Welcome to Second Grade 2018-2019

Post date: Jun 26, 2018 3:52:00 PM

July 31, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am looking forward to meeting each of you, and working together to make this a very successful year for your child. The following letter explains things that are important for you and your child to know about the first few days of school. Home and school communication is essential to your child's success, and I am available to talk about any questions or concerns you have throughout the year. Here are some of the best ways to reach me: cpage@gvshawks.org, call the school at 603-863-1681, send in a note, or schedule a meeting. Newsletters will be sent home regularly to keep you informed about what is happening in our classroom. I have also included a survey to give you the opportunity to share some information about your child. If you could return this survey with your child on the first day of school, that would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

Mrs. Catherine Page

The First Day of School:

When students arrive on the first day of school, I will be waiting for them outside and we will enter the school as a class. This will probably continue for the rest of the first week. After that, the students will walk right to our classroom and line up by our door.

Calling All Parent Volunteers:

I hope that anyone who wishes to spend time in our class will have the opportunity to do so. Your involvement and support is appreciated. Here are some specific areas where we could use help:

· WIN Program- Times to be arranged. This involves working with an individual student or a small group of students on a specific academic skill, or area in which they need enrichment.

· Four Winds Science Program- Times to be arranged.

· Writing Time- Times to be arranged. Assist students as they work on independent writing.

· Party/Special Event Planning- Help organize special classroom events and/or coordinate parent volunteers.

· Photocopying, Book Making, or Preparing Materials

Please let me know if you are interested in helping in any of these areas.

Homework Information:

After much consideration, Mrs. Johnston and I have made some changes to the second grade homework expectations for this year. We know that students work hard all day, and are busy with extracurricular activities. In an effort to preserve some family time, we will no longer be sending home weekly homework packets. This year, your child can expect weekly spelling activities and math fact practice, in addition to a reading log. If students have difficulty finishing classroom assignments, these may also go home to be finished as homework.

Please work with your child to come up with a homework routine that works for your family. (Designate an area, prepare supplies, set a schedule, etc.)

Classroom Supplies/Needs:

Most school supplies required for the school year will be provided for your child. There are a few items that would be helpful for your child to bring in for his/her use throughout the year.

· a pair of headphones for use with our class iPads

· a white 2-inch 3 ring binder for creating a personal portfolio

Occasionally, there will be times when I may request donations of particular items for projects, or for the class to share. A few things we could use as we start the year are listed below. If any families are willing to donate any of these items, it would be greatly appreciated!

-tissues -glue sticks -sandwich and gallon ziploc bags

-Clorox wipes -colored pencils -double-sided tape

Other Important Information:

*Please be sure to send your child to school on the first day with a written note stating how he/she will be going home (include bus number, if applicable). Let me know in writing how your child will be going home on subsequent days if it will be different from the first day.

*If in the future your child is going to be picked up or take a different bus, be sure to send in a dated note.

*Please label your child's lunchbox, backpack, and clothing (especially winter apparel when the time comes).

*Please realize that the transition from summer vacation to back to school, as well as the change from 1st to 2nd grade, while exciting, is very tiring for your child. Six hours is a long time to pay attention, follow directions, and get-along, let alone learn! Your child will likely be exhausted during the first few weeks of school. Be reassured that your child will have given me his/her best for the day. In time, your child will adjust to the rigor and demands of second grade.

Thank you for sharing your child with me for the school year!

Have a wonderful summer,

Mrs. Catherine Page