(Frequently Asked Questions)
When does school begin and end?
The tardy bell rings at 7:30. This means that students are to be in their classrooms by this time. School dismisses at 2:15. If students have an appointment, they must either be picked up after 11:00 or come to school before 11:00 to be counted present.
Can I help out in class? Yes! We would love to have your help! Due to recent budget cuts, we only have one assistant for all of 2nd grade! There are lots of ways that you can volunteer depending on what you enjoying doing. You can even help out from home! Click here for a list of ways that you can volunteer. Please e-mail me if you are interested in volunteering.
What will my child be learning this year?
When are Early Release Days? (For the 2012-2013 school year)
Students will be dismissed at 11:00 on these days: Sept. 19th, Oct. 31st, Dec. 5th, Feb. 13th, Mar. 20th, and April 24th.
What's the best way to contact you if I have a question? The best way to reach me is by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). I usually check my e-mail several times each day. You may also write a note in your child's home folder or call the school at 704-662-8261.
How do I know what's going on in class?
There are lots of ways that you can be informed about your child's second grade year.
Ask your child
Read the weekly newsletter on our class website
Look at your child's classwork and tests
Bookmark our class website and visit it often (it's updated at least once a week)
E-mail the teacher with any questions or concerns.
What does my child have for homework?
Students will have spelling and math most weeks. Both are due on Thursday each week. Students are also expected to read at least 5 days a week for at least 20 minutes each day.
Did you know? If your child reads for 20 minutes a night, 5 nights a week this school year, they will have read 3,600 minutes over the course of the school year! Students that read for only 4 minutes a night, 5 nights a week will have read for only 720 minutes over the school year. Research proves that students who read at home do better in school than students who read just a little or not at all. Reading is important! Please don't skip it!
(Click here for the full article about nightly reading)
How will my child be graded?
Report Card Standards: M= Mastery S= Satisfactory, N= Needs Improvement, U= Unsatisfactory
For 3rd and 4th quarter, we will put exact grades on classwork, tests, and homework to help prepare students for 3rd grade.
F: Below 70
What does the word "corrected" mean on my child's work?
I try to help students correct mistakes they made on their classwork. Once I help students fix their mistakes, I write "corrected" on their papers. This lets you know that your child has corrected problems they missed. I obviously can't do this for every assignment, but I feel it's important that students learn from their mistakes. Please encourage your child to correct problems missed on tests and work. This will help prevent them from making the same mistakes over and over.
What do I do when my child is sick? Please complete the on-line absence form about why your child is out from school. You are also welcome to e-mail me and I can send home missed work with a sibling or neighbor (or I can leave it at the office for you to pick up). Click here to read the ISS attendance policy.
Can I eat lunch with my child?
We would love to have you join us for lunch. Please meet us in the cafeteria at 11:35. If it is nice weather, please eat at the picnic tables right outside the cafeteria with your child. This will help us with seating. We look forward to seeing you soon!
When can my child go to the library?
Students have the opportunity to go to the library every day. We have media class once a week. However, students are allowed to return and check out books every day. Second graders are allowed to check out 2 books at a time.
When can my child take an AR test at school?
Students are allowed to take AR tests every day. Students can take tests first thing in the morning and during DEAR time.
What about my child's birthday? Birthdays are special occasions for children. If your child wishes, he/she can bring in treats for the class to pass out at lunch time. All treats have to be store bought. Click here for more information about how to make your child's birthday special at school.
Parents, if you have any other questions
please don't hestiate to contact me.