Jill Putnam

Welcome to Jefferson Kindergarten!

My name is Jill Putnam and this is my 4th year teaching at Jefferson.  I grew up in Bozeman and taught in that area, before taking some time off to raise my two sons.  I am proud and excited to be a part of Jefferson Elementary School.

Posted on October 19, 2017

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
We sure had fun learning our letter S this week and being our super selves.  I hope they shared their costumes with you.  If not you can go the the Jefferson Facebook page.  We look great!!
 
Remember Mondays are Library days…send in your child’s books.  Also Mondays are early release.  2:31 pm  
 
No school:  MEA conferences:  Thursday and Friday Oct 19-20.  
 
Unity Day Wednesday, Oct. 25th– Wear orange! Please see  Jefferson Journal for more info.
Thursday, Oct 26 is picture retake day.  
Thursday Oct 26, Mrs. Putnam will have a guest teacher in the morning, she will be at a Kindergarten grade level meeting.  
Jefferson Family Literacy Night:  BOOOOK Night.  Thursday, Oct 26 Come listen to Miss Miller’s 4th grader’s read their own creation Halloween stories.  Make a fun craft, build with legos, and share in the Halloween spirit with other Jefferson Families.  Drop in between 6-7pm  
 
Jefferson’s Annual Halloween Carnival:  Saturday, Oct 28, 11:00 – 2:00 in the school’s gym.  We are still collecting candy and prizes.    Also there is a sign up genius going out.  Please consider helping out, by signing up for one of the many openings. 
 
October 31:  Halloween class party.  Please send you child’s costume in their backpacks or bags to be put on after lunch time. At 12:15 we will come in from lunch recess and put on our costumes.  NO FACE PAINT PLEASE!!!  it is too difficult and time consuming for me to put on.  At 12:30 we will have 30 minutes of halloween, curriculum based centers.  (book making, patterns, counting etc.)  if you would like to come to school and volunteer to help us get into our costumes and help run a center we would love to have you!!!  Please send an email to jputnam@helenaschools.org to let me know. 
At 1:00 the students will go to PE.  
1:45 is recess
2:05 please send some orange snacks to school for us to share and have our Halloween snack.  Think…orange cheese, orange slices, carrots, orange juice or you can be creative.  If you can send a snack for our Halloween party please send me an email jputnam@helenaschools.org with what you will be sending.  Please be aware we have a peanut/nut allergy and a gluten/dairy allergy.  If you would like to join us at 2:15 for our snack and movie you are welcome to come.
November 3:   
 Kindergarten Program “I like School and School Likes Me!”  Friday, November 3rd, 2:30-3:00 in the Jefferson auditorium. Hope to see you there!
Reading/Writing
  We will be learning segmenting/blending syllables of words
sight words I , like , the, and,see
 -Listening to stories/comprehension/ characters/ author’s purpose/ setting

letter of the week Ss:-Super Selves! For the letter Ss. Watch for a Super Selves costume to come home…😊
 
Identifying the beginning sound of a word
 
Math/Calendar
 
ü  Recognizing numbers 0-10 
Counting objects 0-10
shapes:  circles, squares and rectangles.  
-Orally counting  (100 is the goal for the school year!)
-comparing groups- more, less, equal


 
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Buddy time this week will be an Art project
ELA lesson 6 My 5 senses
 School wide topics
We picked our student council reps this week.  Azelyn and Duncan will represent our class!!!
 
 
Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me!!
Jill Putnam
Posted on October 14, 2017

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
Remember Mondays are Library days…send in your child’s books.  Also Mondays are early release.  2:31 pm  
 
No school:  MEA conferences:  Thursday and Friday Oct 19-20.  
 
Unity Day Wednesday, Oct. 25th– Wear orange! Please see  Jefferson Journal for more info.
 
Jefferson Family Literacy Night:  BOOOOK Night.  Oct 26 Come listen to Miss Miller’s 4th grader’s read their own creation Halloween stories.  Make a fun craft and share in the Halloween spirit with other Jefferson Families.  Drop in between 6-7pm  
 
Jefferson’s Annual Halloween Carnival:  Saturday, Oct 28, 11:00 – 2:00 in the school’s gym.  Be on the look out for Flyers and information heading home in the next few weeks.  Also there is a sign up genius going out.  Please consider helping out, by signing up for one of the many openings. 
 
