Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Handy Kindergarten Information for the Families of Room 4

"Oh yeah, I love kindergarten!"

You are the first and most important teacher in your child’s life. I look forward to working with you during this amazing year of kindergarten! Each child is unique and each one deserves our love and support.

Birthdays: Birthdays are super exciting! However, due to food allergies, cost, and scheduling, we will not be having any birthday parties in class. We will sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to recognize your child’s special day. Private invitations may be placed in take-home folders before or after school.

Homework: Kindergarten students in Room 4 should be listening to stories or reading a minimum of 20 minutes per day. This is a wonderful way to help your child become an enthusiastic reader!

Snack: Children are encouraged to bring a healthy, portable snack to eat outside during our daily morning Brain Break. Please pack a refillable water bottle so your child can stay hydrated.

Volunteers: Volunteers are a marvelous addition to our team. You are welcome to join us in Room 4, chaperone on field trips, or to take a project home. There will be a sign-up sheet at our Open House. All school volunteers must have a current background check. Forms are in the office.

I am truly thrilled about the year ahead! If you have any questions or concerns, hopes and dreams, please feel free to contact me at

Best wishes,

Ms. Kennedy

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Families of Room 4,

My name is Pamela Kennedy, and I am delighted to be your child’s kindergarten teacher for the 2017-18 school year! The first day of school will be an important milestone in your child's life. I’m so glad I get to share such an exciting time with you!

I have been part of the Lewis community for 16 years. Both my children graduated from Lewis and are now young adults living on their own in the Portland area. My role with the school has evolved since 2001: I have been a parent volunteer, a PTA co-president, an educational assistant, a para-educator, and a third grade teacher for six years. I began my career as a kindergarten teacher and I continue to truly love the work.

I hope everyone had a relaxing summer. My recap is this: I was in Room 4, preparing for kindergarten; our old dog and I slowly roamed around our Milwaukie neighborhood; I traveled to New Hampshire to visit my parents; and a few days ago, my husband & I celebrated 25 years of marriage!

Here are a few of my thoughts on teaching, and life in general. I honor the power of positive thinking and the importance of making the most of each day. I feel we all need to be recognized, admired, and challenged as individuals. I value personal learning styles, and I believe it is not so much ability as it is attitude. We must be willing to work hard and not give up, because that is what successful people do. Our kindergarten class will be filled with art, independent practice, friendship, fun, kindness, movement, and teamwork.

I cannot wait to greet everyone on Tuesday, September 5th for our first full day of kindergarten! We are going to spend a wonderful year together.

Best wishes,

~Ms. Kennedy

Be bold; ask questions; persevere.