August 5, 2008 Dear parents, My name is Carol Beckwith and I will be your child’s second grade teacher this

year. I am very excited to be working with all of you and your children! As you know, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. I am looking forward to the partnership we will create in order to best meet the needs of your child. I am married to my best friend, Greg, and we have 2 precious children, Josh and Lauren. Josh will be attending Lexington Middle School this year and Lauren will be here at Oak Grove in the third grade. I am certified in Elementary Education with a degree from The University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!! I have 4 years of experience teaching third grade, fourth grade and first grade. For the past 8 years I have stayed at home to raise my children. During that time, I have been a medical transcriptionist for a local hospital. I volunteered in numerous capacities in our community, at local area schools and at my church. I also own a children’s consignment sale and community outreach program here in Lexington with a staff of 25 mothers. I am so excited to be back in the classroom again and can’t wait for a wonderful year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My e-mail is cbeckwith@lexington1.net or you can call the school and they will put a message in my box. I will return e-mails and phone calls as soon as possible, but it will be at least 3 p.m. before calls are returned so that instruction is not interrupted. You may also contact me by writing a note and placing it in your child’s homework folder or agenda. Thank you in advance for your support. I am excited about working with you to make your child’s second grade year the best it can be! Sincerely,

Carol Beckwith

Classroom Management Classroom management is in place so that students learn self-discipline and to take responsibility for their own actions. Positive discipline is used in my classroom, which focuses on the solution to the problem rather than the consequence.

On the first day of school, students will work with the teacher to create our classroom rules. This will be combined with my list of Behavior Expectations. We will practice proper classroom etiquette, voice levels and school wide behavior so that we all understand how we should act in each situation. Consequences will take effect on the 2nd day of school. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the following: -Loss of tally (students must pay one “tally” for breaking a rule)
-Loss of privilege(s) -Color red square on behavior graph -Note or phone call home -Referral to the office (only in severe cases of misbehavior)

Any serious behavior problems will be recorded in the agenda. Please initial nightly. When students choose to follow the rules, behavior will be positively reinforced in the following ways: -Whole class: When our class receives a compliment from another adult (in the hallway, at related arts, in the classroom, on a field trip, etc.) or when everyone in the class is exhibiting excellent behavior choices, everyone in the class receives one tally. -Teams: Students also have a chance to work together to earn a reward at their tables. Teams are rewarded by working together, following directions, and showing exemplary behavior. Each person on the team will receive a “payout.”
10 tallies = choose reading location during the daily 5 first 20 tallies= learn “footloose” for a day (students may take shoes off while in our classroom for the day) 30 tallies = sit anywhere in the room to do your work for the day 40 points = lunch with the teacher with special lunch treat

-Individual: Students who make positive choices will be given “payouts” and/or tallies. **All behavior systems do not work with all classes. The teacher reserves the right to change these systems or any of their components at any time throughout the year.** Homework Policy Homework is given 4 nights a week (no homework on Friday —enjoy the weekend with family!). Students are responsible for copying homework assignments in their agenda. I send any math worksheets, etc. for the entire week on Fridays. Students may complete these early, but they should be kept in the homework folder until they are to be turned in. Spelling is done with a “contract,” allowing students to choose how they would like to practice spelling words that week. Spelling contracts with attached work are due on Friday. Homework is important to connect learning between home and school, but it should take no more than 30 minutes at a maximum each night (please let me know if your child is struggling with homework so I can help make accommodations). Students who turn in homework assignments each day earn a stamp on their homework graph. When it is full, they will receive a “No Homework Pass.” Water Students are allowed to bring a water bottle to school each day, because hydration is needed for the brain to function at optimum level. Students may only bring pop-top water bottles (NOT bottles with a screw on lid) in order to prevent spills. Water bottles must be kept on the students’ desks and only refilled with teacher permission. PLEASE SEND IN A SOCK FOR THE WATER BOTTLE TO BE WRAPPED IN TO MINIMIZE CONDENSATION.

Communication with Parents Other forms of communication include: -Weekly newsletter -Phone calls -E-mail (cbeckwith@lexington1.net) -Website -Parent/teacher conferences -Report cards -Open house Parents as Partners Parents are welcome in our classroom, and I cherish parent involvement. Opportunities include helping in the classroom (making books, copying, laminating, tearing out math pages, working with individual students, etc.), helping outside the classroom (taking things home to cut out, etc.) and chaperoning field trips, reading to the class, donating supplies, and helping with parties. If you would like to help in the classroom, please give me at least one day in advance that you plan to come so that she can have materials ready. You may then pick up the projects to be completed in the volunteer basket by the door. I ask that most projects be taken to the kindergarten hall workroom to be completed, so as not to interrupt instruction in the classroom. A classroom wish list is posted in our room, and we greatly appreciate any and all donations so that we can maximize our learning! Parents are also included through student projects that come up throughout the year. Procedures for Non-Instructional Routines The following is a list of daily routines that all of my students are expected to follow during each school day:

-In the morning, students come in and unpack, sharpen pencils, use the restroom, and complete morning work. Students are expected to work quietly while I check homework and take attendance. -Students are expected to be silent during the morning announcements and afternoon announcements so that the teacher and all students can hear relevant information. -Students may sharpen pencils in the morning. If a pencil breaks during the day, they should sharpen it at their table or notify me so I can provide a new pencil. -Students may use the restroom as needed during independent work time. The restroom should only be used during direct instruction in emergencies (the students and I have a symbol that is used for these emergencies). -Students may get water from the water fountain as needed during independent work time. They are encouraged to bring water bottles to minimize time out of their seat. - At the desks, students are expected to be seated on their bottoms and keep the bottom of the chair on the floor at all times. They may not leave their seat without permission other than to get water or use the restroom. Students should raise their hands when they wish to speak or have a question, and should respect the person who is speaking by using good listening skills. Students are expected to transition from the desks to the floor (and vice versa) without talking unless otherwise instructed. -Homework Folders are to go home each day (and be cleaned out/looked at by a parent) and be returned to school the following morning. There will be a Keep at home side and a return to school side in the folders. Please initial the bottom of the agenda each night and let me know if you have any concerns. -Any change in transportation needs to be written and placed in your child’s agenda or a phone call must be made to the office before 2 p.m. on the day of the change. We will not be able to change the way they get home without a written note or a phone call from you.

Daily Schedule 7:40 – 7:50 7:50 – 8:30 8:30 – 8:50 8:50 – 9:30 9:35 – 10:20 10:25 – 11:00 11:00 – 11:25 11:25 – 11:50 11:50 – 12:05 12:05 – 1:05 1:10 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:15 2:20 Morning Work Intervention Independent Reading Calendar/Morning Meeting English/Language Arts Related Arts Writing Read Aloud/get ready for lunch Lunch Recess Math Science/Social Studies Clean Up/Pack Up Dismissal