Mrs. Pickett

2nd grade

My name is Laura Pickett, and I will be your child’s teacher this year. This is my 21st year teaching. I’ve taught grades Kindergarten – Sixth here at Cole Elementary.

During the first two weeks of school, we will be getting acquainted with classroom procedures. Please give your attention to completing the Opening Packet and returning the necessary forms to school as soon as possible.

Homework packets will be sent home (the 3rd week of school) on Fridays and completed packets will be due the following Thursday.  Please be sure to sign the homework packet in the appropriates spaces.

This our school continues to participate in the AVID Program. It stresses responsibility and organization. Therefore, your child is to bring their folder, pencil pouch with pencil and eraser to school EVERYDAY. Please be sure to help your child clean out this folder daily. If any of these supplies are lost or damaged, your child will need to have it replaced.

Please review your child’s Daily Behavior Chart every day, sign the DAILY BEHAVIOR CHART, and have your child return this EVERYDAY in their folder. Your child is to bring all of these materials to school EVERYDAY.

In the classroom I have provided these beginning of school supplies: crayons, 1 pencil, 1 eraser, box of 8 crayons, yellow highlighter, black dry erase marker, and a red pen. If any of these are lost or damaged your child will need to have these replaced.

            Our classroom rules are:

1. Be Respectful.    2. Be Responsible     3. Be Safe


Get Caught Being Good- Each student in the class has a colored pocket chart with his/her name on it. Inside of each pocket chart are four colored rectangles. Each morning, all students, regardless of the day before, start out with their green rectangle/square showing. If a student is caught not following the rules, he/she will move their rectangles/ square to show the yellow rectangle/ square as a warning that they need to change their behavior. If after moving to the yellow, he or she is still not following the rules, their rectangle/square will be moved to show the orange rectangle/ square. If your child is on the orange, he or she will miss half of their first, lunch, or afternoon recess time. If while on the orange and he or she continues to struggle, their card will be moved to the red. If your child reaches the red rectangle/ square, he or she will miss their entire first, lunch, or afternoon recess time, and a disciplinarian note will be filled out and sent home for you to read, sign, and discuss with your child. Depending on the situation, you may also receive a phone call home explaining what happened that day.

            My goal while using this system is not to humiliate or scold a child who is having difficulty. Instead, the child begins taking responsibility for his/her own actions. Good decision making skills are highlighted and practiced while the child’s dignity is maintained.


            You and I are a team in making sure your child has the best possible experience in second grade. I am always here to discuss any questions you may have concerning your child’s well-being and education, so please feel free to notify me anytime using the above information, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


I look forward to working with you and meeting you soon. Take care, and best wishes for a wonderful and exciting new school year!

Mrs. Laura Pickett

(909) 388-6510