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1 Welcome to Curriculum Night!
Mrs. Coates’s Kindergarten Class

2 Tonight’s Agenda Personal Information Philosophy/ Goals/ Expectations
Class Schedule and Extra Help Folder Systems Behavior System School Policies New Standards, Curriculum, and Materials Report Card and Grading Rubrics BYOT Communication Methods/ Webpage Lunchroom Kindergarten 101 Questions/ Answers

3 Barbara Coates Ed.S. Instruction and Curriculum – Piedmont College
B.S. and M.Ed. Elementary Education, Breanu University Endorsements- Reading and E.S.O.L. Mt. Pisgah Christian Schools – Alpharetta, Georgia 1994 – Instructional Assisantiant Midway- Cumming,Georgia 1996 – Fifth Grade Teacher – Chestatee Elementary Third Grade Teacher- Chestatee Elementary Title/E.I.P Teacher- Chestatee Kindergarten Teacher- Chestatee

4 Just What IS She Thinking??
Philosophy Fun, fun, fun (little crazy???) Individual needs met Everything is a learning opportunity Enjoying the children and the moment Goals Making school an awesome place to be Teaching kids to read Challenging children at different levels Making sure students are ready for first grade Expectations Have appropriate classroom behavior. Do your best. PARENTS- Read with children, help children complete any homework, get your child to school everyday on time.

5 Class Schedule 7:10- 7:40 Arrival, Morning Work
7:40-7:50 Pledge, Greeting, Get ready for the day 7:50- 8:25 Class Song, Writing Whole Group 8:25-9:10 Guided Reading/ Writing Groups/ Snack and Story 9:15-10:00 Specials 10:00-10:45 Phonics/ Reading 10:45 Restroom/ Prepare for lunch 10:56-11:26 Lunch 11:30-12:15 Restroom/ Story/ Recess 12:15- 12:45 Calendar Math/ Math Journals 12:45-1:30 Math Groups 1:30-2:00 Science/ Social Studies/ Centers/ Choice 2:05-2:15 Pack up/ Clean up 2:20 Dismissal

6 Folder System Daily Folder
**Contains behavior calendar and any handouts **”Leave at home” and “Return to school” pockets **Goes home every night / returns every day **Please put notes and money in the folder rather than in the book bag. We want to make sure we find everything. Friday Folder **Conduct/ work habits report **Goes home Friday/ please review, sign, and return on Mondays **You can keep the papers inside. Sight Word Folder **’Is Kept in the folder-- ** Practice new list in folder and review the “passed “ lists. **Keep everything in the folder and send back by

7 Behavior/ Card System Green Card= Great job! Verbal Warning Given
Yellow Card= Stop and Think/ Get back on track Orange Card= Time Out/ Talk to the teacher/Teacher’s choice Red Card= Call home or E -mail Children can move up on the behavior chart to: “Showing Pride”, Outstanding, or Role Model Student’. Children can earn jewels for the classroom and decide on reward Children can also win Bravo Bucks for Chestatee Reward Daily behavior is marked on the daily folder calendar Special behavior charts are an option if necessary.

8 Important School Policies
Transportation: You MUST write a hand written note for any transportation changes. s and phone calls will not be accepted. No checkouts will be allowed after 2:00. Absences: For an absence to be excused, you need to write a note within 5 days of your child missing school.

9 CCGPS: Common Core GPS New national standards
Less standards, more rigor Checkout this link for a complete explanation and list of the standards.

10 Kindergarten Curriculum
Phonics/ Reading Cindy Cupp Program Phonics Phonemic awareness Sight words Fluency Comprehension **Passed Readers are sent home and are great for extra practice. Reading Guided Reading, little books Games Flashcards Forsyth County Units Writing Journal writing Shared writing Model writing Letter of the week Component of Cindy Cupp Math Math Frameworks used Gobs of manipulatives Taught in small groups Hands-on activities CCGPS Workbooks Science Units Rocks and Soil Objects in the Sky Living and Nonliving Animals and Plants Motion and Gravity Social Studies Units Community Helpers Economy Map Skills Personal Information Good citizenship National Holidays American Symbols

11 Report Cards and Rubrics
See example Less standards, but they have increased rigor. The standard is the same all year so that students are working toward meeting the standards. Expect 1s and 2s in the beginning of the year. This is a 4 point grading system Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Work Habits, Special Area Classes are included.

12 How is My Child Doing in Kindergarten?
Every 9 Weeks, progress reports will be issued. Academics are graded with a number system. 1- Limited Achievement 2- Moderate Achievement 3- Consistent Achievement 4- Complete Standard Mastery Special area Grades Work Habit Grades S= Satisfactory D= Does not meet P= Progressing S= Successful N= Needs Improvement E= Exemplary

13 BYOT Things to Know Filtered internet in school Very controlled usage
Established rules in our classroom In book bags and locked door when out of room Not just playing Used with lessons During computer centers, educational reading and math games can be used. DS and DSi devices are super for kindergarten! Cassie Shoemaker’s website has great APP ideas.

14 Communication: I want you to know what’s happening.
Newsletter -Curriculum covered -Important Dates and Reminders - Special notes -Sent weekly in Friday Folder Webpage -Updated monthly -Work in progress -Check out our Kindergarten Curriculum Page! Response is quick and easy! - s are checked before school, after school and during planning (most days) Notes Handwritten notes are great because they make responding easy! Voic ext **Please allow 24 hours for me to return phone calls. **The phone will not be answered during instructional times. Call the office with an emergency.

15 What About Lunch? Our lunch time is 10:59 11:29. We sit at table 6.
Families can pay by check, cash, or online. Lunch money sent in should be marked and put in your child’s folder. A red apple stamp on your child’s hand signifies that more lunch money is needed for your child’s account. If you are joining us for lunch, please meet us in the cafeteria rather than the classroom. Also say good-bye in the lunchroom, so that we can get to recess. Ice cream cannot be charged. If there isn’t enough money in the account on Friday, your child will not receive ice cream.

16 How Has Kindergarten Changed Since We Attended?
Kindergarten is very academic. We follow the state standards for our instruction. These have increased rigor. Teaching is taught in small, differentiated groups during the majority of our day. Instruction is assessment driven. Kindergarteners are amazing and can learn so much!

17 What Has Mrs. Coates Learned?
Teaching kindergarten is the hardest grade to teach because the children are being introduced to so many new things, it’s physically exhausting, and I’m “on” all day. The children are super sweet and love the simplest things about school. We get tired and hungry by 2:15 which can cause tears. A lot of extra help is needed…. Especially in places like the cafeteria. Chaos occurs when adults stop in, the phone rings, or the teacher’s attention is turned to something else for a split second. Teaching kindergarten is the most fun grade to teach.

18 In Closing….. We look forward to a great year. We work very hard to keep you informed and to teach your child the way we would want someone to teach our children. Let us know whenever you have questions or concerns. Thank you for allowing us to work with your child! What a journey this will be!

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