Dedra Dolan


        April is "Art in the Schools" month.   

If you have artistic talents and would like to spread the joy of art to the kindergarten children, please feel free to give me a call to set up a time. We would love to have you lead a project revolving around art.  If you would prefer to help with an art project or activity, that would be great too!!

Social Studies:

The kindergarten children flew to Madrid, Spain today with boarding passes and passports in hand.    Traffic controller Whitehill taxied us down the runway and we took off on schedule despite the continuing snowstorm. Pilot Dolan was a bit concerned about turbulence, but otherwise we had safe and relaxing flight. Flight attendants Hoag and Barbour served drinks and cookies for this long flight and Customs Officer Walsh checked passports as we exited the plane in Spain.  We will explore this fascinating country for about 3 weeks and visit all we can before we return. There is so much to learn!

  Spanish speaking clipart


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!

Dates to Remember

 The spring concert for K-2 students will be held on Tuesday April 10th beginning at 6:30. 
Spring Vacation is April 16-20!



Grandparent's Day!!!   


GRANDPARENT’S DAY!  We have scheduled Grandparent’s day for April 13th this year and want to give you plenty of time to let all your child’s grandparents know they are invited to attend.  Our event begins at 12:15 and will include a performance, gifts and a complimentary lunch in the cafeteria with the grandchildren.   I can't wait to see all the children with their grandparents.  :)




                                                My Maternal Grandfather                                                                                         Albert (Abe) West                                

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.

Spring Clip Art

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