*Updated January 6, 2019
    Welcome back! 
    I hope you all enjoyed your winter break together as a family! 
    I am looking forward to working with your children again! 
    And thank you all for the wonderful holiday gifts and all of your donations for our December activities!  
    I truly appreciate all of your support with our fun, themed activities.  
    As we enter January, we will get right back into our routines and schedule, with a few new additions!
    We will learn to write our last name.  Please have your child practice it daily and write their full name on their homework papers.  We will practice it on a few of our classwork papers as well! 
    We will also start our next Unit in Fundations with practicing our uppercase letters and tapping out our letter sounds to read simple short CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.  Please refer to the notes that we send home at the beginning of each week with the information about this process. 
    *During weeks 2-4 in this Unit, we wil be sending home a packet of papers to review with your children. None of it has to be returned, just keep at home to use for review and practice.   
    And, over the next 2 weeks, I will be sitting with each of your children to figure out their current reading level.   Once their instructional reading level has been determined, you will notice books going home in the reading bag with that level noted on each book.  We use the Fountas & Pinnel leveling system, so you will notice books with letters on them.  The program starts with readers "below A" (for those children still having trouble with our sight words and making the sound/letter/picture connection).  And then going on with the letters, A, B, C, D and so on.   Over the next few weeks, I will send home information about the different reading levels and how to help your child at their current level and what you can do to help them grow as a reader. 
    ***If you notice "T"...that is just so the books make it back to me "T"emple.  :)
    Please keep in mind, that not of all of your children were born on the same day, nor did they all learn to walk on the same day, so they will not all learn to read on the same day.  Some will do it sooner than others and some will need more time....THAT IS OK!!!  No matter what their current level is, we just want your children to learn to love reading, so please help us at home and make those minutes you spend at home reading the books an important time.  And remember, that it is not the quantity of books you read...it is the quality of time spent on reading!     
    *Remember to have your child use a pencil for any of the writing parts of homework. 
    And be sure to check their name....the 1st letter ONLY should be capitilized followed by lowercase letters. 
    Thank you to all the students (and families) that worked on the review work over break!!  The kids were excited to get their prizes on Friday!  Here at the Snowmen that were created!! 
    They are "Snow" Cute!  
    Important Notes for this Week:
    Report Cards were posted on Portal, January 3rd!  
    Please be sure to look it over.  
    I will be sending home the January Scholastic Book Orders. 
    If you would like to order, you can send in a check to me with your order (check made out to Scholastic) by Fri Jan 11th, OR you can order on-line.
    For every $25 ordered on-line you get a free book pick!! 
    On-line orders are due by Sunday, Jan 13th
    We will be sending home a school wide note about a partnership that we have with the Jackson Twp Dept of Public Works...."Challenge to Collect 500 Pounds of Plastic!"
    Collect and send in 100 plastic bags (clean & dry).
    I will then send home a FREE reusable bag for you to how off how environmentally aware you are!  
    Upcoming Activities:
     Special Visitor on Monday, Jan 7th!
    I will follow up with fun pictures on Remind!!
    School Supply Store on Wednesday, Jan 9th during the lunch periods.
    If your child is shopping, please put their money in their lunch box.  
    Crazy Hair Day 
    Friday, January 11th
    Coin Challenge!
    Send in your coins for the coin challenge!
    Support the PTN!
    The class with the most money collected gets a Munchkin Party!
    And...we all get to wear PAJAMA'S on Friday, January 18th!
    No Schoool
    Monday, January 21st
    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
    As we start the 2nd Unit in Fundations, we will work on writing the capital letters and tapping out the sounds for our short, CVC words.  
    Our 1st Unit focused on introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program.  For the first 11 weeks, we focused on 2 letters a week.  We introduced (review) each letter, sound and discriminated between the uppercase and lowercase letter.   
    Letters introduced:  Tt, Bb, Ff, Mm, Nn, Ii, Uu, Cc, Oo, Aa, Gg, Dd, Ss, Ee, Rr, Pp, Jj, Ll. Hh, Kk, Vv, Ww, Yy, Xx, Zz & qu
    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 sight words. 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. 
    This week, our new words are: not, come & this
    We are starting our next 50+ words with the children.  They will now come 3 a week.  We will also incorporate a new sentence writing activity for homework each week with the new words.  
    At home you should have:  (1st 25 Words) I, a, my, can, like, am, the, go, to, is, see, me, we, he, it, you, and, at, an, on, in, so, no, do, up,
    Next Set of Words:  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.  
    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
    We are working hard on our Super Readers Unit in Readers Workshop.  Every few days, we have introduced a new reading power to our children to help them become Super Readers. 
    Reading at Home
    It is highly encouraged that you read at home with your child.  We will start the week of 9/17 with our new Switlik School Reading Program.  Please keep this form 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!!!
    1/2/19-As we start January, we will focus on Narrative Writing.  The writiers will use a combination of oral story telling, drawings, dictation and their own writing to tell a story of a single event.  For some, this gets a little tricky, but with our daily writing work, we help each child be the best writer that they can be.  We will learn to write across pages and to make sure that our pages all go together and tell one story. 
    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 6-Intro to 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 age to complete at home.  These pages are meant to be done with help





