Welcome to 2nd grade! I am very excited to have your child in my classroom this year! Below is an informational packet to explain some of the procedures we use in our classroom, hopefully this will help with the transition from first grade. I am excited to work with you this year to give your child the best education possible! Teaching is a team effort between parents and the school and I am confident that this will be a great second grade year!
Classroom Management: I use a program called Seesaw in the classroom. This is an app that can be downloaded on your phone or you can access it on your computer. I will send home information sheets on how to access the first week of school. I will use it to send reminders and also to send individual notes to parents. Sometimes I will post pictures and video from our classroom to share what we are doing. The students will be informed of our classroom code of conduct on the first day of school. We will discuss what we want our classroom to look like and sound like throughout the school year.
Homework Folder: A Homework Folder will be sent home on the second day of your child's 2 days of school. If homework requires a handout you can find it in this folder. Please return all homework in this folder to help keep your child organized on the day he/she returns to school. This is all of your child's NTI work.
Reading Log: The reading log is part of your child's NTI days. To strengthen reading skills developed at school, the students need practice at home. You can take an active part in their learning by setting aside time each night devoted to reading. They will be exposed to many different types of reading, so feel free to read a favorite story, a magazine article, directions for a recipe, or anything else to help emphasize that reading is important. Children look to their parents as an example. By showing that reading is important to you, they will realize the power of knowing how to read. At the beginning of the school year your child should be reading nightly for 15 minutes. They will be expected to take an AR test on their book.
Book Orders: To help families increase their home libraries; I will send a flyer periodically that contains descriptions of discounted books. I hope that you will take advantage of these great prices and provide your child with a selection of books, if you are able to do so. By purchasing through the flyer, you will also help the classroom receive books for your child to read at school. For each dollar you spend, our classroom receives one bonus point toward FREE books! This is such a great asset to our classroom and benefit for your child. There are two ways you can purchase books. You can fill out the order and send it in with a check to Scholastic Book Clubs or you can order online. If you order online please go to Scholastic.com, click book clubs and enter our classroom code GNDCN. All books will still be sent to school and I will send these home with your student.
Snacks: We will have snack time in the afternoon to keep our brains fueled! These snacks should be healthy, not junk food. Examples of healthy snacks: fruit, veggies, granola bars, cheese and crackers, etc. We will use a snack calendar system. Please send an individually wrapped snack for the class (12) on your assigned day.
We will eat lunch from 11:30-11:55. Each student is assigned a lunch number for his or her personal account. You may deposit money into the account using cash or checks (made payable to Spencer County Food Services) by the day, week, month, or even the year. Due to our new Covid 19 procedures, you cannot eat lunch with your child this year.
Money: On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school. Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information: child's name, purpose of money (lunch, book order, etc), teacher's name.
Birthdays: Birthdays are special times and we would love to help your child celebrate with a special snack if you wish. Please send me a note or a message and let me know if you will be bringing in a special snack for your child’s birthday.
Transportation: If you plan to change the mode of transportation in any way (car rider, different bus) you must send a written not from the parent or guardian. Please include the date of the change and the car or bus number. If a written note is not sent, your child will be sent home by their usual method of transportation.
Conferences and Parent Meetings: These will be scheduled for all parents on certain days of the year. However, please contact me to set up an appointment if you feel a conference is necessary before then. I want to keep the lines of communication open with you at all times. I want to be accessible to you and your family as needed. Therefore, please contact me throughout the year to discuss any topic that you feel should be addressed about your child. You can call me at 477-6950 or email me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology: There are several programs we will use in the classroom that can also be accessed at home. We will use Dreambox, Lexia, and Seesaw. Please watch for your child’s password and information to come home. Students can take AR tests from home this year.
Spencer County Elementary School: 502-477-6950