• The ABC's of Room 304

    A: Arrival
    Attendance is important and Virtual learning will begin at 9:15 am.  Attendace will be taken daily. 
    B: Birthdays
    Everyone will have a chance to celebrate their birthday with classmates.  Store purchased treats may be sent in or dropped off at the office.  Birthday celebrations will take place at the end of the school day.  (We will find a unique way to celebrate each other vitually)
    C: Communication
    Communication between school and home is crucial.  Be sure to keep an updated phone number and address on file with the school office.  If you have any changes, please contact me as soon as possible.  Additional questions and concerns may also be expressed, by calling the school, or by contacting me through ClassDojo or at my school email.  
    This is a teacher tool that helps to build students' learning habits and boost classroom engagement.  It also allows me to track student behavior and learning skills throughout the day.  Finally, it is a way for families to stay connected throughout the day.  Be on the lookout for Class stories and individual messages. 
    D: Dismissal
    Dismissal for walkers and pick up begins at 3:15. Walkers will be dismissed from the gymnasium. Dismissal for bus students begins at 3:40. Students riding the bus home will be walked out as a class beginning at 3:45.  Please send in a note or call the office if your child is to go home a different way than his/her normal routine.
    E: Email
    You can contact me at my email address: aandrews@buffaloschools.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please send me an email to me during the first week so that I have your email address.
    F: Focus
    Our focus is for all students to become independent readers by the end of 2nd grade! In order to accomplish this goal, all students should practice reading at home for a minimum of 15 minutes each day.  
    G: Grades
    Students receive grades of O: outstanding (90%-100%) S: Satisfactory (71%-89%), N: Needs Improvement (66%-70%)U: Unsatisfactory (65%-0%) on their report cards.  Classwork and tests will receive a score out of 100%.  ***A signature sheet will be sent home with all tests and quizzes. Please sign the signature sheet and return to school the next day.***
    Grades for Math and ELA/ Reading                                         Grades for Science and Social Studies                                                         
             In Class Work/ Assignments = 25%                                             In Class Work/ Assignments  = 30%
             Participation = 20%                                                                    Participation = 20%
             Quizzes = 20%                                                                           Quizzes = 20%
             Tests = 30%                                                                               Tests = 30%
             Homework = 5% 
    H: Homework
    Homework assignments are an important part of your child's learning.  Homework is given Monday through Thursday and is basically the same each day (reading passage, spelling, and math worksheet). Homework should not take your child more than 20 minutes to complete (not including 15 minutes of suggested reading). If it takes longer than 20 minutes or you believe your child is having a hard time completing homework, please contact me as soon as possible. Homework assignments are an extension of the learning from that day, therefore your child should be able to do most if not all of the homework independently.  Homework is checked daily and receives a grade as follows: 2 if completed and turned in ontime, 1 if partially complete or late, a zero if it is not complete or missing. Homework counts as 5% of the student's average at the end of each quarter. 
    • Your child should be reading at home every night for a minimum of 15 minutes from a book of their choosing.  
    • Your child will have spelling homework in their spelling notebook.
    • Your child will have a 1 minute timed reading passage to read for fluency practice everynight.
    A math worksheet that either extends the lesson taught that day or reviews essential skills that have already been taught that will be needed for the next lesson.
    I: Illness
    The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill.
    J: Join Class DoJo!
    Be sure to stay connected with our classroom and your child by signing up with Class DoJo. 
    K: Kindness
    Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to show kindness and use kind words. Bothering others, bullying or using unkind/inappropriate language will not be permitted.
    L: Lunch
    The second grades will be eating lunch from 1:00 - 1:30 daily (except on half days).
    M: Medications
    Medications cannot be sent into school without a note from the doctor and they must be administered by the school nurse.
    School announcements will be sent home in the Wednesday folder as well as through ClassDoJo.  Be sure to get connected. 
    O: Open House
    Keep an eye out for further information in your child's take home folder.  At Open House you will receive handouts that pertain to your child's 2nd grade experience. We sure hope you can join us!
    P: Parent Involvement
    Your support of our classroom is greatly appreciated! We always welcome helping hands in Room 304. Please watch the take home folder for information about special celebrations that we will have in our classroom.  We would love for you to be a part of them!
       Please use this Parent Portal Link- Infinite Campus to check on your child's progress and grades throughout the year.
    Q: Questions
    Most questions are easily answered with an email or a note. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that you may have about your child's 2nd grade experience!
    R: Report Cards
    Report cards are issued every 10 weeks (4 report cards total). These reports reflect the progress your child has made towards 2nd grade expected outcomes. Report cards are sent in the mail.  Be sure the office has an up to date address on record.  
    S: Success
    Everyone will experience success as long as they work their very hardest and do their best every single day. 
    T: Tardies
    If your child arrives to school after the 9:30 bell, they will be marked tardy, and will need to go to the office for a late pass before going to his/her classroom. Also, please be sure to send a note.
    U: Uniforms
    Shirts:  Only solid white or solid gray with a collar (polo or turtleneck).  Long and short sleeves are acceptable.  Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.   
    Sweaters:  Only solid white, solid gray, or solid black.  Sweatshirts and hoodies are not acceptable.  
    Bottoms:  Only solid black (shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers must be knee length)   
    V: Volunteers
    We love volunteers in our classroom! Moms, dads, grandparents and other adults who are close to your child are welcome to join us on field trips and during holiday celebrations.
    W: Website
    Our website is a great resource! It contains several links to educational websites that reinforce everything your child is learning in school as well as important information pertaining to our classroom... be sure to check out all of the pages! 
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