• *Updated November 17, 2019
    November is also another busy month with lots of activities going on!  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! 
    On Friday 11/1, we sent home a Turkey Project for you to complete with your child for hall bulletin board!  We are hoping to get some by Wednesday, before the 4 day weekend to display.  BUT...you do have until Monday 11/11 to complete it.  The kids LOVED looking at all the pumpkins that we did (and all the other k classes!!)  So I know they will love to see these turkeys too!!
    ***We will aslo be sending home a reading bag to design and decorate next week (Wed 11/6) to use with our reading program so that the kids can start to take home some of our reading books to read at home.  When decorating, please keep in mind that these will be transported back & forth to school EVERYDAY, so some of the glued on 3-D objects do tend to fall off.   Iron-on letters, markers and puffy paint seems to work the best and seem to stay on the best.   Be creative....but you can be as simple as just labeling the bag with your child's name! 
    ***Bag was set home on Wednesday 11/6 with the directions.  Return as soon as you complete it....just make sure it is dry if you used paint/puffy paint.     
    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 are wanting to buy 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 Conference Week and American Education Week.  I wil send home conference reminders on Monday with you day and time. All conferences will be held in our classroom.  Quite a few conferences are held back-to-back...so please wait patiently in the hall till I open the door.  Thank you!!!  :)  
    And remember that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be shortened days and we dismiss at 1:35.  Talk to the bus driver about the anticipated drop off time.   *Lunch will still be served but I will not have snack....since our usual snack time is AFTER the dismissal time on the shortened days.  
    Upcoming Dates:
    Switlik PTN's First ADULTS ONLY - BEEF & BEER
    Friday, November 22
    7 - 10pm
    Cassville Volunteer Firehouse (Miller Avenue, Jackson)
    Raffles, Silent Auction & 50/50
    DJ, Food, Beer and Soda included
    $40 per person
    Registration form
    ***We are collecting donations to purchase a designer purse to be raffled off.  Please see the note from the PTN that was sent home on Friday 10/11 with your child.  Any $ donation can be sent in to school and I will forward it on to our classmoms to purchase the purse.  If possible, cash would be best or checks can be made out to "cash' so that our classmoms can cash them.  If you feel more comfortable making it out to the PTN, that is OK....we will forward it on to them for deposit.  All donations should be in by October 31st! 
    ***THANK YOU!!  We collected about $115 dollars to purchase 2 designer purses and a gift card!!***  
    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
    If you are interested in attending the event, the information is listed above. 
    American Education Week
    Class Visitiations
    Kindergarten is on Friday, November (15th) 22nd at 9:30-10:00
    *Sorry...my mistake with the original date.  
    Please join us in the classroom and watch a small glimpse of our day! After your visit, please stop by the main hallway outside the library and enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Jackson Education Association and chat with the Principal and Vice-Principal.  
    Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Tuesday, Nov 19th through Thursday, Nov 21st
    Shortened Day Schedule
    *the kids dismiss at 1:35
    Please check with the bus driver that week to see what the anticipated drop off time will be
    Sign up NOW for your conference time on Parent Portal.  (portal is now closed...no changes can be made)
    Conferences will be held for the 3 days.  
    *please contact me if you cannot schedule a time, or one will be assigned to you. 
    Switlik PTN Meeting
    Thursday, November 21st
    10:00 IMC
    Join the PTN members and see what is happening in our school!
    Picture Retake Day
    Tuesday, November 26th
    *if your child is retaking their picture, please return the package that day.
    Thanksgiving Feast  
    Tuesday, November 26th
    Please click on the Sign Up Genius Link to sign up to bring a needed supply/food item AND to sign up to attend as a visitor.  
    Shortened Day Schedule on Wednesday, Nov 27th
    No School on Thursday 11/28 & Friday 11/29
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family!! 
    Gingerbread Themed Week
    Dec 2-6th
    *I will be looking for a Gingerbread Cookie baker for one of our activities!
    (no visitors...just fun activities in class for the kids)  
      Save the Date!
    Winter Festival
    Thursday, December 19th
    All are welcome!
    Details will be posted soon!
    sing along
    Friday, December 20th-Shortened Day Schedule
    School Wide Sing Along
    Dress in your fun holiday festive outfits!!
    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:  continue with l, h & k
    Letters introduced: t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j
    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: on & in
    Words you should have at home:  I, can, to, like, a, am, the, go, my, see, is, me, we, he, it, you, and, at, an
    *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!!
    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!)
    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 4-Comparing Numbers 6 to 10 

      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.

    • We will review Topic 4 on Wed 11/20 and take our next Topic Test on Thursday 11/21.  Please use the review sheets that we send home on Wednesday as a review.  

      ***We completed our 2nd Math Test last week. If your child has any question numbers circled that means that after the test, I went over the questions with your child and allowed them to fix it if THEY THINK that it needed to be finished or corrected.  Some answers will still be wrong, because that's what they thought the answer was.  I will do this for the first 3-4 tests, because they are just learning how to take a test on their own.   You will also see that if your child got something wrong, I may have marked it as -1 or -2.  Some questions are worth 1 point and a few are worth 2 points, so the final score may not equal the amount of problems we have. It is based on points.  So, for this 2nd test, we had 6 questions, BUT the point value was 7.  So your child may have scored a 6 out of 7, or 5 out of 7. Please review any answer your child got wrong to make sure that they understand the concept.  You may keep these, UNLESS I mark it with "Sign and Return".   I will discuss this more at our Parent/Teacher Conference in November!  Overall, the children did VERY WELL!!!  Most of it is just listening to the directions and counting and recognizing the numbers 0-5! 



    • science

      Social Studies & Science

     We will begin our Science Unit on Weather. 

    And we will also discuss Thanksgiving in Social Studies.




    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:

    Thursday, November 21st at 10am in the IMC



    Upcoming Activities:





    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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