• *Updated January 6, 2020
    Welcome back and Happy New Year! 
    January is a great time to be in Kindergarten!  We have learned our letters and we are ready to start putting those letters and sounds together to read and write words!  This is a good time to get back into a schedule at home and make reading a family event each night!  (My own personal new year's resolution is to read more at home for enjoyment!  I may even bring in my book and read while the kids read 1x a week so they can see me reading too!) They need to know that adults enjoy reading so that they learn to enjoy it too!   
    Please continue to check this page, as well as the school home AND the PTN page for the information about ALL the activities that are going on! 
    Important Notes for this Week:
    -Please continue to label everything that comes in, including water bottles. **And 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.  
    -If your child is buying snack, please put a note in their lunch box.  Some of the kids want to buy a snack, BUT we are not sure if they have money on their account.  If they are buying and there is no money on their acct, you can send in a $1 with the note. 
    This is a full week!  Some of our friends may be tired by the end of the week!  (I know I will be!)    
    Upcoming Dates:
    Friday, January 3rd-Report Cards available to view on portal
    Tuesday, Jan 7th-Special Visitor
    More info will be shared after the visit!
    AND a BIG THANK YOU to the PTN for paying for this event!!
    Wednesday, January 8th-School Store during the lunch periods
    Friday, Jan 17th-School Spirit Day
    Dress as your favorite book character!
    Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns...but please be aware that it may take me a few days to respond. During the school year, a hand delivered note will be needed if your concern needs immediate attention (for ex. a change in bus/pick up dismissal for that day).  
    My email is cmtemple@jacksonsd.org
    Classmom info:
    Feel free to reach out to our classmoms with any questions.
    Mrs. Krystal Graves at krystalagraves@gmail.com
    or Mrs. Melissa Herbstman at Melissa.herbstman@aol.com
     We will start the year with a program called Fundations.  Fundations will introduce the children to 2-3 letters a week.  We will work on identifying each letter, the letter sound and printing the letter correctly. Each week we will send home a parent note to let you know what the focus is for the week and how you can help our child at home.   
    Unit 1
    This week our letters will be: 
    Letters introduced: t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j, l, h, k, v, w, x, y, q & z
    We will begin Unit 2 the week of January 6 and focus on blending sounds together to make words.
    How Can You Help At Home:
    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.
    sight words
    Each week, we will introduce 2-3 grade level words (sight words). Grade level words are a mixture of sight words and tricky 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. 
      Unit 1 Words:
    (you should have these words at home)
    I, can, to, like, a, am, the, go, my, see, is, me, we, he, it, you, and, at, an, on, in, so, no, do & up
    Unit 2 Words:
    (Beginning the week of January 6th)
    This week, our new words will be:  look, she & yes
    *please add our new words to the 1st bag I sent home.  Keep this bag at home...it does NOT NEED to come back to school.  A good spot to keep them is in their Book Boxes!
    Readers Workshop
    In 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 pictures
    2. Look at the words
    3.  Retell the story
    Reading at Home
    It is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child.  We will start the week of 9/16 with our new Switlik School Reading Program.  Please keep this reading calendar in their homework folder.  I will be checking it on Fridays.  I am just looking for the parent signature and the title of their favorite book that they read that day.  
    *If you do do extra reading over the weekend, feel free to add those dates and your initials under the current week section on the log.  I do love to reward my friends who do extra practice!!  :) 
    Check out this chart to see how reading for an extra 20 minutes a day with your child will benefit him/her in school!   
    Reading at home
    Please make daily reading an important part of your day!
    "Readers are made on the laps of their parents!"
    Again, reading is not meant to be a chore at home....we hope that you make reading part of your daily routine!
    *11/4:  I will be sending home NEW Reading Folders on Monday, November 4th!  These folders should stay in the bookbags.  I will put their reading log inside the folders.  As we progress with our Reader's Workshop program, I will be adding in notes for you (the parents) to help you work with your child and their reading.  I will aslo be adding in rhymes and poems that I do the the children.
    **11/4: Shortly, we will be sending home reading bags.  These folders will THEN be put into the reading bag along with leveled books that the children choose in class.  We will be using the bags EVERYDAY, so they do need to stay in the backpacks so we have access to them everyday!!
    ***12/10-please remember to keep everything in the reading folder in the reading bags, including notes to you and the poems we send home for the kids.  
    Writers Workshop
    Writer'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!!!
    10/21-Currently our focus is on our Show & Tell items.  Can your child draw a picture of one of their favorite items from home?  They do not need to add it to a scene or add any background.  But can they add in all the detail in the picture and then go back and label all the parts....does it have eyes, ears, legs, feet, fur, a nose, wings, doors, pockets, a dress or pants....there are endless possibliities in labeling.  Help your child sound out the words, BUT DO NOT tell them the exact letters.  They need to learn to write down what they hear.  The english language has so many "rules" that they are NOT expected to know right now.  We just want them to write down what they hear....and at times, it may be wrong, but I don't want them to be afraid to try!  You can then go back and sound it out again letter by letter and see if they can figure out where they made the mistake and then let them fix it.  
    I love seeing extra practice....use the back of some of our homework pages to try this 1-2 a week.  You will see how quickly they will get better with practice (and with one-on-one help!)
    Week of 12/2-We will beging our Unit on Narrative Writing!  We will be writing 3+ page stories and focusing on "small moments" in our lives of things that we have done or places we have gone to!
    Math Envision 2.0
    This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0 
    You can access the website at home using the following link 
    • Once 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:
    • 3.  Student Log In Information:

