Welcome to Back to School Night

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					    Welcome to
Back to School Night

   September 24, 2009
Miss Credico’s Kindergarten
            Love Note
• At some point this evening please
  use the hearts in the pink basket
  to write a quick note to your child
• I will read the notes to the
  students tomorrow
• AM notes go in the yellow basket
  and PM notes in the blue basket
            All about me!
• I graduated from Sacred Heart University
  in Fairfield, CT with a B.S. in Psychology

• This is my sixth year teaching
  Kindergarten at Jefferson

• I am currently working towards my MA in
  Educational Technology at NJCU
        Hold all Questions

• Please write down any questions that
  you come across and we will try to
  address them. If we do run out of time
  then I will be able to read over the
  questions and get back to you.
Thank you for the
•If you arrive later than 8:45/12:15 you will need to
walk your child through the main office doors
•Once the Kindergarten doors are shut I am not
allowed to re-open them for anyone until dismissal
•If your child’s dismissal plan changes you need to
send a note or email me. I cannot release a child to
someone I do not know. Any last minute changes
(especially during school hours) should be called into
the office.

• NO goody bags
• Birthday Book Club
• Invitations can be handed out in
  school if every child is invited
            Star of the Week
• You will receive a packet to fill out with your
  child a week before it is his/her turn
• Your child will prepare a poster with family
  photos to present to the class
• You may schedule a 15 min. visit to our class
  ahead of time to read a story
• If you need another copy of the schedule please
  let me know
• Please do not send goody bags or treats to
  school. They cannot be distributed and will have
  to be sent home.
                       Kinder Bear
• When it is your child’s turn you will have
  Kinder Bear stay with you for the weekend
• Kinder bear will come in a yellow or light
  blue bag with a composition notebook
• Please have your child write a small journal
  entry about the time he/she spent with
  Kinder Bear
• Kinder Bears do not go home on long
  weekends or school vacations
• The students have 10 minutes to eat snack
• Sending in 1 small snack and a drink will
  make snack time run smoother
• Please remember to send in a spoon or
  fork if you are sending in yogurt or fruit
• Thank you for remembering our classroom
  is peanut/nut free
Balloon Cards

• Conferences are held in November
• I am available to schedule an
  appointment sooner if we both feel it
  is necessary
• Please sign up for a conference time
  on your way out
                 Use of Technology
                  in the Classroom
• During snack centers students will be using
  the classroom computers
• (snack centers - when students choose different
  areas of the class to work on several different
  activities at once)
• As a class we watch and listen to online
  stories/movie clips from
• The mobile lab will visit us throughout the
•We use the SMART board - an interactive
electronic whiteboard. When interactive, the
whiteboard acts as a giant touch screen.
•We also use an ipod - Last year we received
an ipod through a grant from the CWCEF. We
use the ipod in our listening center and to
manage podcasts created by the students.
               Wilson Fundations
•Wilson Fundations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics
and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations
is based upon the Wilson Reading System® and serves as a
prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.
•Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides
the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs
to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.
•15 – 20 minute daily Fundations lesson
                 Land of the Letter People ®

• Land of the Letter People®is a research-
  based, classroom-tested, balanced literacy
  program that promotes successful reading
  and writing.
• It promotes word building, reading, and
  writing for all children
• The program is thematically organized and
  integrated across the curriculum
       Letter of the week
•Please check the Peek at the Week
for letter reminders. We occasionally
celebrate letters by wearing certain
colors, pajamas or silly socks.
      Harcourt Math Series
• We will be taking math tests at the end of each
  chapter. Please sign the test and return it the
  next day so it can be placed in your child’s
• Visit The Learning Site for additional ideas and
  activities @
                 H.W. and
             Corrected work
•Please encourage good homework habits
•If your child is struggling to complete the homework
please write a note explaining their difficulties. It
should not take them more than 10/15 minutes to
•All work returned home unless specified does not need
to be handed back in
•Corrections are made for you to review with your child
•Working together as a team towards creating the best
possible learning environment is the end goal for
everyone at Jefferson
     Practice at home
• I’ve included in your packet
  activities that you could use at
  home for extra practice
• Some children love to do
  homework so feel free to use the
  suggestions I’ve included
• It is also a good idea to have your
  child practice saying/writing
  their full name, address, phone
  number and birthday. “I Can”
       Tadpoles to Frogs

• In the spring we will watch tadpoles
  grow into frogs as part of our science
• I will be asking for bottled spring
  water donations (Feb./Mar.)
            Contacting me
• Email address:

• Communicating
  through notes in the
  H.W. folders
Our Website              :

Kindergarten Handbook
   We need volunteers for:
                                    We need MOMS/DADS for:
• Halloween centers –
   Friday, October 30th         •   Mother’s Day Tea - Friday, May 7th
                                    AM Moms come 10:45 – 11:30 am
• Thanksgiving centers -            PM Moms come 2:15 – 3:00 pm
   Tuesday, November 24th
                                •   Donuts with Dad - Friday, June 18th
• Winter Holiday centers –          AM Dads come 9:00 – 9:30 am
   Tuesday, December 22nd           PM Dads come 2:30 – 3:00 pm

• St. Patrick’s Day centers –
   Wednesday, March 17th
• End of year party –
   Tuesday, June 22nd
        Class donations
• Treasure chest prizes
• Straws, Lysol/Clorox wipes, white
  paper plates, cotton balls, magazines,
  brown lunch bags, etc. (found in
      Our Class Moms

• Mrs. Goldberger
• Mrs. Topolewski
• Mrs. Rubinetti-Rizzo
• Mrs. Solomon
          Sign up sheets
• Please make sure you check the
  conference sheet in the hallway and
  choose a date/time
• Also, sign the internet release sheet
  stating yes or no to have your child’s
  photo on our website
Thank you for coming !
         From "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
                             By Robert Fulghum
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play
and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the
plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup—they all die.
So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned—the biggest word
of all—LOOK.

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