Melody Rice                                  
mrice@falconridgecharter.org











EXPECTATIONS:

1.  Click here to know what your child should be able to do before starting 2nd grade!

2.  Standards your child will learn and practice in 2nd grade:
       MATH
      ELA (Reading, Writing, Language, & Speaking)

3.  Click here to know what your child should be able to do by the END of 2nd grade.


2nd Grade VIRTUE:  
Kindness - The act of being friendly, generous, and considerate to others.

Our 2nd grade class poem...which we will need to have memorized...is a great start to learning and talking about kindness.  


2nd Grade Hall of Fame:

The following students have passed off these categories for our 2nd grade Hall of Fame!  Wow!  Aren't they awesome?!  Great job guys and gals!  
(Remember students must first pass off 40 addition 3x before they can move on to ANY of the remaining categories.)

40 Addition


40 Subtraction


40 Multiplication


40 Division




 



DONATIONS:
                    
This year I would like to implement a STEM rotation in our centers.  In order to do this, it requires materials.  In addition, many of the supplies for STEM would also work for various art projects we could do.  If you have any of these you can donate at anytime throughout the year we would LOVE it and put it to good use!  Thanks in advance.
  • cupcake liners
  • rubber bands
  • Popsicle sticks
  • tape
  • cotton balls
  • plastic cups
  • Styrofoam cups
  • magnets
  • paper plates
  • q-tips
  • tooth picks
  • straws
  • coffee filters
  • envelopes
  • brown paper bags
  • yarn
  • string
  • paper bowls
  • tin foil
  • glitter
  • google eyes
  • toilet paper rolls (empty)
  • paper towel rolls (empty)
  • beads
  • white watercolor paper
  • playdough (bought or made)
  • pipe cleaners
  • tissue paper
  • old legos, k'nex, other building blocks THAT YOU DO NOT WANT RETURNED.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Has your child been reading this Summer?  If not, now is a great time to start getting back in the habit!  :)  

Reading enhances brain activity and involves many brain functions including: visual and auditory processes, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and more.  While we will continue to develop these skills in 2nd grade, it is never too late to get a head start.  Research shows that the average young middle-class child hears 32 million MORE spoken words through reading than children who do not consistently read. Children who hear more words, understand more words, have more words stored in their young brains, and thus, have an advantage on the educational playing field.  Having your child read, AND (not or) reading to your child are probably two of the most important things you can and will ever do for your child.


DATES to KNOW:

Wed. Aug. 21st - Fri. Aug. 23rd - Unfortunately I will NOT be at school the first 3 days.  I have decided to take my oldest daughter to college and the dates just overlap with the Falcon Ridge Charter calendar.  My 2 wonderful EAs (Mrs. Ashby and Mrs. Doucette) will be subbing for me.  I will return on Monday, Aug. 26th.  I will be checking my emails, but please understand I may not get back to you in a timely manner as I will be in a different time zone.  If you have anything pertinent or urgent PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE while I'm gone these days.  Thank-you for understanding!  I'm very sad to miss this first week with your kiddos.

Mon. Aug. 19th - Back to School Night 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

Wed. Aug. 21st - Your child's 1st Day of 2nd Grade!  

Fri. Aug. 23rd - Practice Spelling Test (It's VERY different in 2nd grade.  Your child will be introduced to the type of tests I give, but a grade will NOT be recorded in the gradebook for this test.)

Fri. Aug. 23rd - Practice Q1:1 Language, Reading, and Math Quizzes.  (These are given EVERY Friday from the 1st week of school until the last week.)  This first test will be a review of 1st grade concepts. They WILL NOT be recorded in the gradebook.  Instead they will  give us a baseline to see what your child has retained since May.)

Thurs. Aug. 29th - Spelling Pretest for U1W3 words.  It is nograded but simply used as a quick glance for me to know what list to put each student on for the week. (There are 3 "levels" for each spelling week.)

Fri. Aug. 29th 1st Spelling Test on U1W2 words for a grade.

Fri. Aug. 30th - Q1:2 Language, Reading and Math Quizzes for a grade.


HOMEWORK:  Please make sure your child brings to school EVERY DAY his/her Homework Folder and Reading Baggie Book.

Due Dates:  
  • Reading  - Daily M-TH
  • Mad Min. - Daily T-F
  • Weekly Math - Fridays 
  • Folder - Daily M-F
Homework is as follows:
  • 20 min. reading (baggie book, digital book, library book, online reading assignments, and/or fluency passages all count!)
  • Daily Math Homework
  • Daily Mad Minute practice 
  • Study Spelling & Vocabulary lists

LINKS:

Prodigy - class code is C41DCB.  Students should have individual usernames and passwords.
Epic - Enter the classroom code KXZ8981, find your name and click on it, enter your personal password (your desk number TWO TIMES.  ex.  #1 would be 0101 #27 would be 2727).  Please do NOT change the password.
Read Works - Enter the classroom code FLBHX3 , find your name and click on it, enter the password 1234Please do NOT change the password.

Scholastic    (use code NB4LF to order online anytime!  By doing so, we earn classroom dollars through Scholastic.  In 2nd grade students pick up reading very quickly and we go through A LOT of chapter books!  All classroom dollars we earn through your purchases on Scholastic go to purchasing new (or replacement) books your students want to read!)  


CLASSROOM GOAL(S):

Reading Fluency:  
Fall Goal (September): 54wpm
Winter Goal (January): 77wpm
Spring Goal (April-May): 92wpm
FRPCS Spring Goal (May): 111wpm

iStation Score: 1

Math Fluency:
Fall Goal (September): 25 Addition Facts/min.
Winter Goal (January): 40 Addition Facts/min.
Spring Goal (May): 40 Addition Facts passed off 3x
FRPCS Spring Goal (May): 40 Addition & Subtraction Facts passed off 3x


Birthday Schedule:

           MONTH                 CELEBRATION DATE
 August/SeptemberFriday, Sept. 27th
OctoberThursday, Oct. 31st
NovemberFriday, Nov. 22nd
DecemberFriday, Dec. 20th
JanuaryFriday, Jan. 31st
FebruaryFriday, Feb. 28th
MarchFriday, Mar. 20th
AprilThursday, Apr. 30th
 May/June/JulyFriday, May 15th

2nd grade birthday celebrations will be held on the above dates from 1:45 - 2:00.  If you choose to bring treats, please have them at school by Noon.  Please remember to bring the same treat/item for each student.  Treats will need to be pre-cut and/or wrapped.  Please do not send anything that will need to be eaten with utensils/plates/bowls/etc OR cut into pieces.  We do not have access to plates, forks, knives, etc.  
 
 
PTO:

We really appreciate all the hard work our PTO does for us so if you can find time in your busy schedule to step up and volunteer I know we (as a school) would be very excited!  Visit their website: PTO or email the PTO at PTO.FRC@gmail.com