Second Grade Information Packet
Assessing Student Progress
I use a combination of the district’s curriculum, the Common Core and best teaching practices throughout the year to help your child reach the expectations for second grade. Review of daily work helps guide and individualize my instruction to meet your child’s needs. That being said, not every assignment is scored with the 4, 3, 2, 1 scoring system. On some papers, you’ll see a star, happy face or stamp.
Student’s assessed work will receive one of the following scores: 4, 3, 2, 1.
4=Area of Excellence Above Standard, Superior Academic Performance
- A student who receives a 4 is able to demonstrate superior performance, skill, or knowledge that is appropriate for his/her grade level and he/she has gone beyond the requirements of the assignment.
3=Area of Competence Meets Standard, Solid Academic Performance
- A student who receives a 3 is able to demonstrate a solid performance, skill, or knowledge that is appropriate for his/her grade level and he/she has fully met all of the requirements of the assignment.
2=Area of Development Working Toward Standard, Partial Academic Performance
- A student who receives a 2 is able to demonstrate a partial understanding or accomplishment of grade level performance, skill or knowledge. A small portion of the assignment or may be missing or incomplete, but everything else is quality work. The student is showing progress over time.
1=Area of Concern Below Standard, Little Demonstration of Academic Performance
- A student who receives a 1 shows a lack of achievement of grade level performance, skill, or knowledge. Major portions of the assignment may be missing, incomplete, or may contain many errors.
Classroom Behavior Expectations
My approach to discipline is to be caring, consistent, and compassionate. I believe the best classroom management plan is to recognize kids who are setting a good example and doing their best to make our classroom a safe place that promotes learning. In my classroom, I want your child to feel safe physically and emotionally. I understand there are times when an emphasis on nurturing is the best approach and times when an emphasis on being firm and consistent is the best approach. My goal is to successfully blend the two.
I follow the Jim Faye Love and Logic approach to discipline and classroom management. There are tapes and videos available at our school library that you may check out if you are interested in learning more.
Each student’s name is written on a clothes pin and attached to our clip chart. Everyone starts the day in the middle on Ready to Learn and can move up or down throughout the day. The levels are listed below.
Ready to Learn
Think About It
Parent Contact and/or Office
Every child starts every day on the Ready to Learn section. Students may move up and down the chart throughout the day reflecting their behavior/work choices. Some students may even go off the chart at the top and I will wear their clip, or maybe even the principal will wear it! This is quite an honor, and many students strive to go off the chart!
In some cases, students may be asked to fill out a Behavior Log and Think Plan. This is my way of communicating to you that your child needs our combined attention to help follow the classroom guidelines. This is what the Behavior Log and Think Plan says:
I am missing recess because I wasn’t making good decisions in class. This is what happened. This is my plan to make better decisions.
If the problem persists, we will seek help from our school counselor or Mrs. Foreman, our principal. Please be advised that circumstances such as hitting, fighting, showing serious disrespect to a student or adult will result in an automatic notice home and/or a phone call and may warrant a talk with our principal.
Pearson Elementary has a school-wide student behavior expectation called “Pearson P.R.I.D.E.” During the first five weeks of school we will highlight one attribute each week and continue to refer to them throughout the year.
Positive – I use polite and encouraging words to help myself and others. I am a polite role model.
Respectful – I show respect by using kind words and caring actions. I work and play cooperatively.
Integrity – I am honest and trustworthy. I choose to do what is right and accept the consequences for my actions.
Dependable – I come to school on time and have my materials ready. I turn in work on time. I follow school rules.
Engaged – I listen carefully and work hard at learning. I participate in activities to support my school.
Students write in their planners each day. They may write about important changes to homework assignments, information about school activities, reminders about upcoming deadlines or new facts we have learned. This time is also used to teach penmanship and editing.