October 31:  Halloween class party.  Please send you child’s costume in their backpacks or bags to be put on after lunch time. At 12:15 we will come in from lunch recess and put on our costumes.  NO FACE PAINT PLEASE!!!  it is too difficult and time consuming for me to put on.  At 12:30 we will have 30 minutes of halloween, curriculum based centers.  (book making, patterns, counting etc.)  if you would like to come to school and volunteer to help us get into our costumes and help run a center we would love to have you!!!  Please send an email to jputnam@helenaschools.org to let me know. 
At 1:00 the students will go to Music to practice our program for our Friday performance of I LIKE SCHOOL  we hope to see you there.  
1:45 is recess
2:05 please send some orange snacks to school for us to share and have our Halloween snack.  Think…orange cheese, orange slices, carrots, orange juice or you can be creative.  If you can send a snack for our Halloween party please send me an email jputnam@helenaschools.org with what you will be sending.  Please be aware we have a peanut/nut allergy and a gluten/dairy allergy.  If you would like to join us at 2:15 for our snack and movie you are welcome to come.
November 3:   
 Kindergarten Program “I like School and School Likes Me!”  Friday, November 3rd, 2:30-3:00 in the Jefferson auditorium. Hope to see you there!
Reading/Writing
  We will be learning segmenting/blending syllables of words
sight words I , like , the, and
 -Listening to stories/comprehension/ characters/ author’s purpose/ setting

letter of the week Ss:-Super Selves! For the letter Ss. Watch for a Super Selves costume to come home…😊
 
Identifying the beginning sound of a word
 
Math/Calendar
 
ü  Recognizing numbers 0-10 
Counting objects 0-10
shapes:  circles, squares and rectangles.  
-Orally counting  (100 is the goal for the school year!)
-comparing groups- more, less, equal


 
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Buddy time this week will be a STEM activity
ELA lesson 4   tools and a review week

-Seasons
 
 
 School wide topics
Students will start learning and practicing certain Emergency drills this month such as fire drills, lockdowns, and earthquake drills.  Please discuss the importance of these drills with your child.
 
 
Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me!!
Jill Putnam
Posted on September 30, 2017

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News
Hello Families
Can you believe October is here?!  We have changed seats and have all new centers to mark the new month!  Your kids will probably tell you all about the new friends they get to sit next to.
Our first Family Literacy Night was a big success with just over 100 Jefferson friends stopping by to play and build.  We will be having another fun Family Literacy Night October 26. Stay tuned!!
Reading groups will start this month.  Ask your child about their group!!
APPLE WEEK! Please( if you are able) send 1 apple to school by Thursday, Oct. 5th. We will taste testing apples and then making crockpot applesauce on Friday! Thanks!
Also coming home on Monday are new book order magazines.  October book orders are due on Friday October 13. https://clubs.scholastic.com our class code is GZ47C.   If you ordered in September, you should have received your books, if you didn’t please contact me and let me know.  
New sight word practice sheets, but remember, please do not sign and send back.  They are for you and your child to keep and practice your words with!!
New October book it color sheets are coming home.  If your child colored in any portion of their September apple color sheet they can bring it back to school for a pizza coupon or sticker sheet.
Mark Your Calendars
Technology Fun Run Sunday, Oct. 1, 3:00 at Centennial Park  See you there!!!
Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct 4, free breakfast for students that day.
 Kindergarten Teachable Moments night Thursday, Oct 12,6-7pm  We will meet in My classroom to start and then  Mrs. Clark, and Mrs. Thisselle and I will be will be working with families on reading strategies to use at home.
No school:  MEA conferences in Missoula for teachers:  Thursday and Friday Oct 19-20.
Jefferson Family Literacy Night:  BOOOOK Night.  Oct 26 Come listen to Miss Miller’s 4th grader’s read their own creation Halloween stories.  Make a fun craft and share in the Halloween spirit with other Jefferson Families.  Drop in between 6-7pm
Jefferson’s Annual Halloween Carnival:  Saturday, Oct 28, 11:00 – 2:00 in the school’s gym.  Be on the look out for Flyers and information heading home in the next few weeks.  Also there is a sign up genius going out.  Please consider helping out, by signing up for one of the many openings.
Reading/Writing
·       recognize/produce rhyming words
·       Letter names/sounds- Letter trains have been coming home.
·       We will be learning segmenting/blending syllables of words
sight words I , like , the, and
Math/Calendar
ü  Recognizing numbers 0-10
Counting objects 0-10
shapes:  circles, squares and rectangles.

