2 Welcome to Second Grade! There are eight second grade classrooms. Our second grade teaching team includes:Mrs. AgiMs. AustinMrs PickeringMrs. VazquezMrs. EnoMs. SchmidtMrs. HaynieMrs. Dempsey
3 Second Grade GoalsTo foster the academic and social skills needed to progress in second grade.To provide a supportive and fun classroom environment.To have open communication with you, the parents, to help make this a successful and enjoyable year for your children.
4 Class Subjects The subjects we cover during Second grade are: Language Arts: reading, writing, and word studyMathScienceSocial studiesMusic, Physical Education, and ArtSTEM
5 Classroom CommunityOur classroom is a community. In our community, we have rules to help us get along with each other.Our class rules include:Respect others.Respect self.Respect property.
6 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports White Eagle Tickets are given by any adult in the school when they catch a class showing respect. There are rewards for collecting a number of these.Blue Eagle “You were caught respecting” tickets are given to individuals who are showing respect. They will come home the day given. Please praise your child when he or she reports receiving a blue eagle!
7 GradingGraded assignments will be marked with a 4, 3, 2, or 1 at the top. (4=higher level thinking skills)3 on a spelling test means your child got all of the spelling words correct4 on a spelling test means your child got all of the spelling words correct AND all words not on their list that follow the same pattern as the spelling words3 + means all spelling words and some of the new words that were not on the spelling list were correct
8 HomeworkPer county guidelines, second graders should be doing approximately 20 minutes of homework each night. Please help your child by:Guiding your child to check the agenda each night to see what needs to be done. Encourage neat handwriting and praise their organization.Checking your child’s homework and help them make corrections.While each student in the class has the same subjects, content may be differentiated to meet the needs of the child.
9 1 3 5 7 Weekly Word Study Homework Complete your choice of activities throughout the week to make a total of 10 points by Friday.ActivityPoints for EachWrite in ABC order1Write your sortTake a written quizWrite rhyming wordsBreak words into syllablesWrite at least 5 new words3Write synonymsWrite antonymsWrite 3x eachWrite and highlightWrite sentences5Sound huntNewspaper/Magazine huntWord huntIllustrate wordsWrite a story7Write definitionsMake a gameMake a feature collageMake a word search
10 Reaching Mes work best. There is a link on the Liberty website. It is very unusual for an answer to take longer than 24 hours. I check before and after school.Please do NOT write a note in your child’s agenda. I will rarely see it there.It is your child’s responsibility unpack papers and homework from their folders. I do not check folders. Remind your student to put papers for the school in my basket.If your child is going home a different way than usual, please send a note in the morning or call the school.Thursday folders are out only. Please put all forms or notes in the take home folder.
11 What I need from YOUReview and initial your child’s behavior chart with them each night.Check homework each night.Contact me with your questions.Return papers that need your signature ASAP.Sign up for a conference and let me know as it gets closer if the time will no longer work for you.Let me know if there are any household changes that may affect your child or their learning. Ms. Scott, our school counselor, is an excellent resource.Please send money in an envelope marked with your child’s name, teacher, and purpose (i.e. lunch money, book order, etc.)Small and large baggies
12 AbsencesIf your child is sick, please call the absentee hotline to report their absence.If your child is absent more than 3 days, you may request that the missed work be gathered and left in the office for you to pick up. It is not always possible to provide assignments before an absence.The second grade team of teachers prides itself on a creative approach to teaching. Although this creativity makes it very fun when your children are school, it also means that they will miss a lot of learning when they are gone. Creative class projects are not something we can send home to be made up. Please keep your sick children home but get them back to us as soon as you can!
13 Birthdays No food please. Consider donating to the classroom instead. Good choices include:Recess equipmentIndoor recess board gamesClassroom CD’sClassroom library books
14 Volunteers Sign ups are on the table outside the door. Conferences Room parentsCopy needsThursday FoldersConferencesPlease sign up for a time tonight if you can. A reminderwill be sent home a week before your conference.
15 XtraMathStudents will be required to complete at least five minutes of XtraMath, Monday through Thursday. If your student does not have access to a computer, please contact me for alternative math assignments.
16 Yours TrulyI’m so pleased to have your child in my class this year. I’m a busy mom of three, so I understand the demands of family life. Thank you for entrusting your child to me for many hours a day. I promise to treat them with the same love and respect that I’d like for my own children.