Jill Putnam

Welcome to Jefferson Kindergarten!

My name is Jill Putnam and this is my 5th 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 December 15, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families

Mrs. T had her baby December 12th! Baby Margaret Jane 😊 Mom and baby are doing great! 

 

Mrs. Bermingham will be filling in for Mrs. T. while she is on maternity leave. Welcome Mrs. Bermingham!

 
 
Our Winter Program was amazing!!  Thank you Mrs. O’Connor for all your hard work!! 
 
Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!
 
Mrs. Sielbach is asking families if you have any yarn or toilet paper tubes to please send then to school with your child.  They are weaving in the upper grades for library lesson,  
 
Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30
 
Please help your child practice putting on snow gear (snowpants, boots, coats, hats, gloves etc.)! Please unload their back pack everyday so wet stuff can dry. Also, please send gyms shoes with your kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
 

 

With the cold, dry weather we are having lots of red, chapped, bleeding lips….I am ok with students bringing Chapstick to school. They can keep it in their backpack and use as needed. Please reinforce with them to not share their Chapstick with anyone!

 

Please remember to send snacks with your child! I have kids that are asking me for snacks 2 times a day,every day saying they don’t have anything.  
 
 HOLIDAY PARTY:  On Friday, Dec 21 we will have our holiday party.  We will do crafts from 12:15 – 1:15.  We will have Music class from 1:15- 1:45  Recess from 1:45- 2:05.  Then we will have our holiday snack and movie, decorating graham crackers with frosting and candies 2:05- 3:00.  I could use help with the crafts if you are available.  Please send me an email at jputnam@helenaschools.org.  I also need families to 
send in graham crackers, white frosting,  Sprinkles, and little candies to decorate,plates, napkins and plastic knives to spread the frosting.  Please send me an email if you  can send in these items or can come help us make our snack.  jputnam@helenaschools.org.
Pajama Party for our class! Friday, Dec. 21st– Students may wear pajamas to school that day! Please send warm clothes to put on over PJs for recess. Must wear shoes! NO slippers, stuffed animals,pillows, blankets etc.
Winter Break Monday, Dec. 24th-Tuesday, Jan. 1
 
Reading/Writing:
recognize/produce rhyming words
Letter names/sounds-  Letter Ff
segmenting/blending syllables of words
Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  To  come  me my with  what you
 
Math/Calendar
Recognizing numbers 0-50
Counting objects 0-50
Orally counting 0-50
Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
 
recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)
Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.  
Teen numbers:  10 + 2 = 12 etc
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Animals 
Holiday fun
 Buddies:  the Grinch  
 
You can access Successmaker online athttps://successmaker.helenaschools.org/lms/sm.view
And iRead online at
 
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!
 

Jill Putnam

jputnam@helenaschools.org

 

Posted on December 8, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
 
Special thank you to Diego, Nava’s dad and Andrew, Alder’s dad for sharing their knowledge on Hanukkah with us. 
 
If you have a special talent or knowledge you would like to share with us please let us know!!
 
Our Winter Program is Thursday, Dec. 13th at 1:30 and Friday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 and 1:30. All 3 programs are the same. Please pick only 1 program to attend so everyone has a chance to sit and enjoy!
 
Attention volunteers:  During the week of the program, December 10-14 we will not need you to volunteer,  We have many extra rehearsals which interrupts our morning block time.  You can enjoy the week off and we will see you the week of Dec 17-21.  Thank you for all the time you give!!!
 
Food Drive for Niceness is Priceless campaign at Jefferson- send canned or non-perishable food items to the classroom or office Monday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 14th. Thanks!


 
Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!
 
Mrs. Sielbach is asking families if you have any yarn or toilet paper tubes to please send then to school with your child.  They are weaving in the upper grades for library lesson,  
 
Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30
 
Please help your child practice putting on snow gear (snowpants, boots, coats, hats, gloves etc.)! Please unload their back pack everyday so wet stuff can dry. Also, please send gyms shoes with your kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
 

 

With the cold, dry weather we are having lots of red, chapped, bleeding lips….I am ok with students bringing Chapstick to school. They can keep it in their backpack and use as needed. Please reinforce with them to not share their Chapstick with anyone!

