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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 22-26-Red Ribbon Week
October 24-Report cards go home
October 26-Early dismissal at 11:30 A.M. due to School Improvement Day 
Lesson Plans for the week of October 22-26

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 have learned all of the letters that have been introduced with Jolly Phonics.  We will now review the letters beginning with the letter Aa-Zz. The completed work will be sent home daily in your child's folder. 

Reading-We will begin week 5 of unit 2. Our story this week is A Bed for Winter. The students will complete pages 129-137 in our Reader's and Writer's Notebooks. Our reading words are he and for. First, second, next and last are our vocabulary words this week. The students will learn about  sequencing of events for our comprehension skill. For phonological awareness and grammar, we will discuss the initial and medial sound of Ii and 
adjectives. You can refer to your Reading Street Fridge copy that is sent home on Thursday. 

Math- The students will begin chapter 4, Represent and Compare Numbers to 10.  Our vocabulary words for this chapter are ten, compare, match, pair greater and less.  We will complete workbook pages 177-202.

Handwriting- The students will practice writing the letters Aa introduced during our Phonics Time. They will also practice writing their first and last name and numbers 1-20.  The Kindergartners will be doing creative writing on Fridays.

Thank you,
Mrs. Dunning
Kindergarten Teacher