Thank you for taking time to vote yesterday. So many children were talking about going with you their parents to vote, seeing your stickers, and feeling the excitement of our American rights.
We have now started the second marking period. When you see your child's report card, please remember that the grading scale for second grade is based on developing skills. To receive a "1" is excellent, this means no reminders needed. This first marking period, I really do not give out many "1s" because this is a new setting with new expectations. Plan to see several "2s" and "3s". A "2" means meeting the expectations, satisfactory. When you see a "2" please note that I'm pleased with the progress so far. Some reminders may be needed on occasion, but overall, they are doing a satisfactory job in that area. If you see a "3" marked next to any area on the report card, that means that they are developing this skill. They may need some extra support, need redirecting, or reteaching of concepts. Truly, most children at the beginning of second grade are "3s" because we are developing some new skills and need more time to practice them in order to master them. Please, do not feel like a "3" is a poor marking. It truly is not. It is developing. If you see a "4" on the report card, that will meet we may need to set up some strategies to help your child find more success in that area. A "4" on the first marking period reflects more on having a difficult time adjusting to the new demands of the grade and the academic demands. Also, please keep in mind that the entire first marking period we spend most of our time building routines and modeling the work. As we move into this second marking period, I will be placing more demands on working independently.
If you have any questions at all regarding the report card, please feel free to contact me. Our conference next week is only 15 minutes. That really is just enough time for us to say hello. If you really have some questions, we may need to schedule more time than that allotted next week. My door is always open. I want to be sure your child feels comfortable to take chances in their learning.
Square One Art has been extended to this Friday. What an amazing keepsake!
Enjoy the evening!