 

Please remember to send snacks with your child! I have kids that are asking me for snacks 2 times a day,every day saying they don’t have anything.  
 
 HOLIDAY PARTY:  On Friday, Dec 21 we will have our holiday party.  We will do crafts from 12:15 – 1:15.  We will have Music class from 1:15- 1:45  Recess from 1:45- 2:05.  Then we will have our holiday snack and movie, decorating graham crackers with frosting and candies 2:05- 3:00.  I could use help with the crafts if you are available.  Please send me an email at jputnam@helenaschools.org.  I also need families to 

send in graham crackers, white frosting,  and little candies to decorate,

plates, napkins and plastic knives to spread the frosting.  Please send me an email if you  can send in these items or can come help us make our snack.  jputnam@helenaschools.org.  

Pajama Party for our class! Friday, Dec. 21st– Students may wear pajamas to school that day! Please send warm clothes to put on over PJs for recess. Must wear shoes! NO slippers, stuffed animals,pillows, blankets etc.
Winter Break Monday, Dec. 24th-Tuesday, Jan. 1
 
Reading/Writing:
recognize/produce rhyming words
Letter names/sounds-  review week
segmenting/blending syllables of words
Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  To  come  me my with  
 
What sounds do words  begin with?  
 
 
Math/Calendar
Recognizing numbers 0-50
Counting objects 0-50
Orally counting 0-50
Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
 
recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)
Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.  
Teen numbers:  10 + 2 = 12 etc
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Weather
gingerbread 
 Buddies:  no buddies this week.  
 
You can access Successmaker online athttps://successmaker.helenaschools.org/lms/sm.view
And iRead online at
 
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!

 

Jill Putnam

jputnam@helenaschools.org

324- 2060

Posted on December 1, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
Our Winter Program is Thursday, Dec. 13th at 1:30 and Friday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 and 1:30. All 3 programs are the same. Please pick only 1 program to attend so everyone has a chance to sit and enjoy!
 
Attention volunteers:  During the week of the program, December 10-14 we will not need you to volunteer,  We have many extra rehearsals which interrupts our morning block time.  You can enjoy the week off and we will see you the week of Dec 17-21.  Thank you for all the time you give!!!
 
Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!
 
Mrs. Sielbach is asking families if you have any yarn or toilet paper tubes to please send then to school with your child.  They are weaving in the upper grades for library lesson,  
 
Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30
 
Please help your child practice putting on snow gear (snowpants, boots, coats, hats, gloves etc.)! Please unload their back pack everyday so wet stuff can dry. Also, please send gyms shoes with your kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
 

With the cold, dry weather we are having lots of red, chapped, bleeding lips….I am ok with students bringing Chapstick to school. They can keep it in their backpack and use as needed. Please reinforce with them to not share their Chapstick with anyone!

Please remember to send snacks with your child! I have kids that are asking me for snacks 2 times a day,every day saying they don’t have anything.  
 
Winter Break Monday, Dec. 24th-Tuesday, Jan. 1
 HOLIDAY PARTY:  On Friday, Dec 21 we will have our holiday party.  We will do crafts from 12:15 – 1:15.  We will have Music from 1:15- 1:45  Recess from 1:45- 2:05.  Then we will have our holiday snack and movie, decorating graham crackers with frosting and candies 2:05- 3:00.  I could use help with the crafts if you are available.  Please send me an email at jputnam@helenaschools.org.  I also need families to send in graham crackers, white frosting,  and little candies to decorate.  please send me an email if you  can send in these items or can come help us make our snack.  jputnam@helenaschools.org.  
 
Reading/Writing:
recognize/produce rhyming words
Letter names/sounds-  the letter Nn
segmenting/blending syllables of words
Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  To  come  me my with  
 
What sounds do words  begin with?  
 
