Welcome to Mrs. Melvin’s 2nd Grade!!!
Math- Practice Book- pg. P103 & 104
Spelling- each word from your Spelling List 2x each (in back of H book)
Reading- Close Reader pg. 52-59 (due Friday)
Vocabulary- study words from Helen Keller
Please remember each child should be doing independent reading for 15-20 minutes each night. Each child should also be completing Mathletics 3x a week.
Please send your child with SHARPENED pencils EACH DAY!
2RM Class List
Monday- Gym 10:00 – 10:45 (please remember to wear your gym uniform and sneakers)
Tuesday- Computer 11:30 – 12:15
Thursday- Library 1:10 – 1:55 (after the first week please remember to send in your library book each week)
Friday- Music 11:30 – 12:15
I do not know our Art Express schedule yet but please know parents are always welcome to come and help volunteer. Thank you!
September 5, 2018
Welcome to Second Grade! I hope your summer was very enjoyable. I am very excited and looking forward to meeting and working with your children. My goal is to make this school year a very challenging and exciting one.
To help make this school year a successful one, I listed below some opening day instructions. Please keep this newsletter throughout the year for a reference.
Thursday, September 6 : no school for students in grades K-4
Friday, September 7 : Dismissal is at 3:00
Please bring your school bag and pencil case with 2 sharpened pencils and an eraser on Friday. All other supplies, listed below need to be sent to school on Monday September 10. Please be sure to put your child’s name on ALL of the materials. This is just a reminder and is the same list that was sent out to you over the summer.
- 1 zippered pencil case containing extra #2 sharpened pencils
- 2 erasers
- Art Box – Please, no larger than a shoe box
- Magic Markers
- 1 box of crayons – Please, no larger than a 24 pack
- 1 liquid White Glue Bottle
- 2 glue sticks
- 1 old T-shirt for messy art activities
- 1 box of tissues for classroom use during the year
- 1 container of Clorox wipes for classroom use during the year
- Clear contact paper to cover workbooks
- 1-2 Activity books for use during rainy day recesses
- 1 or 2 picture/chapter books – Your child needs to always have an extra book in his/her desk everyday. There will be a silent reading period during the school day.
Fee for School Supplies Already Provided
Please send $20.75 in an envelope marked “School Supplies” with your child’s name on it by Monday, September 17. This will cover the cost of 5 copybooks, 3 folders, and scissors which has been provided for your child’s use. Please send the art fee of $20.00 in a separate envelope. If you are writing a check for the copybooks, etc., please make it payable to Saint Helena School. Please be sure to label all envelopes with my name, 2RM and the contents inside. I will record your name when the money has been sent to school. Thank you.
- $9.25 – 5 copybooks at $1.85 each (2 of these will be saved and used for the second half of the year)
- $3.50 – Assignment Book
- $6.00 – 3 Plastic Folders H, T, S
- $2.00 – scissors
- $20.00 – Art Fee – This will eliminate collection materials as each activity occurs for the whole year.
The books that we currently have will be sent home to be covered over the next few nights. Please cover all workbooks and copybooks with clear contact. The books are easily recognizable and will be protected in this manner. Also, please label each book with your child’s first and last name on the front cover. Your child will also receive a reading textbook as well. Please provide a book sock for this. We have six different reading texts and the book socks make it easy to transfer when needed.
The children will be dismissed as a school. We ask that parents not come into the building at dismissal time.
Children will not be permitted to take alternate forms of transportation other than what you have stated, unless I receive a note or email stating the change in transportation. If you forgot an email, please call the office no later than 2:15 and I will get the message. If you need to change your child’s transportation in the middle of the day CALL THE OFFICE, I may not get the email if it is in the middle of the day as I am teaching. Please email me your child’s primary source of transportation by Monday, September 10 so I know how they should go home each day. Dismissal can sometimes be confusing for some children and I want to make sure that we can avoid that as best as possible. I will have a chart in my classroom stating the way each child is supposed to go home. This is helpful for everyone.
