Many of you have asked about Adopt-A-Class. This is a program whereby you can “adopt” your child’s class for $150.00.  If, after reading the information, you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact the school. Thank you!


IMPORTANT- Reading Homework (Reading Log) and Math Homework

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Reading: Your child will be participating in a school-wide reading challenge. Therefore, your child will be doing lots of reading in school and at home. The reason for this challenge is simple: Research shows that students who read for one hour every day, from books that they can read and want to read, have a much better chance for success in school and beyond. The more time your child spends reading at his or her independent level, the better reader he or she will become.

As a school, Odessa Elementary has always promoted independent reading and has held quarterly reading celebrations for students who meet their individual reading goals. This year we will continue with this tradition. However, we will be monitoring student progress toward their goal each quarter as we track the steps each child reads. For every 15 minutes a child reads independently, he/she will earn one step. For the 1st Quarter, the goal is for students to earn at least 156 steps. If your child reaches 156 steps by Friday, October 12th, he/she will be invited to the Reading Celebration for the 1st Quarter.

We need your help! Every night, your child will bring home a reading log. Every day, your child will fill one line on a reading log that is kept at school indicating that they read at school. Each night, you will fill in a line on a reading log. You will write how many steps your child read that night and the title of one book they read. Please do not write all the titles your child read on each night. Your child should be earning at least 2 steps each night (which equals 30 minutes). From Monday through Thursday, your child will earn steps for reading at school and at home. Please note that your child should read one other night over the weekend (either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). Please initial in the “HOME” box on the reading log indicating that your child did read for each night. Use this time to sit with your child as the Home Reading Coach. The reading should be fun and easy for your child. It should not be a struggle.

Need help with books for your child to read at home? Your child can read books from Bookshelf. Use the login that was provided to you. You can also visit your local library to check out books for your child to read. Students may also read books that they check out in our media center.

If your child is absent during the week, the child should read and record additional steps over the weekend.

Reminders to help your child when reading at home:

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Math: Math homework will be assigned each day. Each student will have a math homework book to take home. The lesson will be written in the agenda each day and your child will practice that lesson at home. These pages do not need to be turned in. If you have questions about the lesson, feel free to contact me through email/note in agenda and I will do my best to answer any questions. You will also be able to access the resources online. More information about how to do this will be shared when it is available.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

We appreciate your support as a valued partner in your child’s education!

ODES 2nd Grade Teachers