WELCOME TO SECOND GRADE!
We are so excited to see everyone in person and be together again in our building. We know this will be a unique school year, but we also know that if we are all patient and flexible we can handle anything that comes our way! We are looking forward to learning, praying and working as a team to have a successful 2nd grade year!
2nd grade orientation will be on Wednesday, September 2nd. Second grade students should be dropped off at the Fairfield door (next to church main entrance), students will also be dismissed from the same door.
• Students with last name A-L will attend 8:00am-9:30am
• Students with last name M-Z will attend10:30am-12:00pm
Please be mindful of the assigned times, as students arriving promptly will ensure we can help everyone move though the building as safely as possible. Remember to maintain appropriate distancing while outside, and children and adults should wear masks at all times on school campus.
Students should wear gym uniform or traditional school uniform and bring supplies on this day. Students will not be sharing supplies this year, so please label your child’s items with their name. Please also send your child with an empty gallon size Ziploc bag labeled with their name, to help us keep extra supplies organized.
School Wide Best Practices for Cleaning and Sanitizing
Regular and consistent cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to reduce exposure. EPA approved disinfectant and cleaning supplies will be housed in every classroom, out of the reach of children, and will be used to kill germs.
Frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles/knobs, desktops/tabletops, countertops, chairs, light switches, pencil sharpeners, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, phones, toys, cubbies/coat and backpack areas, sinks and faucets) will be cleaned on a daily basis.
Classroom surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, but specifically before and after snack/lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day. The school buildings will receive a deep clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Formal bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Areas in each of the bathrooms will be taped off and only a limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at once to allow for safe and proper social distancing.
Gloves and other appropriate PPE will be used during cleaning and disinfecting.
Teachers will train students how to properly wear and adjust their masks and consistently work with students to ensure appropriate hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting takes place frequently throughout each day.
Our classrooms are set up in accordance with current guidelines and recommendations communicated to us through the archdiocese. SJF staff will also implement some school wide strategies that we believe will help us navigate the school day in a healthy and positive way. Some of these guidelines include but are not limited to:
• Student desks all facing forward and spaced appropriately
• Emphasis on hand washing and hand sanitizing
• Wiping and sanitizing of desks multiple times a day
• Frequent movement breaks for students in the classroom during the day
• One SJF mask and one lanyard will be provided to each student (we encourage students to keep a backup mask in their backpack in the event that one is needed)
• Outdoor time for recess and lessons, weather permitting
• We welcome any donations (to be kept in our individual cohorts) of cleaning supplies or easily wiped/sanitized recess equipment
2nd Grade Curriculum
We will learn so many exciting new things this year, here’s a look at the academic subjects we will cover:
In addition to our regular religion series, the children will be studying two sacraments this year. The first is Reconciliation and the second is First Holy Communion. Both of these sacraments are very important days in the life of your child and we look forward to preparing your child for them. You will be given more information about these two
special days as it becomes available. Please encourage regular Mass attendance as part of their preparation for the reception of these two sacraments.
English Language Arts
Our Language Arts curriculum incorporates reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening. Students will be presented with both fiction and nonfiction selections to compare and contrast and to respond orally and in writing using extended response answers.
We’re so excited to explore our new reading series with our second graders, HMH’s Into Reading! Our faculty is continuing training on this series so we can be sure to get the most out of our new program.
Science and Social Studies
The science curriculum includes the study of plants and animals, matter, ecosystems, and the earth’s place in the universe. In social studies we will be studying communities, developing map skills, learning about local, state, and federal governments, and discussing early American history.
We will continue with our Go Math series for math instruction. The series is based on the common core standards and has many different on-line features for students and parents to access at home. One component of this program is a nightly homework assignment. An emphasis will be placed on explaining how student’s got their answer not just the computation.
Manuscript writing will be reviewed during the first trimester. Cursive writing will be taught after Christmas. We will be covering the lower-case cursive letters only.
We will work hard in all of our academic subjects, but our days will also include other times for important special classes like art, music, library, gym and of course, lunch!
Lunch will be from 11:10-11:30am.
Each child should bring a small snack on Wednesdays- we will not eat lunch on Wednesdays due to early dismissal.
Students should bring a reusable water bottle each day. Students will not be able to drink from the water fountains, but will be able to use them to refill their water bottle.
We will have specials from 8:15-9:00am each day, with a shortened special on Wednesdays (8:15-8:45am) due to early dismissal. Students will attend a different special class each day.
Specials Schedule for Room 215- Ms. Surin
Monday 8:15-9:00am Music with Ms. Surin
Tuesday 8:15-9:00am Art with Mrs. Corley
Wednesday 8:15-8:45am Gym with Mr. Mulchrone
Thursday 8:15-9:00am Library with Mrs. Keller
Friday 8:15-9:00am Computers with Mrs. Maxwell
* We will be unable to gather to celebrate mass as we have in previous years. Once the plan is finalized, we will communicate it with you.
Summer Reading and Math work- please send to school with your child on Tuesday, September 8th.
Uniforms - Students have the option of wearing their gym uniform until October 1st to help students stay comfortable in warm weather. Traditional uniforms are also allowed.
Birthdays- in the interest of health and safety, a school wide decision has been made that students will no longer be able to bring in a snack or other items to share on their birthday. (But don’t worry; we’ll be sure to celebrate your child on their big day!)
Classroom Management – In our classroom students will constantly practice how to be responsible, caring citizens by being “bucket fillers”. Students will learn and discuss how bucket fillers act and will be expected to practice these behaviors in the classroom and throughout school. We will focus on being kind, safe, respectful, and responsible. The classroom procedures will be explained and are reviewed regularly.
We will be in contact with parents if behavior or missing homework issues arise.
The homework assignments your child brings home each night are an important part of his/her education. Homework provides students with opportunities to develop good study habits and practice new skills. One of the best ways to help your child learn is to encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes each night!
Please check the student planner daily. The students will have the responsibility for copying assignments into their planner, and we will check them daily to make sure assignments are written down.
Please make sure your child has adequate supplies at all times. Pencils and crayons wear down, break and get lost. They need to be replaced often.
Finally, if your child is absent please phone the office that morning and send a note explaining the absence when he/she returns to school.
REMOTE LEARNING PLAN
In the event that we do need to pivot to remote learning, the whole school will be utilizing Google Classroom for lessons and assigning student work. Google Meet will replace Zoom for live classroom meetings. We will communicate more information to you at the time if these steps are needed. Our Remote Learning Team is working hard on plans to smoothly transition to remote learning should the need arise.
We can’t wait to begin this wonderful year of learning with your child! We know there is a lot of information to unpack in this letter, so please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation, patience and flexibility as we navigate this unique school year, we are looking forward to working with you to make it a great success!
Ms. Lauren Surin and the 2nd Grade Team