Welcome CSA Kindergarteners!. Teacher: Mrs. Sarah Gibson Teacher’s Assistant: Mrs. Reva Turner Student Teacher for the first semester: Ms. Kristen McIntosh. About Me.
Teacher: Mrs. Sarah Gibson
Teacher’s Assistant: Mrs. Reva Turner
Student Teacher for the first semester: Ms. Kristen McIntosh
My name is Sarah Gibson and I am delighted to guide your child in his/her learning experience this year. My husband, Paul, and I have lived in Columbus for just over a year now. My husband is a mechanical engineer and works for Cummins.
I have taught kindergarten for the past six years. My last year was here at CSA-Lincoln. The five years before that were in Lafayette, IN. Prior to kindergarten, I taught second grade in Indianapolis. I enjoy teaching, reading books, traveling around the world, and most of all-Disney World! It is my favorite place to visit.
7:50-8:10 – Morning Work/Announcements/Pledge
8:10-8:35 – Morning Meeting/Calendar
8:35-9:20 – Whole Group Math/Language Arts
9:20-9:40 – Snack/Recess
9:45-11:30 – Stations
11:30-11:45 – SSR/Rest Time
11:50-12:45 – Lunch/Recess
12:45-2:30 – Writer’s Workshop/Specials/Project Time
2:30 – Read Aloud
2:40 – Dismissal
*PE will be on Monday morning-Please wear tennis shoes!*
*Library will be on Wednesday-Please return books by Wednesday of each week*
Will start 2nd semester for kindergarten
Students will choose something they are interested in learning about
If YOU or someone you know has a passion, hobby, job, that you would like to share with kids (kindergarten-6th grade)-please let me know!! Thanks!
4 Stations per day
Guided Reading – Teacher Led
Math – Review Concept from whole group lesson
Phonemic Awareness/Phonics – Teacher’s Assistant led (Mrs. Turner)
Science/Social Studies/Health – Based on current PBL
Need Volunteers!--I will contact you soon!
Hands-on approach to math
Home Links letters will help you reinforce math skills at home
PBLs throughout the year:
Join us as we learn about our wonderful world!
All Around Us (all about our school, us, our families, colors, community helpers)
Into the Woods (apples, pumpkins, fall changes/leaves, Thanksgiving, Animals preparing for winter)
Polar Express (Giving to others, traditions/celebrations, winter/snow, polar animals, MLK)
Fuel Up (nutrition, dental health, exercise, safety)
Freedom Train (presidents, symbols of America)
Storyland (nursery rhymes, Dr. Seuss)
In the Backyard (weather, pond, plants, farm, insects)
Final Destination (ocean!)
These ideas might change throughout the year
* Backpack - Large enough for a three-ring binder to fit easily
Crayons – Crayola; 24 count (2 boxes)
Pencils - #2 pre-sharpened; no mechanical pencils (1 pkg.)
Glue - Elmer’s Glue-All; 4oz (1 bottle)
Glue - Elmer’s Glue Stick; .74 oz (4 sticks)
Markers - Crayola washable classic colors; 10 count (1 pkg.)
Facial Tissues - family size (1 box)
Scissors - Fiskars brand, metal blunt tip (1)
* Folders - pocket folders with 1 pocket on each side and 3 prongs (3)
* Binder - white 3-ring binder, 1 ½ inch with clear front (1)
* Spiral notebook - wide ruled (1)
* Calculator for basic math (+,-,x,÷) (1)
* Additional spiral notebook (1)
Hand sanitizer (1)
Plastic sandwich baggies (any size) (1)
Colored pencils (1 pkg.)
Large pink eraser (1)
Wet wipes (1)
* Kindergarten rest mat (1)
* Snack Box - (Small Ziploc or plastic Tupperware with easy-snapping lid) with your child’s name written on it
Please place 5 snacks (no drinks) for the week in the container and send it in on Monday. I will have students bring it home every Friday in order to refill it for the following week.
*Please only write name on items marked with an “*”. All other items will be communal. Thanks!
Monthly Homework Calendars (starts in August) will be sent home at the beginning of each month. Please have your child complete the activities and return the calendar at the end of the month/beginning of the next month. Activities can be completed each night or on the weekend. Please do what works for your family’s schedule!
Monthly Reading Logs (starts in September)– Read 5-10 minutes each night and complete calendar. Return at the end of the month/beginning of the next month.
Various at-home projects (Keep your eye out for these-as they might not fit in your child’s folder!)
Establishing routines with homework and reading will help your child be successful now and in his/her future education. Thanks for your help at home!
Positive Behavior Management
Focus on what students are doing well
Be a Peacemaker
Stoplight – Behavior Charts
Allows students a visual for self management
Everyone has tough days, adults included, I believe in starting fresh EACH day and learning from our mistakes!
In addition to classroom chart
If you have not completed your Volunteer Form-please do so and return to school as soon as possible. I will contact you soon about volunteer opportunities.
Remember to have a criminal history check on file with the office. It is free and must be completed in order to volunteer and chaperone field trips.
Also, please sign in at the office and get a Guest Badge prior to volunteering.
Parents may need to drive due to limited room on the bus.
According to BCSC policy students need to ride to and from the field trip on the bus.
Remember that no siblings can attend with you on a field trip.
CSA Classroom Expectations
Be responsible - Being dependable and trustworthy at all times.
Be respectful –Being thoughtful, polite, and considerate of others.
Be a Peacemaker- Helping others by using kind words and actions.
Be safe - No one gets hurt physically or emotionally.
I am a learner.
I help others learn.
Students have chances to be recognized throughout the day as they demonstrate our classroom expectations. Some of the ways that students will be recognized are through receiving Husky Grams, Paw prints, playing our class Bingo game, and earning marbles in a jar.
We use a stoplight as a visual to remind us of our daily choices. Each student has a rocket ship that has his or her class number on it. He or she will begin on the gray ground (cement) of the stoplight. If an expectation is not met, he or she will receive a consequence.
Consequences/movement on the stoplight
Verbal Warning/Brown bottom of the pole
Regrouping in the room to reflect on choice/Green light
Regrouping in another classroom/Yellow light
Phone call/note home/Red light
Principal Referral/White top of the pole
I will be sending home Daily Folders. These folders will indicate how your child’s behavior is each day.
I ask that parents read the daily report and initial in the Parent Initials spot each day. Please write in the Comments area as needed. Please return the Daily Folder the following school day.
Thank you for your support! Thank you for choosing CSA for your child. If you have questions please feel free to call (376-4447) or e-mail [email protected]
Please check out our class website located at www.bcsc.k12.in.us/csalc. Click on the “Classrooms” link. Then, click on Kindergarten Team. Then, click on “Mrs. Gibson.” I will be posting important things on our website throughout the year.
I look forward to a great year!