Kindergarten!Have you heard the news? Our chicks hatched. We are so excited to watch them grow!
Work of the Week
Hooray! we finished discussing all of the lowercase letters in the alphabet.
In the upcoming months our focus will now begin to shift to include the following Phonemic awareness skills:
Blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds
Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words
Upper-case letter formation
Sample Words: map, sad, rat
Please continue to review all letters and words learned at home as well.
Letters learned: qu, z, x, y, v, w, l,h, k, p, j, e, r, s,d, a, g, c, o, i, u, m,n,t, b and f
Words learned: this, not, some, look, she, yes, do, up, so, no, in, on, an, at, and, you, he, it, me, we, is, see, go, my, a, am, the, I, can, to and like.
Color words learned: pink, gray, black, white, orange, brown, blue, purple, green, red and yellow
We will continue to use the Envision Math series this year. Please remember to read the directions on the bottom of the homework assignments. This week we will continue working on Unit 6. After lesson 6, please try to have your child complete the online assessment in preparation for our Unit assessment.
To acess the Envision math textbook please go to
To log in please see the attached instructions letter.
Here is a link to some fun math games.
Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up for REMIND messages!
I will be using REMIND to help keep you informed about important news and updates. Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone.
To sign up, text my class code @mazzellak to the phone number 81010
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com anytime throughout the year with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Please note: Please remember to bring a photo ID when planning to visit the school/classroom.
Important Security Information
LET ‘S WORK TOGETHER:
Student Safety is always paramount at Switlik School. We are asking for help in allowing our staff to focus on our shared goal of keeping our children safe and focused on learning. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration with us in ensuring that all students are safe.
ENTRANCE PROCEDURES: Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school. We ask that you wait 20 minutes after student arrival to approach the building to be signed in for your visit. (Exceptions are made for scheduled appointments approved by your child’s principal/teacher/counselor.
- All visitors will notify the receptionist using the buzzer by the visitor doors.
- At the buzzer, all visitors are required to present their valid photo identification to the camera, state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have the appointment or which student they are picking up.
- At the second set of doors, buzz again for access to reception.
- This includes drop off and pick up for morning and aftercare
Please do not hold the door open for others behind you. We realize this feels awkward and against the rules of good manners, but it’s important that each visitor be acknowledged individually through the buzzer system.
- If the appointment and/or purpose is verified, the visitor will be buzzed in and must present themselves to the receptionists immediately upon entry.
- The visitor’s ID will be held until the visitor leaves the building and the visitor will receive a guest badge. This procedure helps us to know that the visitor has departed by ensuring they leave the same way they arrived.
- Please limit “dropped off” items to only those items your child truly needs during the school day (e.g. necessary clothing changes, important schoolwork or lunch/items that are required for that day). Using the buzzer by the visiting door, inform the receptionists these items are on the cart outside the visitor door.
ARRIVAL PROCEDURES: Please be advised at no time should any vehicle be entering or exiting through our bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Please review and adhere to the following:
Arrival Time: 8:50-9:05 a.m. We will not have staff on duty before this time.
- No child should be left off at the school without a staff member in attendance.
- Morning arrival for children is located at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance).
- Parents who choose the “Kiss and Drop” loop should adhere to the following safety procedures:
- Pull up to the gym vestibule entrance doors to drop off your child.
- Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
- Students must exit from the passenger side door.
- Parents will not be permitted to enter the building during drop off arrival time.
- Do not pass other vehicles while children are exiting from vehicle, this can create a dangerous situation.
- Stay in the right lane along the curb, pull up to the red line:
After 9:05 a.m., the start of the school day, parents dropping off their children must park in the main parking lot and escort them inside to the main office receptionist desk in order to sign them in. At this time, children are considered late. Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school.
No child is to be dropped off at the main entrance without a parent/ guardian signing them in.
Parent Pick Up:
- Doors at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance) for parent pick up will open at 3:05 p.m.
- Present your valid photo identification to the receptionists prior to signing your child out.
- Follow instructions of receptionists as to where to stand while waiting for your child to arrive.
- Please do not park in the bus lane during this time.
- Parents wishing to pick their students up from childcare may begin to do so at 3:15 p.m. We ask that parents wait until dismissal is complete before signing out childcare students.
