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FINAL Class Lists, New Kindergarten Teacher and Start Dates!

posted Aug 21, 2013, 12:13 AM by Beth Murphy
Hello Kindergarten Families!

We would like to thank you all for your extreme patience and grace as we have worked very hard the last 24 hours to get everything figured out and the information to you so we can be ready for a great Kindergarten year!    I am very happy to announce that we have hired a new Kindergarten teacher--Tabitha Brown--and that we have finalized class lists and start dates.  Please make sure you read below AND the attached documents so that you are clear about who your child's teacher is and what days he or she will be attending school this week and next. 

First though, I am excited to introduce you all to Mrs. Brown, our new Kindergarten Teacher!  Mrs. Brown will be teaching the second Tuesday/Thursday (Friday morning) section of Kindergarten.  She brings a great skill set and an excitement for learning and students. We are confident she will be a wonderful addition to the Kindergarten team.  Welcome Mrs. Tabitha Brown!

Meet Mrs. Brown:
Tabitha Brown brings a menagerie of life experiences to her classroom. Including nine years as a pre-school and home child care provider with a focus on social emotional development and play based learning. Mrs. Brown has been a substitute in the Boulder Valley School District for the last two years working long term positions in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. She obtained her Masters in Education and her initial teacher’s license through Jones International University in the summer of 2011, her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects with an emphasis in Spanish and a minor in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University in California. Mrs. Brown spent a year in Germany during high school, as a result speaks German, she returned to Germany after completing her undergraduate degree and taught English, violin and viola for six months.  In her free time Mrs. Brown enjoys a number of hobbies including gardening, hiking, cycling and music. She currently plays viola in the Flatirons Community Orchestra and with chamber musicians as time allows.  Mrs. Brown  greatly values and appreciates her high school sweetheart and husband Ariel, their three children, Ella, Kalen and Lyndsey, her Rhodesian Ridgeback Kendi and calico kitty Zia. 

Meet Mrs. Brown and Ms. Murphy In Person!
Sending  your children off to Kindergarten can leave some parents feeling a wide range of emotions.  We want you to know that we will take great care of your children and that they are going to have a wonderful time in the safe, welcoming, educational, and FUN environments that we create in our classrooms.  We also realize that all these changes at the last minute can add to any anxious feelings you and/or your child may feel about starting school.  Below are several options to stop by and meet us. (Please bring school supplies as well at these times if you can!)

Wednesday, August 21 (tomorrow): 1:45-2:45
   We will be working in our classrooms at this time, so if you are in the neighborhood and would like to pop in to say "hi" check in at the office and head on down to see us!

Thursday, August 22 (T/Th classes' first day): 7:30-7:55am; 11:15-11:40am; 2:40-3:00pm
    We know you want to see your teacher before school starts, and we also know we are short on time, so join us the half hour before your staggered start time (or any of these times if you are unable to make the one right before your child's session).  Mrs. Brown is going to bake up some yummy zucchini bread and we will have juice too.  Check in at the main office and then meet us in our classrooms.  Five minutes before class starts we will say our goodbyes and then go outside to line up for our very first day of school!

Friday, August 23 (M/W class' first day--MURPHY only): 7:30-7:55am; 11:15-11:40am; 2:40-3:00pm
  Ms. Murphy is the only Kindergarten teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays, so she will be the only one there!  :)  Please let Ms. Murphy know if you plan to attend the 7:30am "Meet the Teacher"!  Otherwise, it will be the same setup as above.

Thursday, August 29th--Back to School Night: 5:30-8:30pm
   Work schedules may not allow you to come meet us during the day prior to your child's first day.  All of Birch is having a Back to School Night where we will be handing out important information and talking in greater detail about the school year, our classrooms, expectations, etc.  We would like ALL Kindergarten families to join us on this evening, but if you are unable to "meet the teacher" during one of the above times we strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend--we want to meet you and build strong relationships that support your children and his or her learning! Ms. Stegall (our Principal) will be sending out more specific details on the times each grade will be presenting during the 5:30-8:30 time block.

Kindergarten Enrichment (KE)
KE starts on Monday, August 26th.  Students enrolled in KE will attend for the FULL DAY on Monday
Note: If your child is in a T/Th class then they will ONLY have Kindergarten for the HALF day on Thursday (8/23) and Tuesday (8/27).  There is NO KE on the opposite halves of the day and there is NO KE on Friday.  District-wide KE does not start until Monday, August 26th.  This means that for these first two days of school you will need to find alternative arrangements for childcare.  The staggered-start model is also used district-wide and is an important practice to start the year successfully for Kindergarten students.

Class Lists
Please know that a lot of thought went into the creation of these new class lists.  We took into account many factors to ensure that we have balanced classrooms that are best suited for the needs of our students.  We realize that these lists may be a change for some of you and would like to thank you again for your flexibility and understanding during this "11th hour" (literally...it's 11pm! Please forgive any typos!)  We have been working hard to make this as smooth as possible for everyone but know and appreciate that it has disrupted some schedules and plans. We know these changes are for the best though and are very excited to start a great year with smaller class sizes, amazing learning and you and your child(ren)! 

***Check the attachment for you class, schedule and staggered start date! 

Welcome to Birch Kindergarten!

Best to you,

Tracy Stegall, Principal   
Tabitha Brown, T/Th Kindergarten Teacher
Beth Murphy, M/W and T/Th Kindergarten Teacher 
Beth Murphy,
Aug 21, 2013, 12:13 AM