Mrs. Terreri’s2nd Grade Class Welcome Parents!
Before We Begin • Sign up for volunteer opportunities • Look around the room • Write your child a note
Welcome to Room 17! • Introduction • Thomas Aquinas College for bachelors • Marymount University for masters • Third year teaching in Loudoun County • 14th year teaching • Ninth year teaching 2nd grade • Taught Kindergarten for 3 years
Routines • Morning Procedures • School starts at 7:50 so please make sure your child arrives on time. • If you know your child will be absent please call the absentee line (703-957-4391) or send a note or e-mail in advance. • Meals • Snack - Nut Free 9:15 • Lunch 11:50-12:20 • Dismissal • Buses and most daycares start loading at 2:35. Car riders, CASA and Majest released at 2:40 to the gym. • Please send a note or e-mail about any changes. Please do NOT send an e-mail if the change occurs after school starts just call the office and leave a message. (703-957-4390)
Classroom Expectations • Be patient, kind and inquisitive • Treat others as you want to be treated • Be honest and be fair • Leave toys at home
Consequences • Students are expected to follow the school and classroom rules. • Gentle reminders are given when needed. • Persistent behaviors will be discussed with parents and school administration if necessary.
Our Daily Schedule • Academic Blocks (Average Daily Time) • 2-3 hours Language Arts • reading, writing, word study, read aloud, shared reading • 45 mins.- 1 hour Math • 45 minutes for Science or Social Studies • Specials • PE (Tues., Thurs. and Fri.)- tennis shoes • Music (Tues., and Fri.) • Library (Mon.) • Computer Lab (Thurs.) • Art (Wed.) • SEARCH (EOW Thurs.) • Guidance (EOW Mon.) • Recess (daily for 30 minutes)
Curriculum • Virginia SOL’s (web site) • 9 week plans (web site) • Language Arts • Balance Literacy Approach • Readers Workshop: shared reading (poems and readers theater), guided reading (flexible groups), independent reading and read alouds • Writers Workshop: generating ideas, develop independent and fluent writing, editing and revising skills • Word Study: understand patterns and spelling rules, recognize “oddballs”
Curriculum • Math • Math centers and manipulatives to improve and extend knowledge • Math To The Moon – math facts • Reflex Math -computer based program individualized • DREAMBOX – computer based program individualized based on student’s level • Problem Solving – math journals and morning Fundamentals • Socials Studies and Science • VA SOL’s drives instruction • 9 week plans • Study guides are sent for tests
Grading Policy • Assignments are scored with a 4/E, 3/M, 2/P, 1/B. • 4/E = exceeds standards, 3/M = meets standards, 2/P = making progress towards standard, 1/B = below standard • These letters are not the same as the traditional A-F report card • Effort is scored with O, S, N • O = Outstanding, S = Satisfactory, N = Needs Improvement
Grading Policy • Please keep in mind that information about a child’s achievement and development may be gathered in a number of ways. Some techniques are: • Observations • Rubrics • Discussions/conferences • Work samples • Class participation • Formative and Summative Assessments • County wide assessments (PALS an DRA)
Sample Rubric Standard: Math SOL 2.4 Learning Target: The student will count forward by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100 and count backwards by 10s starting from 100, as well as identify even and odd numbers.
Report Cards • Report cards are issued 4 times a year. • Conferences are held in the fall and by request. • LCPS uses a standard based report card • Students are assessed on their academic achievement and effort level. • Reading Level (above, on, or below) • Comment section will elaborate on student’s strengths and weaknesses
Homework • Look in agenda for written instructions every night. • Reading (15 minutes nightly) • Word Study (Mon. - Thurs.) spellingcity.com – please see the web site for directions • Math (3 times a week) may use ixl.com • Science or Social Studies (once a week) • Projects – as assigned
Communication • Folders • Take Home Folders (blue) • Homework • Notes to and from school • Thursday Folders (black and red) • PTA and school information • Student work • Agendas • Homework - written instructions • Phone Calls • Please leave a message in the office. (703-957-4390) • E-mail for Our Classroom Updates
Communication • E-mail - do NOT use for emergencies • Anne.Terreri@lcps.org • Website http://www.lcps.org/arcola • Upcoming Events • Nine Week Plans • Homework Assignments • Classroom Schedule • Grading Policy • State SOL’s • Curriculum Web Sites
Birthdays • Birthdays • LCPS does not allow any food items to celebrate birthdays. • Student’s name will be announced on the morning announcements. • Students cannot pass out invitations at school. • Parents are welcome to donate a book to the Arcola library to honor your child’s birthday
Medication • If your child requires medication, please give it directly to our school nurse. The children are not allowed to give it to the nurse. • Children are NOT allowed to have medication in class. This includes cough drops.
Reminders: • Turn in Student Dismissal Plan and Signature Checklist Forms • Volunteer Sign Up Please • Earphones for your student- each student may bring in a set of earphones in a ziplock baggie labeled with first and last name. • Snack- we have scheduled time for snack each morning at 9:15; Please send in one small snack for your child that they can manage including any spoons needed