I can't believe that it is already September. Our class this year is awesome! The children have been working hard and have fallen into the second grade routine with ease. I am very fortunate to have such a great group of kids. Please try and download some of the apps or visit some of the links that I post in my weekly newsletter to help your child practice at home. I look forward to talking to all of my wonderful parents at teacher /parent conference day in October. As always, if you have any concerns please contact me at dwatkins.forsyth.k12.ga.us or give me a call at school.
(2) - 100 count black and white marble composition notebooks
(1) – Fiskars scissors (blunt tip)
2 big fat or 4 regular
24 count crayons
1 washable Crayola Classic Markers
#2 wood pencils
1 plastic box to keep supplies at desk
(4) – three-prong PLASTIC folders with pockets (assorted colors)
(1) – 5 subject spiral notebook
4 pack Expo markers
**Please note that there may be some additional items posted by teachers for their classroom at Open House & Curriculum Night
Welcome to my class webpage!
Hours: The school day begins at and ends at
Snack: Children may bring a snack Monday-Friday. Snacks should be nutritious, such as cheese, fruit, goldfish crackers, granola bars, pretzels, etc.
Lunch:A regular school lunch costs $2.15 including a drink.Breakfast is $1.25. Milk is 60 cents. If you want to eat with your child, a guest lunch may be purchased for $3.25. You may pay for lunch at the beginning of each week, each month, or you may pay online.Parents are welcome to have lunch with their children. If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please notify me so that I can inform the lunchroom. Please remember, NO FAST FOOD OR SODAS are allowed in the lunchroom.
Ice cream may be purchased for $.50.We will have ice cream on Friday only. There will be no ice cream sold on early release days.Students must finish MOST of their lunch before purchasing ice cream.Please put your child’s name on lunch money or ice cream money when sending it to school.
Absences:As a safety measure, please call if you know your child will be absent. After an absence, I must have a written excuse within 5 days of the absence. Please include the following information: number of days absent, reason for the excuse, your signature, and a phone number if there are any questions. If you know in advance that your child will be out, please let me know and I will be happy to give him/her some replacement work for time missed.I am including some absence slips in your Open House packet.
Tardies:It isof utmost importance that your child is on time for school. They need to be in the classroom by . After that they will need to check in at the office.
Early Checkout:Students cannot be released from the classroom. You must check your child out through the office.
Homework:Each student will receive homework in his/her own homework folder. It is your child’s responsibility to return completed homework assignments. Homework should take no more than 15-30 minutes. Children shouldn’t be overwhelmed with more work after an already busy, productive day. This is a good progress report for me to use to show where strengths and weaknesses lie. We will not have homework on Fridays.Please remember to initial homework calendars each night so that I know you have seen your child's work.
Physical Education:We will have P.E. 2 times a week. Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes on these days.Check the schedule page for exact days.
Phone Number and Address Changes: Please keep me informed of any changes, even if they are temporary. We can never predict when an emergency will occur. An accurate record of your phone number and address is a necessity.Email addresses are encouraged.
Toys:Please do not let your child bring toys to school, unless it is for a particular assignment. Toys distract students from their work. No Silly Bandz allowed in class. Our class will have Show-and-Tell on Fridays. If a toy is not for Show-and-Tell or a particular assignment, it will be taken up and given back to the student at the end of the year.
Health Conditions: Please inform me of any health conditions your child may have.
Behavior: Each teacher handles behavior differently. Please become familiar with the behavior management process. A copy of our classroom behavior management is included in your open house packet.
Signed Papers: Papers will be sent home in Friday folders each week. Please look through the papers with your child and guide them with making corrections.The corrected papers may be returned on Monday.
Newsletter: I will send home a weekly newsletter. This will help you to keep up with what’s going on in our classroom. Look for it in your child’s Friday folder.
Home/School Connection: Parents often ask me what they can do to help their child at home. In addition to assisting your child with his/her homework, I believe the best thing you can do to improve your child’s progress is to read to your child each night. Children often enjoy reading the same books over and over and this is fine. Repetition will help your child develop a sense of “story” (realizing the book has a beginning, middle, end). Repetition also allows a child to recognize certain vocabulary words in the story. This adds to the sight words they have already begun to develop. It is also helpful to have your child repeat the story in his/her own words. Or, you may want them to repeat the story with a different beginning, middle, or ending. The main point is to read. They will gain a tremendous amount from it.
Please let me know if you have any time during the school day to help with special events or to read to the class.
I am available to talk further about any subject, as needed. You may send me an e-mail, a note, or call me at school. I welcome any suggestions that you may have to help with your child’s education. Please feel free to contact me. I know this will be a successful year. Thank you in advance for your support.In addition, I welcome parents to share email addresses with me. This is an efficient way for us to keep in touch regarding school issues.