Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2ndgrade! School is just around the corner! I’m excited for the opportunity to get to know you, and am looking forward to a fun and productive year.
I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Sara Arnett, formerly known around here as Miss Sara Scalf. I recently got married so it is taking everyone a while to adjust to the new name, including me! I graduated from Bowling Green State University in May of 2007 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am licensed to teach all subject areas for Preschool through Third grade. I have beenteaching here at Cornerstone for the past 6 years. I have been lucky enough to teach Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.
Curriculum areas we will continue to focus on this year: Literacy, Math, Science and Paragon. The students will also participate in specials including: Physical Education, Music, Art, and Spanish.
Each day we will spend 120 minutes focusing on Literacy, which includes reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and all language arts. We will dedicate 90 minutes to Math, 60 minutes of Science, and 90 minutes of Paragon. Our class will be self-contained, meaning they will stay with the same teacher in the same classroom throughout the day.
I will strive to make our second grade classroom a place for questions, sharing, responsibility and growth.Together we can work to ensure the success of your child. I am looking forward to working with your child this year and helping him or her to achieve his or her full potential.
Through the remainder of this letter, I will explain the many different classroom and school procedures that your child will be asked to follow this year.
(Formerly known as “Miss Scalf”)
Studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the strongest indicators of student achievement.
I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, emails, newsletters, quarterly reports, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can send me a note, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Email is the easiest way for me to communicate quickly. I am also available for conferences regarding your child’s progress by appointment only on school days.
Throughout the school year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies and treats. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value the school.
Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success. Most 2nd grade learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it is next to impossible to make up work at home. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency. If your child needs to miss school, please contact the office to report the absence.
It is very important that your child arrives to school on time every day. School opens at 7:45 AM. Class begins promptly at 8:00 AM. After 8:00 your child will have to get signed in at the office. If you are planning to take advantage of eating breakfast at school he/she needs to arrive at 7:30. Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50. If your child rides the bus they will be served breakfast when they arrive to school. If you need to pick up your child during the day, you must sign him/her out in the office. Student pick up is from 3:30-3:35 each day. Students need to be picked up by 3:45.
Changes in Transportation
If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you must send a written note or call the school. Do not rely on your child to tell the school this information. Children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.
On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring in money to school. Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information written on it:
- Your child’s first and last name
- The amount of money
- The purpose for the money (book money, party money, lunch money, etc.)
- Teacher name
We have snack time each day. I will provide snacks for the 1st week of school. If your child has certain dietary needs please make me aware as soon as possible. I will be sending home a monthly calendar which will include your assigned snack day. On this day you need to bring in a healthy snack for the class (25 snacks or a bulk item I can distribute).
I will be sending you weekly newsletters via email. The newsletter will have information as to what we are learning, things we may need help with, and other things happening in our classroom.
I will be sending home a reading log for students to fill out throughout the week. Reading logs will be expected to be turned in every Friday. Additional homework will be sent in folders when new skills need to be practiced at home. These additional assignments need to be returned the next day unless otherwise noted.
In our Paragon curriculum we do a lot of hands on activities varying from painting to role plays. From time to time I will send a list of supplies when we have an upcoming activity. If you would like to contribute to our classroom here are some items we would greatly appreciate! The materials listed below we need for our first paragon unit.
- Old magazines (school appropriate)
- Ziploc bags
- Pictures of foods (from ads/newspaper)
- Petroleum jelly
- Plastic wrap
- Toilet paper & paper towel rolls
- Egg cartons
- Baby food jars/yogurt cups
Toys are not to be brought to school because they provide a distraction to the teaching environment. If a toy is brought to school it will be kept in my desk until a parent/guardian comes in with the student to pick it up.
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class on his/her birthday. Please send a note a day or two in advance, so I can give you an exact number of children in the class and set aside some class time for the party. Please do not send birthday party invitations to school unless the entire class has been invited. Although it may seem convenient to distribute invitations this way, it can result in hurt feelings for those not invited.
*If your child does not celebrate birthdays or holidays please let me know at the beginning of the school year.
Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For these reasons, the discipline plan I have created has several components.
First, the children will learn the purpose of the classroom rules and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing, and working nicely with others. In the classroom, we will use the general school rules. If the need arises, new, classroom-specific rules will be created to ensure a positive and safe classroom environment for all students.
In order to keep track of student behavior, I have created a color-coded behavior management system. We will have a classroom behavior ladder and each student will have a clip with their name on it, which can be moved from one color to the next.
All student clips will begin on green each morning. The student clips can be moved up or down depending on their behavior choices for the day. Please read below for more details.
- Extraordinary day= Reach for the Stars
-2 Warnings=orange (note home, lose 5 minutes of recess)
-3 Warnings=red (call home, written reflection during recess/loss of recess for 1 day)
*Students will have a behavior calendar that they will color at the end of the day and take home each night.
I look forward to working with you and your child this school year. It is my intention to provide the best, most positive, learning environment for your child. I know that through hard work, and cooperation, each child will experience success this year.
STAR OF THE WEEK
While your child is the Star of the Week, each day of the week will consist of an exciting event or activity to honor him or her.
*Monday: Sharing Sack: During the week before a student is Star of the Week, a tote bag will be sent home with the child. Students have a week to collect 3 special items with which to fill the bag at home and bring it back to share with classmates on Monday. Students should also bring 12 photos of their choice to display on the Star of the Week bulletin board.
Tuesday: Favorite Book: The star student brings one of his or her books to read to the class. Students can read the book aloud to the class if it can be read in less than 10 minutes long or give a book-talk if the book is longer.
*Wednesday: Parent Letter: Parents will write a letter to the class telling us how special your child is to you. Send the letter in a sealed envelope to school with your child, and I will read the letter to the class at class meeting. The content of the letter is up to you, but you may want to choose from the following ideas: Describe special or funny stories about your child for the class to hear, write a silly or serious poem about your child, tell us some neat things we may not know about your child, send silly or special pictures with a letter describing the pictures, or write a short story with your child as the main character. You may also send a video for the class to watch if you choose.
*Thursday: Lunch Buddy: If possible, join your child in the cafeteria for a special lunch on this day. You may also choose to invite a sibling or a favorite relative to be your child’s lunch buddy. You can have the buddy be a surprise or let your child know ahead of time. If you are unable to make it during our lunch period (12:30-1:10), please let me know, and I will plan a special lunch for your child.
*Friday: Star Recognition: The star student will be recognized by his or her classmates and presented with a "Star of the Week" certificate.
* The events planned for Wednesday, Thursday , and Friday can be swapped in order to accommodate your personal schedules if you are planning to be a lunch buddy during the week.