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General Information Mrs. Morris 2011-2012
Email rmorris@mesquiteisd.org

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School Phone
#972-882-5040
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Class Website
www.tinyurl.com/Morris2nd

www.simply2nd.blogspot.com

Class Blog

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Important Info
7:45 Pick up class from the gym
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7:55 Tardy bell rings 2:55 Dismissal under the tree by the playground

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This year will be full of learning. Your child will be reading chapter books by the end of the year! Your child will be adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers by the end of the year! We will be using computer, laptops, iPods, mp3 players and eReaders to help us achieve these goals. This packet will give you some information on what to expect this year. -Mrs. Becca Morris

Welcome to 2nd grade!

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Arrival
Students may begin arriving at school at 7:15 am. They may eat breakfast or go straight to the gym. I will pick up the class at 7:45 and head back to the portable. Students should not wait by the door. Always go to the gym. We will get them on our way to the room. We do not want students alone by the portables in the morning.

Tardy
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Your child is tardy after the bell rings at 7:55. It is very important that your child gets to school on time every day. It sets the tone for the day and will cause disruptions if they come in late. I know that it happens every now and then, but please try to have your child at school by 7:45 so they have a good start to their day. If it is after 8:10, you must go to the office first to get a slip.

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Dismissal
School is out at 2:55. Early release is always at 1:25. We will be under the tree beside the playground. All students must be picked up by 3:10.
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Absences
I hope to see your child every day. So much of what we do is almost impossible to replicate and can’t be done as homework. In the event of family matters and illness, please contact me and we will work together to insure your child gets everything he or she needs.

Lunch
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Our lunch is at 11:10, which is perfect because it is the middle of the day. I will be sending home the Free and Reduced Lunch forms. They do have to be filled out every year. The sooner you get it it sent in, the sooner it will take effect.

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Number System
I will be assigning numbers to the class for organizational purposes. It will be in alphabetical order and you will see the number on their papers, folders, book bags, and other things.

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Behavior Management
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I have high expectations for behavior in my classroom. Every day we all start on “Ready to Learn” on our clip chart. Each individual student has chances to move up or down depending on their choices. Students are never locked in to a color. If they are at the bottom after several bad choices, they don’t have to stay there. They can choose to make good choices and move back up. That also works in reverse. If a student has made it to the top (Outstanding!) they can still be moved down for bad choices.

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Everyone who is on “Outstanding!” at the end of the day will get a prize.  I will keep a record of where the students are at the end of every day. This will determine their conduct grade in my class. When a students has been on “Outstanding!” 25 times, they will receive a gold clip! This means they are doing a magnificent job! You will see the calendar stapled in their folders. I will let you know how they are doing daily. This is also where I will write you notes. Feel free to write to me as well!

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Newsletter
You will be getting a newsletter every Friday with information for the following week. It will have important dates and what we will be learning about. There will be a Star Student section. I will have my contact information at the top of every newsletter.

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Folders
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Folders need to The calendars need to remain stapled to the left inside flap. Please check it every evening for important information.

COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY!!!

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Homework
Your child will have a homework journal. (One of the journals you provide in the school supply list.) They will copy their homework in in the morning and be responsible for having it complete the next day. It will not be long, but it is important that it be complete! We will have homework Monday through Thursday nights. So the weekends are free!!! We will also have reading homework that increases as the year goes on. This is what a typical night of homework will look like: •  10-15 minutes from the homework journal •  at least 20 minutes of reading from their book bags

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Book Bags
Each student will be bringing home a book bag. It will be labeled with their number. These bags will have books at your child’s reading level. They will be familiar with the books and should be reading them independently. These bags and books belong to the school, so please help your child be responsible with them. 
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Spelling
Every week we will study 15 words that follow a specific pattern. I will choose 10 of those words for the test. We will have a pretest on Monday and a final test on Friday. If a student makes 100% on the pretest, then they will not have to take the test on Friday.

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Centers
I am very excited about our centers this year because of all the technology involved. Your child will use computers, eReaders, mp3 players, iPods, and our Promethean Board. They will be learning how to use multiple computer programs and navigate several websites. We will be blogging about what we are learning, too!

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Student of the Week
Every student will get to be our student of the week. They will bring a poster home to decorate and we will display in the room. They will get to share about themselves during the week and be featured in our newsletter.
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Class Parties
We will have 2 parties during the year. We will have a celebration before Winter break and an end of year party.

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Reading Levels
40 38 34 30 28 Goal 24 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 Goal Goal This year we will be using a new system called the DRA. This is a tool to let us know where your child is and what we need to work on. Our goal is to encourage your child to read for pleasure because when that happens, everything else falls into place. Our other main goal this year will be fluency. Fluency is how many words we read in a minute and making it sound like easy conversation. This is a high expectation, but we will be working on it every day all year long. At the end of the year your child’s goal will be 90 words a minute. Their reading aloud should sound natural.

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6 4 3 2 A&1
Kinder

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Goal

1st

2nd

3rd

Birthdays
We will celebrate your child’s birthday with stickers, special desk decorations, a trip to the announcements, and singing. If you would like to send something special you may. We will not pass out party invitations unless every student gets an invitation.

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Family situations
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Please let me know if there is any situation at home that you think might cause your child stress at school. I want to know what is happening so I can be there for your child during the day. Sometimes a few minutes of understanding and a hug can make a huge difference. Please let me know so I can help!

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Class Schedule
You will get a copy of our class schedule separately.

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Contacting Me
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Please email me or stop by before or after school to talk with me. I stay at school until 4:30 or 5:00 most days. Send me a note in your child’s folder if you would like me to call you. I am not good at checking my phone messages. I am going to try to be better this year. Please come to me with any questions or concerns. I will be happy to talk with you!

The quickest way to contact me is email.

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I look forward to working closely with you to insure a most enjoyable and successful year for your child. Thank you in advance for your support!

-Mrs. Becca Morris

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