Sunny Saturday Salutations

Hello Everybody,
 First, I want to say it’s been a pleasure teaching your student every day in school. I can definitely see learning happening and smiling behind our masks. Next, I want to tell you how much I appreciate you tuning in for our first Zoom Parent Night. Believe me, I would much rather bring us all together for many reasons but this is the way it has to be for now. Last, if you ever have any questions about curriculum, upcoming events, or clarification regarding school work,please do not hesitate to ask me. I want to make sure you and your student have a wonderful time in 2nd grade. 

Even though we went through the blue packet covering all topics, I want to let you know that we are making sure everybody is safe in both classrooms. Yesterday, we had our first fire drill along with a tornado drill and stranger safety drill. These drills are practiced every month and in every grade. I want your student to know that he or she is safe whenever we are together. Also, I want you to know that when your student enters either classroom, he or she is greeted by a teacher and a squirt of hand-sanitizer. Throughout the day, we are washing our hands, cleaning our desks, doorknobs, and all flat surfaces. We are wearing masks all the time but some students are chewing on their own. Please make sure you are washing your student’s mask and the back-up that your student gets from a teacher on a regular basis. If you come across any children’s masks that would work for our students, I would greatly appreciate any donation you can contribute to our collection. Thank you. 

When I am teaching, I wear a clear shield because I want my student to see my lips especially when we are learning the phonetics of our alphabet. When your student is talking, reading, or repeating a letter, your student will pull down their mask briefly, so I can see the tongue and lips moving properly for each sound. Not only are we working on the phonetics of a letter, we are now reviewing how the letters in the alphabet are formed. Because it’s been awhile since we learned how to print letters, we will practice each letter every day until we complete all 26 letters. Hopefully, this daily practice will encourage better handwriting and proper letter formation which will eventually lead to the start of cursive in 2021.  

This past week, we had new students join both 2nd grade classes and we will have more in the near future. We are so excited to welcome Charley, Cole, and Levi to Wood Acres, 2nd grade, and we look forward to getting to know you better. Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we tackle the drop-off and pick up times during car-line. I know with time, these issues will ease up and work out just fine. 
Take care and I hope you enjoy the last weekend of August.

Your 2nd grade teacher,
Cheryl Leagan
The Wood Acres School