Karyn Hermes » Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Hello, families! My name is Mrs. Hermes and I am in the Gold Community. I am honored to be your child's Kindergarten teacher! We're going to have an AMAZING year of learning, growing, & having fun!  :-) 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with ANY questions you might have!  

Email messages are always the best avenues to reach me, as phone calls during the day are very tricky with timing.



*Please remember to call the office at 815.469.3366 if your child will be absent for the day or if there is a last-minute change for afternoon transportation. 


Every student will have his/her own "Take Home" folder that goes between home and school DAILY.

  • Please check this special communication tool every night to see what we're up to & for any important news/class updates!
  • Please send any important notes or papers  (transportation changes, permission slips, Box Tops, notes, etc.) back to school in this same folder.
  • Take out and keep any other papers/completed work at home.


Every student will also have his/her own Yellow Fluency Bag that goes between home and school DAILY.

  • Inside, you'll find leveled readers that we use each day in class.  Please practice reading these books every night, & place them back inside the Yellow fluency bag to bring back to school to use.
  • Also in the bag will be math games and activities to practice! (Math games/activities will be switched out throughout our units, & DO NOT need to come back to school.

*** Specials do NOT occur every Mon., Tue., etc.... Instead, they'll fall on a T, I, G, E, or R day. When we're off school, it's a NO LETTER day.

T day:   P.E. & Art
I day:    P.E. & Music
G day:  P.E  & Library
E day:   P.E. 
R day:   P.E.  & Technology

  • We're so fortunate to have P.E. every day!  Please always have gym shoes at school.
  • Lunch: 11:15 -11:35, then Recess: 11:35 - 11:55

*We will be outside for recess &  mask breaks, so please dress accordingly! *


Q3 Sight Words:  and, to, on, here, come, you, of, have, for, but, big, had, be

Q3 I CAN... statements:


*I can name uppercase and lowercase letters.

*I can sound out words.

*I can identify the first, middle, and last letter in a word.

*I can hear, say, and write words that rhyme.

*I can clap the sounds I hear in a word.

*I can break up words into parts.

*I can put together the first sound with the last part to make a word. (c+at)

*I can break up a word into the first sound and the last part (cat, c-at)

*I can separate and say the beginning, middle, and ending sound in C-V-C words. (c-a-t)

*I can add or change letters in words to make new words. (bug-mug-mud)

*I can say the sound a consonant makes.

*I can quickly say high frequency words.

*I can identify the main topic and retell key details in a book (with help)

       Informational text

*I can tell you the connections between two people, ideas, or events in a book (with help)   Informational text



*I can use drawings and writing to name a topic and tell something about it.



*I can count to 100 by 10’s. (K.CC.1)

*I can count to 100 by 1’s. (K.CC.1)

*When I count objects, I can write the number to show how many. (K.CC.3)

*I can write number 0-20. I can write number 0-50. (K.CC.3)

*I can understand that when I count, the next number is one larger than the one I just said. (K.CC.4c)

*I can compare two written numerals to decide which is greater than, less than, or equal to. (L.CC.7)

*I can show addition. (K.OA.1)

*I can add to solve word problems. (K.OA.2)

*I can make a number less than ten by putting together 2 groups of pictures or objects. (K.OA.3)

*I can show what number is needed to add to another number to make 10. (K.OA.4)

*I can show how the numbers 11-19 are made of ten ones and more ones. (K.NBT.1)

*I can sort and count objects.  (K.MD.3)



ERIN'S LAW PRESENTATIONS: One lesson the week of ...

Dec. 7-11  &  Jan. 25-29

Erin’s Law 2020-2021

We are required by Erin's Law to provide lessons on sexual abuse and prevention education. During the weeks of November 16th and January 25th, Grand Prairie Elementary School Social Workers will be teaching a lesson in your child’s classroom about the "Think First and Stay Safe" program. The lesson in November will cover the concepts of "Using My Built In Computer: Staying Healthy and Safe." The lesson in January will cover "Laws Help Protect Me: Kids Have Rights Too!" and "Listening to My Instincts: No Secrets".

Should your child have any questions, you may refer to the handout that will be provided to them on the day of the lesson. If you have additional questions feel free to contact a School Social Worker – Morgan Bilthuis, Rebekah Munch and Kelly McGovern

Important Dates....
2/15   No School
2/23  100's Day for        Kindergarten
3/26   Early Release @ 11:25am
3/29-4/2  No School -    Spring Break
4/5    No School
5/31  No School 
6/7    Early Release @  11:25am  (Last day of school)
3rd Quarter Sight Words
and       to
on         here
come    you
of          have
for         but
big        had