August 12, 2018
Dear 2B Families,
We survived our first week back at school! The kids did wonderfully. We used our first few days together to learn about each other, our classroom, meet our new school families and begin to practice our routines and procedures.
I had students begin to bring home their yellow homework folders and agendas last week to begin their daily routine. Every day your child will bring home their homework folder containing their weekly LA grid and daily reading log. Although, both are due completed on Friday morning, I would like 2B students to bring in their reading logs daily to be checked each morning. Their agendas will also go home daily and I ask you to please have your child show you their agendas during homework time. These will also come back every day. Reading logs and agendas being checked daily is a 2B expectation. The reason behind this is to make the transition to daily homework for the 2nd half of the year a smooth and easy one.
Many of you have asked about our DOJO classroom management system. Some of you may be familiar with DOJO from first grade. Each student is assigned a "monster". We have skills that are related to our School Wide Learning Expectations (REAL), that students earn points for demonstrating. Some examples are: on task, participating, perseverance, and working as a team. Students can also lose points when they make a poor choices such as being off task, talking out of turn, and not using their work time wisely. These points accumulate and students can earn numerous rewards based on their totals. Students work to earn points individually, as a group and as a class to earn different rewards. This program helps to make each student accountable for their own actions. When you joined our class as a DOJO parent, you are able to see your child's daily performance. Some days your child may earn or lose a point. If there is a behavior that is a concern, I am able to message you explaining why your child may have had a tough day in regards to their points. Students have loved this system. Besides seeing their monster, they love that they are responsible for earning points and claiming their rewards. I'll be going over this in more depth at our Curriculum Night on August 22.
We have our first school mass this Wednesday at 8:30. Please join us for prayer.
Please don't forget to return your parent "homework" to me by tomorrow. I've also asked for each student to bring in a green folder that will be used as a Friday Folder that will hold graded and completed work, as well as two book covers (at least one should be Jumbo size). If you could please send these in as soon as possible. You can drop it off in the classroom or send it in with your child.
I'd like to extend a special welcome to the Wong and Romano families who are new to our Saint John Community. We are excited to have you.
Our second grade team works closely together to ensure that all three of our 2nd grade classrooms are learning the same curriculum and following our diocesan standards. That being said, we are three different individuals, each with their own teaching styles, so lessons may vary between the three of us. All three classrooms share two extraordinary aides, Mrs. Callahan and Mrs. Murphy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please know that my door is always open and email is always a great form of communication as well.
Thank you for the kind words, smiles, gifts and positivity this past week. It was all appreciated and I know these kiddos are going to do some amazing things!
Don't forget to check out some of our first day of school photos in our gallery.
We are a nut free classroom. Please make sure to keep this in mind when packing snacks and lunches.