Welcome to Mrs. Short's
Kindergarten Class!

Janelle Short
Kindergarten Teacher
Snyder Elementary
Telephone: 832-663-4400
Conference Time 1:00 pm

Welcome to Kindergarten!
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Dates to Remember:

Friday, Sept. 29  - Superstar Celebration for Character

Friday, September 29 - Date Knight (Mother/Son Dance)
7:00-8:30 PM

Tuesday, October 3 - Crust Spirit Night

Wednesday, October 4 -Fall Picture Day

Friday, October 6 - Storybook Parade

Friday, October 6 - Early Release Day

Monday, October 9 - No School

Wednesday, October 11 - Boosterthon Kick-off

Wednesday, October 13 - Report Cards Go Home

October 18&19 - Spirit Sticks available for purchase during lunch

Friday, October 20 - Fun Run
Kindergarten Time 8:40 am

Thrusday, October 26 - Superstar Celebration for Character

Tuesday, October 31 - Kindergarten Pumpkin Investigation

Notes from the Teacher
Parent Teacher Conferences
Conferences to discuss your child’s progress in kindergarten will be starting next week.  You should have received an email with instructions on how to sign up for a time that is convenient for you through Sign Up Genius online.  You may also use this link or email me to set up a conference.

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Storybook Parade
  Friday, October 6th, Snyder Elementary will have its annual, “Storybook Parade.”  This year, our Kindergarten classes have chosen to dress up as Pete the Cat from a favorite read aloud in class.  On Friday, October 6th, your child has the choice of….

*dressing up as Pete the Cat (be creative)

*dressing in a blue shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers (we will make cat ears in class)

*dressing up as any storybook character, while holding the book that goes with their costume

The Storybook Parade will be held at 9:00 a.m., and you are welcome to attend. Parents will meet in the cafeteria, and watch as all classes parade around our school!

Please remember that this is also our districtwide early release day, and all students will be dismissed at 12:10.  They may leave with a parent after the parade, or stay for the remainder of that time.  We will still have lunch and recess, so we ask that if they stay, you still pack a lunch and a change of clothes (for those in costume).



About Mrs. Short

        I’d like to welcome your family to Snyder Elementary.  I am thrilled to have your child in my class this year.  Kindergarten is such an fun and exciting year.  I love teaching Kindergarten because of the tremendous progress the children make throughout the year.  I believe you will be amazed to see what great readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists and independent thinkers emerge.         

    I’d like to take a moment to share a little bit about myself with you.  I have a degree in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.  I taught elementary school for eight years in Ohio and Florida schools.  I then spent the next thirteen years as a stay at home mom and working in preschool settings.  I returned to the classroom full time when my youngest started school.  This is my ninth year teaching Kindergarten in CISD and my fifth year teaching at our beautiful school, Snyder Elementary!

        My husband, Mike, and I have been married 29 years.  We live in Spring and have three children.  Chloe is a freshman at Oak Ridge High School.  Cassidy is a junior at Texas A&M University in College Station, and my son, Clark is a working man.  I also have a wiener dog named Bogey!

        I have clear memories of each of my own children’s first days of Kindergarten.  I know it can be difficult saying goodbye as your child begins his or her journey through school.  I want you to know  I take the responsibility of teaching your child very seriously.  I am committed to his/her education, safety and well being.  Please scroll down to view this website and see some basic information about how our classroom works. Please do not hesitate to contact me if your have any questions or concerns.

        I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

                Janelle Short

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For Your Information:

8172013_73636_0.pngThe First Day
I know how difficult it can be to say goodbye to your child as you drop him/her off on the first day of school.  The transition can be difficult for both children and parents.  I have found that "Quick goodbyes tend to leave dryer eyes."  I encourage you to give your child a hug and say a few kind words without lingering on the first days of school.  This will help your child make an easier transition to the classroom setting and work toward more independence.  

