing in a treat for your child to share with the class. The ideal time for the party would be at the end of the day (1:40-2:00). However, in order to not hurt any child’s feelings in our classroom, please do not distribute party invitations unless every child in our classroom is invited to the party. This ensures that children in our class will not be placed in an uncomfortable situation or get their feelings hurt.

 

CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION

If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you must send a written note. Do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If I do not receive a note, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

 

DISCIPLINE

Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learns to develop self-discipline and good work habits, resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For this reason, the discipline plan I have chosen has several components.

-First, the children will learn the purpose of classroom rules and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing, and becoming friends. Our classroom rules will protect each student’s right to safety and respect, as well as, outlining the responsibilities that each child has in maintaining class order.

Classroom Rules

1.    Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

2.   Always raise your hand and ask permission to do something.

3.   Treat others with kindness and respect.

4.   Follow directions.

-The second facet of the discipline plan will include the logical consequences that will occur when class rules are broken. I will have students “move sticks” for any behavior issues. The first offense will be a verbal warning. The second offense will require student to move their stick to the green pouch. Third offense is referred to as the yellow pouch and the fourth offense if the red pouch. Examples of logical consequences include:

1st Time – Verbal Warning

2nd Time – Lose ½ of their recess (GREEN)

3rd Time – Lose all of their recess (YELLOW)

4th Time – Office Referral (RED)

Finally, your child will be rewarded for good behavior and successes! Possible rewards will be:

-      Free time (computer or extra recess)

-      Positive note home to parents

-      Stickers

-      Candy

-      Small toys

-      Positive Feedback

-      Tickets (for the treasure box)

 

BEARCAT FOLDERS

Bearcat folders will be sent home on Thursdays. The folder will contain important notices of upcoming events, newsletters, ect. Bearcat folders need to be returned to school the following day.


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