• *Updated October 12, 2019
    We have completed our 1st month of Kindergarten!  WooHoo!  The children have adjusted to our schedule and routines and we are busy working hard each and everyday! 
    This month is a BUSY one with numerous activities and events!  I will try as best as I can to keep you updated on here and on REMIND!  But, it is best to also check the school homepage weekely, as well as the PTN classage and their band app! (like my Remind app)
    Important Notes for this Week:
    -Please continue to label everything that comes in, including water bottles. **And sweatshirts/kackets as the weather will start to get cooler!  This can be as easy as pinning a ribbon or piece of fabric inside the clothing, so you DO NOT have to write on it.  
    -If your child is buying snack, please put a note in their lunch box.  Some of the kids are wanting to buy snack, BUT we are not sure of they have money on their account.  If they are buying and there is no money on their acct, you can send in a $1 with the note.  
    -10/14 This is Brown week in Kindergarten.  Please wear brown and bring in a brown picture on Thursday 10/17. 
    Upcoming Dates:
    There is no school on Monday, September 30 & Tuesday, October 1st.
    There is also no school on Wednesday, October 9th.
    And there is no school for students on Monday, October 14 for a staff in-service.
    Switlik PTN's First ADULTS ONLY - BEEF & BEER
    Friday, November 22
    7 - 10pm
    Cassville Volunteer Firehouse (Miller Avenue, Jackson)
    Raffles, Silent Auction & 50/50
    DJ, Food, Beer and Soda included
    $40 per person
    Registration form
    ***We are collecting donations to purchase a designer purse to be raffled off.  Please see the note from the PTN that was sent home on Friday 10/11 with your child.  Any $ donation can be sent in to school and I will forward it on to our classmoms to purse the purse.  If possible, cash would be best or checks can be made out to "cash' so that our classmoms can cash them.  If you do feel more comfortable to making it out to the PTN, that is OK....we will forward it on to them for deposit.  All donations should be in by October 31st!    
    Feel free to reach out to our classmoms with any questions.
    Mrs. Krystal Graves at krystalagraves@gmail.com
    or Mrs. Melissa Herbstman at Melissa.herbstman@aol.com
    If you are interested in attending the event, the information is listed above. 
    Switlik PTN Scholastic Book Fair
    Wednesday, October 16th
    Our class will be shopping at the bookfair on Wed at 9:50.  If you would like your child to shop, you can send in money in a labeled envelope with how much they can spend.  A flyer will go home with SOME titles that you can see.  If you would like to help out that day, please visit the PTN page on the school webiste to add you name.  Only parents helping at the bookfair can atttend.  
    There will be a family night on Thursday 10/17 if you would like to shop with your child!
    You can shop from 6:30-8pm.  Please use the gym door entrance.  THANK YOU!  
    Spider Center Day in Kindergarten
    Friday, October 18th
    I will need 5 volunteers to help in the classroom with some fun spider themed center activities.  If you can help, please email me and let me know.  I will also need a few supplies to make our day complete! Again, email me if you can help out with an item.  
    Parent Volunteers (5):  Falzon, Powers, Herbstman, Conde, LaFontaine(2)
    1 package of Oreo Cookies-Falzon Family
    1 container of white icing/frosting-Falzon Family
    1 bag of pretzel stix-Falzon Family
    1 bag of M&M's-Falzon Family
    1 bag of spider rings-Falzon Family
    *please try to send in any of the bagged/packaged items in by that Thursday, 10/17
    Pumpkin Fun Day
    Friday, October 25th
     I will need 5 parent helpers to help with our Pumpkin Themed Centers. Email me if you can help.  We will also need a few other supplies for our day.  
    Parent Volunteers (5):  Pinto, Sinkleris, Herbstman, Graves, Mahoney
    26 Large Sugar Cookies (the cookies from Shoprite/Stop & Shop are a perfect size for this!)-LaFontaine Family
    1 can of Orange Icing-Sinkleris Family
    1 bag of mini tootsie rolls-Powers Family
    2 bags of candy spearmint leaves-Sinkleris Family
    1 bag of candy corn-Sinkleris Family
    pumpkin themed plates & napkins (or I have plain if we can't find any)-Sinkleris Family
    20 juice boxes-Pinto Family
    *please try to send in any of the bagged/packaged items in by that Thursday, 10/24
    Thursday, October 31st
    All are welcome!  (but please limit it to 2 visitors per child)
    Time will be announced shortly!!
    We will start with a costume parade in the gym, followed up by a few fun, Fall Themed Songs.  You can then follow us back to our classroom for a simple snack and handing out our Goody Bags that we will make in class. 
    *We keep this party simple, short and calm due to the anticipated long day that the kids will have after school!  We will only have 2-3 simple snacks in the room and allow the children to leave a little early to prepare for their fun night at home!  I will be posting a Sign Up Genius page shortly so you can sign up if you are coming in for the parade and snacks in our room.  (PLEASE do not email me if you are attending....you will sign up on your own once I post the link for you!)  If you can help out and send in a fun, holiday themed snack, please email me for that (and please specify what snack you are sending in)!  THANK YOU!!
    Halloween Themed Snack (Spooky Donuts)-Graves
    Halloween Themed Snack-__________
    HEALTHY Halloween Snack-(Pumpkin Clementines)-LaFontaine Family
    Fruit Snacks-Mahoney Family
    Juice Boxes-Pinto Family
    Mini Water Bottles-Sinkleris Family
    Halloween Themed plates and napkins-Graves
    24 handled 8x10 bags (brown/kraft color)-Powers Family
    *click the link to take you to the Sign UP Genius page.  Once on the page, find your child's name and add the name/s of the visitors that are coming to watch the parade and follwo us back to our room.
    ***Please keep in mind, if someone other than a parent is attending and you want them to take your child home that day, we will need a note sent in THAT MORNING to be sent down to the office.  If we do NOT have a note, they will not be allowed to take your child home.  THANK YOU!
    *We will be making Goody Bags in the classroom, so feel free to send in items to fill the goody bags.  We have 20 students and 3 safeties who help us EVERYDAY as dismissal!  Please try to not send in any candy/food items with peanut butter/nuts (we do not have any children allergic, BUT there are kids in the school and we want this to be a safe place for them).  THANK YOU!  
    Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns...but please be aware that it may take me a few days to respond. During the school year, a hand delivered note will be needed if your concern needs immediate attention (for ex. a change in bus/pick up dismissal for that day).  
    My email is cmtemple@jacksonsd.org
     We will start the year with a program called Fundations.  Fundations will introduce the children to 2-3 letters a week.  We will work on identifying each letter, the letter sound and printing the letter correctly. Each week we will send home a parent note to let you know what the focus is for the week and how you can help our child at home.   
    This week our letters will be:  a & g
    Letters introduced: t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o
    How Can You Help At Home:
    During review at home, see if your child can think of 3-5 words that begin with that letter.  
    Have him/her look for things around your house that begin with the letters you are practicing.
    Identify the beginning letter of family members or family friends names.
    Have your child help with shopping and helping to write the shopping list.
    Use the Parent Information page that we send home each week.  Included with the Parent Information page, will be the letter pages.  Please use these pages to review with your child at home.  They can trace the letter with their finger, starting at the top and going down. As they finish tracing the letter, they can practice saying the letter name, the keyword picture and then the sound.  For example, Tt, top, /t/.   They can then color the picture.
    sight words
    Each week, we will introduce 2-3 grade level words (sight words). Grade level words are a mixture of sight words and tricky words that your child will see in their leveled reading books. Each week, we will send home flash cards of the words for that week.   Please keep these in a safe place and review them daily. 
    This week, our new words are: me & we
    Words you should have at home:  I, can, to, like, a, am, the, go, my, see, is
    *please add our new words to the 1st bag I sent home.  Keep this bag at home...it does NOT NEED to come back to school.  A good spot to keep them is in their Book Boxes!
    Readers Workshop
    In class during our readers workshop time, we are learning how to be a Reader. 
    We are learning that there are 3 ways to read a book...
    1. Look at the pictures
    2. Look at the words
    3.  Retell the story
    Reading at Home
    It is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child.  We will start the week of 9/16 with our new Switlik School Reading Program.  Please keep this reading calendar in their homework folder.  I will be checking it on Fridays.  I am just looking for the parent signature and the title of their favorite book that they read that day.  
    *If you do do extra reading over the weekend, feel free to add those dates and your initials under the current week section on the log.  I do love to reward my friends who do extra practice!!  :) 
    Check out this chart to see how reading for an extra 20 minutes a day with your child will benefit him/her in school!   
    Reading at home
    Please make daily reading an important part of your day!
    "Readers are made on the laps of their parents!"
    Again, reading is not meant to be a chore at home....we hope that you make reading part of your daily routine!
    ***Please keep the reading log in the homework folders.  I try to do a spot check once a week and need to see the logs.***
    Writers Workshop
    Writer's Workshop is a designated time each day where students become “authors”.
    After each mini-lesson students will have independent writing time where they will choose their own topic for their writing and have an opportunity to practice skills and strategies taught in the mini lesson. By giving the students choices in their topics, the writing becomes authentic, engaging, and meaningful. During this independent writing time the teacher will be meet with individuals or small groups to conference and encourage their growth as authors.
    Students will learn to write, revise, edit, and publish stories throughout the school year. They will also begin to assess their own writing and learn to implement the characteristics of quality writing into their own work.
    In the spring, we will showcase students’ writing during our “Switlik Author Night”. Students will have opportunities to share some of their published stories with their parents and celebrate their accomplishments.
    So encourage writing at home....drawing a picture and then labeling it.  And if they can....write a simple sentence to go with it!
    Or writing can be as simple as writing a list or making a card for someone!  
    And for those that need to copy words that they see at home....that is GREAT Practice too!!!
    11/8-Currently our focus is on our Show & Tell items.  Can your child draw a picture of one of their favorite items from home?  They do not need to add it to a scene or add any background.  But can they add in all the detail in the picture and then go back and label all the parts....does it have eyes, ears, legs, feet, fur, a nose, wings, doors, pockets, a dress or pants....there are endless possibliities in labeling.  Help your child sound out the words, BUT DO NOT tell them the exact letters.  They need to learn to write down what they hear.  The english language has so many "rules" that they are NOT expected to know right now.  We just want them to write down what they hear....and at times, it may be wrong, but I don't want them to be afraid to try!  You can then go back and sound it out again letter by letter and see if they can figure out where they made the mistake and then let them fix it.  
    I love seeing extra practice....use the back of some of our homework pages to try this 1-2 a week.  You will see how quickly they will get better with practice (and one-on-one help!)
    Math Envision 2.0
    This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0 
    You can access the website at home using the following link 
    • Once on the website, follow the following directions....
      • 1.  At the Pearson sign-in page, click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
      • 2.  At the box where it says to choose your district, type/select:
    • 3.  Student Log In Information:

