2nd Grade – Ms. Sarah Neu

Dear Parents,

Hello!  Welcome to your child’s second grade year!   I am excited about the year and happy to be working with such a wonderful group of students.  I would like to share the following information with you:

Friday Folders
Each student will designate a folder they’d like to use for their Friday Folder.  This folder will contain the week’s work on the right side and any notes on the left side.   Please return the folders on Monday.

Challenge Spelling Words
Each week I will give a spelling pretest.  Those students who pass the pretest will be given a challenge list   Tests will be given on Fridays.  Please practice the words with your child.

Children’s Chronicle
At the end of each school day, one student will be asked to tell what he/she enjoyed the most about the day.  His/her response will be recorded, and at the end of the week, each student will receive a copy.  I will also regularly send home bulletins of the happenings in the classroom.

Book Orders
Each month I will send home a variety of book orders.   Some months there may be more orders than others due to the great selections offered.  If you choose to order, please make a check payable to Scholastic; do not send cash.

Star of the Week
This year you child will be a star for a week.  He/she will bring home the forms the week before and return them on Monday.   Please help your child with the forms.  He/she is welcome to bring in a couple pictures, toys, books, or other important items to share with the class.

Independent Reading / AR
I expect students to read at least fifteen minutes each night at home.   There will be time for students to read and test daily.  To start the year, I expect students to earn one point per week, that is equivalent to two picture books.  I will give each student a monthly goal for their AR points.  Please encourage reading at home; students are responsible for their independent reading.

Handwriting
In second grade we start writing in manuscript writing as they did in first grade.  We then move into cursive writing.   I will send home the cursive alphabet when the time gets closer.

Religion
What an exciting year we have!  We learn about and celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.  We begin each day with a reading and prayer.  We will be planning several Masses throughout the year.

Math
We work on addition and subtraction facts.  Please review facts with your child at home.  We also work on counting money and telling time.  Again, both can be reviewed at home.

Writing
We work hard on writing complete sentences and putting sentences in order to make a story.  Each month students create writing journals using prompts I give them.  At the end of each month, I will send home the journal along with a grading sheet.

Centers
When students finish their work, they will be able to go to a variety of learning centers.  These centers focus on spelling, reading, writing, and math skills.

Classroom Expectations
Be respectful
Use kind words
Participate
Include others
Listen carefully
Do your best

I am looking forward to working with you and your child.   Together, I am certain we will have a great year!   If you have any questions concerning these areas or anything else, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Ms. Sarah Neu

Class Websites:
spellingcity.com
factmonster.com
abcya.com
starfall.com

2nd Grade Prayers:
The Sign of the Cross
Morning Offering
Hail Mary
Our Father
Glory Be
Grace Before Meals
Thanksgiving After Meals
Act of Contrition
Angel of God