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Ms. Stidham (Better known as Ms. Michaela) is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic teaching team at Skagway School! Shaping young minds is her passion, and she hopes to continue to learn and grow along with her students for a long time.
Originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania, Ms. Michaela lived in Southern California for 12 years before moving to Skagway. She went to California State University, Fullerton and San Marcos, and earned her teaching credential in 2008. She has taught various grade levels in California, South Korea, and now Skagway.

When not teaching, she enjoys hiking, hanging out with her husband and dogs, and playing the ukulele.

2/6 Update

posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:48 PM by Michaela Stidham

2/6/2017

Hello Kindergarten Families,


Thank you for coming to our 100th day of school celebration last week! It was a great turnout. Encouraging our kids as they learn to read is one of the most important jobs we do.


Kindergarten Website:

I have uploaded pictures from the school year thus far onto my Teacher Website! To get to them, go to the school website (www.skagwayschool.org), and to the right, under “Quick Links,” click on Teacher Websites. Then find my name. From there, you’ll be directed to my site, where you can find updates, as well as photos, and some fun videos and learning resource links. Please let me know if you can’t access the photos, I’m still learning the ins and outs of Google Sites!


Valentine’s Day Orders:

The sophmore class is doing a Valentine’s Day Fundraiser. The students will be collecting orders and money Monday and Tuesday after school and at the Monday night basketball game.  Look for their table in the hall!  Your order will be delivered or available for pick up on Friday February 10th. I’ve included flyers related to this.


Social Studies:

To celebrate Black HIstory Month, we will be learning about George Washington Carver this week and his contributions to science and agriculture. We will be doing an activity that involves peanuts, and I am not aware of anyone with a peanut allergy, but if you have any concerns regarding this, PLEASE let me know as soon as you can!


Science:

The students have really enjoyed learning about the different classifications of animals, including vertebrates, invertebrates, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. This will flow nicely into our Salmon in the Classroom Studies, which begin next week!


Reminder:

Tuesday is Library Day.


Smiles and Laughter!

-Ms. Michaela

1/30/2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 3:44 PM by Michaela Stidham

Hello Kindergarten Families,


100 Days of School Reading Celebration:

You are invited to a short Reading Celebration we will be doing on Wednesday, February 1st. The students will showcase their skills and celebrate their accomplishments on the 100th day of school! It will be on Wednesday, February 1st, from 12:30-1:15. (It may end earlier than that)


Math:

I’m sending home their Topic 4 Math Test that we completed on Friday. I circled any incorrect answers. I don’t need them back, but it would be helpful if you went over any incorrect answers with your child.


Spirit Week:

Tuesday: All One Color Day (Dress in One Color)

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (Wacky Hair, clothes, etc.)\

Thursday: Inside Out Day (Wear your clothes Inside Out)

Friday: Extreme Blue and Gold Day


Reminder:

Tuesday is Library Day.


Smiles and Laughter!

-Ms. Michaela

1/24/2016

posted Feb 2, 2017, 3:41 PM by Michaela Stidham

Hello Kindergarten Families,


Just a few quick things this week to keep you in the loop:


100 Days of School Reading Celebration:

Be on the lookout for an invitation from your child for a Reading Celebration we will be doing on Wednesday, February 1st. It's the 100th day of school, and we have finished all the books in the Backpack Bear Series, so I'd like to give the students an opportunity to showcase their skills and celebrate their accomplishment! It will be on Wednesday, February 1st, from 12:30-1:15.


CPAA Results:

On Friday, the Kindergarteners took a computer assessment called the CPAA (Children's Progress Academic Assessment). It is the same assessment they took at the end of their Preschool Year, but adjusted to Kindergarten Standards. The reports, as well as suggested activities you can do at home, are being mailed out this week. While the CPAA is a wonderful tool, please remember that it is a snapshot of how they performed on one day, and not representative of their overall school performance. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


SuperFlex:

This week, we will be learning about Glassman. Please see the handout on Glassman to learn more about this tricky Unthinkable and how to defeat him.


Math:

We are wrapping up Topic 4, Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10 and will be taking the assessment this week. I will send them home when we finish, so please be on the lookout.


Reminder:

Thursday, January 26 is an Early Release Day.


Smiles and Laughter!

-Ms. Michaela


1/16/2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 3:33 PM by Michaela Stidham   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 3:40 PM ]

Dear Kindergarten Families,


Well, we are already off and running in January, and I’d like to share some news about what we are up to!


Language Arts:

This month, in addition to our continually study of letters and letter sounds, we will introduce the sounds th, sh and ch. This week, we will be adding the words into, get and gets to our sight word list.


Math:

We will be learning how to place the numbers 1 through 10 on a number line, as well as continue studying 1 more, 1 less, and 2 more and 2 less.


Social Studies:

We will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his contributions to our country.


Science:

We will learn the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as the definition of a mammal.


Social Learning:

Probably the most exciting lesson of the week, we will be introducing the character Superflex to teach us about the POWER OF FLEXIBLE THINKING!