 
Math/Calendar
Recognizing numbers 0-50
Counting objects 0-50
Orally counting 0-50
Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
 
recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)
Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.  
Teen numbers:  10 + 2 = 12 etc
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Hanukkah 
Weather
 Buddies:  Christmas
You can access Successmaker online athttps://successmaker.helenaschools.org/lms/sm.view
And iRead online at
 
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!
 
Jill Putnam
jputnam@helenaschools.org
Posted on November 17, 2018

Kindergarten news

Hello Families

Thank you for taking time and visiting with me for parent teacher conferences.  I had a nice time seeing you all again.  Can you believe that it has been 9 weeks since the home visit?  Time flies!!

Remember to order your Jefferson Spirit Wear (shirts/sweatshirts with Jefferson Mustang logo) by Wed. Nov. 21st. Here is the link to order online:

https://jeffersonmustangs.itemorder.com/sale

 

Buddy time on Monday:  PIE DAY  we will be making pumpkin pie and eating our winning pizza pie flavor.

NO SCHOOL Wed. Nov. 21st– Friday, Nov. 23rd for Thanksgiving Break

Save the date! Our Winter Program is Thursday, Dec. 13th at 1:30 and Friday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 and 1:30. All 3 programs are the same. Please pick only 1 program to attend so everyone has a chance to sit and enjoy!

 

Book orders:  I do a combined November/December order.  I have extended the due date.  They will be due November 30th by 3:30.  Please let me know via email if you are ordering books for your child’s Christmas gifts and I will not give them to the child.  I will send you and email and you can pick them up.  Thanks!!!

Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!

Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30

Please help your child practice putting on snow gear (snowpants, boots, coats, hats, gloves etc.)! Please unload their back pack everyday so wet stuff can dry. Also, please send gyms shoes with your kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please remember to send snacks with your child! I have kids that are asking me for snacks 2 times a day,every day saying they don’t have anything.  

Reading/Writing:

recognize/produce rhyming words

Letter names/sounds-  Review week.

segmenting/blending syllables of words

Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  To

What sounds do words  begin with?

Math/Calendar

Recognizing numbers 0-50

Counting objects 0-50

Orally counting 0-50

Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)

recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)

Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.

Teen numbers:  10 + 2 = 12 etc

Social Studies/Science/art

shapes

Weather

Turkeys

Thanksgiving

Successmaker and iRead

We have been using Successmaker (an online math program) and iRead (online reading program) throughout the week for about 15 minutes. I do not expect you to use this at home since we are using it in class, but it may be useful during the Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break to help keep skills sharp. You can find the links on my web page or use the links below.

You can access Successmaker online athttps://successmaker.helenaschools.org/lms/sm.view

And iRead online at

https://idp-awsprod1.education.scholastic.com/idp/

 

coloring, and drawing are also great skills to work on over the Thanksgiving break!

Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!

Jill Putnam

jputnam@helenaschools.org

Posted on November 10, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families

 

Book orders:  I do a combined November/December order.  I have extended the due date.  They will be due November 30th by 3:30.  Please let me know via email if you are ordering books for your child’s Christmas gifts and I will not give them to the child.  I will send you and email and you can pick them up.  Thanks!!!

 

 

Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!

 

Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30

 

Please help your child practice putting on snow gear (snowpants, boots, coats, hats, gloves etc.)! Please unload their back pack everyday so wet stuff can dry. Also, please send gyms shoes with your kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Please remember to send snacks with your child!

 

Report cards came home Friday, Nov. 9th.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Tuesday, Nov. 13th and Thursday, Nov. 15th.

 

NO SCHOOL Wed. Nov. 21st– Friday, Nov. 23rd for Thanksgiving Break

 

Save the date! Our Winter Program is Thursday, Dec. 13th at 1:30 and Friday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 and 1:30. All 3 programs are the same. Please pick 1 only one program to attend so everyone has a chance to sit and enjoy!

 

 

 

Reading/Writing:

recognize/produce rhyming words

Letter names/sounds-  Pp  will be our focus this week.

segmenting/blending syllables of words

 

Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  To

 

What sounds do words  begin with?

Have your child brainstorm a list of words that begin with our letter of the week Pp !

