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Welcome to Kindergarten Parent’s Night!. Mill Creek 2014-2015. Kindergarten Teachers. Kimberly Kolasa Emily Ortiz/Jennifer Mobley Melissa Miller 4.Tosha Swearingen 5. Mandy Tyree 6. Belinda Murphy. What is Kindergarten?. * Kindergarten is social! Make new friends Build language skills

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kindergarten teachers
Kindergarten Teachers
  • Kimberly Kolasa
  • Emily Ortiz/Jennifer Mobley
  • Melissa Miller
  • 4.Tosha Swearingen
  • 5. Mandy Tyree
  • 6. Belinda Murphy
what is kindergarten
What is Kindergarten?

*Kindergarten is social!

  • Make new friends
  • Build language skills
  • Learn to follow directions
  • Share with others

*Kindergarten is academic!

  • Language Arts/Pre-Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
language arts pre reading
Language Arts/Pre-Reading
  • McGraw Hill “Wonders” Series
    • Comprehension
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Oral Language
  • Whole Group Instruction
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Literacy Stations/Centers
  • Buddy Reading
  • D.E.A.R. Time
  • Education City and/or Successmaker
renaissance place
Renaissance Place


  • Provides data to monitor and personalize reading practice
  • Makes reading fun by providing successful encounters with text.

AR Quizzes

  • Student must log into the computer and enter quiz #
  • Most emerging reader quizzes will have 5 questions
  • The quizzes test reading comprehension

Our Goals for your children

  • Have students test each week on a book(s) in his/her Zone of Proximal Development
  • Maintain a 90% average

Home Connect

  • You can view your child’s progress online.
reading assessments
Reading Assessments
  • Phonemic Awareness Inventory Benchmark- three times a year
  • This assessment includes: words in a sentence, syllables, rhyming words, onset/rime blending, sound isolation for beginning, middle, and ending, blending, segmenting , deleting and substituting sounds.
  • Star Early Literacy – five times a year
  • Emergent: 300-674 Transitional: 675-774 Probable: 775-900
  • D.I.B.E.L.S. -. 3 times a year. (August, December, May)
      • Dynamic Indication of Basic Early Literacy Skills. D.I.B.E.L.S
      • *FSF BM Fall Score BM Winter Score BM Spring score
      • 23 _______ 53 _______ ( not given)
      •  *LNF BM Fall Score BM Winter Score BM Spring score
      • 29 _______ 52 ________ 62 _________
      • *PSF BM Fall Score BM Winter Score BM Spring score
      • ( not given) 51 _________ optional _________
      • *NWF BM Fall Score BM Winter Score BM Spring Score
      • (not given) 34 ________ 44 ________
  • **(FSF- First Sound Fluency, LNF- Letter Naming Fluency, PSF- Phoneme Segmentation , NWF- Nonsense Words Fluency)
  • Fry Words – twice a year (Dec. and May) 3= all 50 2= 30-49 1= 0-27
  • Please Practice at home throughout the school year, Fry Words are available on our website and are placed
  • in your child’s binder for weekly practice.
  • Letter, Sound, Number Assessment- five time a year
mathematics science
Mathematics & Science
  • We have adopted Pearson enVision as our math program.
  • Math Objectives: counting, sorting, number recognition, number sense, geometry, algebraic thinking.
  • In math, we use many different hands-on activities and manipulatives to help the children gain a concrete foundation for math concepts. You won’t see a lot of math papers, because tasks are mostly hands-on.
  • AMSTI Science modules include Trees, Weather, Living Things, and Balls and Ramps
math assessments
Math Assessments

Formal math assessments are given four times a year, but monitored throughout the year.

See the Kindergarten Parent Information Guide.

things you should know and what you can expect
Kindergarten Report Card

Things you should know and what you can expect!

c ollege and career ready standards
College and Career Ready Standards

Kindergarten Report Card
  • A six week Progress Report will be sent home in September. Then Progress Reports will come home every four weeks.
  • Report Cards will be sent home every nine weeks.
  • Please sign all Progress Reports and Report Cards and send them back to school.
  • All standards will appear on the Report Card but may not be assessed each time. If it is not being assessed it will be marked with a /.
  • Please refer to the Report Card Parent Information Sheet.
Understanding Reports
  • Kindergarten Report Cards do not reflect letter grades given on assignments. Instead, the numbers 3, 2, and 1 show student progress made on skills to be mastered by the end of the Kindergarten year.

3- consistently demonstrates mastery (standard met)

2-progressing towards mastery (standard not met)

1- insufficient progress toward mastery (standard not met)

/- Standard not assessed

What to Expect from Reports
  • Remember that Kindergarten Report Cards DO NOT reflect grades given on assignments, so a 3 is not equivalent to an A+.
  • 2 will be the most common, because it indicates that your child is making appropriate progress. A 3 will not appear until your child is consistently and independently showing mastery of a standard. Details of progress will be communicated through parent/teacher conferences.

Conferences are typically held twice a year; however, teachers and parents may see the need for additional conferences throughout the year.

  • Fall
  • Spring

* If you want to schedule a conference at any time please contact your child’s teacher, and we will be happy to meet with you!

your child needs to know
Your child needs to know…
  • How to tie their shoes (Be sure to send your child in tennis shoes everyday!)
  • how to open milk/juice cartons and bottles.
  • how to open chip/snack bags.
  • how to button/unbutton jackets and pants.
  • how to zip/unzip jackets and pants.
  • Please practice these skills with your child at home!
other important information
Other Important Information
  • Library – Orientation every week for 6 weeks then as needed; students are currently being taught how to use library and to take care of books before check out begins.
  • Snack – one drink (water only) and one snack Ants!
  • Lunch – Students can buy ice cream on Fridays only.
  • Daily Binders – please check daily and intial
  • Clothes/Shoes – wear tennis shoes and socks daily & girls need shorts underneath skirts
  • Field Trip – two a year; Oct. 1 to Gullion Farms. Parents are encouraged to join us!
Transportation Changes – Written note, email, or call office. Before 12:00. Call the office after 12:00. If there is no response through email, call office.
  • Absences – written note or email
  • Mill Creek Shirts – wear on field trips and Fridays!
  • Birthdays – You can buy ice cream for the class at lunch
  • Rest Mats – wash & return on Monday
  • Lunch Money- Paypams or send a check/ cash in envelope with name and amount on outside

Don’t forget to wear tennis shoes to school.

Kindergarten is for growing!

Thank you for coming!

*This powerpoint will be emailed to you and posted on your teacher’s website for your future reference after tonight!