      Social Studies & Science

    • We will begin our next Science Unit on Forces & Interactions.  


    • 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 (also 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. 

    11/25-Our color weeks have ended.  Thank you so much for helping yor child by sending in pictures for our color posters and having them dress in the colors each week!  Please continue to have your child practice reading a recognizing the color words that we sent home. Thank you!


    • 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:  Sofia Elmes 
    • October's Bucket Filler: Collin Kirk
    • November's Bucket Filler: Jonathan Chacon-Santos
    • December's Bucket Filler:  Thomas Strano
    • January's Bucket Fillers:   
    • March's Bucket Filler: 
    • April's Bucket Filler:  
    • May's Bucket Filler: 
    • Supplies
    • Supplies

      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:
    • 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
    • sequins
    • stickers
    • 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!  :)
    • lunch
    • Lunch
    • 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.  
    • 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 no peanut 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 24 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!
    • Recess
    • Recess
    • 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!
    • Specials
    • Specials
    • 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 *please return the libary books weekly
    • Thursday-Gym with Mrs. Pfluger  *sneakers MUST be worn
    • Friday-Music with Mrs. Noble

    *In Library, the students started to take home books.  Please be sure that they return them on Wednesday, so that they can get a new book. 

    • librarian  
      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 2018-19
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    • *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 and our new document cameras!
    • *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:
    • Friday, January 18th at 10am in the IMC 
    • Upcoming Activities:

    PTN Family Candy Bingo Night

    Friday, January 18th *Reservations are required

    Please refer to the PTN newsletter that was sent home.


    Mangia and Four Boys Ice Cream Fundraiser

    Wednesday, January 23rd

    See the PTN Newsletter for the information



    Switlik PTN Pocketbook Bingo

    Save the Date! FRIDAY, MARCH 15th

    • Interested in helping to plan this event?
    • Have a connection that might help us with donations?
    • Interested in donating?
    • Join the bingo committee - contact Coleen Sgammato at PTN.switlik@gmail.com
    • ***Reservations are now being accepted for this event.  Please see the PTN Newsletter for more information!***


    • Let's work together to make this a great year for your child!
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  • crazy hair day

    Celebrate crazy hair day with us on Friday, January 11th!

    Show your school spirit!


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  • On *Thursday, November 15th, we will have tables set up in the cafeteria during all of the lunch periods. Students will have the option to purchase school supplies after they have eaten. Going forward, we will plan to have the "store" available to students on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  *it is Thursday this month due to the shortened day on Wednesday.

    *if you woud like your child to shop, please have their money in a ziploc/envelope with their name on it.  Please keep in mind that I will not be in there shopping with them, so you may want to limit the amount of money that you send in.  

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