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St. Justin Martyr School
PASSING THE TORCH OF CATHOLIC LEARNING, LEADING, AND SERVING
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE

Kindergarten

   

Short Personal Bio:

My name is Ms. McMillen. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelors of Science in Childhood and Adolescent Development. I then received my California Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. I grew up attending schools in the Diocese of Orange, and I am glad to be back working in this school district.

Curriculum Summary:

Religion: Deepening your child’s relationship with Jesus.

Reading: Read at a Kindergarten level (reading basic sight words).

Math: Learn how to make patterns, start basic addition/subtraction, and name and use various coins to make small sums.

Science: Learn about plants and animals.

Social Studies: Learn about the environment and community.

Other: Includes music, art, physical education, computer education, and printing.

 

Assertive Discipline Plan

Every child deserves the right to learn in a peaceful environment.

School rules:

  1. Listen and follow directions.
  2. Respect adults and your peers.
  3. Always conduct yourself in a safe manner.

The above rules apply at all times when on school property. In addition, there are specific lunch, playground, and classroom rules and directions.

Lunch Table Rules
  1. Stay seated while eating and throw away all trash afterwards.
  2. Speak in a normal and respectful manner to one another.
Playground Rules
  1. Share playground equipment at all times. Play fairly and settle arguments peacefully. See the adult in charge for help.
  2. Use restrooms and drinking fountains quickly and quietly.
  3. Respect the recess and lunch supervisors.
  4. Line up quickly and quietly after the bell rings.
Classroom Rules
  1. Follow directions quickly and quietly.
  2. Raise your hand before you speak or stand.
  3. Respect yourself and others (keep your hands to yourself).
  4. Make smart choices.
Behavior Clip Chart

The behavior chart is a clip chart we use in the classroom to monitor behavior. Each child has a clothes pin with his/ her name attached to the chart and will begin the day on green (“having a good day”). The next layer of the chart is yellow (“think about it”), and the bottom layer is red (parents will be informed).  A child will “clip down” a layer as a consequence of inappropriate behavior during the day. A child may clip back up if behavior is improved. A behavior calendar for the current month will be sent home daily. The calendar will include a colored check mark for the day corresponding to the child’s color at the end of the day.

PLEASE INITIAL THE MONTHLY CALENDAR AT THE END OF EACH WEEK NEXT TO THE “FRIDAY” BOX

Consequences

If, after a warning is given and not heeded, your child may “click down” for not following directions/ rules.

If, after more warnings, your child chooses not to follow the rules, he/she may be asked to sit in timeout at the timeout table in the classroom until he/she is ready to rejoin the group and follow the rules.

Rewards
  • Students who are on task and are going above and beyond expectations will clip up on the behavior chart.
  • Students who receive a “green”  or above check mark at the end of the day will receive a ticket for a weekly raffle.
  • Students may “clip back up” if behavior is changed during the day. The final color will be noted on the behavior calendar.  
  • 5. Teachers will pass out “caught you being good” tickets that will be used for school wide raffles.
Classroom Assignments

Daily classroom assignments are expected to be completed in the classroom. If a student fails to complete an assignment because he/she is having difficulty with it, more time will be given. However, if a child fails to complete an assignment because he/she does not follow directions and/or was off task, he/ she may be clipped down.

Grading Criteria

Grades are based on the combination of oral and written work and tests.

Homework

Each Monday, your child will receive a weekly homework packet with assignment that are to be completed on the assigned day.The entire packet will be turned in on Friday. Any missing work will be marked as incomplete.

Make up Work  

Any work that is late due to an illness is expected to be made up in a timely manner.

Parent/Teacher Communication

A yellow folder will be sent home with your child each day. This folder will contain a monthly newsletter and the behavior calendar with the folder instructions in the center of the folder. On the left side of the folder (“left” at home), will be the graded work, news, and other materials that should be kept at home. On the right side of the folder (“right” back to school), will be the homework packet, forms needing signatures, parent teacher notes or letters, etc. Please check both pockets everyday to ensure you have received all classroom/ school information. Return the yellow folders to school each day.

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE I.T. NEWSLETTER EACH WEEK WHEN IT IS POSTED, AS IT IS FILLED WITH IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

If you need to speak with me, please call the office and ask for my voicemail to leave a message. I will call at my earliest convenience. I also encourage you to send me an email with any questions or concerns. My email address is ms.mcmillen@sjm-k8.com.

Dress Code

Please follow the dress code as indicated in the Parent-Student Handbook. If any part of your child’s uniform is missing, a letter stating the problem will be sent home to you. Your child is to wear the P.E. uniform to school on Tuesdays , Wednesdays, and Thursdays only. All clothing should clearly show your child’s name.

Birthday/ Class Parties

Birthdays will be celebrated in the classroom with a birthday crown and a song. If you wish to bring birthday treats for the class, please do so at recess (10:00 am) so that we may have treats outside on the tables. Please send me an email a week in advance, so that I may prepare and ensure the class is outside for snack that day.

TREATS MUST BE SIMPLE (fruit, cookies, donuts, and cupcakes are acceptable). No goodie bags or ice cream, please.

If your child is having a party at home, I will pass out invitations if everyone in the class is invited. If only some of the class members are invited, please call or mail invitations to their home instead.

Curriculum

The classroom iPads will be used to practice skills in various subjects such as language arts/reading.

Religion: Deepening your child’s relationship with Jesus.

Reading: Read at a Kindergarten level (reading basic sight words).

Math: Learn how to make patterns, start basic addition/subtraction, and name and use various coins to make small sums.

Science: Learn about plants and animals.

Social Studies: Learn about the environment and community.

Other: Includes music, art, physical education, computer education, and printing.

 

Snacks and Lunch:

Please pack a snack for your child each day. Sports bottles are allowed with water only.  These may be kept in the cubby so they are accessible when needed.  Write your child’s name on the bottle. Please make sure you provide your child with a lunch every day.  Late delivery of lunches is for emergencies only.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these policies.  I reserve the right to modify or adjust any of the forgoing policies as the need arises.  

 

Short Tech use Summary:

The classroom iPads will be used to practice skills in various subjects such as language arts/reading and math. Student have access to educational games such as ABC mouse, ST Math and Sumdog. These apps are aligned with the Common Core standards and give each child a specific “learning path”.