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Mrs. Santini/Mrs. Cockerham

Email: 
msantini@amherst.k12.va.us
Phone: 
434-528-6499 ext 29028
Classes Taught: 
Smart Start Pre-K

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Hello and WELCOME to Smart Start/Pre-K 2020/2021 school year! I am very excited to meet all of you and the students. I strongly encourage you to attend virtual open house (TBD). I look forward to a year full of learning, playing, and growing. In Pre-K, we promote Kindergarten readiness through teaching students to learn to love learning. Your child will be engaged every day with reading, writing, math, science, fine motor, gross motor, creative, and thinking skills. 

Class Requirements

Supplies *make arrangements with teacher to bring in*  

1.     1 regular sized book bag-No wheels

2.    *A full set of clothes (pants, underpants, shirt, and socks. in zip lock bag/to stay at school for the first semester) We will send it home when it begins to get cold and ask that parent send in a cold weather set.

3.    *A crib/toddler bed sheet to cover the nap mat (used is fine)

4.    *One crib/toddler bed blanket (used is fine)

Please Consider Donating

These items are used on a regular basis and are the most needed

1.     Lysol wipes, lysol spray, tissues, hand sanitizer, baby wipes (No Clorox Wipes)

2.    Paper plates, paper towels

3.    glue sticks, dry erase markers (small/not big ones)

Home Visits and Conferences/Parent-teacher communication

In the fall, I normally conduct a home visit with you and your child at your home or other location other than the school. However, this year, due to Covid-19, we will make contact in other ways.  This is ususally to give the student the opportunity to meet me in their comfort zone and be more convenient for you as a busy parent. Mid year and year end conferences will take place at school in the classroom or via phone depending on previous types of contact. I will do my best to give everyone ample notoce to sign up. Please be courtious and inform me if you are unable to make a scheduled conference, as I will do the same if I must cancel or reschedule due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are unable to keep an appointment, I will do my best to accomodate your needs for rescheduling.

Grading

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each nine weeks grading period

Please sign both (report cards and report card folders and return as soon as possible)

A copy will be made at the end of the school year of the report card showing your child's growth throughout the school year.

Parent Communication and Homework

Each day, students will bring home a folder with a monthly calendar inside. Please help your child learn to be responsible with school materials! DO NOT remove the monthly calendar from the folder until. It will be removed by the classroom teacher and kept for records. We will use this to send home important information and communicate the behavior of your student, please be sure to check the folder and initial the calendar each day. The folder will also have a newsletter each monday and a homework packet. This year the homework packet will be Friday remote learning work and will be due on the following Monday. These items will be located in the “bring it back” section, all papers, with the exception of the homework, is to be returned to school the following day.  These activities are specifically to enhance your student’s learning. I will provide all the materials needed to complete the homework, but you must let me know what you need, and it should take no more than 3-5 minutes per night. Friday remote learning work should take 35-45 minutes total per Friday. Clean out the “keep at home” section each night, these are activities and work your child has already completed. Library books will not be checked out this year. Instead, we will have classroom books that will be sent home. On Monday, your child will bring home 3 classroom books. Read one and record it on the reading log each night and return the reading bag on Thursday. 

Topics of study week 1-4

Hard focus on expectations and routines, behavior and, self-regulation, and social/emotional skills

Academically, we will be focusing on shapes, colors, name recognition, and name writing.

Pre-K Themes/Curriculum/and foundations/testing

1. Family, Home, and Community

2. Grocery store

3. Pet/Vet

4. Restaurant

5. Medical (people)

6. outdoors

Curriculum used: Tools of the Mind

Foundations: Building Blocks (can be found on VDOE website)

Pals is the tool used for testing Literacy skills in pre-k

Schedules

Daily schedules and routines (we do NOT have specific times as of yet)

Arrival- bathroom, hand washing, unpack, lunch choice, mystery question, breakfast, bathroom, hand washing, pledge, morning announcements

Movement break/self regulation activity- freeze dance

Morning Meet up- (story/story lab) Social emotional community, conversations, Al's Pals, Mind up, and other activities

Opening Group- Learning songs, calendar, weather, shape, color, number, morning message, movement activity, (story/story lab)

Literacy- graphics practice, buddy reading, buddy up, and other activities

Math- learning activities, journal

Science- learning activities, experiments, journals

Center play- play choice, play planning

Phonemic Awareness- letter learning, sound learning, heggerty

Recess, lunch, nap, snack

This schedule is subject to change as students become acclimated to school and routines

Resource Schedule ---PreK will NOT have resource the first semester

       Week 1                                            Week 2                                                   Week 3

Monday:Library                                 Monday:Gym                                      Monday:Music

Tuesday:Gym                                    Tuesday:Music                                   Tuesday:Computer

Wednesday:Art                                  Wednesday:Library                           Wednesday:Gym

Thursday:Gym                                   Thursday:Art                                      Thursday:Library

Friday:Guidance                                 Friday:Library                                     Friday:Art

 

 

 

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