Welcome Letter

August 21, 2019

Dear 2nd Grade Families,

Welcome to 2nd grade! Miss Leila and I are looking forward to a great year with your child.

We would like to invite you all to participate in our classroom this year. Parent involvement and open communication are vital to the educational process. There are many ways you can get involved. Throughout the year we will be asking for parent assistance with various learning activities and projects. In addition, we will need parent chaperones on field trips, helpers at parties, parent readers, and more. (I will discuss these opportunities at Back to School Night.)

We are committed to developing a growth mindset learning environment – a place where all students believe that with effort and perseverance, they can succeed. This year your child will have the opportunity to learn more about mindset through a series of lessons in the classroom. At Back to School Night, I will talk more about growth mindset and things you can do to promote it at home.

The first few weeks of school will focus on establishing routines and learning classroom procedures. Our math, reading, and spelling programs will begin with a review of skills taught in first grade. Once students become comfortable in 2nd grade new concepts will be introduced.

During the first few weeks we will also be conducting basic assessments in math, reading, and spelling. These assessments allow us to provide more individualized instruction. Our first social studies unit will be “The Land around Us,” which includes an exploration of different land areas and map skills. We will also begin planting in the 2nd Grade Garden when the weather is cool enough.

Back-to School Night has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 – 8:00 PM. At this time I will address classroom volunteers, field trips, homework, and other frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss a specific issue or concern with me, I would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you individually.

Water Bottles – Please send water bottles to school with your child. Students may keep the bottles on their desks (provided the bottles have a lid or seal). Water is important for the brain and helps reduce stress.

Classroom Temperature – In order to keep the classroom cool on hot days we need to start the air conditioner early in the morning. Some students sit closer to vents than others and get cold. I recommend that each child bring a jacket or long-sleeve shirt to school to put on if needed.

School Supplies – Please make sure that your child has all of the required school supplies for 2nd grade.

Emergency Preparedness/Earthquake Kit – Please remember to send an emergency form and earthquake kit to school for your child. To download a copy of the emergency form or find out what to include in your child’s earthquake kit go to http://kirkschool.org/forms/ and select the appropriate link.

If you have any questions you may reach me through the school office at (310) 344-1242 or by e-mail, [email protected]. (I check e-mail during work hours 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.)



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