ABCs of Second Grade
Your reference for our classroom procedures!
Absences and Tardies
In the event that your child is absent from school, a note explaining the absence must be sent. Please include the following information: child’s name, date of absence, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature.
If your child arrives late to school, after 7:45 a.m., an adult must sign them in at the office. A tardy slip will be given to the child to bring to class. If your child arrives after 7:40 a.m. they may not be able to have breakfast at school.
Your child will need to bring in an old oversized t-shirt or one of Dad’s old shirts to use as an art smock. The students will wear these in Art class to protect their clothes when needed. I will keep them here at school and wash them periodically.
Your child will participate in the Accelerated Reader program this year. This program allows students to check books out of the library, read them several times, and then take a comprehension quiz on the computer. They should maintain an average of 85% or higher as this is the goal for second grade.
Breakfast may be purchased in the mornings for $1.15 for students and $1.75 for adults. Students who arrive before 7:40 a.m. will go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival to eat breakfast.
If you would like to provide cupcakes or a small snack for your child’s birthday, please let me know! Your child may bring it with them to school or you may bring it in. We will enjoy celebrating during lunchtime!
We will have three book fairs this school year. Book Fairs are a great opportunity to provide your child with a variety of books on your child’s level at a very low price.
I will hold conferences throughout the year with parents so that we can discuss your child’s progress. If you would like to request a conference or have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to ask.
Donations of any kind are always appreciated in our classroom!
Items that are needed throughout the year include:
*Old magazines (appropriate for children)
*Books (new or gently used)
*Treats (small candies, stickers, treasure box items)
*Paper Towels *Tissues * Copy paper/ Cardstock
There may be times when specific items are needed and will be listed in the newsletter!
If you must pick your child up early, sign them out in the office first. The office will use the intercom to call your child to leave. Only people listed on your child’s emergency form will be permitted to check your child out early. Please only check your child out early if it is absolutely necessary.
Information about our Second Grade field trip will be coming soon!
Your child will make many new friends in second grade. I strive to create a caring, risk-free classroom. Friends may not always agree, but they need to learn to try to get along. The students will work hard to resolve their problems and disagreements in a friendly respectful manner.
Games will play an important role in your child’s learning this year. I believe that learning should be fun and provide students with hands-on experiences! Games are an excellent way to reinforce skills taught in the classroom. Be on the lookout for games that your child will want to teach you!
Graded papers will be sent home regularly. I never use class time to grade papers! Please review these papers with your child. Any papers sent home should be kept at home. Thank you for your understanding with this!
All homework has a purpose. It is simply a quick review of concepts we are learning in class. Your child’s homework will include reading/writing or reading/ math for 20 minutes each night. AR books are great for this, so that tests can be taken each week. The AR goal for second grade is 65 points. First in Math will also be a part of your child’s homework (assignments are subject to change per the teacher).
We will have Class Helpers each week. These are called our VIPs. (Very Important Person)
Information on Health
You will be contacted if your child becomes ill at school. Please provide updated information for this purpose on the emergency card. If your child needs to take medication, you should refer to your child’s handbook for specific instructions.
Students will write in their journals every day.
This is a chance for students to express themselves creatively while incorporating skills learned in class. Journal writings and other writing pieces will be shared with the class during Author’s Chair Time and with you during conferences so that you can see your child’s growth. You will be amazed as you watch their writing skills develop this year.
You can keep up with all class info by using and checking the Daily Communication Folder. Your child will bring it to and from school every day. This folder is used for all communication, money, homework, and graded papers to and from school.
Lunch Money / Ice Cream
Our lunch time is 12:13-12:43. Your child may bring their lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. School lunch will cost $2.30 for students and $3.25 for adults. You may pay by the day, week, or month, etc. If you go to www.mylunchmoney.com you can monitor your child’s account. If you send in a $5 bill for example, all will be applied to lunch or breakfast. Change from lunch will not be made for ice cream. Please separate this money! Separate cash and checks will be needed for y cafeteria money and other money such as field trips, book clubs etc. Ice cream/Slush Puppies may be purchased for $1.00. Your child is responsible for keeping up with his or her ice cream money until lunch. Snacks may be sent but should be nutritious. Please do not send candy, soft drinks, or messy snacks.
When the students arrive to our classroom each morning, they will have several duties before beginning the school day. Any lunch money to be turned in to the cafeteria should be submitted in a secure envelope or Ziploc bag.
Students will be responsible for learning math facts. We will also be working on learning multiplication facts 0-12. Once they have learned their multiplication facts, they will automatically know their division facts. We will be working on this all year long.
I will send home important news as part of my weekly newsletter. This information may include upcoming events, skills being taught in our classroom, special recognition of students and/or important announcements.
If you need to share a question, comment, or concern with me, please do not hesitate to jot me a note in the Daily Communication Folder or email me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The school phone number is 770.288.2035. You may have to leave a message, but I will return your call as soon as possible.
We will have two parties during the school year! We will have a winter party and an end of the year party. Please inform me of any special arrangements that I may need to make during these events.
Quizzes will be given periodically throughout the school year. They are to inform me of who has mastered the standard or who many need extra help in understanding the content being taught.
In second grade, we work on stamina and comprehension. It is crucial that you read with your child each night. This can be you reading to your child, them reading to you, or a combination of both. A part of your child’s homework each night is to read for 20 minutes and fill out the reading log. Please list the date, title of the book, a brief summary of what was read, genre, and your signature each night.
I like to keep our classroom rules or expectations simple! In order for learning to be maximized, expectations must be met and rules must be followed. School rules should be reviewed in the handbook.
School-wide incentives will be used to reward students who exhibit outstanding behavior on a consistent basis.
Luella will implement the PAWS Behavior Matrix. You can find a copy of the matrix in the Back to School Packet that was given to you at Open House. Please review the matrix with your child and how they can demonstrate positive behavior at school.
I will call home or send a note describing the unacceptable behavior in their Bee Book.
We will attend specials several times a week. Your child should wear tennis shoes on the days they have P. E. in order to participate safely.
We will have snack time every day. Please send in a healthy snack for your child. This should not include sugary snacks or candy. No messy snacks please. Your child will only be allowed to bring a water bottle to class, no sports drinks or sodas of any kind, please.
Please make sure your child knows how he or she is getting home on the first day of school. Don’t forget to sign the Transportation List in our classroom during Open House or on the 1st day of school. If your child is going to ride the bus to and from school, please check with the school office to get the correct assignment. If transportation changes for your child at any time, a written note is required! I cannot change transportation without written permission. Once permission is given an official change of transportation will be given from the office.
Units of Study
We will be exploring many units of study. We will make special projects across the curriculum and learn lots of facts based on our units!
The best way to get to know our school and classroom is through volunteering! I will need parents to assist with various tasks such as sight words, Accelerated Reader, copies, assist small groups etc. Your help in any way is greatly appreciated. If you haven’t already done so and are able, please sign up to be a class volunteer.
Work (classwork or homework)
Please make sure to review and discuss any class/homework with your child. It is important to review appropriate and neat handwriting skills that are necessary when completing assignments. Taking the extra time to explain this expectation will help ensure that your child is successful at any task that he/she chooses to accomplish!
We have lots of fun and exciting experiences in second grade. Crafts, hands-on math lessons, building our reading skills, writing, making books, and science experiments are just some of the magnificent activities that your child will experience this year!
Congratulations! You are the parent of a BIG second grader. In kindergarten and first grade, your child learned to read. Now, they are reading to learn. You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower! That is the growth you will see this school year.
Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep!
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