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Mrs. Dunning

Ready to Swing into a Great Year!
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Dear Parents,
I am looking forward to a great school year! Just for your information, I have been teaching for over 20 years, and Kindergarten has been my most rewarding grade level to teach. I will do all that I can do to make your child's first year of school successful and fun! Every school day, I make the journey from West Frankfort where my family and I reside. My husband is a pastor, and we have 3 children. If you need to contact me for any reason, please call Jefferson School at (618)524-4390 or e-mail me at . I will be happy to help in any way possible to make the adjustment to all-day Kindergarten a smooth one.
The Kindergarten program has changed drastically since many of us were in Kindergarten. The readiness classes include Reading, Phonics, Math, Shared Reading, Handwriting, Structured Language Experience and Structured Centers. Art, Music, Science, and Social Studies are included during center time. We have special classes each week.
Monday-P.E. (Please wear or send tennis shoes on this day.)
Wednesday-P.E. (Please wear or send tennis shoes on this day.)
The Kindergartners eat lunch at 11:00-11:40 A.M.  We will have a milk break in the afternoon.The milk will cost $.50 a day. Your child is allowed to bring a sack lunch and a milk or juice for break from home.
After lunch and recess, we will have rest time. Your child may bring a mat or beach towel to lie on. Please do not send sleeping bags. We are limited on space.
Your child's folder will be sent home each day. Please check his or her backpack for special notes and completed work. You may also check Jefferson's web-site, for school information and classroom lessons for the week. In order to teach responsibility, homework will be sent home on Thursdays. Please return the completed work the next day. If the homework is returned on time, your child will receive a sticker on his or her folder.
If your child rides a bus and needs to be dropped off at a different location, please contact your bus driver and send a note to school concerning the change. If your child will be picked up from school and not ride the bus home, please send a note to inform the office. The buses depart at the end of the day at 3:00 P.M., and the Kindergartners load the bus at 2:50 P.M.

Special News 
October 9-13-Fall break
October 1-31-Food Drive
October 20-1st 9 weeks grading period ends
October 24-Fundraiser pick up
October 25-Report cards go home
October 26-Fall parties
October 27-Parent/Teacher conferences  12:00-7:00 P.M.

Lesson Plans for the week of October 16-20
Phonics- Jolly Phonics introduces the alphabet in an order that allows the students to begin blending sounds for your child to decode words quickly.  Each day a letter is taught. The students should be able to recognize, write and know the sounds of the letters and blends ou, oi, ue, er and ar. The completed work will be sent home daily in your child's folder.

Reading-We will begin week 3 of unit 2. Our story this week is Animal Babies in Grasslands. The students will complete pages 105-113 in our Reader's and Writer's Notebooks. Our reading words are we, my and like. Puppy, kitten, chick and calf are our vocabulary words this week. The students will learn about the main idea of a story for our comprehension skill. For phonological awareness and grammar, we will discuss the initial and final sound of Pp and the usage of adjectives in sentences. You can refer to your Reading Street Fridge copy that is sent home on Thursday. 

Math- We will continue with Chapter 3, Represent, Count, and Write Numbers 6 to 9.  The vocabulary words for chapter 3 are the number words six-nine. We will complete workbook pages 143-170. 

Handwriting- The students will practice writing the letters introduced during Phonics Time. We are learning about the letters and digraphs ou, oi, ue, er and ar this week. We will write the letters and our first names on dry erase boards. The Kindergartners will be doing creative writing on Fridays.

Thank you,
Mrs. Dunning
Kindergarten Teacher