Kindergarten News – 9/21/2018

It is just the third week of school, and we have already accomplished so much in kindergarten! We are working on becoming independent learners, which is bringing students closer to being able to guide their own learning through more challenging, student-controlled projects and assignments.


  • Unfinished classwork, which should be completed as homework by the next school day, will have a red “homework” stamp on it to make it stand out in your child’s purple folder. Unfinished classwork is rare in kindergarten. Language Arts and Math workbooks are sent home once we finish them in class. The incomplete pages inside of the workbooks will not be homework, but your child may use these pages for extra practice if they would like.
  • The Show ‘N Tell theme for next week is: Something I Can Do. Examples: tell a joke, show a dance move, perform a magic trick, play an instrument, etc. Props are okay, as long as they are school-appropriate and can fit into a backpack. Participating in Show ‘N Tell is always optional.
  • Join OTA families for Movie Night on Friday 9/28. Wreck-It Ralph will be playing. Doors open at 6pm.
  • What we are learning is not included in these newsletters because there is a separate blog page dedicated to this. Visit the Current Topics page anytime to see what we are currently learning about in kindergarten.

Feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. It is important that we work together to best support your child’s education. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

– Alex Halverstadt (“Ms. H”)

Open Kindergarten Spots

This email is going out to all kindergarten parents. Thank you so much for a great start to the 2018-2019 school year. Before you know it, your kids will be graduating from OTA in 2027. Wow, it's weird just thinking of that…Β 

We have a few open spots in kindergarten, and I encourage you to ask any friends you know who have a kindergarten student, to think about coming to OTA. Please pass along my contact information, and I will be happy to tell them about OTA and answer all of their questions. Thank you, and have a good evening!

Kindergarten News – 9/14/2018

Hi Kindergarten Team,

We had another great week in kindergarten! Students are already experts at our kindergarten routines. Thank you for all of your support in making the transition to kindergarten successful.


  • Kindergartners do not have regular homework. Instead, students will participate in quarterly Extended Learning projects. Quarter 1 Extended Learning is due by Friday 10/26. Click here to learn more about the project requirements. I have updated the project directions to answer FAQs, but let me know if you have additional questions. It is so important to make these projects a positive experience for your child so that they learn to apply their knowledge to their home life and grow their love for learning outside of the classroom. πŸ™‚
  • If you were unable to attend Back to School Night, or want clarification on any of the topics that were covered, click here for the information. 
  • I am going to send out a parent contact sheet (via private email – not public blog) for kindergarten parents to use to get in contact with other parents as needed (playdates, questions, etc.). If you prefer that your name, phone number, and email address not be included in the spreadsheet, please let me know by Monday morning.
  • There is no theme for Show ‘N Tell this Friday 9/21. Students may bring any one school-appropriate item that can fit into their backpack to share with the class on that day. In the future, if I do not specify a theme, then you may assume that your child may bring anything. As a reminder, Show ‘N Tell is always optional.
  • Jogathon is a school fundraiser to help OTA maintain it’s unique programs, special field trips, and quality education. Jogathon packets were sent home so that you can learn more about this special fundraiser. Thank you in advance for helping to make this year’s Jogathon a success!

As always, please reach out if you have any questions/concerns. Have a wonderful weekend!

– Alex Halverstadt (“Ms. H”)

Kindergarten News – 9/7/2018

We made it through our first week of kindergarten! We have a great group of kindergartners, and I cannot wait to learn and grow with them throughout the school year. πŸ™‚

Every Friday, you will be receiving “Kindergarten News,” which will tell you all of the information that you need to know in order to keep up with our class. Please make sure that you read these newsletters every week, in addition to the school-wide news, so that you do not miss out on anything important. 


  • Back to School Night is this Thursday 9/13. At 5:30pm, there will be a special welcome and information from the OTA Parent Foundation, a musical performance by some OTA students, information from our Music and PE teachers, and Heart Safe School and Girl Scouts information tables. Then, come to the kindergarten classroom from either 6-6:25pm or 6:30-6:55pm to listen me talk about various topics (homework, grading, attendance, volunteering, schedule, birthdays, classroom management, etc.). If you are unable to make it to the classroom session, no worries because I will send out a summary of what is covered.
  • On Fridays, kindergartners will get to participate in Show ‘N Tell, which is always optional. I will talk more about this (why we do it, what to bring, etc.) at Back to School Night, but in the meantime your child may bring in their first Show ‘N Tell item – a photo of them having fun – to share with the class on Friday 9/14. You may email this to me if you don’t have a hard copy. Please remember that this activity is optional.
  • Please make sure to label your child’s belongings (backpack, lunchbox, water bottle, etc.) with their first name, even if your child knows which items are theirs. This is important to help our classroom routines run more smoothly in order to maximize learning time. Thank you for your help with this.
  • If at any time you would like to know what we are currently learning in kindergarten, you may click here to go to our “Current Topics” page, which shows a weekly outline of what we are learning in each of the core subjects.
  • Every week, the newsletter will include photos of students participating in activities from the week. I encourage you to use these photos to have discussions with your child to reinforce at home what we learned in our classroom. Not every activity and student will be photographed each week, but I will do my best to show you some of the highlights. πŸ™‚

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. My email address is [email protected] Enjoy your weekend!

– Alex Halverstadt (“Ms. H”)

First Day of Kindergarten!

The first day of school will already be here this Tuesday 9/4! We couldn’t be more excited to begin another great school year. Here are some reminders for the first day of school:

  • What to Bring – Students should be dressed in their OTA polo shirt uniform, since Tuesdays and Thursdays are non-PE days. (Find our full daily schedule by clicking here.) Students should brin