      Login:  Student ID#

      Password: First Name + Grade level (for ex:  ChristineKF)

      *All Kindergarten students must put KF as the grade after their name, no spaces.

       Envision On-line Game Center



        We are working on Topic 6-Understanding Addition 

      At the beginning of each topic, we will send home a parent information home page.  This will also include copies of 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.

    • science

    • Social Studies & Science

     We will discuss hibernation, and life cycles of specific animals and then get ready for our next

    Science Unit of Forces & Motion. 



    color words


    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 magazine (they can also be printed or hand drawn) pictures of things with that color.  Any picture will do, but keep in mind, they will not be returned.  We will also designate a day to dress in that color.


    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. 


    Week of 9/9-Red Week

    Week of 9/16-Yellow Week

    Week of 9/23-Green Week

    Week of 10/3-Purple Week

    Week of 10/7-Blue Week 

    Week of 10/14-Brown Week

    Week of 10/21-Orange Week

    Week of 10/28-Black & White Week

    Week of 11/11-Pink & Gray Week


    We have completed our color word unit.  Please continue to use the color word flash cards we sent home in September.  The children should be able to recognize and read these color words. 



    Bucket Filling

    Bucket Filler  

     Switlik School is proud to be a Bucket Filling School!  Each month, 1 student will be chosen for the Class Bucket Filler!



    September's Bucket Filler: Delaney Powers

    October's Bucket Filler:  Michael Falzon

    November's Bucket Filler: 

    December's Bucket Filler:  

    January's Bucket Fillers: 

    March's Bucket Filler:

    April's Bucket Filler:

    May's Bucket Filler: 





    As for supplies, your child will need a back pack that can hold a 9 x 12 folder.

    Please label it and have your child practice opening and closing it on their own. THANK YOU!  

    I would also like to ask for an old shirt to use as an Art Smock. Please label this and send it in ASAP.  They will be stored in the classroom for our "messy" art projects.  

    As always, tissues and wipes are a "teacher's best friend", so I would gladly accept any donations of tissues or baby wipes. THANK YOU!  

    During the course of the year, I may ask for specific items that we will share with the class.  Please look below for any needed items on my class page.  

    I would recommend having crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue or/glue sticks at home for homework projects. Please do not send any of those items to school. I have all the supplies that your child will need!




    Wish List Items:


    *metal coffee cans for an end of year project


    Target Dollar Spot Items-this area is a teachers dream and has LOTS of fun things for the kids for the classroom (mini erasers, stickers, dramatic play items)....anything that is kid friendly!


