Curriculum Night

  • Spanish Immersion Kindergarten


    Curriculum Handbook


    Desert Willow Elementary 

    Ms. Jeffer Sra. Tolino






    Goals for the Year                                                                                               

    ·         To create a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment for students that allows for healthy learning to take place.

    ·         Differentiate instruction in order to encompass the varied learning styles in the classroom.

    ·         Challenge each student individually and to their fullest potential.

    ·         Model and encourage students to engage in social behaviors that meet the goals of a good citizen and leader.

    ·         Work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and other school members to make this school year enjoyable.



    Specials 1:55-2:35

    Wacky Wednesday 1:10-1:40

    3-Day Rotation- Mariposas

    Day 1 P.E.

    Day 2 Music

    Day 3 Art


    Specials 1:55-2:35

    Wacky Wednesday 1:10-1:40


    3-Day Rotation- Tecolotes

    Day 1 MusicDay 2 Art

    Day 3 P.E.


    Right Hand Grip

    Left Hand Grip


    Kindergarten Curriculum Night

    Spanish Immersion

    Ms. Jeffer & Sra. Tolino


    Spanish Immersion Program

    Your child is either in the green Mariposas or purple Tecolotes (butterflies or owls) class.  Each class is shared 50/50 by each teacher; Ms. Jeffer teaches Language Arts and Social Studies in English and Sra Tolino teaches Math and Science in Spanish. The students will be able to bridge and create connections between both languages with both teachers.  Students start each morning in the classroom where they ended the day before (watch for the owl or butterfly hanging on our doors), that way they get to learn the morning calendar routine in both languages!



    The Kindergarten team at Desert Willow Elementary School believes in a balanced approach to teach reading skills.  We offer a variety of phonics activities which incorporate the phonological and orthographic awareness processes.  We accomplish this in a variety of engaging activities that meets each student where they are at and helps them maximize their learning experience.  We will study a few letters a week to reinforce writing and phonetic skills.  We will send some letter cards home soon to practice naming letters and the sounds the letters make.  It is essential that you practice these cards at home.  Please keep these cards in a safe place so they are not accidentally discarded.  The reading aide and teacher watch for a variety of cues from the children to know when they are ready to be worked with individually to read short phonics books.  Please do not compare your child with other children in their reading development.  Learning to read should be like learning to talk.  It should be an enjoyable process that develops over time.  Putting pressure on children can create reading problems in the future.


    Social Studies

    We will be learning Social studies in English! We will be learning about 6 different concepts throughout the year utilizing songs and have hands-on activities that will further their understanding.

    The 6 concepts are:

    Being a Good Citizen; Learning about rules and why they are important

    My Country; Learning about their country and symbols

    Workers in our Community; what makes a community and who works in it

    Where we live; where and how do people live in other places of the world

    As time goes by; the passing of time, seasons, weather

    Stories of the past; History of our country, what happened long ago

    It’s a Small World

    We will be “traveling” to a different country each week to learn about the diversity of languages, food, games, and music around our world.  Learning about various cultures will help the children learn about our planets’ geography, how people live, how people are different and how they are the same.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn about diversity in a fun way.  We will visit places like France, China, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Antarctica, Italy, Iran and Greece.  If you have been to a country and would like to share about your experience, please sign up at curriculum night.



    The Kindergarten team at Desert Willow believes in hands-on math experiences for young children.  We practice counting by ones, twos, fives, and tens.  We encourage children to count to 50 and beyond.  You can help at home by counting in English frequently.  The children need to recognize and write the numbers to 20 by the end of the year.  Most of them will recognize and write numbers to 50.  We do not do a lot of worksheets in math.  Most of the math instruction and activities will actively engage the students mentally and physically, we will use hands-on materials, or complete activities on the smartboard in class. It is a goal to also introduce some games from Mexico that involve counting. Our goal in math is to promote thinking and problem solving skills while preparing your children for learning the basic math facts in first grade!

