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Mrs. Renee Palmer

Dear Families,

     Hi! I am Mrs. Renee Palmer and I am looking forward to a great year as your child’s Kindergarten teacher.  I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and my Master of Science Degree in Option in Reading from Western Connecticut State University. I taught preschool for 11 years in a private preschool in New Fairfield, Connecticut. I started teaching on the Full Day Preschool side in a 4's class. Later, as the Head Teacher of the Half-Day Preschool, I taught both 3's and 4's. For seven years I was the Assistant Director in charge of the KOTG (Kids on the Go) and the Teen Central programs and I taught the Half Day 4's Enrichment class. I had the pleasure in running the Universal Pre-K program here at Webutuck during the school year 2007-2008. From 2008 to 2016 I taught Kindergarten, 2016-2021 I taught First Grade and now I am returning to Kindergarten here at Webutuck.  I am truly blessed with the staff that I work with and the children I have taught. I am very excited and looking forward to be your child's teacher this year. It is my wish that the upcoming school year be the best experience possible for your child. I would encourage you to feel free to contact me if any questions or concerns arise during the school year. I am most easily available before school begins and after the buses leave. I can be reached on by messaging me on the Seesaw app, by phone at WES at (845) 373-4100 (follow the prompts) from 7:48 AM - 2:48 PM Monday – Friday or by email at renee.palmer@webutuck.org.  I will return your message/call/email as soon as possible.

     SeeSaw is our platform that Webutuck Elementary School (WES) will be using.  You can download the app and I will be sending out parent invitations for you to join my classroom.  The students will be getting a code to join as well.  I have included two videos for you to become familiar with this app.  One is for families and the other is for students.  I hope this helps!  Supply lists have been posted on our website and I have included a picture of it for you to view.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

     I would like to ask you to provide some special items for your child to bring to school with his or her name on them.   Please be aware that some of these items will need to be replenished throughout the year. Please do not send in Trapper Keepers, pencil bags or boxes, etc. Please save these items for your child’s workstation at home.

     The children will be receiving instruction in art, library, music and physical education. Please remember that for your child's safety, sneakers are appropriate on P.E. days. Clothes that can get dirty for messy art days.  Let’s wait and see if Ms. Herow would like smocks coming in.

     I do set aside time during the day for snack. Children should bring their own snack and something to drink.  If they do not bring a snack in for the day, one will not be provided for them.  Water or a juice box and a piece of fruit, crackers, pretzels, etc. can fill those empty spaces.  My classroom will be a peanut-free classroom, therefore, please do not send in snacks that contain peanuts/tree nuts.  Also, I would encourage your child to bring in a water bottle everyday with his/her name on it.  This will be kept at their seats and brought home every night to be cleaned. Due to the current conditions, sharing of toys and materials this year is prohibited.  We will be discussing this together at a later date. All children's toys must remain at home. This rule will prevent any issues that may arise.

     School is right around the corner!  Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 7th and I can't wait to see everyone.   I am looking forward to this school year and having the opportunity to work with your child. I am confident that with your support we can make this year a vital and engaging learning experience for your child.

Sincerely,

Renee R. Palmer