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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
April 18-The 4th Mid-Nine week's report goes home
April 20-Extra P.E.  Please have your child wear tennis shoes.
April 20-Snack Cart and Bank Day
April 20-5th Spelling test
April 25-Relay for Life Recess
April 27-School Improvement Day-Early dismissal at 11:30 A.M.
April 27-Visit for new Kindergarten students at 1:00 P.M.
May 11-Spring Musical at 1:00 P.M.
June 1-Kindergarten Graduation!

Lesson Plans for the week of 
April 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 all of the letters. We will be reviewing the letter Uu this week. The completed work will be sent home daily in your child's folder. 
Reading-We will begin week 1 of unit 6. Our story this week is Building with Dad. The students will complete pages 401-412 in our Reader's and Writer's Notebooks. Our reading words are do, little, with, and what.  Compound words are our vocabulary words this week. The students will learn about comparing and contrasting for our comprehension skill. For phonological awareness and grammar, we will discuss the initial and medial sounds of Aa and Ii and the usage of pronouns in sentences. You can refer to your Reading Street Fridge copy that is sent home on Thursday. 

Math-We are finishing Chapter 10, Identify and Describe Three Dimensional Shapes. Our vocabulary words are circle, two dimensional shapes, curve, corners, sides, square, vertex, vertices, sides of equal length, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, alike and different. We will complete lessons 10:9-10:10, workbook pages 621-630 in our Go Math workbooks. We will take chapter 10 test on Wednesday. We will begin chapter 11, Measurement, on Thursday.  The new vocabulary words are longer, same length, shorter, same height, taller, heavier, lighter, and same weight.  The students will complete the introduction and lesson 11:1, workbook pages 645-652.

Handwriting- The students will practice writing the letters introduced during Phonics Time. We are reviewing the letter Uu and digraphs that we have learned so far. We will write the letters, our first and last names and numbers 1-100.  The Kindergartners will be doing creative writing on Fridays.

Thank you,
 
Mrs. Dunning
Kindergarten Teacher