Welcome to Kindergarten
Welcome! I’m glad that you and your child will be part of my class this year. Sending your child to kindergarten is a big milestone! Please know that I am here to help from now until graduation. As this year will look a little different than any other, I am committed to making sure your child will have the best school year possible. We will take it slowly in the beginning as we build a great class community and learn new technology.
During the week of September 1st – 4th I will be meeting with families individually to do a short assessment and get to know your child. We also will be learning about all the technology students will be using during remote learning and going over the procedure students will need to know. I will also be answering any questions and addressing any concerns you may have. When you come in for your meeting, please bring in the device your child plans on using. If your child will be using a desktop computer, please let me know.
I’m so excited to be working with you and your child this year! Please feel free to reach out if you have any question.
Digital Platforms and Tools:
Please note that all login and access information will be provided to students individually.
In the primary grades we will be using the Seesaw platform for a streamlined communication for our remote learning day. Seesaw Class will be used to communicate the daily schedule and the learning tasks for the day directly to your child’s journal. As a parent you will also need Seesaw Family. Seesaw Family allows you access to messages and your child’s journal as a parent. Seesaw Class enables your child to view, complete, and submit “assignments” digitally. I will be sending out reminders via the announcement feature in Seesaw (it sends to both) which will come as a message for you. Please make sure your child is logging into Seesaw Class and not Seesaw Family. See the included invitations to both Seesaw Class and Seesaw Family.
We will be using additional online resources RAZ (Reading A to Z.), Mathwhizz, and XtraMath. Expectations will be communicated via Seesaw.
RAZ (Reading A to Z)
Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. With hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, it’s easy to put the right content in every student’s hands.
Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.
Mathwhizz ( I will introduce this in the Spring)
The Math-Whizz Suite is made up of three core elements that work together to drive math progress in schools. These include their award-winning AI driven tutor, in-depth assessment and reporting tools and a bank of high-quality resources.
This program aligns with our Math In Focus curriculum, and will enable us to provide more support and enrichment for our range of math learners.
This is an online program that focuses on fact fluency. Fact fluency enables students to access more complex concepts without being held back by lack computation skills.
OLG Remote Learning in Kindergarten Grade
The primary grades (K-2) are structuring the remote learning like a typical school day as much as we are able. This way we can transition kids back to in-person learning as seamlessly and as soon as we are able. Currently we plan to Zoom with the kids essentially most of the day from our classrooms. That doesn’t mean they will have to stare at the screen all day but rather we’ll do consistent live instruction and guided directions/instructions. We will send the kids to their desks (possibly breakout rooms or logging off an open zoom) to work. They will have the option of reaching out to us as they work, etc. There will be far fewer videos and remote assigned tasks than during our spring remote model.
Our goal is to mimic the classroom as best we are able and to have kids do as much work as possible in hard copy form with teacher support. We recognize concrete learning and tasks are what is best for students at our level. Hopefully this will lighten the load of the parents as well. Weekly drop-off/pick-up of learning materials will enable us to respond to students more effectively and efficiently.
See the attached remote learning schedule. Please note that the content areas will be loosely followed the first few weeks to allow for greater community building.
Creating and maintaining a space conducive to learning will enable your child to fully participate in the learning at hand. It will also foster a mindset where the learning space becomes “school” which in turn allows your child to engage with the class community and feel connected to her/his peers.
Supplies for the First day
Water bottle with snap lids
Headphone (not earbuds)
1 box of Band-Aids
1 Big Pink Pearl Erasers
2 Composition Books- Wide rule (Not spiral)
2 Spiral Notebook (wide rule)
1 box of 24 ct. Crayola crayons
One box of 6 or 12 CHUNKIES Tempera Paint, Classic
1 large Elmer Glue Sticks
1 box of 10ct. classic color, Crayola Markers- Thick
1 Old clean sock
2 rolls of Painters 1in blue tape
6 ct. Ticonderoga pre-sharpen
Pencil box (LARGE)
2 black and 2 color wet-wipe expo marker- fine tip
1 Fiskars’s Scissors (child size)
2 packs of Stickers
Supplies for whole class use
1 Large Antibacterial wipes
All other items on the general supply list are what we typically use in a full year. There is no need to send them into school now. We’ll have limited storage.