Stuff You Should KnowPosted by Yvonne Parent on 8/3/2016 12:00:00 PM
Please be sure to read the Knoles School Family Handbook. It is full of important information. This is sent home on the first day of school. Below is some additional information about our second grade program.
Our class has a website at:
(This is the FUSD website, www.fusd1.org, then the Knoles School page, and then under staff pages you select Parent, Y.) This website will be our primary form of communication. I will post all my newsletters there, the class calendar, wish lists, etc. Please check it frequently. If you provide me with your email address, I can set it up so that you will receive an email every time I update the website so you know to check it.
Class begins at 8:40 a.m. and class ends at 3:20 p.m., except on Friday, when class ends at 12:25 p.m. Classroom doors are open at 8:30 a.m. If students arrive before 8:30 a.m. they should go outside weather permitting. If is too cold they will go to the gym. Please see that your child arrives at school on time so his or her day will begin on a positive note. It is also important that the children are picked up on time so that they don't worry about how they will get home.
Change in Pick Up Procedures:
Please put it in writing anytime your child will have a change in who will be picking him/her up from school. If there is a change in which bus your child will be riding home, you must provide a written note and have it signed by the principal. Sometimes students forget how they are supposed to get home so it is always helpful to have it in writing.
Early Student Pick Up:
If for some reason you need to pick your child up before school lets out, you must sign your child out at the office.
Supplies and Materials:
The school provides some basic materials. Please the class supply list on this site to see supplies you child needs.
In addition to basic supplies, there are many activities we do that require special materials not funded by the district. This includes art, math, science, web based learning sites and cooking projects. The second grade teachers are asking for a twenty-five dollar voluntary donation to help alleviate the cost of these projects. Please make checks payable to Knoles School - 2nd Grade. Please note "Ms. Parent" in the "For" line on your check. Please understand that this is a voluntary donation.
Please be sure to read the school dress code. My main concern is that we play on the playground where there is loose dirt and slick pavement. Sandals and slick-soled shoes are not safe. Tennis shoes or sneakers of any kind work well.
Please do not send your child to school sick. Your child cannot do his or her best and the other children do not need to be exposed! Be sure to let the office know when your child misses school. I will be encouraging frequent hand-washing to help prevent the spread of illness.
Children are expected to go out for recess at our scheduled times. Please see that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. If for some reason you do not want your child going outside, you must let me know in writing.
I have found that many students need an energy boost mid-morning. If your child would like a snack, please pack something healthy and quick and easy to eat. I'll give them a few minutes during our morning routine to have their own snack. No candy or sugary snacks, please!
We typically have students with food allergies every year. If you send any food in to share with the entire class, be sure to provide an ingredients list so that we can ensure that it is safe for students to eat. If your child has a food allergy to something common, it is really helpful to have a bag of safe snacks for me to keep in the classroom that they can choose from on birthdays so that they can have a treat, too.
Toys from home are not allowed at school. They become a distraction to learning and there simply is not enough time for your child to play with the toy during class. I am not responsible for toys that are lost or broken at recess and I prefer not to deal with the children who are upset when this occurs. These issues do not happen if toys are left at home.
Show and Tell:
We do not have show and tell in the traditional manner. I will allow items that are specific and enhance our units of study if you or your child clears it with me ahead of time.
I encourage you to get a backpack for your child. Some days very little is sent home while other days it looks like we are moving. Packs help keep things in order and keep notes from getting lost. Please check your child's pack every day.
Research shows that young children should have only 10 minutes of homework for each year in school. I ask that for homework your child read a book for 20 minutes each night. I will send home a reading log. Have your child read each night and sign off that they have read. I encourage the students to bring home accelerated reader books on their reading level and take AR quizzes on that book at school. If you would like your child to do more I will provide you with websites or you may work on high frequency words and math flash cards.
We do celebrate birthdays. Due to food allergies and dietary restrictions I would rather not have edible treats. I encourage you to donate a book or game to the classroom. I will post a tag saying it was donated in honor of your child's birthday. We can also always use pencils, erasers, new crayons or colored pencils as treats!
We do celebrate holidays. I respect religious freedom and make every effort to not offend or exclude children. I offer alternative activities for children who should not participate due to religious or family reasons. Please make me aware of this ahead of time so that I can make every effort to accommodate choices.
I arrive at school by 8:00 a.m. and am available after class until 4:00 p.m. The best time to talk with me is before or after class. If you need to meet with me at another time, please make an appointment. Please understand I do frequently have meetings before and after school. The best way to contact me is through email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The school phone number is 773-4120 ext 2624.