Dedra Dolan

Share Time

           Many children have been bringing in items to share for our science table or bringing in interesting items from home.  Others have been telling important things that are happening at home. I love share time! 


Share time is an important component of any kindergarten classroom.  Each child’s social, emotional and language skills grow and develop from sharing activities.  The children learn to use descriptive language, practice being an active listener and share their special items with others.


Share time gives a child a chance to be the center of attention for a bit as he/she explains the significance of an event or an item while others ask questions.  This interaction can boost a child’s self-esteem and build confidence speaking to a group.


Share time does not have to revolve around an object.  Sharing a song, story, art project or special event are all encouraged ways for children to participate in share time.  


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 three 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. Treadwell (every other week)

Wednesday: Spanish with Ms. Stout

Thursday: Library with Ms. Stender

Guidance with Mr. Belt

Friday: Art with Ms. Arista  


                                                 We start school at:


                          Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7:30-7:50 in classrooms

Snack- TBD

Lunch 11:15-11:45

             Learning to observe and notice are two important skills, which we are focusing on during Science time.   I have great hopes that one of our butterflies will emerge while we can watch the wonder next week.  We will observe and then, let our butterflies fly away. 

Monarch butterfly

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.

Field trips

Please complete the chaperone agreement form as soon as possible as it does take a while to process the forms through the state.  

 We will be visiting Foote Brook Farm on October 17th. We will depart school at 8:50 and be back by 11:00..  Chaperones are needed.  If interested in chaperoning at anytime during this school year, please fill out the chaperone agreement form ASAP!!!


Dates to Remember

October 4th- Open House from 6:00-7:30

 October 10th- Johnson Fire Dept. presentation

 October 17th- Foote Brook Farm field trip- Chaperones are needed

 October 18th-19th- No school for children (teacher inservice)

 October 25th- 11:45 EARLY RELEASE DAY


     This week I introduced our “kindergarten word,” which is the word “the.”  Next week, we will learn “I” and “a.” The kids seem to like the silly songs I teach to go along with each new sight word introduced!!  The words “see” and “my” will be the next words to be introduced. 

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 

         Our first whole school community meeting will take place on Monday Sept.10 and the children will learn about our PBIS expectations and school wide theme. Ask your child about “JAGUAR JEWELS!”

            J.E.S. has a partnership with the Union Bank called “Save for Success,” which enables interested families to open accounts for their children and make deposits at school on Thursday mornings. A packet of information will be coming home about the program, which hopefully begins on Thursday, September 20th

Dedra Dolan,
Sep 14, 2018, 10:59 AM
Dedra Dolan,
Sep 7, 2018, 10:01 AM