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     Welcome to

    Mrs. Mazzella's

    Kindergarten!   

     

    Thank you to all of our parents who have been working with their children. We truly appreciate all that you are doing during this unprecendented time in history. Please take minute to remind yourself mistakes are part of learning, we are not perfect(students, parents and teachers) and that if we keep on trying anything is possible.

    Please remember if you have any questions to contact me through email at

    dmazzella@jacksonsd.org

    or through the remind app.

    Remote Learning Plans

    March 30 - April 8, 2020

     If you have not already done so, make sure you have logged into your child's gmail account and accepted the invite to our classroom.  This is different than this class page. See the log in information below. You only need to continue onto the easybridge part if you are looking to see the math book. I would like to get everyone in and signed up so that we can use it starting next week.  And there is a way for the kids (with adult help and supervision) to upload their work and to say "Hi" to their friends!

    New Pearson Log In Visual

    pearson log in visual

    If you have any questions please feel free to email or remind message me.  If you CANNOT print out the materials/worksheets...NO WORRIES!  Feel free to use any paper you have at home and your child can complete it on that.  
     
     
    How Can You Help Your Child At Home:
     
    Please review all sight words taught to date
     
    *Fundations & Sight Words*
    Please review all sight words taught to date 
     
    Practice our letters & sounds
     
    Practice digraphs: th, sh, ch, wh
    *click here for a fun video on these digraph sounds Digraph Video
     
    Review Blends (see the blends chart that I sent home in their reading bag last week)
    *click here for a fun video on blends Blends Video
     
    Review CVC tapping and blending
    *(c-o-p=cop,  n-e-t=net)
     
    Rhyming Practice is always good too!
     
     Our Sight Words for the next 2 weeks (week of March 16 & March 23rd): got, of, went, us, out, put 
    You can have your child spell and write these words. Make it fun by using different materials or colors to write them.
     
    Word Wallet Wednesdays
    Each Wednesday, starting on March, we will send home 4 new sight words to help our Super Readers advance to the next reading level. 
    Week 1-March 4th: one, two, what, name
    Week 2-March 11th: three, four, who, down
    Week 3-March 18th: five, six, where, big
    Week 4-March 25th: seven, eight, when, then
    Week 5-April 1st:  nine, ten, why & can’t
    Week 6-April 8th: 
    Week 7-April 22nd:

     

    Writers Workshop 
    Practice How To Writing- include transition words; first, next, then, after, last (finally)...they may try include an introduction and ending if they would like.
    Informational Writing - "All About" If you log into your child's gmail account you will have access to Discovery Education.  There are great videos for your child to watch for informational writing.  Please preview the video for content before allowing your child to watch. Remember to check the box K-2 when searching for topics.
     
    Please sign into your child's gmail account for a link to the google classroom I set up.  I have included writing paper in the materials if you are unable to access the one posted in the district plans.
      
    Practice Fast Facts, Counting & Writing Numbers 1-20
    You should have recieved your child's first fast fact quiz on Friday. Please take a look at the letter attached that explains the results.  On the student lesson plans there are practice worksheets that your child can complete at home.  Set a timer to see how many they can complete in one minute.  The links included are for extra help or enrichment you do not need to do all of the problems on the websites listed on the standards page. You can also make it fun by having your child practice the problems using their toys to add.
    *For enrichment, try to write numbers to 100.
     
    Readers Workshop
    Have your child read books from their reader bag and fill out their March reading log  
    Be sure to read both fiction/non-fiction stories.
    Also, be sure to read aloud to your child.  They need to hear stories being read to them.  You will also need to stop and ask questions along the way.  
    -If it is a Fiction Story, your child should be able to tell about the characters, setting, main events and can retell the story (what happened first, next, then, last/at the end.)
    -If it is a Non-fiction story, they should be able to give 2- 3 facts about the topic they are reading about.

     Many companies are offering free access to parents during this time.  I will try to add a few here for you to look into. 
     
    The following link is provided by Audible (Amazon’s audiobook service). They are providing free audio story books while the world is dealing with the pandemic. This may be useful to our teachers and parents to help occupy time or to incorporate lessons. 
     
     
    Scholastic has come up with a great program to incorporate some reading and with activities as a follow up for the Kindergarten level.  They have both fiction & non-fiction stories available!!
     
     
    The children love to read books on Reading A-Z.  They are offering free acounts for students.
    Learning A-Z  
     
    Free Learning Websites
     
    Free Learning Websites websites
    See the source image
    Please visit 
    our librarian, Ms. Palme's, Webpage
    for many fun free resources and activities.
     
    Keep any work that you complete with you child in their HW folder.  We will collect it when we return to school. 
    Please remember to take frequent breaks, play in the yard, color, sing, dance, play with toys and let them be kindergartners!
     
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    Hooray! we finished discussing all of the upper and 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
    Story prediction
    Alphabetical Order
    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: read, love, have, they, for, what, your, boy, girl, little, will, sit, did, here, 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

     Math

       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 complete Topic 9. Please try to have your child complete the online assessment each unit in preparation for our Unit assessment.

    To acess the Envision math textbook please go to

    Pearson Envision 2.0

    To log in please see the attached instructions letter.

    Here is a link to some fun math games.

    Envision 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 dmazzella@jacksonsd.org  anytime throughout the year with any questions or concerns that you may have.

     

    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.

    bus  

     Dismissal Changes

    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. 

    lunch

    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.

    recess

    Recess

    We will have recess everyday (weather permitting) outside on the playground. Please make sure your child is dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather.  We will go outside during the winter months if the weather is above 45 degrees. As per school rules, all children must wear sneakers to climb on the equipment.  Thank you for helping us keep the children safe outside! 

     

    Literacy
     
     
    Image result for wilson handwriting alphabet 
     
    We 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 Initiative

    Switlik 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 PTN
     
    If 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.switlik@gmail.com

     

    Dr Seuss Quote

     

     

     

  • Important Dates to Remember

     

    I will be using the Remind App to send out reminders this year. To sign up for class reminders

    text @mazzellak to the number 81010

    You’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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  • Class Schedule

    Lunch

    11:30am

    Monday

    Gym 

    Tuesday

    Media and Technology 

    Wednesday

    Music

    Thursday

    Media and Technology

    Friday 

    Art