Colleen Middlemiss
Colleen Middlemiss



Cathy McLoughlin

Cathy McLoughlin


In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter and there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future, for the lessons of life, there is no better teacher, than the look in the eyes of a child -- lyrics from the song In the Eyes of a Child by Air Supply

About the Teacher:

Welcome to Kindergarten!  We are "beary" glad that you stopped by to learn about our program.  My name is Colleen Middlemiss and I have been teaching kindergarten for 22 years.  At the young age of 5, I knew I always wanted to grow up and be a kindergarten teacher.  I graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with both my Bachelors and Masters and I am permanently certified in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1-6 as well as Special Education in pre-kindergarten, kindegarten,  and grades 1-12.  This year I am an ambassador for the program, which we utilize at Bishop Dunn. 

About Our Kindergarten Program:

The theme throughout the 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.  

Check out the curriculum overview to see the many skills and concepts worked on in kindergarten.

If you are interested in learning more about our kindergarten program and the school, please call the school to schedule a tour.

Kindergarten Open House Information 2023-2024



Welcome to Kindergarten


*DRESSED IN CORRECT UNIFORM EACH DAY (please see school handbook for uniform information)


Supply Items:

Please label the following items with your child’s first name:


*BACKPACK  (Make sure the lunchbox and folder can fit inside.)                          



*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 the left or right side.)

*WATERCOLOR PAINTS (Please no more than 16 colors.)

*HEADPHONES (Please take them out of the box and make sure all necessary wires are attached. Headphones are stored in each child’s desk for use on our classroom Chrome Books.)


The following supply items do not need to be labeled:





*2 CONTAINERS OF PLAY-DOH (can be any color)


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







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



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 Sadlier 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.  Some of our themes are:  All About me, Needs and Wants, Holidays, Presidents, Community Helpers, Weather and Seasons, Plants, Living and Non-Living, and Motion.

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.

Reading Centers:  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 (One of the Centers during Reading Center Time):   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 in our binders as well as in our class memory books.  Some of the topics we work on are:  personal narratives, acrostic poems, informational writing, procedural writing, and opinions.

Picturing Writing:  This 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 main topics that our class books will focus on are:

-Pumpkins -- descriptions of a pumpkin

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


1.       Curriculum Time:   Our school day officially starts at 7:45a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.  If you would like your child to participate in all activities, please have them in school before 7:45a.m.  Each morning at 7:30a.m., Mrs. McLoughlin and I will meet the children at the kindergarten door and welcome them into the classroom.    After entering the classroom, your child will unpack at his or her desk before putting his or her book bag and jacket into the closet.  Lunch boxes and water bottles will stay at your child’s desk.  The communication folder will be placed in our special bin in the classroom.  Your child will then complete a morning work assignment and after that is completed he or she will have the opportunity to play with the items on our table toy shelves. The same procedure is used for children who arrive by bus.

2.      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 sight word lists for the school year are available on the Bishop Dunn website in case you misplace a list that is sent home.  The first sight word list will come home in October.

3.       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 both 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.

Our classroom uses special Glow and Grow Notes.  Each day we are looking for two students to send a Glow Note home letting you know about the great job your child did in school that day. If anyone needs reminders about following the rules, we will send home a Grow Note.  Please know if a Grow Note is sent home, we have discussed with your child why the note is being sent home and what behavior would have been a better choice.  Each day that your child does not bring home a Grow Note, 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.”  .

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 their folder to take home.  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 the word 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.

4.      Folders:  We will be using one of the folders that you send in as our communication folder from school to home and home to school.  One side of the folder will be labeled leave at home – these papers are yours to review and keep at home.  The other side of the folder will be labeled return to school.  These papers are homework, projects or parent notes that need to be completed and sent back to school. Please make sure to check the communication folder each night to make sure there is no important paper work that needs your attention and to empty out the leave at home side.  The other folder will be left at school.

5.      Homework and Projects:  The children will receive a weekly homework packet filled with different activities to do at home. These assignments are a good way to review the skills and concepts that we are working on in the classroom. The first homework packet will come home on Monday, September 11.  Throughout the year, your child will also bring home different projects 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.  Projects are expected to be completed and returned.

