K is for Kindergarten!

Hello, Welcome! Bonjour et Bienvenue! Hola y Bienvenidos!

Oh the place's you'll go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day,
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away! You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Oh! The places you'll go!
- Dr. Seuss


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About the teacher

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs. Diekman and I will be student teaching in your child's classroom. I am finishing up my education degree at the University of Dubuque. I am majoring in Elementary education and have my endorsements in early childhood, and reading. I recently got married, and I have a beautiful daughter, Grace, who is 15 months old. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Kindergarten! I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child throughout the fall semester. In order to make the year a successful one, teamwork and cooperation will be required by all. As your child's student teacher, it is my goal to help him/her become a confident learner and I will do my best to help make this year a positive experience for your child.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss

Reading with your child is very important during these early years. I encourage you to set time aside each night to read with your child.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

— Emilie Buchwald




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Rules and Expectations

Classroom Rules!


Rule 1. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Rule 2. Give me five
- Eyes are on the speaker
- Mouths are quite
- Hands are in your lap
- Ears are open for listening
- Sitting criss cross on your bottom

Rule 3. Raise your hand when you want to talk.

Rule 4. Be prepared with all materials.

Rule 5. Work hard, do your best, and HAVE FUN!


Behavior Policies

1-2-3 Eyes on me: When the teacher says 1-2-3 eyes on me, the students are expected to focus their attention on the teacher. This is a great way to refocus their attention.

My hands are hanging by my side, I'm standing nice and tall. My eyes are looking straight ahead, I'm ready for the hall!
This is a good chant for the kids to say when lining up. It reminds them of their hallway behavior!

If you can hear me, raise your hand!
This is a great way to help the children practice their listening skills. This also helps when the volume in the classroom gets to loud. I wouldn't have to raise my voice, and the kids interact with what I am saying.

Friday Fun Day
Everyday I will provide a fun activity for learning. Friday fun is designed to motivate the students throughout the week. If all students follow the rules and stay on task for the week we will get to spend a little extra time on Fridays playing educational games. ( letter BINGO, word search, plinko, extra recess time etc.)

Tattle Ear: This poem talks about tattling. It is an ear that the children can go over to and talk to first. It teaches them problem solving, and resolving conflicts with peers. If the students cannot fix it themselves, then I will step in.




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Zero Tolerance

We have a zero tolerance policy at our school, and in our classroom! If a child is bullying others, serious actions will be taken. We are asking parents to help us put an end to bullying by talking with your child about the issues and effects of bullying.


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The night before Kindergarten

Here are some extra resources for you to share with your child.
Enjoy this list of books and songs!


Seven kindergarten songs ( medley) with Lyrics