August 18, 2017
I’d like to welcome you and your children to our classroom. We are looking forward to a successful year in 2nd grade! We will be having parent-teacher conferences next month, but in the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me at school (837-6100) or see me after school.
Many parents rightfully ask what they can do to help with their child’s education. Of course parents should read with their children every night for about 20 minutes, helping them to use spelling/phonics rules and story context to decode challenging words. Naturally, support and patience is needed to help them progress in their reading skills.
Also, use some inexpensive addition and subtraction flash cards to help your child practice their math facts. I’ll be sending some home in a couple of weeks. In addition, practice adding small amounts of different coins together, and turn as many real-life experiences (such as shopping, cooking, and reading road and store signs) into learning opportunities.
Each week, we will have a list of spelling words to study and practice. Please be sure to review the spelling rules and patterns with your child and give a practice spelling test to him/her each Thursday night.
You’ll find our Palla School rules in the yearly Student Handbook, but here are our classroom rules and consequences:
REWARDS: To reinforce positive behavior, we will be constantly giving out PAWS tickets that lead to treats, activities and prizes. We also have a class prize box that we visit every week. We will also be sending home positive notes about how specific students are following our PAWS rules in class and at recess.
CONSEQUENCES (for each offense during any given day):
Every Friday, students will be bringing home a purple conduct folder that will show you the conduct colors they earned each day. The colors and consequences are explained on the conduct folders. Please check your child’s backpack for this each Friday, sign the box for that week, and return it with your child in his/her backpack each Monday morning. It is crucial that we have accountability for your child’s classroom behavior (that I know you are being informed about their conduct every week)!
Thanks in advance for all of your help and support with your child’s education this year! Working together, we can give every opportunity for your child to have excellent progress in second grade!