    Creation Station Items

    -anything the kids can use during indoor recess this winter in the Arts and Crafts area

    -any kind of arts and crafts scraps...NOTHING THAT IS BOUGHT!

    Some fun items:

    tissue paper

    toilet paper rolls

    paper towel rolls

    popsicle sticks/tongue depressors



    pipe cleaners


    If you have something at home you think the kids would like to use and you are not sure, just email me to ask!  :)







    We will eat lunch during the 1st lunch period, 10:55-11:25.  

    You will need to send in a lunch (ready to eat, we cannot heat up anything), easy to open snacks and a drink.  

    Your child does have the option to purchase lunch everyday.  Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.  Your child will be given a lunch code # to memorize to use to purchase their lunch.  Please practice this at home to help with the purchasing process in school.  

    The lunch period is only 30 minutes and many of the K students have a tough time finishing up their lunch and snacks.  I suggest that you do not allow your child to buy any additional snacks during the 1st month of school, until they get used to the quick paced lunch time block.  Also, limit their snack choices in their lunches to 1 or 2 only.  Many children tend to open their snacks first and not eat their sandwich/lunch item.  

    PLEASE alert us to any allergies that your child has with a note.


    The Jackson Food Service Dept has provided each K & 1st grade student with a swipe card to use when purchasing lunch.  These cards will be kept at school.  We do recommend that you still work with your child to memorize their student ID number.


    snack time  


    We will also have snack time in the afternoon.  We will ask for the parents to send in bulk size snack choices for the class to share.  

    Good snack choices include:  Goldfish, pretzels, dry cereals, animal crackers, or mini marshmallows.  

    At times, we will ask for a specific item to be sent in that we can use to go along with a current theme or activity.  

    *Some of these items may change once I am alerted to allergies!!


    Due to food allergies, I kindly ask that ___ snack items be sent in.  We want to keep our friends healthy & safe and we truly appreciate your understanding!


    Please refer to the following web page for more information on food allergies and safe snacks.  

    Safe Snack Guide


    At the current time, we have 20 students in our class.  


    Your child may bring in a water bottle each day.  I recommend that it is labeled!!  The students will keep these in a community basket and will have access to them all day.  I will make sure they go home each day (to help keep away the germs).  

    ***These can only have water in them.***

     Please save the juice for their lunch time only.  THANK YOU!





    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 to keep the children safe outside!







    Each day, we will go to a different special. 

     Our schedule is as follows:

    Monday-Computers with Mr. Struthers

    Tuesday-Art with Ms. Martinez 

    Wednesday-Library with Ms. Palme 

    Thursday-Gym with Mrs. Pfluger  *sneakers MUST be worn

    Friday-Music with Mr. Morgan




    A Note from the Librarian-Ms. Palme


    You can access the digital ebooks on the school library Destiny page.


    Here is the link with the directions (or see her class page for more info). 






    Report Cards:    Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on ____.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.



    Remind App


    I would like to help you all keep up with ALL the activities that we do in class.  Join my Remind group on your phone and/or email.  I will post reminders about upcoming activities and events!  It is easy to do and FREE to join!  Follow the ink below and sign up today!


    Ms. Temple's Class 2019-2020




    *Please continue to read the calendar section.  That section will keep you updated with our activities and events.


    working together  


    PTN News


    Please consider joining our amazing PTN!  Send in your family membership envelopes!  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), our gift card for our memory book photos!


    *The PTN class page is up and running!  You can also follow them on facebook!

    You can also follow them on Remind.  Text @SwitlikPTN to 81010 to receive PTN Reminders


    They also collect Box Tops.  Please send them in.  Each month the class that collects the most, gets a munchkin party!


    Consider attending the monthly meetings and joining a committee!  It is a GREAT way to get involved in our school!


    Their next meeting is:




    Upcoming Activities:


    Candy Bingo-Friday, January 17th 6:30-8:30

    *Pre-registration is required


    Sweetheart Dance-Friday, February 7th

    *Pre-registration is required for this event and it does sell-out quickly!






    Let's work together to make this a great year for your child!


    report card

     Report Cards:    Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

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