Colleen Middlemiss
Colleen Middlemiss

colleen.middlemiss@bdms.org

 

 

Cathy McLoughlin


Cathy McLoughlin

cathy.mcloughlin@bdms.org

 

The theme throughout classroom and the year is bears. There are bears everywhere! Mr. Bear (the classroom bear) has a mystery item or items in his basket each day. The children are detectives and have to try to figure out what Mr. Bear wants us to learn about for that day. Mr. Bear's basket might even contain a few surprises for the children.

The kindergarten class involves an interactive approach to learning skills and concepts. Technology is utilized throughout the curriculum through the use of a Smartboard, computers and iPads.  Many manipulatives and real life examples are used in the classroom, as well. Our lessons each day vary between whole group and small group instruction.  By utilizing the small groups, we are better able to meet the various needs and learning styles in the classroom. The children are encouraged to explore the world around them and to be proud of their accomplishments. We are an active classroom where each child's voice is heard. The class motto -- always try your best -- helps each child to feel proud of what they are capable of doing.  We also foster our school motto -- choose kindness first and make good choices.

Check out the monthly newsletter page to see the many interesting topics being discussed in the classroom.

If you are interested in learning more about our kindergarten program and the school, please come for a tour of Bishop Dunn on a Touring Tuesday or to the Open House on a Sunday in January.

Kindergarten Open House Information 2020-2021

 

 

Welcome to Kindergarten

 

Reading:  The reading program used is the Superkids reading program. Within this program, the children are recognizing each letter, the sound associated with the letter, writing the letter, and reading sight words.

 

Math:  The math program used is Eureka math.  Within this program our math lessons utilize the smartboard as well as many hands on activities to learn skills and concepts. Some of the skills we work on are recognizing numbers to 100, comparing numbers, 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, and addition and subtraction.

Science and Social Studies:  Our science and social  lessons are based on monthly themes.  We incorporate the use of the scholastic magazines Science Spin and Let's Find Out into the curriculum as well.  Our themes are Farming, Christopher Columbus, The Pilgrims, Native Americans, Needs and Wants, Weather and Seasons, Presidents, Kings and Queens, The Five Senses, Recycling, Plants, and Colonial America.

Religion:  To help us explore our relationship with God and Jesus, we use various bible stories.  We are involved in morning prayer exercises with the school and also say prayers for snack and lunch time.

Guided Reading:  The children work in small groups during this time, based on their skills and abilities. The children are working on reading skills at their current ability level, including recognizing and reading sight words and reading a book at their reading level.

Writers Workshop:  The children work in small groups during this time.  We work on learning to express ourselves though both drawings and writing.  Each month a piece of work is saved in our writing portfolio, which is then saved and passed on to be filled until the child graduates from eighth grade.  Some of the topics we work on are:  personal narratives, acrostic poems, informational writing, procedural writing, and opinions.

S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math):   This is a collaboration program with our first grade class.  The children work in mixed ability groups each Friday afternoon, completing various activities based on the monthly topic.  We incorporate the use of quality literature or a scholastic magazine to introduce the topic. Guest speakers and or field trips are also incorporated into the program to enhance the skills and topics. The topics are:  apples, Native Americans, the Gingerbread Man, weather, dental health, Easter candy, recycling and plants.

Picturing Writing:  Three times a year the children use this dynamic program to create a book.  The program fosters literacy through art and is a progression of literature, art and writing experiences designed to teach the key elements of writing to students.  The lessons incorporate reading quality picture books that support the focus of the day.  The three main topics that our class books will focus on are:

-Time of Day -- Sunset, Twilight, Night, Dawn

-Who Am I? -- Animal Book on Penguins, including a description of the animal and an acrostic poem

-My Year in Kindergarten - Sequencing book about the beginning, middle and end of the year

 

CLASS RULES AND POLICIES:

1.      Curriculum Time:   Our school day officially starts at 7:50a.m.  If you would like your child to participate in all activities, please have them in school before 7:50a.m.  Each morning at 7:30a.m., Miss S. will meet the children at the kindergarten outside door and welcome them into the classroom. (Pre-k, first grade and siblings are using the kindergarten door for drop off too.)  Once your child’s temperature is taken, your child will enter the classroom and unpack at his or her table spot.  Your child will then have the opportunity to play with the items in the white bin next to his or her desk.  We will also greet classmates as they arrive.  Here is a link to a great song by Jack Hartmann on how to socially greet each other.  We will be listening and using this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMg6t-z8KEI

If your child rides the bus to school, the bus will drop them off and your child will enter through the breeze way door and have his or her temperature taken by Mrs. Benfer and after that go to our classroom, following the same routine as those children dropped off by car.

