Welcome to Second Grade!
Hello and welcome back to a new school year! My name is Katherine Wood and I will be your child's second grade teacher this year. My second grade teaching partners are Mrs. Walmsley, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Stone. We share the second grade teaching responsibilities and your child may receive part of their reading instruction from any one of us during our morning “Walk to Read” program. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year working with you and your child.
In an effort to have better communication between home and school, a red Wolfle Folder will be sent home on a daily basis. It will contain your child's monthly calendar, homework packet, graded work, school announcements, and any comments needed about your child's work or behavior. Most graded work and announcements will come home on Friday. Please keep the graded work you have received, and have your child return the folder to school each day. Children are interested in school when they know you are interested in what they are doing. Please look for these folders every school day.
My homework practices, grading policies, birthday celebrations, use of water bottles, bus notes, and volunteering opportunities are discussed in detail in the remainder of this letter.
I believe homework is an important part of the instructional program. It is useful in reinforcing what has been taught in class, prepares for upcoming lessons, teaches responsibility and time management, and helps students develop positive study habits.
Homework will be in the form of a packet this year. Each student will receive a packet on the last day of the school week and will be expected to turn their completed packet in the following Friday (or last day of the week). Students may turn completed packets in early. This packet approach allows flexibility for busy families and helps students organize their time more efficiently. The first homework packet will come home the third week of school after students get trained and practice doing each part of the packet.
Homework packets may include math computation and problem solving, spelling, printing practice, and nightly reading. Nightly reading should be from 15 to 20 minutes for four or more nights a week. Please check off your child's nightly reading in the homework log on the front of the homework packet. (Nightly reading can also count towards Mr. Degnin’s Reading Challenge.) I expect students to do their best on their homework and to turn packets in on time. On homework, please give encouragement and direction; but do not do the assignment for your child. Check for neatness and please contact me or write a note if your child is having difficulty with the assignments.
Daily work: For the most part, daily work is a means for acquiring practice in a new skill or review of a previously presented skill. My objective is for the students to learn from this daily work, not only the skill stressed, but how to correct their mistakes and learn from their errors. On some of our daily work, the students will be correcting their own papers using a marker or pen. I record whether or not they completed the work. The symbol "+" may be used for quality work, the symbol " √ " for satisfactory completed work, and the symbol "―" for incomplete and unsatisfactory work. It is very important that your child gives his or her best efforts as all times.
Tests, Projects, Writing Assignments, and Oral Presentations: Tests, research projects, writing prompts, and occasionally other assignments are evaluated with the use of a rubric where certain criteria must be met to receive a predetermined score. Number values of 1 through 4 may be used. (These values are explained below.)
Report Cards: Each trimester, students will be evaluated on their performance levels for the common core standards in each academic area. A number "4" indicates the student is working above the standard and shows superior performance. Students meeting the standard and showing solid performance receive a number "3." Students showing partial performance and who are working toward the standards receive a number "2." If a student is performing below the standard and is showing little demonstration of the concepts presented, the student receives a number "1."
We enjoy celebrating birthdays at school but we need to keep our celebrations simple. If you wish, you may send in a store-bought birthday treat that is individually wrapped and ready to serve. All treats need to be “nut free”. Please let me know a day or two ahead of time so I can add time into our schedule for a treat. Invitations to birthday parties may only be passed out before school or at recess and put directly into student's cubbies.
Water Bottle Usage
Students may bring in a water bottle with a pop-up lid to encourage proper hydration. Only water is allowed in the bottles and they must be filled before class starts for the day or at recess. Please write your child’s name on the bottle. I will encourage students to bring them home at the end of the week so they can be washed.
If a change needs to be made to where or how your child gets home for the day, please call the office directly at (360) 396-3700 before 3:15 p.m. or send a note with them in the morning and ask them to give it to the teacher. Please do not send an e-mail. I often do not have time to check e-mail until after the students have left or a guest teacher might be in the classroom for the day.
If you would like to volunteer in your child's classroom or around the school, I would appreciate and need your assistance. Let me know if you are able to come in for an hour each week, once a month, or help out with a project or field trip some time during the school year. Please note that all volunteers need to fill out and turn in the district's required volunteer packet.
I will be keeping in contact with you all year and please do the same with me. A school and class newsletter will be sent home in the Wolfle Folder once a month. The newsletters will inform families about our learning explorations, upcoming school events, and volunteer opportunities. I welcome your calls and messages. If at any time you would like to talk with me, please call at 396-3728 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will return your call or respond to your e-mail as quickly as possible.
I look forward to meeting you during the first couple of days of school and at the fall conferences. Your help and support is greatly appreciated this year!