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2016-2017 Classroom Information

Mrs. Rosberg’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

Calendar Math

Spelling

Reading with the Journeys series

Oral Language

Word Attack

Reading (Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency)

Reading Groups

Language Arts (Writing, Grammar, Speaking and Listening)

Lunch

Recess

Math (Math in Focus)

Science/Social Studies on two week rotation

Computer Lab once a week

Encore (look at the weekly schedule for days, classes, and times)

What other activities go on during our week at school?

Homework Folders: Every Monday your child will receive a homework packet that is due back in the classroom that FridayThe homework folder will be the school folder that is given to you at Back to School Bash 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 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 give students a snack break in the morning/afternoon each day during work time.  I will allow students to bring a healthy snack. Please let me know if you are unable to send in a snack and I will take care of it for you.  Our school is really making an effort to eat healthy snacks during school.  Great snack ideas include: fruits or veggies, pretzels, dried fruit such as raisins, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, etc. 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 2-3 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 will receive a special treat provided by Mrs. Rosberg. Whoo Hoo!!

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 - 12.  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.  Instead of asking for supplies, the 2nd grade will have a supply fee of $50.00: $25 Class Fee and $25 School Fee.

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 ask that you please 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 to send in a camera, I would be more than happy to take pictures for you.

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: Please refer to the student handbook and the brochure put together by Mr. Dodd for an in depth explanation of this program.

Parent Volunteers: I love having parent volunteers in our classroom and I will certainly need extra help since our time with classroom aides is so limited this year. 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 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. 

Contacting Me:

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 voice mail. I try to check my voice mails daily but many days due to meetings and conferences, I do not get a planning and will not have a chance to check my voice mails.   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 rachel.rosberg@williamstown.kyschools.us . 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. I am here because of your student!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rachel Rosberg

WES 2nd Grade Teacher