      Login:  Student ID#

      Password: First Name + Grade level (for ex:  ChristineKF)

      *All Kindergarten students must put KF as the grade after their name, no spaces.

       Envision On-line Game Center



        We wil begin Topic 2-Comparing Numbers 0-5 

      At the beginning of each topic, we will send home a parent information home page.  This will also include copies of our math vocabulary words.  You can keep these at home to use for review.  After each lesson, we will send home the corresponding homework page to complete at home.  These pages are meant to be done with help.


      ***We completed our 1st Math Test on Friday!  Any question you see circled with a green crayon, means that it was left blank, OR multiple answers were chosen.  After the test, I went over the question with your child and allowed them to fix it if THEY THINK that it needed to be finished or corrected.  Some answers will still be wrong, because that's what they thought the answer was.  I will do this for the first 3-4 tests, because they are just learning how to take a test on their own.   You wil also see that if your child got something wrong, I may have marked it as -1 or -2.  Some questions are worth 1 point and a few are worth 2 points, so the final score may not equal the amount of problems we have. It is based on points.  So, for this 1st test, we had 12 questions, BUT the point value was 14.  So your child may have scored a 13 out of 14, or 12 out of 14. Please review any answer your child got wrong to make sure that they understand the concept.  You may keep these, UNLESS I mark it with "Sign and Return".   I will discuss this more at our Parent/Teacher Conference in November!  Overall, the children did VERY WELL!!!  Most of it is just listening to the directions and counting and recognizing the numbers 0-5! 

