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158 S. Scott St.
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: (517) 265-8544
Fax: (517) 265-8923
Laurie Chenevey
Kindergarten
E-Mail: lchenevey@adrian.k12.mi.us
Phone: (517) 265-8544


2014-2015

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian,
  I would like to welcome you to the exciting year of Kindergarten! My name is Laurie Chenevey and it is my honor to be working with your child this coming year. In January, we will have Ms. Masciovecchio join our kindergarten family.  She will be doing her student teaching placement with us.  Before I start talking about this school year, I would like to first give you some background knowledge about myself and Ms. Masciovecchio.
         I have been teaching at Lincoln Elementary for the past 14 years.  My experiences include working in the general education classroom and the special education classroom.  During my time at Lincoln, I have gained more experience and knowledge from all the talented educators within the Adrian Public school district. Along with my bachelor degree, I also have a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching.  Over the years, I have participated in many workshops and trainings to strengthen my skills as a teacher.  Spring 2012, I participated in PYP Curriculum Model training. 
         I have a wonderful family.  My husband Brian and I live in Tecumseh with our two children, Riley and Gavin.  Riley is going into seventh grade at Tecumseh Middle School and Gavin will be entering the fourth grade at Sutton Elementary.  We have a sweet dog named Miley that we adopted from the Humane Society.  This year I hope to instill the love of learning to your child’s educational experience as we embark on new adventures.  I am truly excited to begin this year and look forward to communicating with you.
        Please feel free to communicate anything to me either with an email to lchenevey@adrian.k12.mi.us  or with a note sent with your child in his or her folder.  This folder is important tool used by parents and teacher to communicate and to check in each and everyday.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laurie Chenevey


 The ABC's of Kindergarten...


A- Attendance:  A successful school experience is the responsibility of the child, the parents/guardian, and the school.  Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation.  Regular attendance without tardiness is important.
B-Birthdays:  We enjoy celebrating each child’s special day.  Please let me know in advance that your child will be bringing in a birthday treat.  Send the treats in the morning with your child or bring them in the morning yourself.  I am open to celebrating summer birthdays at the end of the school year. Birthday party invitations are NOT to be passed out at school unless every child in the class is invited. 
C- Celebrations: We will have several celebrations throughout the school year.  Those celebrations include a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving Feast, a Christmas party, and Valentine’s Day party.  All children will be allowed to participate unless the parents notify the classroom teacher or school.
 Classroom Procedures: In the classroom, I use a “rainbow” system to monitor behavior.  Each child has a clip that is attached to the rainbow.  Each student will start with his or her clip on green.  Students will move their clips up and down based on classroom behaviors and choices.  You will be notified of your child’s color in their folder. 
D-Discipline: The result of a student moving his or her clip is listed below:
Clip on pink = I’m exceptionally principled
Clip on purple = I’m extremely Respectful
Clip on blue = I’m very cooperative
Clip on green = I’m balanced
Clip on yellow:  I need to reflect
Clip on orange = I need to make a change
Clip on red  = I need a new perspective
*Students will be caught making good choices all day long.  I believe in focusing on positive behavior and choices.
Dolch Words: The children will be assessed on what we call our Dolch words.  Attached is the list of words the children will be tested on throughout the year.  Please practice with your child at home.
E- Extra Clothes:  It is very important for your child to have an extra set of clothing kept at school.  Accidents happen.  Accidents may be caused by a number of reasons.  What is important is that your child can quickly change and rejoin the group without embarrassment. Send a set of underwear, socks, shirt, and pants in a zip-lock bag clearly labeled with child’s first and last name. If soiled clothes come home, please replace them with a fresh set the following day (Please replace shorts with long pants when weather gets cooler).
F- Folder (Purple): At the beginning of the school year, children will be given their own purple daily folder.  This folder is to be used as a communication between home and school.  I will send home notes, newsletters, absent work, sometimes homework, etc. in this purple folder each night.  PLEASE check your child’s folder each night and return it to school the next day. Any notes from parents to teacher, office, or principal should be put into the purple folder.  This makes it easier and faster for me when looking at student folders each morning. I will also send home notes that YOU NEED to see and homework in the front pocket as well. The back pocket will be used for work completed in class.  Changes in your child’s life affect their education.  To enable me to better understand and work with your child, please keep me informed of any changes throughout the year in your child’s life.
 Friday Newsletter: Nearly every Friday, your child will be brining home a classroom newsletter.  This letter will give you a better understanding about what we did all week long.  It will also have important information regarding different situations throughout the year.  PLEASE read this newsletter with your child.