Superflex is a superhero who uses the power of flexible thinking to destroy “The Unthinkables.” The first “Unthinkable” he will destroy is Rock Brain. Please see the sheet for more information on Rock Brain and get ready to see your kindergartener turn amaze you with their super powers!


As always, please don’t hesitate to come to me with any questions/concerns.


Smiles and Laughter,

Ms. Michaela


Valentine's Party

posted Feb 12, 2016, 4:15 PM by Michaela Stidham

Love is in the air and Valentine's Day is almost here! We will be celebrating on Thursday, February 11 (Friday, February 12 is an Inservice Day, so no school for kids).

We will be making holders to hold your Preschoolers Valentines and we invite all of you to bring in a card for each child. It does not have to be elaborate or store-bought, a simple paper heart with a message from your preschooler is fine. Encourage them to sign their own name on all of them, it's great name writing practice!

If you are bringing candy/a treat, that's fine, just bring enough for the whole class. I will allow the kids to eat ONE treat in school and then they will take the rest home.

A couple of kids will be out on vacation, but please bring enough for everyone, as they will receive their Valentines when they get back. A class list was emailed home.

Preschool Update 9/17

posted Sep 24, 2015, 3:13 PM by Michaela Stidham   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 3:23 PM ]

Hello Preschool Parents and Family,

First of all, thank you to all who came to the Open House and Ice Cream Social last Thursday. It was quite the party and I enjoyed getting to know all of you. I hope it gave you some insight as to what we do here at Preschool.

Today, your preschooler should have a very full back pack! Please look for these things that were sent home:

Scholastic Reading Club Catalogues
A wonderful way to get books for your kids for cheap! The easiest way to order is online. Go to scholastic.com/readingclub and enter the Class Activation Code:
PCXNR
Then search by item number, add to cart, and pay by debit or credit card.
Please have your orders in by Monday, October 5, and they will be shipped to the school. Because of where we live, it could take several weeks to get our order, so hopefully we'll get it before Halloween, but I can't guarantee it.

Library Books
Our class went to the library for the first time this year and visited our school librarian Mrs. Crouch! They all checked out a book, which are due by next Thursday. We will be going to the library every Thursday from 11:00 - 11:30.

Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine
This came in with our Scholastic Reading Club, so I thought you all might enjoy it!

Other highlights of what we've been doing in class:
  • We met a cute puppy (a puppet) who is helping our class learn how to stay in control, share with others, and use kind words to ask for things. This is part of the Second Step Program, a program that teaches Social-Emotional Skills. We will be getting hearts to put in a jar when Ms. Michaela or Ms. Kortney sees us doing something very kind or helpful. Then, at the end of the day, we can see how many hearts we got!
  • We worked on writing our names with our name folders, and spelled out our names with pieces of pipe-cleaners.
  • We have been having some really fun and fantastic P.E. classes with the kindergarten class and Mrs. Caposey (the kindergarten teacher)
  • We played with musical instruments, and thought about the difference between fast and slow (tempo). We made the musical instruments sound fast like some animals (bee, hummingbird) or slow (whale, elephant, sloth).
  • We talked about our letter of the week last week (L) and this week (F). Every day we talk about the name of the letter, how to write the letter, what sound the letter makes, and words that start with the letter.
All this and more, all before noon!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Smiles and Laughter,
Ms. Michaela and Ms. Kortney

September 3, 2015 Preschool Update

posted Sep 4, 2015, 3:41 PM by Michaela Stidham   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 3:43 PM ]

Hello Preschool Parents and Families!
What a beautiful day in Skagway and another week done in Preschool. Here are some reminders and updates.

Picture Day
Thursday, September 10th
Make sure your Preschooler is looking their best! I have sent home ordering envelopes. If you didn't receive one, let me know and I will make sure one gets to you. Preschool is scheduled for 10:30am. I've attached a flyer about School Pictures, just in case you haven't seen it.

Open House and Ice Cream Social
Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
As you tour the classroom, your preschooler can show you their hard work and beautiful art creations. Plus there's ice cream! Be on the lookout for a personal invitation. Please remember that all school rules apply during evening events at the school.
Pre-K through 2nd: 5:30-6:00 Open House, ice cream following
3rd-6th: 6:00-6:30 Open House, ice cream following

7th-12th: 6:30-7:00 Open House, ice cream following


What have we been up to?
  • We started working in our Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School Workbooks, focusing on correct crayon grip and fine motor skills.
  • We learned how to draw Mat Man.
  • We learned how to play safely on the playground.
  • We strengthened our hand muscles by playing with Play-Dough.
  • We made beautiful sun-catchers to hang in the window.
  • We learned the song "Where Is Thumbkin?"
  • We continued to work on our Fall Mural.
  • We strung beads and macaroni to make necklaces and bracelets.
Busy, busy, busy!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Smiles and laughter,
Ms. Michaela and Ms. Kortney

First Week Done and Back to School BBQ!

posted Sep 4, 2015, 3:39 PM by Michaela Stidham   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 3:44 PM ]

What a great first week it has been here at Preschool! I have enjoyed getting to know each and every one of your wonderful and unique preschoolers. Here are a few dates and reminders, as well as a recap about what we've been doing this week.