    • We will take the Topic 2 test on Wednesday this week.  Look for the review pages to come home Tuesday night.       



    • science

      Social Studies & Science

    • We will work on a few, fun STEM challenges these next 2 weeks incorporating our Old Favorite Stories and Fall Activities.  





    color words


    Each week we will focus on a new color and color word.  During the week, we will do a few fun activities with that color.  One of our activities will be to make a color poster.  We will ask the students to bring in magazine (they can also be printed or hand drawn) pictures of things with that color.  Any picture will do, but keep in mind, they will not be returned.  We will also designate a day to dress in that color.


    We will send home color word cards for you to review with your child.  Please review these at home.  Many of the children feel very successful when they can read the color words so quickly in the year. 


    This week, our color will be Brown.  Wear Brown and bring in a brown picture on Thursday 10/17.


    Week of 9/9-Red Week

    Week of 9/16-Yellow Week

    Week of 9/23-Green Week

    Week of 10/3-Purple Week

    Week of 10/7-Blue Week 

    Week of 10/14-Brown Week

    Next up...Week of 10/21-Orange Week



    Bucket Filling

    Bucket Filler  

     Switlik School is proud to be a Bucket Filling School!  Each month, 1 student will be chosen for the Class Bucket Filler!



    September's Bucket Filler: Delaney Powers

    October's Bucket Filler:

    November's Bucket Filler: 

    December's Bucket Filler:  

    January's Bucket Fillers: 

    March's Bucket Filler:

    April's Bucket Filler:

    May's Bucket Filler: 





    As for supplies, your child will need a back pack that can hold a 9 x 12 folder.

    Please label it and have your child practice opening and closing it on their own. THANK YOU!  

    I would also like to ask for an old shirt to use as an Art Smock. Please label this and send it in ASAP.  They will be stored in the classroom for our "messy" art projects.  

    As always, tissues and wipes are a "teacher's best friend", so I would gladly accept any donations of tissues or baby wipes. THANK YOU!  

    During the course of the year, I may ask for specific items that we will share with the class.  Please look below for any needed items on my class page.  

    I would recommend having crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue or/glue sticks at home for homework projects. Please do not send any of those items to school. I have all the supplies that your child will need!




    Wish List Items:


    *metal coffee cans for an end of year project


    Target Dollar Spot Items-this area is a teachers dream and has LOTS of fun things for the kids for the classroom (mini erasers, stickers, dramatic play items)....anything that is kid friendly!


    Creation Station Items

    -anything the kids can use during indoor recess this winter in the Arts and Crafts area

    -any kind of arts and crafts scraps...NOTHING THAT IS BOUGHT!

    Some fun items:

    tissue paper

    toilet paper rolls

    paper towel rolls

    popsicle sticks/tongue depressors



    pipe cleaners


    If you have something at home you think the kids would like to use and you are not sure, just email me to ask!  :)







    We will eat lunch during the 1st lunch period, 10:55-11:25.  

    You will need to send in a lunch (ready to eat, we cannot heat up anything), easy to open snacks and a drink.  

    Your child does have the option to purchase lunch everyday.  Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.  Your child will be given a lunch code # to memorize to use to purchase their lunch.  Please practice this at home to help with the purchasing process in school.  

    The lunch period is only 30 minutes and many of the K students have a tough time finishing up their lunch and snacks.  I suggest that you do not allow your child to buy any additional snacks during the 1st month of school, until they get used to the quick paced lunch time block.  Also, limit their snack choices in their lunches to 1 or 2 only.  Many children tend to open their snacks first and not eat their sandwich/lunch item.  

    PLEASE alert us to any allergies that your child has with a note.


    The Jackson Food Service Dept has provided each K & 1st grade student with a swipe card to use when purchasing lunch.  These cards will be kept at school.  We do recommend that you still work with your child to memorize their student ID number.


    snack time  


    We will also have snack time in the afternoon.  We will ask for the parents to send in bulk size snack choices for the class to share.  

