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Welcome to the new school year!  I want your child to have a fun and successful year in Kindergarten.  Please feel free to contact me if there are situations that need to be discussed (school number: 968-3014, home: 925-6821).   The best times to reach me at school are from 7:00 a.m. -8:05 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. -3:45p.m.  I am always willing to schedule a conference at any time!

School Hours:  School begins promptly at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m.

Attendance:  A successful school experience is the responsibility of the children, the parent, and the school.  Your child's progress, both academically and socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation.  Regular attendance without tardiness is a key.

Transportation:  If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you must send a written note or contact the office at 968-3014. Do not rely on your child to tell us this information, because children often become confused and relay information incorrectly. If no written note or phone call is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

School Work:  Please look in your child’s backpack each day.  We send all school news by way of your child in your child’s HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION FOLDER.  These folders will come home daily and are to be sent back each day.  Please send all notes, money and other important things you want me to find to school in your child’s folder.  Be positive and value the work your child has done at school.  Your child will have a daily folder to carry work and notes back and forth to school in his/her backpack.

Full Day Kindergarten Curriculum

Our Kindergarten Day includes the following subject areas:

Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Learning Stations/Art, Music, PE, Library and Free Choice Explorations

Language Arts (Reading Readiness, Writing, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics) is taught using the Harcourt Trophies Reading Program and other supplemental material.

The Harcourt program combines shared reading, oral language, phonics, phonemic awareness and writing to meet the needs of all kindergartners.  Two or more letters will be introduces each week and within the first six weeks of instruction your child will be able to read some three letter words.

The children will learn high-frequency words throughout the year.

Mathematics is taught using The Everyday Math program.  The students will be introduced to a variety of mathematical skill using various hands on activities, cooperative learning activities, and group and oral exercises.  We also benefit from Bridges: Number Corner (calendar time) and supplemental material from Kathy Richardson’s, Developing Number Concepts.

Social Studies is taught using a wide array of material…using exploration and our environment. This program focuses on the student and how they relate to others in their Families, Classroom, School, and Community.  Activities will help the children focus their natural curiosity for the world around them.

Science is taught using our state’s Essential Learnings as a guide.  This science series focuses on six areas at the kindergarten level.  We will study Plants, Animals, Earth’s land, Air, and Water, Weather, and Objects Around Us.  Children will be guided through exploration and discovery in centers.

Lunch: Children can buy lunch from Kathy our lunch lady in the morning before school down the hall way from our classroom or give to Lonnie in the office.  Children getting lunch at school will receive a number code that they will need to learn.  You will be informed on this number by the beginning of school.  Your child may also bring his/her lunch each day.  Please label lunch boxes or sacks with your child’s name.  Thank you. 

Please find a free and reduced lunch program application attached at the back of this packet.

Snacks: We will have a small snack each afternoon.  A chart will be coming home that tells your family when you are bringing snacks for the week.  If you can donate crackers or cookies for our snack time it would be greatly appreciated!   I will send home requests for snacks throughout the year as needed.  Thank you.

Birthdays and Treats: Birthdays are Wonderful!!  Simple treats may be sent to school (or brought by you) on your child’s birthday. Sending a birthday treat is optional.  Birthday treats are appreciated but certainly not expected.  If your child’s birthday falls in June, July or August when school is not in session we will have a Summer Birthday Celebration Day for these children during the last week of the school year.  You are more than welcome to bring in treats for your child’s summer birthday if you’d like!

Monthly Calendar: Please watch for a new monthly calendar to come home at the end of each month.  This calendar will let you know what day your child will be our Share Leader (Show and Tell and line leader), the skills we will be covering for the month, and special events that will be happening in our classroom and school.  

Book Orders -Your child will have the opportunity to order books for your home library each month.  The book orders are from Scholastic Books and will be sent home each month attached to the monthly calendar.  

Share Leader (Show and Tell)

Sharing Time will begin in October.  Please watch for the October calendar to come home soon.   Your child will have a turn usually one time each month.  When your child is the Share Leader, he or she will be my special helper for the day, be our line leader all day and get to bring an item to share with the class.   Please help your child find one item to bring for his or her share day.  Ideas:  a favorite book, stuffed animal, photo, etc.  The purpose behind show and tell is to give your child an opportunity to share with others, be the special helper for the day and practice speaking before a small group. NOTE: Please call ahead and let me know if you plan to bring a pet for show and tell so that I can prepare the office staff and the students with this information.  Our show and tell time is normally around 12:05 each morning.

Behavior and Discipline

Our classroom rules include:

  • „h Be kind to others
  • „h Raise your hand to speak 
  • „h Listen while others are talking
  • „h Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • „h Always do your best work

I believe in having high expectations of the children to follow classroom rules and to help them understand the reasons behind rules.  I want all of the children to have the opportunity to learn and for no student to keep another student from being able to learn.  I strive to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children in which we work and live as a team family in our classroom.

