Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Letter

August 2014
Dear Families,
I hope you are having a terrific summer! I can’t believe that it is time for me to send you this letter – time does fly when you are having fun! I am looking forward to meeting your child on September 2nd, but I thought you might want some information before the start of school. I hope you find this letter helpful as he or she prepares for 2nd grade! 
On your child’s first day back to school please be sure that he or she brings the following:
**Classroom materials (pencils, crayons, glue, etc.) are provided by the school.  You do not need to purchase any supplies!**

A book bag or backpack: Please be sure that it zippers and straps are in good working order. Backpacks offer a wonderful support system for children learning to become independent and responsible for his or her schoolwork and belongings. Please be sure to put your child’s name, school and room number inside the bag in case it is ever left on the school bus.
Water Bottle: It is recommended that your child bring a filled water bottle each day. He or she can sip on the water throughout the day as needed and bring it to P.E. as well.
A healthy snack: Juice, water, fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers, etc. are fine snacks that will help boost your child’s energy throughout the day to keep them engaged in learning. Please do not send any soda or candy as a snack.
Lunch/lunch money: If your child brings lunch, please be sure that his or her lunch box or bag is clearly labeled with his or her name and room number. Burlington Public Schools has a “cashless” system for lunch. If your child is going to be purchasing lunch from the cafeteria, please make sure their account is up to date at
Sneakers: Required for P.E.
What not to bring to school:
Toys, stuffed animals, trinkets, iPods, cell phones, hand-held electronic games.
Please be sure to label anything and everything with your child’s name, school name and room number (i.e., Name, Memorial, Room 214) including caps, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, personal belongings, etc. 

Our classroom blog gives you an opportunity to stay informed with regard to classroom curricula, activities, upcoming events. By having this information, you can help your child recall some of the concepts he or she learned during the week. I also try to keep a “Reminders” section for important dates. A blog permission slip will be sent home during the first week of school that will allow me to post any videos or pictures that are taken during our lessons and activities throughout the year. In the meantime, check out what our blog has to offer at:

I have enclosed a questionnaire to be returned with your child on the first day of school.  Please fill out this informational questionnaire with your child, include your email address(es) and contact information.
Finally, if your child has a unique family circumstance, allergy, learning or emotional need, please send me an email before the start of school at  I hope I answered some of your questions about the first few days of school. I look forward to a fun and rewarding year ahead!
Jacki McLaughlin