Updated October 12, 2020This is a B Week schedule!*Group 2 will attend on Friday!My email is firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease feel free to email me at anytime you have a question.Hello! My name is Ms. Temple and I will be your child's Kindergarten teacher this year! Kindergarten is an exciting year for both you and your child! We will try to keep as much of the Kindergarten fun in our program as best as we can! During the pandemic, things will be different....but for our newest Kindergarteners, we will be creating a new normal and making a new kind of fun memories!I will use this page as a form of communication until our Google Classroom is up and running and everyone is logged on. I will update the date at the top each time I update the page. I will also be using Remind texting services as another way to keep an open line of communication! I have the new log on information for the 2020/2021 school year at the bottom of this page. Please log on ASAP! I love to share reminders and pictures of your children with you this way!
10/1-Don't forget to bring in a Gallon size Ziploc with small toys to play with in class. These will NOT be shared with the other children. The kids did not like the idea of leaving their toys in the room, so they will keep them in their backpacks and take them out when they need them. It will not be everyday!! Please NO electronics or expensive toys. THANK YOU!Important Notes for the start of school:-Please label everything that comes in, including water bottles. And don't forget sweatshirts/jackets 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.-Please send in a backpack with a folder each day with your child. You may use the Switlik folder that the PTN has supplied for you, or you can use another of your choice. BUT, please only send in 1 folder. Sending 2 confuses the kids and then they put some papers in 1 folder, and other papers in the other folder-thus causing things to get misplaced.-In the backpack, it is also encouraged to have an extra mask or 2 incase the 1st one gets misplaced or dirty. Please be sure that the clean masks are in a labeled bag or container. Dirty masks will just be put in their backpack so you know the difference. Please remember that it is mandatory that the children wear masks all day. We will have frequent mask breaks throughout the day. To help keep the masks as clean as possible, have your child practice putting on and removing their mask the corrrect way.***See updated lunch note below about free lunches for every child!***9/13-Just be sure to put a note in the folder if your child is ordering lunch if it is a random day. I will get to know those that want it each day! And yes, you can just send in a snack or 2 in the lunchbox to go with the free school lunch if needed.-The students are also encouraged to bring in a water bottle each day. We will not have access to the water fountain due to the current situation, so I kindly ask that a water bottle be sent in everyday. And it must be water. Juice will be allowed in the lunchroom. (I will have a small supply of water bottles here for those that do forget one day that have been donated by the Switlik PTN!) Their water bottles will be returned home each day to wash. *if a water bottle does get left here accidentally, please send in a new, clean one the next school day and I will try to be sure to send home both bottles their next school day. I would prefer not to have them use their old one with the other group coming in the next day.-I will be meeting the "at home" group in the afternoon each day around 2:30.-I will be sending home activities and homework assignments each day to be returned on their next school day. The activities and assignments will be developmentally appropriate, but may need someone to help read over the directions.-Make a plan for your daily routines....one routine for their "in-school" day when they get home and also for their at-home "virtual" day. Kids do better with routines and when they know what to expect, so be sure to start working on those plans now so that they have a nice transition to starting school. And PLEASE make sure reading is part of that daily plan. It is so important for the children to hear books being read to them right now so that they hear what a "good reader" sounds like. They also will need to build up their own reading stamina, so allow them time to look at and "read" books on their own a little bit each day! It is amazing what just a quick 15-20 minutes a day of reading will do for your child!-Please send in a note if there will be a change in dismissal for your child. All dismissal notes are sent down to the office in the morning. It is IMPORTANT that you date these notes and that you use your child's full name.-9/5/20-for NOW, your child will NOT need to bring in their Chromebook to school. We will notify you when they wil need to bring it in.-Let's work together to make this a GREAT Year!***Updated Lunch Note 9/9/20***This announcement was just made by the USDA this week:
Tables are set up at the following locations for students to grab a bag as they exit the building:
- IMPORTANT: Pursuant to new USDA Guidelines, Effective August 31, 2020, ALL Jackson School District students are now eligible for FREE breakfast and lunch through December 31, 2020. If you wish not to participate, please instruct your child(ren) not to take the meals. This includes in-school meals as well as remote meals.
- What does that mean for you?
- If you want your child to bring in their own meal to eat during their scheduled lunch you may do so. If you would like your child to choose the hot/cold lunch option they simply have to ask for it during homeroom. These orders will be filled by the food services staff and bagged/container lunches will be distributed to students during their lunch period. They do not have to swipe into their account because they are free of charge.
- ALL students will also have the option of taking home a FREE BAG OF REMOTE BREAKFAST/LUNCH MEALS. At the end of the day, several areas will have tables set up for students as they exit the building. The tables will have bags that contain the following day’s breakfast and lunch as well as the breakfast for their next day in school (We ask that they eat this breakfast before coming to school the next day.) Again, these meals are FREE of charge for ALL students so they do not have to swipe their card. If they would like, a student may take only one bag as they are escorted during dismissal by a staff member. If they do not want this bagged series of meals, they will simply exit the building as normal without stopping by the tables.
