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Title: Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Orientation

Memorial Elementary SchoolKindergarten
  • Presented by Giovanni A. Giancaspro, Principal
  • June 11, 2014

Interim-Superintendent of SchoolsMr. John
PetrelliMemorial Elementary SchoolPrincipal
Mr. GiancasproMemorial Elementary SchoolSchool
Secretary Mrs. PezzutiDistrict Assistant
PrincipalMr. Sean BoweHigh Mountain Middle
SchoolPrincipal Mrs. Melissa TaitSupervisor of
Special ServicesMrs. Sharon CubicciottiDistrict
, School CounselorStephen Miller
North Haledon School DistrictsPTO President
Mrs. Michele Manning
North Haledon School DistrictsEducation
Foundation President Mrs. Janelle Feather
  • Kindergarten Screening
  • Letter/Results

  • Screening Categories
  • Speech Language
  • Expressive
  • Receptive
  • Voice
  • Kindergarten Screening Skills
  • Letters
  • Parts of the Body
  • Gross Fine Motor Skills
  • Person Identification Skills
  • Following Directions

  • Kindergarten Handbook
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Early Communication Development
  • North Haledon Special Service
  • Parental Packets
  • Memorial Elementary School
  • Summer 2014

Kindergarten Philosophy
  • Kindergarten is the start of an exciting
    learning journey. The kindergarten classroom
    offers a safe, supportive, and welcoming
    environment for all children.

  • Children are active learners. They learn best
    when allowed to
  • play
  • create
  • investigate
  • explore
  • predict
  • learn from one another and their environment.

  • Kindergarten teachers promote discovery and
  • self-awareness in all areas of development to
    meet the needs of each student.
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Creative and Cognitive

  • The Kindergarten curriculum provides children
    with a variety of opportunities to try out new
    ideas and be challenged by new experiences that
    engage emerging readers, writers, scientists,
    mathematicians, and artists.
  • We want our students to be confident, love
    learning, and be successful in a classroom

  • We begin your childs journey together with one
  • Student Success!

  • Partnership
  • Home School
  • The Important Parent

  • Parents are the first teachers in a childs
    education. The partnership between families and
    school is critical to a childs success. We
    share in your excitement as we embark on this
    learning journey together.

  • What to do
  • and expect
  • from now until the first day of school September

Preparing for Learning
  • Read to your child for 10 20 minutes daily.
  • Ask questions about the story.
  • Help your child use the illustrations to predict
    story events.
  • Practice counting objects to 30.
  • Use mathematical language more than, less than,
    fewer, greater, above, below.
  • Use positional words over, under, above, below,
    behind, in back of, beside, next to.

Read and discuss books that talk about starting
  • The Kissing Hand
  • By Audrey Penn
  • Tom Goes to Kindergarten
  • By Margaret Wild
  • Look Out Kindergarten
  • By Nancy Carlson
  • Ill Always Come Back
  • By Steve Metzger

Develop your childs background knowledge
  • Experiences in the real world give background
    knowledge that enhances reading, writing, and
  • Use rich language to develop your childs
    vocabulary. Explain words that may be new to
    your child.

Develop School Readiness
  • Practice good hygiene habits
  • Help build strong listening skills teach your
    child to follow multi-step directions.
  • Develop self-help skills
  • Putting on and zipping up jackets
  • Packing and unpacking backpacks and folders
  • Participating in preparing and packing snack and
  • Bathroom Procedures Stalls Urinals

Kindergarten, Here I Come!
  • Letters and Words
  • Language Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Reading Books
  • Numbers, Shapes and Patterns
  • Growing Up

  • Literacy is so important!
  • We strongly encourage you to
  • work on the following skills with
  • your child over the next few months

Letters and Words
  • Recognizes and names at least 15 of the capital
  • Recognizes his/her own first name in print
  • Writes his/her own first name
  • Recognizes words/signs seen often (ie. McDonalds,
    Walmart, STOP, EXIT, etc.)

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Family Literacy Activities
  • Can detect rhyming words
  • (ie. I want you to tell me if two words
    rhyme. Words that rhyme sound like each other at
    the end. Listen carefully to the words hat, cat.
    Do these words rhyme?)
  • Sorts groups of objects
  • (size, shape, color, etc.)
  • Tells things that go together
  • (ie. Spoon and fork are for eating, fish and boat
    are in the water, cow and pig are farm animals)
  • Recognizes names at least 8 colors
  • Uses words to express feelings
  • (Im happy. Im sad.)

