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BACK-TO-SCHOOL ADVICE AND CHECKLISTS
- 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Mine this list for inspiration before talking with your children’s teachers. (Edutopia, updated 2016)
- 9 Back to School Tips for Parents: Explore these simple tips for helping your kids return to the classroom ready to learn. After the back-to-school rush, use this month-by-month guide to enhance your kids’ school experience throughout the year. (Department of Education, 2016)
- 5-Minute Film Festival: Building a Parent Toolkit: Watch curated videos on topics like stress reduction, healthy eating, homework, and more. (Edutopia, 2015)
- 15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’: Questions to ask to gain deeper insights into your kids’ learning experiences. (Edutopia, 2016)
- Back-to-School Health and Safety Tips: Browse advice about issues like backpack safety, transportation, bullying prevention, nutrition, before- and after-school child care, study habits, and more. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016)
- Best Back-to-School Tips: Listen to this podcast about preparing students to head back to school and developing morning routines. For more on this topic, check out “Getting Back in the School Year Routine.” (Greater Good Science Center, 2012)
- Back to School: Find information about back-to-school shopping on a budget, getting organized, and supporting children academically in this collection of articles. You may also want to take a look at “Back-to-School Night Basics.” (GreatSchools)
EASING THE TRANSITION
- How to Ease Your Child’s Kindergarten Jitters: Use these tips from Dr. Michele Borba as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Learn how to ease your kindergartner’s anxiety, establish a goodbye ritual, and ensure that the first days of school are positive. For similar resources for students of all ages, see “Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators.” (Edutopia, 2016)
- Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Transitions can be both exciting and anxiety-inducing for children and parents. Discover tips for helping students transition into elementary school, middle school, high school, and post-secondary education. (Parent Toolkit, 2014)
- Start School Strong: A Back-to-School Guide for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues: Find a variety of resources—including live chats with experts, downloads, and more—to help children get organized, process their feelings, and establish routines. (Understood, 2016)
- Helping Students With Autism Transition Into a New School Year: Gain insights into how you can work with teachers to help kids with autism transition to a new teacher, a new school, or a new curriculum. (Edutopia, 2017)
- How to Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety: Learn how to detect if your child is experiencing back-to-school anxiety and get actionable tips to help ease their worries. (PBS Parents, 2016)
- Back to School Books: Read a book with your child as a springboard to discuss feelings about returning to school; this guide includes recommendations for preschool through grade six. For more book suggestions, check out Understood.org’s “5 Great Back-to-School Books for Kids in Grades 1–4.” (Bank Street School of Education)
SAFETY UPDATE- BUZZER SYSTEM AND STUDENT ARRIVAL BEFORE 8:15 AM
Additionally, if your child is parent-drop off, please remember that student arrival is permitted each day no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Before that time, there is no adult supervision, so students should not be outside waiting for the school to open. Before that time, staff work at their desks or in their offices to prepare for the day. Students are NOT to be dropped off in the parking lot. Please utilize the student drop off zone between 8:15 - 8:40 on the side of the building. Otherwise, please walk your child into the building.
All students MUST be in their classroom by 8:40 or they will be counted tardy.
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure we have a safe and positive school year!
- Store-Bought Goods: Store-bought goods may be brought into school, however they must be checked in the Clinic, by Nurse Liston, before being distributed to students.
- Eating with your child at lunch: We encourage parents/families to support the school lunch program and purchase a lunch from the school. However, if choosing to bring outside food, make sure it is for your child only. It is not safe to share your outside food with other children.
Bus Schedules and Bus Stops!
At the elementary level, parents are encouraged to wait at the bus stop with their children until the bus comes. If your child is in 2nd grade, an adult MUST meet the child at the bus stop when they come home in the afternoon. If an adult is not at the bus stop, the child will not be allowed to get off of the bus and will be returned to school. You will have to come to the school to pick up your child at the main office. Please review the bus safety rules (page 8) with your child throughout the year! Thank you for all you do to help us keep our children safe.
If you have questions regarding your child's bus stop, please contact School Transportation at 263-1545.
Thank you for your patience during this first week of school with buses as schedules will vary because we are making sure all students are going home the correct way each day.
Tuesday, September 11th - National Day of Service Remembrance (9/11)
Wear Red, White & Blue
Friday, September 14th - International Dot Day
Wear Polka Dots!
Wednesday, September 19th - Wednesday, October 3rd - PTA Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
Saturday, September 22nd - Flu Shot Clinic - Held at Newtown ES (8:30 - 3:30)
Thursday, September 27th - Newtown Open House (5:30 - 7:00)
Tuesday, October 8th - Columbus Day (No School for Students)
Wednesday, October 9th - Progress Reports Go Home
Thursday, October 11th - Newtown PTA Skate Night at Haygood (5:30 - 7:00)
Quarter 1 Literacy
Second Grade Objectives:
- Make and confirm predictions in fiction and nonfiction text.
- Make connections in fiction and nonfiction text.
- Use visualizing to strengthen comprehension of fiction stories.
- Summarize stories in the correct sequence.
- Use text features to preview nonfiction text and locate key facts or information.
- Identify the main idea of nonfiction text.
- Write in a variety of forms, including stories.
- Revise writing for clarity.
- Identify the main idea or theme and the major events and details that support the main idea or theme.
- Visualize, make connections, question and summarize in a variety of fictional texts.
- Build and use prior and background knowledge as a context for learning.
- Determine important information to support the main idea of a nonfiction text.
- Ask and answer questions about what is read while reading nonfiction texts.
- Write for a variety of purposes, including personal narratives.
Quarter 1 Math
Grade Two: Students will spend the first quarter exploring the Base-10 number system through identifying place and value, comparing numbers, rounding and skip counting. Determining even/odd numbers and ordinal position will be a focus as well. Students will expand addition and subtraction fluency to include sums within 20.
Grade Three: Students will begin the year exploring place and value, rounding, comparing and ordering numbers during the Numeration unit. During the Computation unit, focus will be on applying strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers and using understanding of skip counting to begin demonstrating fluency for 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s multiplication facts.
WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH NEWTOWN HAPPENINGS!
- Check our website weekly: https://newtownes.vbschools.com/
- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/newtownesvb
- Download the VBSCHOOLS app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
- Make sure the school has your updated phone number and email address in order to receive Alert Now communications
- Follow your child's progress on Parent Portal: https://www.vbschools.com/parents/parent_portal