K2

I’m originally from Puerto Rico, but moved to Washington, DC in 1999 to work at the US Patent Office. I love visiting family back home with my husband and our children.

After working as Patent Examiner at the Patent Office and as Technical Editor for SAIC, I switched careers to become a science teacher. I taught 4 years at Prince William County Schools and joined Aquinas as a Spanish teacher in 2015.

In 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the ENL Hernandez Fellows at the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education, a program specifically tailored for catholic teachers of linguistically diverse students.

Education:

  • BS, Theoretical Physics, University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez
  • M Ed, Curriculum & Instruction – Secondary Education, George Mason University, Virginia
  • 2017 ENL Hernandez Fellow, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Additional Training:

  • Content Teaching Academy , James Madison University,  June 2012 & June 2014
  • TESOL’s Train the Trainer, June 2020
  • TESOL’s Separating Difference from Disability with Students Learning English as an Additional Language, July 2020

Happy summer K2 students and parents!

This was certainly an unusual, yet fabulous Kindergarten year. I am very proud of the progress my students have made.  They have worked so hard to get here! 

Parents-  Your wonderful children are so resilient!  K2 adapted quickly to the safety measures put into place at Aquinas in order to keep the whole school community healthy!  Way to go girls and boys!!! 

Did you know research shows students can lose up to 2 months of academic growth during the summer months if they do not practice the skills they learned? Teachers call it the summer slide. Research also shows that reinforcing their skills just a few times each week during the summer not only helps students avoid the summer slide but it solidifies their academic foundation to prepare for their next grade level. It’s definitely worth investing this small amount of time each week during the summer to feel confident and ready for school come September! 

SO….Students….PLEASE keep READING and WRITING!!!!! It helps you become stronger and smarter. I know you can do it!

Here are a few ways Parents can encourage continued progress: 

  1. Help your student find books they like! The Summer Reading Program at the Prince William Public Library will run from June 4 through August 15. Please visit their website (Tales & Tails) for information about special events and incentives.
  2. Remind them to keep writing! They can write letters to friends & family and keep a journal of their summer adventures. Their free-choice journal still has plenty of room!
  3. Make time for educational games and some outdoor fun too!

Below are the links to some of the academic sites we used this year.  Accounts should be active through the summer. Their usernames and passwords will remain the same and I can see their progress from my teacher account. An extra copy listing their account information (usernames & passwords) was included in their last Tuesday Folder for your/their easy reference. If you allow your child limited screen time during the summer, please consider using these sites to make learning fun!

 Parents- Once again, THANK YOU for sharing your amazing children with me this year!  I feel so honored to have been their teacher and a part of their academic journey at Aquinas. 

Que Dios los bendiga y la Virgen los acompañe siempre.

Blessings, 

Sra. DeJesus

Tonight’s story:

Ant and Grasshopper  by Myka-Lynne Sokoloff

Check back for new stories!

Other stories:

The Blue Day Book for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive

What Makes You Happy?, a Care Bears Story by J.E. Bright

The Mixed-Up Museum, a Scooby Doo Mystery by Gail Herman

Caperucita Verde por Bruno Munari

Give Me Back My Book!  by Travis Foster and Ethan Long

 

 

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