FAQ


FAQ

Here are some common questions about our classroom.
  1. What if my child forgets something at home? (library books, lunch, etc.)
  2. What is the best way to send in money? (for lunches, book orders, etc)
  3. May I eat lunch with my child?
  4. How are birthdays celebrated?
  5. What math program is utilized? 
  6. How can I help my child succeed with reading and math?
  7. What is the NWEA test and how is it administered?
  8. Will we get a chance to order books this year?
  9. When are word study tests and does word study come home? 
  10. What are homework expectations for your class?




What if my child forgets something at home? (library books, lunch, etc.)
If it is an urgent matter, I would suggest calling the school and
leaving a message with one of the school secretaries so that they can then pass the information on to me or a guest teacher. Items can also be dropped off at the office. 
Non-urgent matters can be e-mailed to me or you can leave me a voice mail. Please keep in mind that guest teachers (substitutes) will not have access to my voice mail or e-mail.


What is the best way to send in money? (for lunches, book orders, etc)
It is very helpful to always send money or checks in a sealed
envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money on the outside of the envelope. This eliminates the possibility of
money being lost or misplaced.



May I eat lunch with my child?
Parents are always welcome to eat lunch with their children. Just meet us in the office area (please sign in first) as we go to the cafeteria. If you would like to purchase a school lunch, please send in a note. 


How are birthdays celebrated?
Your child may send in birthday treats. Keep in mind any allergies in the classroom, simply ask ahead of time and I can inform you if there are any in our class.  Students also receive a birthday treat from the teacher and of course we sing to our classmate!


What math program will be utilized? 

      Our district adopted Every Day Math for our math program this year. Please visit the link below for more information. 
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/



How can I help my child succeed at learning math and reading at home?
Please focus on the homework coming home. If you would like to do more, students can always read more. They also have access to IXL for language arts and math. Please use IXL as a resource at home. 




What is the NWEA test and how is it administered?
All second graders take the NWEA assessment in the fall, winter, and again in the spring. The test measures reading, language, and math. This computerized benchmark test is unique in that it adapts to each student's ability, more accurately measuring what a child knows, as well as identifying gaps in knowledge. Teachers can then target instruction so that every student is learning and growing, whether they are achieving above, on, or below grade level. We also get the results immediately, with a more complete breakdown sent shortly after the testing is complete. A copy of student growth throughout the year will be sent home in the spring. 


Will we get a chance to order books this year?
Book orders will be sent home about every two months. I will tell
the children (and you) the return date and remind them
periodically of this date. If a check is written, please make it
payable to the Scholastic. 
Ordering online will also be an option. With an online order, you receive a coupon for your next order - Please go to the Scholastic tab to find more information. 
      Do not feel obligated to order. 
This is offered to you as a means to encourage your child to
read, and as an inexpensive way to build a home library.



When are word study tests?
Information to come. 

 


What are the homework expectations?
Students will have a basic homework routine. It may differ from the schedule due to special projects or units but typical homework will include: 
Reading: Read 4 nights a week for 20 minutes each night and log the reading on student reading log. A parent letter will be in each student’s reading log that explains reading expectations more in depth.
Word Study: Monday night homework will be listed in agenda for word study.
Writing: Students will need to journal once a week – due Friday’s – more complete directions will come home along with journal.
Math: Math homework will go home Monday-Thursday.
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My child is an incoming 2nd grader. How can I prepare?  

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