Our classroom uses a stop light system to help children visually stay on track in the classroom.  Each child has a traffic light card and begins the day with the Green (GO) circle in his/her pocket.  If a child has difficulty following rules or directions the card moves to Yellow (Warning) and I will conference with your child about the behavior. After yellow, the card will move to red if behavior issues continue (Stop~ Recess 5 min. time out).  If a child continues to have difficulty and is on red I will have the child call parent(s)/guardian to share the issue the child is having and we may have to schedule a conference to find a way to work together to solve the issue at hand.

All cards return to the green circle at noon as we begin our second half of the day.

If a child is continuously having difficulty following room rules I will send home a daily report to communicate areas, which need improvement.  If for any reason I feel like a child may benefit from taking home a daily report I will contact the parent so that together we can discuss our options to get the child back on track with behavior.

Fighting, disruptive behaviors that keep others from learning or dangerous behaviors require removal of a student from the classroom and must be reported immediately to our Principal, Mr. Larsen.  I will contact you immediately if a situation occurs in which your child must visit with Mr. Larsen.

In addition, I will always contact you by phone if there is ever a situation that needs to be discussed.  It is important to me that we keep our lines of communication open and work together to meet the needs of your child.

 

Room Needs

* Room Helpers~ For assisting in special projects, helping with bulletin Boards, cutting out materials, etc… 

 

* Parent Volunteers~ For Classroom Parties, Field Trips, etc.

Please contact me if you are interested in helping in our room!

We’ll be doing many fun projects this year in Kindergarten.  If you are interested in donating any of the following items to our classroom please send them to school with your child.  Thank you!

*Paper plates

*Play-doh  (I put fresh and clean play-doh in the dough center frequently!)  Donations would be great!!

*Brown lunch sacks

*Coloring Books for our coloring center

*Old Magazines—Kid appropriate—EX. Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Anything with good pictures of kids, families, food, etc.  

*Play/Pretend food for our Home/Kitchen play area

Again, please contact me if you have any questions.  I am excited to be your child’s teacher and I want us ALL to have a wonderful year!

Sincerely,  Mrs. O



Bio

     Hi… my name is Bevin Vogt- or to the children 

Ms. Vogt ; let me introduce myself.  I will be your

child’s kindergarten teacher at Kittitas Elementary School!

     My name is Bevin Vogt; the daughter of Bud and Beth Vogt. 

I have lived in this beautiful valley my entire life and am proud of my fifth 

  generation status in Kittitas County. I am excited about 

  the approaching school year.  I spent the summer 

  reading, doing yard work, camping as well as projects 

  and activities for this upcoming school year. I am honored       

  to be at Kittitas, working with such a dedicated and 

  talented staff.

      I attended CWU for four years. My decision to double 

  major in both regular education and Special Education was 

  the best, yet I must say challenging, but very rewarding.  

  I'd been a special education teacher for five years and truly     

  enjoyed that job.  However, I have always wanted to be a    

  kindergarten teacher, since I student taught with Shannon 

  Selzler at Valley View Elementary in Ellensburg.  I have a   

  blast working with kinder-kids and can’t wait to work with

  your children as well!  I have been a kinder teacher for ten  

  years.  I also have earned a masters in Reading and Literacy.  

  I continue to take course to enhance our kinder-classroom 

  and to further my awareness of what is on the forefront of 

  education.  The last two years I received a grant that has 

  allowed us to enhance our classroom with technology, which 

  I love to incorporate in to our learning.  Our librarian and 

  tech support teacher Mrs. Boast also helps out with finding    

  new and exciting ways to weave technology in to what 

  we are learning about.

     Spending so much time in the classroom, I am very 

  aware of the challenges teaching presents.  I want to 

  make a difference in the lives of the children I teach.  

  I want them to achieve at their greatest potential.  I 

  want  to see my students excited and filled with the zest 

  of learning.  I think that diversity is great and that we 

  can all benefit and grow from accepting our differences 

  and embracing our similarities.

        am not all work and no play.   I love outdoors activities for example

 riding my horse Mac, hiking, biking or walking with my dog Bentley.  Of course I love to

read...you could find me cuddled up with a good book and cup of tea either outside on a nice

day or on the couch on a cold day.

       I am very family oriented and enjoy eating dinners 

  with my parents, brother, grandparents, and extended 

  family. I think my close relationship with my family has 

  led me to appreciate the benefits of having parents,

  grandparents, and community members in the classroom. 

  After all, haven’t a couple of famous people said it all with, 

  “It takes a community to raise a child!”  I am the product 

  of my environment, and I couldn’t think of a better place 

  to grow up than in the Kittitas Valley. 

     I’ll assure you that I will make this a very exciting and 

  meaningful year for your child.  I am so excited to be   

  working with your child this year.  Together, we will make it 

  the best year ever!  Feel free to stop by our classroom and 

  visit me at the end of August.  I’ll be sending you another 

  letter closer to the beginning of school with more important 

  information.  

  Please feel free to give me a call at 929-6821 or write me back at:

  2306 Brick Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926 

  (I would love to hear from you.)

 

  Yours truly,

  Ms. Vogt

 

 

 
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