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Parents:  Click on The Busy Bee Times for the latest newsletter.

Thank you parents for all your help

at the Halloween party. It was

greatly appreciated.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

I am so excited to be a part of your child's life.  Kindergarten is such an exciting year and important year as it builds the foundation for academic and social growth and learning. Teaching young children is a passion of mine and I have been teaching for over 15 years. I believe that everyone has the potential to learn and grow. I enjoy watching your little ones light up when they achieve something new. 

You and I have the same goal for your child: an enriching year that builds solid skills for reading, writing, and math. But just as importantly, you and I both want your child to develop self-confidence and a love of learning. Please remember, you are your child's first, best and most important teacher!  Let your child know that you are interested in what is going on at school. your attitude, your expectation of school and your support will contribute to your child's approach to school. You and I are partners in learning!

At "Meet the teacher" and on the first day of school, you or your child will be given a parent survey. This is an informal survey and would be very helpful for me to gain some insight about your child.

Click here to read and download parent survey letter and the survey.

Most weeks I will send home a newsletter about what the class is learning in ELA, math, writing, etc. It will also have any important notices and announcements or upcoming events. This newsletter will also be on my site. The newsletter will officially start Sept. 9.

*****The best way to reach me is via email. My school email is listed above. My personal email is I generally will respond within 24 hours.

Finally, your child is lucky as he/she is in a collaborative classroom. This means that there will be 2 teachers and an assistant working with your child. Miss Zizzo will come into the class for part of the day and Mrs. Collins is our teaching assistant. Below are several questions that parents tend to ask when they hear their child is in a collaborative classroom setting?


1. Why should my child be in an integrated classroom? 
This model enables us to reach all the students and provide each student with more support. In a typical classroom, there is one teacher for 20 - 24 students. In an integrated classroom, there are two teachers for 20 - 24 students in a class. There are two sets of eyes to help your child. Kindergarten children need so much support and are not yet independent. Your child is fortunate because he or she will receive more individual attention.
2. I see my child is working with the special education teacher, should I be worried?
No, not usually. Your child is in an intergrated collaborative class so Ms. Zizzo will teach to the whole class, small groups and individual students. Your child may simply be in a center that Ms. Zizzo is leading. If there is a problem, we would contact you and meet with you to identify the problem and help resolve it.
3. Will my child receive less of an education because he is in a class with children who have a learning disability?
 Absolutely not!  Curriculum, state and national standards are for every student. Each class is expected to meet those standards regardless if they contain special education students or not. Your child will receive the appropriate tasks/lessons  based on his or her grade level. We adapt to accommodate the needs of each child.
4. I suspect my child has a problem, can the special education teacher work with her more?  I mean she is already in the classroom.
We want to hear from you. If you suspect something isn't right let us know. We will do the same with you. No problem is too big or small. We want your child to have a great learning experience and feel good about herself.  If we suspect a problem, both teachers would monitor your child more closely. We may even have a team meeting to brainstorm ideas to help your child. You would be made aware of this should happen. 
5. Will the special education teacher be at my child's parent conference?
Because Ms. Zizzo worsk in two classrooms, she will try to attend most of the conferences. She must attend those who are classified, but I do make every effort to be there for the non-classified students as well.


Wingdale Elementary School   6413 Route 55   Wingdale, NY 12594   Phone: (845) 877-5720   Fax: (845) 877-5729

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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