We are off to a great start in second grade! We have a terrific class of second graders and despite the terribly warm temperatures, they haveare doing so well getting used to all the new procedures and routines. They are eager to make new friends and help out their classmates already! It’s going to be a great school year!
I am excited to finally have a full five-day week with our class. We will be off and running this week with a nearly “normal” schedule. I say “nearly normal” because we will not have our regular computer lab schedule as the students will be going to the lab two times this week, but for longer sessions in order to take the STAR reading and math assessments.
Our school wide behavior calendar (PBIS Calendar) is to be kept in the outside sleeve of your child’s red folder. Please make it a nightly habit to check the red folder for any check marks and teacher notes on the calendar. If something is noted, please sign/initial the calendar and discuss with your child the importance of being a good citizen while at school. It is our goal that each child keeps a “clean” calendar each month and earns the monthly reward for their positive behavior – meaning they have followed Highland Drive’s building rules:
*Be Respectful * Be Responsible *Be Ready to Learn *Be the Difference
In addition to checking the behavior calendar, please make sure to check inside your child’s red folder every day. Remove those items on the “Home” side, and return those on the “School” side. Homework sheets should stay in the “School” side until the week is over.
We work hard in second grade, so I allow the children to take a healthy snack break. This snack is intended to take the edge off the students’ hunger. The snack must have nutritional value, therefore it should exclude items such as candy, chips, or cookies. Some healthy snack suggestions include yogurt, a cereal bar, applesauce, pretzels, cut up fruits or vegetables, crackers and cheese. This nutrition break will ensure we have the “brain power” to do our best in second grade! Please ensure that snacks do not contain any peanuts or tree nuts. Snacks should be packed separately from lunches as they are stored in the desks until snack time.
Please send in a water bottle each day. This should be separate from the drink in the lunch box. Only water please! Juice can spill and be very sticky!
Here is what we’ll be working on this week:
My goal is to have an open line of communication between home and school. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did you know one of the most prominent indicators of a successful reader is the amount of time spent actually reading? Let’s figure it out — mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits,
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
+ Which student would you expect to read better?
+ Which student would you expect to know more?
+ Which student would you expect to write better?
+ Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
+ Which student would you expect to be more successful in school….and in life?
No matter how busy parents are, there are things they can do to help their children. Parents of first- and second-graders in the “School Transition Study,” conducted by the Harvard Family Research Project, have discovered creative ways to stay involved in their children’s learning and development. Researchers conducting the survey learned important and useful tips to share with busy parents.
Being involved with school is an important way to show you care about your child’s learning.
Source: Early Childhood Digest, Sept. 1999, National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education, and U.S. Dept. of Education, 202/219-1935.
Everyone knows that a little praise goes a long way. But a little praise really needs to be something more than the same few phrases, repeated over and over. Students need more than the “traditional” teacher comments (good and very good), especially if you are trying to encourage a student. These are phrases that parents can use, too! Try these……
That’s really nice.
Wow! That’s great!
I like the way you are working.
Keep up the good work.
That’s quite an improvement.
Keep it up.
What neat work.
You really outdid yourself today.
I am pleased by this kind of work.
Good for you!
I’m proud of you.
You’ve got it now.
You make it look easy.
Your work is coming along nicely.
I am impressed.
You’re on the right track now.
Now you’ve figured it out.
You’ve made a very good point.
I appreciate your effort.
That’s “A” work for sure.
You put a lot of work into this.
That’s the right answer.
Very interesting ideas here.
You should be proud of this.
Congratulations on the good score.
Quality effort went into this work.
* Source: N.S.E.A.