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Mrs. Dunning

   Kindergarten  
Ready to Swing into a Great Year!
                                 
 Scroll down to view weekly lesson plans, activities and special news.

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 pdunning@massac.org . 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.)
Tuesday-Art
Wednesday-P.E. (Please wear or send tennis shoes on this day.)
Thursday-Computers
Friday-Music
 
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, www.massac.org 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
December 21-Christmas party!  If your child wants to participate in the gift exchange, the girls need to bring a girl's gift and the boys a boy's gift.  The gift should not exceed $5.00.
December 21-Early dismissal at 2:00 P.M.
January 2-Teacher's In-service-No school for students
January 3-School resumes for students

Lesson Plans for the week of December 18-21
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 all of the letters. We will be reviewing the letter Gg this week. The completed work will be sent home daily in your child's folder.  

Reading-We will begin week 5 of unit 3. Our story this week is Then and Now. The students will complete pages 209-216 in our Reader's and Writer's Notebooks. Our reading words are they, you and of. New, old, fast and slow are our vocabulary words this week. The students will learn about drawing a conclusion for our comprehension skill. For phonological awareness and grammar, we will discuss the initial and medial sound of Oo and the usage of sentences. You can refer to your Reading Street Fridge copy that is sent home on Thursday. 

Math-We have begun Chapter 6, Subtraction.  The vocabulary words are subtract and minus.  The students will complete lessons 6:5-6:8, workbook pages 335-350.

Handwriting- The students will practice writing the letters introduced during Phonics Time. We are reviewing the letter Gg and digraphs that we have learned so far. We will write the letters, our first and last names and numbers 1-20 on dry erase boards. The Kindergartners will be doing creative writing on Fridays.

Thank you,
 
Mrs. Dunning
Kindergarten Teacher