· Our class website is http://teacherweb.com/GA/FernbankElementary/Elgin. http://teacherweb.com/GA/FernbankElementary/Elgin · A note is required for school absences, transportation changes, and P.E./recess modifications due to illness or injury. · The courier will go home on Thursday of every week. Please review all of its contents and return the courier on Friday. · Please label all coats, lunchboxes, bookbags, sweaters, etc. · Conferences will take place a minimum of 2 times throughout the year. I am also available between 2:30 and 3:30 per request. · Please take time to complete homework, read daily, and capitalize on the teachable moments in your child’s life. · The best way to contact me: email@example.com or 404.574.9840 FYI FYI
Snacks Please mark your snack week in your calendar so you won’t forget (even if I do!). When you receive the blue snack bin on Friday, fill it and bring it back on Monday. Remember, we have 21 students and usually 5 days of snack. Bring it in daily or all at once. The choice of snacks are up to you. We prefer nutritious and individually wrapped! You can even bring in refrigerated items, such as cheese, yogurt, or fruit. For birthday treats, please arrange with the teacher to meet us outside or at the cafeteria. Fernbank policy mandates no balloons and no candles.
Essential Agreements We will: Respect others, our teacher, and materials. Work and play safely. Keep our eyes and ears on the speaker. Change tasks quickly and quietly. Do our best to learn.
Reading at Home Research shows that good readers are more successful at school. Reading is used in all other subjects and is critical for success in real life. It is important for your child to develop a solid reading base that extends beyond phonics into other areas. Be a good reading role model. Be sure your child sees you reading often. Make reading a reward. Use books and reading time as a reward for good behavior, school improvement, etc. Take your child to the library to check out books regularly and to attend programs, such as story time, puppet shows, etc. Help your child build a home library. An amazing feeling comes with owning books. Create a special bookshelf and let your child earn book money by doing chores or saving allowance. Have a weekly or nightly “Family Reading Time.” Turn off televisions, computers, and phones, and read. Read a book together, or read independently and share what you are reading about. Discuss what your child is reading. Ask “thinking questions,” such as, “What do you think will happen next? Why do you think the character did that? How would you feel if you were the character? If you could change anything about the story, what would it be? What’s happened so far? What do you like most/least about the story?” Read sections of the newspaper together. Discuss the articles. Purchase or borrow books on tape. Have your child listen to the story and follow along with the text.
Language Arts Reading – book reports and story responses, vocabulary, leveled reading groups which build fluency and comprehension English/Grammar– parts of speech, mechanics, punctuation, and reference skills Writing –journal entries and creative story writing using the writing process Spelling – Orton Gillingham homework packets and test reviews in addition to developing mastery of these words in everyday writing
Mathematics Literature involving math, games, and hands-on activities will assist students in using math in various ways for understanding. Compacting Math Program Students excel at different math skills. Therefore, we will be pre-assessing the students about every 6 weeks. Students may have a different math teacher every 6 weeks. The 2nd Grade math team consists of the following teachers: Jessica Elgin: firstname.lastname@example.org Elise Corvey: email@example.com Nancy Mandl: firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Okhuysen: email@example.com Kendra Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grading DeKalb Grading Procedures: Grading Weights Class Work = 40% Tests/ Quizzes = 30% Projects = 25% Homework = 5% Other Grading Marks Often given on homework activities or class activities. Satisfactory job on work completed - Poor job on work completed + Excellent job on work completed
Assignments Homework: Homework will be graded for completion and effort since I am unable to know the amount of assistance provided. Please check your child’s homework for accuracy. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in their work. Late work is accepted with deductions. Tests: Tests will usually be on Fridays to end the weeks’ units. However, tests could be administered on any day depending on a unit’s length or scheduled holidays. Daily Folder and Agenda: We are practicing to write homework assignments and important dates in the agenda to learn to be organized and responsible.
Any questions? Thanks for coming tonight! I am really excited to work with you and your child this year! Thanks! Please write a note to your son or daughter, encouraging them this school year, or just write a little something to put a smile on their face tomorrow morning!