Classroom Handbook

Dear Parents,

       Welcome to Second Grade!  I want to welcome you and your child to our class.  I am looking forward to working with you this school year.  I hope that this 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 me.  I feel communication between parents and teachers is an important part of educating children!



                                                Priscilla Muir and Lisa Orr


Regular communication between parents and teachers is so important to a student's success! Updates will be sent via email. Please read these emails carefully and discuss with your child. Please let me know if you ever have questions or concerns. If you need to get in touch with me, please email me or call the school (654-1800) and leave a message. Please be aware that I am actively teaching during regular school hours, so I will most likely be able to respond either before or after school. However, if you don't hear from me within 24 hours, that means that I somehow did not get your message, and I appreciate you trying again.


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, notes to you, and books checked out from the classroom. Please make a habit of checking your child's folder each day and initialing his/her log. Any notes should be sent in this folder also.


 In second grade, we are all RAM Stars. That means the we strive to be Respectful, Accountable, Mindful, and Safe at all times. When students are showing RAM Star behavior, positive points will be recorded on the Class Dojo web site. When they need to think about their choices, they will be asked to "make a change," and a negative point will be recorded on Class Dojo. You will be able to check your child's daily report via Class Dojo (more information will be sent about this). Students will learn about natural consequences when they are asked to make a change. For instance, if a child does not work well with a partner, he or she may be asked to work alone during the next group activity. Students may also bring home a think sheet to help them think through how they can make better choices in the future. As students meet behavior goals, they will participate in the following class celebrations:
                     First Nine Weeks: Extra Recess
                     Second Nine Weeks: Art Party
                     Third Nine Weeks: Game Day
                     Fourth Nine Weeks: Picnic Lunch 


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 may be conducted after 2:45 PM. Report cards will be sent at the end of each nine weeks grading period. Also, you may check the Parent Portal throughout the year to stay up-to-date on your child's assessments. You may get your pass code from the office.


Students may not 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. 



If your child is leaving school early, we request that a note be sent to us in your child's homework folder. Your child will be called to front of the office when you arrive. You must sign him/her out in the office before leaving the building. Please make sure to allow enough time for your child to be dismissed from the classroom and travel to the office. Also, please be aware that we are on the playground from 11:40-12:10 each day. In order to ensure safety, we may not dismiss students from the playground, so please plan to pick up your child either before or after this time. Glen Arden's Safe Schools Policy requires a written note, signed by the parent, in order for a child to be dismissed to anyone other than the parent or guardian.


If your child has any change in his/her transportation, we must have it in writing or through communication with the office. Otherwise, we will send your child home by regular means. Please email Shawna Butcher at with any transportation changes. All transportation changes must be made by 1:45 each day!


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 the 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 or email stating the cause of the absence within three days 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.

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 and in the back of this booklet). 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, so 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 7:15 AM. Buncombe County provides breakfast to all students at no cost. Please note: Students arriving by car who plan on eating breakfast need to be on campus by 7:30 AM in order to eat in the cafeteria.


In second grade, your child is responsible for his/her own money. We suggest a sealed envelope or a weekly check to pay for lunch. It is best for students to take money to the cafeteria in the morning before school so that they don't have to keep track of it during the day. (We highly recommend the online prepayment method.) Menus are sent home monthly. Our lunch period is 11:05 - 11:35. Parents and grandparents are always welcome to join their child for lunch. Please remember to stop by the office to sign in on the computer and get a badge whenever you join your child for lunch. Then, please meet us in the cafeteria. Due to limited space and table assignments, guests will eat at designated tables with their children. 


In second grade, the children may bring a healthy snack from home every day. Snack time will be in the morning.  Snacks must be nutritional and in bite-size quantities (any cutting should be done at home). We will continue instruction during snack, so please make sure that your child's snack can be enjoyed while working.  In order to provide the healthiest snacks, please avoid snacks containing refined sugar, chocolate, or caffeine. Water bottles are allowed and encouraged. Students may only have water in the classroom. Suggested snacks: whole grain crackers, muffin, fruit (grapes, banana, pear, and apple), graham crackers, trail mix, unsweetened dry cereal, vegetable sticks (celery, carrots, etc.), cheese.


Due to Healthy Child policies, we celebrate birthdays without special class snacks (cupcakes, etc.). In second grade, students will still receive recognition and special leadership opportunities in the classroom on his or her birthday. Instead of party favors, please feel free to donate a book of your child's choice to our classroom library in his or her honor with a dedication from your child written inside.

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