• Hello parents and welcome to Kindergarten!!
    I am so excited to introduce myself as your child's Kindergarten teacher!  I have taught half-day Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in my years at Parkdale. I am so excited to be back in my third year teaching full-day Kindergarten and I am ready to work with with your beautiful children (and you!) this year as we move forward to make school a positive and fun learning experience! :)
    Classroom information will give you some important information on lunch, snack, recess...  some routines that may be new to you and your child.  Your questions can be answered even before they are asked!!  If you do have additional questions, please email me at saustin@eak12.org and I am happy to oblige! 
    I will be sending information regarding the REMIND app which is wonderful way for us to stay in touch.  Look for more information as soon as school begins. My announcements that I send as reminders are a limited number of characters, so please understand if I'm right to the point on my announcements.
    Scholastic Book orders will also come home monthly. I'll send that information home at the school supply drop off!
    The calendar is as updated as it can be.  Please note the half days since I know these can cause complications with childcare, hopefully being aware of them far in advance may help...  Also, the Kindergarten concert on June 4th at 9:30 cannot be missed!! :)
    The Curriculum pages on this site will help explain the Common Core expectations in Kindergarten. 
    We will be teaching ELA (English Language Arts) using the Core Knowledge Language Arts which is through EngageNY.  Please check out engageny.org if you are interested in more information about our curriculum.
    The Math curriculum we will be using is Core Knowledge Mathematics which is also available on on the EngageNY website. 
    My goal is that your child will LOVE coming to school!
    School should be a comfortable, fun, engaging, relaxing, energetic, loving, positive place to spend our days. Every single child is a vital part of creating our classroom and we will work together to make certain that they each feel this way. :)
    I cannot wait for a wonderful new year!
    Ms. Sue Austin  :)
    P.S. PLEASE start saving those BoxTops!!  There is also a new app to keep track of BoxTops Funds for our school. If you check in your App Store, it is easy to download and use once you set it up. You simply take a picture of your receipt each time you shop!