Jennifer Bird teaches the Kindergarten Class, including Transitional Kindergarten. Kindergarten meets from 8:40 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Ms. Bird is assisted by classroom aides Jamarys Latoni, Zoe Caras, and Jason Cowley.
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.
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.
We are very lucky to have the 5th & 6th graders as our reading buddies! Each student is paired with a reading buddy from the 5th & 6th 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!
Students cut flowers and assist in the propagation of fruits and vegetables to supplement the Food Lab Program. Students also use garden based activities to learn cross curricular content, like math, language, and social studies.
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.
The class studies music with music teacher Vivian Simon each week. Music class includes singing, movement, and percussion. Students also have the option to participate in after school chorus.
Ms. Bird, Kindergarten Teacher