G- Glad to be a Maple!
H-Handwriting: In Kindergarten, we teach the children to use the Zaner-Bloser handwriting program.  Our goal is for your child to master proper letter formation, spacing, and neatness.  Attached is the alphabet.  Please practice with your child forming the letters the correct way.
 Homework: Essentially there is no homework in Kindergarten. Absent work will be sent home for your child to complete if it is not completed in class with me.  The absent work should be returned the next day.  If a child is absent multiple days due to illness/etc, they may take the same amount of days he/she were absent to complete the work. Example: If a child is absent 2 days, he/she may take two days to complete the assignment.  I will also ask you to do a few activities throughout the year with your child at home.  You may read or your child may read to you every night.  It is your time together!  In January, your child will bring home a reading log.  This reading log is to stay in his/her folder at all times.  They will be asked to read (or look at) book(s) for 10 minutes a night Monday thru Friday.  Students will earn positive stickers and/or a prize for completing reading logs.  I truly feel that you and your child will benefit from this time together! Always be positive and relaxed.  Praise your child for good reading and trying.  Sometimes progress comes slowly, but it does come!  
I-Important Communication: It is VERY important for “you” as the parent, and “I” as the teacher to have GREAT communication.  Feel free to call or email me at lchenevey@adrian.k12.mi.us with any concerns or problems.  I will do my best to help you in any way.
J-Just give me a call: I can take calls anytime from 8:00-8:30.  Just call the school and ask for Mrs. Chenevey.
K-Kleenex: We will need lots of them!  Please send some in, if you can.
L- Learner Profile Traits:  These traits will be modeled and learned throughout the school year.
Caring:  I am respectful and kind.
Risk Taker:  I’m willing to try new things and believe in myself.
Balanced:  I take care of my mind and body.
Reflective:  I think about and learn from my mistakes and successes.
Communicator:  I share my ideas and feelings.
Principled:  I’m responsible and honest.
Open-Minded:  I listen respectfully and learn from what others have to say.
Inquirer:  I ask thoughtful questions.
Knowledgeable:  I use what I know to learn new things.
Thinker:  I use my brain to solve problems.
Library Books:  Students will be checking out library books on a weekly basis.  Library books will stay at school. 
Lunch Boxes:  If your child is bringing a lunch to school, again have it clearly labeled.  Please place your child’s first name, last name, and class name on their lunch box.  There are MANY look a like lunch boxes amongst other Kindergarten students.  
M-Math: .  Students will participate in The Daily 3 Math.  This is very similar to the Daily 5 Reading.  The concepts we will cover are:
• Calendar connections
• Problem solving in the Kindergarten day
• Data collection:  How many? How much? How far?
• Counting and cardinality
• Numbers 0-30
• Geometry/Fractions
• Measurement
• Operations and Algebraic Thinking
o Addition
o Subtraction
Money: When sending money, please place all important information in a sealed envelope.  On the outside, please write your child’s name, grade, Mrs. Chenevey, and purpose (lunch money, book money, etc.). Place the envelope in the blue folder.  All folders are checked first thing each day.  All notes to me should be in the folder as well.  I do not check backpacks.
Mystery Bag:  A classroom bag that will be sent home.  Your child gets to choose an item from home to bring in to share.  More information will be sent home about our mystery bag.  It’s a fun and different way to do show and tell. 
N-Notes:  When writing a note to me, please place the note into the front pocket of the purple folder.  All folders are checked right away in the morning each day.  All notes should be in that pocket.  I will do the same for you.
O-Outerwear: It may be hot now, but the days will get colder.  Please have all outer wear clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name.  Things do get lost and other students may have identical items.  Also show your child how to identify his/her belongings.  If your child does misplace their belongings, please check the lost and found at our school located on a table outside of the school’s gym. 
P-Personal Items: PLEASE Do NOT allow your child to bring any of the following to school: toys, purses, jewelry that is valuable/distracting, money not needed for school, candy, games, electronics, etc. Any such items that are brought to school will remain in my care until a parent can pick them up. The school and I are not responsible for any lost items that are not allowed at school.
Q-Quiet Time:  We do have “Quiet Time” in Kindergarten.  This time lasts around 10-15 minutes.  It is normally after lunch/recess.  The students will be asked to sit silently and listen to a story on the carpet.  This gives the children a time to relax and get ready for the next part of the day.
