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Welcome to Second Grade!!
Dear Parents and Students,
     Welcome to Second Grade!  I am excited about the year ahead and look forward to getting to know each one of you.  Through communication and cooperation we can together offer your child an educational program that will fit his/her needs.  Please feel free to contact me through the school office to schedule a conference or express a concern at any time during the school year.  You can also reach me through my email,
holtzclawkb@spart6.orgThis is the fastest way during the day.
    
Let me take this opportunity to tell you about myself.  I was born and raised in Spartanburg and attended District 6 schools.  This will be my 12th year teaching and my fifth year at West View.  I have been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband, Chris.  We have two beautiful daughters, Natalie (8) and Ava (3). 
    
To promote communication with you at home, I will send home your child’s blue progress report folder with a report each week.  On this report you will be asked to comment, sign, and return the folder the next day.  A weekly newsletter will also be sent home each Friday.  You can also visit our class website linked to our West View website to find the weekly newsletter.   
 
We will be using binders this year and you can find the newsletter each week in the labeled sheet protector located in their binder.  The binder will also keep some other important items such as their planner, reading log, spelling menu, and their AR goals.  They will be responsible for writing their homework daily in their planner.  We will work on this quite a bit at the beginning of this year. 
 
The spelling menu will be for spelling homework.  Your child must choose from the spelling menu to complete a different homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night, only on their missed words.  Those missed words should be highlighted on the weekly newsletter.  Please have them return this homework the next school day.  Thursday night they will just review the words they missed on Monday for the posttest on Friday.  Also, please remember to keep the newsletter in their binder.  They will need it on Mondays to highlight their missed words.
 
I have included a reading log for students to record books from home.  Our Accelerated Reader program (reading comprehension program) allows students to take quizzes on their library books as well as books from home.  Please note, not all books from home or the public library will be AR books.  Your child may check the book title at school to see.  AR is not currently accessible from home.  Please refer to your child’s orange AR sheet in their binder at the end of each 9 weeks to see if they have met their AR goal.  Once their log is full I will give them a new one.
The Accelerated Reader program encourages comprehension of texts.  The students take a short quiz that is computer based after they have read a book and feel they are ready for a quiz.  They will receive points for each quiz they take and it goes toward their AR goal.  The AR goals will be written each nine weeks for you to view in that section of the binder.  If your child meets their goal 3 out of 4 nine weeks, they will be able to participate in Splash Bash at the end of the school year.  This sheet should stay in your child’s binder all year.  
    
The behavioral expectations in my class are based on positive reinforcement.  Each day all students start on green, “Ready to Learn”.  There are certain times throughout the day where the students know that I am looking for someone to move their clip up the chart.  For instance, every morning we listen to the morning announcements.  When it is finished, I choose 2 students that listened quietly to move their clip up.  If students move their clip down to yellow, they have 5 minutes of “slow down” time where they need to sit quietly at their desk.  If they are on orange, “Teacher's Choice”, then they have 5 minutes of “slow down” time and I choose a consequence for them. This may be different for each student.  If the student gets their clip moved to red, “Parent Contact”, then you will be notified via phone, email or planner.  Most likely it will be a phone call from either me or a principal if the offense is severe enough.  Please review the class rules and expectations that will be posted in our classroom.
 
 
Classroom Expectations
  1. Listen when others are talking
  2. Follow directions
  3. Keep hands, feet, and object to yourself
  4. Work quietly and do not disturb others
  5. Show respect for school and personal property
  6. Work and play in a safe manner
 
We are going to have a great year!  Thank you for sharing your child with me!!
Sincerely,
Kellen Holtzclaw
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  Website updated on: Friday, November 17, 2017  
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