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Lisa Miller

Bear Tavern Elementary School

609-737-4005 Ext. 5214 

Twitter:  @BTMillerK


If for ANY reason you need to make a change in your child's dismissal, please email the office directly:



 When your child will be out sick, call the "Safeline".

The office and nurse need to know where your child is at all times.




Just a gentle reminder that when sending in money with your child for any reason, PLEASE be sure it is in an envelope marked clearly with your child's name and reason marked on the envelope. 


Hello parents.

Thank you to those parents who were able to visit our classroom for our American Education Day.  Hopefully, you were able to get a snippet of our daily routines.  

This will be a busy, but fun, week for all.  We have activities planned and our room parents are busy getting ready for our Winter Celebration.  

Friday will be Pajama Day to help celebrate the beginning of our break.  

You will also be able to access the first of three report cards and will receive an email next week letting you know they are open and ready for view.  So many changes happen at this age and from the beginning to the end of the school year, you will see so much growth and exciting things happening. 

Have a wonderful weekend and week! 






 We have moved onto the number TEN!    Now that we are combining numbers to make a whole, having fun with this at home will only strengthen this skill:  ie: "We need to set the table.  If dad and mom makes two table settings, how many more will we need for two children?"

Thanks for helping them with their homework each night.


Language Arts and Phonemic Awareness:


I cannot tell you how important it is for you to be practicing with your child and their letters and sounds each night.  As we are learning the letters, we are also beginnning to build words.  By practicing the fundamentals, reading begins to fall in place.


We are learning color words and number words up to seven as well as sight words, "I, like, the, a, on, see, is, you, can, in, it, to, and, am, me, my " through repetition.  We continue to practice new pattern books, which will be sent home as soon as we have practiced and are experts enough to share with you.


Some of our beginning skills to reading are:  rhyming words, repeating words and then the beginning sounds/end sound heard, breaking apart/putting together compound words.

(ie:  backyard, chalkboard, bookcase, etc.)


Reading to your child is important as well.  Building on comprehension is key.  ie:  Who are the characters, using the characters, retell the story using the beginning, middle and end.  




The lower case letters practiced so far are:  All of them!

We are currently working on Upper and Lowercase letter formations.  


As you practice the letters and sounds at home, you can spread out the letters and ask:  Which letter has the beginning sound in the word, "monkey, igloo, frog", etc.  OR end sounds:  

Which letter sound ends the word:  "pot, tub, bag", etc.

Now we can move onto practicing isolated sounds that come together to form a word:

"What letter makes the /b/ sound?  /a/?   /g/?   Lets put it together to make the word:  b-a-g.







When practicing their sounds, we need to be mindful not to include other sounds along with them:

T:  The correct sound is /t/.  The incorrect sound is /ta/.   

B:  Correct:  /b/;   Incorrect:  /bu/

F:  Correct:  /f/;   Incorrect:  /fu/

When these letters are introduced, they come with a picture to help understand initial sounds.

We would say:  "T, top, /t/"

                        "B, bat, /b/"

                        "F, fun, /f/"

We are practicing words that begin with this sound as well as how to write the letter properly.   You can help by giving words that begin with those initial letters and see if they can tell you which letter is the first sound.


Eventually, I will be sending home a ring with letters on them so they can practice each night as well.


I also encourage your child to write their names with a capital letter in the beginning and continuing with lower case letters in order to form good habits now.  Please be sure they write their names on their homework each night.  









My best form of communication is through e-mail, and I will make every effort to respond asap.  (Please keep in mind that occasionally, the internet will go down.  For this reason, if you have anything that needs my attention immediately, such as a change in pick up, then please call the office, and they will relay the information to me.)











Each month we will send a form where you can order books for your child. If interested, you can click on the site to the Scholastic Club and do completely online:





Follow me on TWITTER to see what your children do each day:  @BTMillerk




Just a few kind reminders to help make our class flow smoothly:

*Please remember to put your child's first and last name, the date, and my name, on any notes that come to school. 

*Separate your child's snack, with their name, from their lunch.  (I place the snacks in a separate container so it is quicker to access their snacks.)

*Please check their folder every day and empty the side "keep at home".


Thank you for your support!  













When we learn new letters, it is helpful for you to practice with them as much as possible.  

(Ie:  Name something that begins with the letter "b", or what letter does the word "boy" begin with?  What letter does the sound /b/ make?)

In addition to these new letters, we will be practicing the proper way to hold their pencil and use the lines to guide them properly in writing these letters.  At this point, they will only be writing lower case letters, EXCEPT for the first letter in their name.

 *Please encourage your child to use an uppercase letter for the first letter ONLY and then lower case for the remainer of their name.  


All library books are due back on their library day, so they can check out a new one!  (The schedule will be coming out soon.)


P.S. For safety reasons, if you are picking up your child at the end of the day, you will need to enter the main entrance so you can be checked in.  The other front door will be locked.