Mrs. Dungan’s Classroom
2016-2017 Information Packet
What do we do on an average day at school?
Williamstown Elementary School Newscast (WESN)
Accelerated Reading (AR) and AR testing
Reading with the Journey’s reading series
Reading (Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency)
Language Arts (Writing, Grammar, Speaking and
Math (Math in Focus)
Specials (look at the weekly schedule for days, classes, and times)
**Science lessons will be integrated within the curriculum as well as taught in a lab type setting on Wednesday mornings.
What other activities go on during our week at school?
Homework Folders: Every Monday your child will receive a homework folder that is due back in the classroom that Friday. The homework folder will be the school folder that is given to you at Readifest or at the beginning of school. This folder will contain a homework packet for the week, the Spelling and Vocabulary list for the week, graded papers, a weekly letter from me, and other important information. Please look through this folder carefully, have your child complete the homework packet, and return the homework packet and folder to school on Friday (or the last day of the week). If the students complete their homework before Friday, they may turn it in earlier if they’d like to do so. If students do not return homework on Friday, they will need to move their behavior clip for not being responsible.
Daily Snacks: I like to allow the students to eat a snack while at school. We will do a mid-morning snack due to our later lunch time .Students are allowed to bring in a snack each day to eat during class. Our school is really making an effort to eat healthy snacks during school. Great snack ideas include: pretzels, dried fruit such as raisins, cheese crackers, etc. I allow students to go get a drink from the water fountain after snack so they will not need to bring in drinks for snack time. If your child has a food allergy, please be sure to let me know immediately.
Show-and-Tell: We will have Show-and-Tell on Fridays. I will assign 4-5 students to go each week. I will let you know the Show-and-Tell schedule on our monthly class calendar. Students are encouraged to bring in something special to them that they would like to “show” the class or they can just get in front of the class and “tell” about something that they did or something that is special to them.
Accelerated Reading Rewards: As you know, our school participates in the Accelerated Reading program. In our classroom, we will make personal goals for each child. Those students who reach their goals will be rewarded. Some of the rewards may include: a pencil, a HEAT ticket or a special treat from our treasure chest. I encourage all students to take a book home every night to read. We will track individual points on our “Be a Star- Read AR” area on the bulletin board. When students reach certain point clubs, they will be rewarded for that as well. Also, any student that earns 100 AR points by the end of the year is invited to eat a special lunch prepared by Mrs. Dungan. Yummy!
Ice Cream Math: To help the boys and girls increase their basic math skills, the second grade works on the basic addition and subtraction math facts from 1 - 24. In our classroom we call it Ice Cream Math. The student’s will keep track of their progress by completing a graph. (Check the Ice Cream Math flyer for more information)
What other information is important to our classroom?
Our school supplies: In our classroom we have community supplies. The student’s will share table boxes that contain the items they will need daily. This year instead of asking for supplies, the 2nd grade will have a supply fee of $25.00.
Parties: When a party is coming up I will be sending home a letter stating when the party is and what may be needed for the party. Please check the School Calendar Dates for the approximate classroom party dates.
Birthday Parties: Feel free to send in treats to celebrate your child’s birthday. I just ask that you let me know ahead of time and what date you would like to send in the birthday treat so that I may allow time for the party. If you want to come to the party as well, just let me know and we can make arrangements to do so. If you cannot attend and would like for me to email or text you a picture, just send in your email or number and I will send you pictures.
Breakfast: It is important that ALL students eat breakfast. Many students complain that their stomachs hurt in the morning and it is mainly because they do not eat a good breakfast or they didn’t eat breakfast at all. Breakfast is served at school every day from 7:30 – 8:00. Please have your child to school in time to eat breakfast if needed. Please do not wait until 7:55 to arrive at school if your child is to eat breakfast. Breakfast closes at 8:00.
Lunch: It is important that ALL students eat lunch. Your child may eat a school lunch or a packed lunch from home, but please emphasize with your child that they are to eat lunch. Also let your children know the importance of eating his/her lunch and no sharing with others or trading. The school does not allow food/drinks to leave the cafeteria.
Discipline Policy: We will be continuing with the school wide discipline system this year. The goal of our behavior system is to teach students appropriate behavior and to reward students for doing what is expected from them. Please read the information in your child’s handbook that explains more about this system. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this system.
I expect the boys and girls to remain quiet in the hallways and in the bathrooms. I also expect the boys and girls to behave properly in the classroom: no running, yelling, punching, being rude, interrupting, etc. I do expect everyone to do his/her best on everything and give 100%. I hope that everyone will be able to remember the classroom rules and their manners so that no clips will have to be moved.
Parent Volunteers: I love having parent volunteers in our classroom and I will certainly need extra help. I usually have my volunteers work with students one-on-one or in small groups. My classroom volunteers usually help the students with Reading or Math skills. If parents are not able to come in to volunteer, we encourage any family members or friend to visit our classroom and volunteer. I look forward to seeing many of you in here with us this year. If you are interested please contact me and I can get you the necessary paperwork.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. You may call the school at 824 – 3760. If it is during the school day, you may be transferred to my voicemail. I try to check my voicemails daily but many days due to meetings and conferences, I do not get a planning and will not have a chance to check my voicemails. You may also send me a note through your child and I will send one back to you that same day. You may even email me at school if you wish. My email address at school is firstname.lastname@example.org . I do try to check my email a few times throughout the day so this is usually an excellent way to contact me. Please don’t be afraid to contact me – I am very easy to talk with.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with your child. Thank you for that honor and privilege.
Mrs. Diane L. Dungan
WES 2nd Grade Teacher