Second Grade Newsletter

Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Rehfield, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Meldrum

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End of Year Events!

Dear Parents,

The time has come! It is the end of the year and we have many activities planned for the last two weeks of school. Here is the rundown with our schedule!

May 16th- Early Release at 1:25pm Teacher Meetings

May 17th-

May 18th-

May 19th-

May 20th- 9:30 a.m. Spring Assembly

May 23rd-HS Grads Walkthrough 8:30 am

May 24th- Walking to Tautphaus Park End of year celebration- PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD BRING A SACK LUNCH!!! If your child is unable to bring a sack lunch, please let your child’s teacher know by Monday, May 16th so that we can provide a lunch for him/her. The students need to bring sunscreen, a water bottle or 2, and a hat. We will be outside all day in the sun!! Rehfield’s class needs to wear a red shirt, Meldrum’s class needs to wear a white shirt, Taylor’s class needs to wear a green shirt, and Campbell’s class needs to wear a blue shirt.

May 25th-1:45-2:15 Yearbook Signing (the students will all have something that can be signed even if they do not have a yearbook)

May 26th- Zoo Field Trip 9-11, Field Day afternoon 12-2:15. Please have your child wear their bee shirt this day!!

May 27th- No late start, start at 8:15 and early release at 12:55. Lunch Schedule for 2nd grade 10:45-11:25.

Spelling Cycle Lists

Find all of the Spelling Cycle Lists HERE!!!


Attention Sunnyside Families:

With the new growth in the Sunnyside area, D91 Transportation Department is asking that we do not write bus passes out for students to ride other routes. Our busses are full and it is causing overload problems when students want to take friends home for various things. They are working on fixing the over load situation. They will not be allowing bus passes the remainder of the school year.

Thank you so much for your understanding a partnership in this!

5 Day In Person School!

Monday – Thursday 8:15 AM – 2:25 PM

Late Start Friday 1st-6th 9:15 AM -2:25 PM.

AM Kindergarten Friday Late Start 9:15 AM – 11:32 AM

PM Kindergarten Friday Late Start 12:13 PM – 2:25 PM

  • All K-6 bus routes will be one hour later on Friday mornings.
  • All mid-day KG routes run 30 minutes later on Fridays for both AM session drop off and PM session pick up.

Sunnyside Communication Promise

Instead of formal Parent Teacher Conferences in December and March, D91 is hoping to build a model where the school, the teacher, the family and the students work together to communicate on a more regular basis. We recognize that with formal conferences, those set aside days can be helpful to some, but we are hoping to create a model where we have open communication more consistently throughout the entire year to address students' academic and social needs on a more regular basis.

In D91's efforts to communicate more effectively, Sunnyside staff has been working on a Communication Promise. The purpose of this promise is to make our intentions clear as a staff crew on how we hope to keep families and students engaged and a part of the learning process at Sunnyside. Our promise is below:

1. We promise to initiate and maintain communication with parents and families regarding student behavior, progress, and instruction.

2. We promise to engage in two-way communication and provide support for parents in accessing communication platforms.

3. We promise to encourage and participate in respectful and positive two-way interactions with students and families to ensure student success.

4. We promise to respond in a timely manner.

5. We promise to get to know each child’s unique abilities and attributes in order to build on their strengths and areas of opportunities for growth.

We are working hard to be proactive in our efforts to keep you informed but if you ever need clarification, have a question or would like to meet with a teacher, you may request to do so at any time! We will be holding Parent Focus Groups starting in November in which we will ask for feedback regarding our communication efforts as well. Please keep an eye out for more information on these Focus Groups.

Thank you in advance for your support, kindness and flexibility as we work hard to improve our practice!

-Sunnyside Staff Crew


Sunnyside families!

Kids are welcome to wear smart watches to school. However, once the bell rings at 8:15, the watch is to be used as a watch- not a phone. Once the bell rings at 2:25pm and students have left the building they can use their watch as a phone. Our policy is that students are not using cell phones at school, including at recess- this includes watches being used as phones. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your student or if they need to contact you during school hours, we will do this through the office. We kindly ask for your support in this moving forward!



The water fountains will be open for the students to use. If your child would like to bring a water bottle, they can.

School Philosophy

Sunnyside Elementary School is taking a different approach to teaching and learning. At Sunnyside learning is active, learning is challenging, learning is meaningful, learning is public, and learning is collaborative. Sunnyside is in its fifth year of implementing EL Education. EL schools promote deep engagement in learning and supports students to achieve at high levels. EL students gain skills critical to college readiness and life-long success. EL Education is built on ten design principles. They are:

  1. The Primacy of Self-Discovery
  2. The Having of Wonderful Ideas
  3. The Responsibility of Learning
  4. Empathy and Caring
  5. Success and Failure
  6. Collaboration and Competition
  7. Diversity and Inclusion
  8. The Natural World
  9. Solitude and Reflection
  10. Service and Compassion

EL Education believes that to prepare students for success in college, career, citizenship, and life we must embrace a broader and deeper vision of what high achievement means. Good tests scores are just a starting place. Mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high quality work are all critical for success.

Second Grade Schedules and Procedures


Absence and Tardies

School begins at 8:15 a.m. Our school week goes Monday through Friday. Friday will be late start at 9:15 a.m.

All students are expected to be in their seats and ready at that time. Students can get the work immediately upon their return. Students will be given a reasonable period to make up this work. They are encouraged to seek our help if needed.

School Schedule

8:15 School Starts

11:10/11:30-11:50 Recess/Lunch

1:30-1:45 Recess

2:25 Dismissal

  1. Please call the office if your child will be absent for the day.
  2. Call by 8:30 a.m. if your child is ordering hot lunch and will be late.
  3. Send a cold lunch if your child has not ordered hot lunch by 8:30 a.m.


As a general rule, we don't give much homework in 2nd grade. The work that comes home will have a purpose. We highly suggest that your student reads 20 minutes per night, at least four nights a week. Sometimes if a student needs extra time to finish an assignment, it will be sent home with a note to finish and bring back the next day. Spelling should be practiced nightly at home, the students do not have to turn in spelling homework. We are in the process of restructuring our homework policy and will give you more information as that comes.


Each student is expected to go outside during recess. Please see that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. The students will remain inside if the temperature is zero degrees wind chill or below. If your child is unable to participate in recess or P.E., a note of excuse is required.

Thursday Specials Schedule


12:15-12:45 PE

12:45-1:15 Library

1:15-1:45 Music

1:45-2:15 Art


12:15-12:45 Library

12:45-1:15 Music

1:15-1:45 Art

1:45-2:15 PE


12:15-12:45 Music

12:45-1:15 Art

1:15-1:45 PE

1:45-2:15 Library


12:15-12:45 Art

12:45-1:15 PE

1:15-1:45 Library

1:45-2:15 Music

Birthdays: Our class celebrates each student's birthday! For those students with birthdays on a weekday, we will celebrate them that day. For birthdays that fall on the weekends, we will celebrate some time during the week. Your child is welcome to bring treats for the class, they will need to be store bought.

Chromebooks: Each student will be issued a Chromebook to use in class.

Volunteers: Please contact your child's teacher for volunteer information.

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined on a 1, 2, 3 scale. Effort, attitude, and participation will also be factors in determining the grade. Grades will be updated weekly.