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.
-Orally counting (100 is the goal for the school year!)
-comparing groups- more, less, equal
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
· 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
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
§ 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!!
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.
-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
-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.
-September calendar- students will create a special calendar to bring home each month. September will be a coconut tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
-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 (email@example.com), or stop by if you have any questions or concerns!
It is going to be a great year!!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
Mrs. Jill Putnam