Informative website for parents: Common Sense Media

Have fun together!

* Read to your child everyday.

* Visit the Library.

* Tell stories to your child about your family and share your family history. Celebrate your family's culture.

* The best gift to give to your child is time; talk, sing, play and work with your child!

Kindergarten is...

(1) For children who turn 5 on or before December 2.

(2) A place where a fully credentialed teacher teaches literacy and math aligned with the California State Standards.

(3) A chance to learn in an appropriate environment.

(4) A place where children and their families have opportunities to make new friends.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The summer is coming to a close and your child is ready to grow up; it's time to go to school.  The first year of elementary school has extreme importance in setting the tone for your child's school career.  Often times kids are excited for a fresh start, but some kids have difficulty with the idea of change.  You and your child might have a wave of emotions before the first day of school, but remember all of these feelings are normal.  Since children pick up on their parents' emotions, be sure to monitor yourself during this time.  For example, try to ask your child what they think about starting kindergarten and refrain from putting your emotions, such as sadness or worry, out there.  Go with what your child feels. 

Encourage your child to share anything with you during this time, but don't push too much.  Your child might be perfectly fine with making the transition from being at home or preschool to entering their first year of elementary school.  If you notice your child is not struggling, then go with it.  It is important for all parents to practice their new routine.  Go through what a normal day will look like from beginning to end.  Discuss getting your child's backpack ready at night, waking up in the morning, getting ready for school, how they will go to school and how they will go home.

Fun, Educational Websites for K Students!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Place

Sesame Street





 - click on "Grade Level Help"

Kinder Sight Words

the a an here is
I see and we he
she big have small it
no this down go up
do has who are in
on can what you at
like too not my  

Kindergarten Teachers

Bobbi Byrnes
Room: K-1

Valerie Talley
Room: K-3

Stacey Mahoney
Room: K-2

Typical day in K at JMS

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.    
Morning Routine/Opening/Calendar

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Centers (letter/sound work)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Direct Instruction in Language Arts

11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
Reading Instruction & Independent Practice

11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:20p.m.
P.E. / Social Studies / Science

1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Clean-up & Pack-up

1:30 p.m.