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About me

Hello! My name is Marissa Valdez. I have been with Kennedy Academy since 2012. I have 14 years of experience in the early childhood field. I enjoy working with young children and look forward to teaching the students in the E2 classroom!

Summertime

Important Dates:

  • July 2nd – July 6th: NO SCHOOL (Summer Break)
  • July 9: Zoo Presentation
  • July 12: Metro Bus Presentation
  • July 13: Icecream Truck
  • July 16: Fred the Preparedness Dog
  • July 17-18: Boomer Bear
  • July 20: Icecream Truck
  • July 25: Bouncy House & Pizza Party
  • July 27: Icecream Truck
  • July 31: Taco Tuesday

Splash Days – Tuesdays

(Bring swim suits and towel on Monday for the week, take home on Friday to wash.)

This July we will be working on our school garden.  We will be learning about plants, nutrition, and growing our own foods. 

We will continue doing circle time, reading stories, practicing basic math skills, and reading skills.  We will also practice handwriting.

Jammin’ On the One June

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

6/7 – favorite book or toy

6/14 – something Summer

6/21 – favorite book or toy

6/28 – no Show and Tell

Upcoming Dates:

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Virat

THEMES

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • 4th Quarter Testing
  • Father’s Day

BIBLE 

  • Time for Children
  • A New Friend
  • A Miracle Catch

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Spanish 
  • Parts of a Book
  • Clap Out Syllable
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Makes Oral Rhymes
  • Sequence 3-part picture story

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 20 in Spanish
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
  • Write 1 – 20
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern
  • Ordinal Counting to 5th

SCIENCE

  • Life Cycle
  • Weather and Seasonal Changes

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Phone Number
  • Birthday

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – Review 
  • Week 2 – Review
  • Week 3 – Review
  • Week 4 – Review

Miraculous May

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

5/3 – Show and Tell Bag

5/10 – Show and Tell Bag

5/17 – Show and Tell Bag

5/24 – Show and Tell Bag

Upcoming Dates:

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

     Jomarion (Mari) likes KU and KC Chiefs.  He is smart and enjoys playing with his friends at school.

THEMES

  • Insects
  • Mother’s Day
  • Ocean
  • 4 Elements

BIBLE 

  • Mountaintop Message
  • Be Still!
  • The True Neighbor
  • A Miracle Picnic

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Spanish 
  • Parts of a Book
  • Sight Words
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Clap Out Syllable
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Makes Oral Rhymes
  • What an Author does
  • Write A-Z
  • Sequence 3-part picture story

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 20 in Spanish
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
  • Write 1 – 20
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter / Identify and Know Value
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern
  • Ordinal Counting to 5th

SCIENCE

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Foods
  • Water Cycle
  • Life Cycle
  • Weather and Seasonal Changes

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Days of the Week
  • Phone Number
  • Left/Right
  • Birthday

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – Review 
  • Week 2 – Review
  • Week 3 – Review
  • Week 4 – Review

Hello April

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

4/5 – two items that are opposite of each other

4/12 – item made of wood

4/19  – something found outside

4/26 – something funny or silly

Upcoming Dates:

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

     Virat is aweseome.  He loves his family and his friends.  He enjoys books about cars, construction, and military stuff.  Virat creates many masterpieces in the Art Area.

THEMES

  • Weather/Season
  • Weather/Season
  • Earth/Recycling
  • Plants

BIBLE 

  • Seeing Is Believing
  • Homeward Bound
  • Flames of Spirit
  • The Future Looks Good

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Spanish 
  • Parts of a Book
  • Sight Words
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Clap Out Syllable
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Makes Oral Rhymes
  • What an Author does
  • Write A-Z

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 15 in Spanish
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
  • Write 1 – 20
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter / Identify and Know Value
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern

SCIENCE

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Foods
  • Water Cycle
  • Life Cycle
  • Weather and Seasonal Changes

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Days of the Week
  • Phone Number
  • Left/Right
  • Topeka

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – black, red, ten, one 
  • Week 2 – eight, six, four, two
  • Week 3 –  nine, seven, five, three
  • Week 4  –

March Madness

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 3/1 – something Spring
  • 3/8 – favorite book or toy
  • 3/15 – something Green
  • 3/22 – something soft
  • 3/29 – something Easter

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 5th – 9th: 3rd Quarter Testing
    • SPIRIT WEEK:
      • Monday: Crazy Hair Day
      • Tuesday: Pattern Day – wear all kinds of patterns
      • Wednesday: Blast from the Past – dress from any era
      • Thursday: Camo Day
      • Friday: Pajama Day
  • March 16th: NO SCHOOL  (Parent/Teacher Conferences) 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • March 19th – 20th: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • March 30th: St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon Event – more information to follow

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

     Virat is amazing.  He loves his family and his friends.  He enjoys books about cars, construction, and military stuff.  Virat creates many masterpieces in the Art Area.

