I truly appreciate having your child here in the classroom each morning before 7:45 AM. It is very difficult for students to “catch up” on directions, if coming in tardy. We also have a new tardy policy in our school handbook. Please be sure to check this out.
After the first week of school, Second graders should now be able to say good-bye to parents in the upstairs foyer, walk by themselves to their classroom, unpack by themselves, and begin morning procedures. We know what loving parents we have at St. John’s, but it is also important for your children become confident in their own abilities.
I also appreciate e-mails/notes about absences, due to illness, dentist and Dr. appointments, early pick-ups, etc. We will not be sending missed work for the day home with siblings. Second graders will receive their work upon retuning to school to complete so instructions can also be given. This also applies for vacation days or other personal days missed.
Please continually check your child‘s lunch account so it is current. Lunch is VERY important to them and receiving unpaid notices can be stressful on them. If you would like to eat lunch with your child (11:35-12:00) please let me know by 9:00 AM so you can be included in our lunch count. All monies should be paid online or through the office, not in the lunch line.
Learning time is very precious. During instructional school hours, I ask that if you need to deliver lunch,money, books, etc. that you leave it on the “OOPS” shelf on the main floor, and notify the school secretary.She will contact us and be sure that we receive these things when our schedule allows. Our classroom doors remain locked during the day, and the time spent answering the door can take away valuable instructional time.
Also, I cannot stress enough my need for messages to be put in writing, as my memory can sometimes be overloaded. I would not want to forget something important about your child, and if I do, I apologize now. You may e-mail me at school as I do try to check this twice a day, at lunchtime, and during my plan period but this changes from day-to-day. Late in the day messages are better left with the school secretary.
When arriving for a school party or as a volunteer, please be sure to stop in the office and get a “visitor” badge for the day.
Please check our uniform policy in the calendar for daily wear. We already have had some questionable shorts, socks, and “lots” of “untucked” shirts. Students are responsible for keeping their shoes laces tied at all times for safety sake. We want our students to represent St. John’s by looking their best everyday.
Your child will receive a Spelling list for the current week at the beginning of the week. During the week, they will work on Spelling activities in school, such as writing the words during handwriting class, drills, written activities, pre-tests. Spelling words will also need to be practiced “at home” for homework. I would suggest the following ways:
- Monday-Write words 3x each (done at school)
- Tuesday- Write words 2x each, more often for “trouble” words.
- Wednesday- Spell words orally and use in a sentence.
- Thursday- Write all words from memory. Practice “trouble” words.
- Friday- Be prepared for test in school.
A formal written test will be given each Friday at school, unless there is NO school. Then the test will be given on Thursday. The slanted style of writing you see on the list will be expected for homework and the final test.
Homework for Second graders consists of about 20- 30 minutes of work time each night (M-Th). If they are absent, make-up work may require more time. Students will be expected to take home any “unfinished” daily work, finish it and return it the next day. Students my need “parent” help at times, but should be encouraged to do as much of the work as they can on their own, and then have it checked over by an adult for spelling, completion, neatness, etc. A typical homework schedule should be:
- 10-15 minutes of Spelling/reading practice
- 10-15 minutes of Math paper/flashcards
- About “20-30 minutes” TOTAL TIME Monday-Thursday
- NO HOMEWORK is given on meeting nights or weekends unless a student is absent.
** If your child is taking longer than 30minutes/night and has not been absent, perhaps a “timer” can help them pace themselves. Please let me know if your child is stressing over homework and we will work out a suitable solution together.
These special days are announced and celebrated at school. Your child may have a free dress day and will receive a special treat from me. If you would like to send a simple snack for the class, we can pass these out. Please no drinks or messy treats. We have 13 students in our class.
Also, please do NOT send birthday party invitations to school to be passed out. These should be mailed or e-mailed outside of school time.
Second Grade plans about two field trips a year. A permission slip/letter is sent home about 2 weeks ahead of time so you can plan ahead. We travel by bus but will need adult chaperones to help us which will be stated on the permission slip.
Tuesday is our library day. We will keep all books here at school and complete book reports during our Reading time. Look for completed reports at the end of each month in the Monday folders.
We will be writing different kinds of book reports each month, but they will be completed at school. Library books will remain at school and will not come home first semester. Books chosen to be read must pertain to monthly requirements, and a report must be written out on the form given by the teacher.
Scholastic Book orders will be sent home periodically. Orders and checks should be returned in a sealed envelope within the allotted time, and labeled with the child’s name by the date indicated in their journal.
Please come join us for Mass when you are able. I ask that you come sit with us, rather than having your child come sit in another part of the church. Weekly masses are on Thursdays at 8:30 A.M. We sit with our Fourth grade “prayer partners, up front, left of the middle aisle.
In advance, thank you so much for your support during this school year. We all want your child to have a great year, to learn as much as they can to prepare for third grade, and to reflect the Christian principles we teach and model for them.