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Welcome to 2nd Grade!
It is my pleasure to Welcome you to grade 2 at West Street SchooI. I hope everyone has been working on their summer reading and math during the summer. I look forward to hearing about the books you have read. I can't wait to meet everyone at Open House. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, August 24th - Open House Orientation
I will be handing out important papers and will be doing a presentation on what to expect this year so please make every effort to attend!
Wednesday, August 26th - First Day on School
Positive behavior is recognized on a daily basis in many different ways. Most students are very well behaved and appreciate small rewards and recognition. If a student is have difficulty following the rules I will contact parents/guardians to discuss consequences in order to encourage better behavior.
The following are rules for appropriate behavior for our classroom. Please review the rules with your child.
Treat everyone kindly.
Look and listen when someone is speaking.
Raise your hand when you want to speak.
Use a quiet indoor voice.
Always try your best!
I'm always looking for parent volunteers to become involved in the learning experience. Parents that choose to volunteer in my classroom will work one on one with each student reading. This will help each student gain important fluency and comprehension skills. You may also be helping out during center activities. Thank you in advance for all your support and help.
Specials are on a 4 day rotation.
Day A -
Day B -
Day C -
Day D -
We are fortunate to have many supplies at West Street School, but there are a few that the school does not supply that would be helpful to your child this year. Your child should bring a backpack and a snack to school every day.
* Please no pencil boxes, we work at tables, not individual desks.
dry erase/expo markers
Homework in an important part of your child's school experience. Supporting good work habits requires a joint effort. I will encourage good work habits at school. Your child will benefit greatly from your support and encouragement at home. You can also help by setting aside a time and place for homework completion.
Ask your child what he or she is learning and look in the homework folder nightly. The homework folder is where you will find the notices that are sent home, as well as any homework that needs to be completed.
You can expect that your child will have homework every night Monday through Thursday. Homework is given in reading, math, spelling, and occasionally in science or social studies. Homework provides practice and application of academic skills taught in school. Your child's homework needs to be completed each night and returned the next day. Missing assignments can affect grades.
Your child is given a typed daily agenda. After you checked to make sure your child has completed their homework you will need to sign the agenda. Please stress the importance with your child about doing their best on their homework.
Competitive Food Act
A new law has been put into place by the government to protect the health of your children known as the Competitive Food Act. Parents, please google and read any information in regards to this new law as it pertains to every family.
We all love celebrations and parties, however, with the Food Act in place schools are no longer allowing food celebrations. If you would still like to celebrate your child's birthday I would suggest any items that are not food related. (pencils, fun erasers, stickers, or donate a book to your child's classroom in their honor)
We will continue to focus on Close Reading strategies that were introduced in first grade. This comprehension strategy teaches students to dig deeper into a text. Students learn to find the main idea and supporting details to show a greater understanding of the text.
*Please practice basic addition and subtraction facts so that they become automatic. We are moving away from counting on our fingers or using a number grid. We will be starting this year off reviewing addition and subtraction facts and reviewing the strategies to solve them.
Students will complete a variety of writing assignments geared toward the strategies taught in the Collins Writing program. Within the paragraph students will be focusing on correct capitalization and end marks, spelling, details, and creating a 5+ complete sentence paragraph on a given topic. Our goal is to write a minimum of two paragraphs by the end of the year that demonstrates an understanding of given focus areas.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. You can call the school at
(508) 764-5470 or email me at Tetreault@southbridge.k12.ma.us.
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