Welcome to Kindergarten! I am eager to embark on our new journey together this year. Let me begin by telling you a little about myself. This past summer we were blessed with a handsome son named Jack! I will be out on maternity leave for the first trimester, but look forward to meeting everyone at Smart Start and when I return in November. I grew up in South Burlington, VT and graduated from St. Michael’s College. I taught in Barre as a kindergarten teacher for five years before coming to Porters Point two years ago. These experiences have provided me with many great ideas to share with you and your child. I am also an avid sports fan. Your child will most certainly hear about my love of field hockey, football and ice hockey! I enjoy being active, devoting much of my time to running, playing in adult field hockey leagues and keeping up with my 3 year old golden retriever!
Kindergarten students will begin the school year at various academic and social levels. My goal is to see each of them achieve individual success in terms of academic growth, self-confidence and improved social skills. Good communication between parents, teachers and students are crucial and equally important for your child’s growth. I will conduct my classroom by the Responsive Classroom approach. In short, this simply means that I will be focusing on the significance of building a community and teaching students how to take responsibility in the classroom.
For the first day of school, students can choose to bring a lunch and snack or they can receive it through the school. Students will be supplied with pencils, markers, crayons, glue, etc. If you would like to send your child in with anything to add to our classroom collection, it would be greatly appreciated! I have attached a list of possible items that would be useful in our classroom.
Be on the look out for weekly newsletters on the classroom blog that explain what we are doing in the classroom. If there are other important notices, they will be sent home in their Home Folder that will provide all handouts and any communication from the school. These folders should be returned to school each day.
I look forward to a great year and seeing you at our Open House!
Parents are always asking for ways to help out. Here are some items that would be VERY helpful additions to our room!
This is a reminder that all students should be at the CHS gym by 6:15 tonight. I will be there to help direct students into their correct seating positions. Please make sure that your child finds me in the gym when you get there so that we can get started on time, at 6:30. Can't wait to see you all!
Take a peek at the work we have been doing the past week in the classroom...
Here we are working in a small reading group to create individual posters that represent our learning. Students were amazed to see how there was not one poster like another. Each child had a unique way to share their learning of caterpillars from the reading group book Amazing Caterpillars.
It was a beautiful beginning of our week. We loved having the opportunity to read outside with a partner. As you can see from our pictures, students were remembering our motto "hip to hip, knee to knee, hold the book so both can see!"
* Monday, 3/6 is Town Meeting Day. The Community Dinner will be held at Colchester High School at 5:30 p.m. and the annual meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Visit the town web page for more information: http://colchestervt.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=206
* On Tuesday, 3/7, the polls are open for voting in Colchester from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.at the Colchester High School. Please exercise your right to voteon Tuesday!
* When students come back to school on Wednesday, 3/8, we will be celebrating kindness at PPS with "Chain of Kindness" activities. Be ready to spot kind acts at home, too, starting on Monday, March 13th. Students will bring home information on Friday, 3/10 about how your family can participate.
* Placement for 2017-2018 will start this week with parent input forms going home on Wednesday, March 8th. Your input helps inform the placement process when teachers create new classrooms for the coming school year. Parent input forms are due back to school on Friday, March 24th.
Ready, Set, Run
The first practice will be held Thursday, April 20th. Each practice will run from 3:00 - 4:00. We will have practice every Thursday from April 20th until June 1st. We will NOT have practice on April 27th as this is April Vacation.
Students should wear clothes that they would feel comfortable wearing to PE. This means sneakers and either pants or shorts. Each student should also bring a water bottle and a sweatshirt. We would like to be outside as often as possible but will still hold practice indoors if it rains. At the first practice, students will be assigned to specific classrooms and can be picked up at this room each week.
The program costs $35 and includes a lot! Participants receive a t-shirt, medal, finisher’s certificate and other cool handouts. There are many scholarships available for this program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding a scholarship.