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Welcome to Back to School Night!. Mrs. Breitbarth La Costa Meadows Room 17 Second Grade Classroom Website. La Costa Meadows Second Grade Back to School Night August 22, 2010 Agenda Welcome Introduction Curriculum Class Schedule Special Activities and Programs

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Welcome to

Back to School Night!

Mrs. Breitbarth

La Costa Meadows

Room 17

Second Grade

Classroom Website


La Costa Meadows

  • Second Grade
  • Back to School Night
  • August 22, 2010
  • Agenda
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Curriculum
  • Class Schedule
  • Special Activities and Programs
  • Rules, Consequences, Rewards
  • Silent Reading & Homework
  • Work/Behavior Reports
  • Supplies
  • Volunteers

Second Grade Curriculum

Language Arts – The Language Arts Program integrates Reading, Written Expression, Grammar, Vocabulary Development, and Spelling. We will read and discuss stories as a class in the second grade Reading Book as well as Picture and Chapter books in small groups. We use the Reading series and Practice Book for vocabulary and grammar. We use the Rebecca Sitton Program for spelling.

Math – We are continuing to build on basic computation skills as well as estimation, mental math, basic algebra, fractions, measurement, logic, problem solving, and geometry. The “hurdles” in second grade seem to be regrouping in subtraction, telling time, and money.

Writing – Writing is integrated throughout the curriculum. We also do free writing in our journals daily. Paragraph writing, friendly letters, and narrative writing are the three types of writing that are emphasized and tested by the district in the second grade. Our goal is for students to be fluent writers who express themselves in an understandable way.


Second Grade Curriculum

Oral Language– Book Share is a wonderful way to help students feel comfortable and confident when speaking to peers. Students may also choose to read their Journals aloud to the class.

Social Studies– We study about the community around us. We also will work on map skills and geography.

Science – Our Science units include the study of earth, life, and physical sciences. We will study plants and animals, geology, matter, magnetism, electricity, and Too Good For Drugs.

**Technology – This year Mrs. Karl and I will share an iPad cart of 30 iPads. We are piloting a new program, based on inquiry learning for Social Studies and Science.


Room 17 Schedule

8:45 – 9:00 Class Business, Daily Language, Journal

9:00 – 9:30 DiRT Reading Enrichment and Intervention

9:30 – 9:50 Reader Response Whole Group Language Arts Instruction (9:50-10:50 M &F)

9:50 – 10:50 Whole Group Language Arts Instruction (M &F) / Reading Groups and Centers (T, W, Th)

10:50 – 11:10 Recess

11:10 – 12:05 Literature (Read Aloud) ELA Instruction

12:05 – 12:50 Lunch

12:50 – 1:30 Math

1:30 – 2:50 PE/Social Studies/Science/Art/Music/Science Garden

2:50 – 3:10 DEAR & Jobs

Extra Math Mondays – 11:10 – 12:05

Tuesdays - Library - 11:10 – 11:35 , TLC 12:50 – 1:30

P.E. - Mondays, Thursdays and almost every other Wednesday 1:30 – 2:10

Art - One hour weekly or bimonthly - depends on Parent Volunteer’s Schedule

Science Garden/Music- Fridays 1:35 – 2:15

**Remember, Wednesday dismissal is at 2:10!


Second Grade Special Activities

Possible Field Trips

Dove Library and Art Museum

Buena Vista Nature Center

San Diego Zoo

Flower Fields


Sailing through Math (timed tests)

Book Share

Citizen of the Month


Sailing Through Math

Second Grade will be sailing through our

math facts this year using a timed math

program. Students will receive

recognition in class when they

successfully complete timed tests that coordinate with the school-wide Math Maniacs program.

Second Grade Sailing Through Math

Lake Superior

Pacific Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Indian Ocean

Arctic Ocean

Antarctic Ocean

Within each level listed above there are six tests:

Trout, Catfish, Swordfish, Barracuda, Shark and Dolphin. There are 36 tests altogether covering addition through division.

La Costa Meadows Math Maniacs

Addition Master

100 problems in 5 minutes

Subtraction Star

3 Tests of 50 problems in 5 minutes

Subtraction Superstars

100 problems in 5 minutes

Mix Master

100 problems in 5 minutes

Note: Both programs require 100% on a timed-test to progress to the next level.


Book Share Information

Dear Students and Parents,

Attached is the Book Share Wheel, and project directions for the entire school year. On each Book Share due date, your child will turn in and present his/her book. The book assignments may be done inany order. Once your child has completed a “book share”, he/she will color in the diamond that corresponds with the book category. Students may read books from home or check out one from our school library.