If your child is visiting someone else after school, I would like an email from both children’s parents. Please include the transportation to be used. This is for your child’s protection. Please note – a child may not ride on any other district’s bus than the one in which he/she lives. (ex: If your child lives in the Methacton School District, he/she may not ride on a Wissahickon bus. These are the districts’ rules.)
T – Folder
The T – Folder is what I use to send home, tests. Please make sure the T – Folders are returned to me, along with all tests and quizzes signed by you, by the next day.
H – Folder
The H – Folder will be sent home every night. Worksheets completed during each day will be contained in the H – Folder. The completed pages may be kept at home. Any other information will be sent home via e-mail.
S – Folder
The S – Folder will be used to stay in your child’s desk. Any unfinished work will be kept in the S – Folder in their desk.
Homework will be posted on the St. Helena website and can be found in the faculty section under “Mrs. Robin Melvin.” Your child is also responsible to write down their homework each day in their assignment book which also needs to be signed. If there is a handout for homework please be sure to check your child’s folder which should be returned on the date assigned. All homework must be completed every night. Your child’s homework will provide reinforcement of daily work and will nurture a sense of responsibility in your child. Please sign your child’s homework every night including the assignment book. Your signature on all homework is an indication to me that it has been supervised and completed. If you observe your child having a problem with his/her homework, please inform me. Your child is responsible for turning in their homework each day.
Homework should take about 20 – 30 minutes to complete each night
An email must be sent the day of your child’s return stating the date and reason for absence. This email is in addition to calling the school on the day your child is absent.
If you foresee your child being absent for a long period of time, for example, a family vacation. Please contact me well in advance.
Missed work will be sent home, on the day your child returns, to be completed with you at home.
I will give you a call to inform you if I find your child is experiencing difficulties or if their work is not being completed.
Please let me know if your child is going through something unusual at home as I am aware and may act accordingly.
Scholastic orders will be done online. Directions on how to do this will be posted on the class webpage and sent home via email when we plan to have a class order. I will try to do an order once a month.
All lunch money must be placed in an envelope with your child’s name on it, 2RM, and the contents inside. Loose money is lost very easily and having the envelope properly labeled is very helpful if found by someone else.
Please be sure to separate hot lunch money from counter money. One envelope is for hot lunch and one envelope or change purse is for juice, etc. money. I will only collect hot lunch money each morning. Please make sure to write your child’s name, 2RM, and contents on the hot lunch envelope as well so I know who the money is from.
Pretzels are sold every day at 10:30 A.M. recess. A pretzel is $.50. Children are welcome to buy a pretzel or bring in their own nutritious snack. Sometimes we sell out of pretzels. It is always a good idea to send your child with an extra snack in case this happens.
Your child’s Gym day is Monday. Children wear their gym clothes to school on that day along with sneakers.
Birthday treats are always welcome. Please choose a simple treat. I would ask you to not send in juice, or whole cakes as a snack. Please make sure the treats are already in individual pieces (cupcakes, cookies, brownies, donuts, etc.). Please let me know in advance when you would like the class to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please supply napkins for the class.
If you are having a party for your child at home, you may send invitations into school provided they are for all of the girls or all of the boys or the whole class. If some of the children are not invited, please send the invitations on your own time. A whole school directory will be provided by the Home and School Association.
Please place your child’s name on EVERYTHING, especially all of the gym clothing and school sweaters. These things tend to get lost a lot and I do not want your child to be without.
Please do not allow your child to bring any kinds of toys to school. We do not have show and tell in second grade and I do not want your child to lose or have their toy broken in school.
Please keep this newsletter for future reference. It will also be posted on the bottom of my school webpage for you to refer back to.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mrs. Robin Melvin
Class Code – HVDK3 Order
Support Your Child’s Reading Success!
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Thank you for your support and happy reading!