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 will be posted as follows:
In this class,
we will be...
We will also...
in our education
we will LEARN!
To reinforce these rules and expectations, I will be following a behavior management plan that uses pink tags (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. Then on Friday, students will count the number of pink tags they've earned for the week and I will record this number on a master list to track student progress from week to week.
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 at the same time. 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.
In Second Grade, we do not assign “formal” homework. The only requirement is for students to read, read, read, and read some more when they aren’t in school! Occasionally, however, if your child has work that they haven’t completed in class, that work will be sent home to be done and returned when finished. Below you’ll find an explanation of what is required along with other options if you prefer to have your child do some kind of written work at home.
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 (approximately 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 recording of these minutes on a weekly reading log will be due each Friday.
2. 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.
3. Work Not Finished In Class
If your child has work that they have not completed in class, that work will be sent home and should be returned to school when finished.
4. 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 if desired. Students are provided time during Daily 5 to work on spelling/vocabulary words related to the stories in the Journeys reading program. Please refer to the list of Spelling Practice Ideas, included with the first spelling list, for fun ways to practice their spelling. A spelling/vocabulary test will be given every two weeks with a periodic week off based on school breaks, parent conferences, or to provide teachers with the opportunity to conduct reading level assessments.
5. Periodic 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 they provide an opportunity for your child to teach you something when you play the games with them!
6. Special Projects
There may be some 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.
Our classroom is a designated NUT FREE. Since we eat our snack in the classroom, except on the Wednesdays of Week "B" when students have snack outside at recess, it is important to take care not to pack any snacks containing any kinds of nuts or nut products. If your child has a snack with nuts, they need to let me know so that they can sit at an alternate table and we can clean the table when they're finished eating. At lunch, students with nut allergies sit at a "Nut Free" table so having any nut products in your child's lunch is okay.
Also, in order 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.
Lastly, lease remind your child not to share or trade food with other students.
Library: Room 26 will visit the library every WEDNESDAY (8:55 – 9:30)
Second grade students get to check out two books from the library each week. These two library books will provide children 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. (If you would like to help students during our weekly library visits, please let me know. You must be "cleared" to help out in this capacity.)
In my class, we celebrate student birthdays a little differently. 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. Sometimes the birthday child decides to bring 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. No food products or candy are allowed! If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate their special day either at their half birthday or a day of their choosing during the third trimester.
Typically, the second grade classes go on one or two field trips a year that will enhance and reinforce the learning taking place in the second grade. As we make arrangements, families will be notified so those interested in helping out on the field trip will be able to make arrangements. Only "cleared" adults will be permitted to go on field trips.
Due to the most recent regulations put on schools in regard to the serving of food in the classroom, as well as student allergies, I typically do not have any parties during the school year. An exception is made, however, for Valentine’s Day so that students can distribute Valentines to their classmates as well as having each student create and make a unique mailbox to hold those special greetings. Only healthy food choices will be offered followed by an extended “Choice Time" (when students are able to do whatever activity they choose). I will let you know the details and needs for any class parties that are scheduled in a timely manner.
We will also have a special celebration the last week of school to commemorate the end of 2nd grade. The exact kind of celebration will be determined sometime in May. Everyone will receive information at that time.
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, child has an aversion to paint, 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 and/or behavior at school. Working together, we can help make these times less intrusive on your child’s learning and/or behavior.
Below 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. Only "cleared" adults will be permitted to help out in the classroom or during school events.
◦ Working In-Class with small groups or one-on-one with students (playing educational games, reading one-on-one, working on computers, etc.) Can be arranged based on both our schedules.
◦ Art Studio Class: Week B on Wednesdays, 12:50-1:35. Help pass out supplies; monitor students; help with clean-up.
◦ Friday Choice Time: Most Fridays, around 2:15 - 3:00. Parents can play games, lead an art activity, build with legos or blocks, etc. There is also the opportunity to help prepare things for the next week and/or sharpen pencils, etc.
◦ Cleaning around the classroom: Dusting, wiping down flat surfaces, cleaning windows, etc. (Anytime you're available!)
◦ Sharpening pencils: at school or at home. (You can take home my electric sharpener if you don’t have one.)
◦ Chaperoning a field trip or helping with special activities around school (the garden, Jog-A-Thon, Fall Festival, supervising students during periodic Friday morning assemblies (10:00-11:00), etc.)
◦ Library: Helping students during our weekly library visit (Wednesdays, 8:55 - 9:30).
◦ Makerspace Class: Help during our makerspace class with Mrs. Pottinger on Tuesdays, Week "A", 10:55 - 11:55.
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 email@example.com. 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).
I look forward to working with each of you to make this a productive, meaningful, and memorable year for your child!
Ms. Margaret Bark