-Orally counting  (100 is the goal for the school year!)

-comparing groups- more, less, equal

Social Studies/Science/art
Buddy time this week will be a STEM activity using geo boards
ELA lesson 3 pets
Apples
 School wide topics
Students will start learning and practicing certain Emergency drills this month such as fire drills, lockdowns, and earthquake drills.  Please discuss the importance of these drills with your child.
Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me!!
Jill Putnam
Posted on September 16, 2017

Kindergarten News Sept 18

Kindergarten News
Hello Families
Well, having snow the second week of school was fun!!  Now we know our cold weather dress code.  Be ready for more cold, wet, snowy, warm, or hot weather…always a roller coaster in the fall.
Mark Your Calendars
 Picture Day! Thursday, Sept. 28th– watch for more info
Our first Family Literacy Night at the Jefferson Library.  Sept 28
                      come build and do science with us.  drop in between 6-7 pm!!!
Technology Fun Run Sunday, Oct. 1, 3:00 at Centennial Park- sign up info went home
Reading/Writing
·       1st names- writing 1st name beginning with a capital letter and the rest lowercase.
·       recognize/produce rhyming words
·       Letter names/sounds- Letter trains have been coming home.
·       We will be learning segmenting/blending syllables of words
Math/Calendar
ü  Calendar:  months, days of the week, number of days in school, counting, weather
ü  Recognizing numbers 0-5 Counting objects 0-5
shapes:  circles, squares and rectangles.
Social Studies/Science/art
 Nursery Rhyme Book- students are creating a Nursery Rhyme book that will be brought home soon!
We  will be studying leaves with our 2nd grade buddies.
We will be studying about families in our ELA unit 1
 School wide topics
Students will start learning and practicing certain Emergency drills this month such as fire drills, lockdowns, and earthquake drills.  Please discuss the importance of these drills with your child.
Our school nurse, Mrs. Kepler, will also be discussing handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes, and head lice. Please talk with your child about these topics as well at home.
Ask your child about our school universals (rules)
                             Be:   respectful, responsible, safe, learner, creative
Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me!!
Jill Putnam
324-2076
jputnam@helenaschools.org
Posted on September 10, 2017

Kindergarten News Sept 11

Kindergarten News

Hello Families

Can you believe that we made it through the first week of Kindergarten?!  I hope your little ones are having fun, because I am. This is going to be a great year!!

I hope your students have been telling you about the things they are learning.  We have been learning rules, how to do seat work, how to write our names the Kindergarten way.   We also got to work with our 5th grade friends on how to use the computers.  This week our 2nd grade buddies will read with us!!

Mark Your Calendars

Carnival Classic Sunday, Sept. 10, 11:00-3:00 at Memorial Park

Technology Fun Run Sunday, Oct. 1, 3:00 at Centennial Park- sign up info went home

 Picture Day! Thursday, Sept. 28th– watch for more info

Our first Family Literacy Night at the Jefferson Library.  Sept 28

Reading/Writing

·       1st names- writing 1st name beginning with a capital letter and the rest lowercase.

·       recognize/produce rhyming words

·       Letter names/sounds- Aa-Jj will be our focus this week. We will also be working on writing these letters.

·       We will be learning segmenting/blending syllables of words

Math/Calendar

ü  Calendar:  months, days of the week, number of days in school, counting, weather

ü  Recognizing numbers 0-5

ü  Counting objects 0-5

ü  counting 0-20

Social Studies/Science/art

§  Nursery Rhyme Book- students are creating a Nursery Rhyme book that will be brought home soon!