2.      Safety:

We will be spending the first few weeks of school talking about ways to keep us all safe and healthy. These will include:

Handwashing:  Upon arrival to school each day, your child will receive a squirt of hand sanitizer.  We will also be cleaning our hands with baby wipes at 8:30a.m., after snack, 10:30a.m., after lunch, 12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.  The children will also wash hands before snack, before lunch and after recess.

Bathroom:  We do have a bathroom in our classroom.  Only one child at a time may use the bathroom.  Our bathroom has a labeled girl stall and a labelled boy stall.  Please remind your child that they will need to raise their hand and ask to use the bathroom.  We will also have 3 bathroom breaks throughout the day: before snack, before lunch and after recess.  Mrs. McLoughlin will be bringing the boys downstairs during our bathroom breaks to use the bathrooms outside of the pre-k classroom.  Those bathrooms are only for pre-k and k usage.

Masks:  Masks need to be worn all day in the classroom.  We will remove them when eating.  We will also have mask breaks throughout the day as we are transitioning from one activity to the next.  Please practice wearing masks at home to help your child adjust to needing to wear it all day at school.

Toys and Books:  Each Monday, your child will receive a bag with a toy to use for table time during that week.  It will be stored in the white bin next to your child’s desk, which will also contain a memory game, playdough, a deck of cards, paints, a coloring book and the different games that we make each week.  During toy time, your child can play with any of the items in their white bin.  Each Friday, we will collect the bags containing the toys, wash and sanitize each toy, and then store them in the closet for one week before returning them to the classroom toy rotation.  Each Monday, your child will also receive a stack of books and magazines that will be theirs for the week.  On Fridays, we will collect the books and magazines, clean and disinfect the covers, and place them in the closet for a week before returning them to the book and magazine rotation.

Health: As stated in the Archdiocese Re-Opening Plan, it is recommended that parents take their child’s temperature every day before the child comes to school. If the temperature is 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, the child should stay home and see a doctor. This will ensure that students who likely would be excluded upon arrival will self-monitor and remain home.

School leaders and teachers will monitor students throughout the day for signs of illness. Symptoms potentially include the following:

  • Fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Children exhibiting the symptoms above must be sent home according to the protocol established in the guidelines and according to the best judgment and discretion of the designated individual in charge of monitoring symptoms.

If your child needs to be absent due to illness, your child will not be marked absent if they log on to our Google Classroom for the day, follow the livestream, and complete the daily assignments.

3.     Monthly Newsletter:   A newsletter is sent home each month, listing the academic and skill areas we are working on, along with important parent information.  Every two months, your child will also bring home a sight word list.  Please review those words with your child and have him or her use the words in sentences.  In class, we will be using the words for various activities.  The monthly newsletter and sight word lists for the school year are available on the Bishop Dunn website.  The first sight word list will come home in October.

4.     Discipline:  We feel that it is best to relate to the children in positive ways.  They will receive lots of praise and positive input for good behavior and hard work.  We do expect the children to obey the rules in the classroom and outside.

Classroom Rules:

1.     Listen carefully

2.     Keep hands and feet to yourself

3.     Follow directions

4.     Raise your hand if you have something to say

5.     Show respect and kindness to your classmates

6.     Try your best

A strip chart behavior management system is used.  Each day your child starts out on green.  If we need to speak to your child about following the rules, you child will be asked to pull a strip and will now be on yellow.  If we need to speak to your child again about a rule, your child will pull his or her next strip and will now be on red.  If this should happen again, your child will pull his or her last strip. 

