Principal's Page

Mrs. Donna Anderson, Principal

e-mail: donna.anderson@braintreeschools.org

 


 

Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020    

The Braintree Public School Department is pleased to announce Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year!

Registration Process

Registration for ALL eligible 2019-2020 Braintree resident Kindergarten students, regardless of where they live in town, will be held in the cafeteria at the MONATIQUOT SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN CENTER, located at 25 Brow Avenue, Braintree.  Registration paperwork will be mailed out to all families known to have a kindergarten age student at the beginning of December.  In addition, kindergarten registration packets will be available online at www.braintreeschools.org beginning on Friday, December 6, 2018.  

 

Registration Week @ Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   -- 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 -- 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 -- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

 

Please note, we offer three different dates/times for registration, but you only need to attend one registration day that is most convenient for you.    We look forward to seeing you during Kindergarten Registration Week at the Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center!

 

We look forward to seeing you during Kindergarten Registration Week at the Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center!

 

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Happy New Year Kindergarten Families!

         Welcome back!  I hope that you enjoyed a refreshing winter break.  January marks an exciting time in the school year, when skill building leads to greater confidence and ability.  You will witness more wonderful independence in your child.  It brings joy to our staff to observe our students moving about their school with big smiles, comfort, and a sense of purpose.  In the weeks to come, our focus turns from learning the routines and expectations of kindergarten, to preparing for first grade!  The time goes by so quickly, and MSKC hopes that you are enjoying every minute of it.

          At the beginning of February, your child will receive his/her first of two kindergarten report cards.  This document is a report on how students perform in relation to federal Common Core standards for learning.  It is worthy of mention that the report card is a tool, a snapshot in time, indicating where to go on the journey to knowledge from here.  You can help your child to be successful by fostering a love of learning, supporting what is learned at school in the home, and reading with your child.  These valuable gifts are free, never run out of batteries, and will last a lifetime.  Enjoy!

                                                                             Your Partner in Education,

                                                                             Donna M. Anderson

 

Upcoming Events

Reading Incentive Program continued through January: Warming Up to Reading!

 

January 2nd Winter Break Ends students and staff return to MSKC  Happy New Year!

 

January 14th – Pumpernickel Puppets presents an awesome puppet show to all students – Thank you Braintree Cultural Arts Council and Elementary PTOs!

 

January 21st  - NO SCHOOL in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

January 29th – Early Release Day for Teacher Professional Development

AM K dismissed at 10:30

Full Day K dismissed at 11:55

No School for PM K on January 29th       

                              

January 22nd, 24th, and 26th – Kindergarten Registration for incoming kindergarteners (age 5 by August 31st, 2019) takes place at MSKC – Please see flyer in MSKC January newsletter

 

January 31st – Jake-N-Joes Dine Out to benefit MSKC – Please see flyer in MSKC January newsletter

 

Important Announcements

In the case of inclement weather, Braintree Public Schools may announce the use of alternate bus routes.  Please see the alternate bus routes document in the MSKC January 2019 newsletter for potential changes to your child's bus stop.  Happy winter!

   

MSKC Classroom News for January, 2019

       This month we will begin unit three of our Reading Street series, entitled “Change All Around Us!”   During the month of January, we will continue to review alphabet letter recognition, letter naming, and matching uppercase to lowercase letters.  We continue to build upon phonemic awareness in kindergarten, as we explore initial, medial, and final sounds in words.  Phonics lessons will offer practice with matching alphabet letters to the sounds they make.  We will master sounds /n/ spelled Nn, /b/ spelled Bb, /r/ spelled Rr, /d/ spelled Dd, /k/ spelled Kk, and /f/ spelled Ff.  Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are she, me, with, see and look.  We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing comparing and contrasting, plot, cause and effect, as well as retelling.  Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about verbs.  A verb is an action word. We are writers, working on writing a complete sentence, summary, invitation, and caption.

        During the month of January, MSKC can’t wait to investigate comparing quantities, and representing numbers and patterns.  Our students are becoming adept at subitizingSubitizing is “instantly seeing how many.”  This is a crucial skill in the development of number skills.  Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.  Your child(ren) will soon be asked to study addition facts through 5 at home, as well as at school, as these are to be mastered prior to first grade.

In science, we continue to study Trees, and their changes throughout the year.  We implement our Five Senses to learn about the world around us.  We are enjoying our investigation of Materials and Motion, engaging in several “hands-on” activities as we compare the effects of different strengths and/or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.   

        As part of social studies in January, we will be learning all about winter, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Chinese New Year

        Second Step is a program we use to help students develop learning skills and improve upon social skills.  Our kindergarteners enjoy our interactive lessons.  Currently, we are focusing on Empathy and Emotion Management.  We practice feelings, identifying anger, and caring and helping.  We will pay attention to physical clues in our bodies to identify and manage our feelings.

        We are wonderful Bucket Fillers at MSKC!  In November, we filled the MSKC Bucket of Kindness with pom-poms earned for acts of kindness at school.  We earned a special movie in the Cafegymatorium!  We are now filling a new Bucket of Kindness, and look forward to voting on our next reward. 

        There will be No School Monday, January 21st, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Tuesday, January 29th will be an Early Release Day, due to professional development workshops for teachers.  There is No School for afternoon kindergarteners on Tuesday, January 29th.

        Our reading incentive program, Warming Up To Reading, is off to a wonderful start!  Please keep those reading mittens coming throughout January.  Enjoy valuable reading time together.  


A Message from Nurse Sara

The hustle and bustle of December is over.  It is time for the students to regenerate energy to focus on learning.  Children should have routine bedtimes, well balanced meals, and regular active play to ensure a foundation for learning.  

It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to review the school breakfast/lunch menus for any possible allergens.  If you have any nutrition/ingredient concerns, please contact the Food Services Director, Sarah Coughlin, at sarah.coughlin@braintreeschools.org.

Reminders when to keep your child home sick:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher.  Your child must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Constant cough or runny nose
  • Red and/or itchy eye with discharge

If you received a referral notice for hearing and vision in the fall, please send in the follow up paperwork from the physician.  Proper hearing and vision are crucial for successful learning.

Finally, any baby wipe donations are  greatly appreciated for the health office.  

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Nurse Sara, 781-794-8420 and press 3 or sara.crowley@braintreema.gov

 

 

 

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