Kindergarten - Mrs. Jackie Devlin

A NOTE FROM THE TEACHER


Hello my name is Mrs. Jackie Devlin this is my first year of teaching
kindergarten. I have been teaching pre-k for the last 8 years and
I have been working with kids for the last 12 years. I have my degree in
Early Childhood that I received in 2015. When i am not at school I
enjoy time with my husband who I got married to in October of 2022.
I also have a 7 year old son who takes up lots of my time with his
sports and just being a boy. I am looking forward to a great year
with your children and getting them to accomplish all of their goals! I am looking
forward to a fun, safe and educational year!


ORIENTATION PACKET


I know kindergarten can be scary for some kids and a lot of new changes for
everyone. During the day your child will be interacting with peers, teachers, and
other faculty members. This will be great social skills for them and they also will
be working in group settings as well. These will be great ways for students to get
to know their peers in their class. We also will do one on one interactions as well
for me to get to know all of my students.


Kindergarten Supply List:

Please send in supplies from your child's kindergarten supply list on the first day of school. Names should be written on everything you send to school with your child. You may send a water bottle to school with your child that they may keep at their table to drink throughout the day.

  • schoolbag
  • lunchbox
  • paint smock (a large t-shirt will do)
  • plastic supply box (approx 8" by 5")
  • sharpened pencils (please no mechanical)
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 pair of child sized scissors
  • 24 pack crayons
  • 10 pack thick markers
  • 2 2 pocket folders
  • 1 dry erase board
  • 1 pack of dry erase markers
  • cup of playdoh
  • head phones for computer class
  • 2 packs of white index cards

School Begins at 7:35 a.m. each day and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Uniform/dress code

Neatness and cleanliness in personal attire is expected and each student must be in full uniform every day. Kindergarten students are to wear their summer or winter gym uniform.
No jewelry is to be worn except for a necklace with a cross or religious medal and girls may wear small post earrings. No nail polish may be worn and hairbands must be simple without ornaments. Other simple hair accessories are also acceptable. There will be dress down days throughout the year. You can reference this policy in your school handbook.

Attendance

The doors will open at 7:15 each morning. Your child may arrive between 7:15 and 7:35. We encourage parents to drop off at the door and allow your child to independently walk to our classroom.
If you arrive after 7:35, we ask that you please take your child to the office and get an attendance slip.
If your child is absent, send me a message, email me, or please call the school office at (215)-785-0973. Please send a note when your child returns explaining the reason for the absence. This is kept in a file. A doctor's note is required after 3 consecutive days.
Your child MUST stay home until they are 24 fever free.
You may also reference the attendance policy in your school handbook.

Snack/Lunch
Snack is usually between 8:45 - 9:00. If you are packing your child's snack, please be sure to keep in mind that recess is only 20 minutes.
Lunch and afternoon recess is from 11:00 - 11:45.
Snack and lunch will be offered everyday at no cost. A monthly order form will go home at the beginning of each month with a menu. Please send this back ASAP if your child will receive lunch from school.  If your child happens to forget their snack or lunch they may add on in the morning. There is a cost of .25 if your child wants to order milk for a day without a meal. You are more than welcome to pack your child his/her own snack and lunch, please be mindful of allergies.

Communication
Communication is the key to a great school year. You can communicate with me on
class dojo by sending a message. Each child will be sent home with a special code
that will connect you to our class. I will be posting important documents,
information, special events, pictures and activities there as well. Also you can email
me at jdevlin@stmarkmail.com You also can call the main office and leave a
message for me as well. Please note if there will be a change to your child's
dismissal routine please let us know as soon as possible. If I do not respond before
the end of school please call the main office to let them know we want to make
sure your child is in the right destination safety is top priority.
There will also be many papers sent home throughout the year that will
communicate things going on at the school as well as in the classroom. Some of
these things will consist of special events, dismissals, dress down days etc. They
will be sent home in one of your child's folders that will go home everyday and need
to come back to school everyday. It is super important to go through your child’s
folder each night in the folder there will be two sides. One of the sides will be
labeled stay at home all of these papers will stay at home for you to keep. On the
other side it will be labeled send back to school those papers will need to be filled
out or looked at then sent back to school. I will be looking through the folders each
morning and sending them home each night.
The second folder will be a test folder that will need to be looked at, signed and
then returned in the folder the next day.
Ways to contact me
Class Dojo is the best way to contact me about your child. 
Email: You can email me at jdevlin@stmarkmail.com
Call the office: You may also call the office at (215)-785-0973 at any time and leave a message for me and I can get back to you at my lunch break or prep time.


