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September 3, 2014


Dear Parents,


It was so good to see all of you at our Open House yesterday!  This is such a nice way to help your child transition into the new and exciting world of kindergarten.  It is very important to me that your child feels comfortable and joyful in our classroom.  We will focus on establishing feelings of safety, belonging, and community as we learn about each other and the many ways that we can value each person’s own special talents and abilities.


Our first theme is called “All About Me”.  We will be getting to know each other through oral story telling. Please help your child to think about a personal event (swimming at the beach, riding a bike, seeing a tiger at the zoo etc), then picture it like a movie, and practice telling this story. Students will be sharing their personal stories on their assigned Snack/V.I.P. Day over the next month. We’ll begin our V.I.P. storytelling on Monday, September 8th and will continue to share until all have had an opportunity (refer to your child’s Snack/V.I.P. schedule for his/her special day).


I will be sending notes, emailing, or telephoning you from time to time to let you know about the neat things that your child is doing in school, to share concerns, or to just touch base.  Please feel free to call or email me at school should you have any questions or information to share.  Consistent and ongoing communications between home and school will help us (teachers and parents) to work as a team to better meet your child’s emotional, social, and intellectual needs.  Our weekly newsletter will be posted online each Saturday.  This newsletter will keep you informed about what activities we are doing in the classroom and about upcoming events at school.


Our kindergarten classroom will be a busy place!  The children will be actively involved in lots of exploration and discovery.  Children are naturally curious and have an innate desire to learn.  Celebrating each success will help to build confidence and will encourage students to seek out new challenges.  What a fabulous journey!


So that you will know me better, I am including some information about myself.  I live in Lake Orion with my husband Mike, and our two children. Trevor is a sophomore at MSU and Ian is a junior at Lake Orion high school.  This will be my twenty-third year as a teacher.  I have taught 13 years in second grade, 5 years in third grade, and this is my 5th year in Kindergarten.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.  I look forward to an exciting year of learning at Springfield Plains Elementary with such a great team of educators and students.


We are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Judy Hoekstra back to Kindergarten, as our instructional aide.  Mrs. Hoekstra has been an aide at SPE for ten years, previously working in the first grade classrooms. She also works in the lunchroom everyday. She lives in Clarkston with her husband and has four grown children (2 boys and 2 girls). We are very happy to have Mrs. Hoekstra in our classroom!


I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 11th.   That evening you will have the chance to gather more information about the kindergarten curriculum and how learning experiences are structured.  What a wonderful year of learning and growing we will all share!  Let’s work together to make this a very positive and productive adventure for your child!




Kristine Simek

Kindergarten Teacher

Springfield Plains Elementary