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is for attendance: Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial for his/her success. I can’t emphasize this point enough!!! Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it can be difficult to make up work at home. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency. If your child is going to absent, please call the school office at 853-2933 in order to maintain an accurate attendance record for your child. When your child is absent please make sure to send a doctor’s note or reason for the absence. The school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:25 for students. Your child will be marked tardy if they arrive after 7:45am. The building will be open at 7:20am. Please do not drop your child off before 7:20am for safety reasons.

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is for breakfast: Breakfast is FREE for ALL students and available each day. Students will pick up their breakfast at the kiosk in the hallway and eat in the room.

 

And for birthdays: Birthday’s are special occasions for children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class on his/her birthday. Pre-packaged treats are best and easiest. Please send a note a day or two in advance, so I can give you an exact number of children in our class and set aside some class time for the party. Due to allergies please avoid peanut products.

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is for communication: I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. We are a team working together for your child. Through a weekly newsletter, I will communicate homework, notes about upcoming dates and projects, and what we are learning during the week. Your child will bring home a blue Tuesday folder. The Tuesday folder will have graded work for the week and information from the office. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can send me a note, call me at school 853-2933, send a Dojo message, or email me at afulton@rcps.info

 

And for conferences: Conferences are scheduled twice a year (November 5th and February 17th). These conferences are planned to discuss your child’s progress and offer you ideas on how to help your child succeed. You are always welcome to schedule additional conferences by sending a note with your child or calling me.

 

And for calendars: A school calendar will go home each month with activities and reminders for the month.

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Is for Dismissal: We have many students who have different ways of going home each day. Please make sure that you update any changes in the office and with me. For the safety of your child and all the children at Monterey, we ask that you drop off and pick up students outside the building on the parking lot side where there is adult supervision. If for any reason you need to enter the school, we ask that you please enter through the doors by the office and pick up a visitor sticker. This helps alleviate any confusion between staff and visiting adults in the building.

 

If there is a change in transportation, i.e. someone different is picking up your child or your child will be going home a different way, you must send a written note. Please do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often get confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. Your child will only be released to the people you designate on the dismissal sheet or emergency card.

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Is for Email: My email address is afulton@rcps.info You are welcome to email me at any time, but due to privacy issues I cannot respond about specific issues about your child. I can respond about upcoming events. Most likely I will respond via note or phone call.

F

is for fun: We have a lot of fun in 2nd grade including our daily specials. Our specials schedule is as follows: Monday- PE, Tuesday- Music, Wednesday- Library Thursday-STEAM, and Friday- Art. Please make sure students wear tennis shows on PE days.

 

And for folders: Blue Tuesday folders will go home weekly. Graded work will be inside. Please take out all papers from the blue folder, sign the log letting me know that you received the papers, and return to school before Friday. An “at home” will come daily. Inside the “at home” you will find the weekly newsletter, nongraded work for the day, and notes from me.

 

and for Field Trips: We will be going a field trips this year! You are welcome to chaperone a field trip but be aware that there may be an additional cost. As soon as a field trip form comes home in your child’s folder, please return the form AND money ASAP! It helps makes everyone’s life easier the soon it gets turned in. Don’t forget that the form has a front and back and must be signed on both sides.

G

Is for great behavior: I have high expectations for your child and I know he or she will meet them. I use a variety of behavior management incentives in class. I will contact you if there is ever a concern about your child’s behavior.

 

To help manage classroom behavior, our class will be participating in a color behavior system. There is a chart with various colors (purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red). Each student will have his/her name on a clothes pin and begin on green each day. If students are not following a classroom or school wide rule, then they will be asked to move their clip down to the next color. If students are going above and beyond the behavior expected, their clip may be moved up a color. Purple=Outstanding (a class coupon), Blue=Good Job (a special prize) Green=Ready to Learn, Yellow=Make Better Choices (walking 5 minutes of recess), Orange=Stop and Think (Refocus time, walk 10 minutes of recess, silent lunch, and an orange note sent home), Red=Parent Contact (Refocus time, walk 15 minutes of recess, silent lunch, and parent contact).

 

Class Dojo will be used school wide to focus on positive behaviors. Students will be able to earn points from the classroom teacher and specials teachers for displaying excellent behavior Please sign up for an account at www.classdojo.com.

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Is for homework: Homework is posted each morning. Your child is responsible for copying assignments in their planners. The homework and any projects can be found on the weekly newsletter that will go home at the beginning of the week. Please encourage and help your child as needed with homework. Homework is intended to help students build a connection between home and school by practicing skills learned in class.

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Is for Independence: Your 2nd is capable of doing many things on his or her own. Please encourage your child to always try his or her hardest. As parents and teachers, we try to encourage and help which is great, but remember to back away and let the students do the thinking. I will remind your child often that it is okay to make mistakes, that is what erasers are for!

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is for Journal: We will keep many interactive journals this year! Our learning journals will help us develop writing skills while learning content material.

