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Topeka, KS 66605
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Citizenship in Kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Monday, 15 September 2014 20:36

September 17 is citizenship or constitution day.  This week we are learning what it means to be a good citizen.  And not only a good citizen in our country, but also our classroom.

In our reading groups we are thinking about what a good citizen does and why we are proud to be an American. The students are then writing/illustrating their opinion as to why they are proud to be an American.

The students will also be creating a flag using red, white, and blue, and stars of course.  To conclude the week we will be writing a class constitution to hang to our room and remind us of our classroom "laws".

Out of the mouths of babes:  The question was "What does a good citizen do?"

The students answers:  "Pray."  "Take care of each other."  "Be nice to everyone."  "Clean up." "Listen to each other."

If only adults thought like kindergartners.  Remember, "Everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten!"

Where in the World is Mrs. Jewell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:42

At back to school night I encouraged you to see if you could find me in my kindergarten class picture.  When I shared my Angel of the Week board (to model for the kindergartners how they will) I had them try to find me, too.

They couldn't do it?  Did you?

I was the little girl with long black dark wavy hair sitting in the middle row.  And I was the only one not looking at the camera!  Yes, I was turned talking to my friend, Lora. I went to school with her K-12 and then we lived together at ESU.  I was in her wedding and she would have been in mine but her and her new husband (we also graduated from high school together) were stationed far away because he was/is in the Marines.  We are still close friends to this day!

Why am I telling you this?  Because friendships....real, close, lifelong friendships can begin in kindergarten!  That is why we work hard to build a community in our classroom in which everyone respects each other and is kind.  We will work towards this all year!

I'm also telling you this to let you know I "get" kindergartners and their need to talk.  I was one.  But that doesn't mean I'm going to let your children talk and interrupt. It just means I understand the need for boundaries, consistency, and the need to learn how to follow school rules.  :-)

Did your mom ever tell you, "I hope you have a child just like you!"?

Mine did.  And I've taught hundreds of them!  Kindergarten ROCKS!!

Remember, everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten!!

School Mass Days PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Monday, 08 September 2014 21:25

We have all school mass every Friday during ordinary time and we have a level K-4 mass every other Tuesday.  I forgot to add those dates to our September activity calendar.  The Friday dates are Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26.  The Tuesday dates are, Sept. 2, 16, and 30.

On mass days we need to leave our room by 7:55 in order to get to church and get seated in time for mass to begin.  It would be great if everyone could be at school by 7:45 on mass days.  However, if you can't, please be sure to take your child to the school office so that Mrs. Rodriguez can get his/her lunch count.  We have to have our lunch count to 501 by 8:30 so we take it before we head to mass.

Thank you for your help!

Prayer for Catholic Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Dear Lord,

Bless those who work and learn in our Catholic schools.

Give our teachers the grace every day to be models of you to all they meet.

Give our students the desire to learn their lessons, and also to grow closer to you through our Mother and our older siblings, the Saints.

Give our administrators the guidance they need, to balance the needs of the school with a life modeled on you and your compassion.

Give our school parents the understanding, to make the most of school based on you for the academic and spiritual lives of their children.


Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight? Let's Figure it out mathematically! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mrs. Kelli Jewell   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Student A reads 20 minutes/five nights/every week.

Student B reads only 4 minutes a night (or not al all).

Step 1:  Multiply minutes per night 5 times each week.

Student A reads 20 X 5 = 100 minutes.

Student B reads 4 X 5=20 minutes.

Step 2:  Multiply minutes per week times 4 weeks per month.

Student A reads 400 minutes/month.

Student B reads 80 minutes/month.

Step 3:  Multiply minutes per month times 9 school months/year.

Student A reads 3600 minutes/school year.

Student B reads 720 minutes/school year.


Student A practices reading the equivalent of 10 whole school days each year.

Student B gets the equivalent of only 2 school days of reading practice.


By the end of  sixth grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:

Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days.

Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.


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