Up Coming Events:
Our class will celebrate Snowman Day by completeing various learning activities with a snowman theme. This day is for students only. In order to make our day a success I will need a few items. Please select an item or two from the list below and email me if you can help.
3 boxes of Hostess Powder Donuts
icing in a spray can
snowman/winter themed plates and napkins
Valentine's Center Day/ 100th Day of School:
Please click on the following link to see information regarding information about our Valentine's Center Day and the 100th Day of School Activities.
Due to the amount of movement in our classroom siblings will not be able to join us for our Valentine's Center Day event.
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.
Welcome To Kindergarten
Welcome to the wonderful world of Kindergarten!! My name is Alisha Robinson and I have the pleasure of being your child's teacher this year. Get ready as we embark on a fun filled adventure full of learning and new experiences. I am looking forward to getting to know both you and your child. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns that you may have this year. You can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message for me at the main office.
Your child will need a back pack that will hold a 9 x 12 folder. Please make sure your child's name is on everything that comes to school. Also, it will be very helpful if you have crayons, pencils, scissors and glue at home for homework activities/class projects. We will also have these items at school, so there is no need send in these items.
Please remember to send in lunch and or lunch money each day. We will be eating in the lunchroom everyday and they do 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. During the first few weeks, there will be extra hands in the cafeteria to assist the children with opening up their food/drink containers. It would be beneficial to have your child start to practice opening and closing their own containers. We will eat lunch daily from 11:30-12:05 (lunch period). Please be sure to have your child memorize their student ID number, which will be used for the Computerized Payment System when purchasing any school lunch food/drink item. Their student ID number will be listed on the portal.
We will also have a small snack in the afternoon daily and I will be asking parents for snack donations. Snack items needed will be pretzels, Goldfish, boxes of dry cereal, Teddy Grahams, or Animal crackers. ***If your child has a food allergy, please contact me via email (email@example.com) or have a note ready for me for orientation day. We plan on having a snack the first day, but need to know about any food allergies BEFORE we can give any student a snack. Please feel free to send in a bottle/thermos of water (no juice please) for your child to drink while they are in the classroom. Please make sure you write your child's name on their bottles.
While the weather is nice we will be going outside to the playground. Please have your child wear sneakers. For safety reasons they will not be allowed on the playground equipment without them. Also, please have your child wear sneakers on gym day. In order for your child to participate in gym class they must wear sneakers too.
We are always in need of hand wipes and table wipes. Please feel free to send them in with your child. Thank you so much for all your donations of snacks and supplies to our classroom. Your generosity is truly appreciated!!
Kindergarten Dismissal Routine Change
If there is ever a change in your child's normal dismissal routine PLEASE WRITE ME A NOTE OR CALL THE SCHOOL INSTEAD OF E-MAILING ME. When I receive your notes I like to put them on my Dismissal Clipboard and if you call the school the office will let me know, so I can line up your children and dismiss them accordingly.
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. During the first few weeks, there will be extra hands in the cafeteria to assist the children with opening up their food/drink containers. It would be beneficial for you to have your child start to practice opening and closing their own containers. We will eat lunch daily from 11:30 (2nd lunch period). Here is the link to the Food Service information on the district website with all the information about the Computerized Payment System, the monthly menus and Nutritional Information. Please check it out and bookmark it for future reference. https://www.jacksonsd.org/site_res_view_template.aspx?id=46f44894-a426-47e5-a63a-c2f651b4b184
Your child will receive a card to swipe if they are buying lunch. 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.
We will also have a small snack daily in the afternoon and I will be asking parents for snack donations. Snack items needed can be pretzels, Goldfish, boxes of dry cereal, Teddy Grahams, or Animal crackers. Please do not send in anything sticky. Remember we are a Nut Free Room. Make sure there are no nuts in the snacks. ***If your child has a food allergy, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or have your child bring in a note. If your child has a food allergy please send in a "safe" snack for them to eat.
Wish List Items
Brown Lunch Bags
Michaels Gift Cards
Target Gift Cards
large white paper plates
(please nothing with coconut or nuts)
cookies (your child's favorite)
zip lock bags (large)
zip lock bags (small)
Seasonal stickers for our Class Project
kid friendly board or card games(example: Hi Ho Cherrio, apples to apples,candyland)
*Please make sure your child wears their sneakers to Gym or they may not be able to participate.
We Are An Allergy Free Classroom
Please note that some of our students suffer from the following allergies: nuts or coconut. Please make sure you read the lables and do not send any products containing these items to our classroom during classroom celebrations or as a snack. We are asking your assistance in providing a safe learning environment for the other students in our class. Thank you for your cooperation.”
Remind APP Sign Up
To receive informational texts on school and classwide events and activities please visit the remind link and follow the promts.Letter of the Week: z & qDuring the week we will continue our new phonics program, Fundations, and review the letters and sounds that have been taught.Letter's We've Worked On: t,b,f,n,m,i,u,c,o,a,g,d,s,e,r,p,j,l,h,k,v,wHow 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***Sight words are 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.Our Sight Words This Week are:here, play & ifWe have practiced: I, can, to, like,a,am,the,go,my, see,is,this,me,we,he,it, you,and,at,or,in,so,no,do,up,look,she,yes, not,come,thisPlease study these words EVERY night.Color of the Week: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 a picture. It can come from a magazine, printed sheet, or a hand drawn picture of things with that color. It could also be an small object that can be glued on to our poster. Any picture/object will do, but keep in mind, they will not be returned. we will also designate a day to dress in that color.Our next color will be:Wear the color Black and White on Wednesday.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.Color Words We Have Worked On:red, yellow, green,purple,blue,brown, orange, black,white,pink,gray(Please continue to review these words every night. Recognition of the words will help your child with their reading.)Math Envision 2.0This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0You can access the website at home using the following linkOnce 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:
- JACKSON TWP SCHOOL DISTRICT-INT
3. Student Log In Information:
Login: Student ID#
Password: First Name + Grade levelReaders 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 story
It is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child.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!"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 the love notes your children bring me as well as the extra practice on the back of some of the homeworks. ....If your child is not doing this already try it a few times a week. You will see how quickly they will get better with practice (an one-on-one help!)Scholastic Book OrdersYou can also click on the link below to order books online.
- Keep the Reading Challenge log in the homework folder. I will still be checking them on Fridays/ Mondays, depending on when the month ends. You will write down how many books you read, BUT REMEMBER, the QUANTITY of books is not important, it is the QUALITY of time that you spend together reading together! You can parctice the letters and letter sounds, as well as our sight words during this time too!
Fall Picture Day is Monday, October 28th.
Upcoming Math Review/Test
On ________we will review everything we learned in_________ to prepare for our first Math test. That night I will also send home another review sheet to complete to help the children practice what was taught. PLEASE USE THIS HOMEWORK AS A STUDY SHEET. DO NOT RETURN THIS SHEET THE NEXT DAY. The test will be given on _________.