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Meet Ms. Gillooly
Hello everyone, my name is (Ms.) Taylor Gillooly and I am thrilled to be joining the Kindergarten Team as a new teacher!  I grew up on the outskirts of Moravia, NY with my family and three giant Labradors.  I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education (B-6) and my master’s degree in Literacy Education (B-12) at SUNY Cortland.  During that period I substitute taught frequently at Cincinnatus Central School.  I also spent three weeks teaching preschool in Belize while immersing myself in a new culture.  In my free time, you will most likely find me kayaking and fishing in the Finger Lakes or downhill skiing.  I am looking forward to creating a safe space where our students will grow to be kind and engaged citizens.  I am delighted to be part of the McGraw Community and I can’t wait to see what this school year will bring!

Daily Schedule
8:00-8:30 Arrival and Eat Breakfast
8:30-8:50 Morning Meeting
8:50-9:50 ELA
9:50-10:40 Math
10:40-10:50 Clean up and wash hands
10:50-11:20 Lunch
11:25-12:05 Specials

Monday: P.E.
Tuesday:Music
Wednesday:P.E.
Thursday: Art
Friday (A):P.E
Friday (B): Library
12:05-12:30 Rest Time
12:30-1:30 Science/Social Studies/Health
1:30-2:00 Recess
(Outside if it is not raining or below 25 degrees)
2:00-2:35 Snack and Table Toys
2:35-2:50 Pack up
2:50-3:10 Dismissal

Communication
There is a free app that you should try to get for you phone or computer this school year called Class Dojo. If your child was in our Pre-K program last year, you most likely already have it.
  • Class Dojo will be our main platform for Kindergarten home-school communication this year. I know receiving a lot of notifications can be annoying, but I do suggest that you either keep them on, or be sure to check the app for messages a few times per day. Important information is always put up there asap.
  • If you do not have access to internet, we will communicate privately and make other arrangements that can work for you and your kindergartener. Please just let me know.
                                                                                             
 
Click here to see information about how to get your child's ClassDojo account set up.
This is a link to a page with information about how to get logged in, either from an email invitation or from their website. We will be, or we have already, sent out these invitations to either emails or cellphone numbers.

Take Home Folders
  • This maroon folder is for home-school communication and is very important, so please help your child take good care of it as it will not be replaced this school year. Please send any notes or important papers or money to school in this folder. (ANY MONEY SHOULD BE SEALED IN AN ENVELOPE OR ZIPLOCK BAG)
  • The teachers will check it every morning. Please check it EVERY night for your child’s hard work, or important papers that need your attention from the teacher or the school.
  • There is a “keep at home” side, and a “return to school” side. Please do not let papers build up in your child’s folder, try to go through it each evening and remove papers that you should keep at home.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Class Dojo messages do NOT qualify as legal notes that need to go to the main office. These include:

  • Notes about changes in pick-up routines or drop of routines (getting them early, or a change in bus routines)

  • Written excuses for absences or tardiness
     

Curriculum
Below you will find brief statements identifying the curriculum we use. Click on the underlined words for links to better descriptions and/or resources regarding each.

ELA or English Language Arts (Reading and Writing)
We have a new series this year called Wonders, from publisher McGraw Hill.
We work to be sure and cover NY's Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards.

Math
We use a Math program called My Math, from McGraw-Hill as well as other teacher-made resources that help us meet the Next Generation Mathmatics Learning Standards and give your kindergarteners a strong start.

Social Studies
Our New Social Studies program this year is called into Social Studies, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We follow the NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework (see engageny.org SS).

Science
Our Science Curriculum includes New Smithsonian Science kits from BOCES and follows NYS Next Generation Learning Standards and can be viewed on the McGraw District website (Science curriculum).

Health
Our Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, is also based on NYS Next Gen Learning Standards which can be viewed on the McGraw District Website (Health curriculum).


Breakfast and Lunch
Click here to see the menu!
  • Breakfast
    • the school provides a free breakfast for every student
    • We pass breakfast out to every student first thing, and they choose if they want to eat it
    • If your child eats breakfast at home, they may still choose to eat something from the school's breakfast unless you tell the teacher otherwise.
  • Lunch
    • The school offers a couple of choices for free lunch, and your child can choose from those choices OR they can bring their own lunch from home.
    • Please note that the school will provide a monthly menu, but be aware that the choices are subject to last minute changes due to availability
  • If your child brings their own lunch:
    • they will either need to bring their own drink (no carbonated beverages please), drink water from their water bottle, or let the teacher know that they need to get milk from the cafeteria
  • Snacks and ice cream during lunch (not available for kindergarten at this time)
    • These items are not free, and are sometimes offered for a certain price, however, because kindergarteners eat in their classrooms, we do not give them the option to buy ice cream or snacks at this time. If this changes, I will let you know.
  • PLEASE, take some time to help your kindergartener get acquainted with their lunch box and beverage container/water bottle. Help them practice opening and closing containters tightly, and taking care of them. Thank you

Snacks and Water Bottles

All students will need to bring in their own snack, every day. School does not provide them and other students will only bring their own.
Their snacks should not include juice, or other drinks
Every student will need to bring in a water bottle that they can easily open and close tightly, on their own
  • We have a water-filling station where they can fill them with fresh water as needed
  • Water bottles can be kept in school, but will be sent home for washing as little as once a week, or as often as every day (This depends on parent preference, and COVID guidelines)
  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN FLAVORED WATER OR DRINKS WITH SUGAR IN THEM, except as part of their packed lunch, and never send soda or carbonated drinks. Thank you for understanding :)
We strongly suggest healthy snacks, and that you save the sugary ones for their Birthdays 
On their Birthday, students are allowed to bring in PREPACKAGED cookies or store bought cupcakes for their classmates. They must be unopened and cannot require utencils. (We have 15 friends)

Please have sneakers each day for the playground and PE class!
 

Rest Time
Please send in a beach towel or small blanket for them to use for our quiet time. (NO sleeping bags please).  They may also bring in a VERY SMALL pillow if they have one. The storage space is not very big. We will send them home on Fridays to be washed and returned. As always, it is important to write your child’s name on ALL of these things before you send them in.

No toys from home please

Please refrain from allowing your child to bring toys into school.  This is a strict rule in kindergarten.  We have found that toys from home can be lost, given away, or misused by others. If your child has a long bus ride, and there is something they need to keep them occupied during the ride, please talk to them about keeping that item in their backpacks during school.


 
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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636
www.mcgrawschools.org