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Parents, Students, Family, and Friends,

      Welcome to my homepage for the 2016-2017 school year.  Through this page you will be able to access information about what students will be taught this year.  Using the links to the right, you can find information about English Language Arts, Writer’s Workshop, Daily 5, Math, Social Studies, and Science.  There is also a tab for “Links” where there’s a list of web-sites that students can use to supplement and/or enhance their learning.

      The “Schedule” tab provides daily and weekly schedules and the "Schedule of Specials" tab provides the days and times of P.E., art, library, and SJO music for my class this year.  Please note that all schedules are subject to change and should be used as a guide.

      I'm excited about another wonderful year in second grade and I'm looking forward to working with you to make this year successful, educational, and enjoyable.

     Below is a copy of the information that is sent home at the beginning of the school year covering such topics as Classroom Discipline and Expectations, Homework, Lunch/Snacks, Library, Birthdays, Field Trips, etc.  I will inform parents of any changes to this information if and when that occurs.

               Sincerely,

                       Ms. Margaret Bark

 

2016-2017 Information for Room 26

2nd Grade with Ms. Bark

Classroom Discipline - Positive Behavior Management Plan:

The basic discipline philosophy at Farragut School is that the classroom teacher must work in an environment conducive to teaching.  No child has the right to disrupt the learning process or to prevent teachers from doing their job.  Additionally, each student in the class has the right to know, in advance, what is expected of him/her, the class rules, the consequences for misbehavior, and the rewards for positive behavior.

In keeping with this school philosophy, each classroom will have posted rules and expectations as well as consequences. The expectations for the students in room 26 are the following:

We will...

...be caring.

...be cooperative.

...be courageous.

...be honest.

...be respectful.

...be responsible.

...participate.

And we will LEARN!

To reinforce these rules and expectations, I will be following a behavior management plan that uses pink tags (often referred to as “Pinks”) that students can earn throughout the school day. Students will keep their pink tags in their assigned library pocket at their seat until Friday, when they are added up and returned to me.

The way this program works starts with each student receiving two pink tags every Monday morning just for showing up! Students can earn additional pink tags for making appropriate choices, walking quietly in line, transitioning quickly, listening, contributing to classroom discussions, etc.  Students can also have pink tags taken away - if necessary.  As a class, we will discuss class procedures, expectations, and norms before deciding, as a group, if, when, and how many pink tags will need to be given back to the teacher for students that are making choices that don’t follow the rules in the classroom and around school. 

Each Friday, students will count the number of pink tags they’ve earned for the week and write that number on a miniature pink bucket.  (I will also record the number of pinks earned on a master list to keep track of student progress in earning pink tags each week.)  Students will use these pink buckets to put themselves in chronological order, highest to lowest, so that they can make their choice of an activity from that Friday’s “Choice Time” List of Activities!

To reward students, every Friday, they will have CHOICE TIME the last 30-40 minutes of the school day.  This means that students will be given the chance to extend their learning in fun ways and work on social skills. To determine the order that students will follow for picking an activity from the list for that week, the student with the most pink tags will get to choose first then the student with the second highest number of pink tags earned for that week will pick second, etc!   The more pink tags a student has earned, the sooner they get to select an activity.  Some activities have a limited number of participants so when an activity is full - at the maximum number of participants - students will have to make a different choice.  While students are selecting activities, I will be able to spend time encouraging students to earn more pink tags the next week.

Homework:

Second Grade Homework will include:

  1. Home Reading

Students will be expected to read outside of school on a regular basis. The required weekly reading for the students in my class is at least 100 minutes each week (20 minutes daily). Students are expected to read books that are at their reading level. Reading aloud to your child is encouraged and those minutes will count toward the required 100 minutes per week. The reading of the daily/weekly decodable books at home will also count. The recording of these minutes on a weekly reading log will be due each Friday.

  1. Home Folder

Students will be responsible for a Home Folder that they will take back and forth to school and home each day. Students are also responsible to deliver any notes to me in the morning. 

  1. Work Not Finished In Class

If your child has work that they have not completed in class, that work will be sent home and returned to school when finished.

  1.  Optional Spelling and Vocabulary Development Activities

In your child’s Home Folder you can expect to see a list of spelling/vocabulary words that we are working on in class. Students may practice these words at home. Please refer to the list of Spelling Practice Ideas for fun ways to learn these words. A spelling and vocabulary review test will be given weekly or biweekly (depending on the phonics skills we are learning and the stories we are reading).

  1. Math Games

Our Bridges math program occasionally has games for students to make and play that will be sent home to be used.  I will demonstrate how to make the games and how to play them before sending them home.  Playing games is a fun way to reinforce math skills and provides an opportunity for your child to teach you something when you play the games with them!

