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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 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   *means please bring during open house*

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 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

In the fall, I will conduct a home visit with you and your child at your home or other location other than the school.  This can be the park or McDonalds if you prefer. 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 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! The monthly calendar should not come out of the folder until I remove it. 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. 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, but you must let me know what you need, 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 and routines, behavior and self-regulation

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

8:45-9:30 (Morning routines) announcements, pledge, moment of silence, breakfast, bathroom break

9:30-10:00 (Opening Group) Greeting, calendar, math, and science, story and activity

10:00-11:00 Centers

11-11:30 Morning Recess

11:30-11:50 Al’s Pal’s (Monday/Wednesday) Graphic practice and literacy activities (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday)

11:50-12:20 Lunch, bathroom break

12:20-12:35 Buddy reading

12:35-1:10 Resource (see resource schedule)

1:15-1:45 Afternoon recess

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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