8162013_71031_2.pngParent -Teacher Relationship
As teacher and parents, we share common ground.  We want your child to be successful in school.  To ensure this success, It is important that we communicate effectively.  It is my goal to foster a positive relationship with you.  I recommend that you check this website weekly to keep up with what is happening in the classroom. It is updated every weekend.  I will also be in touch through phone calls, notes, email, progress reports and parent/teacher conferences.  Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.  You may call the school at 832-663-4400 or send an email to jshort@conroeisd.net.  I will have a conference time during the school day,  and I am happy to meet with you before or after school, as well.

8162013_71244_4.pngDaily Folders
Each day your child will bring home a red daily folder.  In the folder, you will find your child’s papers, communication from me, and a calendar marked with your child’s behavior for the day.  Each night, be sure to look at any papers inside the folder and send back items or forms that need to be returned.  You may keep your child’s papers.  Please initial the behavior calendar to indicate that you have seen it.  Feel free to send any communication from home in the red folder, as well.  I check the folders every morning for your communication.  Please be sure to send the red folder back every day.

Each week, Friday folders will come home, as well.  These folders are sent home with students schoolwide on Fridays and will contain any important information from the school or PTO.

Each day, all students begin the day with a fresh start.  Kindergarten is the foundation for school, and we strive to help students learn behavior expectations and social skills.  We have lessons designed around how to use self control, understanding expectations and working with others.  As a class, we practice these skills, and I give individual feedback to help the students grow and mature in these areas.  Children will receive a sticker on each day of the folder to indicate that they have made good progress that day for their behavior goals.  If your child has had difficulty with a certain behavior on a particular day, this will be marked on the behavior calendar in the daily folder.  This allows you to talk with your child and provide feedback.  I encourage you to set goals with your child at home and then check in each night.  This way we can work together to help your child learn and develop these behavioral and social skills needed for school.   Please feel free to call me if you have any concerns or questions.

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I am always on the look out to recognize positive behavior!  Children have the opportunity to earn Bird Bucks each day in class when they are “caught” being good!  Bird Bucks are also earned by staying on star behavior all day, returning homework, and reading booklets that are sent home.  When your child earns 20 Bird Bucks, he/she may go to the treasure chest to choose a prize.  

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In the center of your child’s daily folder you will find a page of skills that I would like you to review with your child.  Please go over the alphabet and sounds, sight words, recognizing numbers to 20,  and counting to 100 with your child.  I encourage you to spend 10 minutes each night practicing these skills, focusing on the areas your child may need.  Even when your child has learned these skills, review helps to retain the learning.  Please spend additional time reading with your child at home.  Although this is not considered homework, reading with your child is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to ensure success in school!  

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Small booklets will be sent home in your child’s daily folder.  These are individual copies of big books we have been learning to read in class.  Please have your child read the book to you at home.  Then initial the booklet indicating that your child has read the book, and send it back to school.  I will give your child Bird Bucks, and we will keep it in the classroom for rereading and practice.
We celebrate birthdays in our classroom.  Please feel free to visit and have lunch with your child at 10:50.   If you would like to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, please contact me a few days in advance to make arrangements.  Cookies are preferred, since they are less messy than cupcakes.  The cookies are generally served during our snack time.  On the day we celebrate your child’s birthday, he/she will blow out the imaginary candles on our special hat box cake.  Then, he/she will be allowed to pick a prize out of the cake box.  Our class mascot, Bucky Bunny, always likes to make an appearance on birthdays to sing to the birthday child and get a picture.  Summer birthdays will be celebrated in May, so that everyone can participate in the fun. To spare children from hurt feelings, I ask that any child who wants to hand out birthday party invitations at school, invite every student in the class.

8162013_74746_17.pngSuper Star Celebration
A very special honor here at Snyder Elementary is to recognized a Super Star student.   Each month, students will be recognized from our class.  Students will be chosen based on exhibiting the month’s character trait.  Each month, our guidance counselor will introduce a different character trait, and we will learn more about that trait, as a part of our Social Studies lessons.  Students are recognized the last Friday of every month.

