Dedra Dolan

Social Studies:  

Our current unit is called "Taking Care of our Earth!"  The children will learn about pollution hazards, recycling, composting and ways to keep our earth healthy!!  

Each student will make a project with the same recycled materials to display in our hallway "JUNK MUSEUM!" 



Mathematics: Math is always an exciting time in our class. Skills for early number concepts and number sense are being formed and enhanced.

The children are exploring ways to make numbers using “Math Hands” and other  activities such as apples on a tree. We count every morning using our giant Rekenrek (white & red beads on a wire) or other movement activities.  Counting to 100 is an end of the year expectation in Kindergarten. Counting at home with your child would definitely help to reinforce this concept. Subitizing is an activity where the children learn to instantly recognize arrangements of patterns on cards, dice and other resources.

The children are also learning about tally marks, number identification and the "tricky teen" numbers. 

Phonics:  Currently, the children are learning to blend sounds to make words.  We call this “sound tapping” and will ask the kids to say each sound while tapping a finger to the thumb.  For example, if the word is mat, the children will tap the index finger to the thumb while saying /m/, the middle finger to the thumb while saying /a/, the ring finger to the thumb while saying /t/ and then blend the sounds and say the word.  We will continue to focus on learning sight words, which are the most frequently, used words in the English language.  These words do not follow phonetic rules for “sounding out” strategies and must be recognized by “sight.”  Instant recognition of sight words is essential for beginning readers. 


My name is Dedra Ann Dolan.  I was born a long time ago when a loaf of bread cost about 25 cents.  My mom and her parents before her, were life long residents of the wonderful town of Johnson, Vermont.  When I was just a baby my parents bought a tiny house on the end of Railroad Street where I grew up with my parents, two sisters and my Grampa living next door. I attended Johnson Elementary School as a child, but it was much smaller then.  We fondly called it "The Little School" back then!!  LUHS served me well during high school.  I  attended Johnson State College and became a teacher in 1989!  I was hired as a Kindergarten teacher at the Johnson Elementary School where I continue to teach today.   My  home is just a 100 feet from my childhood home where I live with my two daughters, Dreanna and Delaney,  my foster daughter, Susanne,  three dogs, five cats and two fish! I often say, I have very deep, strong roots and a true commitment to the community and children of Johnson.


Unified Arts Schedule

Monday & Wednesday: Music with Ms. Greenwood

         P.E with Mr. Davis

Tuesday: Technology with Mr. Cavanaugh

                 Health with Ms. Hadley  (7 lessons)

Wednesday: Spanish with Ms. Stout

Thursday: Library with Ms. Stender

Guidance with Mr. Belt

Friday: Art with Ms. Arista  


                                 Happy Spring!

Field trips

We are walking to the Johnson Fire Station on June 1st to tour the station and hear all about firefighting.  Parent chaperones are needed.  Departure at 8:15 am.

 On June 8th, we are off to the Nature Center in Morrisville for a fun filled outdoor adventure.  Chaperones are needed.  We will depart school at 9:30 and return at the end of the school day.  Children will need a lunch from home or parents need to pre-order a lunch by calling the lunch room at ext. 6750.  We are asking each child to bring in $2.00 to help with the cost of this trip.  We will be asking our PTO for the remaining funds so that we may participate in this trip.  This is an outside trip and appropriate outerwear is required.   Please let us know if you can chaperone. It will be a lot of fun. 

Dates to Remember

May 2-Author Susan Hood to visit JES
May 4- Progress Reports
May 30- Art Show
June 8- Field trip to Lamoille Nature Center  



Spring Clip Art


Below is a list of all the sight words that have been or will be introduced to your kindergarten student before the end of the year.   Being familiar with these words will be a great benefit to the children as they start the first grade program next year.


 no       so        go        is

on       it

can      in         do        me        be       we

she      he        up        an        you      am

the      and      my       by        like      to

of         at         a          I           see      may

day      play     that     put   

   with    some

mom   dad      love    of 

        are       have 

                                                 We start school at:


 Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7:30-7:50 in classrooms

Snack- 9:30

Lunch 11:15-11:45


It is often true that the five year old child seldom communicates at home about his/her experiences at school.  In anticipation of this, I am planning to write often to touch base and explain some of the important activities and events in your child’s day.  In return, please feel free to share with me important events in your child’s life that would help me to better meet her/his needs here at school. 

Communication with parents is very important to me.  Please feel free to call me at 888-6752 or email me at with general questions or comment.

Our next unit will focus on our feathered friends. 

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