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Back-to-School Night. 2013-2014 Mrs. Strathman. Welcome to 2S!. Room W123. Second Grade. Mrs. Strathman. Characteristics of a 2 nd Grader. This year your child will:. Experience a tremendous growth in confidence

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back to school night

Back-to-SchoolNight

2013-2014

Mrs. Strathman

welcome to 2s
Welcome to 2S!

Room W123

Second Grade

Mrs. Strathman

characteristics of a 2 nd grader
Characteristics of a 2nd Grader

This year your child will:

  • Experience a tremendous growth in confidence
  • Transition from being your “shadow” to independent individual
  • Still seek adult approval, particularly yours
  • Begin to be influenced by peer approval
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About Mrs. Strathman

  • Education
  • Teaching Experience
  • Family
  • Philosophy
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Education

  • I received my Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from Webster University in 2010.
  • I received my Bachelors’ Degrees from

Kansas State University in 1997.

*Dual degrees in Elementary Education and Early

Childhood Education.

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Teaching Experiences

  • This is my 17th year teaching, with 5 years of experience in kindergarten, 8 years in first grade, and now my 4th year in second grade.
  • I have 10 years of experience in public school, including 8 in the Shawnee Mission School District.
  • I also taught for 5 years at Ascension Catholic School in Overland Park.
  • I am very excited to be teaching in

a Catholic school!

family
Family
  • Married to Eric for 12 years and a parishioner since 1999
  • Children:
      • Allison - 11 (6th gr.)
      • Kristen - 9 (4th gr.)
      • Erica - 5 (Kindergarten!)
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My Philosophy

  • Every Child Can Learn
  • 2nd Grade Mission Statement
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Every Child Can Learn

In His creation of each individual, God bestows the capacity to learn and grow by the bounty of His gifts.

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2nd Grade Mission Statement

We come each morning to Holy Trinity School to do the work of God. For the second graders in our classrooms, that work is to:

  • Dothe best that you are able with the gifts given to you by God the Father;
  • Follow the example of love and forgiveness by God the Son;
  • Learnto become more responsible for your own actions with the guidance of God the Holy Spirit.
a peek at our year
A Peek at Our Year
  • Religion
  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Handwriting
religion
Religion
  • Mass every Thursday or Friday
  • One chapter per week completed
  • First Reconciliation and First Eucharist meetings and the reception of the sacraments
  • Forgiveness Day and Jesus Day in

celebration of receiving

the sacraments

reading
Reading
  • Instruction in a variety of settings with

a 90 minute block for reading/language arts and the

Common Core English Language Arts curriculum implemented.

  • Daily reinforcement of skills
  • Reading Street- weekly and unit assessments online
  • Star Reading-AR (Accelerated Reading) scores assessed quarterly
  • Students expected to read silently at home for 15 minutes DAILY
  • Students required to take and pass tests (at their level). More information coming home soon!
  • Focus groups will be held 4 days/week.
language arts
Language Arts

LINCSmodel:

  • L-Listthe parts (the word and definition)
  • I- Identify a reminding word
  • N- Note a linking story (sentence)
  • C- Create a linking picture
  • S- Self-test

Step Up To Writing model:

  • First half of year- working towards writing in complete sentences
  • Second half of year- working towards composing a paragraph using a main idea and 3-5 detail sentences
spelling
Spelling
  • The weekly spelling words come directly from our reading series.
  • Spelling test will usually be on Friday.
  • Please watch for words in the Assignment Notebook.
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Math
  • Hands-on approach with problem solving/critical thinking emphasis and implementation of the Common Core Math curriculum
  • One hour of core math instruction daily
  • Math Focus Group time – 4 times a week for 30 minutes
  • Star Math assessments, Accelerated Math, and the ALEKS quick tables will be implemented
  • Memorization of basic addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20 is required.
science
Science
  • Physical science, life science and earth science.
  • Hands-on approach employing video, computer, and written resources
  • Field trips to be announced
  • Outcomes integrated through the Common Core
social studies
Social Studies
  • Government, economics, geography, history, and culture
  • Variety of media and resources used
  • Participation in D.A.R.E. and Junior Achievement.
  • Field trips: Taken within local community to learn about pioneer life
  • Outcomes integrated through the Common Core
handwriting
Handwriting
  • Manuscript only for now
  • Cursive will start after manuscript review
  • No head start on cursive!
  • By the end of second grade:
    • Name regularly in cursive
    • Designated assignments in cursive.
homework
Homework
  • If an unavoidable family circumstance prohibits the completion of homework, please indicate such on that day’s page of the assignment notebook.
  • Your child’s extracurricular activities are not considered unavoidable family circumstances, nor are the practices, games, and activities of your other children.
  • Homework will be assigned daily with the exception of Family, Faith, and Fun nights and on nights when sacramental

preparation meetings occur.

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PeaceBuilders

  • Peaceful Community
  • Praising People
  • Giving Up Put Downs
  • Seeking Wise People
  • Noticing Hurts
  • Righting Wrongs
  • Helping Others
positive behavior support system
Positive Behavior Support System:

“Keys to the Kingdom”

Caring

Humble

Respectful

Inclusive

Self-Disciplined

Trustworthy

Disciples of Christ

Praise Notes

birthdays
Birthdays
  • Treats welcome for sharing.
  • Individual treats (should not need to be cut) work best.
  • Double check with me so we don’t have double treats on the same day!
  • No peanut or peanut products please!
  • A birthday “friend” and a no homework pass for the evening will come home with your child!
final notes
Final Notes
  • Not all concerns/questions were addressed so please see the additional handouts and look for “Curriculum Corner” and “Routine Review” in our upcoming newsletters!
  • Please complete and return two forms:
      • “Tell Me About Your Child”
      • “Volunteer Opportunities in 2S”
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Please contact me by email with routine questions or information to share at pstrathman@htslenexa.org. This is the most accessible form of communication for me . If you need to share confidential information or concerns, please email me that you would like to talk and I will call you. You can also call the school office and you will be directed to my voice mail.