Dedra Dolan

 There are many special days in Kindergarten, but today was one I will remember.   I have been teaching at Johnson Elementary School for 28 years and today, my kindergarten teacher came to read to my kindergarten class.  Ms. Alice Whiting was indeed, my kindergarten teacher all those years ago and her visit today filled my heart with a special kind of  happiness.  Thank you, Alice. I hope I made you proud.  


Kindergarten Field Trip Notifications:

February is "I Love to READ month" and we will taking a trip to Ebenezer Book Store to purchase one book for our class library.  The owner, J.J. will read a story or two and let us vote on which book we want to purchase from the wide variety of children's books at the store.  Chaperones for this walking trip are needed!!

 If you plan to be a chaperone at any time during this school year, we encourage you to sign the chaperone agreement form and send it back to school to keep on file for the year.  We organize many field trips in Kindergarten and children love having their parents/grandparents come along.   

 Social Studies:  We are learning about many American Symbols to include the American Flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. We will learn some interesting facts about Abe Lincoln and George Washington as well.  

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. 



paper plates and cups            potting soil                          plastic silverware

blank CDs                             aluminum foil                      marbles

cloth scraps                           dish soap                              dress-up clothes

thread spools                        wood scraps                       seeds (any variety)

puppets                                  frog/fish food                      cotton balls

poly-fil                                  stickers (any)                       dried beans(any)

bubble stuff                           treasure box items             envelopes (any)

wrapping paper(used is fine)   cool whip containers         beads

photo paper                            note pads                             food coloring

rice                                        nuts (still in shells)         baggies (any size) 

*Baking Supplies: sugar, flour, molasses, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream of tarter, etc. 

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  


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.


Dates to Remember

* The month of February- “I LOVE TO READ” Month.  Please find a few minutes to come in to

February 23rd- I Love to Read theme Day- Olympic Colors.  Kindergarten will wear yellow!

*February 26-March 6- Winter Vacation. School resumes on Weds. March 7th 

Free february clip art image


February 12th is our 100th Day of school.  We will be celebrating with lots of 100 day activities and our kids will wear their 100 day crowns!  

"I LOVE to Read Month" begins on February 1st.  Many guest readers will be visiting our classroom to share the love of reading.

    Winter seems to be here in full swing.  The children will go out for recess daily unless the temperature/wind chill drops below 10 degrees.  We want our little ones to be warm and cozy, so please send appropriate clothing for outside play.  Hats, mittens, boots and ski-pants are a must. Labeling winter clothing with your child’s name or initials will help eliminate confusion.  It is a good idea to keep an extra set of clothes in the backpack and a sweater or sweatshirt as the temperature in our classroom will remain between 65-68 degrees. Thanks a bunch. 

free snowman clipart

Grandparent's Day!!!   

I want to give you the heads –up for one of my favorite events: 

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.  Please tell the grandparents to save the date and spend some time with us in  Kindergarten! 

                                    My Paternal Grandmother                                 

                                                    Ruth Dolan       


                                                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 


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 Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7:30-7:50 in classrooms

Snack- 9:30

Lunch 11:15-11:45


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