The outlines are for reference only. Please complete the projects. Do not turn in the forms that are provided in this packet as your project.If necessary, students may request construction paper or supplies from the teacher.

Students will be expected to put a lot of effort into these projects. They will need guidance from parents. Remember, this is an accomplishment to be completed by your child.Please encourage your child to be neat. Have your child practice presenting their book share with you before they present to the class.


The Second Grade Team

Book Share Due Dates TBA


The Dolphin Way: Doing what’s right even when no one is watching.

  • Do Your Best
  • Help Others Succeed
  • Respect Your School

7 Habits

  • Be Proactive,
  • Begin With the End in Mind,
  • Put First Things First,
  • Think Win-Win,
  • Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood,
  • Synergize,
  • Sharpen the Saw


Be Safe

Be Kind, Respectful, and Fair

Follow Directions

Be Responsible


Verbal Warning

Time Out

Name on Board = Recess Detention

Name on Board with a Check = Responsibility Room and Note Home

[Severe Problems = Office]


Verbal Praise

Row/Table Points

Go for the Gold!


Weekly Behavior Reports

Citizen of the Month


Work / Behavior Report

Name _____________________________

For the Week of ____________________

Your child’s center work was incomplete in the following area(s):

Poetry Center____ Spelling Center ____ Focus Wall ____ Listening Center ____

Encyclopedia Center_____ Other ____

***Any incomplete work should be completed and returned on Monday***

Your child’s behavior was:

Superior ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____

Your child’s work habits were:

Superior ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____

Comments: ___________________________________________________________


Parent Signature Thank you,

______________________ Mrs. Breitbarth

** Please return this signed sheet and any completed work on Monday to receive a coupon!!


Silent Reading and Homework

DEAR (Silent Reading)/Reader Response

We try to make a point to read for at least 20 minutes every day in class. I also strongly advise students to read when they are finished with their work. Please help by encouraging your child to always have a great book in their desk to read for pleasure.


On the first day of the week, look for the posting on our class website for the recommended homework assignment. It explains what your child is working on in class and what standards are being taught. It will list and provide suggested activities that you can do at home to enhance and strengthen his or her skills. The students will be given a Writer’s Journal where they will to do their writing assignment for the week. It will also include the first Reading Hero form that should be filled out and turned in when complete. The Writing Journal and folder are due on Fridays. Additionally, incomplete or incorrect class work may be sent home for completion. We also have Monthly Book Shares which will start in October.


Supply List

  • Welcome to Second Grade! In order to have a smooth start to the new year, it would be helpful for your child to have the following supplies:
  • Small Glue Bottle
  • Glue Stick
  • A large Eraser
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener (with lid!)
  • Thin and Thick Markers
  • Colored Pencils (optional)
  • Also, it would be helpful if students could bring in these items for whole class use:
  • Wipes (baby wipes, Wet Ones, etc…)
  • Facial Tissue
  • White Xerox paper
  • Colored Xerox paper (any color or assorted)
  • Recess Equipment (assorted balls & jump ropes)
  • Extra Pencils, Glue Sticks, and Dry Erase Markers
  • HP Ink Cartridges (Color 17, black 15)
  • Please Donate to the Wave Fund!!!

I always welcome parent volunteers! The following is a list of volunteers I know I will need. I may decide I need more help as the year moves along. I’ll let you know! Please fill out this sheet and return it with your child as soon as possible. Thanks for your help!!


Child’s name:_________________________

Phone Number:________________________

Email: _______________________________

I am willing to help in the following area(s):

_____Room Parent

_____Assistant Room Parent

_____ Art Docent

_____SRA Parent (paperwork and works with students)(must be available Mondays @9:30)

_____Science Garden / Music Helper(must be available Fridays 1:35-2:15)

_____Copy Mom (Duplicating Worksheets)

_____Class Historian/Photographer



Please feel free to contact me for any reason. I’d love to answer your questions, hear your comments, compliments, and even your complaints. I know you love your children and just want what is best for them – so do I! Let’s work together to make this a positive, successful year!

Mrs. Julie Breitbarth

School Phone – (760) 290-2121 ext 3117

School email – [email protected]

Home email – [email protected]


Parents Make a Difference!

I dreamt I stood in a studio and I watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools she used were books, music and art.

The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand, and a gentle loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch that was deft and sure.

While the parent labored by her side and polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last, their task was done they were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child could neither be sold or bought.

And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone.

For behind the teacher stood the school and behind the parent, the home.

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