Please note that each time a strip is pulled, we discuss with your child why he or she is pulling a strip and what behavior would have been a better choice.  Each day that your child does not pull all three strips, he or she will receive a sticker on his or her chart.  When the sticker chart is filled, your child will be able to go to the “Prize Bear.”  (Please note:  your child will look at the items in the see-through container and tell either me or Mrs. McLoughlin which prize they would like us to take out for them.)  It is very common for the children to come home each day and tell you who has pulled strips.  This is your child’s way of telling you “look at me I am doing the right thing.”  In your child’s bring back to school folder, there will be a monthly calendar letting you know how your child is behaving in the classroom.

We also have a “Caught You Being Good” sticker basket.  Throughout the day, we are looking to reward the children who are doing kind deeds, as well as those who are listening and following directions.  The children place any stickers they earn from the basket in one of their two folders.  Stickers are also given when we receive compliments from a special teacher for exceptional work.

We also work together as a class to spell the word SURPRISE.  Each day that the children, as an entire class, work hard and follow directions, the class earns a letter in SURPRISE.  When the children have spelled out SURPRISE, they earn:  extra recess, extra toy time, a special movie, or game time.  Each child will also receive a small prize from our bear treasure chest. (Mrs. McLoughin or I will hand out these mystery prizes.) This activity of spelling SURPRISE helps to promote the importance of working together and the idea that we are all part of the same class.

5.     Homework and Projects:  Children will receive monthly homework packets. These assignments should be worked on during the month and the checklist should be returned by the date on the packet form. The first homework packet will come home on Monday, September 14. You will find this packet in the bring back to school folder.  Each month your child will bring home a different project to complete.  The projects are set around the different topics that we are working on.  A note will always accompany the project, explaining what needs to be done and when the project is due.

6.      Folders:  The two folders that you are supplying will go back and forth to school each day.  One folder will be labeled as items that you can leave at home the other folder will be labeled to bring back to school.  The back to school folder will contain your child’s math book and the Superkid book that we are using, along with any weekly packets.  We are sending these materials back and forth each night to ensure that you have them, just in case your child needs to be absent from school. (By having these materials at home, your child can log on to our Google Classroom and participate in our class remotely or complete any missed work for the day.)  Please be sure to check both the leave at home folder and back to school folder each night, to make sure there is no important paper work that needs your attention.

7.     Snacks and Lunch:  The children will have a snack each morning between 8:50 and 9:10 a.m.  Please send your child to school with a juice box or water and a nutritious snack i.e.:  fruit, vegetables, crackers, yogurt, etc.  Please do not send in glass bottles for snack or lunch drinks.  Lunch will be at 11:30a.m.  Please pack a lunch, drink and a snack for lunch every day.  WE ARE UNABLE TO WARM UP LUNCH IN THE MICORWAVE THIS YEAR.

8.     Dismissal:  If you are picking your child up after school, please be sure to wait for him or her in the car dismissal line.  Dismissal is at 2:30p.m.  Car pick up will be at the same door as morning drop off.  Miss Swinkunas will be outside, guiding the children to the cars. Mrs. Middlemiss will be at the door sending the children out to Miss Swinkunas and Mrs. McLoughlin will be watching the children in our classroom.  If your child has an older sibling, the sibling will also be dismissed through the kindergarten door.  (Pre-k and first grade are also dismissed through the kindergarten door.)  Please be sure to send in a note or call school before 2:00p.m. if there will be a change in your child’s regular dismissal procedure.  Email is not the best way to inform me of any dismissal changes, as I do not always have an opportunity to check email during the school day.

9.     Desks and Alternative Seating:  Desk spots will be moved after the first Friday of each month. Your child’s entire desk and chair will move with them.  This gives the children the opportunity to safely socialize with different friends each month.  Starting in October, we will introduce different seating options at the children’s desks:  stools, wobble cushions, and crate seats with cushions.  Your child will have the opportunity to try one of these for a week.  Your child can always request just to sit in his or her regular chair. 

10.  Birthdays:  This year due to health and safety concerns we are unable to have birthday treats at school.  We will recognize your child on his or her birthday with a special birthday crown to wear and we will sing Happy Birthday.  If your child has a birthday in July or August, we will celebrate those children during the last week of school.

