Degrees and Certifications:
Early Childhood Education Pre K-4 E.T.S.U Masters of Education K-12 Tusculum Physical Education K-12 Tusculum
Welcome to our Kindergarten class website! I am so excited for the 2021-20022 school year! We have so many fun things planned, and I am thrilled that your child will be in my classroom this year. I spent my childhood in Northern Ohio. I graduated from Volunteer High School. I attended E.T.S.U for my early childhood degree, Tusculum for my masters degree and physical education add-on. My husband Nathan and I have 2 children and we love to stay busy on our farm. We have cattle, goats, pigs, a dog named Baloo and a cat named Mumford. I love coffee, sour patch kids, lifting weights, reading and teaching!
Parent Communication- We will primarily use the dojo app and email to communicate with you. Dojo is a communication app. We will use this app to send important reminders and information. If you ever have any parent concerns or questions, feel free to email us. We are also happy to meet throughout the school year when necessary. We just ask that you arrange an appointment either through e-mail or by calling the office and leaving a message. A daily folder will also be used and sent home every day to show behavior, send home papers, and to record the nightly reading homework log. Please send the folder every day. You may also use this folder for notes, etc. Any money that you send for lunch, etc needs to be in the folder in an envelope with your child's name on it with a note for what it is for.
Homework-Students in Kindergarten are asked to be read to or to read independently for 20 min. a day, 5 times a week. A reading log will be kept in the daily folder for you to log the book and sign it. This is a critical part of your child's reading development. Spending additional time at home reading and looking at books can greatly enhance your child's reading development. The Washington County kindergarten reading goal is to be at a D reading level by the end of the school year. Practice letter sounds, formation (upper and lower case), and recognition. Discuss the book and the pictures. Students will need to also practice their phone number with area code, complete address with zip code, birthdate (month, day, and year), writing their first and last name (capitalizing only the first letters), as well as being able to state their guardians first and last names. These are things that students will need to practice at home and will be tested for the report card. Please also spend some time working on your child learning to tye their shoes.
Grades-Students in Kindergarten receive a paper report card. The report card is sent home at the end of each 9 weeks and needs to be signed and returned. Students will be tested toward the end of the 9 weeks on skills/standards that they have worked on in class and at home. The items tested will increase as the school year goes on. Daily work will be checked and sent home in the daily folder.
Attendance-It is important to strive for great attendance. Absent children will miss important information and experiences. Some experiences are hard to achieve thru make-up work at home. We do however understand that illness and family responsibilities occur. Please notify the office if your child is going to be absent. You will also need to send a note when your child returns to school documenting the excuse for the absence. Make-up work will be sent home when your child returns. You are also welcome to e-mail us in the event of an absence so that we can send make-up work to the office for a sibling or parent to pick up.
Birthdays-Birthdays are an exciting time in kindergarten! Treats are welcome. We do ask that if you plan on bringing a birthday treat for your child that you notify us at least a day in advance. We prefer not to pass out birthday invitations at school unless all students in the class are invited. We understand that it isn't always feasable to invite the whole class, we just ask that if that is your plan you send invitations outside of school. All treats sent in need to be store bought and in the package.
Snack-Students will need to bring a small snack daily and a water to drink. Water bottles will be needed daily and should have your child's name on it. Water fountains will be closed down but refill stations will be open. Please do not send drinks that are sugary or colored for snack. We eat snack in our classroom and sugary colored drinks are sticky and more difficult to clean up. These types of drinks may be sent in lunches where students eat in the cafeteria and mops can be used.
Bathroom-We take multiple bathroom breaks during the day. Students are allowed to use the bathroom any time that they need to. Accidents do sometimes happen so we ask that you send a complete change of clothes in a labeled bag to keep here at school. Students need to be completely potty trained and able to button/snap and put on and off their own clothing. In the event of an accident we will notify you and your child may change into their clean set of clothes themselves.