Welcome to Zach!!! Together We Inspire

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1 Welcome to Zach!!! Together We Inspire Kindergarten Orientation Aisha Thomas, Principal John Berg, Assistant Principal * Note: This PowerPoint is available for your review on our website

2 Introductions Kindergarten Staff Liz Cey, Teacher Maddie Munio, Student Teacher Kim Scherer, Paraprofessional Susan Mishak, Teacher Melanie Betros, Paraprofessional Jenny Lemon, Teacher Stephanie Goetz, Paraprofessional Lisa Dachel, Teacher Jennifer Rockwood, Student Teacher Multi Tiered Systems of Support Staff *will be in MTSS room for Q&A Ruth Miller, Coordinator Laura Actor, ELA Danielle Eckert, Integrated Services

3 Kinders Dismissed to Classes

4 Robert and Grace Zach Zach Elementary was named in honor of Grace and Robert Zach who served as educators in the Poudre School District for many years. Both Grace and Robert Zach began English teaching careers the fall of 1950 in Fort Collins. Grace continues to be an honored community member at Zach Elementary. For years she volunteered in classes as a story teller, served on our SAC, and funds some of our student assemblies. Mrs. Thomas, Principal A little about me

5 Achievement and Celebrations


7 Zach Gives Back Zach Gives Back Campaign recognizes the importance of growing global citizens and empowering children to help others. Annual ZGB Campaign: Turkey Round Up (Nov) WE COLLECTED 250 TURKEYS IN TOTAL FOR THE LARIMER COUNTY FOOD BANK! Angel Tree (Nov/Dec) WE SPONSORED 100 FAMILIES THROUGH SALVATION ARMY! Lovies for Orphans (Dec) WE COLLECTED 560 STUFFED ANIMALS AND LOVIES FOR "FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES IN NORTHERN COLORADO. Pajama Drive (Dec) We collected 163 pajamas for families in need Scholastic matched 131 books. Canned Food Drive (Feb) We collected 1.67 tons of food. Upcoming Events: Coins for Change, Jump Rope for Heart, Parent Blood Drive and icarebyhair.

8 Our Facility Opened in ,000 square feet Two story design resulting in a smaller footprint and more exterior natural surface area Facility learning opportunities like dinosaur nests, recycled shingles, natural/low water grasses and plants; exposed electrical systems Recycling center led by 5 th grade students Less hard surface paving around the school to reduce heat sink effect Energy Star Award Winner


10 Kindergarten Full day 8:50am-3:23pm Tuition $3015 paid in full or by month Base camp available Bus transportation available Tuition scholarships available > qualify through Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Half day 8:50am-11:50 Tuition free Base camp available in morning only Bus transportation available in morning only Includes specials ; lunch is at home Integrated into full day; flex option available School Choice Will make determination of school choice spots available after neighborhood registration. School choice deadline January 18 th. Transition Days: Tuesday, August 20 th half day (half the class in the morning and half the class in the afternoon). Wednesday, August 21 st, and Thursday, August 22 nd half of the class attends all day. First day of kindergarten for all is Friday, August 23 rd.

11 Current Kindergarten Experience (Minutes will shift for ) 9:00-9:30 Calendar 3:10-3:25 Recess 9:30-9:45 Recess 3:25-3:33 Dismissal 9:45-10:00 Snack/Surprise Box 10:00-10:40 Rotations (math/writing/core) 10:40-11:40 Workstations 11:40-11:45 Clean up 11:45-12:25 Specials 12:30-1:00 Lunch/Half Day dismissal 1:05-1:25 Lunch Recess 1:30-2:00 WIN 2:0-2:30 Rotations 2:30-3:00 Free Choice 3:00-3:10 Pack n Stack

12 Specials K-5 Experience 45 minutes/day; weekly rotation Media Center, Mrs. Irving Technology, Mrs. Roberson Physical Education, Mr. Uhrich Visual Arts, Mrs. Sickels Music, Mrs. Johnson *Each grade level has annual evening concerts

13 Parent Partnership (Get Involved!) Volunteers welcome anytime! Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) ZEF Pledge One time fundraiser Community Affinity Nights Family Engagement Events Coffee Talks, Family Education Series, Donuts with Dad Surveys and Ad Hoc Committees School Accountability Committee (SAC) Parent Memos and Parent Newsletter Weekly and monthly communication from Administration and classrooms Like us on Facebook

14 Parent Survey Results On Average Assessment for student learning: 95% favorable Classroom environment and culture: 98% favorable Curriculum & Pedagogy: 97% favorable Professional collaboration and communication: 94% favorable Purpose: 99% favorable Student engagement: 98% favorable

15 Core Knowledge Full implementation of Core Knowledge Sequenced, solid, specific, shared K-8 partnership with Kinard Core Knowledge School High tech classrooms Whole child approach 100% Specials for every child Relational focused discipline High behavior and academic expectations where mistakes are used as learning opportunities Kindergarten Core Units Mapping skills Continents Plants Taking care of our bodies Weather Animals Core Sayings

16 Kindergarten Literacy Amplify Core Knowledge English Language Arts Guided reading Super Writers and Writer s Workshop Flexible grouping by ability Progress monitoring using data Intervention and enrichment groups Book bags Online reading resources provided for at home skill building

17 Kindergarten Mathematics envision 2.0 Based on the idea that we encounter and use mathematics in our everyday lives so students must master procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and universal application. Provides whole group, small group, partner and independent learning activities Hands-on, interactive lessons Calendar time daily

18 Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Core Values ROAR: Respect, Organized, Attentive, Responsibility Teach expectations Recognize and praise children Golden Tickets Friday announcements Principal Golden Tickets Principal Treasure Box Lunch with the Principal Student of the day Pizza party ROAR Assemblies at Lunch

19 Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) MTSS Positive Behavior Intervention Support Response to Intervention Integrated Services Gifted and Talented English Language Development Achievement and Logistics Classroom Behavior Management Reading Mathematics Social Emotional Creativity

20 Clubs Before and After School (All fee based) Kindergarten opportunities Spanish Chess club Young Robotics 1 st 5 th Grade opportunities Spanish Chess Club Yoga Exercise Builders Art Enrichment Choir GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) Base Camp Registration through Base Camp directly Before school at 6:30am After school until6:00pm

21 Registration Packet Tour of the packet Complete and leave red form now Full day vs half day register for your first choice-full day Bring completed packet! We will handle the copies! January 17 th : 7:00a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at Zach; open house style no waiting in lines

22 Thank you for coming! Check out the classrooms Pick up your children Like us on Facebook Questions? Red table under stairs MTSS Room