Ms. Maniskas

Welcome

Welcome to 2nd grade!  My name is Ms. Maniskas.  (My students usually call me “Miss M.” because it’s easier)!  This is my fifth year as a 2nd grade teacher in the West Shore School District, but I have previously taught 6th grade, 3rd grade, and an Alternative Kindergarten class in another district.  In addition, I spent several years working with children who have Autism and other behavioral challenges.  I’m very excited to teach at Red Mill again this year!  I am a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School, as well as a current resident of the district.  My son, Zachary, is 6 years old.

Specials

Day 1 – Art
Day 2 – Music
Day 3 – Music
Day 4 – Phys. Ed. (Please wear sneakers)!
Day 5 – Library (Please bring your library books)!
Day 6 – No Special

Communication

I believe that good communication is very important, both with my students and with their parents.  Each student should bring a binder on the first day of school.  We will be putting an agenda, monthly lunch menu, a Specials schedule, and a take home folder in the binder.  (The take home folder will have one side for items that should stay at home and another side for items that need to be returned to school).  You can find the cycle day on the lunch calendar.  This way, students will have all of their important information in one place. For general questions or concerns, I find that corresponding in your child’s agenda book or through email works well.  If you would prefer, you may call me so that we can discuss issues over the phone.  I also use Remind.  You will receive information on how to sign up to receive texts with class information.  I will make every effort to keep you well-informed about our classroom, but please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or comments at any time.  

Classroom Environment

In our classroom, all students will be valued and respected.  In return, they will be expected to respect their classmates, teacher, and other students and adults in the school.  All students will follow the same classroom rules and expectations.  I truly believe that we can have fun and learn, while still respecting each other and valuing each other’s opinions and feelings.

Behavior Management

Students will earn "Dolphin Dollars" for making positive choices.  These include "Be Safe", "Be Kind", and "Do Your Job."  They will be able to use their Dolphin Dollars to buy prizes from the class store.
 
When all students are on-task and doing their jobs, the class can earn “class treasures.”  I will add a gem (or more) to the jar when the class is doing a good job.  When the jar is full, the class earns a reward!  If most students in the class are not doing their jobs, I will remove a gem from the jar.  The class will help to decide what class reward they are working for.  Examples might lunch in the classroom, pj day, electronics day, extra recess, or any other appropriate ideas that the class chooses!

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom and you are not already an approved volunteer, please contact the office so that they can tell you what to do in order to be on the approved volunteer list.  Typically, volunteers will be laminating, cutting, making materials, working on bulletin boards, working with small groups of students, or helping in other ways depending on what is needed at the time.  In addition, there will be a Fall Festival, Christmas Party, and Valentine’s Party.  You may volunteer to help or send in food items for these parties.  The room parent will be in contact with you if you wish to be a part of these class parties.  I’m always happy to have helpers in the classroom, and the students enjoy it too!  

Supplies

Below is a list of supplies we use frequently in 2nd grade.  If you would like to supply these items for your child please feel free to do so.  We appreciate all donations!  Please note that all necessary supplies will be provided by the district if you choose not to send in supplies.
 
Box of tissues
3-ring binder (1 ½ inch wide to fit the elementary planner in it)
4 two-pocket folders with prongs (green, red, blue, yellow) 
Box of #2 pencils (not mechanical)  
Pencil bag  
1 yellow highlighter  
1 Elmer’s glue stick  
1 box of crayons (tuck lid, 24 pack)  
2 dry erase markers (black)  
Ear buds or headphones

Donations

Donations of other supplies that we use frequently are always appreciated as well.  Please feel free to send in these items at any time throughout the year.
 
Tissues (lots of tissues)!  
Clorox wipes
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers 
Hand sanitizer  
Whisper phones (for use during guided reading)  
Dry erase markers  
Markers  
Highlighters  
Colored pencils  
#2 pencils  
Glue sticks  
Gallon size baggies  
Quart size baggies  
Sandwich size baggies  
Snack size baggies  
Brown lunch bags  
White lunch bags 
Smencils for prize buckets (smelly pencils)  
Items for our prize buckets (fun pencils, small toys, glow bracelets, playdoh, etc – you can purchase these items from the Dollar Tree)  
Craft supplies (craft sticks, glitter glue, google eyes, pom poms, feathers, pipe cleaners,  etc – you can purchase these items from the Dollar Tree)  
Indoor recess items (games, puzzles, Legos, Playdoh, etc.)  
Outdoor recess items (balls, jump ropes, etc.)

Snack

Students are able to eat snacks during class as long as it does not become disruptive.  Each student should bring his/her own snack.  Please provide healthy snacks for your child, and avoid sending candy or cookies, or other “dessert items.”  Some healthy snack choices are crackers, yogurt, fruit, pretzels, or snack packs.  Students will not be permitted to share snacks, due to possible food allergies.  I will not provide snacks either, so please make sure that you send a snack for your child if they would like to eat one.  
 
*Please note:  Items containing peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut products may not be consumed in our classroom due to allergies.  Those items must be saved for lunch.  Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Birthdays

If you would like to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, please notify me ahead of time by writing a note or by emailing me.  This will help to avoid having more than one student bringing in a treat on the same day.  If your child’s birthday is not during the school year, please feel free to choose a day during the school year to send in a treat, but please follow the same guidelines for notifying me.  In most cases, the class will have the birthday treat during snack.  If your child has food allergies, or other food restrictions, please let me know so that I can make sure he/she isn’t eating birthday treats that could cause an allergic reaction.  
 
*Please do not send in items that have peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut products due to allergies.  

Lunch & Recess

Lunch will be from 11:15 – 11:45 and recess will follow from 11:45 – 12:15.  
 
Please make sure that you dress your child according to the weather, as we will be going outside for recess on days when it is not too cold or raining.  This means sending a jacket when it is cool out and a heavy coat, gloves, and hat when it is cold.  
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