1 Pine St Nicollet, Minnesota | Tel #: +1 507-232-3411 | Email: info@isd507.k12.mn.us



Second Grade Information

Teacher – Mr. Thomas Murphy

tom.murphy@isd507.k12.mn.us / Phone 232-3411 ext. 2117



As most are aware we do have various food allergies in our school. In the lunchroom we do have a nut-free table. Students are not to eat anything with nuts or the possibility of nuts at this table. Please encourage your child to be respectful of these situations.


Assignment Books

I will initial these at the end of each day. I would like you to do the same at home. Please make sure your child has finished their homework before initialing. You may also use these books to write me notes or messages.


Best Time to Contact Me:

Home – 225-3037

School – 232-3411 ext.2117 (7:30 – 7:45 A.M.  & 1:55-2:55 P.M.)

  • Please try to call school whenever possible. Thank you.

EMAIL:  tom.murphy@isd507.k12.mn.us  (school)

Important Note: If you should contact me during the school day with an important message for your child and you do not get a response from me, assume I didn’t get it and you should contact the office (Ext. 3101) to make sure that I get the message.



  • We are happy to celebrate your child’s birthday here at school. Children with summer birthdays may celebrate on their half-birthday date or in the spring. You may send birthday invitations home in the home folders provided you are sending them with all students, or with all of the students who are the same gender as your child.

  • You may send birthday snacks to school. Please consider the nut allergy information from above when bringing a birthday treat and any other snacks.(Store bought is the best option.)  Please try to send a healthy snack whenever possible. Milk break snacks need to be a healthy snack. No candy or junk food please. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. See separate sheets about milk break and snacks.


Book Orders

Please make checks out to the name of the book company. If you are buying something as a gift for your   child and you want to keep it a surprise, let me know and I can arrange to get you the books. Please send to school in an envelope with your child’s name, grade, and my name.



Each child will need a personal set of headphones for computer/tablet use. Headphones will be kept in individual zip-lock bags with each child’s name.


Home Folders

Please look through these each day and send back to school. These will include homework and important announcements.


Spelling – New lists sent home on Fridays or Mondays. Test will be given at the end of the week.(Will try to give mostly on Thursdays).  There will be no new lists on three day weeks and on some four day weeks. Students with 2 or less wrong on pre-tests will not need to retake the regular test at the end of the week and instead they will be given a 8-10 word challenge list and the words they may have missed on the pretest. These will be tested at the end of the week.

NOTE: Most lists will include 3-4 high frequency spelling words in addition to the regular words. They will be found on the spelling lists.  Spelling lists and spelling activities can be found at www.spellingcity.com.

Math – Home links will come home at various times. (3-4 times/week) Please help with these whenever possible.

Other subjects – will be listed in assignment books when necessary.

Reading – Please make sure that your child reads for at least 10-15 minutes at home each day.

Please let me know when your child will be absent and we can try to work out a way to get them their homework.


Latchkey / Where to go at the end of the day.

Please try to let me know where your child should go at the end of the day. Just jot a note in the assignment book if this should change. Also, please let me know if you need information about after-school latchkey. Make sure your child knows what to do on days when we get out early because of bad weather. Please keep in touch with me on bad weather days.


Library Time/Day

We will try to go to the library at least once a week. Please encourage your child to check out appropriate leveled books and take time to read these together at home. The students will also have the chance to check out AR books and take comprehension tests on the books that they have read.


Lunch and Snack Break Information

All student lunch accounts will be handled through the elementary office. Please let me know if your child is allowed to buy snacks from the kitchen at milk break time – on the last page of this handout.

  • Class Snack Break : 8:55 – 9:10 A.M.

  • Since we have a later lunch this year we will be taking our milk/snack break at 8:55. Please guide your child to choose healthy snacks for this time.

(purchase from school or bring your own from home)

  • The food service sells snacks for milk break. Here are some examples.

    1. Fresh fruit $.75

    2. Cheese sticks $.75

    3. Chocolate Chip granola bar $.85

    4. Fruit bar $.40

    5. Bagel $.85

    6. Yogurt $.85

    7. Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches $.85

    8. Trix cereal bowls $.85

    9. Cheez-Its $.85

    10. Cheese crackers $.40

    11. Banana bread or Poppyseed bread $.85

    12. Milk (white or chocolate) $.40

  • Early Morning Healthy Snack

The kitchen will be having an early morning healthy snack before school each day.  All students will have the opportunity to participate if they wish.  Students will be able to purchase A La Carte choices such as milk, orange juice, apple juice, a bagel with cream cheese, yogurt, fruit, cereal, cereal bars and string cheese.  The selections will be on a rotating basis.  The prices for snacks will be $0.75 or $0.85, juice will be $0.40 and milk for kindergarten students will be $0.05.   This can be paid through the family lunch account.  Free and reduced students will need to pay with cash they cannot use their lunch account for the early morning snack break.  Students can also bring their own healthy snack from home to enjoy with the other students before school in the morning.

This will be from 7:30 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.

Lunch Choices  / Lunch Time is 12:00 P.M.

There will be two lunch choices each day. The first choice will always be a rotating hot lunch choice and the second will always be salad bar. Students are also welcome to bring a cold lunch from home. The students will go to recess at 11:30 and then second grade will come in on the first whistle at 11:55 to go to lunch. Menus can be found on the school website.


Paint Shirt

    Please send an old shirt to school that you child can use as paint/activity shirt.


Picture Day

     School pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28.


Physical Education

     Please make sure that your child has an appropriate pair of tennis shoes for gym class.



A daily schedule is included with this packet. The school day will run from 8:00 – 3:00.


Student Handbook

These can be found on the school website. If you do not have computer access or would like a printed copy please stop in the office and request one.


Winter Recess / Recess Time (11:30 -11:55)

Even though it may seem like a long ways away, the weather will eventually change. When weather permits, the students will be outside for recess. Please make sure that they have appropriate clothing for any type of weather so that they can enjoy their time outside. (Light Jackets, sweatshirts, heavy coats, gloves, hats, mittens, boots, etc.)


I would like to say that I look forward to working with your child this school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. THANK YOU for showing a concern in your child’s education.


Student’s Name: ________________________________


Please fill out this page and return:


Milk Break Snacks


Child’s Name ___________________________________


____ yes, my child can purchase snacks from school


____ my child can only purchase snacks when I forget to send one


____ no, my child cannot purchase a snack




Parent Signature ________________________________________________


Student’s Name: ________________________________


Please fill out this page and return:


Milk Break Snacks


Child’s Name ___________________________________


____ yes, my child can purchase snacks from school


____ my child can only purchase snacks when I forget to send one


____ no, my child cannot purchase a snack




Parent Signature ________________________________________________