Folders – Your child has a Take Home Folder that is an important communication tool. Please make sure he/she brings it to school every day & check it every evening for important handouts & assignments. Remove all handouts each day.
Grading Scale –the grading scale that MLSD follows is:
90% - 100% = A
80% - 90% = B
70% - 80% = C
60% - 70% = D, below 60% is failing
In the second grade, only Reading, Spelling & Math are given letter grades for the first semester (1sttwo quarters). English becomes a letter grade in the second semester.
Many times throughout the year, however, your child will be given a “progress check”,
which is for points-rather than a letter grade. This allows me to communicate how the
students are doing on developing skills without assigning 100 points to the task. For this:
+ = 4 pts. (exceeds expectations)
= 3 pts. (meets expectations)
- = 2 pts. (needs practice)
Homework – Your child will have homework in Reading, Math, & Fundations each evening. Please help by checking that your child completes their work and signing the homework log each night. At this point in their learning, most children will need some assistance from their parents on certain assignments. This is expected & encouraged-especially if they are having difficulty. It helps to have a special time and place to do home learning activities. Establishing good habits now will help your child as he/she grows older.
- Students should spend at least 15 minutes each evening reading...please remember that the reading you do with or to your child "counts" & is still very important! Poetry practice for Living Poetry is also included in this daily reading.
- For Math, often their is a worksheet (Home Links) assignment. These come home at the beginning of the unit in a Home Links Packet. It is important that you do these pages on the day they were assigned/covered in class. DO NOT work ahead as this can be very confusing for your child. The Family Letter that contains the answer key is also sent home separately. On evenings when there is "No Home Links", refer to the parent letter for suggested activities or choose another math-related activity or game. Students love hands-on practice like counting change or helping to measure items for a recipe. See the Math links on this website for more suggestions & resources for additional worksheets.
- A Fundations packet is sent home at the beginning of each new unit, approximately every two weeks. This packet outlines activities for you to complete with your child and contains "flashcards" for the weekly Trick Words. Although I do not require students to log this on their daily sheets, I expect Fundations to be part of their regular homework routine. Additional links/resources for Fundations can be found on my website.