Second Grade Handbook



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. 


Your child is required to have a two-pocket folder from our school store. This folder is designated for transporting assignments, a weekly log, and your child’s completed papers. Please make a habit of checking your child’s folder each day and initialing his/her log. Please note that your child is responsible for turning in papers, notes and money. from his/her folder each morning as well as putting papers from his/her mailbox in the folder each afternoon.

When sending money with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope, labeled with your child’s name and the designation for the money (lunch money, PTO, field trip, etc.).



In second grade, we are all RAM Stars. That means 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 Class Dojo. If your student makes a poor decision it will be handled on a personal basis and I will let you know if there is anything for you to be concerned about. A student may also bring home a ‘think sheet’ if his/her behavior does not improve, and you will be asked to sign this sheet and return it to school.


In our classroom we will work together to make positive choices each day. Whole group efforts can earn stars for our class star jar. Once our class receives 100 stars in our jar, students will vote on a class celebration. Students will also have opportunities to receive individual privileges.



A conference will be held at the beginning of the school year (after reading assessments are complete) 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. Phone conferences may be conducted after 2:45 pm. Report cards will be sent at the end of each nine-week 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 or via email. 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. 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.

**Please be aware that we are on the playground from 12:05 to 12:35 each day. In order to ensure safety, we will not dismiss students from the playground, so please plan to pick up your child either before or after this time. If you need to pick him/her up during our recess time, you are required to send a note in the homework folder and we will have your student waiting in the office for you.**


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.

Educational trips may be excused if they have prior approval. You must complete a Request for Approved Educational Student Leave form. 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 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. Students arriving by car and expecting to eat breakfast should arrive on campus no later than 7:45.



In second grade, your child is responsible for his/her own money. Please place money in a sealed envelope. 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 11:20 – 11:50Parents and grandparents are always welcome to join your child for lunch. Please remember to stop by the office and sign in on the computer to 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. 


Because of our early lunch time in second grade, we will not have a snack time during the day. Spill-proof water bottles are allowed and encouraged. Students may only have water (no other drinks) in the classroom.



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. You may send in special “favors” for the class, such as pencils or erasers, if you choose. Instead of party favors, you may also like 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.