Hello! My name is Merrit Mitchell. If you spend anytime in my classroom this year, you will discover that I have a lot of energy and rarely sit down. (I am known to eat my lunch standing up!) I love archery, cooking, gardening, recycling, reading, technology, and I've also been known to love a good garage sale.
I have attended many universities. Columbia Junior College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sacramento State University. I have a BA in Psychology and have also graduated from the teaching program at Sacramento State University. My first job in teaching was teaching a K/1 combination class with five different languages!
This is my fourteenth year teaching kindergarten at Borah Elementary. (I have actually taught kindergarten for 24 years!) I am very excited about the journey we will all take during the year. There is so much learning to do! You will be amazed at what your child can do by the end of the year. To help your child on this journey, please read to your child everyday to help build a strong vocabulary and to expose your child to print. Practice those letters that your child doesn't know. Help your child write his/her name. Make sure your child is well fed and rested before he/she comes to school to ensure that he/she can focus on learning. A child that does well in kindergarten will most likely do well in the upper grades.
I have learned a lot from the kindergarteners I have taught and they have also learned a lot fom me. I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of all my students and I look forward to your help on this remarkable journey!
Kindergarten Specials are from12:55-1:40 p.m. each dayMonday- Art
Wednesday - Computer LabThursday-MusicFriday: Library
The School Closure HOTLINE
is 667-0784. Or you can tune in
into the local radio station(KVNI -1080) or local TVchannels. They will announceschool closures due to weather.
VOLUNTEERS ARE GREAT!
I love to have volunteers in my classroom! Please do not hesitate to contact me about helping out in reading, preparing assignments, art prep, and the list goes on!
WRITING YOUR NAMEHave your child practice writing his/name.Capital at the beginning and lowercase lettersto follow. This skill appearson the report card.LETTER NAMES/SOUNDSPractice your letters and sounds EVERY night.Use the fluency sheets I will send home tobecome fluent in letters and sounds. Our goal is tobe great readers. With your help, yourchild can succeed!SENTENCE WRITINGPlease have your child practicewriting a sentence with a capitalat the beginning, lowercaseletters to follow, spaces between words,anda period at the end.MATH GOALSBy end of the year, yourchild should know: How tocount to 100, identify 2D and3D shapes, numberidentification and writing 0-20,can count withone-to-one correspondence,compare and classify objects,and understand addition asputting together and addingto, and subtraction as takingapart and taking from, and befluent in addition and sub-traction facts through 5.WRITING NUMBERSPlease work with your child onwriting the numbers 0-20.Remember, as whenwriting letters, we always startat the top and write down.Writing numbers is difficult.Most students have problemswith most of the numbers,so please practice at home.
Every year Borah collects box tops and soup labels for education from many product boxes or packaging. Please cut these out and send these in to our class to collect. Last year we collected over 1500 labels and box tops in our classroom and I'm hoping to beat that number this year. The labels help us earn money for our school, so please collect all you can and send them in as you cut them out.
We have snack time each day. Please bring in one large container, box, or bag of a fairly healthy snack (no candy please) once per month to share with the class. Ideas for snacks are: pretzels, chex mix, goldfish, granola bars, crackers, etc... If on occasion, such as a birthday, special day, or holiday, you would like to bring in a special treat, you may also choose to do that, too. When I pass out your child's snack, the class will thank him/her. If your would like your child to bring their own personal snack, please do so. Also, your child may keep a water bottle at their table to drink from. (Just make sure the lid seals well to prevent spills.) No pop, please. Also, if your child is allergic to any food item, please make a point to let me know.