Mrs. Southard and Mrs. Session's Happy Campers!
Important Notes for the First Week of School
- School begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. Any student coming in after 8:40 has to be signed in at the office by a parent. They are considered tardy.
- Your child needs to bring a healthy snack. Please place his/her snack in a separate bag from their lunch.
- Please send a water bottle with your child. We ask that you only send water. Water is much easier to clean up in case of accidental spills.
- Your child may bring in a small beach towel for rest time. Large blankets, quilts, etc. are not permitted due to limited space. Towels will be sent home each week to be washed. Please return them in your child’s backpack.
- On the days your child has P.E., Please dress him/her in sneakers and appropriate clothing. Due to scheduling/time, they will not be allowed to change their clothes.
- Your child will bring home a parent/teacher communication folder. The folder will have important papers, completed work, newsletters, behavior sheets, etc. Please review and return the folder daily. Together, we can use this as a tool to send/receive information. Look for the folders on the first day of school.
- Please provide your child with a change of clothes, including socks. These items should be kept in a plastic bag, which will remain in their bag. Remember to change them with the seasons.
- If you plan to change your child’s transportation, please review the Greenbrier Elementary School guidelines.
All About Us
I am originally from Long Island, New York. I attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Middle Grades and a Reading Endorsement. I have been married to my husband Jimmy for almost 20 years. We have two wonderful children, Cameron and Matthew and a "four legged" child, Harley Grace. I am excited to begin my twenty-first year of teaching and my third year at GBE! I am grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your child this year!
I am originally from Louisiana. I am currently going to school to be a Social Worker. My husband and I have been married for 32 years. We have three children, Martin Jr.,Shea, and Markell. I have been a Kindergarten paraprofessional for 15 years. I have been at GBE for 4 years. I absolutely love my work, and I look forward to working with your child this year!
HMH Sight Words
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a performance based assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students. GKIDS allows teachers to assess student performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and generate customized reports for instructional planning, report cards, and/or parents. Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, the GKIDS data collection system automatically generates summary reports and individual student reports based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year.
The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students’ developing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and motor skills. GKIDS also provides a summary of student performance at the end of the kindergarten school year. GKIDS serves both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.
The end-of-the-year summary report includes the domains of ELA, Math, Approaches to Learning, and Social/Emotional Development. Throughout the school year, teachers may use GKIDS to observe and record student performance in each content area specified in the CCGPS (ELA and Mathematics) and GPS (Science and Social Studies), Approaches to Learning, Social/Emotional Development, and Physical/Motor Development.
Domains Included on the End-of-the-Year Summary Report are ELA, Math, Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development. The CCGPS/GPS content area standards and skills/elements are assessed using the following performance levels:
Not Yet Assessed
Not Yet Demonstrated
Some skills/elements in the CCGPS/GPS do not elicit a range of student performance sufficient to warrant five performance levels. Therefore, some CCGPS/GPS skills/elements are assessed using only two, three, or four of the performance levels shown above. For example, the skill associated with one CCGPS/GPS standard may require only the “Not Yet Demonstrated” and the “Meets the Standard” levels for assessment.
Educational Websites for the Summer
Seesaw will be an important resource in our classroom this year.
-send reminders to the entire class
-private messages between teacher and individual parents
-post weekly newsletter and reminders
Activities and resources
-Students will be assigned differentiated activities. They will have access to these assignments and activities at home and at school. Students will not be required to complete these at home, but may work on them as an extra resource.
-Each student will have a private journal only their family will be able to access. I will post pictures of students or their work in the journals.
-There will be times I will post whole or small group pictures in students' journals. Please know I will not post your child's picture in other students' journals without your written permission. I will be sending home a permission form for you to sign.