Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. 
    Updated September 12, 2021
    Hello! My name is Ms. Temple and I will be your child's Kindergarten teacher this year!  Kindergarten is an exciting year for both you and your child!  We will try to keep as much of the Kindergarten fun in our program as best as we can during the pandemic.  Things will be different....but for our newest Kindergarteners, we will be creating a new normal and making new kind of fun memories!  
    I will use this page 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 the page.  I will also be using Remind texting services as another way to keep an open line of communication!  I have the new log on information for the 2021/2022 school year at the bottom of this page.  Please log on ASAP! I love to share reminders and pictures of your children with you this way! 
    9/12: ***Please log onto to your child's chromebook and check their school email.  
    And if you have not done so, please ty to log them onto the ixl math website using the directions we sent home the 1st day.  
    But please send in the Chrome book FULLY CHARGED this week. I do understand that they make their bookbags heavy!!  We are going to to try to log them on to our ixl program this week-after that, we will work out a schedule of the days that they wil need them.  BUT, they will ALWAYS need it on Mondays for our computer class time with our computer teacher, Mr. Struthers.  
    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 just 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, wet 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.  
    *I encourage everyone the 1st 2 weeks to bring a lunch from home.  *This is not mandatory, BUT our lunch time is just 30 minutes and sometimes those buying lunch may not be able to finish everything on their tray in time.    
    -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 small 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 their next school day.   
    -Let's work together to make this a GREAT Year! 
    Virtual Learning Expected Norms
    If the district requires us to go remote, we will be using Google Meets.  Please be sure to join our Google Classroom-all invites will be sent to the student's email.    
    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:
    No School-Thursday, September 16th
    Back to School Night-September 28 @ 7pm
    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.   
    Unit 1
    This week our letters will be: 
    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. 
      Unit 1 Words:
    This week we will work on the words:  
    Words you should have at home:  
    Unit 2 Words:
    (Beginning in January)
    *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 ___ with our  Switlik School Reading Program.  Please keep the 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!!!
    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 by following the directions below. 

     We will start with 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.

    9/12:  We will be starting our 1st Math Unit this week! Please look for the parent infromation page to come home on Monday with information about our 1st unit. There is an activity suggested at the bottom of the page...it is NOT mandatory to do.  As we go along each day, we will do a math lesson and the corresponding workbook pages in class. I will them send home a homework math paper to do at home.  Please reurn ONLY the homework page-keep the other completed math pages at home. The homework page will be labeled "Homework" at the top right corner for you to see.  Please make sure your child uses a pencil for any number writing. They may use a crayon for the coloring parts.  THANK YOU!

    • science

      Social Studies & Science

    We will start with our Social Studies Unit on Citizenship 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.   On Fridays, we will dress in that color too, whether you attend school or you are at home for remote learning that day. 


    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 9/20-

    Week of 9/27-

    Week of 10/4- 

    Week of 10/11-

    Week of 10/18-

    Week of 10/25-

    Week of 11/1-

    Week of 11/8-





    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!  Encourage your child to be a Bucket Filler at home too!   





    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!


    ***September 2021***

    With the new guidelines, we will NOT be sharing everyday items like pencils & crayons.  In the past, they were shared items and our baskets were refilled every 5-6 weeks.  Now, each child will have their own supply box.  I would like to ask for a few extra packs of Crayola Crayons to come into school.  I will hold onto to them for now.  They are usually so cheap this time of the year (like 50 cents a box!!)  We will only use the 16 or 24 count boxes....please do not send in the 64 or larger count boxes....that is WAY TOO MANY color choices for our little ones.  :) 

    And in the beginning of the year....I will only give the children the 8 basic colors.  Once we hit the end of winter, beginning of Spring, I will then add in the fun, extra colors!  So please do not be upset if you send in boxes now, and the kids do not have access to them YET!  They will....just a little later on!   

    Thanks so much for your anticipated donations and help!!


    Wish List Items

    Right now we have plenty of everything! 

    Thank you!



    Additional items may be added as we need them!


    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, prize box items)....anything that is kid friendly!




    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 or you may order the FREE school lunch each day!

    Your child does have the option to get a free lunch everyday.  Please visit the school website for the lunch menu.  

    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 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.








    Monday-Computers with Mr. Struthers *Please be sure to send in their charged chromebook

    Tuesday-Art with Mrs. Langer

    Wednesday-Library with Mrs. Brenner 

    Thursday-Gym with Mrs. Pfluger *Please wear sneakers

    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 2021-2022


     Join our Class Remind-Click Here

    Class code @43783g2


    Free Learning Websites

    Free Learning Websites


    Epic! Online Digital Reading Library

    I just added our class to this GREAT reading resource!

    To log on....

    1.  Go to https://www.getepic.com/

    2.  Log in with our class code  ***Will be updated soon

    3.  Find your child's name and begin!!



    *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, classroom care packages, our gift card for our memory book photos, plus many more things that they have instore for us! 


    *The PTN class page is up and running!


     You can also follow them on facebook!

    Switlik PTN fb page




    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:




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

    Ms. Temple

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