R-Reading: The Daily 5 (see attached explanation)
The overall reading concepts that we will focus on in Kindergarten are:
• Letter recognition
• Sound recognition
• Spoken Language
• Blending
• Phonemic Awareness
• Sight Vocabulary
• Reading strategies
• And MUCH MORE………..
S-Snacks:  Please send in two small snacks with your child each day.  We will have a morning and afternoon snack time.  These snacks may be cereal, crackers, fruit snacks, veggies, or popcorn, etc.  I do encourage healthy choices.
       Star of the day: Once a day, a student will be selected randomly to be the star of the day.  The star of the day gets to be our line leader, helper, and bring home the mystery bag. 
T-Transportation: Please talk to your child about how important our transportation rules are.  Talk to them about what bus he/she will be riding, rules to follow on the bus, and safety.  Please see the Maple handbook for other rules and regulations on transportation. 
U-United We Stand: Our school rules:
• Be Respectful
• Be Responsible
• Be Safe
V-Visits and Volunteers: You are more than welcomed to visit the classroom at any time.  Please fill out our volunteer application form found in the Maple handbook.  Please notify myself a day in advanced and remember to stop by the office for a visitors pass during your visit. Also please do not bring younger children to the classroom when visiting due to distractions.  If you need to speak with me about anything specifically regarding your child, please email me or call and schedule an appointment.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated. To provide the most assistance and least amount of distractions to students, please pre-arrange your volunteer time.  Again, because of the distraction to students, please do not bring younger children into the classroom during your volunteer time.
W-Water Bottles: I do allow students to bring their own individual bottled water.  It is important that it be filled at home, can be opened by your child, and placed in the backpack for home again.  Water bottles are kept at their table.  I will allow this throughout the school year.  Water can be easily cleaned and/or evaporated if spilled.  Other liquids can stain and are sticky.
X-Xtra Special: I know your children are XTRA special to you! They are to me too! I will treat each child with the respect and care as if they were my own.
Y-YES!!! We Need It!:  We would love any items you would like to donate.  Kleenex, Clorox wipes, boxed crackers, play-doh, Lego’s, puzzles, clay, bendaroos, dry erase markers, washable markers, etc……anything you feel would be useful and appropriate for school to enrich the learning process of your child.
 Z-Zillions, Zillions, MORE:  I am sure many more questions will arise during the next 9 months.  Once again, feel free to contact me anytime!

~~


 

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian,
  I would like to welcome you to the exciting year of Kindergarten! My name is Laurie Chenevey and it is my honor to be working with your child this coming year. In January, we will have Ms. Masciovecchio join our kindergarten family.  She will be doing her student teaching placement with us.  Before I start talking about this school year, I would like to first give you some background knowledge about myself and Ms. .
         I have been teaching at Lincoln Elementary for the past 13 years.  My experiences include working in the general education classroom and the special education classroom.  During my time at Lincoln, I have gained more experience and knowledge from all the talented educators within the Adrian Public school district. Along with my bachelor degree, I also have a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching.  Over the years, I have participated in many workshops and trainings to strengthen my skills as a teacher.  Spring 2012, I participated in PYP Curriculum Model training. 
I have a wonderful family.  My husband Brian and I live in Tecumseh with our two children, Riley and Gavin.  Riley is going into seventh grade at Tecumseh Middle School and Gavin will be entering the fourth grade at Sutton Elementary.  We have a sweet dog named Miley that we adopted from the Humane Society.  This year I hope to instill the love of learning to your child’s educational experience as we embark on new adventures.  I am truly excited to begin this year and look forward to communicating with you.
        Please feel free to communicate anything to me either with an email to lchenevey@adrian.k12.mi.us  or with a note sent with your child in his or her folder.  This folder is important tool used by parents and teacher to communicate and to check in each and everyday.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laurie Chenevey


 
A- Attendance:  A successful school experience is the responsibility of the child, the parents/guardian, and the school.  Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation.  Regular attendance without tardiness is important.
B-Birthdays:  We enjoy celebrating each child’s special day.  Please let me know in advance that your child will be bringing in a birthday treat.  Send the treats in the morning with your child or bring them in the morning yourself.  I am open to celebrating summer birthdays at the end of the school year. Birthday party invitations are NOT to be passed out at school unless every child in the class is invited. 
C- Celebrations: We will have several celebrations throughout the school year.  Those celebrations include a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving Feast, a Christmas party, and Valentine’s Day party.  All children will be allowed to participate unless the parents notify the classroom teacher or school.
