"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder." - Ralph M. Sockman
This year, I'm moving to a 2nd/3rd combo! This will be such an exciting year of teaching critical reading, math, writing, and other skills to emerging learners!
1. We'll be continuing Common Core State Standards (although the state of Alaska has not yet adopted these standards, the Anchorage School District has chosen to adopt the CCSS). If you have any questions about this, please google it, check the information on the asdk12.org website,
or talk with staff. Thank you for your support with these standards at home also.
2. MATH -- We will continue to use the Everyday Math program. In 2nd grade, a review of "Hands-on Algebra" -- the introductory info -- even/odd numbers, place value, expanded form, counting patterns within 100 and 1000, and continue building our skills each day. (NOTE: It is critical that your child attends school every day to be able to participate and develop with each lesson. Please talk with me if your child must be absent for any reason. Thank you!)
3. SOCIAL STUDIES - We will continue working on SEL (social-emotional learning) skills to help the students grow in this area.
MAP skills - do you play map developmental skill games with your child? As you are traveling to/from school, around town, or on trips out of town, ask your child to identify North, South, East, West (and for advanced students, northeast/northwest, southeast/southwest, etc.) Estimate distances, discuss topographical features of the Earth, ask your child to help you plan a trip around town and follow a city map. Have fun discussing the landmarks of Alaska (and other areas) and locate them on maps. Discuss the early history of our state and country (in language your child will understand). Read interesting stories to your child at night and discuss events you read about. Discuss your family's heritage with your child and locate places important to your family on maps. This will help history and social studies come alive to your child.
4. READING - We will continue using the Reach for Reading texts in both grades, along with Direct Instruction, with emphasis on non-fiction reading. Please monitor your child's reading this school year to help build critical literacy skills. Daily reading practice is critical to developing necessary reading skill levels. Reading must be practiced at home, and school, to develop skills required for advancement to upper grades. If you have questions, please contact me, or other staff, with any questions.
5. WRITING - Our writing program is the Step-Up-To-Writing program. Please read your child's writing papers and discuss their choices of topics, sentences, handwriting, and drawings. Ask your child to tell you about their work, it might surprise you! Writing is utilized in all subjects
(so individual teachers will monitor/build skills in their content area). Writing is not a "stand-alone" subject. It will be continually utilized in all subject areas (math, reading/literacy, social studies, science, etc.). You can help strengthen your child's writing skills by asking your child to help write lists (groceries, tasks to be completed, daily schedules), thank you notes to anyone who gives gifts or services, requests for items (ask them to write a letter to you explaining exactly what theywant/need, why they want/need the item, expected cost, and how they might help earn part of the money needed for the item. Ideas could include helping with siblings, chores around the house, yard work, or many other ideas).
6. SPELLING - In both grades, we emphasize not just memorizing a list of words, but learning the patterns of the words and how spelling "works". This spelling program will assist students in developing a better understanding for spelling patterns and phonemic awareness. These ideas
are based on a multi-sensory approach to learning and the Orton-Gillingham Program. If you have questions, please google "multi-sensory" and "Orton-Gillingham". I will use this method in both spelling content language, and vocabulary words used in our classroom. Please ask me if you have any questions.
7. HOMEWORK - Per policy, I do not "assign homework". However, if a student does not complete assignments in class, then the incomplete work will be sent home to be completed to reinforce the skill development needed to move forward to the next skill. Many subjects (reading, spelling, math, etc.) will require reinforcement at home to adequately develop the necessary skill development for higher learning. Education is a partnership between the school and families. We all appreciate all the hard work and support given to so many students at home. Home support helps build a stronger base of knowledge for a child to be able to move forward with necessary skills for each level of development. Please check your child's daily assignments/backpack/notes home each night. Thank you!
8. REMIND - One of our communication methods is via the "REMIND" app on your cell phone. Please always update your contact information with the school office (and teacher) so we may contact you with information and in an emergency. Assignments are written on the board, and I often send a "remind" photo to parents/guardians to let you know what we are working on each day. Thank you for checking this information often!
9. Zangle / Q - If you do not yet have a school account (one account is valid for your entire family at all grade levels), please check with the office staff for log-in info. It is free, available on your phone and/or computer, and is a quick/easy way to keep up with your child/children's information (grades/test scores, attendance, etc.) This is quick/easy for you, and you don't need to wait for a "report" to be sent home in your child's backpack.
Remember that you are always welcome to help your child/all students in the classroom when you have the time. We especially enjoy it when family members share cultural traditions with us! We will look forward to having all of the families join us for activities throughout the year.
Please be sure you read the class newsletters/check the REMIND phone app for updates, check out the monthly calendars sent home, ask your child about his/her activities in the classroom each day, and volunteer in the classroom whenever you have time.
Let us know in advance, and we'll be certain to schedule you into our daily routines! My email address is at the top of this page, and on the front of your child's homework folder.
PLEASE help your child with showing you the homework/communication folder daily, and return the folder to me EVERY morning. This is the main classroom way of communicating with parents/family members.
We will always be in need of the following:
1. Classroom volunteers
2. Parent/guardian chaperone(s) for field trips (be sure you check for, and return, signed permission slips quickly!)
3. Healthy Snacks (please be considerate of possible allergies)
4. Supplies for your child and/or classroom
5. Parent support at home
Thank you for your support at home in helping your child be successful in school! Don't forget to check out the rest of the website -- just click on the links listed on the right side of this page.