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Grade 2 Orientation Packet Mrs. Westerhaus & Mrs. Fisher

2012-2013 “We Achieve What We Believe!”

Welcome to 2nd Grade at Sheridan Elementary! This will be an exciting year for your child as they learn many new skills and concepts and begin to transition into more independent learners. We are both committed to providing your child with a quality education as well as a fun and safe learning environment! Parents play a huge part in a child’s education, making communication between parents and teachers crucial. We will be sending notes and newsletters home periodically to help keep you updated on what’s going on in our classrooms. Please feel free to contact us at the school with any questions, suggestions, or concerns that you have (717-4670), or E-mail us at: Attendance It is very important for your child to be here. First bell rings promptly at 8:15 and the tardy bell will ring at 8:20. Other students depend on the valuable contributions of your student at this time. In addition, your child’s daily routine will be upset if they are not on time for school. Please call the school if your child will be absent or tardy. If your child will be coming to school late because of an appointment, please let us know by 8:45 so we can order a lunch for your child.



Snack Students may bring a small, healthy snack which will be eaten either mid morning or mid afternoon. It must be something they can consume quickly and should not be junk food. Birthdays If students wish, they may bring treats on their birthdays. Students with summer birthdays may bring treats to celebrate their half birthday. Please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly and get those treats distributed. Discipline Students are expected to follow all school and district rules as described in the student handbook. In the event of rules being broken, students will have consequences for their actions ranging from a warning to a discipline referral to the office and suspension. Toys and Objects Please remember that there is no show and tell in second grade, so toys, and other objects not necessary for school should be left at home. In the event that there is a need for your child to bring something to class that may add to the day’s lesson, a note will be sent home with the student. If you have any further questions regarding this issue, please refer to the student handbook.

Cooperative Learning and Life Skills Throughout this year students will be expected to perform tasks by working together in small groups. During these tasks and throughout their day they will be expected to practice their life skills. These skills are important at Sheridan Elementary and will be stressed to students as we develop them. With the development of these skills, it is our hope the students will grow into responsible, caring members of society. Volunteering This year we are in need of a room mother for our Christmas party. We also encourage all of you to be a part of the various activities that your child will be involved in throughout the school year. If any of you are ever interested in helping out please let us know, and don’t forget to check in at the office upon arriving at school. Olweus Program Sheridan Elementary uses the Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program. The program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than one dozen countries around the world. Important Things to Know Snack Time mid morning or mid afternoon (Healthy Foods ONLY) Recess/Lunch: Room 8 - 11:40 Room 7 - 11:45 Students have recess for 20 minutes, followed by a 20 minute lunch time.

Second Grade School Supply List 2 Boxes of Kleenex 4– 2 Pocket Folders 2 Spiral Notebook (Wide Rule) 16- #2 Pencils (Yellow Only) 1 pkg. pencil top erasers 1 Pkg. post-it notes (3x3) 1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer (12.oz) 2 Glue Sticks 1 Pkg Dry Erase Markers 1 dry eraser or sock 1 Fiskars Scissors 1 pkg. crayons (16 count) 1 8oz. Glue bottle 1 Supply bag w/ zipper 1 baggie w/ 20 pennies, 5 nickels, 10 dimes, 4 quarters 1 container of disinfecting wipes *Please no trapper keepers or 3 ring binders. We also ask that only yellow #2 pencils be brought to school because pencils will be shared. Pencil top erasers will also be shared.

Things you can do at home to help your child succeed in school! 

Check your child’s backpack daily. Go over the work that is in his/her homework folder. Help your child correct any mistakes that were made on daily work and tests in a quiet place that’s free from distractions. Please sign anything that must be returned and place it in his/her homework folder.

Make sure your child reads aloud everyday! Research indicates that 15-20 minutes of reading every night can have a tremendous impact on your child’s reading ability. You cannot become a “better” reader without practice!

Ask your child questions about the events in the stories they are reading. What is it mainly about? What is the problem in the story/solution? What was your favorite part? Why? Make predictions during reading about what might happen next.

Encourage your student to keep a written journal of events of their day. Daily reflection and opportunities to write are very beneficial. Ask them to note new vocabulary they have learned during that day and have them use it in a sentence.

Practice spelling words. We will be using spelling as a tool to practice words if you have internet access at home.

Visit our website at www.usd475.0rg. Click on schools to find Sheridan and then 2nd Grade for our class. There is a list of student friendly web sites to support your students learning from home.

Again let us stress the importance of your cooperation with both of us, and the staff of Sheridan Elementary. You are a very important part of your student’s education. We need you!!! We know that you will do everything in your power to help your student succeed, and we are committed to educating your student. Together we will have a great, successful year!

