What time does school start?
School begins at 8:30 a.m. Per administration, children will be considered tardy if they arrive after this time. When this happens, you will need to sign them in at the office and order lunch / submit alternate dismissal plans (if applicable).
How can I reach my child's teacher?
The easiest way to communicate with teachers is through notes in your childrens' Home/School folders. While each teacher may have preferred channels of communication, all teachers are expected to check both email and voicemail daily and return calls within 24 hours. You may get to teachers' voicemail boxes by calling (203) 291-1414 and then following the directory prompts. Please do not leave after-school plans/changes on teachers' voicemails as a teacher may check early in the day and then not again until the end of the day For emergencies, please call the main office: (203)291-1444.
What do I do if my child is going to be absent?
You must call the school at 291-1445 to report your child's absence from school. If your son or daughter is marked absent and the office staff has not heard from you, you will receive an automated call asking you to call the main office to confirm your child's absence.
What if my child is not riding the bus home?
If your child will not be riding his/her regular bus home, you need to send two notes indicating alternate plans. Note pads designed by the PTO with the required information may be purchased in the main office. All notes must include: child's name, the date, the location he/she will be going to and the means of transportation (bus, pick-up, activity, etc.) and be given to the classroom teache at the start of the day. Please note, playdates must be planned at home before the start of school. Blanket notes will not be accepted. All pick-ups will be from the South House cafeteria at 3:15. If you need to pick up your child early, please do so before 2:50 p.m. and indicate the time on your note. Your child will be sent to the office to meet you at that time.
My child left home without the dismissal notes. What should I do?
Please drop the note off or fax it to the Main Office by 10:30 a.m. (291-1452).
Do the children have a snack in second grade?
All second graders have a snack each morning. Remember to send in a healthy snack and drink each day. Due to allergies, children are not allowed to share food. Additionally, check with your child's teacher about allergies in the classroom.
When are lunch and recess?
All second grade students have lunch at 12:00-12:30, and recess at either 11:30-12:00 or 12:00-12:30. Students may bring a bag lunch or buy lunch from the cafeteria. There are three daily options. The children will choose their lunch option each morning, in their classrooms, so please make sure that your child knows what he/she plans to eat. Students can also buy milk. Questions about prices, lunch cards, menus, accounts, etc., should be addressed to the cafeteria staff.
How do I add extra money to my child's lunch account?
You may send in money or a check made payable to "Hurlbutt Lunch Program." Please be sure to enclose the money in a envelope labeled with your child's name, grade, teacher and cafeteria in which he/she eats. Please refer to the district website for information on Cafe Prepay.
May I bring in something to celebrate my child's birthday?
Please contact your child's teacher, directly, to discuss birthday routines. Each teacher and class follow their own procedures. However, please keep in mind that all second grade classrooms are committed to the CT Health and Wellness Policy and ask that any treats be healthy snacks, i.e., fruit, muffins, yogurt, etc. Individual teachers will be able to address allergy or dietary restrictions. Second graders do not pass out treats to other teachers or administrators.
Can I volunteer to help out in the classroom?
While each teacher organizes his/her own parent volunteer schedule differently, one opportunity to donate your time in any class is during LRC time. Parents are encouraged to be involved in Hurlbutt's PTO, (Parent Teacher Organization). Each class will need parents to serve as chaperones on field trips. You can sign up at Back-To-School night.
What about homework?
The Board of Education policy for second grade is 20 minutes of homework and 20 minutes of reading.
Math: All classes will regularly have math homework, called HomeLinks, from our Everyday Mathematics program. Before each unit, a Family Letter is sent home. This letter reviews the concepts that will be taught, along with an answer key for that unit's HomeLinks. Additionally, each HomeLink includes a family note about the concept. HomeLinks are designed to reinforce the math lesson form that day, along with assistance from parents, if needed.
Reading: Children can read independently, to or with a sibling or parent, or a parent reading-aloud to him or her. This will give you an opportunity to hear how well your child is reading, build comprehension and help your child learn new words. You will also be able to see him or her applying the reading strategies addressed in school.
Can I send medicine to school with my child?
All prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines (including cough drops, sunscreen, etc.) must go to the Nurse's Office for distribution. Please see the nurse regarding the necessary permission form.
Can my child bring in our pet?
Unfortunately, we are unable to have pets come into school for a visit.