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Aug/Sept News- Welcome to 2nd Grade

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

            We are looking forward to working with you and your child this year.  We are excited about making every day count so our students can grow and love learning.  Here is some important information about our policies and procedures. Please read over and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions/concerns. 

            You can use the contact link that is found under classrooms, 2nd grade, on our school’s website thorntone.adams12.org.  You may also call us at 720-972-5660 extension 3678 for Mrs. Schoenherr, 3677 for Mrs. Martinez, and 3676 for Mrs. Woods.

Curriculum Overview:

-We will be using the Mondo reading program to teach all the common core standards in fiction and nonfiction.  We will also use it to teach phonics.

-We will be working on these 3 types of writing: narrative, opinion, and informational.

-We will use Everyday Math for our math instruction.

-In science, we will be studying:

  • Weather and Seasons

  • Forces and Motion

  • Plants and Animals

-In social studies, we will be studying:

  • Geography

  • Civics/Community

  • History

  • Economics

Daily Schedule:

8:20-8:35     Do Now/ Morning Meeting

8:35-9:00      Phonics

9:00-9:30      Mondo Read Aloud or Shared Reading

9:30-10:40    Guided Reading groups and Centers

10:45-11:30    Language

11:30-12:15    Specials

12:20-12:40    Recess

12:40-1:00    Lunch

1:00-1:20      Independent Reading

1:20-2:20      Math

2:20-3:00      Writing

3:00-3:10      Snack/ Brain Break

3:10-3:40      Science/Social Studies

3:40-3:50      Stack and Pack

PBS (Positive Behavior System):  We will be following our school system by using Bobcat Bucks to acknowledge when students are doing an excellent job of following set expectations, modeling STAR behaviors, and following our 3 school rules:

*Be Safe      *Be Respectful      *Be Responsible   

 Your child will use their bucks at our classroom store to buy prizes/privileges.  

Monday folders: Our main source of communication will be Monday folders. Folders will be sent home on Mondays and need to be returned the next day. If there is no school on a Monday, the folders will be sent home on Tuesday.

- We will also have a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of what’s going on in our classes. 

Snack: Snack will be provided by the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please pack a healthy individual snack for your child on Mondays and Fridays. Some snack  ideas are pretzels, crackers, fruit, vegetables, and granola bars. No beverages please. We have water fountains in our classrooms. We will not have snack on Wednesdays due to early dismissal.

Volunteers: We would love to have your help, please contact your child’s if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you!

Birthdays: Please contact your child’s teacher or the front desk if you would like to bring in treats to celebrate your child’s birthday. Typically, birthday celebrations will occur the last 15 minutes of the school day (3:30 M,T, TH, F and 2:15 W).

Homework: The only homework we are requiring is that all students read at home each night. Students will record the number of minutes they read on a reading log. Your student will receive a plastic bag to keep their books and reading log in.  This bag needs to be brought to and from school each day. Please help your child with this responsibility. The grade level reading expectation for 2nd grade is 20 minutes, 5 days a week.

Report Cards: Report cards are sent home twice a year, one after each semester. 

Grading Scale:   4= Advanced Understanding of the Standard

                               3= Meets the Standard     

                               2= Approaching the Standard 

                               1= Does not meet the Standard

Field Trips: We will be sure to send home the information in advance per trip.