  1. Special Projects

There will be a couple of special projects during the year that students need to work on at home. These projects are meant to extend and expand your child’s learning outside the classroom and provide the opportunity for parent involvement in the learning process. You will be informed of these projects in advance.

Lunch/Snacks:

To foster healthy choices, children are encouraged to bring foods low in fat, sugar and salt for their snack (10:00-10:15) and lunch (12:00-12:45).  Candy and soda do not belong at school.  Due to issues with allergies, please remind your child not to share food with other students.

Library: Room 26 will visit the library every TUESDAY (10:30 – 11:00)

Second grade students get to check out two books from the library each week. These two library books will provide kids with exciting “new” self-selected reading material. If your child does not return a book they cannot fully participate in this vital reading experience.  Students can keep their library books at school or take them home.  Please encourage them to be responsible for returning their books on time each week.

Birthdays:

In my class, we celebrate student birthdays a little differently than a lot of the other teachers.  When a student has a birthday, that is their day.  His/Her classmates write letters and draw pictures to celebrate their classmate.  These letters are put together as a book that we present to the birthday child at the end of the day when we sing to them.  The birthday child often brings a little something to give out in remembrance of the day.  A special pencil, a decorative eraser, a gel pen, stickers, a cute pad, etc. are examples of the “little something” that students have brought in the past.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Field Trips:

Typically, the second grade classes go to the Science Center and the Museum of Natural History depending on availability of dates that correspond with the availability of transportation (school bus) and that there are enough parent volunteers to chaperone. As we make arrangements, families will be notified so those parents that would like to help out on the field trip will be able to make arrangements. 

Class Parties:

Due to the most recent regulations put on schools in regard to the serving of food in the classroom, students will have healthy food choices at class parties. I will let you know when a class party is scheduled. 

The second grade classes will have a picnic at the park the last week of school to celebrate the end of the year. We eat our sack lunches in the park and parents bring healthy snacks and frozen treats. Students play games and visit with other second grade students.

Share Special Info:

Please share any special information that does not show up on various school forms (example: child gets motion sick on buses, child is afraid of dogs, etc).  I would also appreciate being informed of any significant changes that may occur during the school year that may distract your child from learning (example: a close relative has died; family upheavals/changes; a sick pet; etc.).  Even the slightest change at home can affect a child’s learning at school.  Working together, we can help make these times less intrusive on your child’s learning.

Classroom Help:

Here are some ideas of things that I can use help with and that may be something you’d like to do.  I respect that some parents prefer not to work with students because they love sharpening pencils and filing (I had a parent that really LOVED doing these things one year) and some parents would prefer to work with students or help with classroom activities.  Some parents prefer to help out at home with collating, stapling, grading, etc.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide opportunities that will fulfill your eagerness to “volunteer”.  If nothing strikes your fancy, let me know what you’d like to do and I’ll see if we can work that out.

Volunteer Ideas/Opportunities:

  • Various Times/Days:  Working with small groups or one-on-one with students (playing educational games, reading one-on-one with students, working on computers with students, etc.)  Activity, time, and day TBD based on both our schedules.
  • Art Studio Class:  Week B on Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:00.  Help pass out supplies; monitor students; help with clean-up.
  • Friday Afternoons: To help with “Choice Time” - playing games with students, etc.  Preparing paperwork for the next week.  Sharpening pencils.  Misc.
  • Working with individual students or small groups of students on their reading, writing, or math.
  • Helping students with editing and typing their writing.
  • Washing and drying the classroom pillows used for reading times.  (They washed very well in my washer/dryer!)
  • Cleaning around the classroom.  (One year I had someone that dusted the classroom and cleaned all the desks and solid surfaces after school once a week.  It made a big difference in the number of illnesses and it made the classroom feel better and smell better!)
  • Sharpening pencils at school or at home.  (You can take home my electric sharpener if you don’t have one.)
  • Chaperoning a field trip; picnic in the park; other special activities.
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Contact:

If you have a question or concern, please feel free to send a note with your child or call the school office at 310-842-4323 and leave me a message. I will do my best to return your call within 24 hours. I can also be reached via email at margaretbark@ccusd.org. I check my email regularly and I will respond as quickly as I can or let you know when to expect a reply if I’m unable to answer at that time.

All this information and more is available on my webpage that is accessible through the Farragut Elementary home page (click on “teachers” then click on my name).  You can also access information through the Canvas link at the top of the “Home” page.

I look forward to working with each of you to make this a productive and meaningful year for your child!