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Is for Kindness: Throughout the year, we will focus on how to be a good friend and being kind to others.

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Is for lunch: Lunch is FREE for ALL students. Your child may get a lunch from the cafeteria or pack lunch. Your child may purchase extras to go with their lunch (i.e. chips). If your child would like to purchase any of the extra items, please send cash or check (PLEASE put any money you send in a bag or envelope with your child’s name and the amount on the outside). A monthly menu of hot lunches will be sent home. Children will be allowed to choose their own lunches from the offered selections. To help your child in making this decision, you may want to review the selections with your child in the morning. You are welcome to eat with your child anytime! Our lunch time is 12:30-12:55. Please stop by the office and sign in as a visitor before coming to the cafeteria.

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Is for Money: On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school. Always send money in a sealed envelope or baggie with the following information written on it:

  • Your child’s first and last name
  • The amount of money
  • The purpose for the money (book money, lunch money, picture money, etc)
  • My name

 

and for Medications: The school nurse will administer all medications. Please contact the nurse if your child is to be given any medicine during school hours. If your child has asthma, you need to leave a spare inhaler with the nurse in case of emergencies. Do not send medicine to school in your child’s book bag. This includes sunscreen, medicated chapstick, and cough drops or “sore throat lollipops”.

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Also for Newsletters: Each Monday you will receive a newsletter from me. It will tell you what we are learning about this week, (this can help with the dinner conversation of “What did you do at school today” J), important reminders about upcoming events and a list of homework for the week. This is your weekly guide to what is happening in 2nd grade.

O

Is for Outside Recess; As long as the weather allow it, we will go outside for recess daily. Our playground is at the bottom of a very long hill. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, including coat/hat/gloves in the winter and send your child in comfortable easy to walk in shoes. Tennis shoes are always the safest choice.

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Is for PTA: Our PTA does a great job supporting our students. They plan lots of fun events throughout the school year including the Pizza Pumpkin Palooza and the Spring Carnival. The cost to join the PTA is $5.00 per person, parents, grandparents etc can all join. The more people that join, the more our PTA can do for our students. The PTA is always looking for parents who can volunteer at events, if your schedule allows please consider helping this great organization.

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is for Questions: If you ever have any questions about what is happening in school or something you child says has happened at school, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 853-2933 or send me a Dojo message. Please be aware that it can be difficult for me to return phone calls or messages during the day, but I will return your call as soon as possible.

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is for READING! We will read, read, read and read some more! Your child will be working daily in small group at his or her own instructional level, reviewing with independent reading practice centers, and writing to reinforce more reading skills. Please create a routine of reading nightly (either your child reading, you reading to your child, or both).

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is for snack: Due to a later lunch, we have a daily snack time scheduled for 10:00am. Please send a small snack with your child daily. Ideas include snack crackers, pudding cups or fruit. DO NOT send in candy or a soda, these are not great things to have at 10:00am in the morning and I will send them home. If you happen across a good bargain at the grocery store, we can always use extra snacks in case someone forgets! Any help is always appreciated!

 

And Spanish: On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we will have Spanish class.

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Is for Teacher- that’s me! My name is Amanda Fulton. This is my seventh year at Monterey Elementary. I previous taught kindergarten. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and toddler, Ella. I enjoy the outdoors, crafting, and baking. I love my job and can’t wait for another great year at Monterey.

 

And Test-We will have weekly test. Please help your child study and prepare for their weekly test.

Tuesday or Wednesday: Math and Science/S.S. Tests

Thursday: Word Study and Grammar Tests

Friday: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Tests

*Any test with a score below 70% will be sent home to be corrected. Each corrected question will receive ½ credit back.*

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is for unfinished work: There are times in class when we will not finish our work. Sometimes we just don’t have time to complete everything in class. Feel free to finish at home, this is a great chance to sit down one on one with your child to see what they are learning about in school. If you are ever concerned with the amount of unfinished work you see coming home, please feel free to contact me.

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Is for Volunteering: If you are interested in volunteering to assist in the class with parties, go on field trips, help with prep work (cutting, making copies etc) please let me know. We can always use volunteers!

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Is for work: We will work hard and play hard in 2nd Grade. I expect your child to listen and follow directions when it is time to work so that we can enjoy ourselves when it is time to play.

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is for eXperience: Kids come to 2nd grade with many different experiences. I will set high expectations for your child and he or she will work hard to meet them. You will be amazed at how much you will see your child change this year.

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is for your child: Thank you for sharing your child with me each day, I hope that we can work together to give your child an incredible year! You know your child better than anyone; please do not hesitate to call or send a note if you have questions or concerns. It is also helpful if you keep me informed about changes going on at home or with your child. Stress at home, new siblings, illnesses in the family, even changes in after school care can all lead to behavior problems in class very quickly. Keeping me informed helps me keep your child happy, healthy, and safe.

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is for ZZZZZ’s: Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night to be productive the next day. We have a very busy schedule and a lot to learn and your child will not be napping during the day.