KINDERGARTEN


Welcome to our

"Garden"

Of Learning

The mission of Christ the King School is provide an excellent education in a Catholic Community of Love and Care; to foster respect for self and others; and to nourish a life-long devotion to God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to welcome you and your child to kindergarten! This will be a wonderful year full of learning and fun, not to mention an incredible year of change. You will be amazed as you watch your child bloom as a friend, reader, writer, mathematician, scientist, thinker, and so much more!

I look forward to working with you and your child this year! I am so excited by the anticipation of the countless milestones we will reach as a class and those your child will reach as an individual.

I look forward to meeting you during our BACK to SCHOOL BBQ on Monday, August 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will also have the opportunity to meet our Morning Teaching Assistant, Mrs. Beaudin. Mrs. Beaudin taught Pre-school at Christ the King for several years followed by one year in Kindergarten. I am very excited to have her on our team!

I bet your child is exceptional! Would you consider telling me about your wonderful child? Brag! Brag! Brag! PLEASE!! I can't wait to hear about my new friends. I love getting emails, and check them on a daily basis. If you need to relay important information to me before dismissal, please call the school office (802) 862-6696 and leave a message with the office administrator. This will ensure that any urgent information is received prior to dismissal. sculupa@cksvt.org.

Thank you in advance for trusting me with your most precious possession. I promise to treat your child the way I would want my child to be treated. I am not perfect, but will do my best to make this an amazing year!

Blessings,

Mrs. Susan Culupa


About Mrs. Culupa

I am a native of Poughkeepsie, NY, where I taught for 10 years in a Catholic School (St. Peter's). Vermont has been my home now for 24 years! I live in Jericho, Vt. with my husband, Frank, two children, Ariel and Addison, and two dogs, Hunter and Max!

As of September, I will have taught every grade from K-4 throughout my 27 years of teaching! I LOVE being a teacher! It is the best "job" on Earth! I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community, CKS! It is truly my home and I consider everyone here an extension of my family! Welcome and Thank You for entrusting your sweet child unto my care!

Teaching Philosophy

Each child brings to the classroom their own unique personality and learning style. My goal is to celebrate these differences and nourish each child academically, socially and emotionally so they continue to grow in their journey to become the child of God that each is called to be. I believe in differentiating lessons to best meet these individual needs so that success is achieved at all levels. Ultimately, I strive to create a classroom environment where each student feels valued, accepted and comfortable in asking questions and sharing their thoughts and wisdom in a safe, loving community of friends.


Classroom Management

The Kindergarten classroom management is based upon conducting ourselves in a manner that is conducive to being a disciple of Jesus. Daily emphasis is placed on using kind words and doing kind actions. Following the Responsive Classroom Approach, the class and I will generate rules that will allow us to establish a calm and orderly classroom that is filled with empathy and good will for others. Reinforcing language will be used to highlight student skill, attitudes, work processes and the quality of work products. Reminding language will be used to prompt children to remember for themselves established expectations. For example, “What will you need to do so you can be ready for math quickly?” Redirecting language will be used when students need clear, non-negotiable instructions as to what to do. I will use statements or commands that are clear and respectful. For example, if a child is running my language would be “walk” as opposed to “Stop running!”

I believe in giving logical consequences for misbehavior that are respectful, relevant and realistic. This year, when a student is not displaying appropriate behavior, they will be told to “take a break”. This strategy will be used to help students learn and practice self-control. It allows students to make mistakes, gives them time to refocus and the opportunity to return to successful participation.