Welcome to 2nd Grade! 2018-2019

Welcome to Second Grade!

I would like to welcome you and your child to our second grade class! I am very excited about the adventures this year will hold! Below I have listed important information. We will have a great year!

About Me: My name is Madeline Krautwurst and this is my sixth year teaching. This is my fourth year teaching second grade at Pleasant Union Elementary School and I love working in such a welcoming community. I previously taught third grade in Harnett County, North Carolina. A few years ago I moved here from a small town in New York called Pavilion. I graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013 with a degree in Childhood Inclusive Education and a minor in English. I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband and my cat named Rue. I recently graduated from UNC with a masters in Literacy. Some of my passions include running, reading, camping and of course, teaching! I look forward to working closely with you throughout the school year. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me. Together we can ensure success in our second grader! Thank you for your support!  

Schedule:

8:45-9:15- Morning Work/Arrival

9:15-9:20-Morning Meeting

9:20-10:20-Math

10:20-11:05- Science/Social Studies

11:10-11:40- Lunch

11:40-1:10-Reading/Letterland

1:10-1:40- Recess

1:45-2:45- Writing/Snack

2:45-3:25-Specials (On a rotating, 4 day schedule)

3:25- Pack Up/Class Dojo

Attendance is very important in the second grade! If the child is not at school or arrives late often, he/she is missing valuable learning time. One goal we have in this class is to maintain great attendance!

Snack: Students will be allowed to have snack in the afternoon during writing time. Students are responsible for bringing their own snack each day. Snacks should be healthy!

Classroom Management: This year I will be using classdojo (SEE SEPARATE PAPER FOR INFORMATION). Please sign and return.

Weekly Work Folders: The Weekly Work Folder will be sent home each Tuesday. This folder will have updates from the office and student work from throughout the week. Please review the assignments in the folder with your student.

Homework/Homework Folder: Students will have nightly homework in reading, math, and spelling. Students have a purple folder that goes home every night. This will have their class dojo chart in it as well as their homework. Please take out papers that are in the “keep at home” section each night. Students are expected to complete homework each night. The next day we will go over math homework as a class or in small groups. Spelling homework is sent home each Monday and will be due at the end of each week. I will check this each Friday. Students complete their spelling homework in their spelling journal. They are expected to do this on a nightly basis. They will get their spelling list and spelling menu at the beginning of the week. Students are also expected to read 20 minutes a night. They will track the amount of minutes they read on the calendar on the front of their homework folder. Each night you can use this sheet to see the points they earned in Dojo and for the students to write minutes read that night. Your signature is required each night. This tells me that you have seen their behavior and have approved the minutes they have read. Students will complete a “tower of books” challenge to track books read. I will go over this at open house and this will not start until we track back in. Students will not have a regular homework schedule for the first few weeks of school.

Transportation: Students must have a bus tag on their bookbag in order to board the bus. They will not be allowed to board if the tag is not on their bookbag. If there is a transportation change (to carpool, etc.) a note must be sent into school to me via email or written note.

Communication: Every week I will send a “weekly update” outlining the updates for the week in our classroom. I communicate A LOT through the class dojo app so please make sure you have this.  Please read updates to stay informed about information from our classroom. I also have a classroom twitter that I would love for all parents to follow! I post daily activities and pictures that we are doing. Please follow us at @mrskscampers. Students will also post daily/weekly things to our class Seesaw and their dojo account.
I am looking forward to a fun, successful year! If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year please feel free to contact through my email. My email address is mkrautwurst@wcpss.net.

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