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Second Grade Handbook

for

Mrs. Large's Class

2004-2005

 

Dear Parents,

        I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and you child to second grade at McFadden School of Excellence.  This year should prove to be exciting and quite challenging for your child.  Although you will notice some similarities between our magnet second grade class and a traditional second grade class, there will be many differences.  Your child has qualified for this program because he/she is intellectually capable of being challenged.  Therefore, we will move at a faster pace on the basics allowing us time to explore, research, and problem solve through project-based learning.  Your child will be enriched and his/her knowledge broadened through a variety of activities that will accommodate his/her learning style.

        I am looking forward to working with all of you this year.  I hope to keep in touch will all parents on a regular basis.  Your involvement with your child's education makes all the difference.  Thank you for sharing your child with me.

 

                                Sincerely,

 

                                Lillie Large

 

 

FOLDERS AND AGENDAS

 

Take-home folders will be sent home each day.  Please check these for incomplete work and homework assignments.  Letters from me, school-wide information and the bulk of last week's completed work will be sent home each Wednesday.  All letters from the principal will be on red paper.  All letters from me will be on green paper.   Agendas will also be sent home each day.  Agendas contain important class information, comments from me, and will show you the color your child’s magnet was on at the end of each day.  A small colored dot by each date will signify the color for each day.  You will need to sign the agenda and send it back along with the take-home folder.  This will keep you in touch with your child's classroom behavior and work habits.  Please go over your child's returned work and behavior report with him/her. Check the agenda for personal notes from me, and please use it to send me notes. I try to check them daily.

 

HOMEWORK

Your child will have written homework 2 to 3 times a week.  The assignments will be short and easy to complete.  If a student is absent he/she has 1 week to make up written homework.  Your child will be expected to read every night.  READING HOMEWORK IS IMPORTANT!  Your child should read about 30 minutes each night.  A reading record will be kept in the front pocket of the agenda for you to help your child record the book/s he/she reads each night. Please sign or initial these each night.  The books read for homework will be accelerated reading books.  You can identify these by the sticker on the spine of the book.  Your child will be tested over these books on the computer.  Our AR goals this year will deal with percentage correct instead of points. Your child should always have a book checked out to read and should take at least 1 AR test each day. (I recommend checking out at least 2 or 3 books.)  Your child should always have a picture book checked out even if he/she is reading a chapter book so that a test can be taken the next day. Each student should strive to reach his/her goal each six weeks.  We will begin with a goal of an average of 80% correct.

 

 

WHAT TO BRING:

a healthy snack, signed agenda, homework folder, all needed supplies

 

WHAT NOT TO BRING

toys (unless requested by me), candy, jewelry, messy snacks, ink pens, large notebooks

 

PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM

Please allow your second grader to walk to class alone after the first few days.  Please don't come to the classroom to pick up your child in the afternoons. Parents should come into class only during scheduled volunteer time.  Our schedule is tight, therefore instructional time is precious.  If you need to talk to me please schedule a conference.

 

CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS

If you can possibly help out in any way this year, please sign up for one of the following class committees:

Parties

Take and Make

In-School Weekly Volunteer

(This includes grading and filing papers, book repair and cataloging, etc.)

Gardening

Aluminum can recycling project

Cleaning

I will contact those of you who have signed up for jobs that need to be done on a regular basis to schedule days and times.

 

FIELD TRIPS

We will go on from 2 to 4 field trips this year.  Parents are encouraged to chaperone.   On some trips we might have to limit our number of chaperones to 5 or 6.  I will try to be fair and use different parents each trip.  Most trips will be scheduled for Fridays since we don't have connections on Fridays.

 

CLASS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

It is very important that your child understand what is expected of him/her.  Because of our fast pace and tight schedule, we won't have time for discipline problems.  I make sure that the children understand the class rules, the consequences for breaking a rule, and that they are rewarded when they follow the rules.  The following is my class discipline plan.

CLASS RULES

• FOLLOW DIRECTIONS

• KEEP HANDS, FEET, OBJECTS AND UNKIND WORDS TO         YOURSELF

• BE A GOOD LISTENER

• TAKE CARE OF OUR SCHOOL AND SUPPLIES

• TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN BUSINESS

• RAISE YOUR HAND FOR PERMISSION TO TALK

• RESPECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

 

COLOR PATH SYSTEM

Each child has a magnet with his/her name on it.  Each day everyone begins on the green section.  If a child breaks a rule he/she puts the magnet on the next section in the following order with the corresponding consequence.

1st offense -(warning)

2nd offense - yellow (loses treasure box for week and 10 minutes of play time)

3rd offense -red (loses play time and note sent home)

4th offense - (discipline note visit to the principal and possibility of loss of next field trip)

INCENTIVES

Students are rewarded for good behavior.  Stickers and treats are awarded during the day when I "catch" students following rules.  Also if a child remains on green for the entire week and gets his/her agenda signed each night, he/she gets to visit the treasure box.


 

Mrs. Large’s

CLASS SCHEDULE

2003-2004

 

7:30…………..First bell rings. Begin independent reading and AR tests.

7:45................Students are tardy if they come in after this time.  Morning Broadcast

8:00.............…Reading Workshop

9:00…………..Math

10:00...........…Connections (Mon-Thurs.), Writing

Workshop (Fri.)

11:05..............Lunch

11:45..............Recess

12:15..............Electives:  Music (Mon. & Thurs.), Guidance (Tues.), Art (Wed. & Fri.)

12:45..............PE (Monday & Friday)

12:45…………Language Arts/Spelling

1:15…………..Begin Social Studies/Science 2:25................Prepare to leave

2:35................Begin dismissal

 


SUPPLY LIST

 

·        4 Pocket folders

·        10 regular # 2 pencils

·        Crayons

·        Colored pencils

·        Markers

·        3 Composition books for journal writing (at least 80 sheets)

·        2 Pair scissors

·        Backpack

·        Small school box

·        Glue bottle and 4 glue sticks

·        Kleenex tissue

 

Art Supply List

 

·     8 Color watercolor set (Pang or crayola

·     1 Bottle of liquid RIT dye (any color)

·     Pack of Lysol or Baby Wipes

·     ALL students will need a white t-shirt for tie-dying in the spring.  DO NOT send now – this is just a heads-up.

Please put your child’s name on each item.

 

WISH LIST

 

Clorox wipes and baby wipes

Paper towels
Zip-lock bags – all sizes

Items for the treasure box

good electric pencil sharpener


SECOND GRADE THEMES

 

 

Friendship

Back to school, building community within our class, getting along, working as a team, finding differences and similarities, good manners, and class rules

 

The Great Outdoors

A look at 4 different habitats, life cycles, and plants and animals

 

Earth Partners

Environment, natural resources, extinction, soils,

Fossils, changes in the earth

 

Wonders of the sky

Our solar system, rotation and revolution, objects in the sky, experimenting, balancing and weighing

 

Changes in our World

Famous Americans and heroes, citizenship, map skills, sites and symbols of our country, communities from past to present, and changes in matter