Classroom Information


 

Classroom Organization: Our classroom is set up to provide several spaces for the children to work on their own and with others. We have a whole group area on the carpet, tables so that the kids can work individually and in groups, and flexible seating so that students can find areas that work well for them.

Supplies: Students will be using their own supplies in second grade. They will need to be responsible for taking care of their things and keeping them organized.

Star Student: Each student will have the opportunity to be Star Student for a week in our second grade classroom. Students will be given a poster to fill out about themselves, they can bring pictures to school to post on the Star Student bulletin board, and they will be able to share these things with the rest of the class during their Star Student week.c

Specials:

P.E. – Students will have Physical Education five days a week with Mr. Moore. Please make sure to have children wear tennis shoes to school.

Music – Students will have Music with Mrs. Engen three days a week first semester and 4 days a week second semester.

Art – Students will have Art with Mrs. Eiken Tuesdays during first semester. Please make sure your child has a paint shirt.

Library – Students will visit the library each Friday for a lesson and to check out books. Please make sure books are returned each week.

Homework: I believe that children should have time at home to play, relax, and enjoy quality time with their family. Therefore, I will not be sending homework home every day. However, I am asking that each child spends at least 15 minutes reading for enjoyment every evening. There is a strong correlation between sustained reading and reading achievement levels. As 2nd graders, it is great for your child to read to themselves; however, reading to your child for part of that time is perfectly acceptable as well. Along with reading every day, I will be sending home 1 math sheet each week. These will be sent home on Monday and should be returned by Friday of each week. I think that this gives parents a chance to connect academically with their child and for students to practice making responsible choices at home. Students will be rewarded with a sticker for returning the homework on time. Students who do not return the homework by Friday will be asked to complete the homework in class during Discovery Time. There may be exceptions to this policy throughout the year due to projects or other activities. Thank you so much for supporting your child at home!

School Day:Students should gather in the cafeteria between 8:00 and 8:20. Students will be picked up from the cafeteria at 8:20. Students who are not in the classroom ready for learning at 8:30 will be marked as tardy. We will dismiss at 3:11.

Snack Time: Students are invited to bring a snack to school each day. Healthy snacks are best! Students will have the choice of chocolate milk, white milk, or orange juice to drink with their snack.

Discovery Time: I am a firm believer that kids learn best from play and from making their own discoveries. Therefore, we will incorporate “Discovery Time” into each week. During this time, students will be allowed to make discoveries through drawing, writing, creating, reading, and researching. We will share our learnings with each other and with others in various ways.

Parent/Teacher Communication: I will be using the Seesaw app with the 2nd graders. Seesaw is a digital learning portfolio that students use to ”show what they know” using pictures, drawings, videos, app smashing, and other tools. Students share their work with their parents through the app. Keep your eye out for more information about how to sigh up to for Seesaw. Seesaw is a great way for parents to stay connected to the classroom and for students to have ownership of their learning!

You may communicate with my by phone, text, email, or notes. I check my email daily; however, I don’t always have time to check messages during the school day, so if something is urgent (especially regarding a student’s plans for after school), please call the office and leave them a message or send me a text.

Please check your child’s folder every night. I will use this folder to send home homework, completed schoolwork, and other important information. I will also be checking the folders daily for communication from home.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 8:00-8:20 in the cafeteria. Please make sure students arrive by 8:05 if they are going to eat breakfast so that they are ready to head to the classroom by 8:20.

Birthday Treats: We enjoy celebrating birthdays in school! Feel free to send treats to share with the class on your child’s birthday. Right now, we have 18 students in our class, but that number can always change, so just make sure to send enough for everybody!


Contact: Jennifer Solberg