Alta Vista Elementary School

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Kindergarten Schedule
The morning class schedule is:
8:05-11:25, recess at 10:30
The afternoon class schedule is:
11:30-2:50, recess at 12:30

Wacky Wednesdays
Once a month, typically on the last Wednesday, the kindergarten team gets together for grade level planning.  On those days, we ask the afternoon classes to change their schedule to 10:00-1:20.  This gives the children in both the afternoon and morning classes a chance to meet one another as well.  The Wacky Wednesday dates are: 8/31, 9/28, 10/26, 11/16, 12/14, 1/25, 2/15, 3/29, 4/26, 5/24, and 6/7.

History Social Science
We use the Pearson program and Scholastic News.  Students in kindergarten are introduced to basic relationships, emphasizing the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago.

Language Arts
We use many common core resources, and a big part of our program includes learning letter-sound correspondences both in isolation and within text. A new letter sound will be introduced each week. Children will also be introduced to 40 sight words. We will be learning blending, segmenting, counting syllables, and recognizing punctuation. Children will be exposed to many genres of stories, and will be expected to ask and answer questions about key details in the text.  Children will use writing to compose opinion pieces, explanatory texts, and narratives.

Common Core standards are implemented using the Eureka Math program. Children will learn to recognize numbers 0-20, and counting to 100.  They will understand the relationship between numbers and quantities and the terms more, fewer, and equal. They will learn addition and subtraction facts within five with fluency, and will be able to solve facts within 10. They will also learn the names and characteristics of solid and plane shapes.

We use the FOSS science program. Hands-on science experiments and activities are incorporated into three units: Trees, Wood & Paper, and Animals.  Students learn that scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.

Field Trips
We go on two field trips in kindergarten, in addition to having an in-class presentation from YSI.  Our first field trip is in the winter, and we see a live theater production presented by the California Theatre Center.  Our second field trip is in the spring, when we go to Emma Prusch Farm.  Late in the year, YSI comes to the kindergarten classroom to do a presentation on Life in the Pond.  Often on field trip days, the afternoon classes are on a "Wacky Wednesday" schedule.

Kindergarten Staff

Mrs. Arrieta
Room K1 a.m.
Mrs. Barbara
Room K2 p.m.
Miss Mangione
Room K1 p.m.
Mrs. Grist
Room K2 a.m.