Welcome to 2nd grade!

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 Below you will find some information to help you get through this exciting year.  Please refer to your Parent/Student Handbook for clarification and more detailed information.

Welcome to Second Grade - 2018-2019! Mrs. Kelly Coudriet

Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions! I will post Homework on my school Facebook site each day.  Your child will also have this information in the Agenda Book that will come home daily as well. I look forward to a rewarding and exciting year!

email: kcoudriet@salem.k12.va.us

Daily Schedule:

7:50-8:15 - HOMEROOM ( Tardy Bell rings at 7:50)

8:15-10:10 - Language Arts 

!0:10-10:25 - RECESS 

10:30 - 11:00 - LUNCH

11:05- 12:20 - Math

12:20-1:05 - ENCORE ( schedule is in Red Folder)

1:05-2:10 - SNACK, Science/Social Studies

2:15-2:20 - Dismissal

Reading and Spelling will be in black marbled composition books. They will have vocabulary, notes and spelling lists.  A plastic Blue Folder will be used for Science and a Green plastic folder will be used for Social Studies. The school has provided these materials for each student.

Red Folder will contain important school, class events and graded papers ( scroll down for more info). One side will be for items that need to be returned to school and the other side for papers to keep at home.  Please check the red folder each day.

Please look at the Agenda Book that will come home with the Red Folder every day (even on Friday).



ABSENCES/TARDIES:  Class starts at 7:45 with the tardy bell ringing at 7:50.  A tardy slip will be needed from the office if your child is not in the classroom by 7:50.  Lunch counts are sent to the office by 8:15.  If tardy, a parent must sign in the student in the office. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:50.  A bag breakfast will be available after 7:50 to be taken to the classroom.  If you would like schoolwork missed to be sent home, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m. for this information to be prepared for pick-up at 2:20.  Upon your child’s return to school after an absence, please send a written note or physician's excuse.  Excessive and/or chronic tardiness or absenteeism may result in a referral to the School Social Worker, School Nurse, Student Support Team Committee, and/or retention in that grade.  

BEHAVIOR CHART: Our behavior chart will come home each day in the back of the red folder. Our  mission statement at West is that each student be compassionate, prepared, supportive and a problem solver. We are spending the first 8 weeks of school focusing on these attributes and the procedures all students follow in the hallway, cafeteria, playground, bus and cafeteria. Our message is " Be a Cardinal" and take pride in your work and school community!

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Good attendance during the elementary school years is critical for student success.  Please make every attempt to defer family trips or outings when school is in session.  We want your child to have every opportunity to succeed.  Attendance certificates will be given at the end of the school year.  Perfect Attendance certificates will be given for students who have zero absences and no more than 5 tardies.  Superior Attendance certificates will be given for students who have 1-3 absences and no more than 5 tardies.

CELL PHONES:  Students are not allowed to have a cell phone out of their bookbags or turned on during school hours.  Parents, please be respectful of appointment/conference times and refrain from answering your cell phone during these times.

CHECK POLICY:  All checks should be made payable to West Salem Elementary School.  All checks must have your full name, street address, and telephone number.  Separate checks must be paid to the cafeteria and office as they maintain separate accounting systems.

CONFERENCES:  There are two Parent/Teacher Conference Days scheduled into the school calendar.  I will request a conference with each parent in November to discuss progress/concerns.  If you would like to have a conference at any other time, please notify me and we will schedule one at a mutually convenient time.

DAILY/HOMEWORK FOLDER:  Please check your child’s West Salem folder every day.  Notices from the office will be placed in this folder.  I will also send home papers that I have checked in this folder.  These papers have already been corrected in class and can be kept at home.  Please review graded papers with your child as they are sent home.  Homework should also be placed in the RETURN TO SCHOOL pocket of the folder.

DRESS CODE: Students should wear appropriate clothing for school as outlined in the policy/conduct code.  Take note of the new requirements mandated by the School Board. Consider sending a sweater or jacket to keep at school for air conditioning defense.  SNEAKERS are needed every day for recess or PE!

DROP OFF: Arrival time for students begins at 7:30.  Please do not drop students off before this time.  Student drop off is on the 3rd grade hallway opposite the bus loading/unloading area.  For safety reasons, please do NOT drop off in the front of the building.

EARLY DISMISSALS:  All students MUST be signed out in the office if you plan to leave before the end of the day.  If you know before the beginning of the school day that your child will be leaving early, please send a note or call the office to notify us.  This allows me to get work together and explain homework.  For safety during afternoon dismissal, please arrive to pick up the student prior to 1:45.  