6.      Snacks and Lunch:  The children will have a snack each morning between 9:30a.m. and 10:00a.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 12:00p.m.  Please pack a lunch, drink and a snack for lunch every day.  WE ARE UNABLE TO WARM UP LUNCH IN A MICORWAVE. Information about our school lunch program will be sent home from the main office.  If your child is staying for the extension program, please pack a drink and snack for after school.

7.      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 in the back of the school.  Please get on the line further away from the building and closer to the baseball field and pavilion.  I will be outside, guiding the children to the cars. Please remember to wait at your car for your child.  The children wait on the circles to be called to go home.  (Pre-k, first, and second grade, as well as any siblings, are also dismissed through the kindergarten door.)  Information about our School Dismissal Manager will be coming home.  By utilizing School Dismissal Manager you will be able to let us know of any changes to your child’s dismissal procedure.  Mrs. McLoughlin will wait with those children leaving by bus, and will send them out of the classroom to the teachers on bus duty as their respective buses are called.  After care children will wait on the kindergarten rug until they are called to the art room, where after care will meet.

8.      Desk and Carpet Seating:  Desk spots will be moved after the first Friday of each month. Your child’s entire desk will move with them.  This gives the children the opportunity to socialize with different friends each month.  Spots on the carpet are changed each week.

9.       Birthdays:  We will recognize your child on his or her birthday with a special birthday crown to wear and we will sing Happy Birthday. We also ask that you send in a favorite story for us to read at the end of the day. Birthday treats for the class to enjoy can be sent in.  Please make sure the item you are sending in is store bought with ingredient label. We will pass out birthday treats during lunch time.  Ordering pizza for lunch is another way you can celebrate too.  If your child has a food allergy or food intolerance, we will ask that you send a special treat that we can keep at school to give them for birthday celebrations.  If your child has a birthday in July or August, we will celebrate those children during the last week of school.  Goody bags are not allowed.  Please give one week’s notice of celebrating your child’s birthday to make sure of no conflicts in our schedule.


10.       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.  Please note your child is expected to be in correct uniform.  


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

Kindergarten Sight Words

Oct./Nov.           Dec./Jan.          Feb./Mar.            Apr./May

at                           am                     an                          are

can                         and                   be                          did

go                           by                      if                            do

had                         he                     like                       for

it                              him                  she                       get

let                            in                      up                        has

of                             is                        us                        just

the                         me                     we                        no

to                            on                     what                   said

will                         play                   you                     was

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.



Kindergarten Schedule for the 2023-2024 School Year


Homeroom 7:30-7:45 Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom Homeroom
Period 1 7:50-8:35 Morning Work Table Toys Class Meeting Morning Work Table Toys Class Meeting Morning Work Table Toys Class Meeting Morning Work Table Toys Class Meeting Morning Work Table Toys Class Meeting
Period 2 8:40-9:25 Math Math Math Math Math
Period 3 9:30-10:15 Snack Religion Snack Religion Snack Religion Snack Religion Snack Religion
Period 4 10:20-11:05 Reading Gym Reading Gym Reading
Period 5 11:10-11:55 ART Reading ART Reading Reading Centers
Period 6 12:00-12:45 Lunch and Recess Lunch and Recess Lunch and Recess Lunch and Recess Lunch and Recess
Period 7 12:50-1:35 Music Reading Centers Reading Centers Reading Centers STEAM
Period 8 1:40-2:25 Reading Centers Science or S.S. Activity Centers Science or S.S. Activity Centers Science or S.S. Activity Centers Science or S.S. Activity Centers
Dismissal 2:30 Grade K Dismissal Grade K Dismissal Grade K Dismissal Grade K Dismissal Grade K Dismissal

Kindergarten Class and Teacher List 2023-2024

Girls                                                                           Boys

Alesandra                                                               Aaron  

Aubrey                                                                    Andrew

Bethany                                                                  Carson      

Camryn                                                                 Luke

Eden                                                                       Matthew












Mrs. Colleen Middlemiss –Teacher

Mrs. Cathy McLoughlin – Co-Teacher

Mr. Raymond Berry – Gym and STEAM Teacher

Ms. Gabriella Martelli – Art and STEAM Teacher

Mr. John Newhall – Music Teacher


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

Here are some other helpful websites you can visit:
This site contains hundreds of pages of basic math skills divided by grade or topic.
This site is filled with fun seasonal interactive stories as well as letter and word family activities.
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