 

 

Math/Calendar

Recognizing numbers 0-50

Counting objects 0-50

Orally counting 0-50

Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)

 

recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)

Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.

 

Social Studies/Science/art

Wheels and transportation

Weather

Turkeys

Thanksgiving

Buddy time on Monday:  Veteran’s Day

 

Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!

 

Jill Putnam

jputnam@helenaschools.org

Posted on November 3, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
 A BIG thank you to all who helped with our class Halloween party.  Fun was had by all as we made crafts/centers and ate yummy orange snacks.
 
The I LIKE School play as a big success.  Thank you Mrs. O’Connor for all your hard work!!!
Book orders:  I do a combined November/December order.  They will be due Friday, November 16th by 3:30.  Please let me know via email if you are ordering books for your child’s Christmas gifts and I will not give them to the child.  I will send you and email and you can pick them up.  Thanks!!!
Reading Logs:  Send in your October reading logs(candy corn color page) I will hand our new November reading logs.  There was a mix up this year, no Pizza Book its were given to Jefferson.  So I will be putting stickers or other fun little prizes on their Reading logs!!!
Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!
 
Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30
 
Please remember to send snacks with your child! 
 
Kindergarten Teachable Moments will be held November 8 at 3:45-4:15  It will cover how to actively read with your child.  Having them look for sight words and checking for comprehension as well as vocabulary.  Each child that attends will get a little reader to take home.  
 
Thursday, Nov. 8th Picture Re-takes
 
Parent teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15.    Please sign your yellow slips and return ASAP!
Report cards will come home Friday, Nov. 9th. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Tuesday, Nov. 13th and Thursday, Nov. 15th


NO SCHOOL Wed. Nov. 21st– Friday, Nov. 23rd for Thanksgiving Break


 
Reading/Writing:
recognize/produce rhyming words
Letter names/sounds-  Cc  will be our focus this week.
segmenting/blending syllables of words
 
Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See  We  A  
What sounds do words  begin with?  
Have your child brainstorm a list of words that begin with our letter of the week Cc ! 
 
 
Math/Calendar
Recognizing numbers 0-40
Counting objects 0-40
Orally counting 0-50
Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)
Making up fun math stories.  I have 2 candies You eat one.  How many do I have left.  
 
Social Studies/Science/art
Weather
How animals move
Turkeys
Thanksgiving
Buddy time on Monday :  Voting
 
Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!
 
Jill Putnam
jputnam@helenaschools.org
Posted on October 28, 2018

Kindergarten News


Posted on October 21, 2018

Halloween party news

Hello Families

I forgot about the Halloween Party news for Wednesday, October 31.

Please send your child’s costume in their backpack or in a separate bag to keep in their lockers until after lunch.

After lunch (12:10) we could use a few parents that would be willing to help kids use the bathrooms and put on their costumes.  NO FACE MAKE UP PLEASE!!

At 12:15 until 1:15 we will have our Halloween themed centers.  I could use a few parents to stay and run a center.  At 1:15 we will clean up and the kids will go to music class.

recess: 1:45 – 2:05  Please send me an email to let me know if you can help.

We will come in from recess and have our Halloween snack.  Parents please help us celebrate by sending in orange colored snacks.  Think orange slices, carrot sticks with ranch, cantaloupe, orange juice, orange cheese and crackers.  Please send me an email and let me know if you could help send a snack and what you will send.  We also will need plates, napkins, and cups.  At 2:30 we will parade through the school showing off our costumes.  then we will pack up and head home.

Thank you!!!

Jill

Posted on October 19, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families

Jefferson kindergartners learned about the Letter S this week with our guest teacher!  We talked about liking ourselves for who we are, appreciating our differences, and how we are all SUPER Kindergartners! Making our Super Selves costumes and flying around the school was, of course, our favorite part!

”Sit, Stay, Read” Library Night at Jefferson was a big hit!!

Jefferson Student Council will be holding a “coin drive”  Monday, Oct. 22-Wed. Oct. 24th to help a Jim Darcy Elementary family in need. The family had a house fire earlier this week. Donations can be turned in to me or at the office. Thanks.

Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!

Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30

Please remember to send snacks with your child! We have had about 6 students choosing 2nd Chance Breakfast.

Jefferson Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 27th , 11:00-2:00. See the Jefferson Journal for more information.  Sign up on our sign up genius page to help out.  Link is in the Jefferson Journal!

Please send in candy and prizes to help with our carnival.  Thank you!!

Kindergarten Program “I like School and School Likes Me!”  Friday, November 2nd , 2:30-3:00 in the Jefferson auditorium. Hope to see you there!

Kindergarten Teachable Moments will be held Novemeber 8 at 3:45-4:15  It will cover how to actively read with your child.  Having them look for sight words and checking for comprehension as well as vocabulary.  Each child that attends will get a little reader to take home.  

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15.  More information and your time slot will be coming home in the next few weeks.

 

Reading/Writing:

recognize/produce rhyming words

Letter names/sounds-  Aa will be our focus this week.

segmenting/blending syllables of words

Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And   See

What sounds do wound begin with?  ex: dog = d  cat = c

Have your child brainstorm a list of words that begin with our letter of the week Aa!

My 5 Senses

Math/Calendar

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

Recognizing numbers 0-25

Counting objects 0-25

Orally counting 0-60

Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)

Shape Search! You and your child search for our kindergarten shapes in your house, at the store etc (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)

recognizing a 5 group in numbers (8 is 5 and 3 more)

Social Studies/Science/art

Review week

Buddy time on Monday :  Shape pumpkin art

Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!

Jill Putnam

jputnam@helenaschools.org

Posted on October 14, 2018

Kindergarten News

Hello Families
Thank you for sending in apples last week.   Our apple taste test came out a tie.  Red and yellow won.  Green was a distant 2nd.  Our applesauce was a big hit!!!
Library on Monday :  Please return your library books!!
 
Early release Mondays- every Monday school is dismissed at 2:30
 
October Book orders are due:  October 15 by 3:15 pm. You can order on line at scholastic reading club CLASS CODE: GZ47C
Please remember to send snacks with your child! We have had about 6 students choosing 2nd Chance Breakfast.
We will have a guest teacher on October 16, I will be helping the district form Science Lessons and curriculum using the New Science Standards  for Kindergarten.
Tuesday, October 16th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ”Sit, Stay, Read” Library Night at Jefferson!  Mrs. Kuhl was able to get us therapy dogs to come read with the kids.  We will have different stations in the building.  Kids will get at least one chance to read a story to a dog.  While they are waiting their turn we will have dog related activities in the Library.
NO SCHOOL Thursday, Oct. 18th and Friday, Oct. 19th.
Jefferson Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 27th , 11:00-2:00. See the Jefferson Journal for more information.  Sign up on our sign up genius page to help out.  Link is in the Jefferson Journal!
Kindergarten Program “I like School and School Likes Me!”  Friday, November 2nd , 2:30-3:00 in the Jefferson auditorium. Hope to see you there!
 
Kindergarten Teachable Moments will be held Novemeber 8 at 3:45-4:15  It will cover how to actively read with your child.  Having them look for sight words and checking for comprehension as well as vocabulary.  Each child that attends will get a little reader to take home.  
Reading/Writing:
recognize/produce rhyming words
Letter names/sounds-  Ss will be our focus this week. We will become super heroes making our Super Selves!!!
segmenting/blending syllables of words
Our Sight words are         I    Like    The   And
What sounds do wound begin with?  ex: dog = d  cat = c
Have your child brainstorm a list of words that begin with our letter of the week Ss!
My 5 Senses
Math/Calendar
Calendar Time- months, days of the week, number of days in school, counting, weather
Recognizing numbers 0-20
Counting objects 0-20
Orally counting 0-50
Shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle)
Shape Search! You and your child search for our kindergarten shapes in your house, at the store etc (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
Social Studies/Science/art
Review week
Buddy time on Monday :  STEM  building boats
Thank you for sharing your kids with me!!!
Jill Putnam
jputnam@helenaschools.org

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