Welcome to Room 352
August 30, 2017
I’d like to welcome you and your child to second grade.
My name is Valerie Couch and I am excited to begin a new school year as your child’s homeroom teacher. Second grade is an important year in academic and social development, and he/she will need lots of encouragement. I will strive to help your child become a responsible and independent learner.
We have 3 academic instructional teams (4 teachers per team) in grade 2. All teams provide targeted English/Language Arts (ELA) and math instruction throughout the day. Your child’s ELA and math team includes Mr. Bobby Mack, Mrs. Lisa Persinger, and Mrs. Roberta Moore as well as myself.
All second grade students will be assigned a year-long ELA teacher from our team. In addition, all second grade students are “flexible-grouped” throughout the school year for mathematics. This means that your child’s math teacher and some of the children they see in math classes may change at times during the school year (you will always be informed if this occurs) based on their instructional needs. Children take benchmark and unit tests, as well as pretests and posttests. We use these assessment scores to provide the correct support for your child’s needs. Homework will vary from teacher to teacher as well as within the classroom based on needs.
In addition to “flexible grouping” each day, your child will have certain classes, activities, and routines that they most definitely look forward to as second graders. Below are details for some of these daily routines:
LUNCH AND SNACKS
Please send something each day (no refrigerator available) for your child to have as a quick snack and drink. Crackers, fruit, and granola bars are good choices. Please be aware that we have students at school with food allergies. Therefore, please limit choices that might contain nut or nut byproducts.
I will send home a copy of your child’s Specials schedule on the first day of school. On gym days, please make sure your child wears tennis shoes so they can fully participate in gym class. You might want to provide a smock for Art class as well.
During the first several weeks of school, your child will be participating in various local math and reading assessments. These assessments are given so we know the math and reading level of your child as an incoming second grader. This helps us meet their needs by giving us the data we need to target future instruction in an appropriate manner.
Each student will be provided a student mailbox. Although parents receive Tuesday email blasts throughout the year, we still have a decent amount of papers that go home each week. Students usually begin the year in a responsible manner. But as the year progresses, sometimes they forget to check mailboxes. If you begin to notice a lack of papers coming home, please remind your child to check their mailbox.
Please check your child’s folder every night. In this folder are two pockets: “Keep at Home” and “Bring Back”. All papers on the Keep at Home side should be removed and read every evening. These can stay home. The Bring Back side will often have papers that need to be returned right away. There may also be important notifications or notes from me, as well as our weekly Homework Tracker. The HW Tracker will need to be signed nightly by an adult and will stay in the folder so I can check it daily.
Children are provided a printed homework sheet on Mondays of each week. Our reading units usually include 6 instructional days and math units last 2-4 weeks. Again, this varies. Therefore, tests are rarely on the same day each week.
Thank you for all that you do for your child. I’m looking forward to our first day of school. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school. Email works best (firstname.lastname@example.org).