ENCORE:  Our ENCORE time is from 12:25-1:10.  We are on an 8 day rotation for special area classes.  Your child will need tennis shoes here at school to participate in PE and recess.  Your child will not be allowed to participate in any PE unless they have tennis shoes. A schedule for ENCORE will be placed in the Red Folder. Please do not remove. 

Please have your child wear Tennis shoes everyday. We have outside time everyday, weather permitting.  

HOMEWORK:  Please check your child’s West Salem folder each night and review the assignment after it is completed by your child.  Return completed homework in the same folder every day.  If your child forgets their textbook at school, the Salem Public Library has a complete set of books.  Be mindful that the school closes at 3:30 and no one will be allowed in the building to retrieve forgotten items.  Please be aware that homework is assigned to aid in the understanding of material taught in class. 

LUNCH:  Our cafeteria participates in a computerized debit system that allows parents to pay in advance for meals and/or a la carte foods.  Parents may limit the amount of a la carte items purchased by contacting the cafeteria manager and designating what may be purchased.  You may sign up for this debit system at www.myschoolbucks.com.  If you are planning to join your child for lunch, state and federal regulations state "Fast Food" may NOT be brought into our cafeteria.

MEDICINE:  If your child needs to take medication during the school day, you will need to notify the office and complete the necessary paperwork.  All medication must be kept in the nurse's office.  No medication (prescription and over-the-counter) is to be transported to or from school by the student.  

PTA: I would like to encourage each of you to join the PTA at West Salem.  The dues are $5.00.  Anyone is welcome to join!  We would like to see 100% participation.

PARENT EXPECTATIONS:  The curriculum and SOL requirements are demanding for teachers, students, and parents.  Homework needs your supervision and should be completed each night.  Adult help is needed in studying/reviewing notes for tests.  Students need to read their stories with an adult.  Please check papers sent home to see what skills are being introduced and practiced.  Extra time on a particular skill may be needed from time to time.  If you are not signing the agenda book and checking/assisting with homework, your child’s progress will be affected. 

PARTIES:  PTA will plan class parties.  Our room parent will contact parents who have indicated they are willing to help with parties.  Parents wishing to provide treats ( please also send napkins) for the class in honor of their child's birthday should deliver them to the office so as not to interfere with instruction. Treats should be limited to items that can be passed out by the child in a quick and efficient manner.  Birthday parties at school are not permitted.  Party invitations cannot be handed out at school unless there is an invitation for EACH child in the class.

PLANNER (agenda book):  Homework is assigned on Monday – Thursday each school week. There are no assignments over the weekend unless we have an on-going project.  Please sign the planner each night. If you cannot read your child’s handwriting or you have a question about the assignment, you may check the class Facebook page .  I also depend on the planner for communication with parents.

PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD PACK UP THEIR BOOKBAG EVERY NIGHT TO ENSURE THAT THE BINDER, AGENDA BOOK, RED FOLDER, LIBRARY BOOKS AND OTHER NECESSARY ITEMS ARE READY FOR THE NEXT DAY! THANKS!

SNACK:  We have one AFTERNOON snack every day.  The school will no longer sell snack items.  Ice cream will only be sold at lunch as an a la carte item.   I encourage you to send nutritious snacks.  Soda, candy, and chocolates will not be permitted as snack items.

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES:  Any changes in transportation from school must be made IN WRITING OR PHONED INTO THE OFFICE by 1:00 p.m.   Please be sure to date all notes and include the bus number they will ride, if possible.  I will send the child home in the customary manner unless I have the note or phone message from you.  Please do not send an email if your child has a transportation change.  If I am absent or the server is down, your request will not be seen by me and your child will follow the regular transportation method.

VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS: Please sign in at the main office and wear a visitor’s badge in the school at all times.  You can only enter and exit through the main door at the office.  The building and office are closed at 3:30.  We ask you not to visit classrooms unless you are volunteering.  This helps to minimize interruptions to instruction.  

Please keep in contact with me and keep me posted on events happening at home that may affect your child’s performance at school.  I will always respect your privacy.  

 

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Positive Behavior Chart

I have a behavior chart divided into colors.  At the beginning of each day, your child will be in green. For positive behavior, your child will take his clothespin and clip up...the colors that are above green are blue, purple and pink. If your child needs to clip down the colors go from orange, then yellow to red.  At all times, students can move up or down the behavior chart during the day. The color they will put on the behavior chart in the red folder will be where they were at the end of the day at 2:00. We will spend a great amount of time on routines, procedures and expectations during the first month of school.  This should help facilitate positive behavior!! Thanks for your support!