Attendance: Much of our learning will take place
together in class. We do lots of hands-on activities and group work. Attendance
is vital to ensure that learning is happening.
Please plan to attend school every day, on time, except in cases of
illness or emergency. If your child is absent, make sure to send in an excuse
note the next day.
Bucket Fillers: We are Bucket Fillers at Sexton Elementary and in our
classroom. This is a program which helps
people focus on positive reinforcement.
Students can “fill a bucket” by catching a classmate doing something
good, and filling out a form. We will
share some positive remarks each morning!
Classroom Rules and Behavior: The children
and I have worked together to create classroom rules which we all must
follow. If a student breaks a rule,
he/she will get a warning. After a
warning he/she will have to change the color on the behavior chart. This color will be recorded in your child’s
agenda each afternoon. Your child gets paid daily based on good behavior.
Dismissal: School ends at 2:40 pm. You must send
a note if your child is to go home a different way than his/her normal
schedule. Remember every Wednesday is
early release at 1:35 pm.
emergency card for each child must be on file in the office. In
addition to your home phone number, please list all work and cell phone numbers
where you can be reached. Please notify the office if there are any additions,
corrections, or deletions during the school year.
First Class Globetrotter: Each child will have the opportunity
to be the First Class Globetrotter, our version of Student of the Week. Your child will bring home a special bag to
fill the Friday before his/her week.
They are asked to bring in 9 photos for display, a favorite book, and a
few “special items.” Everything will be
returned the following Friday. Your
child will be highlighted and honored during the week, and receive a special
Graded Work: All graded work come home in a Take Home Folder every couple of
weeks. You should review the tests with
your child, sign the back of the folder on the sheet, and send the folder back
the next day empty (you keep the work).
Grades are E (90-100%), V (80-89%), S (70-79%), N (60-69%), and U
homework that is given to the children is intended to enrich the learning that
has taken place in the classroom. It also fosters responsibility and
helps your child establish good work habits. Please look in the agenda
book for homework each night Monday through Thursday. Homework is due the next morning. If an emergency comes up write a note in the
agenda and send in the work the following morning.
Important Papers: Important papers will go
home with students the day I receive them.
Please look each night in your child’s agenda, and if required, sign and
return them the following day.
Jazzy Snacks: Healthy snacks can be sent into the classroom, with enough to
share for the whole class. We will use
these snacks sparingly for special events or after testing.
Kindness: Sexton Elementary
has zero tolerance for bullying. We will learn about being kind to others and ourselves
everyday during our class meeting and by being Bucket Fillers.
LAK Airways: Our classroom theme is LAK Airways, Where Learning Takes Flight! I have a passion for travel and adventure and
this theme ties directly to our Social Studies curriculum, for students to
learn about the world around them.
Money System: A major part of the second grade
math curriculum is counting coins. To encourage learning, a money system was
set up in our classroom. Every day
students get paid for good behavior, and once a week for class jobs. Students can use this money at Miss Lak’s
Store every other Friday and buy special items.
Newsletters: Newsletters will be sent home every Monday from the second grade
team. Look forward to important
information, what’s happening in the classroom, calendar events for the week,
and a kudos section honoring a student in each class.
Open Communication: I
value open communication between home and school and I encourage you to contact
me at any time. You can write a note on your child's agenda, reach me by e-mail
or call Sexton at 570-3400 and leave me a message. I will schedule a conference to discuss your
child’s progress in the fall (after the first round of testing) and in the
spring. If you would like to meet additional
times, please write me a note in the agenda.
Postcard Project: One way for students
to learn about the world around them is to receive postcards in the
classroom. If you have friends and
family around the country and world, please ask them to send a postcard to our
class and share a few interesting facts about the place. Thank you!
at any time you have questions about anything going on in the classroom, do not
hesitate to contact me. I will be glad to talk with you. I
love hearing from families of my students!
Reading Rays: Students are expected to read at
home every night, as part of their nightly homework. Each night should be recorded on the Reading
Rays Book Log, which is turned in at the end of the month. Children are honored for completing these
logs by the class and school.
Scholastic Book Orders: Scholastic
book orders are a great, inexpensive way to build your child's library with
quality books and encourage a lifelong love of reading! When you place an
order you also help me earn bonus points. I use these bonus points to
obtain free books and materials for our classroom. Look forward to book orders each month.
Testing: All students in second grade will take Common Assessments in Math,
Science, and Writing three times a year.
They test students on end of the year expectations, and student scores
are expected to increase throughout the year.
FAIR testing is done one-on-one with your child three times a year to
test your child’s reading ability.
Uniform Policy: Your child is
required to wear a uniform to school every day, except on those days which are
specified in the handbook in their agenda.
This includes a white or powder blue polo, teal or purple Stingray
shirt, and navy blue bottoms. Girls may
wear a navy blue dress.
Volunteers: We love volunteers! Moms, dads,
grandparent, look for information on how you can help out in the classroom.
There are many ways to help out directly with the students or behind the scenes
organizing and paperwork.
Website: My classroom website is updated
regularly and has a lot of useful information.
Please visit anytime by visiting the Sexton homepage or at:
X Y Z:
I am eXcited to work with You and
Your child this year! Make
sure he/she gets plenty
of Zzzzz’s each night as I have exciting days planned for this year.