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Keri Southard » Mrs. Southard and Mrs. Yarbrough's Class

Mrs. Southard and Mrs. Yarbrough's Class

                         Welcome to Kindergarten!

Important Notes for the First Week of School

  • School begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:45 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.


Mrs. Southard

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 22 years.  We have two wonderful children, Cameron and Matthew and a "four legged" child, Harley Grace.  I am excited to begin my twenty-third year of teaching and my fifth year at GBE! I am grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your child this year!


Mrs. Yarbrough



Provide a loving, nurturing and educational environment for your child. 
To make your child’s first learning experiences exciting and interesting.
To help your child expand his/her knowledge in language arts, math, science, and social studies.
To build up their confidence, so they feel like they can accomplish anything.

The GKIDS Readiness Check Parent Resource Website is now available!


The GKIDS Readiness Check is a new component of the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). It is designed to be administered during the first six weeks of the kindergarten year. The GKIDS Readiness Check is aligned to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS​) and correlated to the state mandated content standards for kindergarten. The goal of the assessment is to provide information about the skills of students entering kindergarten. 


The primary purpose of the GKIDS Readiness Check is to highlight knowledge and skills critical for student success in learning – solely to guide instruction.

The GKIDS Readiness Check is designed to be developmentally appropriate, reflecting research-based best practices for young learners, and will provide information that allows kindergarten teachers to individualize student instruction.






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.

1.  Be Respectful.
2.  Be Responsible. 
3.  Be an Active          
4.  Be Prepared.
**Please label all items with your child’s name.
2- pack of Crayons (24 count)
1- pack of Markers
2- pack of Pencils
1- pack of Black Dry Erase Markers (thin)
3- pack of Glue Sticks
2- Folders w/prongs
1 - Pencil Box (hard plastic, no zippers, no cloth)
1- pair of Headphones
1- Spiral Notebook
1- Primary Composition Notebook (available for purchase in our school store) .
Mead Primary Journal, Half Page Ruled, Grades K-2, 100 ...
*Bring all of these supplies in your full-size backpack.

Seesaw will be an important resource in our classroom this year.

  • Communication

-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.

  • Journal

-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.


8:10-8:40 Morning Work/Announcements

8:40-9:40   ELA-Foundational Skills

9:40-10:00       Writing

10:00-10:15     Recess

10:15-10:30     Writing

10:30-11:10     Specials

11:10-12:00     Snack/Small Group Instruction

12:00-1:00  Math

1:06-1:36    Lunch

1:40-2:00     Calendar Math

2:00-2:30   Social Studies or Science

2:30-2:55   Read Aloud

2:55-3:10    Recess

3:10-3:40   Play Centers

*subject to change
Thursday-Learning Commons