Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to kindergarten!  Our names are Gael Gukassey and Keisha Petitmot and we are very excited to be your child’s kindergarten teachers this year!   We would like to take this time to introduce ourselves. We are looking forward to working with you and your child throughout this school year.  We are firm believers in having open communication between home and school. You know your child best and we are happy to work in collaboration with you.   Working together, we will make this year a success!

Kindergarten will be a year full of many new adventures and learning experiences. The kindergarten year is a big step for both you and your child. I hope I can make it both a happy and successful experience. This year your child will be learning many new skills such as how to decode and write three-sound words, how to print their first and last names, how to read and write sight words, how to write simple stories, letters and all-about books, how to write numbers and count up to 100, how to identify and compare shapes, and much more! We will be spending a lot of time learning to work and play together in a considerate way.

We will be reading many books this year to help your child understand the concepts that we teach.  And, of course, we will read for fun and learn about the joy of reading!

A typical day in our classroom will look like this:

8:10-8:55 Morning Meeting and Fundations
8:55-9:40 Reading Workshop
9:40-10:25 Writing Workshop
10:25-11:15 Special/Physical Education
11:15-12:05 Lunch
12:05-12:55 Math Workshop
12:55-1:40 Science through Inquiry and Imaginative Play
1:40 – 2:30 Social Studies through Inquiry and Imaginative Play

Ms. Biamonte will be your child’s P.E. teacher this year.  During P.E. students will be engaged in a variety of games and activities which will challenge their psychomotor, affective, and cognitive abilities.  Students will learn from each other through exploring and collaborating, and be guided on how to live an enjoyable, healthy and active lifestyle.

We will also have a special Music period once a week starting in October.  

As you can see, each day is a busy one. Our schedule will be flexible to meet the needs of the students, and to accommodate for special events.

Here is more important information for the school year:

Change of clothes:  Please send in two changes of clothing including underwear, shirts, pants, and socks labeled with your child’s first and last name in a Ziploc Bag.    

Homework Folder:  Your child will bring a homework folder home every day.  Inside the folder you will find your child’s weekly homework packet (to be returned Fridays), letters that need to be returned to school, newsletters, and updates on what is happening in our school and classroom. Homework packets will be sent home on Mondays and can be completed at your own pace.  It is essential that you check your child’s homework folder every night in order to maintain constant, efficient communication between school and home.

Snack: We will have snack time every afternoon. Please send your child to school with a healthy snack labeled in a bag separate from their lunch. Healthy snacks include fruits, vegetables, seaweed, yogurt, pretzels, and crackers.  Unhealthy snacks such as candy will be sent home with a reminder note. Your child can also bring in a water bottle labeled with their name to drink throughout the day and during snack time.

Sneakers: Sneakers should be worn every day. We are extremely active each day, and dress shoes or flip-flops are not appropriate for many of our activities.

Birthdays: All parents are welcome to bring a special snack treat to celebrate their child’s birthday. We ask that you give at least one week’s notice so we can plan for your child’s special event. For birthdays, we will allow cupcakes or cake and juice boxes.

Toys: Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. We want to avoid the risk of personal items being misplaced or broken. We have plenty of toys here at school for all the children to play with.

I am looking forward to an exciting year of getting to know your child! I believe that communication between teachers and families is very important for a child’s success in school.  Please contact me anytime you have questions or concerns about your child. The easiest way for you to reach us is by e-mail at ggukassey@schools.nyc.gov and kpetitmot@schools.nyc.gov.

I am excited for what this school year holds and I thank you for your help and support at home!

Warmly,

Ms. Gael Gukassey

Ms. Keisha Petitmot