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Back to School 2013

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Laura Armstrong

on 4 September 2018

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Transcript of Back to School 2013

Valley Center Primary School
Mrs. Armstrong
2nd Grade
2013 - 2014

Meet Mrs. Armstrong

Lives in Valley Center
Married - 3 Sons
Loves teaching!
Not related to the "Valley Center Armstrong Clan"
Daily Schedule

Teaching credential from CSUSM
M.S. in Educational Technology from CSUF (Dec. 2013)
3rd year teaching 2nd grade (Lilac & Primary)
3rd, 4th, 5th: (Lilac), 6th:VCMS, 4th: Pauma,
K - 8: Palomar Mountain School
8:20 Opening/Attendance
8:30 Daily 5 Literacy Block
10:15 Recess
10:30 Math
12:05 Lunch
12:45 Read Aloud
1:00 Writing
1:30 Science/Social Studies/P.E/Art
1:50 Pack Up/Clean up/Review
2:00 Dismissal
2nd Grade Big Ideas
Simple machines (levers, gears, pulleys, ramps)
Life cycles of plants and animals
Rocks and minerals
Social Studies:
Family heritage/life long ago
Map skills
Heroes/Making a difference

Weekly Homework Packets
Packets sent home every Monday to be returned on Friday
Fun Friday
Read 20 minutes/day
Spelling, Math, Language Arts
I will NEVER send work home that has not been taught and practiced in class!
If at any time, homework is too difficult, taking too long, or the level of frustration is high, please email, call or send a note.
Grading Policy
Report cards are based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and indicate the level of mastery in each strand.
Progress reports and report cards are sent home each trimester.

Classroom Rules
Respect school, personal property & others
Keep hands, feet & objects to yourself
Use kind words & actions towards others
Follow directions promptly the first time
Work Quietly - Do not disturb others who are working
Work and play safe
Praise from teacher, class & parents
Positive self esteem
Notes home
Friday "Star Ticket" drawing
Recess time out
Note or phone call home
Principal referral

Parent Communication

Weekly Newsletters
Haiku Page
Remind 101
email: armstrong.la@vcpusd.org
Calls before or after school
Parent Involvement
Room Mom/Dad
Classroom Volunteer
Class Donations
Hand Sanitizer
Disinfectant Wipes
Copy paper/cardstock
Items for prize box

We are a team. It takes both parents and teacher working together to have a successful student! I look forward to working with both you and your child this year.
Common Core State Standards

Language Arts & Literacy
New for 2013 - 2014
CCSS testing to begin in 3rd grade and beyond next year
Pay close attention to details; answer who, what, where, when, why & how questions
Determine the lesson/moral of stories & fables
Write an opinion about a book using details to support opinion
Write stories with a beginning, middle, & end
Take part in conversations linking their comments to others; ask appropriate questions to get information or deepen understanding
2nd Grade DRA
entering: 16 exiting: 28
Know all sums of one-digit numbers by memory
Solve addition/subtraction word problems
Quickly add with sums of 20 or less (11 + 8)
Quickly subtract from a number 20 or less (16 - 9)
Understand place value to three-digits
Add & subtract two & three-digit numbers (regroup)
Solve addition/subtraction word problems involving length
Build, draw, & analyze both 2 and 3 dimensional shapes
Critical Thinking
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