•                                      Welcome to Second Grade!

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I am looking forward to being your child's teacher.  I would like to share some information that will make life easier for you and your child on this fun and exciting journey of learning.

     

    Our school day begins at 8:17 a.m. and students will need to be in the classroom at that time.  Starting the first day of school, as part of our school district's security plan, all buildings will be locked at 8:17 a.m. each day by our principal, Mr. Pat Autry.  Persons may exit the buildings, but will not be able to enter the buildings without a key.  Therefore, promptness will be necessary as teachers are not allowed to open the doors to let in tardy students.  If your child arrives after 8:17, you will need to go to Mrs. Sandra Schumacher's office in the 500 building to sign them in and a school employee will walk your child to the appropriate building and unlock the door to let them enter the building.  This will take some adjustment, but please remember that it is being implemented for the protection of our precious children.

     

    Lunch for second grade students will begin at 11:10 a.m.  A child's breakfast is $1.40 and lunches are $2.50 and must be paid in advance.  Charging is not allowed.  If your child chooses to bring their lunch from home, please keep in mind the school policy of not sending soft drinks with your child for lunch.  If you would like to join your child for lunch, the cost is $3.30.  Please let me know when you plan to eat lunch with your child, so necessary adjustments to lunch count can be made.

     

    Second grade is an active learning environment.  Please allow your child to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Your child will not need to bring toys, candy, gum, trading cards, or extra money unless requested for a special lesson by your child's teacher.  It is also recommended that you label your child's belongings such as jackets and backpacks with a permanent marker.

     

    We try to include special projects and days to enhance our program.  If you are interested in being called to help us, please let me know.  Our three school parties include Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter.  There will be letters sent home with your child informing you of activities in the classroom and at our school. 

     

    I encourage you to set aside some time each day to discuss your child's day at school, read notes from school and do homework if needed.  Please look over graded papers and discuss the missed questions, as this is a valuable tool in learning.  If we do not go over the missed questions, your child will continue to make the same mistakes, thus eliminating the benefits received from the homework.

     

    Each day, your child will come home with a "Take-Home" folder.  This folder will contain daily work, a behavior sheet and other information.  Please sign any papers that need to be signed, keep any papers that need to be kept and return the folder each day with your child.  This will be our first line of communication between school and home.  Your child will bring home an assignment sheet daily for you to review and initial after homework has been completed.  A behavior sheet will be used as correspondence between parent and teacher regarding your child's behavior.  A blank box represents a good day.  If your child is written up, a message will be written in that day's box.  This behavior sheet will be used to determine the six week's behavior grade.  Each child starts with a behavior grade of 100.  Each time a child is written up, three points are deducted from the six week's grade.  In the rare occasion that ISS (in school suspension) is issued, ten points are deducted from the six weeks behavior grade.  If there are any questions, feel free to contact me to visit by telephone or in person during my conference time, which will be from 12:00 until 1:00 each day.  It is always a good idea to schedule the conferences ahead of time by calling the school at 668-8923 in order to minimize any waiting time. 

     

    Our school day will end at 3:35 p.m.  School policy requests that parents do not come into the elementary building at dismissal time to find their child.  Please drive along 6th Street, which is immediately north of the elementary building.  At the west end of the elementary school, the children will be dismissed to individual cars.  This will help expedite the dismissal process and ensure that your child is supervised and safe until returned to you.  If your child will be riding the bus, a teacher or staff member will walk the children to the bus. 

     

    If your child's ride home from school changes, or needs to be different for one day, there must be a note or phone call from a parent to that child's teacher or the principal's office.  We are not allowed to make changes in how your child is expected to go home without contact from a parent.  If you need to pick up your child early, you will need to stop by the Mrs. Sandra Schumacher's office in the 500 building to sign your child out.  Also, when you are visiting the school, you must sign in with the office in the 500 building upon your arrival.

     

    And now, a few words about attendance policies at LISD.  A student who is absent from school for any reason, other than for a documented health care/legal appt. or at the principal's discretion, will not be allowed to participate in or even attend school related activities on that day or evening.  This includes attending volleyball, football, basketball games, track meets or other school sponsored events.

     

    In those rare circumstances when a student must be absent from school, the student, upon returning to school, must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence.  Attendance will be taken at 9:10 a.m. each morning.  Medical and dental appointments should be before or after school if at all possible.  When returning from the doctor or dentist's office, students are to bring a note of excuse on the doctor's letterhead to the principal's office within three days of the absence. After three days, the state requires that the absence be unexcused regardless of the reason.  If it is impossible to have these appointments outside of the school day, appointments should be scheduled as late in the school day as possible. When a student accumulates five (5) absences in any class, the parent will be notified.  This notice will alert the students and parents that the student is in danger of losing credit because of non-compliance with state attendance laws.

     

    And now, I would like to give you some information about assignment sheets and homework.  Your child will have homework Monday through Thursday.  All homework will be due the next morning at 8:20 a.m. On Friday, after school, your child can play and have fun for they have worked hard all week in my class and deserve to have a great weekend without any homework.

     

    Assignment Sheets:  On Monday of each week.  I will write out the day’s homework as well as any homework that I will definitely assign during that week.  During the week, I may add an assignment to this sheet.  The assignment sheet given out on Monday will be used for the remainder of the week. Please initial the assignment sheet each day at the bottom of the page after your child has completed their homework. I do not check it every day as that takes away from valuable teaching time.  However, if a problem arises with homework not being turned it, I will check your child's assignment sheet to see if they have been filling it out and getting your initials to show that you are aware of their responsibilities.  If your child is spending more than one hour on homework at night, please let me know so that we can work towards a solution together.

     

    If you child does not bring home their assignment sheet with the assignments listed, please call a classmate and see what is due.  You can call me, but from memory, I may not know the exact page numbers.  If you have a question about how to do an assignment, you are welcome to call me at home at 668-1186. 

     

    On student papers, I will only put a grade on a paper if the grade goes into the computer as part of the six weeks grade.  On all other papers, I will correct any mistakes and put either a check mark or a smiley face on it to let you know that it did not go into the grade book on my computer.  If your child has a paper in his/her folder that does not have a grade, check mark, or smiley on it, that means your child did not turn that paper in, and they need to do so.    If your child fails a homework assignment, I will give your child an opportunity to redo the assignment.  I will then average the first and the second grade for the grade to be entered as the grade in the grade book.  It is important that you and your child both look over their papers and go over any missed questions to make sure they understand both how they missed it, as well as why the correct answer is correct.  If you have any questions, or if your child does not understand a missed question, please let me know and I will go over the work with them.

     

    In regards to grading papers, I will make mistakes, so when I do, just let me know.  I will be happy to change a grade if needed. 

     

    Grades can be viewed through the parent portal on the internet.  Instructions for setting up this account will be sent home with students. You may check the student handbook listed on the Lindsay ISD website for more details about school policies concerning assignments that are turned in late for all grade levels.  These rules are provided by administration to create a system of equality across the grade levels.  For second grade, if a student does not turn in a homework assignment on time, they are written up and then complete their homework during recess.  Five additional minutes of recess is lost for each assignment that is not turned in on time.  As always, the best route is to get our work done and then play later. Again, if your child is spending more than an hour on homework, please let me know so that we can work together to find a solution.

     

    Please make your child's homework a positive experience so that your child will develop good study habits and be well on their way to a successful experience in school.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

     

    Together, we will have a wonderful year in second grade. If you have any topics that I did not cover, or you would like more information, please email me at mreiter@lindsayisd.org

     

    Thank you for the opportunity to be your child’s teacher.

     

    Mary Reiter