Snack Money
If you haven't already, please bring in snack money. It's $30 for the quarter, or $120 for the year. Bring cash or make checks payable to Skagway School.

Permission Slips
I am going to be asking you to sign a generic permission slip for all preschool students, so that we can take class trips to the library, the recreation center, etc. This was a part of the registration packet for grades K and up, but the office has informed me that it was not done for the majority of preschool. I'll begin by having a clip-board at the Back to School BBQ, then target anyone I missed. This way, the form doesn't have to travel home and come back (I know this can be hard with the little ones.) 

Back to School BBQ
Thursday, August 27th (tomorrow), 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Stop by, have a burger, say hi! I will have permission slips for the year for you to sign.

Open House and Ice Cream Social
Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
I scream, you scream, we all scream for . . . a great school year! 30 minute information/question and answer sessions will be given by the teachers in their classrooms, followed by ICE CREAM!
Pre-K through 2nd: 5:30-6:00 Open House, ice cream following
3rd-6th: 6:00-6:30 Open House, ice cream following

7th-12th: 6:30-7:00 Open House, ice cream following 


What Have We Been Doing in Preschool?
We have been learning the rules and routines of preschool, as well as beginning some fantastic projects to help us learn! Here are some highlights of some of the things we've been doing:
  • We went to a school wide assembly and met some of the older kids and all of the adults that work at the school.
  • We went on a class walk around the perimeter of the school property and talked about living things we saw along the way.
  • We started a Fall Class Mural that will hang in the hallway for the whole school to see!
  • We sponge painted fall leaves for the tree on the mural.
  • We met a cool new friend named Mat Man, and used lines and curves to put him together. (This is a part of the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, it teaches about lines, curves, body parts and number/shape concepts.)
  • We played Freeze Dance!
  • We kicked soccer balls on the field and learned how to make a goal.
  • We started to make our own Mat Man to hang on the wall in the classroom. We'll take them home next week after everyone has had a chance to admire them in the classroom.
  • We learned about different jobs in the classroom and how we are going to take turns doing each job.
All this and more before noon! What a great time learning!

Of course, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Welcome to Preschool

posted Aug 18, 2015, 3:15 PM by Michaela Stidham   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 4:04 PM ]

Dear Preschool Parents,


Welcome to an exciting new year of Preschool at Skagway School! My name is Michaela Stidham (Ms. Michaela) and I am thrilled to be your child’s Preschool Teacher this year! Kortney Rupprecht (Ms. Kortney) will be joining me as the 4-year-old Preschool Aide, and as the 3-year-old Preschool Teacher. We look forward to getting to know each child as we grow together this year.


Our class will provide each child with a safe and loving learning environment. Each day will be filled with fun and exciting adventures to help your child develop academically and socially. Here are some important dates and information to get us started on the right track.


Important Dates:

Preschool Starts:

Thursday, August 20th, 9:30 am.

Back To School BBQ:

Thursday, August 27th, 5:30-7:30pm.


Supplies and Snack Money

A snack program is provided to the students at a cost of $20 per quarter. Please bring in cash or check for this amount, make checks payable to Skagway School. Please let us know of any food allergies/restrictions. The snacks in this program are truly delicious and nutritious!

Here is a reminder school supply list for items your preschool student will need this year:

  • Pocket Folder- to take home completed work and communications home

  • Glue sticks

  • Gym shoes (clean, non-marking, to stay in your locker at school)

  • Extra set of clothes

  • Small backpack that fits in their locker


Our Daily Schedule

You are welcome to come in any time and see what exciting projects and activities we are doing here at school. This is a rough schedule of what we will be doing on a day to day basis. Be aware this schedule may change as we start the year and get settled into a routine that works best for everyone.


9:30 - 9:45

Welcome and Center Exploration

9:45 - 10:05

Circle Time/Math Calendar

10:05 - 10:20

Snack

10:20 - 10:35

Music

10:35 - 11:05

P.E. or Outside Recess (depending on weather)

11:05 - 11:50

Activity (Handwriting Without Tears, Art, or other Project)

11:50 - 12:00

Clean Up and Closure


Curriculum and Assessment

Throughout the year, we will be using the Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development and Learning to track each student’s progress in the following areas:


  • Social-Emotional

  • Physical

  • Language

  • Cognitive

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Science and Technology

  • Social Studies

  • The Arts


The Objectives outlined through Teaching Strategies GOLD align with the State of Alaska Early Learning Guidelines and will help ensure that your child will be on track and ready for kindergarten as they complete the preschool program. For more information on the Objectives for Development and Learning, click here.


We will be using the award winning, researched Handwriting Without Tears: Get Set for School for our literacy and math program. For more information about this fun and exciting preschool curriculum with proven track record for preparing Pre-K kids for Kindergarten, click here.


In closing, both Ms. Kortney and I are so pleased that we will have the opportunity to work with both you and your children to help get them ready for a successful school career. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you’d just like to say hello, please feel free to email me at mstidham@skagwayschool.org.


Here’s to a successful and exciting school year!


Sincerely,

Ms. Michaela and Ms. Kortney

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