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    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to my classroom! My goal is for your child to have an exciting and successful year in Kindergarten. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can always call the school at (516) 489-3090 and leave a message for me to call you or send a note in your child’s Take-Home folder. Our school also uses Parent Square. I am always willing to schedule a conference with you at a mutually convenient time! You may also email me at skuschner@nmerrick.org, however I do not always have the opportunity to check my email during the school day.

    My classroom website is full of information, resources, links and classroom activities.

    School Hours: School begins promptly at 8:25a.m. and ends at 2:45p.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 important. If your child is absent for any reason, you must send in a note to me upon their return to school. If your child is ill, they must have a doctor's note to return to school!

    Dismissal: 2:45 pm. You must send a written note or contact the office at (516) 489-3090 if you wish your child to be released to another adult. If no written note or phone call is received, your child will not be permitted to be sent home with another parent.

    School Work: Please look in your child's backpack every day. Be positive and value the work your child has done at school. Your child will have a daily Take-Home folder to carry back and forth to school in his/her backpack.

    Our Kindergarten Literacy Program will instill a desire to learn to read and write, develop phonemic awareness, encourage letter and sound recognition, teach essential language and print concepts, and extend vocabulary.  We use the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom literacy program supplemented with FUNdations and Land of the Letter People. We will also introduce sight words weekly.  Students will be engaged in Interactive, Shared and Guided Reading, as well as Writing Workshop, Interactive Writing, and Writing Journals.

    Our Kindergarten Math Program is EnVisions MATH 2.0.  EnVision MATH is built from the ground up to teach the NYS Next Generation Standards for Mathematics and promotes student success in math. This program develops conceptual understanding through daily Problem-Based Interactive Learning and step-by-step Visual Learning.  In addition to EnVisions we often use fun literature based and thematic math games and projects in our classroom.

    Kindergarten Science and Social Studies: the Kindergarten Science curriculum is National Geographic.  The Science and Social Studies concepts will be taught using trade books, shared big books, hands-on experiences, experiments and classroom projects that revolve around specific topics and themes. We will be receiving a weekly LET'S FIND OUT magazine that addresses many science and social studies concepts throughout the year AND helps us practice our reading skills. Our Social Studies and Science topics are also addressed across the curriculum through authentic texts.

    Lunch and recessis scheduled daily from 10:55 - 11:45. Your child can choose to bring his/her lunch each day or you can choose to purchase lunch online. If your child brings lunch to school, please label the lunch box or bag with your child's name. If you would like a free/reduced lunch form please let me know or contact the school office at 489-3090.

    Snacks: We have snack time every afternoon at approximately 1:10 pm. Please send in a small healthy snack and drink daily. Some suggestions for healthy snacks include: popcorn, fruit, vegetables, raisins, pretzels or yogurt. You can purchase a snack drink to be delivered to our classroom each morning using the snack drink order form which will be sent home in your child's Take-Home folder. 

    Birthdays: 'Birthday' plates and napkins may be sent to school on your child's birthday. You may also send in a special cupcake just for your child. No food items sent in will be distributed to the class and please do not send in goodie bags! I will send home an information notice prior to your child's birthday. We celebrate summer birthdays in June, so you will have an opportunity to send in 'birthday' plates and napkins at that time.

    Scholastic 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 a newsletter. I have a link available for you to purchase books from Scholastic on-line using a credit card. Books will be delivered to our classroom and I will send them home in your child's backpack.

    Specials: Your child will participate in out of room specials including Art, Music, Library and P.E.  To view a schedule of days and times, click the go to my KK Specials Schedule Page.

    Communication: All communication will be sent home in your child's backpack. It is important to check your child's Take-home folder daily and take out old papers and notices! Remind students each morning that it is their responsibility to get their Take-home folder out of their backpack and put it in the inbox. Please send all correspondence in your child's Take-home folder.

    Discipline: Our classroom rules encourage being respectful and include: Be kind to others; Raise your hand to speak; Listen while others are talking; Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself; Always do your best ! I strive to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment in which we work and live as a team in our classroom.

    I will always contact you if a situation occurs that needs to be discussed. If for any reason I feel your child will benefit from an individual behavior plan, I will contact you so that together we can discuss our options. It is important to me that we keep our lines of communication open and work together to meet your child’s needs.

    I am excited about being your child's teacher. Thank you for sharing your child with me!


    Mrs. Kuschner


    Snack: daily each afternoon

    Lunch and Recess: 10:55-11:45 daily