Mrs. Carlson's Class

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year at St. Joseph Catholic School!  We have so many exciting and interesting things going on in our classroom this year! You will find important information about our classroom below.

Picture Day is Friday, September 16th.  Your child may wear dress-up clothes or his/her school uniform. 

September 8, 2011

Newsletter #1
Dear Families,
Welcome to the second grade! I am looking forward to a special year with your child. We have so many wonderful activities planned for the new school year. In these first few weeks, we have been getting to know each other and building our community. I will continue to share our learning in the classroom and important information in weekly newsletters. Please share these newsletters with your child and then sign and return them to school or e-mail me letting me know you read it. Thank you.
I wanted to send a note to introduce myself and some of the procedures in my classroom. I look forward to working with all of you and many of you I already know, as this is my sixth year teaching second grade here at St. Joseph Catholic School. My family is very important to me. I know you will hear stories about my sisters, my dog, and my two cats. :)
I love teaching! I feel that with humor and sensitivity I can make a difference. I believe in pushing each child to his/her potential. I decorate the classroom so that it is as comfortable as possible. I feel that children learn best when they are in a safe, home-like enviroment. Therefore, your child may bring in plants, books, or magazines for the classroom, if they would like.
Other useful items that we can always use are:
*science materiels: paper plates, magnifying glasses, magnets...
*fabric scraps
*white socks (puppets)
*pipe cleaners
*pie tins
*paint brushes
*playground equipment (bouncy balls...)
We do celebrate birthdays. We pray a Birthday Blessing and sing a special song. No pizza parties please. If you would like to send in a treat, you may send in small cupcakes, but I encourage you to look at the healthy snack list and choose from there. The students are usually just as excited about cheese and crackers as cupcakes. I only ask that the treats be individually wrapped. Thank you.
-The B.E.A.R. folder (Bring Everything Always Ready) will go home each day and must be brought to school each day. Mail, graded papers, and a Mass Attendance sheet will go home on Fridays in a Mail Folder. Please empty and return on Mondays with the completed Mass Attendance sheet inside.
-Specials: Mondays (Music), Tuesdays and Thursdays (Gym), Wednesdays (Computer Class and Library), Fridays (Art)
-Please have your child come dressed for gym class on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we have gym at 8:00-8:30 a.m. The school uniform and shoes should be packed in the school bag or gym bag. If you do not have a gym bag, a plastic bag will do.
-Like the B.E.A.R. folder, it is your child's responsibility to bring the library book home and then bring it back to school the next day. Whatever book your child checks out he/she will have it for one week (sometimes longer). It must be returned the following Wednesday. Each day the book is late, there will be a 10 cent fine. For computer class, your child will need to purchase headphones from me for $1 or bring in the pair from last year. Your child will not be able to use the computer lab without headphones.
-We have quiet reading time everyday during school, please send in an empty cereal box for your child to use to carry their books for that time.
Homework: You will see homework in Math, Reading, and Spelling throughout the year.
Field Trips: We will be going on field trips this year, such as the Gail Borden Library. If you would like to chaperone, you must attend a Protecting God's Children Class before you go with us. (See Mr. Villagomez's e-mail).
Websites: I will be using Teacher Ease at to post grades (you can only see your child's grades).
Vocabulary Words for the Week: dainty, rambunctious, generous, pounce
1. Sign and return this newsletter by Friday, September 16th.
2. Sign and return the Classroom Agreement by Friday, September 16th.
3. Send in headphones from last year or $1 for new ones ASAP.
4. Complete and return The Story of Me and the Student Questionnairre by Friday, September 16th.
5. Send in an empty cereal box ASAP.
6. Complete and return the Time Postcards or $5 by Friday, September 16th.
Please feel free to contact me through the school's phone number or e-mail . Together, teacher and parents, we can make a difference in your child's life.
"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
God Bless,
Mrs. Carlson


Second Grade Homework
Please provide a quiet and well-lit area for your child, which I like to call a Homework Spot. Have pleanty of school supplies, such as paper, pencils, crayons, scissors, a ruler, math flashcards, and any important school papers. The students will write down their homework everyday on the Homework Reminder Sheet. Please double-check your child's homework and sign the Homework Reminder Sheet. I will send home information about homework assignements as they are given. When your child asks for help, provide guidance not answers. Be positive about homework and reward work well done. Please look for signs of frustration and share them with me. It is your child's responsibility to bring the B.E.A.R. folder, Homework Reminder Sheet, and homeowork papers to and from school each day.



Links Just for Students

Scholastic for Kids

National Geographic for Kids

Gail Borden Library for Children

Sight Word Games

Fun School On-line Games



Links Just for Parents

St. Joseph Catholic School

School Handbook