11.  Uniforms: Uniforms may be purchased at Little Darlings in Wappingers Falls or from Donnelly’s, the uniform supply company that the school uses. Please see the Bishop Dunn handbook for approved uniform combinations for your child. 

12.  Google Classroom:  If your child is a full-time virtual learner or absent from the classroom for the day, you will be able to log into our Google Classroom and live stream our class.  The live stream will be available during the academic periods listed on our schedule, which will be sent home on the first day of school and posted in our Google Classroom.  Also in the Google Classroom, under the classwork tab, we will post the daily assignments, which your child can review and complete if you are unable to follow along during the live stream.

 

 

Kindergarten Class and Teacher List 2020-2021

Girls Boys
Anna
Calvert
Ava-Marie
Carlos
Daniela
Ethan
Emily
Giacomo
Emma
Jack
Gemma
Landon
Kalisi
Ludwig (Louie)
Lillian
 
Olivia
 
Serayah
 
Serena
 
Violet  

 

Teachers:

Mrs. Colleen Middlemiss – Teacher

Mrs. Cathy McLoughlin – Co-Teacher

Ms. Stacey Swinkunas – Specials Teacher (Art, PE, Technology and Innovation Lab)

 

 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE 2020-2021

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

7:50-8:30

Table Toys

7:50-8:30

Table Toys

7:50-8:30

Table Toys

7:50-8:30

Table Toys

7:50-8:30

Table Toys

8:30-8:45

Morning Meeting and Sharing

8:30-8:45

Morning Meeting and Sharing

8:30-8:45

Morning Meeting and Sharing

8:30-8:45

Morning Meeting and Sharing

8:30-8:45

Morning Meeting and Sharing

8:45-9:15

Snack and

Read Aloud

 

8:45-9:15

Snack and

Read Aloud

 

8:45-9:15

Snack and

Read Aloud

 

8:45-9:15

Snack and

Read Aloud

 

8:45-9:15

Snack and

Read Aloud

9:20-10:00

Reading Skills

Superkids

9:20-10:00

Reading Skills

Superkids

9:20-10:00

Reading Skills

Superkids

9:20-10:00

Reading Skills

Superkids

9:20-10:00

Reading Skills

Superkids

10:05-10:45

Art

10:05-10:45

Gym

10:05-10:45

Technology

10:05-10:45

Gym

10:05-10:45

Technology/Innovation Lab

10:50-11:30

Literacy Centers

10:50-11:30

Literacy Centers

10:50-11:30

Literacy Centers

10:50-11:30

Literacy Centers

10:50-11:30

Literacy Centers

11:35-12:15

Lunch/Recess

11:35-12:15

Lunch/Recess

11:35-12:15

Lunch/Recess

11:35-12:15

Lunch/Recess

11:35-12:15

Lunch/Recess

12:20-12:40

Quiet Time

12:20-12:40

Quiet Time

12:20-12:40

Quiet Time

12:20-12:40

Quiet Time

12:20-12:40

Quiet Time

12:40-1:00

Religion

12:40-1:00

Religion

12:40-1:00

Religion

12:40-1:00

Religion

12:40-1:00

Religion  

1:05-2:00

Math

1:05-2:00

Math

1:05-2:00

Math

1:05-2:00

Math

1:05-2:00

Math

2:00-2:20

Science or Social Studies

2:00-2:20

Science or Social Studies

2:00-2:20

Science or Social Studies

2:00-2:20

Science or Social Studies

2:00-2:20

S.T.E.A.M.

2:20:2:30

Pack Up and Dismissal

2:20:2:30

Pack Up and Dismissal

2:20:2:30

Pack Up and Dismissal

2:20:2:30

Pack Up and Dismissal

2:20:2:30

Pack Up and Dismissal

 

