•  Merrit Mitchell 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 taught both kindergarten and a kindergarten/first grade combination class.  This is my twelfth year teaching kindergarten at Borah Elementary.  (I have actually taught kindergarten for 22 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! 

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  •  Kindergarten Specials
    Monday- Art - 1:25-2:10
    Tuesday- P.E. - 1:40 -2:10
    Wednesday - Computer Lab: 1:25-2:10      
    Thursday-Music - 1:25-2:10                    
    Friday: Library - 11:40-2:10 


  • 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! 

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BOOK ORDERS DUE December 6, 2017

  • I will be sending home book club flyers.
    If you would like to order books from Scholastic
    Book Clubs, please make a check out to "Scholastic Book Club" 
    for each book order. You may also send in cash as long as it is in a sealed envelope or ziplock with your child's name on it. You will find many wonderful books at great prices (without paying sales tax!).  Just check off the books you want from the flyer(s) I send home and send a check or cash in a sealed envelope with your order.  When they are delivered to our classroom I will distribute them to your child. If your order is a gift for your child, please let me know so I can give them to you myself.  You can also go to Scholastic.com and order using the code:LJTKA3. The books you order online will be delivered to my class!

Box Tops

  • 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. 


  • I will be sending home information on the BOOK-IT! reading program that rewards your child with a personal pan size pizza from Pizza Hut in September. This program starts October, 2017 and runs through March, 2018. All your child needs to do is read 5 hours a month (or 10 minutes a day) or have someone else read to them.  This includes practicing letters on their fluency sheets, reading decodable books, or listening to a friend or family member read. Your child will receive a calendar to use to track days that reading occurs. Just have your child color the picture in each box  on the day they read and then bring it back to school on the first day of every month to get a pizza certificate.  (It may take me a couple of days to hand out the certificates, but I will send them stapled onto the classroom newsletter or hand them to your child if I feel they can get it home.   If you've lost or misplaced your calendar at the end of the month, please write a note telling me that your child read or was read to for 5 hours during the particular month that was due. If you forget to turn in your calendar, I will accept it anytime:)


  • 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.

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    Have your child practice writing his/name.
    Capital at the beginning and lowercase letters
    to follow.  This skill appears
    on the report card.
    Practice your letters and sounds EVERY night.  
    Use the fluency sheets I will send home to 
    become fluent in letters and sounds.  Our goal is to
    be great readers.  With your help, your
    child can succeed!
    Please have your child practice
    writing a sentence with a capital
    at the beginning, lowercase 
    letters to follow, spaces between words,
    anda period at the end.
    By end of the year, your 
    child should know:  How to 
    count to 100, identify 2D and 
    3D shapes, number 
    identification and writing 0-20, 
    can count with
    one-to-one correspondence,
    compare and classify objects, 
    and understand addition as 
    putting together and adding 
    to, and subtraction as taking 
    apart and taking from, and be 
    fluent in addition and sub-
    traction facts through 5.
    Please work with your child on
    writing the numbers 0-20.
    Remember, as when  
    writing letters, we always start
    at the top and write down.  
    Writing numbers is difficult.
    Most students have problems
    with most of the numbers,
    so please practice at home. 

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