Mrs. Robinson's Class Page
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Welcome To Kindergarten
Updated September 6, 2020
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 email@example.com or leave a message for me at the main office.
This is my Teacher’s Page and I will use this 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 it. I will also be using Remind texting services as another way to keep an open line of communication! I will have the new log on information for the 2020/2021 school year at the bottom of this page shortly.
Kindergarten Orientation will occur in -person on Monday, August 31, 2020. Safety and security are a top priority at the Switlik School.
To ensure a safe, nurturing environment and to comply with all COVID-19
protocols, schedules have been created. Please critically review and adhere to the following guidelines:
Mrs. Robinson’s Group 1 will attend from 9:00-10:00
Mrs. Robinson’s Group 2 will attend from 10:30-11:30
- Each child may be accompanied by only one adult/guardian.
- No siblings or small children (toddler/infants/strollers etc...) will be permitted to attend this year’s Kindergarten Orientation.
- Face Coverings must be worn at all times by children/adults/staff.
- The Jackson School District will be implementing a 1:1 Chromebook initiative this school year. Your kindergarten student will receive their individual Chromebook and Kindergarten personalized manipulative box filled with learning tools for at home learning at the orientation. In order to receive the Chromebook assigned to your child, you must complete the Chromebook information in Genesis prior to attending orientation.
- Our incoming Kindergarten students will be greeted at the gym vestibule located at the back of the Switlik School to attend orientation.
Important Notes for the start of school:
Label everything that comes in, including water bottles.
Do not 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.
Send in a backpack with a folder each day with your child. In the backpack, it is also encouraged to have an extra mask or two in case the first 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.
It is encouraged to have your child bring a lunch from home the first few weeks in Kindergarten, BUT lunch will be available if needed. If your child is buying lunch, please put a note in their folder. We will be taking lunch orders in the morning. If your child is buying lunch, you will need to log on and put money in their lunch account. Please check out the lunch webpage for more information on this process. Checks may also be sent in in a labeled envelope with their student id number on it. I will send it to the lunchroom in the morning and the money will be applied to their account.
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 every day. It must be water. Juice will be allowed in the lunchroom. (I will have a supply of water bottles here for those that do forget to bring one. The Switlik PTN has donated them!) 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 day and I will try to be sure to send home both their next school day. I would prefer not to have them use their old one with the other group coming in the next day.
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 the day of the absence 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 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.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.-It is encouraged to have your child bring a lunch from home the first few weeks in Kindergarten, BUT lunch will be available if needed. If your child is buying lunch, please put a note in their folder. We will be taking lunch orders in the morning. For those buying lunch, you will need to log on and put money in their lunch account. Please check out the lunch webpage for more information on this process. Checks may also be sent in in a labeled envelope with their student id number on it and I can send it to the lunchroom in the morning and the money will be applied to their account.-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 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. 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 2:20. More information on this will be shared shortly.-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" 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 to 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.-Let's work together to make this a GREAT Year!Mrs. Robinson's Google Classroom Link:This is a link to our Google Classroom. Please make sure you check your child's School District email for an invitation to join it.Google Classroom links to our Special Area Classes: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:Tuesday, September 8thGroup 2 will attend that day and I will check in later on that day with Group 1!I will see Group 1 in the classroom on Wednesday, September 9th!We will have a Virtual Back to School Night onThursday, September 10thThis 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.
- 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
Below is the link for our Google Hangout
Google Virtual Classroom
Please be reminded that the Google Classroom is a way for the children to interact with each other and complete suggested assignments. If you have any questions/concerns please feel free to email me and I will be happy to address them.
See the following reminder..Please visit the Class Page of our LibrarianMs. Palme for many fun free resources and activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.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, ratLetter of the Week:During 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:
Please make sure you read and practice the skills that are sent home with each new Fundations Unit.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***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:We have practiced:Please 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 ______ on ______.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:(Please continue to review these words every night. Recognition of the words will help your child with their reading.)
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 8 and begin Unit 9. Please try to have your child complete the online assessment each unit in preparation for our Unit assessment.
Directions to log into Pearson Envision Math
Sign into your childs Google e-mail account.
Username is their student id# @jacksonsd.org
Password is usually initials and student id# (example - Alisha Robinson would be ar123456)
If you don't know their student id# - please feel free to e-mail me or Mr. Autenrieth
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Math Game Center:
Here you can play math games that go with our Math Topics or give your child a challenge in Math.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 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!