THEMES

  • Dr. Seuss
  • St. Patty’s Day
  • 3rd Qtr Testing
  • Solar System
  • Trike – a – Thon / Easter

BIBLE 

  • Crucify Him!
  • The Saddest Day
  • A Joyful Morning
  • Seeing is Believing
  • Homeward Bound

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • ABC Sign Language/Name in ASL
  • Parts of a Book
  • Sight Words
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Clap Out Syllable
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Makes Oral Rhymes

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 15 in Spanish
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
  • Writing 1 – 20
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter / Identify and Know Value
  • Counting Objects to 100
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter
  • Sorting

SCIENCE

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Foods
  • Water Cycle
  • Life Cycle
  • Weather and Seasonal Changes

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills
  • City/State
  • School Authority Figures
  • Topeka, Kansas

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – the, her, was, yes
  • Week 2 – has, Mr., Mrs.
  • Week 3 –  blue, green, purple, yellow
  • Week 4  – white, orange, pink, brown

Fantastic February

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 2/1 – Magnet
  • 2/8 – something that reminds us of Valentines Day
  • 2/15 – Toy Animal or Animal Book
  • 2/22 – Toy Animal or Animal Book

Upcoming Dates:

  • Butter Braid Fundraiser Feb 1st – 15th:
    please remember that we do not accept checks, so payments should be made with cash or money orders only.
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties:
    Check with your child’s classroom teacher to see about party plans
  • February 16th – NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service)

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Aryana is good at making her friends laugh.  She likes to create wonderful masterpieces at Art Time.  Nikhil is her older brother whom she adores.  Its game over once Aryana has a swing on the playground.

THEMES

  • Machine and Magnets
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Animals
  • Animals

BIBLE 

  • Welcome Parade
  • A Special Dinner with Friends
  • In the Garden
  • Unbelievable!

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • ABC Sign Language/Name in ASL
  • Oral Rhymes
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Parts of a Book
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Write Uppercase Letters
  • Write Lowercase Letters
  • Clap Out Syllables
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Sequence 3-part Picture Story
  • Sight Words

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 15 in Spanish
  • Skip Counting by 5’s to 100
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
  • Writing 1 – 20
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter / Identify and Know Value
  • Counting Objects to 100
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter

SCIENCE

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Foods, Water Cycle

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills
  • City/State
  • School Authority Figures
  • Topeka, Kansas

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – to, if, on, at
  • Week 2 – my, an, me, or
  • Week 3 – as, be, in, am
  • Week 4  – him, you, she, had

Joyful January

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – Bible
  • Wednesday – GoNoodle
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 1/4 – Y or Z
  • 1/11 – O or G
  • 1/18 – Favorite color item
  • 1/25 – item that starts with the first letter of your child’s name

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

McKenna loves to use her imagination when playing school, store and restaurant with her friends in class.  Her laughter is contagious.  She is competitive and always willing to help a friend in need.

 

THEMES

  • Fairy Tale/Folk Tales
  • Black History
  • Kansas
  • Kansas

BIBLE 

  • Following the Star
  • Nighttime Escape
  • The Boy Teacher
  • John, Jesus, and the Jordan

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • ABC Sign Language/Name in ASL
  • Oral Rhymes
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Parts of a Book
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Write Uppercase Letters
  • Write Lowercase Letters
  • Writing Full Name
  • Clap Out Syllables
  • Identify Beginning Sounds
  • Sequence 3-part Picture Story
  • Sight Words

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 100
  • Counting 1 – 15 in Spanish
  • Skip Counting by 5’s to 100
  • Shapes Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon 
  • Writing 1 – 20
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition 1 – 100
  • Addition
  • Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter / Identify and Know Value  
  • Counting Objects to 100
  • Extend 3 Part Pattern

SCIENCE

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Foods

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills
  • City/State 

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – Y or Z
  • Week 2 – O or G
  • Week 3 – I, no, so, is (reading and writing)
  • Week 4  – he, it, of, by (reading and writing)

