• Welcome To Ms. Cortez's Kindergarten Class  

    Dear Parents, 
    Below you will find information about what the children will be learning this week ( February 20th-February 24th)
    Sight Words: play, like 
    Reading:  Students will be reading from their book bags during school and focus on independent reading, partner reading and small group reading. Students will also participate in a reader's theater to practice fluency and expression. We will focus on comprehension strategies that will help us read books at our own level and then move to the next level when we are ready. 
    Phonics: Continuing to practice recognizing previously taught letters based on their sounds, tapping/blending to read and spell words and putting letters in alphabetical order. 
    Writing: Write complete sentences using sight words and illustrate sentences. 
    Math- practice addition and subtraction with the use of games, activities and crafts
    Social Studies: Learning about famous and influential African American figures in honor of Black History Month. Learning about President's Day.  
    Social Emotional Learning: self regulation

    Announcements and Reminders!

    This is a very important message regarding birthday snacks. We currently have a few students in our class that have allergies to nuts. Future birthday snacks that are sent to school need to be store bought with a store label stating that they were made in a nut-free factory and that the snack does not contain any nut products.. Please keep in mind we have a total of 22 students in our class. If you wish to send in goody bags with little items that are not edible, such as pencils, small playdoh etc., this has been done in the past and the students enjoy receiving the goody bags.
    I just wanted to let you know that parent-teacher conference reminders are coming home today with your scheduled date & time. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, Wednesday, November 16th & Thursday, November 17th. Students will be dismissed at 1:35 PM on those days. If you schedule a virtual conference, it will be noted on your reminder and you can simply log on to my Google Classroom (this page) and use the green "join" button on the top left-hand side to join the virtual Meet for the conference. Please be sure you have access to my Google Classroom if you scheduled a virtual conference! All students have access to my Classroom on their chrome books, or you can use student's login information (posted on their chrome books) to log into their Google account on a different device and access the Classroom that way!
    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding conferences.
    I really look forward to meeting with you all & sharing your child's successes thus far!
    Thank You, 

    Please remember that chromebooks stay home and only return to school on Thursday's for computer class. We are kindly asking parents to practice with their child by logging into  their child's chromebooks. This will make it easy in computer class.   


    A warm welcome to all my Kindergarten families ! I hope you enjoyed the summer and you and your child are ready for this year's exciting learning adventure. Kindergarten is an exciting time for your child. It is a time for exploring so many new things and places and a time to learn. This year your child will be learning letters,sounds, and how to read. Your child will also learn math, science and social studies. Your child will also learn how to cut, paste, color and draw. However, the most important part of your child's learning experience this year will be learning how to make new friends, be respectful and responsible students.While Kindergarten marks an important transition in your child's life, it is important that children still get to be children. "Your child is in for a treat!" Kindergarten life is sweet with all the fun and exciting activities. Let's all gear up for a successful school year! I look forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out and contact me at 

    Email: ncortez@jacksonsd.org

    School Phone: 732-833-4680

    Thank You, 



     Google Classroom:

    I will be using Google Classroom to post assignments, daily and weekly announcements and all other important information for your child. The code to join my Google Classroom will be emailed to your child's district email account. Students are REQUIRED to join my Google Classroom, as it will be used for important information regarding our classroom activities. 


     Class Page

    Thank you for visiting our class page. Please visit our class page each week for an update on school events,classroom events as well as updates to our weekly curriculum. The weekly curriculum will include skills and strategies introduced in Literacy, Math, Social Studies and Science. 



    The Elms PTN has provided each child with an Elms folder that your child will bring back and forth to school in their backpack. This folder will be used as a tool for us to communicate daily. Each day, your child will bring home this folder. If there is a need to send anything back to school, it will come home in the "Return to School" side of the folder. Homework is one example of something that would be in the "Return to School" side. Any notes from home to school regarding dismissal, lunch money, or any correspondence should be put in the folder on the " Return to School" side.  A good parent-teacher relationship is essential for a successful school year. You are always welcome to contact me! 

    Email: ncortez@jacksonsd.org

    School Phone: 732-833-4680


    Please also consider joining my "Remind" group!

    Remind is a communication platform that will be utilized throughout the school year to stay connected with you.  It is a wonderful tool to keep you updated with important information regarding our school day, changes in schedules, or last-minute notices.


    If you have a smartphone, get push notifications by going to the following link rmd.at/d8d483hc and follow the instructions to sign up 

    If you do not have a smartphone, get text notifications by sending  a text to 81010 and text the message @dBd483hc 


    Classroom Supplies 

    I have been busy setting up the classroom for all of my wonderful new students.  All school supplies for your child have been supplied by the school or myself. If you signed out a chromebook for your child please keep the chromebook at home.  However, there is a small list of items that I am asking parents to send to school with their child during the first week of  school. The following items are: 

    * 1 placemat of your choice for your child to use as a sit upon on the floor or outside during instructional time.( please write your child's name on the back of the placemat)

    *Sweater or sweatshirt labeled with your child's name  (classroom can get chilly and weather outside is unpredictable) 

    *Change clothes in a plastic bag with your child's name 

    *Water bottle labeled with child's name 

    Here are some additional items that are optional:

    tissue box, pack of baby wipes, individual hand sanitizer (please label all items with your child's name)


    Daily Schecule Schedule 

    Lunch Daily: 11:00-11:30


    Unified Arts Schedule 

    Monday: Art (Mr.Bryan)

    Tuesday: Music (Mrs. Geoffroy) 

    Wednesday: Library (Mrs. Konopack)

    Thursday: Computers (Mrs. Sendecki) Please have your child bring their chromebook to school fully charged)

    Friday:   Gym ( Mr. Di Ambrosio)Please have your child wear sneakers on gym days. 


    Literacy: We use a terrific phonics program called Fundations. In class, students will work on letter identification, sounds, and letter formation. At home,they can practice by tracing letters with their fingers, 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/.   Additionally, we will be learning 2-3 new trick words each week. These words are trick words that we can not sound out. In the coming weeks, I will be

    Writing: Writer's Workshop is a designated time 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 I will 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. sending home fun ways to practice reviewing these words at home!

    Math: Envision 2.0. At the beginning of each topic, we will send home a parent information home page along with 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 and returned the following day unless otherwise noted. 

    Social Studies & Science: Science and Social Studies will alternate thematic units. These units of study will be incorporated throughout our school day!




    Happy Birthday:


    Happy Birthday 


      Links to Resources:        

      Lowercase letter formation guide
         Uppercase letter formation guide