Welcome to Second Grade! We want to welcome you and your child to our class. We are looking forward to working with you this school year. Your second grader will be actively involved in learning many skills in our classrooms.
We hope that this booklet of information will help to make your transition into Second Grade a smooth one. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We feel communication between parents and teachers is an important part of educating children!
Second Grade Teachers
Parent/Teacher communication is very important to me. If at any time you attempt to contact me and do not hear back from me within 24 hours (excluding weekends) please try again. School is a very busy place and sometimes messages vanish into thin air, sneak off, or hide out despite our best efforts to keep everything running smoothly.
The primary source of parent/teacher communication will be your child's homework folder. It is very important that you check your child's folder daily for information. Teachers will check folders daily for communication from parents. However, our mornings are very busy and we may not have time to check folders until later in the morning, so if there is something urgent that needs our attention first thing in the morning, please have your child put the note in my hands.
E-mail is also great way to communicate with me. My e-mail address is email@example.com. I try to check my e-mail first thing in the morning as well as several times throughout the day.
You may also contact me by phone by calling the school at 654-1800. I am usually available before school from 7:35-7:55 or after school from 2:45-3:30. If you need to call during the school day you can leave a message with the office.
Classroom updates will be sent via e-mail.
On the second grade supply list is a folder from the school store with pockets. This folder is designated for transporting homework assignments (Mon.-Thurs.), a weekly log, your child’s completed papers, and notes to you. Please make a habit of checking your child’s folder each day(even on Fridays) and initialing his/her log. Any notes should be sent in this folder also. Urgent notes that need attention first thing in the morning should be handed to a teacher when your child arrives in class.
A conference will be held at the beginning of the school year (after Curriculum Night) and at the end of the school year. Other conferences may be requested (by the teacher or yourself) to discuss your child’s progress at any time throughout the year. In school phone conferences can be conducted from 2:45-3:30 PM. Messages can also be left in the office (654-1800).
Your second grader’s academic progress will continually be assessed throughout the school year. Evaluations are made from developmental assessments, anecdotal notes, work samples, and testing. Progress will be reported in the form of a developmental report card sent home every nine weeks.
Developmental Assessments are completed in the areas of communication skills (oral language, orientation to print, listening/silent reading comprehension, and writing) and mathematics. The skills on these assessments will be explained at your first parent-teacher conference. During activities, anecdotal notes are kept relating to your child’s understanding of concepts and skills. Samples of your child’s work are collected/dated/filed each week. In addition, reading tests which assess comprehension, written expression and decoding skills are administered.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE OF STUDENTS
Students cannot arrive on campus prior to 7:15 AM. Adult supervision will not begin until this time and Glen Arden cannot be legally liable for children dropped off at school before that time. Second grade students will report to the media center prior to being sent to their classrooms at 7:40 AM. Afternoon dismissal begins at 2:25 PM immediately following the announcements.
LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
If your child is leaving school early, we request that a note be sent to us in your child’s homework folder. Students will not be sent to the office until you arrive. Please allow extra time for your child to pack up and travel from the classroom to the office. You must sign him/her out in the office before leaving the building. We have recess from 11:30-12:00. You may not pick up your child during this time for safety reasons unless you have sent a note in the morning letting us know ahead of time. If you have sent a note, we will have your child wait in the office for you, otherwise you will need to wait until after recess. Glen Arden’s Safe Schools Policy requires a written note, signed by the parent, in order for child to be dismissed to anyone other than the parent or guardian.
CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION
If your child has any change in his/her transportation, we must have it in writing. Otherwise, we will send your child home by regular means. Please send notes inside your child’s homework folder. We understand that sometimes changes may need to be made last minute. In this case we can accept a change if you call the office by 1:45.
It is important that your second grader attend school each day unless he/she is ill. If your child is ill, please send a note explaining the absence when your child returns to school. If your child becomes ill at school, we will call you in the order listed on my classroom student information sheet. IF THESE PHONE NUMBERS CHANGE, PLEASE NOTIFY US IMMEDIATELY.
Absences related to illness, injury, death in the family, or court appearances that are signed by the parent will be considered excused absences. Students must bring a note from home stating the cause of the absence. According to Buncombe County Board policy, children with eight accumulated absences may be required to provide medical verification of the illness in order for the absence to be excused. Any student who attends less than 162 school days will be required to attend “Attendance Summer School.”
Absences not related to sickness, injury, death in the family, or court situations are usually unexcused. An Excessive Absence Letter will be sent home after 3, 6, and 10 days of unexcused absences. State Policy requires that students who accumulate 10 unexcused absences are to be referred to an attendance counselor for possible legal action.
Educational trips may be excused if they have prior approval. You must complete a Request for Approved Educational Student Leave form (located in the Student/Parent Handbook). The principal will notify you as to how the absence will be coded. Please remember that North Carolina law requires that our children attend school. Vacations, business trips, and family reunions are not valid reasons for excessive absences. (Further information on the attendance policy may be found in the Student/Parent Handbook.)
School begins at 8.00 AM. Our day commences immediately following the bell; therefore, it is imperative that your child be here and is ready to start our day. Please remember that the car rider line is often very long. We ask that you plan your time accordingly. Make sure you allow additional time for cold or rainy weather. If your child should arrive late, a TARDY slip must be obtained from the office before he/she comes to class. Tardies are marked on your child’s permanent record. Notices are sent home from the office for repeated tardies. We appreciate all efforts you make to insure that your child experiences a full instructional day.
The cafeteria begins serving breakfast at 7:30 AM. Please note: Students arriving by car who plan on eating breakfast need to be on campus by 7:40 AM.
In second grade, your child is responsible for his/her own money. Please make sure any money is sent in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and ID number written on the front. (We highly recommend the prepayment method.) Parents and grandparents are always welcome to join their child for lunch. Due to limited space and table assignments, guests will eat at designated tables with their children.
In second grade, the children can bring a healthy snack from home every day. We recommend that snacks should be nutritional and in bite-size quantities (any cutting should be done at home). Water is the only beverage allowed for snack time with the exception of medical needs. Cookies, chips and other similar 'junk foods' are not an appropriate snack and will not be allowed. We eat lunch at 11:00, so snack may not be needed unless your child eats a very early breakfast.
We do not allow birthday snacks in second grade, however, you are more than welcome to send in a non-food treat (such as a pencil or eraser) to help your child celebrate. I am open to most ideas that are quick and creative, such as sending in a special shirt to have the class sign, or donating a book to the classroom in your child's name.