    *Beyond Textbooks and Imagine Mathx*


    Science will be taught in Spanish. We will learn four main concepts through songs, stories, games, activities and hands-on experiments. Our four main units are: 

    Life Science - Plants & Animals; growing/changing; consumption; unity/diversity, genetics

    Earth and Space Science - Earth’s natural and human process; Universe; Solar system

    Physical Science - Matter through senses; how do things move; cause/affect; energy

    All core ideas require students to be able to investigate, develop and support explanations, and design and evaluate tools. Our curriculum also offers science FOSS kits. These are interactive experiments where we will get to explore and understand science concepts more in depth. 


    Special Classes

    The children visit the special area teachers for 40 minutes each afternoon and 30 minutes on Wednesday.  The children really enjoy these new experiences.  

    *PE Day:Please make sure your child wears appropriate shoes to play and run in everyday even if we don’t have P.E. that day.  Flip flops are not appropriate shoes!

    Mariposas: Day 1-Art Day 2- Music Day 3- PE

    Tecolotes: Day 1- Music Day 2- PE Day 3- Art



    We will have Library time once a week.  The students will be able to check out 1 book a week.  Be sure to have them bring them back Monday or Tuesday so they can check out a new book that Friday. 


    Friday Folders

    We will send home the folder with all the week’s important papers & homework.  The Butterflies will have green folders and the Owls will have purple folders.  PLEASE be sure to check and empty these folders each weekend and RETURN folder with any notes, permission slips, etc. on MONDAY!  The weekly newsletter will be emailed out to you.  It will also be available on our school website. 



    We will have a quick snack every afternoon.  Each child may bring in a healthy snack each day (No Candy).   We will try to keep graham crackers and/or saltine crackers on hand in case anyone forgets their snack.



    Birthdays are important to young children.  On your child’s birthday we will make sure your child feels very special.  They will get to wear a special sticker/crown.  The birthday child may bring a special treat on their birthday to share with the class.  (No cakes please). Please send a note or email a few days before the birthday to let us know we will be having a special treat for that day.  Parties will take place in the afternoon in whichever class he/she is in that day.  Parents are asked to send in the treat in the morning with their student. 


    Parent Pick-Up Schedule

    Please make sure we have your child’s permanent pick up schedule.  If this schedule must change, we must have it in writing.  It might be a good idea to pin this note on your child in the morning because sometimes Kindergarteners forget to give them to us!  Please try to maintain your routine as changes (and confusion) can upset small children.

    Also, if your routine changes at the last minute, please call the front office at 575-2800 so they can contact us directly.


    Star of the Week

    Each week one child will be the “Star of the Week.”  When it is your child’s turn, please help him/her make a special poster that has up to 10 pictures of his/her life so far!  They can bring their poster any time during the week, but most prefer to bring it on Monday.   We will talk about their poster and display it for the week.  The Star of the week can also bring in a show and tell items to share each day during their special week. 


    Literature bags

    To promote a love of reading literature bags will be sent home with children occasionally.  The children look forward to having these bags!  Oftentimes the bags contain a special character that goes with the book or a fun activity to complete.  Please enjoy these bags with your child and remind him/her to return them the next day so that someone else can have a turn.


    Reading Log

    Each month a “Reading Log” will be sent home.  Please list the titles of the books that you have read to your child or that they have read themselves.   When the reading log is completed, please return it to school with your child.  Your child will then have the opportunity to get a prize for completing their reading log.


    Classroom Volunteers

    We need classroom volunteers each week (in both rooms) to work at the various centers and to prepare materials for upcoming activities.  If you would like to volunteer, please let us know what day(s) you are available and how often you would like to volunteer.  (Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly…)  Also, you will volunteer in the classroom where your child is (it may change from week to week).  If you prefer to prepare materials at home, let us know that too!  If you have already signed up or informed us of your volunteer times you do not need to do it again! *Please note during the 1st quarter of school, we will be limited volunteers to the English side only, so that the kids can get immersed in learning in a Spanish speaking classroom environment. 



    If you need to get a message to either of us please send a note with your child and we will write a note back to you.  For urgent messages you may call the front office (575-2800) or leave a message with Señora Tolino (575-2846) or Ms. Jeffer (575-2841).  Our voice mail system is sometimes delayed by a few hours so urgent messages should always go to the front office.  We also respond to emails and would prefer you copy both of us on them (unless the content is specific to one of us directly). 

