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Welcome Back to School!
Welcome to Second Grade!! My name is Miss Gerding and I am so excited to be your teacher this year. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to know each one of my students. I am looking forward to having a great year of learning together! Please check our class page daily for updates.
*Please send in a note with your child if there are any changes to dismissal.
*Please try to practice remembering Bus Numbers/Slot Numbers and Student ID numbers to help with logging into the chromebooks.
*Please join our Google Classroom (more information below). I will use this to post links and resources to assist student learning.
Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Students are permitted to bring items containing peanuts or nuts during lunch, but no snacks or food are allowed in the classroom. We are asking your assistance in providing all students with a safe and comfortable learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation. We also have allergies to gelatin, rye, pumpernickel, and pork in our class.
Please let me know as soon as possible if your child has any allergies to sanitizers.
Back to School Night
We will be having Back to School Night on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7pm. More details to follow.
Let's Stay in Touch!
Please join our class' Remind! I will be using it to provide daily updates, reminders, and announcements of important information. A paper with directions on how to join will be sent home the first week of school. It is free and easy to use! Once you join, be sure to still check our class page for additional information. Things are constantly changing so it is important we stay in communication with each other.
Joining Our Google Classroom
Students will get an invite to join our Google Classroom before the first day of school through their school email. Please see directions below on ways to accept the invitation. You can accept it through the email itself or in Google Classroom directly.
Accept the invite in your email
1. Login to your Jackson School District email account.
2. In the email invite, click Join.
Accept the invite in Classroom
1. Login to your Jackson School District email account. If you're already signed in and need to switch accounts, in the top-right corner, click your profile pictureselect or add your account.
2. Go to classroom.google.com.
3. On the class card (Miss Gerding's Class 2021-2021), click Join.
Special Area Schedule
Monday: Music with Mr. Morgan
Tuesday: Art with Ms. Langer
Wednesday: Media/Library with Ms. Brenner
Thursday: Computers with Mr. Autenrieth
Friday: Gym with Mr. Hamdi
*Face coverings are required for all students and staff at all times when in school.
*It is recommended to have at least one extra mask stored in a backpack in case one gets misplaced or dirty.
*We will take multiple mask breaks throughout our day!
*All you will need to bring on the first day of school is a backpack, assigned Chromebook, and your lunch and water bottle. Other basic school supplies will be provided so please do not stress about buying anything!
*I will be providing a Switlik Elementary School Take Home Folder for students on the first day. This folder is to come back and forth with them to school each day. Please use this folder to send in important notes and return schoolwork. Students are welcome to use a special folder of their choice as long as it is labeled with one side "Keep at Home" and the other side "Bring Back to School."
*Students will each have his/her own set of supplies (pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc.) and will not be sharing any items.
Note: Our classroom has air conditioning, but it can get pretty chilly after being in the room for some time. I recommend bringing in a sweatshirt each day to have just in case.
*Please label EVERYTHING coming into school.
*Students have the option to bring in a bagged lunch, or receive a free lunch (choice of hot or cold)- this is available to ALL students! Please be sure to label student lunches/lunch boxes.
*We are encouraging students to bring in a labeled water bottle each day. We will not have access to water fountains for safety reasons. Please no glass bottles!
Chromebooks have been provided to each student for use at home and in school for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year. Please remember to bring your chromebook to school each day and charge it every night so it is accessible for in person learning experiences.
Please review chromebooks protocol and expectations: Review Chromebook Expectations
If you are having technology issues please fill out this survey: Parent Tech Support Form
Birthdays may be celebrated during school hours in the APR (Cafeteria) during lunch. Outside/homemade treats MAY NOT be delivered to the school and there will be NO visitors this year in the building. Students may bring prepackaged store bought items in to celebrate, if they wish to do so. Please remember to have enough for all students in the class (23 students). We have allergies to peanuts, gelatin, rye, pumpernickel, and pork in our class.
Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading: comprehension, fluency, and decoding, and strategies for writing: elaboration, development, and punctuation. The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students. Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and writing and gives students chances to practice reading/writing strategies independently and with guidance through conferences. Reading for Stamina- school initiative which encourages students to read more and more each day to build their reading stamina by recording reading steps.
Second Grade will continue to use Fundations, a phonics and word-study program to help build phonemic awareness and provide the foundation for reading and spelling. It is a research-based, multisensory, and structured language program. It provides systematic and explicit instruction using materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:
Phonics/ word study
High frequency word study
EnVision Math 2.0
This is our math program which helps build students' fluency and automaticity with addition and subtraction in Grade 2. Students are taught a variety of strategies to encourage problem solving and computational skills. Other topics covered include working with equal groups- to introduce concepts like multiplying and dividing, time, money, data, graphing, shapes and their attributes, and measurement.
Here is a link to access online: https://www.pearsonrealize.com/index.html#/
Please use this custom domain to sign in to your IXL account
Please encourage your child to be a Bucket filler at home and at school! A bucket filler is kind, respectful, and caring! Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.
Donations to Our Classroom
Donations can be made anytime during the school year and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!
Ziploc Bags (large/small/snack)
Anything else you think we may need in our class!
Save the Date:
First Day of School: Thursday September 9th
First Day PTN Fundraisers at Mangia and Four Boys! Thursday September 9th
PTN Fundraisers- Click here to view flyer with more information
No School: Thursday September 16th
Back to School Night: Thursday September 30th at 7pm