Language Skills
  • Speaks in complete sentences
  • Follows directions with at least 2 steps
  • Asks what if and how questions about how
    things work
  • Says and/or sings familiar songs and nursery
  • Answers simple questions (who, what, where, when)
    in complete sentences
  • Tells his/her first and last name and how old
    he/she is

Motor Skills
  • Puts puzzles together
  • Can draw a circle and square
  • Draws pictures to express ideas
  • Runs, jumps, hops, throws/kicks/ bounces a ball
  • Cuts with scissors

Reading Books
  • Shows interest in reading and being read to
  • Holds the books appropriately and understands
    that you read a book from front to back and left
    to right
  • Retells a simple story such as Three Little Pigs
    or other familiar books
  • After listening to a story, tells what might
    happen next

What You Can DoReading aloud to your little
ones helps their minds to grow strong. Reading to
children on a regular basis helps them to develop
the skills necessary to learn to read on their
own paving the way for success in school and
throughout life!
Reach Out and Read, St.
Alphonsus Medical Group
Numbers, Shapes and Patterns
  • Counts from 1-20
  • Recognizes numbers from 1-10
  • Counts at least 5 objects

Growing Up
  • Takes care of his/her own needs
  • Toileting, washing hands, dressing
  • Adjusts to new situations without family members
    being there
  • Plays cooperatively with peers
  • Takes turns, resolves problems
  • Respects the feelings, rights and belongings of

  • The time you and your child spend together
    doing these activities will help your child say
    with confidence
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Implementation of the Common Core Standards
Kindergarten Math StandardsCounting
CardinalityOperations Algebraic
ThinkingNumber Operations in Base
TenMeasurement DataGeometry
Kindergarten Language Arts Literacy
StandardsReading LiteratureReading
Informational TextReading Using Foundational
SkillsWritingSpeaking ListeningLanguage
Summer Reading Program Voluntary
  • Promoting Literacy
  • Set aside 20 minutes a day for reading.
  • Model good reading habits by letting your child
    see you reading.
  • Read aloud to your child often.
  • Encourage your child to read aloud to you and to
    family. (Picture Walk)

  • Kindergarten Curriculum
  • Mathematics enVision Math Series
  • Language Arts Balance Literacy
    Program(Readers/Writers Workshop Model)

What does a full day kindergarten program look
Sample Full Day Schedule
Morning Routines Unpacking
Morning Meeting Greeting, Share, Activity, Morning Message
Literacy Instruction (Reading Phonics, Word Study, Readers Workshop, Mini-Lesson, Read- Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Whole-Small-Whole Learning, Conferencing) Making Text to Text, Self, and World Connections
Literacy Instruction (Vocabulary, Writers Workshop, Mini-Lesson, Modeled Writing, Guided Writing, Independent Writing, Conferencing)
Lunch/Recess Kindergarten Classes Only
Learning Centers (Literacy, Math, Social Studies, Science, Fine Motor, Social Skills)
Mathematics Envision Math (Interactive Math Mats, SmartBoard Technology, Center Activities, Differentiated Skills)
Specials (Art, Music, Library, Computer Lab, PE, Whole Class Enrichment)
Themed Activities (Science, Social Studies, Holiday, Character Education)
Choice Centers Free Play Developmental Play
Pack Up/Dismissal
School Supplies
  • Large, sturdy backpack (no long straps)
  • List mailed in August
  • Sturdy shoes everyday! (Playground)
  • Sneakers for gym (no flip-flops)
  • Clothing for art class
  • Easy to open containers for snack/lunch

Snacks and Lunch
  • Two healthy snacks
  • Bring or buy lunch
  • Maschios Food Service/ Café Prepay
  • Peanut Free Tables

  • In the classroom
  • Centers
  • Mystery Readers
  • Classroom Projects
  • Room Parents
  • Join the PTO!!

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures
  • Drop-Off 815am - Upon arrival, students in
    Kindergarten will proceed through the front doors
    of Memorial School and proceed directly to their
    classrooms were they will sit outside of their
    classrooms where a Kindergarten teacher will be
    on duty.
  • Pick-Up 259pm - Car pick-up via car line,
    249pm - Bus students will be brought to black
    top dismissal area, and 259pm - walkers line up
    in front of the school with car pick-up students
    to be delivered to parent/guardian.
  • Little Steps To Learning 249pm Students will be
    dismissed to Little Steps Personnel inside
    Memorial School and brought to aftercare location.

Safety on the Bus
  • All Kindergarteners are met upon arrival at
  • Kindergarteners sit in first two or three rows
  • Students will receive bus safety rules
  • Bus Aide on buses in the afternoon
  • Parents can help by
  • Discussing and reinforcing rules

Kindergarten Safety Town
  • 5 sessions
  • 930am 1200pm
  • 50.00 registration fee
  • July 21st July 25th
  • Sign up now!!!
  • Learn about school safety
  • Children will see the school and a Kindergarten
  • Wonderful way for students to meet their
    Kindergarten peers and start friendships.
  • Confidence builder

During the Spring/Summer
  • Sign up for Safety Town
  • Turn all registration paper work into the office.
  • Complete health paper work return to Mrs. Linde
    our school nurse. (Children need to have a
    physical completed by a doctor, prior to the
    first day of school.)
  • Important We cannot start your child until all
    required paperwork is submitted to our school

Late summer families will receive
  • Class Placement Letter (Mailed In August)
  • Details About The Beginning of School
  • Bus Information
  • PTO Information
  • School Directory
  • Pick-up/Drop-off Procedures
  • Student/Parent Handbook

Important Dates
  • Safety Town
    July 21st July 25th, 2014, 930a.m.
  • First day of school
    Wednesday, Tuesday, September 3, 2014
  • Back-To-School Night
    Tuesday, September 24, 2014
    700 830 p.m.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    November 17th-20th, 2014, (Single
    Session Days)
  • School hours
    835a.m. 259p.m.

Thank you for coming to our Kindergarten
We look forward to having you at Memorial
Elementary School.
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