I look forward to meeting my new students and working with all of you to make this a successful year for your child in Kindergarten! Please feel free to reach out to me anytime via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
School starts on Thursday, September 5th!
Back To School Night for Kindergarten is on Monday, September 23th at 7pm.
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.
Important Notes for this Week:
For the 1st week, please be sure that your child wears their nametag that was sent home. The nametag must have their first and last name, my name, and their bus number (or Child Care info if attending our after school child care program). I recommend pinning it to their shirt and NOT peeling off the paper backing. (or they do sell lanyard style necklaces with a plastic pouch to put it in).
Please be sure that your child has their backpack, lunch and a water bottle for each day-all LABELED with their name.
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!
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!
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!
As we start school, we will focus on a few different things.
- We will work on school rules, routines and procedures. Most importantly, we will work on being kind to each other. We also will include sitting in our own spot, keeping our hands and feet to ourselves and using our listening ears.
- We will practice unpacking and packing up our own back packs each day. Please have your child do this on their own at home so that they are learning to become an independent learner. I will encourage our papers to go into a folder (supplied by the PTN).
- We will also work on writing our first name correctly (the 1st letter uppercase, followed by lowercase letters for the remaining letters).
Starting September 16th we will focus on a new color and color word each day. During the week, wewill do a few fun activities with that color. We will also designate a day to dress in that color.
Scholastic Reading Club
Every month I will be sending home a Scholastic Reading Flyer. Please take a moment to look over the Scholastic Reading Club Flyer. The club features books of all levels for as little as $1.00. Orders are delivered to the school with no shipping and handling charges. Each order earns us points for our classroom library.
Simply complete the form and return it to school, ATTN Mrs.Albertino Scholastic Reading. Please make checks payable to Scholastic Reading Club. If you would like to order online please use code PMBKH at www.scholastic.com/readingclub.
Our kindergarten program features a developmentally appropriate approach to learning and an intense emphasis on activities that promote early literacy.
The curriculum is organized and integrated around themes and focuses on the wide use of language, speaking and the early stages of the writing process.
The use of Big Books and many hands-on science and math activities incorporate the fine arts to provide a balanced and enrichingWe will begin our year introducing the alphabet using the Fundations Phonics Program. During the 1st two short weeks, we will read Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom and introduce ALL the letters. Starting the 3rd week, we will focus on 1-2 letters a week. We will introduce (review) each letter, sound and discriminate between the uppercase and lowercase letter.
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.
Reader's WorkshopIn 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 pictures2. Look at the words3. Retell the storyWe are also very busy looking at those letters in our books and using the pictures to help us "read" the words. Many of our books have our sight words, so we are having fun while learning and being a detective to look for our sight words!We also are learning how to retell stories by listening to some "Old Storybook Favorites" like "The Carrot Seed", "Caps For Sale" and "Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm". We have read the stories numerous times and the children are now "reading" the books to their reading partners!
"Readers are made on the laps of their parents!"
Writer's WorkshopWriter'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.
OUr first Unit Study will be Show & Tell . 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!
Like Literacy, the Math skills and thinking is encouraged across the curriculum. I love to incorporate stories, songs, art projects, and hands-on activities when teaching, and Math time is no exception.
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:
- JACKSON TWP SCHOOL DISTRICT-INT
- 3. Student Log In Information:
Login: Student ID#
Password: First Name + Grade level (for ex: JereKF)
You can expect a packet for each topic to come home This is, by no means, a requirement, but rather supplemental to what we're doing in class.
In Math, We solve and share together. We practice together. We learn together! The Vocabulary cards, again, are not meant to be 'sight' words for the kiddos...they are to be used as a tool to aid in understanding of the concept behind the word. You'll notice a pictoral representation on the back of each card. The picture and the opportunity to explore the concept of the word is much more meaningful at this developmental stage. Use the language in your day to day interactions, just as I do in class.
- We will eat lunch from 11:50-12:25.
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.
Social Studies/Science/ Health
- large white paper plates
- small white paper plates
- ziploc bags (any size)
- hand sanitizer
- Lysol wipes
- Baby wipes
- foaming shaving cream
- prizes for our prize box (small toys, dollar store items, Target Spot)