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1 Welcome to Curriculum Night! Mrs. Coates and Mrs. Wrights Kindergarten Class 2011 - 2012

2 Tonights Agenda Personal Information Philosophy/ Goals/ Expectations Class Schedule and Extra Help Folder Systems Behavior System School Policies Kindergarten Curriculum and Materials Report Card and Grading Rubrics Communication Methods Lunchroom Kindergarten 101 Questions/ Answers

3 Mrs. Coates I have previously worked with the Title/EIP students at Chestatee where my reading and ESOL endorsement has helped me provide students with their academic needs. I have taught 3rd grade, 5th grade and pre-school at a private school. I received my Master's Degree from Brenau and have a specialist Degree from Piedmont College.

4 This is my 14 th year working as a K instructional assistant at Chestatee. I also work with 1 st grade teaching our Cindy Cupp reading curriculum. I graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV with a degree in laboratory medicine, but have discovered that I have a love for teaching children and have made a career change! Mrs. Wright

5 Just What ARE They Thinking?? Philosophy 1. Fun, fun, fun (little crazy???) 2. Individual needs met 3. Everything is a learning opportunity 4. Enjoying the children and the moment Goals 1. Making school an awesome place to be 2. Teaching kids to read 3. Challenging children at different levels 4. Making sure students are ready for first grade Expectations 1. Have appropriate classroom behavior. 2. Do your best. 3. PARENTS- Read with children, help children complete any homework, get your child to school everyday on time.

6 Class Schedule 7:10- 7:40 Arrival, Morning Work 7:40-7:50 Pledge, Greeting, Get ready for the day 7:50- 8:20 Class Meeting, Calendar, Sight Word Practice, EAGLE time 8:20-9:00 Letter of the week/ writing/ guided reading 9:05-9:50 Specials 10:00-10:45 Cindy Cupp phonics 10:51-11:21 Lunch 11:21-11:50 Recess 11:50-12:05 snack/break/story 12:05-12:50 Learning Centers 12:50-1:30 Guided Math 1:30-1:45 Clean up/ story 2:00-2:10 Pack up for dismissal/ line up 2:15 Dismissal

7 Specials Schedule Red – Art with Mrs. Hubbard Blue – Music with Mrs. Roper Green – Counselor with Mrs. Stewart Yellow – PE with Mrs. Grier and Mrs. Grindle Purple – PE with Mr. McDaniel Orange – Media with Mrs. Grindle White – PE with Mrs. Grier and Mrs. Grindle

8 Folder System Daily Folder **Contains behavior sheet and any handouts **Leave at home and Bring back to school pockets **Goes home every night returns every day Learning Folder **We will begin sending this folder home soon. **Sight words **Any skills your child needs to work on. Please put notes and money in the daily folder rather than in the book bag. We want to make sure we find everything.

9 Behavior/ Card System Green Card= Great job! Blue Card=Good day, I needed a reminder Purple Card= I lost a privilege today (5 mins. out of a fun activity) Yellow Card= I lost another privilege (more time out) Orange Card= I had a very, very difficult day. I need a plan for improved behavior. Daily behavior is marked on the daily behavior sheet

10 Important School Policies Transportation: You MUST write a hand written note for any transportation changes. Emails 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.

11 Kindergarten Curriculum Phonics/ Reading Cindy Cupp Program Phonics Phonemic awareness Sight words Fluency Comprehension Reading Harcourt Trophies Program Guided Reading, little books Writing Journal writing Shared writing Model writing Letter of the week Component of Cindy Cupp Math Houghton Mifflin Book Gobs of manipulatives Taught in small groups Hands-on activities Math Frameworks used 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

12 How is My Child Doing in Kindergarten? Every 9 Weeks, progress reports will be issued. Academics are graded with a number system. 3= Standard is mastered 2= Child is progressing toward mastery 1= Limited progress toward mastery Behavior and Work Habit Grades receive a letter. S= Satisfactory P= Progressing N= Needs Improvement

13 Report Cards and Rubrics See examples Remember that the standards difficulty level increases every quarter. The Georgia Performance Standards can be found at this link which is also on our webpage. Link: arten-Georgia-Performace-Standards.pdf

14 Communication: I want you to know whats happening. Newsletter -Curriculum covered -Important Dates and Reminders - Special notes -Sent weekly in Folder Webpage -Updated monthly -Work in progress Email bcoates@forsyt & A favorite of mine! Response is quick and easy! -Emails are checked before school, after school and during planning (most days) Notes Handwritten notes are great because they make responding easy! Voicemail 770-887-2341 ext. 722286 **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 10:51-11-21. We sit at table 15, side A. A childs lunch costs $2.15 and that includes the drink. An adults lunch costs $3.25. Families can pay by check, cash, or online. Lunch money sent in should be marked and put in your childs folder. A red apple stamp on your childs hand signifies that more lunch money is needed for your childs 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 specials. Your child may purchase an ice cream on Fridays for $0.75.

16 How Has Kindergarten Changed Since We Attended? Kindergarten is very academic. We follow the state standards for our instruction. 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 Do We Think About K So Far? Teaching kindergarten is the hardest grade to teach because the children are being introduced to so many new things, its physically exhausting, and Im 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 teachers 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 own child. 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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