I am very excited to be teaching Transitional Kindergarten at El Rodeo! From the ninth grade, I knew teaching was my calling. I received my bachelors from San Diego State University, majoring in Liberal Studies. During my undergrad, I volunteered in schools and worked in afterschool programs. I received my teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge where I student taught in kindergarten and third grade. I have since taught in all of the grade levels (including middle school and high school) but have found my favorite age to be the young ones!
Curriculum and Housekeeping
August 21, 2015
It was great getting to sit down and formally meet with you individually. I learned so much about each student and I know it is going to be a great year.
Next week, we will be starting our phonics program – Zoo Phonics! It’s an amazing program that covers other disciplines like science as well. I will be giving you more information on it during Back to School Night. This upcoming week, children will be learning the shapes and sounds of all the letters with an emphasis on the “a” and “b” letter shapes and sounds. Students will be getting homework each night based on what we learned during the day, but instead of thinking of it as homework, the Zoo Phonics program refers to it as ”home – play” and I hope it will be fun for all!
In the area of math, I will be implementing the kindergarten curriculum and differentiating it to meet the needs of each individual student. I am working closely with the kindergarten teachers to make sure that this happens.
A couple of housekeeping items:
Communication with me:
- I will try to respond to your e-mail as soon as I can but please give me a grace period of twenty-four hours.
- School Telephone number: 310-229-3670 ext 1101 or voice mail 4101
- Please subscribe to me – I’ll be communicating a lot through the school’s website. Here is how to subscribe.
- Go to El Rodeo website http://er.bhusd.org/
- Go to Academics and click on Classes/Homework
- Click on “Kindergarten”
- Then my name (Lindsay Pomerantz)
- On the side of my page click “Subscribe.” If you “subscribe” every time I post something new, you will get an e-mail.
- Students will be getting an orange “homework” folder. I will be passing them out at the end of each day when there is homework or materials from the school that need to go home. The folder must be returned back to me each day.
- If your child is absent from school, when the child returns, I need an “Absence From School Report By Parent” form. I have them in my classroom and I will send it home with the student on the day they return to school. The form must be returned the next day.
- If you happen to have a toy kitchen, play kitchen toys, and/or dress up toys, they would be greatly appreciated so students can participate in dramatic play in the classroom during choice time at the end of the day.
- If you have not yet, gift cards to Amazon, Staples, Lakeshore or Target would be greatly appreciated.
- If you would be interested in being the room parent please let me know. You would be in charge of organizing classroom parties, helping with field trip volunteers, raising class funds if needed, and anything else that may come up during the year.
Volunteering in Class:
- I will be having a need for parent volunteers in the class come mid-September. I will keep you posted when it gets closer to that time. If you choose to be a parent volunteer, you must have a current TB test and have filled out a parent volunteer slip. Check the Parent Handbook posted on the school’s website for more information.
Pick Up and Drop Off:
- Starting on Monday, August 24th, for morning drop-off, students are to line up on the Kindergarten yard. I will be in the yard by 8:25 am to walk them to class (school officially starts at 8:30). There is a blue piece of tape for where they should line up – students know where it is as this is where they line up after recess and lunch. This is also where they will be picked up after school at 1:00.
- It is a lot of fun to celebrate birthdays at this age! In class, students will get to wear a birthday crown and be my special helper all day. If you want to bring food in to celebrate, I ask that it be the two bite cupcakes and either small bottled water or juice boxes (less chance of spills).
We have had a wonderful second week of school! I am so excited for this school year – we have a wonderful class and a lot of great learning to do ahead of us.
Thanks for all your support and help! Any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Reminder for Tomorrow
We had a wonderful first day of TK! Remember tomorrow is Red/Circle Day so please have your child come to school wearing red.
I look forward to speaking with all of the parents this week. I have posted the parent questionnaire so please take a look and fill it out before our meeting!
See you all tomorrow!
Opening Letter To Parents
Welcome! I am Lindsay Pomerantz, the Transitional Kindergarten teacher at El Rodeo. I am so looking forward to a terrific year getting to know your child and your family - it is going to be a great year!
Things to know:
- Each child needs a backpack, large enough to fit a standard folder each day.
- Label everything!!! Get a black sharpie or silver sharpie and label everything.
- Your child must wear appropriate, closed toed shoes each day.
- Your child should wear “play” clothes that can get dirty! TK is fun and can be messy!
- Please sign up for a “getting to know you” TK conference. These will help the first few weeks of school and will last about 20 minutes. I will give you a worksheet to think about prior to the conference. This way you will know what we are going to talk about and won’t forget anything you want to tell me.
- Lunch: Lunch boxes are best! Hot lunch is not served to TK. Children must bring a packed lunch that includes a snack and a drink. There is no access to a microwave so please no food that needs to be heated.
- Please consider volunteering in our room. We need parents to help in the classroom and to do “home” help. Both are important and valuable to our program. I will provide more information on volunteering in the classroom a little later on in the school year. If you do decide to volunteer in the classroom, you must give the office proof that you recently got a TB test and a parent volunteer slip. More information on this is provided in the Parent Handbook posted on the school’s website.
- Please call the main school office to leave a message for me, or to be put through the voice mail. I cannot be reached directly during the school day unless it is an emergency. Email in general is the best way to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I will not release your child to anyone that is not authorized to pick him/her up. Please send a written, dated note with all of the important information for whom you want me to send the child with.
- Bring a change of clothes for the child to keep in the classroom. Accidents happen and we want to be prepared. Make sure the bag and clothes are labeled with the child’s name. In addition to this bag, please also give your child either an old oversized shirt or a kid’s sized apron that they can wear on days when we paint!
Suggestions for the first Week
As wonderful as this new experience may be it can also be quite stressful for the young child and family. Change can be unsettling for all of us. For some children, this may be their first experience of separation from parents or care givers at home. It is common for even the most outgoing child to be anxious the first day of school.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Prepare your child for this new school experience by explaining what is to be expected. Answer all questions directly and honestly.
- Convey a positive attitude! Your enthusiasm will assure the child that school is a fun and safe place.
- Establish a routine involving both night time and morning preparations. Rituals and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situations. It will also help make the morning run smoother.
- Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. Make sure the child knows that you trust the teachers and staff!
- MAINTAIN A CLEAR GOOD-BYE ROUTINE. Children will be dropped off and picked up at the kindergarten patio. The first few days parents may come to the kindergarten yard and escort the child to the classroom. Once you tell your child that you are leaving, it is important to follow through. Extending the goodbye with “ok, just one more kiss then I really have to go,” tends to heighten anxiety rather than relieve it. Clear routines such as a kiss/hug and a statement such as “see you at 1:00!” encourages children to be trusting of adults.
This is going to be a wonderful year! I will be posting more information on my BHUSD website page that can be found through the schools website weekly. Go to “Academics,” then “Grade Level/Departments,” followed by “Kindergarten,” then click on me!
I look forward to getting to know all of you throughout the year!