Welcome back! I am very excited to start the new school year. Please look for newsletters to come home every month to keep everyone informed of happenings in second grade and our school. This year will be fun and challenging and filled with new experiences for the children to grow both academically and socially. This newsletter is filled with information of what to expect in second grade.
Expectations For a Second Grader
- Arrive at school on time ready to learn
- Listen and follow the rules of the classroom
- Actively participate
- Have a good attitude
- Bring to school all needed materials
Forest Academy uses a card chart system to help students see how they are doing behavior wise throughout the day. Everyone begins on green each day. If they make the choice to not follow the rules of the classroom or the directions they will receive a verbal reminder. If the behavior continues their card will be changed to:
Yellow: This means they owe 5 minutes off of an extra recess, Fun Friday or another activity that is appropriate.
If they continue to make poor choices their card will be changed to:
Red: This means they will be staying after school with the teacher for detention and accommodations will be made to be picked up at 3:55.
Forest Academy has implemented school-wide ClassDojo. This is the easiest way for teachers to encourage students, and share their best moments with parents. Teachers use ClassDojo as a communication platform to encourage students, and get parents engaged too. Classrooms become positive places and happier classrooms.
The School Day
School starts every day promptly at 8:20am and students will be marked tardy if they arrive after this time. Students are allowed in the building at 8:00am. Students will head to the cafeteria to wait until 8:15am when I will get them and take them to the room. School dismisses each day at 3:30pm.
Forest Academy Uniform
While at attendance at the Academy, students will dress neatly according to the following guidelines. Navy blue pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers (with white collared shirt underneath), or walking shorts (no sweatpants or jeans). Sweaters or fleece that are navy, gray, or white may be worn (no sweatshirts). Students may wear sweater vests or fleece vest in navy or gray. Navy, gray or white socks or tights are to be worn, (Solid colors only). Undershirts must be white and be free of design.
Boys: White shirts with the collar such as, turtleneck, polo style shirt, button down oxford. No T-shirts, no insignias except Academy approved.
Girls: White shirts with collar such as, turtleneck, polo style shirt, button down blouse, peter-pan collared shirts. No tee-shirts, no insignias except Academy approved.
No open-toed shoes, crocs, shoes with wheels, fashion boots or cowboy boots. Students may wear tennis shoes or dress shoes. Boots will be worn for outside wear only.
Starting the second week of school homework packets will be sent home on Monday. These are expected to be completed and turned in by Friday. The packets will include work from past, present and future objectives. Please work through this packet with your child and sign the front paper each week. Students who do not complete the homework packet and turn it in by Friday will have to spend their Fun Friday time working on it.
Students will be given a school provided folder that they will need to bring with them to school daily. It is the responsibility of your child to remember their folder. Important papers such as weekly progress reports, homework, and newsletters will come home in this folder. Please check the folder daily for any papers that need to be returned to school.
There are times throughout the year that I will need volunteers. Times would include field trips and classroom parties. I will send notes home or call to inform you when volunteers are needed.
Here is a list of times and days that we will have our specials throughout the school year:
11:45 – 12:15
Each child needs to bring a pair of gym shoes that will stay in their locker throughout the entire year. These shoes are to only be worn when we use the gym. It would be helpful to get the shoes here as soon as possible. In case it rains, snows or is just too cold to go outside the gym will be used for indoor recess.
Each student will need to bring to school every day a healthy snack and lunch unless they will be getting breakfast and/or lunch from the school. We will get 15-20 minutes for breakfast and a half hour for lunch each day. It is important that they know this time is for eating and not socializing. Good examples of a healthy snack include; fruit/vegetable, applesauce, fruit cups, yogurt, dried fruits, granola bars and cereal.
Each day we will go out weather permitting. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. Cold weather gear can be kept in the lockers to make certain everything is ready for the weather. Recess is 30 minutes long.
Scholastic Book Club and Book-It
The class has the opportunity to choose some really great books through the Scholastic Book Club. The flyers will go home every month. It is important that orders are submitted online by the due date. The order code will be provided in the next newsletter. We will also participate in Book-It through Pizza Hut. This is the opportunity to earn a free personal pizza by reading throughout the month. Book-It begins in October.
Picture day will take place on September 20th. Please be sure to look your very best that day! Uniforms are required.
Box Tops for Education
Forest Academy collects Box Tops and Soup Labels. Please send any that you may have at home to school with your child. This is an easy way to raise money for our school. Thank you for your help.
Tips for Parents
Writing at Home
- Write Letters and cards to family members and friends, and encourage them to write back.
- Encourage your child to write stories about their favorite things.
- Keep a journal of activities (A vacation)
- Read comics in the newspaper and let your child create his/her own.
- Use fun writing tools such as markers, gel pens, crayons, pencils etc.