    Sra. Tolino- and Ms. Jeffer -



    If your child is ill, please keep them at home!  We each have 47 children using pencils, crayons, scissors etc…each day.  To prevent a lot of kids from getting sick, it is imperative that sick kids stay home.  We clean the tables and door handles weekly to prevent illness.  If your child has a fever or is throwing up they MUST stay home for 24 hours after the fever breaks or the nausea stops.  If we can all do our part, we’ll have a super healthy environment here at school! 


    Please let us know if your child will be absent from school in advance if possible.  We will not provide work to be done while the student is gone unless there is a special circumstance.  Please try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments before or after school hours.

    If your child is tardy, he/she will need to provide us with a late pass.  You must check in with the front office to get the late pass. 



    Safety is a huge issue with 5 year olds.  Please have your child wear shoes that are safe to run and jump in.  All shoes should tie, Velcro, or buckle securely.  Flip flops, high heels and cowboy boots are NOT safe to play in.  These shoes should be saved for special dress up occasions.  Clothes should be comfortable to play in also.  We get messy in Kindergarten so please send clothes that can get dirty.  (We guarantee we will get dirty at times)!!  Parking lot safety is important also.  Children always need to be escorted by an adult when crossing the parking lot.






    Star Student Week

    The schedule below is only an example of what your child can do for his/her special week. If you would like to do something else just let me know.  Have fun!

    In our classroom, each child should always feel special!

    Every child will have one week this year to share his/her “special” self with the class. A parent will need to gather items and bring or send them to school on the Monday of your child’s special week and collect it again on Friday. There is a space available on a wall and a small counter area for a display of a few of your child’s special possessions.

    Your child may bring:

           Favorite stuffed animal or toy

           Favorite photos of family, friends, house, pets, vacations, etc.

          Favorite food or treat to share with the class on Friday


    Use your imagination and surprise the class! Arrangements can be made with me for parent and pet visits during your child’s special week.

    A note will be sent home to notify you when it is your child’s special week. There will also be a notification in the newsletter.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Jeffer and Sra. Tolino

    Classroom Schedule (M, T, R, F)

    8:40-9:00       Hand Wash - Come in for quiet time at desk

    9:00 - 9:10    Bell Work

    9:10-9:40      Language Arts/Math

    9:40-10:20    Centers at their table

    10:20-10:30   Ready for Lunch/ Activity

    10:35-11:05   Lunch

    11:05-11:25  Recess 

    11:15-11:30   Show and Tell

    11:30-11:40   LA11:40-11:55   Social Studies/Science

    12:00          Switch

    12:00-12:25  Social Studies/Science

    12:30-1:30  Language Arts/Math 

    1:30-1:50     Snack

    1:55-2:35       Specials

    2:35- 3:05          Tolino Centers

    2:50              Pack up

    2:55-3:15        Recess  

    3:20              Dismiss -      Teacher to Drive up - in Library

                                             Kids to Aide - Kids to Bus Loop

                                                 Roadrunner Released to RoundRunner Club

    Early Release every Wednesday at 2pm

    Library on Friday 2:20 - 2:40


    Classroom Schedule (Wacky Wednesday)

    8:40-9:00       Hand Wash - Come in for quiet time at desk

    9:00 - 9:10    Bell Work

    9:10-9:40      Language Arts/Math

    9:40-10:20    Centers 

    10:20-10:30   Ready for Lunch/ Activity

    10:35-11:05   Lunch

    11:05-11:25  Recess 

    11:15-11:30   Show and Tell

    11:30-11:45 Social Studies/Science

    11:50          Switch

    11:55-12:30  Language Arts/Math

    12:35-1:05 Centers 

    1:10-1:40     Specials

    1:45-2:00 Dismissal 

    Teacher to Drive up - in Library

                                             Kids to Aide - Kids to Bus Loop

                                                 Roadrunner Released to RoundRunner Club


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    Child’s Birthday: _________________________________________________

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