Back to Kindergarten

Last modified Sep 20

Ms. Starsky’s Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten
I’m so honored to be teaching Kindergarten at Notre Dame of De Pere, and already feel so welcomed by the Notre Dame community! I graduated from Marquette University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Communication Studies. I previously taught first grade at a Catholic school near Milwaukee. As a teacher, I strive to create a classroom environment that fosters growth and independence through educating the whole child. I believe that throughout the year, we, as a class, grow in faith and love as our community evolves into a group of kindergarteners equipped with the skills and methods necessary for them to grow. I grew up going to a Catholic K-8 school, so I have strong Catholic roots. In addition to strong Catholic roots, my family also has strong ties to Marquette University. Both my parents attended there, and two of three siblings are currently attending. It was at Marquette that I met my now fiancé. My fiancé and I will be getting married in Milwaukee in July of 2021. When I’m not teaching or wedding planning, I enjoy reading a good book, trying new recipes, or doing yoga. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for early literacy with the kindergarten students and being a part of this wonderful community of faith filled learners and educators!
Katie Starsky

In our class we learn, laugh, and live in Jesus’ footsteps! Come take a look at our day in kindergarten at Notre Dame of De Pere!

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September Activities at Home:

Each week I will post a new activity for the entire family to do! These activities will promote discovery and creativity! Have fun!

Looking for a game to play at home with your child? Check out this fall memory game I created! Print it out on cardstock at home, have your child cut it out, and let the games begin! Memory is a fun game to play with the whole family!

fall memory game

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What to Expect in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a year to grow: academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Academically

In all subject areas, your child will be taught through a variety of methods that will ensure they are understanding and retaining the curriculum taught.

Socially

Social development is crucial in kindergarten. Through playing, sharing, and problem solving your child will be developing the skills needed to develop socially.

Emotionally

This year your child will learn how to label emotions. beyond happy or sad. Your child will learn skills in which they can handle their emotions. These are the foundational skills for your child to develop their emotional vocabulary that they will build upon as they get older.

Spiritually

In kindergarten we integrate faith in every subject. We begin and end each day with prayer, and often talk about God’s creation and how we, as Catholics, can take care of it. We attend weekly mass with the school. Our morning prayer is “Dear Jesus, I give you today in all that I think, do, and say.”

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Classroom Wishlist

There are a few tools we need to help us continue to learn in new and exciting ways. Thank you for your donation.

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Kindergarten Links

Learning can continue at home! As a parent you are your child’s first teacher! Here are some links to activities and websites with ideas of things you can do at home!

Fine Motor Skills

Cutting, gluing, tying shoes, and more! There are a lot of opportunities to practice fine motor skills at home! Developing fine motor skills helps children with performing school tasks and life skills!

Scholastic Reading Book List

Looking for a good fit book for your child? Check out this Scholastic Reading Book List!

PBS Kids

PBS Kids has wonderful educational games and videos for children of all ages, with some of our favorite characters like Clifford and Curious George!

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Daily Schedule

Times may vary:

7:40-8:10 Arrival & Morning Work

8:10-8:25 Morning Meeting

8:25-9:00 Daily 5

9:00-9:30 Literacy

9:30-9:50 Snack & Read Aloud

9:50-10:10 Recess

10:10-10:20 Bathroom Break

10:20-10:50 Music

10:50-11:00 Read Aloud

11:00-11:25 Lunch

11:30-11:50 Rest Time

11:50-12:40 Math

12:40-1:30 Writers Workshop

1:30-1:50 Reading Mini-Lesson

1:50-2:05 Recess

2:05-2:40 Centers

2:40-2:55 End of Day Pack Up & Prayer

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Reminders

Please send your child to school with a NUT FREE snack and a water bottle everyday. It is also recommended you send your child to school with at least one extra mask.

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Newsletters

Click the link above to access Newsletters from the entire year. Every Monday a newsletter will go home in your child’s red travel folder. This newsletter has all the important dates you should know for this week and discusses what we will be learning about.