2nd Grade

Welcome to Room 228 ! Some of the things your child will learn about this year are: air and weather, solids and liquids, mapping , insects and life cycles. They will learn how to tell time, how to count money, and how to do addition and subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers. So much learning in such a little bit of time. But together and with a lot of hard work and practice they will master these and many more life long learning skills.


*Your student will be expected to complete a nightly homework assignment to be returned the following day. 

* In addition to paper pencil homework, your child is expected to read at home every day. The goal is to start building stamina and reading short chapter books like Junie B Jones, Horrible Harry, Magic Tree House, A to Z mysteries, etc. Second graders  should start at a level J in the fall and be at level M at the end of the year. Students should read at least 15 minutes a day at home to reach their goal !

You may ask "why homework ?" I believe that homework is a vital part of the home/ school connection.This is part of that "hard work and practice" I mentioned before. Homework is an extension and practice of what we are learning in the classroom and it shows you as a parent what we are learning in the classroom.  Without practice at home, your child will struggle to reach their second grade goals. Classroom learning, like sports or music, takes many hours of repitition and practice to make perfect.

Classroom Climate: I believe that all students should enjoy school and develop a love of learning. Part of enjoying school is by feeling safe and comfortable. The students will play a big role in recognizing classmates who are doing their best ,making gains, and following our school and classroom rules. Ask your student if they received any B tickets for the day or if they were chosen to be the "Bee" for the day. B tickets are given to students "caught" being good!

Emergency Numbers: Remember that in case of an emergency, I need a way to reach you. Please make sure if you get a new phone number, to email, call the office, or send in a note.  

Contacting Me: There will be times when you may also need to reach me. The best way to reach me  during the day, is by email.  My email address is clenz@mpls.k12.mn.us. However, I don't usually have time to get to email until the end of the day when the students are on the bus. If you have an emergency, please call the office and they will get the message to me. Messages can also be sent to school in a note. Please be aware that I am not a Spanish speaker.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child. It will be a great year in Second Grade!

Ms. Lenz




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