Each day your child will go to a special class from 1:00-1:55 PM.  The special classes include:  Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology.  We will attend PE on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Art is on Tuesdays, and we alternate between Technology and Music on Thursdays.   We recommend that your child wear athletic shoes to school as much as possible to be able to fully participate in PE and at recess.

We have an optional snack time each afternoon.   If you would like your child to have a snack, please send in a healthy snack labeled with his/her name daily.  Examples of healthy snacks include:  fruits, veggies, crackers, cereal, and granola bars.  Please avoid messy snacks such as applesauce or yogurt and unhealthy snacks such as chips, cookies, or snack cakes. If you pack the snack in your child's lunch box, please share with him/her which item is intended for snack, so it is not accidentally eaten for lunch.

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Water bottles are strongly encouraged.  Please send in water bottles labeled with your child’s name.  Be sure the water bottles are the “pop top” kind to help us avoid spills in the classroom.  I allow the children to refill their water bottles as needed throughout the week.  Then, I send the bottles home on Friday for washing.  Your child may bring the bottle home more often, if you'd like.

You may pre-pay for meals using an on-line system which can be accessed through the CISD website, www.conroeisd.net. You may also send in a check for payment.  Payments are applied as balances on meal cards that students use to purchase their lunches or breakfasts.  Applications for free or reduced meals are available on-line at the CISD website or can be sent home by request.
We understand that it is sometimes scary for kindergartners to go through the lunch line for the first time.  The kindergarten teachers are happy to guide your child through the process and help them until they become independent.  Kindergarten teachers monitor the students during lunch time and assist them with opening containers, collecting trash and other needs.  

Students may also bring their lunches from home.  Parents and grandparents are allowed to come and have lunch with your child.   Please check in at the front office.  To help the children transition to their new routine, I ask that you wait two weeks before visiting your child at lunch.  
8162013_80503_29.pngChanges in Transportation
If you plan to change your child’s transportation, the best way is to send a note in the daily folder in the morning.  You may also contact the front office.  If I have not been notified of a change of transportation, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.  

Your child’s attendance is very important in order to provide the optimal learning experience.  If your child does need to be out, please email or call to let me know not to expect your child for the day.

I love parent volunteers, and there are many opportunities to help out both in the classroom and at home.  I will be sending home an interest sheet soon.  If you are planning to volunteer at all, it is imperative you register at the CISD website, www.conroeisd.net.  Even if you are only planning at helping out a party or chaperoning for a field trip, you must be an approved volunteer.  It takes a few weeks to get approved, so I recommend you go ahead and register now.  That way, it is taken care of for the year.
8162013_81039_38.pngChange of Clothes
Sometimes kindergartners have a spill at lunch, slip in a puddle at recess or have another accident that requires a change of clothing.  For this reason, I recommend you keep a change of clothes in your child’s backpack.  Please be sure to label your child’s belongings.

8162013_72538_13.pngLibrary Books
We have a weekly library time and check out books in Kindergarten.  Our Library day is on Tuesday.  Together, please enjoy the books your child brings home.  This is a great opportunity to read with your child each week.  Then, be sure to return the books each Tuesday, so your child may check out new books.  

Our Classroom Rules
1.  Follow directions the first time they are given.
2.  Listen when people are talking.
3.  Keep your Hands and feet to yourself.
4.  Raise your hand for permission to speak to the group.
5. Use materials the correct way.
6.  Use walking feet.

Our Golden Rule:  Treat others the way you want to be treated!  

Our Daily Schedule

7:35                            Building Opens
7:45-8:00                       Children Arrive in Class/Warm Up/Fine motor activities/Restroom Break/Unpack
7:50-8:00                       Announcements/Pledges
8:05                    Tardy Bell Rings
8:05- 9:15              Literacy Lessons and Activities
9:15-9:30                       Recess
9:30 -11:00             Literacy Lessons and Activities
10:50-11:20             Lunch
11:20-11:50             Recess/Restroom and Water Break
11:50-1:00              Math
1:00-1:55                       Specials Rotation
1:55-2:10                       Snack
2:10-2:40                       Science/Social Studies
2:40-2:55                       Read Aloud
3:10                            Dismissal




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