Welcome to Mr. Simpson’s
Second Grade Home Page
(Purple House, Room 970)
“Home of the Warriors”
Wards Creek Elementary… a school Where Children Excel by developing a
strong character and a passion for lifelong learning
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Wards Creek Elementary. I am so glad that I will be teaching your child this year! I look forward to working together with you to make this a successful and enjoyable learning experience for your son or daughter. I am sure you realize that during this important time in your child’s life there will be many mental, social, and physical changes occurring. I promise you that I will do all that I can to help promote these exciting developments and ensure that your child’s second grade experience is meaningful, memorable, and fun!
Arrival and Dismissal Times
Our school day officially begins at 8:25 and ends at 2:50 (Wednesdays, 1:50). However, students are permitted on campus as early as 8:00. Please, do not drop off your child prior to this time because there is a possibility that he or she will be unsupervised while on school grounds. When students arrive between 8:00 and 8:25, they are expected to report directly to class (Purple House, Room 970). If students arrive after 8:25, they will be marked tardy. Therefore, if you are driving your child to school, please make sure that you take into consideration traffic habits and plan accordingly. Please let me know in writing or by email, on a daily basis, if there will be any change in how your child is getting home. (We are not permitted to rely on what a student tells us when it comes to daily transportation changes.)
Whenever visiting the school or going on a field trip, you are required to stop in at the office and obtain a visitor’s pass. (You must be an “approved volunteer” in the system to receive this pass.) In order to maintain school safety, it is necessary for us to know who is on our campus at all times.
During the morning hours is when we do our most important and most challenging work. Please ensure that your child receives a good, nutritious breakfast each and every morning. This is such a crucial component in the formula for overall student success. (Fast Fact: The human brain consumes more energy than any other organ in the entire body!)
School breakfast is $1.25 each day and lunch will cost $2.80 this year. Students may bring lunch money on a daily basis, pay for the week or for the month, or you can even pay online. If you do not wish for your child to use lunch money to buy “extras,” please send a note stating this so that the lunchroom staff is aware.
Homework Most of the required homework this year will involve nightly reading (for a minimum of 20 minutes) and studying spelling words, vocabulary words, and math facts (addition and subtraction). However, written homework, especially in math, will also be assigned, as well as the occasional project.
Weekly Class Work
Class work will be sent home daily in the “back and forth” folder. Please review everything that comes home nightly with your child to reinforce concepts that are being taught in class. Tests will be sent home on Tuesdays in your child’s “test jacket.” (This is a plastic sleeve that I will supply.) Please make sure that you review your child’s work, discuss it with him or her, sign/initial each assessment, and return all tests in the jacket on Wednesdays. (Students who consistently fail to return tests will no longer have them sent home. In such cases, the parents will need to schedule a conference in order to view his or her child’s weekly assessments.)
Student behavior will be monitored daily on a chart that includes the following areas:
PURPLE – I have helped another to find his/her voice (student has guided a peer in becoming a leader).
BLUE – I have found my voice (student has demonstrated an exceptional leadership quality).
GREEN – I am a leader (student has maintained expected leadership characteristics).
YELLOW – I need to reflect on a leadership habit (student has not supported a certain leadership trait).
RED – I need to focus on my leadership skills (student needs to work on improving leadership habits).
Please initial your child’s green stamp on his or her Torch Card nightly. The Torch Card must be initialed for your child to be eligible to receive a stamp/point the following school day. If your child does not receive a stamp on a given day, a brief explanation will be provided in his or her planner that day.
Please thoroughly read all of the documents and pamphlets that were given out during orientation. I would greatly appreciate it if you would return all of the signed paperwork (if you haven’t done so already) as soon as possible. Once again, I look forward to teaching your child and working with you to make this school year a fun and successful one. If you have any questions that were not answered in this welcome letter, please send a note in your child’s folder or simply email me at [email protected]. Let’s have a great year!