Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Welcome Letter

Dear Parents,                                                                                      September 4, 2012


     Another school season is starting as well as other events such as Sunday school, Bible studies, and various meetings that keep families busy. I hope that you enjoyed your summer full of rest, holidays, and visiting with friends and family. I am looking forward to having your child in Grade 2, and consider it a privilege to be their teacher this year.

New this year are two special items.

1.  Miss Alison Wassink will join our class as a Teacher's Assistant.   She will be working along side us, helping to ensure oral reading, focused math lessons and other jobs such as administrative duties get done.  If you have any concerns please forward them to Mrs. Neven, not Miss Wassink.

2.  A blog has been created to ensure that at all times spelling lists and important notes can be accessed.  Please do not comment on the blog site as there is no privacy there.  No last names or school name will be posted there.  To access, type  in your browser.  I hope this will be helpful to us all.


Listed are some of the routines for the up coming year.


1.  Library: Our library day this year is Thursday. Please help your child remember their library books so that they can borrow new ones.


2. Phys-ed: Gym will be on Wednesday’s and ½ the class on Thursday's and the other ½ on Friday’s. Students do not need a change in clothes, but they do need non-scuff inside shoes (running shoes, please) for this.


3. Art: We plan on doing art a few days/week and as we all know accidents can happen. Paint shirt’s will be provided and will be worn to cover their uniform.


4. Math: I may periodically request that you review math facts with your child. This can be done in various ways that are fun.


5. Spelling: We usually go through one spelling lesson per week. On Thursday’s students will be asked to copy their words in their agendas under the column “Words of the Week.”  As the year progresses and more words are added, it will be necessary to “squish” them in. Our test days are on Friday. Our first test will be on Sept. 14.  Each test page will go home in the test package every Friday.  On the back side of each test will be the list for the next week.

As we progress through the year, 3 vocabulary words will be included.  Additional instructions will be given at that time.  We will be able to access the spelling word list on 


6. Homework: Students will have reading homework this year. These reading assignments are meant to reinforce what has been taught in class. A suggested method of doing reading homework is to have your child read over the material by themselves first. Then sit down together and have your child read to you. Encourage your child to sound out words that are difficult for them versus giving them the words.

     Each child will be given a bookmark with reading hints on it to help when struggling through a story.

     I understand families can become very busy at times. So, please, if your child has a legitimate reason for not finishing a reading homework assignment just write it in their agenda and reassure your child that these things happen and their teacher understands.

     Make homework a priority with your child by providing him/her with all the necessary supplies and an appropriate working environment. Give your child lots of praise and support when homework is completed responsibly. Contact me by phoning the school or a note in the agenda if you notice a problem.

     Your child may have homework in other subjects such as math but every attempt will be made to finish at school without sacrificing recess.


7. Reading Books: In our phonics/reading program, we use many books. We ask that special care be given to these books so that they will last a long time. If any book is damaged or lost and requires replacement, a fee will be charged to cover the cost of the new book. To help keep all readers protected, each child will receive a bag to store their readers in. This will help avoid ripped covers and wet pages.


8. Agendas: Students are required to write down their homework in their agenda everyday. If they have no homework, they are to write “No Homework.” Agendas need to be signed daily (except on weekends) by a parent even on those days that have no homework. This is also a means of communication between you as parents and me.  Agendas will also contain changes to assignments listed in the weekly bulletin. We will also include any events that are occurring such as: library day, pizza day, and so on.  Please feel free to write a question or a note to me.  A small sticker is given for a signed agenda.


9. Worksheet Packages: Worksheet packages will be sent home once a week (Probably on Fridays). Please look them over so you know how your child is doing. These do not have to be signed or returned to school unless you have questions or concerns about your child’s mark. Please send it back with your questions and I’ll get back to you.  


10. Magazine Order: You will receive a magazine order for Chickadee, Puzzlemania, and for Highlights. Please do not fell obligated to order these magazines, but whether you answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ please return the slip to school SIGNED! It means a free gift for our class if all slips are returned SIGNED.  Free stickers and goodies! Return all forms by Wednesday, Sept. 12.


11. Extra Clothes: Sometimes accidents occur during the day (muddy or wet clothes), and clean clothes are needed. Pleases send a complete set of inside clothes (school colours, if possible) in a bag that can be folded, labeled and kept in a cupboard.


10. American Content: As you realize much of our curriculum in the lower grades comes from USA. We try as much as possible in the classroom to replace it with Canadian content. Examples of this would be the American coins on a math page are covered with the Canadian coins, or in spelling, the spelling of “colour” is taught spelling it the Canadian way and not the American style which would be “color”. So please remember we are trying our best to replace what we can with Canadian content.  Any American content pages are done at student initiative only.


11. Discipline Procedures:

            There are a few simple rules, which are expected to be followed:

             1. During a lesson, raise your hand to speak.

 2. Be busy with something constructive at all times.

             3. Respect each other’s property and person.

            If a student clearly breaks a rule, the following steps are taken:

1. First offence- name written on the board merely as a warning. If it      

    concerns rule number three an apology will be necessary and   

    possibly the cost of replacing the item.

2. Second offence- spelling list for the week will be written out 

    1 time (done at the next recess).

            3. Third offence- phone call home

Each student begins each day with a “clean slate”.

I hope we have a good school year together. Please call or leave a note in the agenda if you have any questions or concerns.



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