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Welcome Packet


Mrs. Byrne's Welcome Packet

  • Second Grade Schedule

    • 9:10-9:30      Morning Work/ Morning Meeting

    • 9:30-11:45    Literacy Block

    • 11:50-12:30   Lunch/Recess

    • 12:30-1:40    Math Block/ Personal Pathway Time

    • 1:45-2:25      Specials

    • 2:30-2:50     Snack and Recess

    • 2:50-3:50     Science/ Social Studies Block

    • 4:00             Dismissal

You can access the Specials schedule and Lunch Menu from the SCE website.

If you bring in your child’s lunch after school starts, please drop it off at the office

  • Contact

    • The best way to contact me is through email, which I check at least twice daily.

      • Allie.byrne@dcsdk12.org

    • Please refer to the Weekly Walk Through email on Fridays for important weekly updates (if you do not receive the email and would like to be on the list please just let me know)

  • Homework Expectations

    • In 2nd grade, homework is a family choice and you determine the routine for your child.

    • All students are expected to read 20 minutes 5 nights a week. At this point in reading development it is equally important for your child to practice reading out loud, reading to themselves, and listening to you read. Students will turn in a reading calendar at the end of each month.

    • Periodically, math, word study, and reading homework may be given based on student needs.

    • If you would like to supplement the reading calendar here are some other resources that will be useful:

      • iReady- an adaptive online learning system that meets the individual needs of your child. They can practice reading and math at home. (If you are using an iPad you must download the browser “Puffin” as iReady will not run in any other browser.

      • Reflex Math- Online math fact practice. Students can log in on the iPad app or on any computer.

      • Epic Books- Instantly Access Over 15,000 Books for Kids 12 and Under for $4.99/ month

  • Star Monster

    • Each child will have the opportunity to be Star Monster for a week. They will receive a poster to fill out and decorate as they wish.

    • The Star Monster is line leader and classroom helper.

    • Students will share their poster on the Monday of their week.

  • SeeSaw

    • SeeSaw is an online student portfolio that we will use to document student progress, post in class assignments, share notes to parents, and keep track of students’ personalized pathways. You will connect to your child’s individual portfolio and have the ability to leave comments on their work. It is very important that you check SeeSaw at least weekly as this is our main way of keeping you apprised of student learning.

  • Personalized Pathways

    • Rather than wait for other students to finish individual work, students will have a personalized pathway that contains tiles for them to work on. Their pathway will include tiles that help them become better readers, writers, mathematicians, and creative thinkers. It is their responsibility to update their pathway by crossing of tiles when completed in SeeSaw.

  • Friday Folders

    • Papers are sent home on Friday.  Please take the time to look through your child’s folder with him or her.  Some weeks your child will have papers; other weeks there will be few or even none.  Please don’t assume that if he or she doesn’t bring home papers that we haven’t been working hard.  Much of a child’s learning involves hands-on materials at this stage of their development.

    • Folders need to be returned on Monday.

  • Classroom Management

    • What are “Rings”?

      • Students receive “rings” (plastic bracelets) throughout the day for displaying good behavior. For example: 2 rings for bringing your Star Folder, 1 ring for being on time, a ring for answering a question or helping a friend.

      • Students can also lose rings for not following the rules.

      • This system helps keep students engaged throughout the day.

    • Monster’s Market

      • At the end of the day student’s rings are converted to Monster’s Market Dollars (1 ring= $1)

      • Students also receive an “income” based on their classroom job.

      • Every other Friday students can shop in the Monster’s Market using their earned money. Items range from fun pencils, to books, to larger items like water bottles. They can also buy coupons like “No Homework Pass”, “Sit in Mrs. Boyle’s Chair”, and “Bring a Book to School”.

      • The Monster’s Market is a classroom economy, which helps students gain real life experience while meeting Colorado State Economics Standards.

  • Curriculum

    • Science- Students will rotate classrooms every 6-8 weeks to explore science units.  

      • Life- Plants and Animals

        • Organisms depend on their habitat.

        • Plants and animals have different structures or behaviors that serve different functions.

      • Physical- Force and Motion

        • Changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces.

      • Earth Systems- Weather

        • How weather impacts the environment and living things.

    • Social Studies

      • History- Identify historical sources and utilize the tools of an historian.  

        • People have influenced the history of neighborhoods and communities.

      • Geography- Maps and Globes

        • People manage, modify, and depend on their environment.

      • Economics- Scarcity and Personal Financial Literacy

      • Civics- Being a responsible community member by advocating for ideas and using different ways to resolve conflict or differences.

    • Math

      • We use Eureka Math as our math curriculum. Eureka requires students to explore multiple ways of doing math concepts and emphasizes application and foundational knowledge. It will be different than how you learned math but we promise it is worth it! Go to https://greatminds.org/math/parents for more information

    • Literacy

      • We use Fundations as our Word Study (aka spelling) curriculum. Fundations explicitly teaches the rules and patterns of the English language.

      • We use Every Child A Writer (ECAW) for writing. ECAW teaches “targets”, the more targets students use the more descriptive their writing becomes.

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  • Snacks

    • Your child can chose to bring a snack to school.  

    • Snack is at 2:25.

    • We encourage healthy snacks such as:

      • Cereal bars, vegetables, fruit, crackers, pretzels, cereal, popcorn, cheese, and nuts.

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