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Second Grade Orientation Packet


Welcome to

Second Grade!


Mrs. Trista Huth

Buffalo Elementary


Room 31





Daily Special Schedule

Day 1: Computer 1:20

Day 2: Art 1:20

Day 3: Library 1:20 and P.E. 2:00

Day 4: P.E. 1:20

Day 5: Music 1:20

Day 6: Art 1:20



Special Area Classes


  • Computer: Mr. McGrath
  • Library: Mrs. Eiler
  • Music: Mr. Harris
  • Art: Mrs. Clark (Please send in a paint shirt in a Ziploc bag with child’s name on it.)
  • P.E.: Mr. Yard (Students will need to wear tennis shoes every gym day.)



School Attendance


  • Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success.
  • The best learning takes place when there are teacher/student interactions. Please view school as a priority. 
  • One excuse needs to be sent to school on the day your child returns. 
  • If you are planning a trip during the school year, make sure you have filled out the necessary forms from the office. All trips and vacations must receive pre-approval.








Parent/Teacher Relationship


  • I believe a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, phone calls, e-mails, weekly newsletters, progress reports, report cards, and conferences.  
  • Please contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns using the contact information listed on the front page.  The best way to reach me throughout the school day is through e-mail, which I check as frequently as possible.



Parent Participation


  • Throughout the school year there will be various classroom activities and celebrations.  I encourage you to attend and support these functions when possible.
  • Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.
  • Please let me know if you are interested in reading to the class, sharing family history, talking about your career, or making an art/craft project with the students.  I will also send notes and e-mails when I am in need of some extra help in the classroom.


Classroom Expectations


  1. Listen to directions
  2. Enter & exit prepared
  3. Always try your best
  4. Respect others and yourself
  5. Never give up!



Behavior System- BLURT BEANS


            Each student will have the word BLURT taped on their desk, each time a student is talked to about something behavior related, they will cross out one of their letters in the word BLURT.

At the end of the day:

If they still have the entire word (with no letters crossed out) they will receive a BLURT DESSERT (note with a piece of candy). Please remember, everyone makes mistakes. I do NOT expect each child to receive a blurt dessert each day!

If a student has 1-4 of the letters crossed off, they will be able to erase their marks and start fresh. Every day is a new day!

If a student has crossed off the entire word BLURT, they will be coming home with a BLURT ALERT. The student will write what caused them to lose their whole word. They will also write what they plan to do to change their behavior. Students will take home this alert for the parent/guardian to sign and return to school the next day.

How it Works: WHOLE GROUP

            Students are also working as a class to fill a jar with physical beans. Beans will be awarded for different classes, activities, restroom breaks, and more. For example: Each restroom break will be worth 2 beans. If a student loses a bean at the restroom, he/she will only put one bean in the jar upon returning from the restroom. Once the class fills the BLURT BEAN jar, we will decide on a class reward. These rewards may include: lunch in the classroom, pajama day, movie, etc. If a student has received 3 or more BLURT ALERTS during time the class filled up the jar, they will not participate in the class reward.

I believe that this system will help to keep our class focused on positive behavior in the new year J I am happy to answer any further questions you may have, just ask!

            ** Changes may be made to this behavior system throughout the year to fit the needs of our class. **







  • Loss of  privileges, call home to parents, write apology letter, talk with principal and parents
  • If an expectation is not met, the students will be required to write/draw about their actions and how to make better choices on a “Think Sheet.”



Homework Assignments


  • Homework is very important. It reinforces what the students learn in class.
  • Second graders are expected to spend time completing homework daily. I will typically assign homework most nights except for Friday.
  • Homework will focus on math, language arts, and handwriting.
  • Each day, students will write their homework on the back of their behavior charts. You may check this or the newsletter to determine what your child’s homework is.
  • Please be available to help your child with his/her homework.
  • Students will only receive a reward for turning in homework if it is on time. Please take time to look over your child’s homework. Some homework assignments may require a parent signature.






  • Grades will be taken on tests, homework, class work, and performance tasks.
  • Grades are only taken once students have had enough practice on the skill to be assessed. Papers marked with a score showing the points earned/total possible points are graded assignments.
  • The grading scale in FASD is as follows:

          91-100 A      81-90 B         70-80 C        60-69  D        0-59 F







District Assessments


  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
  • Given 3 times each year – benchmarks are 52, 72, and 87 wpm
  • Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA)
  • Typically given twice each year - Level 16/18 entering second grade, looks at comprehension and fluency
  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Given 3 times each year - assesses math, reading, and language
  • None of these are graded for report cards.


Classroom Procedures


  • Pencil box: Please send in a pencil box/bag that closes and will fit in your child’s desk. Students may bring in extra pencils, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, or markers if desired but they must fit in the pencil box. PLEASE NO SHARPIES.


