• *Updated September 15, 2019
    This week is our 3rd week of school and we are off to a great start!  The children have adjusted to our routine and and getting used to our schedule. 
    We will start our Literacy Program Fundations this week and each Monday, we will send you home a Parent Packet with information about what we are working on that week. *It is suggested that you keep the letter pages that we send home in a folder to use to make a letter book at the end of our 1st unit.  The children can use those pages to review the letter, keyword, sound and how to correctly write each letter. 
    Along with the letters, we will also focus on 2-3 new grade level words each week.  This week, I will send home a little bag with our first few words.  These bags STAY at home and can be used to review our words.  Each week, I will send home our newest words.
    As we continue to work in our Readers Workshop program, I will soon be sending home books for the children to use to practice reading at home.  More info on this will go home as we get closer to this time.  
    And as you have noticed, we are currently working on our 1st Topic in Math.  Most nights, I wil send home the Math worksheet for homework.  As you may have noticed, the kids will need support with the Math homework sheets as each row usually has a different direction. 
    Back To School Night for K-1 is on Monday, September 16th at 7pm.
    Back To School Night for Gr 2-3 is on Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm.
    Back To School Night for Gr 4-5 is on Monday, September 23rd at 7pm.
    Important Notes for this Week:
    -Please remember to label everything that comes in, including water bottles.
    -For the next week or so, if your child is buying snack, please put a note in their lunch box.  Some of the kids are wanting to buy snack, BUT we are not sure of 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 yellow week in Kindergarten.  Please wear yellow and bring in a yellow picture on Thursday. 
    -This Wednesday, the PTN will set up a school store during the lunch periods.  If you would like your child to purchase a supply, you can send in an envelope labeled with their name and money inside.  Please write a note on it if they are to purchase specific items.   
    -I will be sending home a Scholastic Book Order for this week.  If you would like to order books for your child, you can send thr order into me with a check made out to Scholastic, OR you can order online and pay by credit card.  More info will be on the order form I send home.  Orders will be due by the end of the week, 9/20.    
    Upcoming Dates:
    There is no school on Monday, September 30 & Tuesday, October 1st.
    There is also no school on Wednesday, October 9th.
    And there is no school for students on Monday, October 14 for a staff in-service.
    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
     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.   
    This week our letters will be:  t, b & f 
    Letters introduced: 
    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. 
    This week, our new words are: to & like
    Words you should have at home:  I, can
    *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.  
    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!
    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!!!
    11/8-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 one-on-one help!)
    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 1-Numbers 0-5 

      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 start with our 1st Social Studies Unit, "Citizenship, Community and Rules". 





    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. 


    This week, our color will be Yellow.  Wear yellow and bring in a yellow picture on Thursday 9/19.


    Week of 9/9-Red Week

    Week of 9/16-Yellow Week



    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:   

    October's Bucket Filler:

    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:

    Thursday, September 26th at 10am in the IMC



    Upcoming Activities:

    Kidstuff Coupon Book, Discount Card, Yankee Candle & Spirit Wear Sales are going on now.  

    *if you are not purchasing the Kidstuff coupon book, can you return in by the end of this week. 

    **You can check the PTN page on the school website for more information on these activites, or follow them on facebook and follwo them on the band app.  


    Friday, September 27th-Family Movie Night 7-9pm.  




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

  • apple Join us on Monday, September 16th for Back to School Night at 7pm.  You will start in the Gymnasium with the Principal and then proceed to my room after her presentation.  Get there early and check out the tables set up in the gym foyer.  There will be lots of information available for you. 

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  • books  

    Thank you to those parents who have already ordered books on the Scholastic Website!  Click on this link to go directly to my ordering page.  During the month of September, Scholastic has GREAT offers and bonus points for teachers, so if you want to order, this is the BEST month to do it! Every order gets us FREE books for the classroom!     https://orders.scholastic.com/GWM79

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  •                                              Yellow Bus

     This is Yellow Week!  On Thursdayday 9/19, please have your child wear yellow and bring in a yellow picture for our color poster.


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