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 April 20, 2019

Kindergarten News

The kids are growing so quickly!  Thanks for sharing them with me!

Jill Putnam

Posted on April 13, 2019

Kindergarten News

Posted on April 7, 2019

Kindergarten News

Dear Families

Mrs. Putnam had some excitement on Friday.  Carson had to have his appendix out.  I had to leave school.  Mrs. G taught the kids that day!  Big Thank you to her!!!  I will be out again Friday afternoon for a doctor’s appointment.  The excitement Never ends!  The class learned about plants that we eat this last week.  We celebrated by making bread and pie filling.  Since I had to leave, Mrs. Thisselle helped with this.  I was told the kids loved it!!

Ika, Alliane’s mom gave a talk on South Africa, where she grew up, on Friday afternoon!!  I am so sad I missed this!!  I was told that it was wonderful and the kids loved it.  Thank you for sharing your talent!!!

Report cards went home with the kids on Friday.  Please keep the report cards for your records and just send back the envelope signed.

Monday is Library, please return your books!

Field trip to Helena Middle School- Thursday, April 11th, 9:30-11:15. We will be watching a performance from the Myrna Loy “Peter Davison’s LocoMotion” the Science and Circus Arts Show.  The Kids are so excited to ride a bus!!!

Thursday, April 18th , 6:00-7:00 pm. Earth Day Book Exchange Literacy Night! You can send in books to exchange any time.  I will hold the kids tickets until the 18th before I send them home.

Governor’s Cup Kids Marathon training at Jefferson We will begin training Wednesday, April 24th during 1strecess and will continue every Wednesday till the end of the school year. Mrs. Thisselle is looking for volunteers to help out!  If the kids run at school they get charms to put on a bracelet.  The kids really like this, so if they aren’t sure if they want to sign up let them, they always want the charms.  


Listening to stories/comprehension/ characters/ author’s purpose/ setting

Sight words- I, like, the, and, see, we, a, to, me, come, with, my, what you, now, are is how  where, so, of, many, find, from, but, this, came, on  will, be, into, that, your, who , go, for, here, they, soon, up, make, play, them, give say, new, said, was, then, good, ate, could,she, all, over, when, her, some,he, away, must, no, by, there Unit 6 words:  do, down, just, little, only, went 

Visiting the letter:  Uu

-Substituting beginning sounds- if I have the word “cat” and change the /c/ to a /b/, what is the new word?

Identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words.

Cause and Effect

Beginning Middle and End



-Recognizing/ writing numbers 0-100

-Finding the 5 group (#s 6-10)- example:  6 is 5 and 1 more

-story problems using addition/subtraction

-Teen Numbers (16=10+6)

Counting by 5s, 10s

Making categories:  sorting by different attributes

-counting on from a number other than 1 (example: 12, 13, 14, 15….)

3D shapes:  cone, prism, sphere, cube, cylinder



Social Studies/Science/art

Science: plants, spring April, Earth Day

Buddies: IEFA lesson on the Bitter root

Save the Date:

Preschool Story Time

Preschools can come to Jefferson Elementary On Tuesday, April 9 from 3:30 -4:00 to hear stories and have a small snack.

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergartners enrolled at Jefferson for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation Wednesday, April 17 from 4:00 -4:45pm

Tuesday April 23

Kindergarten Parents – Mrs. Thisselle, Mrs. Putnam and Mrs. Clark will be demonstrating Math games on April 23 from 3:30-4:00pm in the K rooms. Math games will cover counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking. Each child will receive a packet of math materials to use at home. Please join us at Kindergarten Teachable Moments!

The kids are growing so quickly!  Thanks for sharing them with me!

Jill Putnam


Jill Putnam's Schedule

  • Mondays 9:00-9:30 am

    Library Lesson

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


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


  • 11:25 am - 12:10 pm daily


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


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


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