Palos East Elementary SChool

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Here are the answers to all the little questions about our classroom procedures. 


1.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.               

2.  Show respect.                                                               

3.  Be responsible.                                                             

4.  Be honest

Our class has brainstormed many examples of these rules.  We discussed what a student following each of the above rules should look like, sound like, and act like. Your child should be able to give examples for each rule.  Students exhibiting these character traits throughout the building will be given character coupons entering them in drawings for school rewards.  
We will also use a stoplight system in our classroom for behavior management. 

At the beginning of the week, all children start on a “Green Light”.  If they choose to follow our class rules, they will earn a “Green Light” ticket on Friday.  Tickets will be entered into drawings to  earn weekly rewards.  Please acknowledge your child’s excellent behavior.

If, however, your child chooses not follow the class rules on a given day, certain consequences will result.  After a warning, your child will lose one recess.  S/he will move his/her marker from the “Green Light” to the “Yellow Light”.  During recess, he/she will fill out a YELLOW LIGHT TICKET.  Please discuss the problem/behavior on the ticket with your child at home.  This ticket needs to be signed and returned the next day.  Your child will not receive a green light ticket for the week.

If the inappropriate behavior continues, the child will receive a “Red Light Alarm Ticket.”  This means s/he will miss an additional recess.  You may expect a phone call from your child and me to personally explain the problem.  You will receive a RED LIGHT TICKET as a follow up.  It will need to be signed and returned the following school day.  


Homework is an extension of the learning experiences children have during their instructional day.  Your child is responsible for keeping track of his/her homework in an assignment notebook daily.

Our school expectation for 2nd grade is approximately 30 minutes a night.  It will be assigned on a daily basis in Reading (minimum of 15 minutes of self-selected reading to be recorded on a reading log calendar; see below for more explanation), Spelling (weekly lists and practice packets), and Math (practice facts as needed).  Students will also have additional assignments corresponding to the Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies curriculum occasionally.        

Please check your child’s assignment notebook and boomerang folder to make sure your child completes the work and returns it the following day unless an alternate due date is specified.                                                       

An assignment alert will be sent home as a reminder if work is not complete.  This form needs to be signed and returned the following day with the finished assignment.  If for some reason your child cannot complete an assignment (i.e. illness, family reason), simply write me a note.

Boomerang Folders
 In your child’s backpack, you will find a BOOMERANG FOLDER. Please look through and empty it daily! This folder will contain important information, such as handouts, notes, completed work, and homework.

Make-Up Work Practices at Palos East:

Due to ILLNESS:  Parents of students who are absent from school due to illness may request make-up work prior to 10:00 a.m. by calling the absence/homework hotline at:  708-448-1084 and pressing "1".  In the event that a child is ill for 3 days or longer, it is strongly recommended that parents call the absence/homework hot line and make a request for make-up work.  The homework may be picked up between dismissal and 4:00 p.m. in the school office.

Due to VACATION:  Academic success is dependent upon regular student attendance.  Parents are encouraged to plan family vacations when school is not in session.  It is impossible to replicate the classroom experience by virtue of make-up class work.  Class discussions and conceptual development cannot be made up through missed assignments.  Should it be impossible to schedule vacation without impacting the school schedule, the teacher will provide make-up work upon the student's returning to class.  Students will be given the same number of days to complete make-up work as the number of days out of school for vacation.

Reading Logs

Unless otherwise noted, EACH NIGHT, your child is required and expected to 
1) Read for (at least) 15 minutes a night, (at least) 5 days a week. (at least 75 min. a week)
2) Record the minutes read on the monthly Reading log calendar.  
3) Return the reading calendar by the due date specified with a parent signature
and the number of minutes totaled.

The PFA supports our reading program by rewarding the children for their reading achievements.

Transportation  If your child will not be taking his/her assigned bus route home from school, please send a note with your child or call the office to inform us of your plans.  During the school year, if your child does not have a note stating a change in his/her normal route home, s/he will go on his/her assigned bus.  

Book Clubs   Each month I will send home a packet of book order forms from Scholastic.  If you would like to place an order for your child, I ask that you either order online or return the forms along with a check by the date specified on the cover letter.   

Recess   Your child will be going outside (weather permitting) each day. PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY!!! 

Water Bottles  Feel free to send a water bottle to school with your child each day. We will keep them in our cubbies to drink throughout the day, especially in the warm weather.  

Just a reminder that according to board policy, Edible birthday treats will NOT be permitted at school.  Non-edible birthday treats are also prohibited.