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 

 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.

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We will be using SEESAW for our online platform this year.  Please log in to this platform.  It is where your child will post their work and gain access to assignments.  To log in please go to app.seesaw.me and use your child's provided login information.  You can also download the app on your device.  A paper notice will be sent home with this information as well.  I have added a link to two youtube videos that can help as you get to know how Seesaw works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTEc57nhqnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbTu23MXb9E

 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 firmly believe in using a positive approach with the children and praising their good behavior on a frequent basis.  

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/Remote Independent Work

          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 me know.

          We will be sending information home on accessing MobyMax and IXL,  great websites 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 are counting real coins, and telling time.  

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

Mrs. Simonton 
2nd Grade Teacher
bsimonton@augustaschools.org
626-2491 Ext. 3611