Sharing starts each school year in October 

Sharing schedule for the month is posted at the bottom

As part of our oral language program, we have “sharing” in our class. Two children each day bring a special toy, book, picture, poem, tape, etc. to class to show the other children and tell about it. We ask that chidlren do not bring in toy weapons, toys related to war or violence, or pets. The children are asked to describe what he/she is bringing to class (e.g. what it is, how it works, where he/she received or bought it from, etc.). Practice at home using complete sentences is recommended, so your child will feel comfortable telling about his/her special item. After your child has shared the item with the class, he/she will be able to answer three questions from the children in the class. The children enjoy being the teacher and teaching us about the item. Your child will leave his/her sharing item in the closet until sharing time. When sharing is finished, the item will be returned to your child’s book bag or closet hook.  The sharing schedule is attached each month to the monthly newsletter and posted below. We remind your child the day before to bring an item to share. If your child forgets to bring in an item on his/her sharing day, your child has to wait until his/her next turn to share an item with the class. If your child is absent on his or her sharing day, please have your child bring an item in on the day that he or she returns to school. If you have any questions about the sharing program, please just let us know.

 

SHARING SCHEDULE 2020-2021

February 2021

Landon and Louie --  February 17

Olivia and Giacomo -- February 19

Emma and Serena -- February 22

Gemma and Kalisi -- February 24

Lillian and Ethan -- February 26

Ava and Violet -- No Sharing This Month

Emily and Daniela -- February 3

Simona and Jack -- February 5

Serayah and Carlos -- February 8

Anna and Calvert -- February 10

 

Every two months, the children bring home a list of ten sight words to practice reading and recognizing by sight. Below is a list of activities to help the children learn the words.

 

 

Kindergarten Sight Words

a                           and                       are                        get

 

am                        do                         come                     have

 

at                          got                        did                        here

 

can                       had                       for                        him

 

go                         has                       his                        of

 

I                            he                         in                          play

 

is                          the                        it                           said

 

me                        to                          like                       she

 

my                        up                         look                      will

 

see                        we                        on                         you

 

 

Here is a list of a few read aloud suggestions for starting school.  Many of these stories will help your child to feel more comfortable about school and being a kindergartner.  Please do not feel like you need to purchase them.  Many of these books are available at your local library or on YouTube.

The Kissing Hand,by Audrey Penn (We will be using this book to do a fun first day of school project.)

The Night Before Kindergarten,by Natasha Wing

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten,by Joseph Slate

Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come,by Nancy Carlson

When You Go To Kindergarten,by James Howe

Countdown To Kindergarten,by Alison McGhee

Chrysanthemum,by Kevin Henkes

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,by Kevin Henkes

I Am NOT Going to School Today,by Robie H. Harris

 

*ONE EXTRA SET OF CLOTHING (PLEASE PUT IN A PLASTIC STORAGE BAG)

*BACKPACK

*LUNCH BOX

*CRAYOLA BOX OF 24 CRAYONS

*ONE INCH BINDER (It will be left at school and returned at the end of the school year.)

*DIVIDERS FOR THE BINDER (We only need 5 dividers.)

*2 PLASTIC 2 POCKET FOLDERS (Plastic is sturdier for daily use. Please have the pockets on the bottom rather than left or right side.)

*A BOX OF TISSUES

*2 CONTAINERS OF WET ONES OR 2 PACKAGES OF BABY WIPES

*2 CONTAINERS OF CLOROX WIPES (IF AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE)

*WATERCOLOR PAINTS

*HEADPHONES

*DECK OF CARDS

*MEMORY GAME

*ONE CONTAINER OF PLAYDOUGH

*COLORING BOOK

Some of the items will need to be replenished throughout the school year.  Our monthly newsletter will list any items that are running low.

 

SUPPLY LIST—FOR HOME

*CRAYONS

*SCISSORS

*GLUE

*PENCILS

 

Our class uses the IReady program for work on both Reading and Math skills.  Login and password info will be sent home in October.

 

Math Websites

www.ixl.com
This website allows you to complete 10 problems each day without having to sign up and become a member.

www.aaamath.com
This site contains hundreds of pages of basic math skills divided by grade or topic.

Reading Websites

www.superkidsreading.org
This is the website that contains information about the reading program we will be using in class this year.

www.starfall.com
This site is filled with fun seasonal interactive stories as well as letter and word family activities.

www.bookadventure.com
This site features a free reading incentive program dedicated to encouraging children in grades K-8 to read.

 

Here are some helpful materials to review some of the topics from the classroom:

5 Senses

Nursery Rhymes

Plant Webquest