I am so excited to have finally met my 25 new second grade students! It is a wonderful and diverse group. We spent our first few days getting to know each other and my expectations for student conduct. They will tell you, "Mrs. Quitt is very particular!"
Together with the students, we came up with a set of class rules for the year. The rules boil down to: BE RESPECTFUL. This one rule covers all the other rules that we included in our list. Think about it for a moment. Is "don't push" a good class rule? I suppose so. Is it respectful to push? No! Is "don't talk while another person is talking" a good rule? Sure. Is it respectful to talk while someone else is talking? No! And so forth. Any rule you can think up is covered by this one rule: BE RESPECTFUL! Respect is the grease that keeps our classroom and our community at large running smoothly and peacefully.
My expectations for students are high. I expect each student to be independent and able to make good decisions about their day. For example, students should not ask me if it is allowable for them to get a drink. Instead, students should ask themselves, "Is this a good time to get a drink of water? Hmmm. If I get up now, will it interrupt Mrs. Quitt or my classmates? Will I be missing instruction?" The answer to that question should help students make their own decision.
I also expect students to be problem solvers. For example, instead of interrupting a lesson to tell me that they can't find their highlighter, they can find another way to solve that problem. Could they use a yellow crayon as a highlighter? How about a yellow marker?
Those are are three classroom standards we live by in Mrs. Quitt's Cool Kids:
• Show respect
• Make good choices
• Solve your problem
It is going to be another wonderful school year, full of learning and accomplishment for all of us!
This year's homework should be a snap for your student. I will be distributing the homework packets/homework logs on FRIDAYS, and they will be due the following Friday. This way, our busy families can get a head start on homework over the weekend, if they like.
Nightly homework will be: 10 minutes free choice reading of a "good fit" book, 1 minute read aloud fluency passage, and a two-sided math page. That's it!
There will be additional projects, speeches, and study guides from time to time.
The pink Homework Log is due each FRIDAY. You will receive a new one each week. Be sure to fill it out completely. Your initials and signature indicate that you have reviewed your child's homework and listened to them read the fluency passage. The homework log will be considered incomplete without your initials, signature, and the student's name AND number.
Children should put their weekly homework into the white basket that will be outside the classroom BEFORE the start of school.
Sometimes, students will have additional homework. If they have incomplete classwork, or work they need additional practice with at home, they will bring with them to complete at home. These pages are due the next day.
Open communication is the key to meeting your children's needs at school. In addition to this blog, my most common ways to communicate with parents is through a ClassDojo message and/or email. Please do not hesitate to email me, send me a message via ClassDojo, click the Contact Me button at the top of this page, or send a note along with your child if you have any concerns or questions. I am happy to work with you and your child to be sure they have a great second grade experience. After all, this is the best school in the universe!
The transition to second grade and our faster pace is not easy for some students. We work quickly and cover a lot of ground. Please be sure that your child has a healthy snack/breakfast and uses the restroom before school. Those "few minutes" out of the classroom can cause a student to fall behind, as I do not wait for them to return to continue our lessons, or stop the class to help them catch up.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Wow! That's a lot of information. I have a lot more to share with you, but I'm going to stop for today!