§  Pancakes! One of our Nursery Rhymes this week is” Mix a Pancake.” We will be learning this rhyme and making pancakes!  For our allergy kids we will have fruit available.

 School wide topics

Students will start learning and practicing certain Emergency drills this month such as fire drills, lockdowns, and earthquake drills.  Please discuss the importance of these drills with your child.

Our school nurse, Mrs. Kepler, will also be discussing handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes, and head lice. Please talk with your child about these topics as well at home.

Thanks for sharing your kiddos with me!!

Jill Putnam

324-2076

jputnam@helenaschools.org

Posted on August 31, 2017

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News

September 5th – September 8th

Welcome to Kindergarten!!

 

Remember to write your child’s name on lunchboxes, coats, hats, backpacks etc.

Water bottles are allowed an encouraged in the classroom! Water ONLY and bottles with valve top are preferred!

 

Things to Remember:

NO SCHOOL Monday, Sept. 4th!

Kindergarten will begin Tuesday, Sept. 5th!

 

Carnival Classic Sunday, Sept. 10 from 11:00-3:00 at Memorial Park. More info was in the Jefferson Journal along with a sign up to volunteer at the Jefferson booth. Hope to see you there!

 

STAR STUDENT OF THE WEEK-Every student will be the Star Student of the Week for 1 week during the school year. When it is your child’s turn, he/she will bring home instructions!

 

Please leave toys at home! When your child is the Star Student they will be able to bring items to share with the class.

 

School Pictures will be the last week of September.  More info to come later.

 

Reading/Writing

-1st names- writing 1st name beginning with a capital letter and the rest lowercase. Counting how many letters in 1stname. Naming the letters in 1st name.

-Listening to stories for enjoyment and for details (comprehension)

-Saying/singing the alphabet

-Recognizing/writing letters Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd

 

Math/Calendar

-Calendar Time- months, days of the week, number of days in school, counting, weather

-Counting to 10- use fingers to count to 10

-Recognizing/writing numbers 0-5

-Class Graphs- Boys vs. Girls, Birthdays etc.

 

Social Studies/Science/art

-School Tour

-September calendar- students will create a special calendar to bring home each month. September will be a coconut tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

 

Social Skills

-Learning Jefferson’s Universals: be respectful, responsible, and safe. Be a learner and be creative!

-Making friends! Getting to know each other!

 

 

 

Questions to ask student/ Things to work on:

-Help your child practice writing his/her first name.  Practice beginning with a capital letter and lowercase letters for the rest. Name the letters and count them.

 

Thank you again for sending snacks with your child! Remember you can leave a box/bag of snacks in his/her locker.

 

If you have any questions please call (324-2076), email (jputnam@helenaschools.org), or stop by if you have any questions or concerns!

It is going to be a great year!!!!

 

Jill Putnam

 

 

 

Posted on August 6, 2017

Home Visits for 2017-2018

Home Visits for 2017-2018

Hi Families!!

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I am very excited to visit you in your homes starting Sunday, August 20. Home visits are a fun way to get to know each other before the official start of the school year.   Please pick one of the 45 minute time slots for me to visit.  I will be at your home for an informal, quick visit for no longer than 30 minutes.  The other 15 minutes allows me to travel to my next destination.

Mrs. Putnam and another teacher from Jefferson will come to the Home Visit.

If the Home Visit times available do not work for you, I will have At School Visit time available August 31 at Jefferson School.  You can check in at the office and meet me in our classroom before the official start of the school year.

If you need to contact me with any questions or concerns, you can send me an email at jputnam@helenaschools.org.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Mrs. Jill Putnam

Jill Putnam's Schedule

  • Mondays 9:00-9:30 am

    Library Lesson

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:10- 1:40 pm

    PE

  • Wednesdays and Fridays 1:15- 1:45 pm

    Music

  • 11:25 am - 12:10 pm daily

    Lunch

  • Tuesday - Friday 10:10 am - 10:30 am and 1:45 pm- 2:05pm

    Recess

  • Monday 10:10 am- 10:30 am and 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

    Recess

  • Monday 2:30 pm and Tuesday - Friday 3:15 pm

    Dismissal