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, 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.

             In math, the children are learning to recognize and write numerals.   The many concrete activities that we do are helping the students develop a solid understanding of number values. Learning to correctly write the numbers is not always an easy task. The children have also been learning to recognize, extend and create patterns.  We are also working on ways to make 5 using finger patterns or illustrations and five frames.


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  


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                                                 We start school at:


                          Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7:30-7:50 in classrooms

Snack- 9:30

Lunch 11:15-11:45

Learning to observe and notice are two important skills, which we are focusing on during Science time.             

 During December, we will learn about the five senses with lots of hands on experiences.


In Social Studies our focus will be "Holidays Around The World."

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            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.

             Be Kind  Be Thankful!

The Great Kindergarten Gingerbread Adventure!!

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The "Great Kindergarten Gingerbread Adventure" will take place the week of December 17th.  The kids will be making cookies for all the students and staff at JES. Cooking supplies are needed!

 Gingerbread wish list


sprinkles (any color or variety)

white or vanilla can frosting

gum drops, m&ms, jelly beans, skittles, etc


dry ginger


chocolate chips


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 walking to the Community Bank on Main Street to decorate their Christmas tree on November 28th at 9:00.  Chaperones are needed!

  The kindergarten classes are off to the Northern Vermont Christmas Tree Farm and Llama Company in Waterville.  This trip is scheduled for Friday, December 14th and chaperones are needed.   Our departure time is 9:00 and we’ll arrive back at school by 11:00 for our regular scheduled lunch time.   Please dress your child for outside fun.  Hats, mittens, boots and snow pants are a must!  

Dates To Remember

 November 28th- Walking to Community Bank to decorate tree

November 30th- Report cards go home

December 5th- Parent Conferences

December 6th- Early Release/Parent Conferences

December 11th- Winter Concert

December 14th- Field trip to Llama farm/Tree farm in Waterville

December 21st- progress reports


     This week I introduced our “kindergarten word,” which is the word "and"  Next week, we will learn “you” and “no, go, so.” The kids seem to like the silly songs I teach to go along with each new sight word 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 


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