Dear kindergarteners and families,
Hello and welcome to kindergarten at St. Joseph School! My name is Michelle Hagarman and I will be your teacher this year. This is technically my 13th year teaching at St. Joseph, although I took some time off last year. I taught kindergarten for 6 years and second grade for 6 years. Now, I am back to kindergarten again, and I am excited to meet and teach all my new, little friends.
Here is just a little information about myself. I’ve lived in Hanover all my life. I graduated from South Western High School, Shippensburg University, and Immaculata University with a degree in Psychology and a dual certification in education and special education. I have been married for 27 years. My husband is a graduate of Delone Catholic. I have two children, Jack (24) and Maya (17). Both my children went to St. Joseph School and Delone Catholic. My daughter is a senior there this year.
My very first job out of college was teaching preschool. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wanted to be a teacher. So I took classes while working and being a new mom and eventually became certified to teach. Before coming to work as a teacher at St. Joseph School, I worked with children with special needs for 13 years. I have been working with and teaching children for 30 years in many different capacities. Much has changed over the years, but my love of teaching has not!
Kindergarten is a very exciting year. For most children it is the first time they are in school all day, every day. It takes time for everyone to adjust, but take heart, everyone will, and it will be wonderful. In kindergarten the children will learn to read and write. They will learn some basic math, and we will talk about God’s love for them each day in religion class. We will also make time to talk about science and social studies concepts. Kindergarten participates in all the special classes too, such as; gym, art, music, library, etc.
One of the most important things that the children will learn this year is how to work with and get along with their classmates, how to become more independent, and what it takes to be a good student. Kindergarten is as much about working on social and emotional skills, as it is about academic skills. You will be amazed how grown up your little one will become in a year. It’s so exciting!
The best way to contact me is through email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will check my emails often over the summer and get back to you as soon as I can. During the school year, I usually only have a chance to check my emails at the end of the day, or sometimes, at lunch. If you have important information for me, or for your child during the school day, please call the office. That is the quickest way for information to get to me. I also try to make it a point to answer emails within 24 hours.
Your child will need a few items when the school year begins. I may ask for other items as the school year progresses. For now, here is what I am asking each child to have on the first day of school. Please clearly label all supplies for your child.
Our Back to School meeting this year will be school-wide on August 19th. Mr. Staub will be sending out more information on this in the near future. I will have handouts available at the meeting.
For now, enjoy the rest of the summer, read to your child each day, and let them know how excited I am to meet everyone on August 24th!! If you have any questions between now and then, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Mrs. Michelle Hagarman
Welcome to Kindergarten!