Homework
There will be a homework sheet sent home each week that will state what the homework will be each night. That sheet can stay in their folder or at home to keep reference of. Please make sure to check their homework each night. Completing homework is super important. We will have a homework chart hung up in the classroom that will earn them rewards as a class or individual. Home work will consist of things we focus on in the classroom. Thursdays will always be read a book and with help from a parent write about what the book was about to bring back on Friday’s. The rest of the week will focus on the letter of the week and math worksheets. All writing must be done in pencil and coloring can be done in crayons.

Behavior Plan
Learning how to behave in a school setting is a big part of the Kindergarten year. I use a classroom behavior plan to help students learn to follow school rules and reward positive behavior. I want students to value good behavior but also understand that we can learn from our mistakes! 

It is so important to praise and reward positive behavior. I have a couple ways that I do this in my classroom. One way is our class bean bowl. This is a way all students can work together as a team. When the jar hits a goal line the students will earn a reward. 

Another great way I praise good behavior is individually. Each student will have a clip on the clip chart. They will start on green every day and will have opportunities to move up and down the chart depending on their behavior. This gives you the opportunity to see how your child does every day and earn rewards individually.

Facts Mgt: 
You will have to log in to Facts Mgt to see your child's grades! Test will be giving after each unit or chapter. They are to be signed and returned as well. 

Birthdays:
I love celebrating birthdays! It is very important to me to make my friends feel special on their special day.  Students will receive a special birthday hat, a pencil, and a pop it from me for their birthday. You may send in a treat for your child's birthday. We usually sing at snack time.  Again, please be mindful of allergies.

Class Pet:
Each week we will randomly choose a student to take our traveling class pet home with them for the weekend! Your child will have the opportunity to complete a journal entry about everything Jaxson did that weekend and share it with us Monday morning.

Star Of The Week
At the end of each week, we will randomly pick a student's name and that student will be the "Star of the Week." The Star will enjoy special privileges and will be able to bring something special to share each day. When your child brings home a "Star Student" letter, please plan on completing a star poster, which will also be sent home on Friday.

Parent Volunteers
There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer in our classroom and for school events. If you would like to volunteer you must have your clearances completed. You also must complete the Protecting God's Children class through the archdiocese. 

I am extremely excited to be working with your child this year! Please know that more information will be coming your way the first few weeks of school including emergency cards and more. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime throughout the year. Again, please keep this packet handy for future reference throughout the year.


Sight Words: Have, Is, He, My, We, Make, For, Me, With, Are, That, Of, Do, You, They, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Here, Go, From, Yellow, Was, Said, Where Any, Come, Play, Down, Her, How, Away, Give, Little, Funny, Were, Some, Going, Know, Live, Find, Over, Again, Pretty, All, Now, Black, Brown, White, Could, Good, Open, Please, Every, Want, This, Round, May, Be, Saw, Our, Eat, Soon,Walk,Who,Into,There,Out,So,Then
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Homework Week of 4/15-4/19

Monday: No School 

Tuesday: Sight Word-Out worksheet Uppercase/lowercase writing practice
Math:  Telling Time 

Wednesday: Sight Word-So worksheet 
Math: Telling Time 

Thursday: Sight Word-Then worksheet 
Math: Telling Time 

Friday: No Homework have a good weekend! Reminder Terra Novas Are Next Week!!





Please label EVERYTHING that comes to school with your child. Sweatshirts, water bottles, etc. get mixed up very easily.
Thank you for all you do for our school and our children‚


RULES

  • Come prepared for class
  • Use a quiet voice.
  • Listen the first time.
  • Be kind.
  • Share.
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Treat others the way we would like to be treated.
  • Have fun!
SCHEDULE

Monday:Religion |Snack | Writing | Phonics | ELA | Spanish | Lunch | Math | Social Studies

Tuesday:  Religion | Snack |Writing| Phonics  ELA | Lunch |Music| Math | Science

Wednesday: Religion |Snack | ELA |Writing | Lunch | Technology | Math

Thursday:  Religion | Snack| ELA |Writing | Lunch | Art| Math

Friday: Gym | Snack | Religion | ELA| Lunch | ELA | Math

LINKS

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READING TIPS: SOUND OUT WORDS, PICTURE WALK, SKIP OVER WORD YOU DO NOT KNOW AND READ THE REST OF THE SENTENCE FOR CLUES. CHUNK SMALLER WORDS THAT YOU KNOW THAT ARE HIDDEN WITHIN THE LARGER WORD PICTURE CLUES

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