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Dedra Dolan

Kindergarten Distance Learning 

Primary Phonics Workbook 1:  One page each day

Sight words activity ideas:  See Learning Sight words at home packet. Use the 25 High Frequency word list.

Handwriting: High Light a letter, Kindergarten Handwriting Practice Book and/or Handwriting Galore

Creative Writing:  Use My Sensational Spring Journal or Opinion writing packet:

·        Students are encouraged to write one entry daily using the sounds that they hear in each word and illustrate.  Encourage correct sentence structure (upper case letter at beginning, spaces between words and end marks.)

Reading: Read one book per day

Math: One page from Common Core Connections or other math packets

            Dice/card games- see enclosed packet for ideas

Art: Ms. Arista has included sketch book. Please draw once a week.

Social Studies: Research and write about an Australian animal.

Physical Education: Refer to Mr. Davis’ website at www.jesvt.org for physical activity ideas to do at home.

On line resources:


                                    ABCYa.com                                      ictgames.com

Starfall.com                                     mysteryscience.com


                                    PBS Kids




Field trips:

All posponed until further notice! 


                                                 We start school at:


                          Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7:30-7:50 in classrooms

Snack- 9:30

Lunch 11:15-11:45


            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.


Unified Arts Schedule

Monday & Wednesday: Music with Ms. Greenwood

         P.E with Mr. Davis

Tuesday: STEM with Ms. Cass

                 Health with Ms. Treadwell (every other week)

Thursday: Spanish with Ms. Stout

Thursday: Library with Ms. Stender

Personal Development with Mr. Belt

Friday: Art with Ms. Arista  


             Be Kind,  Be Thankful!

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. This year is my 30th year teaching at this school and I am proud to be here.  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, four cats and three fish! I often say, I have very deep, strong roots and a true commitment to the community and children of Johnson.



Dates to Remember


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 ddolan@jesvt.org with general questions or concerns.

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.  

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 

                                                  ECHO CENTER

Johnson Elementary School is in partnership with the ECHO Center in Burlington to bring STEM resources and training to our school.  This week, the children had the opportunity to free explore a kit designed by the ECHO center for our kindergarten classes reinforcing our study of force and motion.  As part of this partnership, we will be going on a field trip to the ECHO Center in the spring. Thank you ECHO Center!!!

"ECHO believes in science literacy for everyone. This allows global citizens to better understand their world and community. Our expert education staff works to create a connection to Lake Champlain that in turn helps develop a strong sense of stewardship – igniting a passion to make our home a better place.

STEM education at ECHO supports this idea of science literacy and real-world problem solving. When teaching about the properties of STEM, we focus on helping make connections back to the environment

We use the technological tools available to us to enhance – not replace – real world experiences, along with properties of engineering and hands-on learning in this applied science institution setting.” 

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