Welcome to 2nd Grade 2nd Grade Team Pilar Balabuch Kristal Basham Kaity Dennis Mindi Keese Brian Klauer Veronica Montes Jenny Howell Bilingual Para Kim Solley Inclusion Website Be sure to check it out regularly for updates, new pictures, and links to our curriculum. www.dentonisd.org ➔Select a school- Pecan Creek ➔Academics- 2nd grade Homework Students need to have supplies (markers, crayons) at home for completing certain assignments. Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. Agendas Please keep all newsletters stapled to the agendas. Please sign the yellow box each evening. Reading materials will come home every Monday through Thursday. The papers in the packet are resources for questioning your child about what they’ve read. The questions are also what we use to assign reading responses. Arrival The morning bell now rings at 7:40am. The front doors, cafeteria doors, and 4th/5th hallway doors are open at 7:20 and all students must wait in the gym or cafeteria until 7:40. Tardies Please have all children at school by 7:50 to avoid distractions and to allow your child to not get behind on morning work. Breakfast Second grade has a late lunch this year. Please be sure your child eats a well balanced breakfast, with plenty of protein, before arriving at 7:50 in our classrooms. Absences If your child is absent, please call us the morning of the absence and leave us a message or email us. We worry when the children are not in our classroom. You must also send a note within 72 hours (signed and dated) for our files in the office. Journals We do a lot of work in our journals everyday (math, science, social studies, reading and writing). We won’t send these home until the end of the year. Library books We will go to the Library during our Specials rotations. The students will be taught how to find “just right” books. Snacks Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack to school each day. Please send items that are not distracting, easy to grab and eat while working, and easy to clean up. Items could include goldfish, pretzels, crackers, cheese sticks, fresh fruit, etc. Snacks must not require utensils. Spelling is out, word study is in Help your child each week with brainstorming their word study words in their spirals. We will not be giving Spelling Tests, but rather assess how they are using those words in their writing pieces. Addition and Subtraction Strategies Depending on the skills, some students may need extra practice at home with flash cards. I will send home extra activities and games as needed. Lunch and Breakfast Prices •Adult breakfasts have gone up to $2.00 •Students have stayed at $1.10 •Adult lunches -- $3.50 •Student lunches—$2.75 •The bistro box is the same price as the hot meal. Free and reduced students are able to have them also. •Water bottles are now $1.00 •Ice Cream for Second Grade is on Thursdays $0.50 • Lunch Guests If you come to eat lunch with your child, you are welcome to sit in the designated area outside the cafeteria with your child. Please don’t invite other children to join you. Thank you! Time for Kids Second graders are getting the opportunity to participate in “Time for Kids”. Time for Kids is a magazine filled with informational text that integrates current topics, math, social studies, science, and literacy. For $5.00 your child will receive a weekly magazine that follows right along with our curriculum. We will use these non-fiction magazines each week to learn more about our world and current events. Please send $5.00 (cash) to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, September 1st. We would like to get these ordered asap. If you can’t send the payment at this time, please send your teacher a note and we will take care of that for you. Not a problem at all! NEW: Progress Reports Progress reports will go home 3 weeks into the grading period with students who: 1) have a 1 on any area of the report card, or 2) have a 2 on any area of the report card for two consecutive grading periods or 3) are not meeting the independent reading level as indicated on the report card.