Classroom Information

Classroom Information

backpack  BACKPACK Please send a backpack, large enough to hold a folder each day.
apple SNACK Please send two nutritious snacks and juice/drink DAILY.
Please send an adult-sized T-shirt marked clearly with your child's name.
cake BIRTHDAYS Birthdays are important to the children at Birch Grove School. This year students will not be allowed to bring cupcakes and other food to school on their birthdays. However, we would like to recognize your child's special day and each classroom teacher is planning new ways to celebrate this day.
We have special theme sharing times which will be announced with invitations.  Children are also welcomed to share any special stories and events as they occur throughout the year.  Please DO NOT send toys to school.
The children will have an opportunity to order books from Scholastic Book Clubs.  This is an option and children are not obligated to order.  Please make CHECKS payable to the book club.  Do Not send cash.

A note MUST be sent in with your child if you plan to pick up your child or change his/her routine.  Otherwise, your child will be placed on their regular bus or van.

Kindergarten Themes

The following monthly themes guide our kindergarten program.  These integrated units incorporate language, math, science, and social studies activities.
The underlined titles are the literature pieces we use as a focal point.


Goldilocks and The 3 Bears
All About Me / Five Senses
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Fall / Pumpkins
This Is My Home
Community Helpers
The Gingerbread Man
The Mitten/ The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
Seasons and Weather
The 100th Day of School
100th Day
Valentine's Day
Over in the Garden
Push and Pull
Over in the Meadow
The Very Hungry Catepillar
Plants & Animals
Somewhere in the Ocean
Down on the Farm
 Alphabet Adventure
Alphabet Mystery
Alphabet Day
Summer Fun

  Special Events
During the year we hold special culminating events throughout our kindergarten program that celebrate the learning and accomplishments of the children.  Some of these events include:

A Teddy Bear Picnic
Harvest Celebration
Earth Day Recycle Parade
Alphabet Day

Favorite Books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Five Little Pumpkins
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
10 Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
The Gingerbread Man
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Over In The Meadow
Children are assessed in the areas of literacy and mathematics during the year.
We expect children to become proficient in the following areas of literacy by the end of the kindergarten year.
Phonemic Awareness
Produces words that rhyme
Segments sounds in words
Blends sounds in words
Substitutes sounds in words
Letter Knowledge
Identifies all 26 capital letters
Identifies 24-26 lower case letters
Associates appropriate sound with 24-26 lower case letters
Word Study
Recognizes 40 sight words
Recognizes names of others in class 
Represents phonemes correctly when attempting to spell 
Oral Language
Communicates with supporting details
Participates substantively in group discussions
Listens attentively without interrupting
Uses proper pencil grip
With a model:
Writes capital and lowercase letters within mid and baselines
Writes first name within mid and baselines independently
Concepts of Print
Using an unfamiliar book, understands concepts of print
Includes appropriate detail within a drawing
Writes with one to one match of written words with spoken words
Uses spaces between words
Uses period with prompt
Uses some K sight words
Reading Comprehension
Retells a story in their own words, including characters, setting and events, without using pictures

Predict and infer from story pictures and context (pre-reading strategies)


Kindergarten Sight Words


a he on
am here
an I said
and in see
are is she
at it so
can like the
do look to
for me we
get my went
 go  no will
 have  not  you


Concepts of Print
Concepts about print indicate what children have learned about the way we print language.  Teachers use these concepts as a guide for instruction as we support children's reading acquisition.  We are hoping for children to identify and/or explain the following:
the front of the book
where to begin reading
which way to go when reading (left to right)
word by word pointing
concepts of first and last
punctuation-period, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks
concepts of words and letters
capital letters