Mrs. Simonton

2nd Grade
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I grew up in nearby Farmingdale, Maine.  In 1985 I graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  During the next few years I became certified as a Special Education Teacher.  I have been teaching at Gilbert Elementary since 2001.  Gilbert is a very special place and I am proud to be part of it.
 
Contact me at 626-2491 or bsimonton@augustaschools.org 

Mrs. Simonton – Grade 2 – Specials – 1:55-2:35

Monday – Computers

Tuesday – Music

Wednesday – Art

Thursday – Library (Bring your books back in order to take out new books.)

Friday – Gym (Wear your sneakers.)


Welcome to Mrs. Simonton’s 2nd Grade!

          Second grade was my absolute favorite grade when I think back to my childhood.  I am very excited that I will be teaching your second grader this year.

          To help your child feel prepared and organized, please send them to school each day with a bag or backpack, their take home folder, which I will provide, and a snack.  We have a long morning and children this age tend to be hungry during the morning hours.  They may also bring a clean bottle of water each day. 

          This year we are fortunate to have a cooling pump / air conditioner in our classroom. Your child will be more comfortable dressing in layers by wearing a short-sleeved shirt and bringing a sweatshirt or sweater if it should get chilly. Wearing sneakers each day is a great idea.  That way your child will always be prepared for Gym class and will be able to play more safely out at recess.

          Reading 20 minutes a night is highly recommended. This could take the form of children reading to him or herself, reading to someone, or listening to a family member read.  It can be a wonderful way to end the day.

          Classroom rules include:

1.    Follow directions quickly.

2.    Use quiet voices.

3.    Walk from place to place.

4.    Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

5.    Make safe, respectful, and responsible choices.

I will be implementing a colored clip chart to track student behavior.  Each day students will start off fresh.  Following the rules and demonstrating positive behaviors will allow them to move up the chart.  Those who choose to make poor choices will move down the chart.  If students move down the chart, they will have many chances to move back up again.

The colors and descriptors are as follows: 

Pink (Outstanding)

Purple (Role Model)

Blue (Great Choices)

Green (Ready to learn.)  Children start here each day.

Yellow (Warning)

Orange (Teacher Consequence)  This could take the place of a loss of privilege, loss of part of recess, or in class time out.

Red (Parent Contact)  A note sent home or phone call will be made. 

*In the event of an extreme behavior incident the office will be called and the parent contacted. The colored chart may or may not be used in this instance. 

The children will be keeping track of their behavior at school.  They will not be taking their color home each day.  Please understand that if behaviors become a problematic issue, parents will be contacted.  I do not tend to clip students down unless certain behaviors become repetitive. 

I firmly believe in using a positive approach with the children and praising their good behavior on a frequent basis.  This may not always show up on the colored clip chart.  

Any time you would like to speak to me about anything please call, e mail, or send a note.  I will get back to you as soon as I can.                                             


Homework

          Spending time reading is the best way to become a better reader!  We ask that your child spend time reading every night.  This could include your child being read to.  Practicing addition and subtraction facts is also something you can do with your child at home.  In 2nd grade we practice addition facts that equal up to 20 and subtraction facts from 20.  We hope students can memorize them by the end of the year.  If you need flash cards please let us know.

          We will be sending information home on accessing IXL, a great website to practice second grade math skills.  There are many other educational links such as abcya.com, starfall.com, and National Geographic Kids.  Other ideas for math practice at home is counting real coins, and telling time.  We will be sending the homework sheet that goes with the lessons taught in math.  This is so that you can see what we are working on and is optional for home use.

          We look forward to a wonderful year!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Mrs. Simonton and Ms. Esancy
2nd Grade Team