 Classroom Procedures: In the classroom, I use a “rainbow” system to monitor behavior.  Each child has a clip that is attached to the rainbow.  Each student will start with his or her clip on green.  Students will move their clips up and down based on classroom behaviors and choices.  You will be notified of your child’s color in their folder. 
D-Discipline: The result of a student moving his or her clip is listed below:
Clip on pink = I’m exceptionally principled
Clip on purple = I’m extremely Respectful
Clip on blue = I’m very cooperative
Clip on green = I’m balanced
Clip on yellow:  I need to reflect
Clip on orange = I need to make a change
Clip on red  = I need a new perspective
*Students will be caught making good choices all day long.  I believe in focusing on positive behavior and choices.
Dolch Words: The children will be assessed on what we call our Dolch words.  Attached is the list of words the children will be tested on throughout the year.  Please practice with your child at home.
E- Extra Clothes:  It is very important for your child to have an extra set of clothing kept at school.  Accidents happen.  Accidents may be caused by a number of reasons.  What is important is that your child can quickly change and rejoin the group without embarrassment. Send a set of underwear, socks, shirt, and pants in a zip-lock bag clearly labeled with child’s first and last name. If soiled clothes come home, please replace them with a fresh set the following day (Please replace shorts with long pants when weather gets cooler).
F- Folder (Purple): At the beginning of the school year, children will be given their own purple daily folder.  This folder is to be used as a communication between home and school.  I will send home notes, newsletters, absent work, sometimes homework, etc. in this purple folder each night.  PLEASE check your child’s folder each night and return it to school the next day. Any notes from parents to teacher, office, or principal should be put into the purple folder.  This makes it easier and faster for me when looking at student folders each morning. I will also send home notes that YOU NEED to see and homework in the front pocket as well. The back pocket will be used for work completed in class.  Changes in your child’s life affect their education.  To enable me to better understand and work with your child, please keep me informed of any changes throughout the year in your child’s life.
 Friday Newsletter: Nearly every Friday, your child will be brining home a classroom newsletter.  This letter will give you a better understanding about what we did all week long.  It will also have important information regarding different situations throughout the year.  PLEASE read this newsletter with your child.
G- Glad to be a Maple!
H-Handwriting: In Kindergarten, we teach the children to use the Zaner-Bloser handwriting program.  Our goal is for your child to master proper letter formation, spacing, and neatness.  Attached is the alphabet.  Please practice with your child forming the letters the correct way.
 Homework: Essentially there is no homework in Kindergarten. Absent work will be sent home for your child to complete if it is not completed in class with me.  The absent work should be returned the next day.  If a child is absent multiple days due to illness/etc, they may take the same amount of days he/she were absent to complete the work. Example: If a child is absent 2 days, he/she may take two days to complete the assignment.  I will also ask you to do a few activities throughout the year with your child at home.  You may read or your child may read to you every night.  It is your time together!  In January, your child will bring home a reading log.  This reading log is to stay in his/her folder at all times.  They will be asked to read (or look at) book(s) for 10 minutes a night Monday thru Friday.  Students will earn positive stickers and/or a prize for completing reading logs.  I truly feel that you and your child will benefit from this time together! Always be positive and relaxed.  Praise your child for good reading and trying.  Sometimes progress comes slowly, but it does come!  
I-Important Communication: It is VERY important for “you” as the parent, and “I” as the teacher to have GREAT communication.  Feel free to call or email me at lchenevey@adrian.k12.mi.us with any concerns or problems.  I will do my best to help you in any way.
J-Just give me a call: I can take calls anytime from 8:00-8:30.  Just call the school and ask for Mrs. Chenevey.
K-Kleenex: We will need lots of them!  Please send some in, if you can.
L- Learner Profile Traits:  These traits will be modeled and learned throughout the school year.
Caring:  I am respectful and kind.
Risk Taker:  I’m willing to try new things and believe in myself.
Balanced:  I take care of my mind and body.
Reflective:  I think about and learn from my mistakes and successes.
Communicator:  I share my ideas and feelings.
Principled:  I’m responsible and honest.
Open-Minded:  I listen respectfully and learn from what others have to say.
Inquirer:  I ask thoughtful questions.
Knowledgeable:  I use what I know to learn new things.
Thinker:  I use my brain to solve problems.
Library Books:  Students will be checking out library books on a weekly basis.  Library books will stay at school. 
