Announcements & reminders

Welcome to our 2nd grade class!

This Tuesday will be the first hot lunch day.

Picture day is on Wednesday!  Children should come to school dressed for pictures and ready with their best smile!

Fluency binders and spelling journals can stay at home until the end of the week.  More information can be found under the 'homework and tests' page.  

Please return the green "once a week" folders if you have not already done so; these are sent home every Thursday with important information, tests, graded assignments, etc.

Moving from 1st grade to 2nd grade is a big adjustment! The children are becoming more independent – packing their own backpacks, remembering lunches, homework, Gym days (Monday and Thursday) and Library (Tuesday), etc. However…they still need your guidance! I have very high expectations for the students to gain independence and become more responsible with completing written homework and nightly reading assignments, being aware of what they need to be prepared for school each day, and being accountable for their own behavior.

The following are policies and procedures parents should be aware of to keep our class running smoothly and help all the children be successful:

HOME FOLDER/ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK – both of these go home every night and are to come back every morning.  Look through both nightly, but let your child be in charge of these.  On Thursdays, their Test Folder will come home with any tests, quizzes, or projects that I took a grade on and will be part of their average in each subject.  Please make sure that you look over their work.  This weekly folder will give you a good picture of how your child is progressing in different subjects, what they are doing well in, and where they need to spend more time studying and preparing.  Please sign the Thursday Folder and return it to school on Friday.

HOMEWORK – is to be completed each evening and returned the next day. Students write down assignments in their Assignment Notebook each day.  Homework assignments are meant to reinforce subject matter taught in class and give me a good idea of whether students have understood material or need extra attention. You should plan on nightly Reading Fluency passages, spelling activities, and occasional math practice.  Missing or late homework or projects will be reflected in their grade.

If your child is absent due to illness, he/she is responsible to make up any assignments missed in class or for homework.  They will be given a few days to make up the work.  Missed work due to vacations are handled differently; please contact me directly as the need arises.

PAPERWORK, NOTES, ETC. – if you need to send money back to school (lunch orders, book orders, TRIP), please put the money IN AN ENVELOPE with your child’s name and what the money is for.  Please DO NOT send loose money in their backpack.

DISCIPLINE POLICY – We use a clip chart similar to what the students had in First Grade.  Everyone begins each day with their clip on Ready to Learn.  Following classroom rules and exhibiting positive behavior results in students moving their clips up through Good Day, Great Job, and Outstanding.  If they are not following classroom rules they will move their clip down the chart through Think About It, Teacher’s Choice or Parent Contact.  Our class rules are:

Raise your hand before speaking or leaving your seat.       

Keep hands and feet to yourself.           

Listen when someone is speaking.       

Follow directions the first time they are given.             

Treat others with kindness and respect.

You can find the daily behavior log in your child’s home folder and see what kind of day they had. If there is a behavior reflection sheet in their folder, it will explain the discipline problem your child is having at school so you are aware. The card needs to be signed and returned to school the next day.

ABSENCES & TARDIES – school begins at 8 a.m. Your child should be in our classroom, prepared for the day with their folder or books, homework and lunch box by 8:10 or they will be considered tardy. Please call the office by 8:30 a.m. to report your child’s absence.  Upon his/her return, a note is required to explain the absence. 

BIRTHDAYS – students are welcome to bring in non-food items for their classmates.  These might include pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS – this is an easy and inexpensive way to build your child’s own personal library.  We also earn points for our classroom orders.  You can order online at www.scholastic.com/parentordering.  Our class activation code is GQCLF.

CLASS WEBSITE – Announcements and nightly homework can be found on SCA’s website under teacher pages. You can email me directly by writing to khess@scaoaklawn.org. You can access our school website at www.scaoaklawn.org.

Second Grade is a busy, exciting year full of new challenges as well as two Religious Sacraments.  I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

Ms Hess