Back to School Night
September 24, 2009
Miss Credico’s Kindergarten
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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 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
• Conferences are held in November
• I am available to schedule an
appointment sooner if we both feel it
• 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 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
• 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
•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.)
• Email address:
through notes in the
Our Website :
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
• 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
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