Second Grade Handbook

Second Grade Handbook

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!

Mrs. Bassett



Regular communication between parents and teachers is so important to a student's success! Updates will be sent via email and your child’s homework log. Please read these emails carefully and discuss with your child as appropriate. 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. 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 office with pockets. This folder is designated for transporting assignments, a weekly log, your child’s completed papers, notes to you. 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.   Be aware that your child is responsible for turning in papers, notes and money, etc. from the folder in the morning as well as putting papers from his/her mailbox back into the folder in the afternoon.  Please make sure that any money you send in is labeled with your child’s name and the purpose (Lunch, field trip, fundraiser) for the money so we can make sure it gets to the right place. 


 In second grade, we are all RAM Stars. That means we strive to be Respectful, Accountable, Mindful, and Safe at all times. In our class we will work together to make positive choices.  Whole group efforts can earn stars to fill up our class star jar.  When the class earns 100 stars they will vote on a class celebration.  Student will also have opportunities to earn individual privileges. 

Poor choices will be handled on an individual basis with a focus on natural consequences.  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



A conference will be held at the beginning of the school year (after reading assessments are completed) 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 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 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.

**Also, please be aware that we are on the playground from 12:45-1:15 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 during this time you are required to send a note in the folder in the morning 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 Dawn Peterson (dawn.peterson@bcsemail.organd Sallie George ( with any transportation changes. Please do not e-mail transportation changes to me in case I am not here or do not have a chance to check e-mail during the school day.  All transportation changes must be made by 1:30 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 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 for 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 on time. 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 ensure 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 7:45 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 your 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. 


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.


We are looking forward to a great year together!!