2ND GRADE PROCEDURES Classroom Website www.schoolworld.com Click “Teacher Sites” Click “Find Teacher” Type in First Name box- J.J. Type in Last Name box- Alexander Click “Search” Click “J.J. Alexander” Class web page will appear (Please let me know if you have difficulty accessing this site) Homework Every night except Friday Homework notebooks must be signed every night by parent(s) only if the homework has been completed. Unannounced grades will be taken on homework assignments Incomplete homework will be completed during morning recess, if still not complete, it will be sent home for homework. Tests The test schedule for the following week (or weeks) will be on the homework board every Thursday. Students are required to take home all materials related to the upcoming tests every Friday; however, studying during the weekend is optional. Spelling Spelling tests are every Friday unless otherwise noted. The first 15 words of each test count toward the test grade. The 3 bonus words are worth 1 additional point each --- if correctly spelled! Vocabulary Vocabulary tests are given every two stories (usually every two weeks) unless otherwise noted. The number of words will vary according to the story or novel we are reading. Vocabulary notebooks go home every Friday. Math Fact and Written Assessment Tests are given every 5th math lesson. These tests do not appear on the Thursday test schedule. The daily lessons, homework sheets, and class manipulatives provide the necessary repetition. We may recommend extra math fact practice/work for your child if needed. Religion Religion tests are usually given every Thursday unless otherwise noted. (Refer to test schedule on Thursdays.) All religion tests are open book. Students are tested on highlighted material. Prior to each test, a review takes place, and students are given the page numbers on which they can find the answers on test day. Open book tests can be difficult and this year provides good practice for this skill. Religion workbooks need to be completed, shared as a family, signed by a parent and brought back on Friday or the next available school day. Workbook assignments will be assigned (usually Thursdays) and completed at home after each chapter we cover in the Religion textbook each week. Usually one chapter a week unless otherwise noted. All baptized Catholic second graders are eligible to make First Reconciliation and First Communion this year. The preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is an integral part of our year. We will provide additional, necessary information as the year progresses. Handwriting Second graders learn cursive this year! This is very exciting for the children. We begin cursive lessons after reviewing manuscript writing. Number grades are not given in handwriting; we use s+, s, s- Snack/Lunch Snack is each morning at 10:15 a.m. Please pack morning snack in a baggie labeled with student’s name. Lunch is at 11:55a.m. Reading When children have to read a story for homework (usually Monday and reread on Wednesdays), your child should read aloud to you (or a sitter or a sibling). Reading together is an important part of the learning to read process. See attached paper for more Reading information. Envelopes Envelopes are sent home every Wednesday and contain all graded class work and tests. Please correct the work, if not already corrected, review with child, sign and send the envelope back the following day. Folders Homework Folders need to be brought to class everyday. These are used to send homework, notes, information, mail, etc. Please check your child’s homework folder every day. Oreo (The Class Dog) Every child will get a chance to bring Oreo home over the weekend. A journal will also be sent home so the child can write about what they did with Oreo. You are more than welcome to enclose photographs of the weekend, too. Reward System/Discipline A behavior pocket chart is used to visually remind students of their behavior. Every student begins each day on green. Cards will be turned to yellow and then to red each time a student talks excessively at inappropriate times, misbehaves, is not following directions, etc. If a student has a yellow or red card at the end of the day, a note will be sent home stating why the child earned a card change 3 red cards will result in a disciplinary referral 3 disciplinary referrals will result in after school detention All students will start “fresh” every 9 weeks An entire week on green will result in a privilege (chosen from the “Behavior Box”) Chapter books Every child is required to bring a book from home to read during free time. The book does not have to be a chapter book, but the book needs to be long enough to last through two or more silent reading periods (15 minutes a day). Each time a student has completed a book, it is their responsibility to take it home and bring in a new one. Accelerated Reader Students are required to read 3 AR books and pass the accompanying tests each month. 80% or higher is considered passing. We will send home detailed information regarding AR’s before the program begins. Parties and Field Trips Birthday parties are usually celebrated on the last Friday of each month. Room mothers will inform you about party info. Field trips will be announced in advance; room mothers will make driving arrangements, etc. NO SIBLINGS PLEASE Traditionally, the second grade holds a Happy Birthday to Jesus party before the Christmas break. We also have a Valentine’s party and an end of the year party. Room moms will be in touch with you regarding these events. Conferences If you have questions or concerns, please contact me and we will set up an appointment. I will contact you if I have concerns. Mrs. Alexander’s home number: 758-0206 Mrs. Alexander’s e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Report Cards Students receive number grades on their report cards for Religion, Math, Spelling, Language Arts (Phonics), Reading (Vocabulary), Social Studies and Science. Handwriting, Spanish, art, P.E. and Music receive an s+, s or an s- Behavior is also noted on report cards. Extentions Work that is offered throughout the school year for extra credit in various subjects. Please check class website to see what extensions are available as well as due dates. Absents and Trips If your child is absent, all work (homework and class work) needs to be made up. Please return our assignment paper, signed, with your child’s assignments. If you request work ahead of time because of a trip, all work must be completed before the child returns to school. Please send a note in stating the reason for your child’s absence. I suggest that your second grader arrives at school around 7:45 a.m. if possible. There is homework to copy and A.M. work to be completed by 10:15a.m. Instruction begins around 8:40a.m. All A.M. work must be completed to participate in morning recess. If the incomplete work is not completed during morning recess, the work goes home for homework. Help your child be successful in second grade by getting to school on time! 2nd Grade Reading Information Reading levels will be assessed at least twice a year and monitored throughout the year. Reading levels, fluency and comprehension are assessed using the Harcourt K-2 Literacy Assessment. I will use running records as my resource of assessing. 16 leveled books span all proficiency levels, 1 – 32, with a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature. Stages of Reading, Grades K-2: Levels 1 – 4: Early Emergent Kindergarten Levels 5 – 8: Early Developing First Grade (early) Levels 9 – 16: Developing First Grade Levels 17 – 24: Early Independent Second Grade Levels 25 – 32: Independent Second Grade (end) Being an independent reader (levels 25 – 32) is the goal by the end of second grade. The class will be divided into 3 reading groups depending on their ability level. The 3 groups are: Below Grade Level, On Grade Level, and Above Grade Level. (Students will not have this knowledge due to self-esteem and privacy issues.) By dividing students into leveled, small groups, we are able to focus on and teach the students the skills they need to grow. Reading grades on report cards are composed of reading comprehension tests, vocabulary tests, reading workbook assignments (either class work or homework), journal and participation.
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