It is required that families read and sign their child’s planner every night. I will check planners each morning for a parent signature.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT write in your child’s Pearson Planner about changes regarding after school bus, pick-up or day care plans in the Pearson Planner. Please DO call the office (396-3750) or send a separate note with these changes. Also, please do NOT send me an e-mail with this information. Student emergencies or meetings scheduled during student specialist time may prevent me from checking my e-mail until after students have left for the day. Substitute teachers do not have access to my computer and they won’t be checking my e-mail. They also may not remember to check the planner for parent notes even if I write it in my substitute teacher plans. Therefore, it is best to have a note come directly to me from the office after a parent phone call or a note from the student to the teacher in the morning. THANK YOU!!
One of the folders from the supply list will be used to transport papers to and from school. It will be referred to as the Traveling Folder. It will go home every day and should be returned to school every morning. Returning Traveling Folders each day is required in order for your child to participate in Catch-Up and Relish (see below for more information about Catch-Up and Relish). Most papers will be sent home on Friday, however, occasionally there is information from the PTA or office that must be sent home on other days. Corrected papers will go home on the last day of the week along with the next week’s homework. Remember to take out corrected papers and return all papers that need to be returned such as completed permission slips, book orders, homework, etc.
Students reinforce skills taught in class and develop positive study habits when they complete work at home. My plan for homework is to reinforce basic skills.
Homework will generally consist of a math review sheet, spelling/phonics and reading. Students are expected to have a literary experience each night. Length can be determined based on what works for families. A general guideline is 10-30 minutes. This may be the child reading, an adult or older sibling reading to the child or a combination of the above. (Please call or e-mail if you feel you need additional direction.)
All homework will be sent home in your student’s Traveling Folder on the last day of the week and is due the following Thursday. Please feel free to turn in assignments early. Students earn Blue Slips (cash which can be spent at our Blue Slip Store) and Success Forms (notes which go home every Friday) when homework is completed. You will be notified about missing assignments, homework, Traveling Folders, Pearson Planners or parent signatures via the Oops! I’ve Missed Catch-Up and Relish form (also sent home on Friday if needed).
I believe communication with families is an essential part of building a successful partnership between school and home. Each week, families receive “The Second Grade Scoop,” our classroom newsletter, in their child’s Traveling Folder. “The Scoop” informs families of upcoming classroom and school events, asks for donations of particular items, and tells families what students have been learning during the week. It serves as my main form of communication with families. You can expect to see a Scoop most weeks. The Scoop can also be found on my classroom website.
Catch-Up and Relish
Catch-Up and Relish is choice activity time held the last day of the week, usually on Friday. In order to participate in Catch-Up and Relish, your child is expected to:
- Complete all classroom assignments
- Complete all homework assignments
- Read at least 5 nights at home each week, record his/her reading on the reading log taped to the front of his/her reading envelope, turn in the reading log each Thursday
- Write his/her name on each assignment
- Self monitor his/her progress on “The Green Chart” and check the No Names section of the white board as needed
- Return his/her Traveling Folder every day
- Have a parent sign the Pearson Planner and return it to school every day
- Not go to “Parent Contact and/or Office” on the clip chart
I am very firm about these expectations and review them frequently with students to ensure understanding of the expectations.
Yes, we love to celebrate birthdays at school. If you wish, you may send in a special birthday snack. Please let me know a day or two ahead of time. Snacks must be store bought (this is a District policy), individual treats and ready to serve. Cakes that require cutting are not allowed. If you wish to send in juice, the individual juice boxes work the best. Invitations to birthday parties MAY NOT be passed out at school. I will send home a class list of student contact information shortly after school starts. This list will be updated as new students join our class.
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle with a pop-up lid (16-20 oz.) to class. Only water is allowed in the bottles, no juice, flavored water or soda will be permitted. Please write your student’s name on the bottle with a permanent marker. Individual bottles help to eliminate long lines at the drinking fountain and prevent the passing of germs. Water bottles are considered a privilege and will be taken away if the privilege is abused.