Ms. Downs' Class


Welcome to Second Grade

      Hello, and welcome to Room 132!  My name is Mrs. Downs and I am very excited to be your child’s new teacher!  I hope that Second grade will be a fun and exciting time for your child during the 2018-2019 school year.

General Info.

We will be learning a lot throughout the year. Balanced Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies will be the primary subjects we will be focusing on daily. All Second grade classes will be participating in P.E., technology, music, art, and recess. Please be sure to dress your child with comfortable shoes appropriate for inside and outside play every day. The school uniform consists of polo style shirts in the colors of forest (dark) green, white or gold. Pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers are in khaki, black or navy. Additional information on school uniforms can be found on the McGarrah Elementary School Website.


Communication Folder will be one of the primary methods of communication.  Homework, newsletters, flyers, and forms that need to be signed will also be sent home in your child’s Communication Folders. You may also send any notes of concern back in the Communication Folder, which will be checked daily.  As you know, communication between us is imperative to your child’s success. It is extremely important to check, complete, and sign all necessary materials in your child’s Communication Folder and send it back to school every day. Other forms of communication will be conducted through Class Dojo, email and or phone calls.


Thank you for providing the supplies on the supply list for your child. These items will remain in the classroom for your child’s use throughout the year. You may be asked to replenish some items that run out as needed as the year progresses.


Homework will be sent home with your child daily. All homework assignments will be sent home in the Communication Folders and due Friday. Completing homework with your child is very important..


You are more than welcome to hand out cupcakes at lunch time (our lunch time this year will be 11:55 am to 12:23 pm ) to celebrate your child’s birthday.   


Please notify me in writing if you will ever need to change the way your child gets home for the day. In cases of an emergency, please contact the front office (770-968-2910) to change transportation.  Per the school office, electronic communications (such as e-mail or text messaging) are not acceptable official forms of communication to change transportation. If I do not receive changes in transportation through writing or from the front office by 1:45pm;  I will send your child home the original way.


      For those who are willing to volunteer in our classroom this year, please see our Front office for required forms . There is a short video (2 to 3 minutes) that must be watched prior to volunteering in the classroom..


You will be able to contact me through Class Dojo, email  and by phone (770)-968-2910. If communicating by phone; please leave a message and I will return to you as soon as possible. Allow up to 24 hours to respond to all questions and or concerns.

If your telephone number changes or becomes disconnected, please notify the school of your new telephone number so you can be reached in case of emergency.  

      I thank you in advance for your participation.  I am looking forward to a very successful school year with your support.   Let’s work together to make Second grade a great adventure for your child! Thank you.


                                                     Mrs. Downs

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