• Welcome to a new school year!  I am excited to partner with you as we celebrate your child’s growth throughout the year. Let's talk about some important things to know as we get things started. 

    Curriculum & Learning

    Second grade is an exciting time to watch students become powerful and independent learners. I believe in project-based and integrated learning, which means we will work on our reading, writing, and math skills through science and social studies projects. This year, we will explore states and properties of matter; forces and motion; the economy, history, and cultures of Ketchikan; maps, atlases, and globes; democracy and the presidency; life cycles of plants, animals, and insects; and Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Elizabeth Peratrovich.

    Our math curriculum is available online. You can access the site via PowerSchool (https://school.kgbsd.org/public/), using your child’s student ID number and the password phe. There, you will find lots of opportunities for extra practice through worksheets and games. 

    Daily Schedule

    The school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:15pm Monday-Thursday, and ends at 2:15pm on Friday. If your child will be late or needs to be picked up early, please call the front office at 247-1500 and let us know.

    Communication

    You can reach me in all sorts of ways! Email (katie.sivertsen@k21schools.org) or Class Dojo are the easiest and quickest ways for me to read/send a quick note, or you can call the office at 247-1500. Expect a weekly newsletter, which will give you a preview of what we’re learning, what’s going on, and what to expect each week. Please never hesitate to reach out if you have a question, concern, or if we need to discuss something.

    Home-School Folders

    These folders are essential to help your child build their organization skills, as well as to allow papers to successfully travel back and forth between home and school. This routine often takes a few weeks to build; thank you for supporting your child with reminders to check their homework folder each night and return in to school.

    Homework

    Based on students’ developmental level at this age, I do not assign nightly homework. If you (or your kiddo) are interested in extra practice, get in touch and we can make it happen. We may do a few projects throughout the year where a little bit of work outside of school is required, but I promise to make it relatively easy and painless for all! Although there is no requirement for homework in our classroom, I genuinely hope all students find love for and joy in reading, and that reading time becomes a regular activity that family members choose to invest in. I recommend reading together for about 20 minutes each night.

    COVID Mitigation (as of 8/24/21)

    If you haven’t yet had a chance to orient yourself to the District’s Start Strong plan, please take a look at kgbsd.org. Key information for our day to day lives are below.  

    • At Low risk, masks are not required anywhere in the building.
    • At Moderate risk, masks are required in the hallways.
    • At Substantial/High risk level, masks are required in the classroom.
    • Finally, at Low, Moderate, and Substantial risk levels, visitors are welcome, yay! However, all visitors must be prearranged and approved. Let me know if you’d like to come in and we can work together to make it happen.

    Birthdays & Celebrations

    We love to party down in second grade! Please note that any treats must be individually wrapped/store bought. All of our celebrations will take place at the end of the school day, around 2:45pm. Give me a heads up if treats are coming in, so we can be sure to seriously celebrate.

    Snack

    A morning snack is essential for your child to successfully engage and learn. Please send your child to school with a healthy, brain boosting snack. Juice, soda, and candy are a no go. Snack donations are always appreciated!

    Classroom Management

    I view classroom management and interpersonal conflicts as a teaching/learning opportunity, and approach any challenges with following directions or meeting the above expectations as a chance to reteach procedures and routines and support students in learning how to safely and successfully navigate the day.

    To help kids meet my high expectations and maintain safety, we will use the following management plan:

    1. Verbal reminder of specific expectations and directions.
    2. Private conversation, working with the student to develop a solution to the problem or directly teaching the expected behavior.
    3. Brief removal from activity, followed up with another teaching/learning conversation.
    4. Buddy room, or visit to another teacher’s classroom to complete a written/drawn plan for successful participation. If this occurs, expect me to let you know!  

    I know that we will have a magical, fun, and exciting second grade year! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

    Miss Katie