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Ms. Lorrie Herron - Kindergarten Teacher

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Hello kindergarten families and welcome to Room 4!

I am excited to get know you and your child as we begin a great and successful year of learning, growing and developing.  It is my goal to create a safe and fun environment that is conducive to meeting your child’s full potential as a student and member of the Chesterbrook family. I believe in nurturing and educating the whole child by using teaching methods that meet each student’s individual learning style.  I am looking forward to our partnership as we begin the 2018-2019 school year.

 

About Me

I was born in Gastonia where I also attended Gaston College with a focus on Early Childhood Education. I have 17 years of teaching experience.  I have taught Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten as well as Kindergarten.    This will be my fifth year at Chesterbrook and my third year teaching Kindergarten.  I love children and I especially love teaching Kindergarten.  I made Raleigh my home five years ago to be closer to my son, Jonathan and his family. I am the proud grandmother of six-year-old Loralye and a grandson, Grey.   I spend my weekends relaxing with a book, cooking and spending time with my grandchildren.    I also enjoy volunteering with the children’s special needs ministry at my church.

 

About Mrs. Hancock

This will be the third year that Mrs. Hancock and I have worked together as a Kindergarten team and we make a dynamite duo!  She hails from Kansas where she graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Elementary Education and BS in Art Education.  She taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades in Kansas City.  Since moving to North Carolina she has been on CBA staff since 1987 and was a Kindergarten teacher and first grade teacher for twenty five years before  semi-retiring to assistant for the past  five years.  She and her husband, Rick, have five children and five cats!  During her spare time she loves to walk and read.  She generously uses her artistic talents in the classroom as well as for our Drama Department creating backdrops that can be seen in our theatric productions.

Updated Monday 08-20-2018 03:54pm

Classroom Notes

Supply List

  • 2 (2 pocket folders (labeled with student name)
  • 5 Marble Notebooks
  • 1 – 1″ 3 ring binder
  • 1 pencil pouch or pencil box (labeled with student name)
  • In the pencil box (4x #2 sharpened pencils (labeled), 1 pair Fiskar scissor (labeled), 2x glue sticks (labeled), box of Crayola 24 count crayons)
  • 8 #2 sharpened pencils (not labeled)
  • 8 glue sticks (not labeled)
  • 12 pack of colored pencils
  • 4 highlighters-yellow, green, pink, blue
  • 1 Germ-X
  • 12 pack of fine tip markers – Girls Only
  • 1 Lysol/Clorox Wipes
  • 12 pack of fat tip markers – Boys Only
  • 1 box of facial tissues
  • 1 water bottle (labeled)
  • 1 4×6 stand up framed family photo
  • 1 4×6 photo of your child that will serve as a writing prompt (birthday, holiday, vacation, celebration, etc.)
  • 1 Wake County Library Card
  • 1 change of uniform clothes to be kept at school
  • 1 backpack with no wheels
  • 1 packages of tennis balls

A Few Highlights From Our Class:

Homework is something that kindergarten students always look forward to.  It is also a great way for parents to be involved in your child’s  education and for your child to extend their learning at home.  Your child will have Monday-Thursday homework that will go home in his/her daily folder each Monday to be returned on Friday.  Students are free to complete homework at whatever pace fits best with their schedule.  

Reading logs are also an important part of your child’s learning.  Reading logs will be added to your child’s weekly folder and should be signed by parents daily.  Parents are encouraged to read with your child nightly.  However, occasionally a grandparent or sibling that has shared reading time with your child may fill out and sign the reading log.  It is to be left in your child’s folder at all times.

Morning snack takes place in the classroom at mid-morning each day.  Please send a healthy snack for your child to be enjoyed during a working snack-break.  Though students are multi-tasking, this time allows them a calming time to relax and refuel.  Snacks should be placed in a side pouch of your child’s book bag.  Beginning in September, we will begin have “Fun-Friday Snack”.  A sign-up will be made available for parents to sign-up to provide a fun and healthy snack for everyone in the class.  Students always look forward to “Fun Fridays”!

Giving Without Walls is project-based a program where CBA students learn through giving back to our community.  Each year Kindergarten participates by collecting non-perishable items school-wide to donate to the NC Food Bank.  The Thanksgiving season provides us with the perfect time for students to learn about helping families right here in our county to be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.  Last year, we donated 1,714 pounds of food!  It is our goal to collect and donate even more this year!

Field trips are always an extension of your child’s learning experience at CBA.  Kindergarteners enjoy a monthly field trip to Wake County Library (North branch). Our field trips include Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Food Bank,  NC Museum of Art, William Peace University,  NC Children’s Theatre, Page Strawberry Farm and Piedmont Wildlife Center.  Parents will have an opportunity to sign-up as chaperons throughout the year.

Communication between parents, teachers and students is an important element to a successful school year.  Parents will receive weekly newsletters through Smore.com and daily updates through Tadpoles.  In addition, we will use email for further communication.  You may connect with me at lorrie.herron@nlcinc.com and Mrs. Hancock at kim.hancock@nlcinc.com.  Our lines of communication are always open.

 

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Resources

The following article provides helpful tips on how to calm Kindergarten anxiety:
https://www.verywell.com/calming-first-day-kindergarten-anxiety-620865

Volunteer opportunities at The Food bank of Eastern NC:
http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/DocServer/RaleighVolunteerMasterDocument

Information on the developmentally appropriate handwriting Program we use:
http://www.hwtears.com/hwt/why-it-works

Information on the Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Child:
http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/reading-aloud-to-your-child.htm

Read about a great resource within our classroom:
http://www.marcycookmath.com/

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