Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Dear 2nd Grade Families,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for the school year ahead. I am excited to be working with you and your children this year. Second grade has a rigorous academic course load and we work very hard. Please help your child to be successful by providing a good breakfast prior to arriving to class or take advantage of breakfast for purchase through the school. We have two in-class snacks during the day; we do not do a class/group snack – each student is responsible for providing his or her own. Please keep the snacks healthy and remind your child that we do not share food at school.

Every Monday I send home a newsletter. I will also be posting it to the school blog. The letter will keep you informed of important upcoming events in the class and school as well as the homework assignment for the week. Please look for the letter in your child’s backpack or find it on-line.
Students have homework twice a week. The literacy homework goes home on Monday and is due back on Thursday. Math homework goes home on Thursday and is due back on Monday. The only exceptions are on holidays and then the homework is due the next day students return to school. The homework will be very simple in the beginning of the year but will get progressively more difficult. It is important that students get in the habit of completing and returning their homework right away. Homework will be corrected and returned. If the student needs to make corrections and turn in the homework again there will be a note on top of the paper. A spelling list will go home every week and we have a spelling test every Friday.
There is a reading log that will go home every Monday and is due back the following Monday. Students are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes at least 5 times per week. The reading log should be completed and initialed by both the student and the parent. Students can read to their parents, parents can read to their child, or any combination of the two.

In addition, I will be sending home a math fact practice sheet. This also will go home on Monday and is due back the following Monday. Students are expected to practice the assigned math facts 10 minutes per day, 5 times per week. Please monitor their fact practice at home. Fact mastery will not only build your child’s mathematical confidence, but will also better prepare them for what’s to come!

Taos Charter School will be hosting a “Back to School Night” for each class in September. As soon as the date is set I will let you know. Please do your best to attend as I will go over the expectations for 2nd grade, our daily routines, the curriculum, field trips, parties, and inform you of volunteer opportunities within the class. I will have a sign-up sheet for conferences at that time as well which are scheduled for the end of October. I provide early morning, after school, evenings and even lunch time slots so that everyone can have an opportunity to meet with me. I believe the conferences are important for me to provide you with an update on how your child is performing in the classroom but it is also an opportunity for me to receive any important information from you that I can use to help your child succeed.

We celebrate birthdays in 2nd grade by creating a birthday book for each child on their birthday. Students with summer birthdays will also be acknowledged. I DO NOT allow food to be brought into the classroom as a celebration. Please respect my birthday policy and do not send in cupcakes or any treats.

If you have not returned your beginning of the year packet yet, please do so as soon as possible. Also, please send in the school supplies from the list if you have not already done so.

I look forward to teaching your children and working together to make this a successful year for all. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime. The best way to reach me is through email at gcerruto@taoscharterschool.org. You can also call the school and leave a message and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. I encourage an open dialogue and look forward to hearing from all of you.

Ms. Gina