    Good snack choices include:  Goldfish, pretzels, dry cereals, animal crackers, or mini marshmallows.  

    At times, we will ask for a specific item to be sent in that we can use to go along with a current theme or activity.  

    *Some of these items may change once I am alerted to allergies!!


    Due to food allergies, I kindly ask that ___ snack items be sent in.  We want to keep our friends healthy & safe and we truly appreciate your understanding!


    Please refer to the following web page for more information on food allergies and safe snacks.  

    Safe Snack Guide


    At the current time, we have 20 students in our class.  


    Your child may bring in a water bottle each day.  I recommend that it is labeled!!  The students will keep these in a community basket and will have access to them all day.  I will make sure they go home each day (to help keep away the germs).  

    ***These can only have water in them.***

     Please save the juice for their lunch time only.  THANK YOU!





    We will have recess everyday (weather permitting) outside on the playground. As per school rules, all children must wear sneakers to climb on the equipment.  Thank you for helping us to keep the children safe outside!







    Each day, we will go to a different special. 

     Our schedule is as follows:

    Monday-Computers with Mr. Struthers

    Tuesday-Art with Ms. Martinez 

    Wednesday-Library with Ms. Palme 

    Thursday-Gym with Mrs. Pfluger  *sneakers MUST be worn

    Friday-Music with Mr. Morgan




    A Note from the Librarian-Ms. Palme


    You can access the digital ebooks on the school library Destiny page.


    Here is the link with the directions (or see her class page for more info). 






    Report Cards:    Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on ____.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.



    Remind App


    I would like to help you all keep up with ALL the activities that we do in class.  Join my Remind group on your phone and/or email.  I will post reminders about upcoming activities and events!  It is easy to do and FREE to join!  Follow the ink below and sign up today!


    Ms. Temple's Class 2019-2020




    *Please continue to read the calendar section.  That section will keep you updated with our activities and events.


    working together  


    PTN News


    Please consider joining our amazing PTN!  Send in your family membership envelopes!  Every dollar raised by the PTN, goes right back to your students!


    We can already thank them for our new Switlik folders, the classroom care packages (tissues, wipes, cleaning wipes, & sidewalk chalk), our gift card for our memory book photos!


    *The PTN class page is up and running!  You can also follow them on facebook!

    You can also follow them on Remind.  Text @SwitlikPTN to 81010 to receive PTN Reminders


    They also collect Box Tops.  Please send them in.  Each month the class that collects the most, gets a munchkin party!


    Consider attending the monthly meetings and joining a committee!  It is a GREAT way to get involved in our school!


    Their next meeting is:

    Thursday, September 26th at 10am in the IMC



    Upcoming Activities:

    Kidstuff Coupon Book, Discount Card, Yankee Candle & Spirit Wear Sales are going on now.  

    *if you are not purchasing the Kidstuff coupon book, can you return in by the end of this week. 

    **You can check the PTN page on the school website for more information on these activites, or follow them on facebook and follwo them on the band app.  


    Friday, September 27th-School Spirit Day-Wear Red & Black

    and Family Movie Night 7-9pm.  

    Tuesday, October 8th-Switlik Family Fun Night at Cicconi Farms 4-8pm

    Saturday, October 12th-Bubbakoo's Fundraiser and Clothing Drive

    Wednesday, October 23rd-School Store during lunch periods





    Let's work together to make this a great year for your child!

  • apple Join us on Monday, September 16th for Back to School Night at 7pm.  You will start in the Gymnasium with the Principal and then proceed to my room after her presentation.  Get there early and check out the tables set up in the gym foyer.  There will be lots of information available for you. 

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  • books  

    Thank you to those parents who have already ordered books on the Scholastic Website!  Click on this link to go directly to my ordering page.  During the month of September, Scholastic has GREAT offers and bonus points for teachers, so if you want to order, this is the BEST month to do it! Every order gets us FREE books for the classroom!     https://orders.scholastic.com/GWM79

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  •                                              Yellow Bus

     This is Yellow Week!  On Thursdayday 9/19, please have your child wear yellow and bring in a yellow picture for our color poster.


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