Behavior We encourage students to use their Lifeskills at all times!!! Negative Consequences 1. Warning—first movement down on behavior chart. 2. Second movement down and brief note sent home. 3. Third movement down resulting in “Intra Classroom Experience (ICE). Parent contact. 4. Behavior plan written and sent home for parent signature. Positive Incentives Students will also have opportunities to move up on the classroom behavior chart and will be rewarded for positive behavior.


Reading- Read aloud at least 15 minutes each night to practice fluency (Monday-Thursday). This will be from their reading book or AR book. It is important to sit and listen to your child read and ask questions to gauge their comprehension. They will have a weekly read and respond sheet to be turned in daily. Spelling-/Math- Spelling homework will be given on Monday and must be completed by Friday. A math packet will be given on Monday and should be turned in the following Monday.

100-90% - A

Grades 4 – Exceeds Expectation

89-80% - B

3 – Meets Expectation

79-70% - C

2 – Approaches Expectation

69 & Below – U

1 – Below Expectation

Incoming Second Graders Should: 

Read well enough to comprehend age appropriate content-area texts.

Begin to focus on content and problem solving.

Be able to work independently.

Be comfortable working in a cooperative learning group.

Be able to sustain a 20 minute teacher-directed lesson.

Make a shift from understanding literal/factual information to making inferences and drawing conclusions in written material. 2nd Grade Language Arts

Writing: The Lucy Calkins Writing Program will be used which incorporates mini lessons followed by independent writing and teacher-student conferencing. 2nd graders will be assessed quarterly based on 4 of the 6 Traits of Writing—Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, and Conventions. They will move through the writing process as they write, which includes: Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. Grammar will be more of a focus this year and will be integrated into their daily writing.

Science and Social Studies Science Units World of Living Things Homes for Living Things Our Earth Weather and Space Exploring Matter Energy in Motion Human Sexuality Social Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6

Studies/Making a Difference We Belong to Many Groups Where We Live We All Work Together People Make History Being a Good Citizen People in Time and Place

2nd Grade Math Operations and Algebraic Thinking  Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.  Add and subtract within 20.  Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten  Understand place value.  Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

Measurement and Data  Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.  Relate addition and subtraction to length.  Work with time and money.  Represent and interpret data.

Geometry  Reason with shapes and their attributes.

Reading: We will be using the Success for All Reading Program. We will incorporate cooperative learning as new skills are taught and old skills are reviewed. Students will be expected to work effectively in groups of 3-5 students. Our focus for reading will be as follows: 1.

Key Ideas and Details—reading for understanding by answering who, what, where, when, and why questions


Craft and Structure—interpreting and analyzing text by understanding how a story begins and ends, thinking about point of view, identifying the main idea and purpose of text, and determining the meaning of unknown words


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas— using illustrations & text features for understanding and comparing/contrasting two texts


Fluency—read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

**Please note that some of the language for reading is changing. Literature is the new term for fiction, and Informational Text is the new term for nonfiction. Spelling: Phonics and Word Recognition: Spelling will begin with a review of various phonics patterns, and then focus on more complex word building exercises such as prefixes, suffixes, contractions, compound words, and more. They will also have 5 new sight words each week on their spelling list. Visit and search for “Laura Fisher” to find our lists!

D’Nealian Handwriting:

Accelerated Reader

We will work on handwriting using the D’Nealian handwrit-

Accelerated Reader All second graders will participate in the Accelerated Reader Program (AR). At the beginning of each quarter, your child will be given a goal to reach by the end of the 9 weeks. There will be a halfway party in the middle of each quarter for students who meet their halfway goal. There will also be a school-wide AR party for the students who meet their goals by the end of each quarter. Your child’s reading level will be determined at the beginning of the year by the STAR test. We will test again in January, and then again at the end of the year to monitor student progress throughout the year. Making sure your child reads at home each evening is a big factor influencing their ability to meet their AR goal as well as make gains on their independent reading level. Students will be given the opportunity to AR test at least every other day. Please have your child bring their AR books to school every day so they may have the opportunity to read them during silent reading time. They may take their books home at night, but make sure they are back to school every day!! When your child reads at home please have them read out loud to you or another adult. Book It Program We will be participating in the book it program

ing workbook. A little later in the year, we will begin to learn cursive writing.

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

October through March. Students must read extra books in each of those months in order to earn their Book-It pizza slip. More information will be sent home closer to that time.

Orientation Packet  

2012-13 2nd Grade Orientation Packet

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