EARLY DISMISSAL: will conclude at 2:45 p.m. Any parent who wishes to sign out their child after 2:45 p.m. will wait until dismissal at 3:10 p.m. Please refer to the Switlik School Handbook.
If you will be picking your child up early, we prefer you notify the school as early in advance as you can, but at least by the morning of pick up. This can be done through a note sent in with the child, or an email to the teacher and principal. In the event of a true emergency, please contact the school reception desk by phone (732) 833-4650 extension 4135, prior to arrival if possible. We realize there are often instances where early pick-up is necessary (medical or other appointments), but we respectfully ask that you limit early sign-outs to only times when they are necessary.
You do not need to purchase supplies for the classroom for your child.
The only thing he/she will need is a backpack large enough for a folder and a lunchbox or lunch money. If you choose to send in money, please make sure it is in an envelope with your child's name on it and the amount enclosed.
Please label all of your child's items with his or her name on them. I will supply students with everything else they will need for school. It is strongly suggested that you have crayons, scissors and glue for your child to use at home for assigments.
Our class page is an important tool for both students and parents throughout the year. Please make sure you check it weekly to see what is being covered in class, as well as, any special classroom announcements or activities.
Parents please be advised, any changes to your child's schedule needs to be sent in writing the day of that change. Please do not send multiple days on one note, unless it is a monthly schedule.
If your child has a schedule that changes on a weekly basis, please send a note at the beginning of the month. Please list all bus dismissal changes in numerical order(Please do not just identify the day of the week.)
For example: (Child's Name)'s Schedule for the month of September
To go on the Bus Report to Childcare
9/6, 9/7 9/8
Remember, if your child has a change in dismissal, make sure that you write a note in the morning. Please do not send an email mid-day, as I may not see it before dismissal.
Please remember to send in lunch and or lunch money each day. We will be eating in the lunchroom everyday and your children will have the option to purchase a lunch or a milk if needed. Lunch is only 30 minutes, so please keep that in mind when packing your child's lunch. We do not have the means to heat up any items. All food items should be ready to eat. It would be beneficial for you to have your child start to practice opening and closing their own containers.
If your child will be buying lunch, they will receive a card to swipe. This will help speed up the process when paying for their lunch. It is still important to have your child memorize their student ID number. They will need to use it throughout their educational career while they are a student in our District. Their student ID number will be listed on the portal.
If you choose to send in lunch money, please make sure it is in an envelope in their homework folder, with your child's name on it and the amount enclosed. If your child is allowed to purchase snack in school please send me a note saying they are allowed to buy snack or ice cream.
We will be having a small class snack in the afternoon. Your child may bring in a water bottle (label with your child's name please) daily. Please limit this to water only...no juice, soda, iced tea, gatorade. If you would like to send in a snack donation, please send in something for us to share as a class. Any snack donation is appreciated... we have 20 students. Some suggestions - a box of animal crackers, fruit snacks, cookies, goldfish, large bag of pretzels.
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 keep the children safe outside!LiteracyWe will begin our year introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program. During the 1st two weeks, we will introduce 3 letters. Starting the 3rd week, we will focus on 2 letters a week, review each letter, sound and discriminate between the uppercase and lowercase letter.How Can You Help At Home:Practice the letters and their sounds daily.
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***
Bucket Filling InitiativeSwitlik Elementary School is commmitted to creating a caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture. Each month a student will be chosen from every class to be the Bucket filler of the month. They will get their picture taken and posted on the school web page.Switlik PTNIf you have not already done so, please consider joining the Switlik PTN.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) and our gift card for our memory book photos.
In keeping with last year, we will be having our school store on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the cafeteria during lunch. Students will have the opportunity to shop once they have eaten. Items are priced between $0.25 - $2.00
The PTN is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha Marley or PTN.firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Dates to Remember:
1/17 Book Character Day Students can dress up like their favorite character.
1/23 Snowman Day (Students Only)
1/14 Valentine's Center Day (6 Volunteers Needed) Look out for our Sign up Genius coming out soon.
1/18 100th Day of School (Students Only)
I will be using the Remind App to send out reminders this year. To sign up for class reminders
text @mazzellak to the number 81010You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.If you would like to order from Scholastic Book Clubs our class code is NW3ZT.
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