Dear TK Families,
Welcome to TK (Transitional Kindergarten) at Montemalaga Elementary School!
My name is Christine Gardner and I am your child's teacher for the 2021-22 school year. This is my 26th year of teaching, with 22 of those years at Montemalaga. Throughout my teaching career I have taught 1st grade, K (Kindergarten) and TK (Transitional Kindergarten)
Charlene Kai is the class aide. She loves working with the students and has been a TK aide at Montemalaga for 6 years. We are lucky to have such a caring and dedicated person in TK.
We look forward to a year of discovery, character building, learning and fun. We are committed to maintaining students' natural curiosity, love of learning, and confidence in themselves as learners, while developing the behaviors that will enable them to become active and focused in the classroom setting. Social/Emotional learning, along with the academic readiness skills for kindergarten are the foundational components of the TK year.
In TK we are using our schoolwide PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) throughout the day. PBIS encourages students to make good choices as they follow class and school expectations in order to SOAR - Spread Kindness, Observe Safety, Act Responsibly and Respect themselves and others. When students make good choices they are positively rewarded. This empowers the students to make conscious choices and in turn become intrinsically motivated. PBIS focuses on students' strengths rather than their weaknesses. We focus on Whole Body Listening. This means Eyes are watching, Ears are listening, Body is still, Voice is quiet, Heart is caring and Brain is thinking when someone is talking.
Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at [email protected] or (310) 3785228 x 20222.Sincerely,Mrs. Gardner & Miss Kai