• Dear Parents,

    We have had a great month and a half of learning in our classroom.  We have learned about rocks, learned about government, learned about folktales and fables, and even learned about arrays in math.  I have had as much fun teaching your children as they have had learning.  This is one of the BEST groups of students I have ever had in my entire career!

    The one problem that we are still having is bathroom breaks.  I am trying to train my students to use the bathroom during our recesses which are before the 9:30 school bell, 11:15-11:30 morning recess, 12:30-1:15 lunch recess, and 2:30-2:45 afternoon recess.  The problem is that when 1 child needs to go to the restroom, the rest of the class decides that they need to go too.  It is very difficult to teach when half the class is out of the room.  I realize that there are emergencies and I will certainly let any student use the restroom when it is an emergency.  Please talk with your child and let them know that this is an important topic.

    Besides the supplies list that was sent home with your child, I am asking for a $25.00 check payable to Brown Elementary School.  This $25.00 goes to pay for the subscription to Scholastic News, seasonal art projects, photo printing, and additional classroom supplies.  If any of the requests for supplies creates a financial hardship, please let me know.

    I have received the Scholastic News and Science Spin magazine access codes so that my students and their families may enjoy the digital versions at home.  The links are accessible via Clever which can be accessed through your child's Clever QR Code and the password is located below the link.  Please DO NOT view editions which we haven't done in class.

    Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday, and normally, there will be no homework given over the weekends. Please read nightly with your child for at least 20 minutes and fill out the reading log.

    I will maintain a classroom webpage ( throughout the year, which will include the homework for the coming week, the classroom newsletter, photos of classroom events, links to Infinite Campus, links to Accelerated Reader, Dreambox Math, and links to educational online games. Make sure you check the website each week for information on our classroom.

    We have been getting to know each other and making new friends. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast before school each morning. Each day, please send your child with a water bottle, a healthy snack, and a backpack. Be sure to put your child’s name on his/her backpack and lunch box. Please try to be on time each morning as we have specials starting at 9:30 and 10:00 am.

    My goal is to help each child reach his/her potential in a classroom that works as a team together as a productive part of our school community. Your child will have a successful year in 2nd grade working together in our cooperative environment.

    Thank you for your support!

    Ron Zoratti