What and Who you need to know to survive
the 2 nd Grade…
Meet your Classmates
Mrs. Carlile HI! I’m Mrs. Carlile , and I teach 2nd grade
at Roosevelt Elementary. I have a wonderful
husband named John, a little boy named
Parker, a cat named Peaches, and a puppy
named Lola. In November of this year we
will be welcoming a new little girl into our
This is my fourth year at Roosevelt and my
third year teaching second grade. I love
teaching and am looking forward to this
I really try to make learning fun in my
classroom. I want students to do things that they
love and learn while doing it!
HI! I’m Mrs.Smith,
and I teach 2nd
grade at Roosevelt
Meet the Principal…
Mrs. Pruitt is the Principal.
She is excited to have you
at Roosevelt this school
Meet other teachers your child may
be working with…
Mr. Stoddard teaches PE
at Roosevelt. Your child
will visit him twice a Mrs. Adams is the
week for 25 minutes. music teacher at
child will visit her
Mrs. Fabyunkey is one of the twice a week for
Reading Teachers. She 25 minutes.
teaches one of the second
Mrs. Johnson and
Mrs. Fennel is one of Mrs. Bracket are
the other second the librarians at
grade teachers. She Roosevelt. Your
also teaches one of child will visit them
the 90 minute once a week for 30
reading groups. minutes.
8:55-9:15 Begin School Day
9:15-11:00 Walk to Read/ Read Aloud
12:55-1:25 Reading Interventions
2:05-2:25 Specialist, Jobs, SS,
End of School Day
8:55-9:10 Begin School Day
9:15-10:45 Walk to Read
10:50-11:05 Read Alouds
1:30-2:30 Specialist/Fab Friday
End School Day
Rainbow Chart Guidelines…Go
*Blue—An “Excellent” Day Blue!
A blue score on the rainbow chart is the goal for each student to achieve.
Achieving this daily goal may be a difficult task, and Students are praised
for their excellent behavior. (If a student receives a whole week of blue
scores he/she will be rewarded.)
*Green—A “Good” Day
A green score on the rainbow chart is given if a student has received a
warning about their behavior.
*Yellow—A “Not So Good” Day
A yellow score on the rainbow chart is given if a student has received
multiple warnings about their behavior. The student has also gone to “think
time” to reflect on their poor choice(s). Student will miss recess that day, or
the following day.
*Red—A “Bad” Day
Punishment depends on the student and the offense, but typically:
Students will have gone to “think time”, and chosen not to change their
behavior, or take “think time” seriously.
Student will be sent to the office.
Parents will receive a note or a phone call home.
Individual Rewards: A blue score on the rainbow chart
will give you the opportunity to have special privileges
and participate in silent ball at the end of the day.
Table Group Rewards: Each table group will receive
points throughout the week for their ability to work as a
group and stay on task. At the end of the week the
group with the highest amount of points will receive a
treasure box on the last day of the week.
Whole Class: Using the “Sky is the Limit” poster, the
class will be able to move their parachute up one cloud
towards their goal if they are “Wowing” me. Once the
class reaches the sun they will have a party.
Monthly Cultural Celebrations
February- African American
March- Celebrate Women’s History
May- Pacific Islander
A Look Ahead….
First Day of School—September 5th
Conferences—October 8th and 9th
Veteran’s Day—November 12th
Thanksgiving Break—November 22nd-23rd
Christmas Break—December 20th-Jan. 2nd
MLK Day—January 21st
President’s Day—February 18th
Spring Break—March 31st-April 4th
Memorial Day—May 26th
Last Day of School—June 17th
90 Minute Reading Block
Students spend 90-120 minutes a day working in a
reading group that meets their skill level. As a school
Roosevelt uses a reading curriculum called Open
Open Court Reading is a research-based curriculum
grounded in systematic, explicit instruction of
phonemic awareness, phonics and word knowledge,
comprehension skills and strategies, and inquiry skills.
Developed by John Saxon
Saxon Math involves teaching a new mathematical
concept every day and constantly reviewing old
Some the many mathematical concepts your child will
learn in second grade include:
Telling Time Problem Solving
Calendar Graphing Information
Patterns Beginning Multiplication
Second Grade Science Units
In the Insects unit, the students will be able to learn about various
insects, their life cycles, and how they are important to the earth.
Insects will be brought into the classroom and students will be able
to study them for themselves!
Balance and Motion
In the balance and motion unit, students experience why/how some
things move from one place to another or why some things move
around and around in a rotational motion. They learn to modify
unstable systems, construct toys that spin, and describe various
The Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
This unit provide experiences that heighten students' awareness of
rocks as earth materials and natural resources. They will come to
know rocks by many names and in a variety of sizes. Pebbles and
sand are the same material—just different sizes.
Step Up to Writing
The main focus of Step-Up is
enables your students to
visualize writing organization.
Using the colors of a traffic
signal, students are better able
to see which aspects of their
writing need improvement. They
can also verify the logic and
organization of their ideas.
Prioritizing and supporting
thoughts are no longer vague
where their writing needs to go
and how to get there.
What to Expect for Homework
Homework packets are given out weekly. Packets include a
reading log, and other work that students have been working
on in class. Students will receive their packets Monday at the
end of the day. Packets should be turned in completed on
Friday morning. Students will receive daily math homework
corresponding to the day’s math lesson.
Homework at Second grade is designed to be done WITH
PARENTAL SUPPORT. Your child will not be able to complete
and get credit for their homework without your participation.
This is done because studies have proven that doing
homework with support leads to better comprehension and
understanding, not to mention it is time they get to spend with
you! Their special time!
2nd Grade Booklist
Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Series)
by Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (illus.)
You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (illus.)
Chicken Soup with Rice, A Book of Months
by Maurice Sendak
by Jeff Brown, Steve Bjorkman (illus.)
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
The Great Kapok Tree A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
by Janell Cannon, Jewell Cannon
Other great books include the Magic Tree House and the Junie B. Jones series
We encourage you to take the time to familiarize
yourself with what’s going on in the classroom.
Please access Mrs. Carlile’s smart page located
on the school website. It will keep you up to date
with important classroom information.
Our doors are always open and we are able to talk
before or after school. Please feel free to call me
at 571-4442, or Mrs. Smith at 571-4441 with any
questions or concerns that you may have.
We are Looking Forward
to a Great Year!!