Please reach out if you have any questions.Virtual Learning Expected NormsOn the days that your child is not in school, they will be expected to log into Google Classroom for attendance and to complete on-line assignments. We will also have Google Meets to check in and review work at the end of the day.Please read over these remote learning norms that will help our Google Meets run smoothly!The District Tech Tool Kit and Student/Parent Tutorials are available to help you with some common tech problems and document questions.Upcoming Dates:Friday 10/16-Green Day for Color Week-Wear green to school (or at our google meet).*click link to see the themed days*click the link to see the themed days**this does include dressing up in your costume for our Fall Festival!!
- Exit door by the 4th grade wing to the playground
- Outside the Main Entrance
- Outside the exit by the fifth grade bathrooms
- Outside the Gym- Vestibule
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 email@example.comLiteracyWe 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.Unit 1This week our letters will be: Review WeekLetters introduced: t, b, f, n, m, i, uHow 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.***SAVE THESE PAGES TO MAKE A BOOK AT HOME AT THE END OF OUR INTRODUCTION UNIT***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.Unit 1 Words:This week we will work on the words: to & goWords you should have at home: I, a, my, can, like, am, theUnit 2 Words:(Beginning in January)*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 WorkshopIn 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 pictures2. Look at the words3. Retell the storyReading at HomeIt is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child. We will start the week of ___ with our Switlik School Reading Program. Please keep the 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!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!Writers WorkshopWriter'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!!!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 with one-on-one help!)Math Envision 2.0This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0You can access the website by following the directions below.
We will start with Topic #1: 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.
Social Studies & Science
We will start with our Social Studies Unit on Citizenship and Rules.
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. On Fridays, we will dress in that color too, whether you attend school or you are at home for remote learning that day.
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.
Week of 9/21-Red Week
Week of 9/28-Yellow Week
Week of 10/5-Blue Week
Week of 10/12- Green Week
Week of 10/19-
Week of 10/26-
Week of 11/9-
Week of 11/16-
Switlik School is proud to be a Bucket Filling School! Each month, 1 student will be chosen for the Class Bucket Filler! Encourage your child to be a Bucket Filler at home too!
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!
With the new guidelines, we will NOT be sharing everyday items like pencils & crayons. In the past, they were shared items and our baskets were refilled every 5-6 weeks. Now, each child will have their own supply box. I would like to ask for a few extra packs of Crayola Crayons to come into school. I will hold onto to them for now. They are usually so cheap this time of the year (like 50 cents a box!!) We will only use the 16 or 24 count boxes....please do not send in the 64 or larger count boxes....that is WAY TOO MANY color choices for our little ones. :)
And in the beginning of the year....I will only give the children the 8 basic colors. Once we hit the end of winter, beginning of Spring, I will then add in the fun, extra colors! So please do not be upset if you send in boxes now, but the kids do not have access to them YET! They will....just a little later on!
Thanks so much for your anticipated donations and help!!
Wish List Items:
See Crayon note above!
Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
Sandwich Size Ziploc Bags
Additional items may be added as we need them!
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, prize box items)....anything that is kid friendly!
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, 10:45-11:15.
You will need to send in a lunch (ready to eat, we cannot heat up anything), easy to open snacks and a drink or you may order the FREE school lunch each day!
Your child does have the option to get a free lunch everyday. Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.
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 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.
*Week of 10/12 is Week B
Please be sure to log into the special area teachers google classroom for the Google Meet for each class. The codes are listed on the link above in blue.
Specials will ONLY be hold on your Virtual at-home learning days!
Monday 10/12-Group 2 has Music 10:40-11:10
Tuesday 10/13-Group 1 has Computers from 9:10-9:40
Wednesday 10/14-Group 2 has Art 11:20-11:50
Thursday 10/15-NO Specials today
Friday 10/16-Group 1 has Art from 12:00-12:30
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 2020-2021
Class code @h8bkgf
Free Learning Websites
Epic! Online Digital Reading Library
I just added our class to this GREAT reading resource!
To log on....
1. Go to https://www.getepic.com/
2. Log in with our class code bnv2194 *new for 2020/21
3. Find your child's name and begin!!
*Please continue to read the calendar section. That section will keep you updated with our activities and events.
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 individual student learniing boxes for home, classroom care packages, our gift card for our memory book photos, plus many more things that they have instore for us!
*The PTN class page is up and running!
You can also follow them on facebook!
Consider attending the monthly meetings and joining a committee! It is a GREAT way to get involved in our school!
Their next meeting is:
Let's work together to make this a great year for your child!
Please note the first day of school is a Tuesday, so Group 1 will be remote.If your last name begins with A-K: You are assigned toGroup 1.Group 1 attends school in-person on Mondays, Wednesdays and alternating Fridays and works remotely the other daysIf your last name begins with L-Z: You are assigned toGroup 2.Group 2 attends school in-person on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Fridays and works remotely the other days.