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Winter Unit:  Holidays and traditions
Hello parents,
This is your reminder about our holiday unit discussed during parent/teacher conferences.  

Parent-teacher conference choices

Yesterday your child went home with a sheet for you to provide 3 choices for parent teacher conferences.  Please do not place an X or give me less than 3 choices.  I will try my best to give you your first choice, but this is on a first turn in basis.  I will number sheets as I collect them.  If I DO NOT get your sheet back by November 7, 2019, I will provide you with the time available.  
Please adhere to the time given to you in order to respect all the parents.  I will do my best to make this process as smooth as possible.  
Thank you
Your child will be going home with a Book Report Project today.  The project is due no later that October 21, 2019.  They need to choose a book of their choice and complete the pages in the packet.
Cover page:  This is your instruction page
Page 2: Character analysis.  How the character looks and inside traits ( thoughts and actions)
page 3: Story web:  title, author, characters and setting
Page 4:  DO NOT WRITE ON THIS PAGE.  This is how your child will be graded.  
Please return packet with your character pumpkin.
I will be posting a monthly newsletter to let you know what skills we are working on.  Please note that assessments are given every Friday, unless we need to continue with same skills.  
Reading tests consists of spelling, skill of the week and reading comprehension.
Math tests consists of weekly holey cards and unit test at end of unit.
Homework for week of September 16, 2019.  All work is due back by Friday, September 20, 2019.  Please make sure to read 20 minutes every night.

Welcome to Second Grade Room 224!

Welcome to a new school year 2019-220.  My name is Diana Santos.  I am married and have two wonderful children.  I have been working for Chicago Public Schools for 17 years, 8 of those have been here at Reilly.  I am honored to work with a great staff.

It is a privilege to have your children as my students.  I will do my best to make this a successful school year.  However, I cannot accomplish this on my own and will need your help.  We need to work together in order to make this a wonderful and successful year.  I need you to encourage your children at home by helping to ensure they complete their homework assignments and study.  I will keep you informed of assignments, projects and tests with a monthly newsletter.

Important information:

Breakfast is now open at 7:20 am for those wishing to have breakfast at school.  Classes begin promptly at 7:45 a.m, that means children should be seated and working so, please bring your child to school on time. Students are dismissed at 2:45 p.m.  Please plan to pick up your child promptly.  If someone else is picking up your child, please make sure your child knows that person.  After 2:50 p.m. your child will be sent to the main office.

I am available to meet with parents at 7:30 am.  If possible, please make an appointment with me ahead of time in order for me to inform the office of your visit.  Please stop by the office for a pass before coming to my room. 

The Board of Education and the administration of the school are very strict when it comes to student absences.  If your child will be absent from school, please call the school office before 9:00 AM to excuse his/her absence.  Please also submit a written excuse of absence upon his/her return to school.  Please do not schedule extended vacations while school is in session.

Please be sure your students have all the necessary school supplies as soon as possible, especially notebooks and pencils.  Children will be using all the supplies listed on the supply list.  Student fees,  Please pay your student fee of $30.00 as soon as possible.  This fee helps support the apps used by your children throughout the school year.

Students will have their pictures taken several times during the year and we will no doubt be going on a few field trips.  When sending money to school, please be sure to put it in an envelope and be sure to include your child’s name and what the money is for.

Students will receive written homework each day unless otherwise informed. The majority of the homework will be provided on Mondays due back Friday.  Please be sure your child completes all assignments and brings them to school on the day they are due.  Homework assignments are an extension of work done in the classroom.  Assignments are usually not given without any prior information provided. Agendas are very important to keep track of the student’s homework. I require that the agendas are signed daily by a parent/legal guardian as proof that the students have completed their assignments. The agendas serve as a communication log between the parents and me.


Students are expected to wear school uniforms daily

  • Only, Plain Solid Loosely Navy Blue, or Grey polo shirt. 
  • Only Solid Plain Loosely Navy Blue pants.  No jeans, sweatpants, leggings or jeggings.
  • Shoes must be Majority Black.  (No light shoes)
  • Student ID’s must be visible at all times while in school must be worn.
  • P.E. Class: Plain Navy Blue, Grey or White T-shirt with Navy Blue sweatpants or shorts.


Conferences are scheduled after the first and third report period. You may schedule a conference at any time during the school year if you have any concerns. I may also request to see you after the interim report if I feel that your child is having difficulty in a subject area.

Our schedule

Monday: Music

Tuesday: P.E.  (send a water bottle)

Wednesday: Performing Arts

Thursday: Art

Friday: P.E.  (send a water bottle)



**  Please send your child dressed for the weather. 


*** New this year:   All parents wishing to chaperone  on field trips will need to be cleared by the office.  New rules and regulations state that you must apply  and be fingerprinted.  Please visit the Reilly website for information.



Diana Santos