Second Grade Info.

                           Second Grade Information

  Welcome to Mrs. Telepo’s
2nd Grade Classroom!


 Classroom Information

SCHOOL TIMES  The first bell will ring at 8:15 a.m.  The students will be allowed to enter the building at this time.  They will be counted tardy after the second bell at 8:20 a.m.  Please make every effort to get your child to school on time as this will be strictly enforced.  If there is a problem getting your child to school on time, please let me know. Lunch begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m.  Students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m.

** For safety reasons, it is district wide rule that if you wish to speak to me before school, you must sign in at the office first.  I know this may seem inconvenient at times, but it is for the safety of everybody.

 LATE STARTS:  The following Monday’s school will begin at 9:15 a.m. instead of 8:15 a.m. for district professional development.  Please mark your calendars!!
  •  September 30
  •  October 14, 28
  • November 11, 18
  • December 9
  • January 13
  • February 3
  • March 3, 17, 31
  • April 7
  • May 5, 19
  • June 2
READING:  We use Daily 5 to integrate reading, writing and word work. Daily 5 is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.
     In addition, it is important that your child reads each night for their word work and reading response homework to enhance oral reading and comprehension skills.  They can choose to read a book from our classroom library, school library or a book from home. Please note if they choose to read a book from school, please make sure the books are sent back the next day or they will be unable to take home another book. Your child can keep track of the days read at the bottom of their weekly homework page.

 WRITING: Writing is integrated into our Daily 5 literacy time, but we will also be participating in "Writers Workshop”.  By writing from knowledge, this helps the children learn the whole writing process.  Areas we will focus on will be planning, writing in paragraphs, letter writing, poetry, research, and magazine articles. In addition, we will also be working on comparative writing by pulling from two different texts. 

 SPELLING:  The spelling program in my room is very different from “traditional” spelling lists and tests. Through my experience teaching I have come to understand that children all learn at different speeds and in different ways.  That is why I have used a self-paced, individualized program for the past few years.  Soon you will get a spelling packet that will explain in much more detail how these individualized spelling lists work in my room, and just how to go about studying and preparing for tests.

 MATHThe students will each be assigned a student reference book for math.  These books will be used mostly in the classroom. There will be times when the books will come home to aid in the Math homework.  If they are sent home, please make sure they are returned the next day.  At the end of each Math unit, a Family Letter will be sent home that reviews the next unit. This letter includes information regarding concepts that will be learned in the next unit, as well as answers to the Home Links.
SOCIAL STUDIES:  Our Social Studies is divided into five units.  These units include: Our Community, All About Earth, Our Past, All About Work, and Our Government.  We will also begin Social Studies with a short introductory unit on Freedom.  Test will be given at the end of each unit.  From time to time, we will send home Social Studies projects as homework.  These projects will be applied to your child’s Social Studies grade.
SCIENCE:  This year we will study about matter, and the properties of solids, liquids and gases.  We will also be learning all about earth matter in the forms of Pebbles, Sand and Silt.  Later this year students will learn about Plants, and about Balance and Motion.  We will be using Science Kits again this year.  These kits provide a wonderful hands-on experience for all students.

HOMEWORK:  Each child will also get a homework calendar that will be e-mailed, found on my webpage, posted outside the classroom on the wall, or ion the back of the hard copy newsletter for the next week for those without internet access.  This homework calendar helps both you and your child keep track of the homework for the week.  In addition, if a lesson is not completed during the day, it is to be taken home and finished that same evening.  This should be returned to school the following day. 

      Each student will have his/her own homework folder that MUST travel to and from school with them each day.  Having this folder daily builds responsibility.  Homework Folders are important because it will hold daily homework assignments, completed/graded classroom assignments, daily notes, etc.  Please make sure to check these folders nightly. 
SNACK:  Starting tomorrow your child can bring a snack to eat mid-afternoon.  If you choose to send a snack with your child, it must be nutritious. Some good snack choices would be fruits and vegetables, granola bars, yogurt, crackers, etc.  A more complete list from the US Department of Health and Human Services is available upon request. Donuts, chips, pop tarts, etc. are considered yummy treats! Please do not send in pop or juice to drink, students may have a bottle of water that can be refilled throughout the day as needed.
EVERYDAY FOLDERS:  Each day students will bring a green folder to and from school.  This folder will have homework assignments, important notes and graded work for your child. 
NEWSLETTERS: I will e-mail the newsletter and homework calendar to those with internet access as well as post it on my webpage and place it outside the classroom on the wall every Friday. To help save paper I will only send a paper copy home to those families that do NOT have access to the internet. Those will be sent home every Friday in the Friday Folders.  The newsletters will let you know what we have been working on, what we will be working on, what you can do to support classroom instruction at home, upcoming events, and any other odds and ends.  Other school wide notes will come home in either their Homework folders or Friday folders. 

  Birthdays are very special and I enjoy celebrating your child’s special day.  Due to new legislation from the national level we are no longer allowed to have “sweet treats” sent in for birthdays (cupcakes, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, etc.).  We still want to celebrate your child’s special day and if you would like to send in a healthy treat (bananas, strawberries, teddy graham packs, etc.) or a pencil or bookmark you still can.  If your child’s birthday falls on a weekend, holiday, or during vacation just contact me with a day that you would like to have us celebrate your child's birthday and I can accommodate to the best of my ability.  Please make sure there is enough for everyone.  (We currently have 25 students in the classroom).  As far as I know there are no food allergies within the classroom.
 *** If your child is allergic to certain items or you do not want your child eating sweets in our classroom this year, please send me a note and let me know.  If I don’t hear from you, your child will be offered treats.
RECESS:  All second grade students will have a short morning and afternoon recess during the day.  PLEASE DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR THE WEATHER, if the weather conditions permit we go outside.  This is an important time for exercise and socializing for all children.

STUDENT OF THE WEEKEvery week I will have a student of the week.  Each student will get to share information about themselves, their family, and their favorites.  This is a fun way to get to know everyone! 

BEHAVIOR:  Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 holds high expectations for all students.  Polk Elementary provides all of our students with a learning environment that is safe, respectful, and responsible.  Please see attached note regarding student behavior.

 I know that this is a lot of information to think about at one time.   Please feel free to write me a note, call me (313) 278-4455 ext. 209 or e-mail me ( with any questions or concerns.   Again, I am looking forward to a great school year!
Mrs. Telepo J