Monday, August 29, 2016

Success! A Great First Day in Second Grade!

What a successful first day we’ve had! It was so exciting to meet my new students and watch them interact with each other. Our time together flew by, but the children had an opportunity to make new connections and reacquaint with old friends, learn several new routines that will occur daily throughout the year, and begin to build community through various activities. Hopefully your child ended the day with feelings of happiness, security, and excitement for the year.

The first day of school is always filled with anticipation and excitement and the first few weeks are for making connections and learning routines that help make the school year run smoothly. One of the routines I’d like to establish from the very first day of school is that of your child’s Take-Home Folder. This should travel to school each morning and home each afternoon (in the turquoise and yellow “briefcase”). Please check the folder daily for important notices from the office, letters from me, and assignments that your child will be expected to complete. It ultimately will be your child’s responsibility to pack and unpack the folder, however, he/she will probably need assistance to make this responsibility habit for a few weeks.

Your child will be using a daily planner this year in which he/she will be writing an entry each day. Please read your child’s entry with him/her each night and sign to indicate that you have done so before sending it back to school in the turquoise and yellow briefcase. Thank you!

Please remember that school begins at 8:30 and students may enter classrooms at 8:15. If your child arrives after 8:30, he/she will need to stop at the office to obtain a late pass. Also, please be sure that you communicate to me any changes in after-school transportation in writing. If changes occur to the regular dismissal schedule during the school day please call the Lower School Office (I may not be able to check my email or classroom phone messages before the end of the day). Thank you!

I look so forward to creating a partnership with you to help make this year a successful and happy one for your child. I welcome your calls and emails anytime. You can reach me by phone at 763-381-8316 and Also, check out our classroom blog at


Erin Merrill

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Welcome to Second Grade!

Today you are you, That is truer than true.

There is no one alive, 

That is Youer than YOU!

~Dr. Seuss

Second grade is a wonderful year when students will continue to build upon all the skills learned in first grade. Check the blog often for classroom updates, announcements, pictures, videos and much more!

I'm looking forward to teaming up with you for a productive school year, filled with friendship, laughter, growth and development for your child!