Classroom 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. 

                                                Sincerely,

                                                Ms. Nutt

                                                    priscilla.nutt@bcsemail.org

HEALTH AND SAFETY

All students will be required to wear a mask when indoors at school. Please practice wearing a mask correctly, covering both mouth and nose, with your child and make sure your child’s mask fits well. We also recommend sending a second mask for your child each day in case the first one gets dirty during the day. Students who are wearing masks correctly may not have to quarantine even if we have a positive COVID case in the classroom! Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms of COVID and if they feel ill, they should stay home. Please ask if you have concerns about our health and safety protocols.

 

FAMILY/TEACHER COMMUNICATION

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 make sure to check your email daily, as this is the primary form of communication. 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 (828-654-1800) 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 one school day, that means that I somehow did not get your message, and I appreciate you trying again. 

*Please see below for communication regarding transportation and absences!*


CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION

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 (sallie.george@bcsemail.org) 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 1:45 each day!

ATTENDANCE/ILLNESS

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 dawn.peterson@bcsemail.org stating the cause of the absence within three days of the absence

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.

HOMEWORK FOLDER

On the second grade supply list is a folder from the school with pockets. Please make a habit of checking your child’s folder each day and removing any papers that don’t need to return to school. 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.  

LEADER IN ME/BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

In second grade, we are all RAM Star Leaders. We are working on practicing the 7 Habits and being Respectful, Accountable, Mindful, and Safe (RAMS) at all times. 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.  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.  Students will also have opportunities to earn individual privileges.  

 

CONFERENCES/REPORT CARDS

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.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE OF STUDENTS

Students may not arrive on campus prior to 7:30 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. Afternoon dismissal begins at 2:30 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 or via email. Your child will be called to 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 9:00-9:15 and 12:30-12:45 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. **

TARDIES

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. 

BREAKFAST

Breakfast is served at 7:30 AM. All students can eat breakfast at no cost. Students arriving by car who plan on eating breakfast need to be on campus by 7:45 AM in order to finish eating before the instructional day begins at 8:00.

LUNCH

Lunch is available to all students at no cost.  

WATER BOTTLES 

Each student should bring a spill-proof water bottle each day. Students may only have water (no other drinks) in the classroom. 

BIRTHDAYS

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.

Please keep this Second Grade Student Handbook and review throughout the year as needed. We are looking forward to a great year together!