  • Take Home Folder: BLUE FOLDER, Please check and send back EVERYDAY.
    • Please keep behavior chart, classroom expectations, spelling list, vocabulary list, and math flashcards (in brown envelope) in the Return to School side of the folder all week. Lists may be removed once a new one is given out.
    • All checked papers and notes should be removed from the Keep At Home side every night.
    • When in doubt about a paper or item, return it to school. I will send it home again if we no longer need it here.


  • Math Flash Cards: Will be used while learning addition and subtraction facts. Keep them in the provided brown envelope and return to school every day.


  • Reading Log: As homework, your child will be asked to read each lesson’s story to an adult.  You may assist your child in reading his/her story if needed. After reading the story, please sign and return the log to school the following day.  I will keep the logs and distribute them each time the lesson’s story is assigned as homework.


  • Blend-It Books: Blend-It Books (small, paper books) may be sent home as homework. Your child must read the booklet to you. Please sign the book and return it to school. Your child will not receive a homework sticker if it is not signed.


  • Snack: Students will not be permitted snack throughout the day. Please be sure your child eats breakfast at home or at school so he/she is ready to learn. Students may bring a refillable water bottle to school. Please only fill it with plain water. Drinks will also be available at the water fountain during class bathroom breaks.


  • Book Orders: Will come home once a month. Please do not send cash. Make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs.


  • Newsletters: Will be sent home every Friday (or the last school day of the week) and will be available on my webpage.


  • Technology: I will use a digital camera in our classroom to capture special events that happen during the day.  The photographs will be strictly used for educational purposes.  Please inform me if you do not wish to have your child in photos.




  • I believe recess is important for young learners. Recess will seldom be used as a consequence, or for your child to make up missed work.
  • PLEASE NO handheld video games or electronics may be brought to school. Students are expected to play actively outside and cooperatively inside. 
  • Students need to have a coat, hats, and gloves during cold weather. 
  • Students who do not have a coat in cold weather will be kept inside.
  • No toys should be brought to school except items to be used during recess in active play.  We welcome donations of balls, jump ropes, board games, etc. 



  • You may send in a treat with your child or drop it off in the office.
  • Treats may be a snack, drink, or both. Treats should be easy for your child to pass out.  
  • I truly appreciate when you limit choices. A box of assorted donuts can cause quite a frenzy in a classroom of second graders!
  • Summer birthdays may be celebrated whenever you wish during the year. Please let me know ahead of time.
  • Please use discretion when distributing birthday invitations.


Language Arts


We will focus on advancing children’s phonemic awareness, phonics, and high-frequency word recognition skills, extending their understanding of narrative and informational text, and increasing their efficiency in written communication.

  • Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Complete thematic reading units (each unit has five lessons).
  • Practice using a dictionary, glossary, and thesaurus.
  • Learn how to alphabetize words.
  • Learn vocabulary words for each language arts theme.
  • Learn 16 Spelling words.
  • Dictate sentences using the spelling words.
  • Write using capitalization and punctuation correctly in complete sentences.
  • Read more fluently with expression.
  • Work on decoding and comprehension skills.
  • Learn and practice the different types of writing (narrative, opinion, etc.).
  • Social Studies is incorporated into the language arts curriculum.  In addition, we will learn about the days of the week, months of the year, continents and oceans, compass directions, the four seasons, our addresses, planets, and states.  


  • My Math by McGraw-Hill
  • Students will have deeper experiences with Mathematics due to narrowing the scope of concepts expected to be taught at each grade level.
  • Students will develop a conceptual understanding, learn procedural skills and develop fluency, and apply mathematical concepts in real-world situations.
  • Contents in Brief:
    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
      • Chapter 1: Apply Addition and Subtraction Concepts
      • Chapter 2: Number Patterns
      • Chapter 3: Add Two-Digit Numbers
      • Chapter 4: Subtract Two-Digit Numbers
    • Number and Operations in Base Ten
      • Chapter 5: Place Value to 1,000
      • Chapter 6: Add Three-Digit Numbers
      • Chapter 7: Subtract Three-Digit Numbers
    • Measurement and Data
      • Chapter 8: Money
      • Chapter 9: Data Analysis
      • Chapter 10: Time
      • Chapter 11: Customary and Metric Lengths
    • Geometry
      • Chapter 12: Geometric Shapes and Equal Shares
  • We will be memorizing addition and subtraction facts.  Each set of facts will be copied on a different color of paper.  The students will cut them out at school and keep them in a brown envelope. They are quizzed using written timed tests. Timed tests will usually occur once per week.   


  • FOSS Next Generation (Full Option Science System)
  • FOSS was created to give students meaningful scientific experiences through active, hands-on participation.
  • Students will investigate earth, physical, and life sciences through three modules.
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Insects and Plants

Overall, I expect your child to be respectful, responsible, and ready to learn throughout this school year. I am looking forward to a great year of working with you and your child. Thank you in advance for all of your support!

  Please keep this outline as a reference.