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Mrs. Santini/Mrs. Cockerham

434-528-6499 ext 29028
Classes Taught: 
Smart Start Pre-K

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Hello and WELCOME to Smart Start Pre-K 2018/2019 school year! I am very excited to meet all of you and the students. I strongly encourage you to attend open house, date to be posted at a later time. 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, and social studies skills. In our classroom, the children have access to a reading center, math center, science center, writing center, block center, social studies center, computer/Listening center, a sensory table, and an art center.

Class Requirements


1.     1 regular sized book bag

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 the warm set 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)

4.    a small stuffed animal or doll to snuggle with during nap time

The last 3 items (nap items) will be sent home every Friday to be cleaned and should be returned to school on Monday's!


Please Consider Donating

1.     Clorox wipes, lysol spray, tissues, hand sanitizer, baby wipes

2.    Sandwich, quart, and gallon bags

3.    Paper towels, napkins, spoons, and forks

4.    Glue sticks

5.    non perishable snack items and drinks 

6.    Any other items you wish to donate will be greatly appreciated!

Home Visits and Conferences

In the fall, I will conduct a home visit with you and your student at your home. This is 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. 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 unabe to keep an appointment, I will do my best to accomodate your needs for rescheduling.


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 and agenda. We will use these to send home important information and communicate the behavior of your student, please be sure to check the folder and initial the agenda each day. The folder will also have a newsletter each monday and a homework packet. Your child should complete at least one homework assignment each night. 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. Homework will be assigned and sent home on the first day of the school week and will be due on the last day of the school week. These activities are specifically to enhance your student’s learning. I will provide all the materials needed to complete the homework and it should take no more than 3-5 minutes per night. If your student is having difficulty and it is taking them longer than 5 minutes, Please let me know. Clean out the “keep at home” section each night, these are activities and work your child has already completed. Library books will be sent home in addition to nightly readers. Please be sure that your student's library book is returned on time and without damage. Ms. Johnson (Media specialist) will take care of all fees for missing or damages books.


Topics of study week 1-4

Hard focus on expectations, behavior, and routines

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

“Welcome to School” and “All about Me” themes will be integrated into the focus on learning the classroom/school rules and routines.

Pre-K Themes/Curriculum/and foundations/testing

1. Welcome to School

2. My Family, My Community

3. My 5 Senses

4. Seasons All Around

5. Animals Everywhere

6. Construction Zone

7. In the City/In the Country

8. Let's Move

9. Growing and Changing

10. Ready for Kindergarten

Curriculum used: Houghton Mifflin

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

Pals is the tool used for testing in pre-k


Daily schedules and routines

8:45-9:10 Morning routines, announcements, pledge, moment of silence

9:10-9:30 breakfast, bathroom break

9:30-10:00 Morning Meeting, calendar math and science

10:00-10:30 Morning story with lesson

10:30-11:15 Recess

11:15-11:45 Al’s Pal’s (Monday/Wednesday) Computer lab differentiation (Tuesday/Thursday) whole or small group lesson (Friday)

11:45-12:15 Lunch, bathroom break

12:15-12:35 Afternoon Lesson (Phonemic Awareness/Literacy)

12:40-1:10 Resource (see resource schedule)

1:15-2:00 Center/Free choice learning

2:00-3:00 nap/PLC/Planning/Email

3:00-3:30 snack and pack

3:45 Dismissal

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

Resource Schedule

       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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