Second grade is a very important year for your child, and I hope to make it as successful as possible for him/her. For this reason, it is vital for us to keep open lines of communication. So, please don’t hesitate to contact me with concerns or questions. I can be reached at the school between the hours of 8:10a.m.-3:40 p.m. by calling (717) 762-1191 ext. 1600. If I cannot come to the phone, the secretary will take a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible
Reading: Your child will be involved in a variety of reading experiences this school year. The different reading blocks are mentioned below. This will give you a little more information so you can understand what your child is doing each day.
Guided Reading: This is our small group reading lessons. This will begin the 2nd or 3rd week of school. Your child will be working on specific reading strategies to help him/her become a better reader. They will be given specific reading goals to work on and will focus on building comprehension, accuracy, and fluency.
Interactive/Shared Reading: Our shared reading will come from our district's language arts curriculum. This is whole class instruction where we focus on comprehension skills. We will be reading a variety of texts to model and practice utilizing these skills. Your child will be assessed throughout the year to see how they are progressing with each of these comprehension skills. Some examples of skills we will be working on are main idea, character analysis, sequencing of events, story structure, etc.
Word Work: Your child will be working on a variety of grammar skills this school year. We will work on vowel pairs, spelling patterns, nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc.
Writing: Each child will have their own writing folder in which they will keep throughout the year. We are utilizing a Lucy Calkins writing program for second grade this classroom. We will focus on writing narratives, poetry, informational pieces, and even research reports. Your child will be having regular writing conferences with myself and will work on specific writing goals for him/her.
Math: Our school district uses the Everyday Math program. We will work on math activities for about 60 minutes each day. The children will doing a lot of hands-on activities and you will be amazed at how much they learn. Your child will be responsible for homework called HomeLinks, and these will need to be returned the following school day.
Content: Science, social studies, and health will be taught during our Content block. Some of the concepts we will discuss are life cycles of butterflies, plant life cycles, physics of light, water habitats, and marine life.
Book Bags: Your child should have a book bag and bring it to school every day. You should look for your child’s homework folder every night. Inside the homework folder will be a behavior calendar to let you know how your child’s day was. Please sign this calendar every day.
Lunch Money: Please send all lunch money to school in an envelope with your child’s name and lunch number on it. Look for a letter from the cafeteria for more information.
Buses: If your child is not to ride the bus on any given day, please send me a note or call the office. Without a note or a call, I must put your child on the bus. Please help me to avoid confusion and tears!
Car Riders/Walkers: Children who are being picked up will be walked down to the back lobby at 3:20 p.m. Please do not come to the classroom.
Early Dismissals: If your child has an appointment and has to leave early, please go to the office and the secretary will call the room to let me know you are waiting.
Parent Handbook: Please look over this book and if there is anything you do not understand, please let me know. After you have look through the book, please make sure you have signed the last page and return it to school with your child.
Homework: Inside your child's homework folder there will be a homework log sheet that he/she is responsible for writing in each day. This will tell you his/her assignments so that you know what he/she is responsible for.
Birthdays: Snacks are welcome if you wish to do this on your child’s birthday. Birthday party invitations are NOT to be handed out at school unless the whole class is invited. This is to avoid hurt feelings. Please check with me prior to sending in a snack so I can tell you how many students are in my class and also if any food allergies are present.
Bathroom: We do not have a bathroom in the classroom so there are several guidelines for you to be aware of. The children are allowed to use the bathroom when they come to school in the morning, before every recess, and at other times during the day for whole group bathroom breaks. I do not let the children use the bathroom during math, guided reading, or if I am instructing the whole group. If your child has a health problem and needs to use the bathroom more frequently, please send a note. Please reinforce to your child how important it is to be on his/her best behavior when using the bathroom, as I cannot always be there to monitor the use.
Rules: Rules will be discussed the first day of school and reviewed frequently. The children will be aware of the guidelines. A paper will come home telling you about the classroom discipline policy. Please look over it!