Welcome to second grade! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your child. The following is a letter explaining our classroom routines.
Every Monday, I send home a parent letter with homework, spelling words, and other information. Homework includes reading each evening, studying the spelling words, and completing one other assignment. Homework is due on Friday. Our spelling tests will also be on Friday. There are 16 words, two of which are bonus. Students might also have make-up work after an absence or might need to finish incomplete school work. If your child was absent from school, he/she has one day for every day missed to complete assignments.
Students will take a "Reading Chart" home. Children read 20 books or 20 chapters, record the book titles on the chart, ask you to sign and date it, and return it for a prize. They can pick up a new chart at that time. There is no time frame for completing a chart. Children can read to a parent, sibling, relative, or to themselves.
We have "share" (show and tell) on a rotating schedule each month. Your child may bring something special to show the class on those days. I will let you know when your child should bring a share item. Please remind your child to bring only 1 share item at a time.
We will have many special activities throughout the year, including birthday celebrations. If you would like to send treats for your child's school birthday, please contact me to arrange a time so there is not a scheduling conflict. We will celebrate summer birthdays in the spring. Parents often request the names, phone numbers and addresses of children in the class to invite them to birthday parties. I send home a form regarding release of personal information for parents/caregivers to sign. For your child's home birthday party, please mail party invitations. We will not pass them out at school, unless your child is inviting everyone in the class, to help avoid hurt feelings of those not invited. Please call if you need a list of addresses.
Occasionally, I might send home a book club order form. Many books are reasonably priced. There is no obligation to purchase books. If you would like to order books for gifts, I can keep the orders a secret and call you when they arrive. Please make all checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs. They do not accept cash.
If your child gets hungry before lunch, he or she can bring a small, healthy snack to eat at recess. A piece of fruit, a yogurt, some pretzels, carrot sticks, etc. will tide students over until lunch. Occasionally, our class will have treats/candy. Please let me know if you do not want your child to have these.
To provide my students with the educational climate that they deserve, the following rules are in effect:
1) Listen when others are talking.
2) Follow directions.
3) Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
4) Work quietly and do not disturb others.
5) Show respect for school and personal property.
6) Work and play in a safe manner.
For minor infractions, students will receive a warning. Children might also go to time out in our room or another teacher's room and/or lose recess time. If a student exhibits severe misbehavior such as fighting or open defiance, he or she will be sent to the principal.
I welcome and appreciate your involvement in your child's education. Please let me know if you would like to help in the classroom. If you sign up to send treats or beverages for a classroom party, I will contact you to let you know what to send. As always, feel free to contact me at school via e-mail, email@example.com, or phone, 273-6741 (3:25-4:00 is best), if you have any questions or concerns.