Dashing Through December

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – GoNoodle
  • Wednesday – Bible
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 11/30 – begins with K or Q
  • 12/7 – begins with V or X
  • 12/14 – favorite book or toy
  • 12/21 – something Winter
  • 12/28 – NONE

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • December 8 – Christmas Program at the VA Theater
    P1, P2, P3 @ 6:00 pm; E1, E2, E3, E4 @ 6:30 pm
  • December 11-15 2nd Quarter Testing/Spirit Week
    • Monday – Neon Day
    • Tuesday – Christmas Sweater/Shirt Day
    • Wednesday – Christmas Character Day 
    • Thursday – Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
    • Friday – Pajama Day
  • December 22 – Classroom Christmas Party / Book Exchange
  • NO SCHOOL December 25 – January 1st (Christmas Vacation)

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

     Atticus is super friendly and very kind.  His favorite color is pink and he likes to eat cherry pop tarts.  He enjoys playing outside and Story Time.  

THEMES

  • Dinosaur
  • Christmas

BIBLE 

  • His Name is John
  • The Angel’s Announcement
  • A Special Night

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Writing Last Name
  • ABC Sign Language/Name in ASL
  • Oral Rhymes
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Parts of a Book
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks (?/.)
  • Write Uppercase Letters
  • Write Lowercase Letters
  • Writing Full Name

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 75
  • Count Backwards from 10
  • Counting 1 – 12 in Spanish
  • Skip Counting by 10’s to 100
  • Shapes
  • Writing 1 – 10
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition

SCIENCE

  • Mixing and Making New Colors
  • Fight Germs by Washing Your Hands

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Parent Names
  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – K and Q
  • Week 2 – V and X
  • Week 3 – 
  • Week 4  –

November…Noviembre…Listopad…Novembro

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – GoNoodle
  • Wednesday – Bible
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)(Science)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 11/3 – begins with U or L
  • 11/10 – begins with D or W
  • 11/17 – begins with E or N
  • 11/22 – pajamas and bring a stuffed animal

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • Upcoming Dates:  November 23 & 24 NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Sebastian is an awesome kid.  He likes playing hide and seek.  He runs super 100 fast.  He enjoys fast cars and minecraft.

THEMES

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Family
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving

BIBLE 

  • Family Tricks
  • Happy Reunion
  • Green Monster of Jealousy
  • Making the Best of a Bad Situation

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Writing First Name
  • Writing Last Name
  • ABC Sign Language
  • Oral Rhymes
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Parts of a Book
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 50
  • Count Backwards from 10
  • Counting 1 – 12 in Spanish
  • Skip Counting by 10’s
  • Shapes
  • Writing 1 – 10
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition

SCIENCE

  • Mixing and Making New Colors
  • Fight Germs by Washing Your Hands

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Parent Names
  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – U and L
  • Week 2 – D and W
  • Week 3 – E and N
  • Week 4  –

October

  • Monday – Yoga
  • Tuesday – GoNoodle
  • Wednesday – Bible
  • Thursday – Show and Tell
  • Friday – Fun Day Friday(Art)

SHOW AND TELL SCHEDULE:  (NO WEAPONS)

  • 10/5 – begins with B or F
  • 10/12 – favorite book or toy
  • 10/19 – something that reminds you of Halloween
  • 10/26 – begins with H or J

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • 10/9 – 10/13  1st Quarter Testing
  • 10/16 NO SCHOOL  – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 10/27 – Halloween Festival

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Brylee loves to sing and make up her own songs.  She is a wonderful helper to a friend in need.

THEMES

  • Community Helpers
  • Communication/Transportation
  • Halloween

BIBLE 

  • A Promise Named Laughter
  • A Beautiful Bride
  • A Bad Trade

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Writing First Name
  • Writing Last Name
  • ABC Sign Language
  • Oral Rhymes
  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Parts of a Book
  • Author/Title
  • Punctuation Marks

MATH

  • Counting 1 – 50
  • Count Backwards from 10
  • Counting 1 – 12 in Spanish
  • Skip Counting by 10’s
  • Shapes
  • Writing 1 – 10
  • More, Less and Same
  • Number Recognition

SCIENCE

  • Mixing and Making New Colors
  • Autumn/Fall Weather
  • Fight Germs by Washing Your Hands

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Parent Names
  • Months of the Year
  • Left/Right
  • Scissor Skills
  • Gluing Skills
  • Coloring Skills

LETTERS OF THE WEEK – READING/WRITING/LETTER SOUNDS

  • Week 1 – B an F
  • Week 2 –
  • Week 3 –
  • Week 4  – H and J