Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten*
NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling your student at Pacific School, please complete the appropriate Interest Form. More information about our enrollment procedures is Here.
Jennifer Bird ("Ms. Bird") teaches the Kindergarten Class, including Transitional Kindergarten*. She is assisted by Freya Phillips and Sara Jaesler, the Kindergarten Aides. Kindergarten meets from 8:40 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Independent study students attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only, while five-day students attend Mondays through Fridays.
*Transitional kindergarten is a program for students who turn five between September 2 and December 2. Students who complete a year of transitional kindergarten either continue into kindergarten or first grade depending on their readiness.
Ms. Bird's Goal
My goal is to ensure that each child performs at his/her maximum potential at all times; understands the multiple intelligences and recognizes their intelligences; and is supportive of the rest of the class. In our class it is safe to make mistakes and in fact we encourage them, for this is how we learn. We are like a big family during the school year, working and playing together, and each of us must be an active, contributing member for the class to function well.
Our Classroom Agreements:
Have peaceful hands and bodies.
Do our best.
Reading Buddies We hope that health guidelines will allow us to resume our Reading Buddies program. We are very lucky to have the 4th graders as our reading buddies! Each student is paired with a reading buddy from the 4th grade classroom. Throughout the year, the buddies read books and poems to each other. This gives each student a one-on-one read aloud time, the opportunity to get to know other students, and meet some of our student's older siblings!
Life Lab Our Life Lab program is instructed by our highly experienced educator, Kris Kifer. Students meet with Kris weekly and cut flowers and assist in the propagation of fruits and vegetables to supplement the Food Lab (school lunch) program. Students also use garden based activities to learn cross curricular content, like math, language, and social studies.
Library The class makes weekly visits to the library. The book the students select is kept in their cubbies at school for the week. Later, the students and their reading buddies will have the opportunity to read the school library book together. The students are also welcome to read their school library books throughout the week.
Communication is the cornerstone to our success as a parent - teacher team. Please feel free to contact me whenever a concern arises. It is critical that the two-way system works for us all. I am often available after school from 12:30 - 1:00 pm, or I can call you in the evening. In the fall and spring we will have parent teacher conferences so we may discuss your child's growth. Between those times I will send home progress reports home so you may stay informed. Anytime you feel a need to talk, please feel free to contact me via the school telephone or by note.
Emails: jbird @ pacificesd.org | fphilips @ pacificesd.org | sjaesler @ pacificesd.org
"We have absolutely loved our time with the Pacific Elem family and we are going to miss so many of you! You provided a light and a sense of community during one of the most difficult years we have experienced. I will forever be grateful for this year. Everyone should be proud of what a unique, loving and special school has been created here."
Parent about their student's time in Ms. Bird's class, 2020-21