Lunch Boxes:  If your child is bringing a lunch to school, again have it clearly labeled.  Please place your child’s first name, last name, and class name on their lunch box.  There are MANY look a like lunch boxes amongst other Kindergarten students.  
M-Math: .  Students will participate in The Daily 3 Math.  This is very similar to the Daily 5 Reading.  The concepts we will cover are:
• Calendar connections
• Problem solving in the Kindergarten day
• Data collection:  How many? How much? How far?
• Counting and cardinality
• Numbers 0-30
• Geometry/Fractions
• Measurement
• Operations and Algebraic Thinking
o Addition
o Subtraction
Money: When sending money, please place all important information in a sealed envelope.  On the outside, please write your child’s name, grade, Mrs. Chenevey, and purpose (lunch money, book money, etc.). Place the envelope in the blue folder.  All folders are checked first thing each day.  All notes to me should be in the folder as well.  I do not check backpacks.
Mystery Bag:  A classroom bag that will be sent home.  Your child gets to choose an item from home to bring in to share.  More information will be sent home about our mystery bag.  It’s a fun and different way to do show and tell. 
N-Notes:  When writing a note to me, please place the note into the front pocket of the purple folder.  All folders are checked right away in the morning each day.  All notes should be in that pocket.  I will do the same for you.
O-Outerwear: It may be hot now, but the days will get colder.  Please have all outer wear clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name.  Things do get lost and other students may have identical items.  Also show your child how to identify his/her belongings.  If your child does misplace their belongings, please check the lost and found at our school located on a table outside of the school’s gym. 
P-Personal Items: PLEASE Do NOT allow your child to bring any of the following to school: toys, purses, jewelry that is valuable/distracting, money not needed for school, candy, games, electronics, etc. Any such items that are brought to school will remain in my care until a parent can pick them up. The school and I are not responsible for any lost items that are not allowed at school.
Q-Quiet Time:  We do have “Quiet Time” in Kindergarten.  This time lasts around 10-15 minutes.  It is normally after lunch/recess.  The students will be asked to sit silently and listen to a story on the carpet.  This gives the children a time to relax and get ready for the next part of the day.
R-Reading: The Daily 5 (see attached explanation)
The overall reading concepts that we will focus on in Kindergarten are:
• Letter recognition
• Sound recognition
• Spoken Language
• Blending
• Phonemic Awareness
• Sight Vocabulary
• Reading strategies
• And MUCH MORE………..
S-Snacks:  Please send in two small snacks with your child each day.  We will have a morning and afternoon snack time.  These snacks may be cereal, crackers, fruit snacks, veggies, or popcorn, etc.  I do encourage healthy choices.
       Star of the day: Once a day, a student will be selected randomly to be the star of the day.  The star of the day gets to be our line leader, helper, and bring home the mystery bag. 
T-Transportation: Please talk to your child about how important our transportation rules are.  Talk to them about what bus he/she will be riding, rules to follow on the bus, and safety.  Please see the Maple handbook for other rules and regulations on transportation. 
U-United We Stand: Our school rules:
• Be Respectful
• Be Responsible
• Be Safe
V-Visits and Volunteers: You are more than welcomed to visit the classroom at any time.  Please fill out our volunteer application form found in the Maple handbook.  Please notify myself a day in advanced and remember to stop by the office for a visitors pass during your visit. Also please do not bring younger children to the classroom when visiting due to distractions.  If you need to speak with me about anything specifically regarding your child, please email me or call and schedule an appointment.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated. To provide the most assistance and least amount of distractions to students, please pre-arrange your volunteer time.  Again, because of the distraction to students, please do not bring younger children into the classroom during your volunteer time.
W-Water Bottles: I do allow students to bring their own individual bottled water.  It is important that it be filled at home, can be opened by your child, and placed in the backpack for home again.  Water bottles are kept at their table.  I will allow this throughout the school year.  Water can be easily cleaned and/or evaporated if spilled.  Other liquids can stain and are sticky.
X-Xtra Special: I know your children are XTRA special to you! They are to me too! I will treat each child with the respect and care as if they were my own.
Y-YES!!! We Need It!:  We would love any items you would like to donate.  Kleenex, Clorox wipes, boxed crackers, play-doh, Lego’s, puzzles, clay, bendaroos, dry erase markers, washable markers, etc……anything you feel would be useful and appropriate for school to enrich the learning process of your child.
 Z-Zillions, Zillions, MORE:  I am sure many more questions will arise during the next 9 months.  Once again, feel free to contact me anytime!