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Hi there! My name is J'Lee Dawson. I graduated from Texas A&M in 2006 with a degree in Education. I taught second grade for a couple of years in Rogers. This will be my ninth year teaching kindergarten at Holland elementary. My husband, Kirby and I have 3 boys. Ty will be in fourth grade. Tug will be in kindergarten and Tripp is one. I am so excited to teach your child all about school this year!

8:00-8:15 Calendar/Pledges

8:15-9:30 Guided Math

9:30-10:00 Recess

10:00-11:00 Guided Reading/ELA Centers

11:00-11:20 Language Arts (Chalkboards/News/Handwriting)

11:25-11:55 Lunch

12:00-1:00 Elective (Computers or Spanish)/P.E. (conference period)

1:00-2:00 Nap

2:00-2:15 Snack

2:15-2:45 Writing

2:45-3:10 Phonics

3:10-3:30 Social Studies/Science

3:30-3:40 Pack up/Dismissal

Behavior Chart Information

I have a pocket at school with four color cards in it. We begin each day with a green card. If I still have my green card at the end of the day, you will know that I have had a good day. If I do not obey our class rules, my teacher will take my green card, and I will be on an orange “warning” card. Here is our behavior color chart:

                                Green card:  good day

                                Orange card: after several warnings--note home--recess timeout--5 minutes

                                Yellow card: note home--recess timeout--15 minutes

                                Red card: note home--no recess—the principal will talk to me

Sometimes, if the teacher catches me doing something good, I will get a “star” ticket! If I get 10 of these, I get a surprise. Here are the rules I must follow:

  1. Be kind to others
  2. Respect other people’s things
  3. Listen and do
  4. Obey all safety rules
  5. Use inside voices when inside

We will also be creating our classroom rules together as a group at the beginning of school so the above list is the main rules for every Kindergarten classroom.

Kindergarten Expectations

Know letter names, upper and lowercase

Form letters correctly

Know letter sounds

Know 35 or more sight words

DRA score of 3 or higher (Guided Reading)

Be able to use reading strategies taught

Know word families (chunks) and make words with those

Spelling tests in the Spring semester will cover 30 words over 10 weeks with a short sentence with punctuation.

Rhyme:  be able to pick out 2 words that rhyme and hear a rhyme in a passage that is read.

Understand concepts of print

            Front to Back

            Left to Right

            Top to Bottom

            Spaces in between words

Be able to use invented spelling

            Write in homemade books

            Write in Journals

Know colors

Know color words

Know months of the years

Know days of the week

Know words that start with each letter of the alphabet

Know beginning and ending sounds in words

Know 2D & 3D shapes

Count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s

Identify numbers 1-30

One to one counting

Know addition facts to 10

Read number words

Know directional words

            Before and after

            Above and below



Recognize and know the worth of money 




Comparing measurements


Report Card Information

Overall grading scale for learned skills in Kindergarten.

E = 93%-100%

S = 85%-92%

I = 78%-84%

N = 70%-77%

U = 69% and below



In the Fall, name homework will be sent home until your child has fully mastered writing his/her first name. A monthly calendar of homework will also be sent home. When your child completes an assignment please initial it. At the end of the month return it for a surprise!

In the Spring, there will be Monday through Thursday homework for Spelling. All homework will be marked on their behavior chart that comes home to you so you will know if there is homework on that night. Homework should take your child no more than 10 minutes to complete and be returned the next day. We want parents to help their Kindergartner with their homework, it is not meant for them to do all by themselves. They will need the instructions read to them and if they need help, please help them. Thank you for your help!

Birthday Party Guidelines

We do celebrate birthdays! Please feel free to send cupcakes or cookies to celebrate your child’s birthday. You can send enough for the entire Kindergarten or enough for your child’s classroom. We usually celebrate at snack time which is at 2:00 in the afternoon, right after getting up from nap. You can bring the food to the office and they will get it to us or you can bring it yourself at 2:00 in the afternoon.


Welcome to one of the finest School Districts in the State of Texas. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our school district and the many excellent programs we have available for our students. HISD is a wonderful place to educate a child. This environment is made possible by the tremendous parent and community support for our schools, as well as by a hardworking and dedicated staff.