Getting Ready for Second Grade!

August 1, 2013

Dear Second Grade Families,

Hello from your Second Grade Team! We hope you are having a wonderful, fun, safe summer vacation! As the first day of school draws near, we are eager to meet and get to know all of you.

We have complied some materials that will help us kick off the 2013-2014 school year and will be mailing them to you shortly. Below is a general outline of what you can expect to receive.

The first item you will receive is a Second Grade supply list. We are asking that every student come prepared with these items during the first week of school. We also request that you do not send your child with additional supplies of a personal nature, such as pencil cases, special folders, or large boxes of crayons or markers. All supplies in our classrooms will be shared, and if students have particular items, all kinds of conflict can ensue. We have also included a Wish List of desired classroom supplies that we will use throughout the year. Hand sanitizer and facial tissue will be in particular demand, especially this fall! (*Please note: The Supply List is also online, in the previous post on this blog!)

We have also included in our mailing a Reading Log and Reading List. The list is not required reading, but intended to provide suggestions for grade-level appropriate books. On the Reading Log, you may record any books your child has read this summer, and any books you read specifically in preparation for the start of the year. By requiring the home Reading Log, we hope to encourage a love of reading at home-where the love of reading truly starts. The Log you receive in the mail will be due on the first day of school.

If you are familiar with Accelerated Reader and want to get a head start, you may definitely select A.R. books for your child. To determine if a book is an A.R. book, visit the ArBookFind site and search for titles. If there’s a quiz for your book, the book qualifies! As an added suggestion: If your child has a STAR test score from first grade, look for books that roughly match the ZPD on their last test. For example, if your child earned a ZPD score of 1.4-2.4 on their last STAR test of the 2012-2013 year, look on the ARBookFind site for books between those levels. Many first graders don’t have a STAR test score. If that is the case for your child-or you just want to find good books for them to read and aren’t worried about their ZPD score-look for first and second grade books on the ARBookFind site or at your local library!

In short, you will be receiving in the mail: A Second Grade supply list, a Reading Log (due on the first day of school!), and information to give you a head start on Accelerated Reader.

If you have questions after reviewing these materials, contact one of the Second Grade teachers. Remember that you may contact us through this blog, by leaving a message through the Carson Elementary voice mail system, or by our San Jose Unified School District email addresses.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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