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    KINDERGARTEN!

     

    I'm excited, Kindergarten is an incredible year for learning and developing.  We will accomplish so much in such a short time. You will be amazed at how quickly your child will grow this year.  They will become readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and good citizens. I look forward to meeting my new students! 

     

    Mrs. Kuusalu

    email:  kkuusalu@jacksonsd.org

     

    *Birthday Treats - are welcome for those special celebrations, but need to be easy to pass out (no cakes or cupcake cakes please) and please have them dropped off to reception before our lunch at 11:30. Thanks in advance!

    Please do your best to provide me with packaging or information about ingredients in the treats.

     

     

     

     

    REMEMBER:

    Some important dates are coming up...

     

     

    9/17/2019 - Back to School Night @ 7 in MPR

    9/30/2019 and 10/1/2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
    10/9/2019 -SCHOOL CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

    10/11/2019 - Pumpkin Day at Rosenauer (Class Only Event)

    10/14/2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY

     

     

     

     Other Events/Dates To Know About:

     

    10/11/2019 - Pumpkin Day at Rosenauer (Class Only Event)

    10/14/2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY

    11/7/2019 and 11/8/2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR NJEA CONVENTION

    11/19-11/21/2019 - SHORTENED DAYS for PARENT & TEACHER CONFERENCES (Sign-up through parent portal)

    11/27/2019 - SHORTENED DAY FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

    11/28 and 11/29/2019 - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

     

    What are We Learning this week:

    THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL ARE ALL ABOUT LEARNING THE RULES, ROUTINES, CLASSMATES, AND ADJUSTING TO THE NEW ENVIROMENT. NO HOMEWORK WILL GO HOME DURING THIS TIME. BUT READING DAILY WITH YOUR CHILD IS ALWAYS RECOMMENDED!

     

     

    What We Are Learning

    Readers Workshop: We Are Readers 

    Fundations: t,b, f, m, n

    Sight Words/Trick Words: can my

    Writers Workshop: We Are Writers

    Math: Numbers 1-5

    Science: We Are Good Citizens

     

    Homework Information:

    1) Reading Log (LOGS TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER)- Please TRY to read each night (even weekends) and then color in Reading Log for each book read.

    *Many Parents Ask: How can I help my child become a better reader?

    • Read to them every day and expose them to the composition and language of books.
    • When they are able, have them read to you, or share the reading with them the book.
    • If he makes a mistake, simply tell him or her the correct word and let him or her move on. This increases enjoyment and fluency.
    • To increase comprehension, talk about the story after you've read it. 
    • Remember to always pick "good- fit" books to read!  It is easy to do with the I. P.I.C.K. rules...

    I choose a book

    Purpose- Why do I want to read it?

    Interest- Am I interested in it?

    Comprehend- Am I understanding what I am reading?

    Know- I know most of the words

     

    *if not, pick another book.

     

    2) Math - Math Envision Homework Page (if different from Envision Math page then look for HW on corner of page)

    • Math HW will only be given every Monday-Thursday (this may change because of holidays)
    • Page is usually 2-sided and will be inside your child's folder
    • Assistance will be needed for reading directions (at bottom of pages)
    • All students should TRY to complete all HW with help as needed... parents please let me know if your child struggled with completing HW the very next day
    • Higher Order Thinking Questions are to be tried but not required

    3) Nightly Fundations - Letter and Sight Word Practice

    • Each child will have alphabet letters and/or words to practice (weekends recommended).

     

    Recommended Homework

    I like to have a kind and respectful environment every day in my room, where each child in it feels respected, safe, and loved!  Parents please help me to encourage your child to show kindness, respect and appreciation to others... here are some ideas to do at home:

    1. Greet others, make eye contact, and ask others about their day.
    2. Compliment others often.
    3. Ask a friend, neighbor or family member if you can help them complete a task or chore.
    4. Help around the house, beaches, parks, libraries or community.
    5. Create a calendar at home each month with daily tasks of kindness, respect, or appreciation for family or friends.

    *WHEN YOUR CHILD DOES ONE OR MORE OF ANY ABOVE, I'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND HAVE YOUR CHILD SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES!

     "Treat Everybody Like it's their Birthday!" - Kid President

     

Class Schedule

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    OUR DAILY SCHEDULE:

    9:20 – 9:30       Arrival and Unpack

    9:30 – 9:50       Morning Meeting

    9:50 – 10:30     Fundations

    10:30 – 11:10    Reader’s Workshop

    11:10 – 11:30    Writer's Workshop  

    11:30 – 12:00    Lunch

    12:00 – 12:20    Recess

    12:20 - 1:20      Tuesday - Music

    12:40 – 1:20      Monday-Art & Thursday-Computers

    1:20 – 2:00       GYM (Wednesday Only) *MUST HAVE SNEAKERS

                              Friday - Library

                              Math Continued (M, T, F Only)

    2:00 – 2:40        Science or Social Studies - & ESL Classtime

    2:40 – 3:00        WIN

    3:10 - 3:25        Pack-Up & Closing Circle

     3:25 – 3:30        Dismissal

     

    Special Schedule:

    MON. -ART

    TUES. - MUSIC

    WEDNESDAY: GYM (1:20) - All students must wear sneakers to participate

    THURS. - COMPUTERS

    FRI. - LIBRARY 

    As you can see, we have a very busy schedule.  Making sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast is an excellent way to help them flourish. Please arrive to school on time each day as we will getting our day started right away!