Welcome to Second Grade!





2016 - 2017

Teacher:  Mrs. Cindy Gallagher

      Room 513

Email Address:


School Telephone Number 609-660-7500, Ext.2047

Robert L. Horbelt Elementary School

SPECIAL Schedule


MONDAY- Art-Mrs. Tynan

Tuesday-Library/Informational Technology-Miss Brown

WEDNESDAY –Gym/Wellness (Wear Sneakers)-Mr. Villiez

THURSDAY –Music-Miss Sawall 

FRIDAY-  Computers-Mrs. Harris


Daily Routine:

8:20-8:30 Homeroom

8:32-10:32 ELA

10:32-10:47 Community Circle

10:50-11:35 Lunch/Recess

11:40-12:40 Math

12:40-1:23 Special

1:25-2:10 Science/Social Studies

2:15-2:55 OSS

3:00 Dismissal





Classroom Rules:

·                    Be prepared to work.

·                    Follow directions.

·                    Be a good listener.

·                    Treat others with respect.

·                    Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

·                    Always do your best.

·                    Raise my hand when I wish to speak.



Please note:  I will go over our classroom discipline plan at Back To School Night.











Student Responsibilities:

*Come to school with a smile and ready to learn!

*Keep your desk neat and organized.

*Follow school/classroom rules.

*Take notes/papers home and bring back to teacher if necessary.

*Tell your family about your day at school.

*Return the following items to school the next day:

***homework/assignment log (calendar)

**spelling homework composition book

        ***reading book

        ***math homework and any other assignments

        ***Library books (Library is on Tuesday.)

        ***Weekly “golden” envelopes – to be returned on Wednesday (this will begin the 1st full week of school)







Parent Responsibilities:

1.            Check to see that your child has completed their homework assignments each night. (this is in the Horbelt Folder)

2.           On Tuesday – look over the papers in the “golden” envelope.  The papers are to be kept at home unless otherwise noted.  Please sign the folder and return on Wednesday.   Also return any work that has been completed.

3.           If your child needs to leave early for an appointment, send a written note to school with an explanation of the time and reason.

4.           If your child’s mode of transportation is being changed from the norm, you must send a written note to school that day.












Homework Policy/Grading

·        Students will use homework folder daily.

·        Math homework is copied down on homework log. (calendar, Horbelt folder)

·        Students use composition book for ELA homework

·        Daily/Weekly ELA Homework

·        Daily/Weekly Math Homework

·        Homework counts toward student’s grades

Letter Grades for ELA/Math/Science/Soc.St.          Special Grades

A      100-93                                             O- Outstanding

B      92-85                                               S – Satisfactory

C      84-75                                               N – Needs Improvement

D      74-70                                               + outstanding

F    Below 70                                               -  needs improvement









Curriculum Information:

ELA – English Language Arts

·        Reading series - StoryTown, by Harcourt. ELA will be based upon the balanced literacy model.

·                    Balanced Literacy includes:

Read Aloud

Shared Reading

Guided Reading

Independent Reading

Word Study

Modeled/Shared Writing

Interactive Writing

Independent Writing

Social Studies/Science:

·        These subjects are taught in themes throughout the year by using hands on experiments and activity based materials.  Content reading, thinking and research skills are taught and literature is often used to enhance the study of certain units.

·        Social Studies units include:  Governing The People, The World Around Us, Using Our Resources, People Long Ago, A World of Many People and People In The Marketplace.

·        Science has three units of study:  Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science. 





·        Go Math Program which is a hands-on approach to teaching math aligned to the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

·        The students will do hands on activities, games, and assignments in their math journals with a computer component. Weekly tests will be given for math facts.

·        The children will learn strategies for solving math story problems.

·        Your child will come home with math homework Monday-Thursday.

Other Information


        Homework assignments will be given Monday-Thursday.  Your child’s homework will include ELA and Math. As mentioned earlier, ELA homework will be included in a packet for each week.  Please look for this packet to come home on Monday.  Math homework or other homework assignments will be written on the “calendar” in the homework folder. Other assignments that will be sent home are a review of materials taught in class and should not take long to complete.  Turning in homework assignments and notes will be part of your child’s responsibility grade on their report card.

Student Absences:

        When a student is absent, their homework and assignments will go home with them on the day that they return back to school.  Please note that when your child is absent there will be many hands on activities and projects that they will miss and may not be able to make up.

Vacation Policy:

        If your child will miss school due to vacation, I will send home a travel activity log/journal.  Your child may write about their trip and share it with the class when they return.  The assignments and tests they will need to be made up when they return from vacation.


Medications must be kept in the nurse’s office.  The required paperwork must be completed and on file in order to receive any medication at school.

Lunch/Lunch Money -

        Please make sure to pack lunch for your child.  Lunch may also be purchased in the cafeteria.  Please refer to the monthly lunch menu. 


All money or checks payable to the cafeteria for the purchase of lunch/snacks/etc., Payment for lunch MUST be placed in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, Mrs. Gallagher's Class,2nd grade.  The sealed envelope will be forwarded to the cafeteria in the morning with our daily lunch count.  The students will no longer be able to use a wallet of coin purse for their lunch money.  Please make sure you have a supply of envelopes at home to utilize for lunch money purposes.  Thank you.




        The children may celebrate their Birthday in our classroom with a treat provided by the parents.  Please keep the Birthday treat simple.  Please provide napkins as well.  All Birthday snacks should be sent to school with your child in the a.m. or no later than 12:00 p.m.  NOTE:  Our school is a “nut” free environment, please be careful with the ingredients of the snack.

We currently have 20 students in our class.

     I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with your child.


                                                Mrs. Cindy Gallagher

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