Mrs. Harris

  • My name is Jessica Harris and I would love to be your student's Kindergarten teacher. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended college at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner). Soon after graduation I moved to the DFW metroplex in Texas where I began teaching. Over the last nine years I have taught as a special education inclusion aide, seven years in Kindergarten, and one year in fifth grade. This year will be my tenth year of teaching. Wooo!

    I live with my husband, son, two dogs and four cats. I know, four cats! It didn't happen on purpose, they just kept showing up on my doorstep.  

    I enjoy reading, college football, and the occasional soccer match. Basically, I will do anything outdoors that doesn't include the potential for mosquito bites.

    As your child's Kindergarten teacher, it is my job to make sure their first year in school starts with a strong base. The class will be structured, based on routine, and will have an emphasis on building community with honesty. Your child's social-emotional growth and learning are just as important as traditional academics and our lessons will have a focus on both.  

     

    "MAYBE LIFE ISN'T ABOUT AVOIDING THE BRUISES. MAYBE IT'S ABOUT COLLECTING THE SCARS TO PROVE WE SHOWED UP FOR IT."  -   H. BRENCHER

My Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color: Blue

    Favorite Drinks: I am a fan of hot chocolate, Mr. Pibb, and Coke Zero. 

         I am not a coffee drinker, but I dig the Pink Drink from Starbucks. 

    Favorite Stores: AMAZON! I also love Barnes and Noble and Target. 

    Favorite Food: All food. I am not picky, but carbs are the best. 

    Favorite Snack: Pistachios or Almond Hershey Kisses

    Favorite Restaurant: I don't have a favorite, but I like to be surprised by new places. 

    About Me: I am fluent in Friends quotes, love a funny tshirt or quote, and napping is my jam. I also like watching movies whenever my two year old gives me the chance. 

Favorite Book:

  • It is impossible to choose just one favorite book, but I do have a special place in my heart for the pigeon books by Mo Willems. They are loud, energetic, and the perfect amount of fun. I love the pigeon. 

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Contact Me:

  • Email: jaharris@waukesha.k12.wi.us
    Twitter: @Kinder_Harris 

     

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Class Dojo

  • What is Class Dojo? 

    Class Dojo is a classroom communication app that allows families and teachers to have an instant point of contact. Families can see behavior reports in real-time, send messages back and forth, and see photos and videos all within the app. It also translates into 35 different languages. 

    While the "primary" use of Class Dojo is normally reporting behavior, that is not my main goal when using it. Dojo uses a point system, but these points are never publically displayed or discussed with anyone except the student themselves. As students learn routine and adjust to classroom expectations, the behavior points are used less and less. 

    I like to use Dojo as it is an instant point of contact. We can share messages and reminders back and forth and I can create an electronic portfolio so you can see all of the amazing things your child is doing in class. 

    A personal invite will be sent to family members once the school year begins. 

Kindergarten (K5) Supply List

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    • 1 backpack

    • 1 pair of headphones (NOT earbuds)

      • Why not earbuds? Earbuds do not hold up against daily use from a 5-year-old and need to be frequently replaced. They also tangle constantly.

    • 1 pack of band-aids

      • Plain or decorated; any size

    • 2 large Kleenex boxes

    • 1 canister Clorox wipes

    • 2 PLASTIC 2 pocket folders

      • Need in colors of RED and BLUE

    • 3 Composition Notebooks (wide-ruled) 

    • 1 spiral notebook (wide-ruled)

    • 1 pencil box (Spacemaker)

      • Not a pencil bag, but a pencil BOX. These boxes are sturdy and can fit pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue. 

    • 2 packs of #2 pencils

    • 2 large pink erasers

    • 4 packs of Crayola Crayons (24 count)

    • 12 lage Elmer Glue Sticks

      • Why Elmer? Because they last the longest and actually glue items together. Other brands often dry-out or don't glue well resulting in requesting more supplies from famlies. 

    • 1 pair of scissors

      • If your child is left handed, PLEASE special purchase them a pair of left handed scissors.

    • 1 pack of washable markers (Crayola)

    • 1 Crayola Watercolor Paints (8 count)

    • 2 containers of Play-Doh (any color)

    • 2 sets/packs of 4 dry erase markers (any color/variety)

    • 2 packs of 3x3 Post-It notes (any color)

    • 1 pack/box of gallon Ziploc bags

    • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

    • 1 change of clothes (pants, underwear, and socks in a labeled bag)

      • Why spare clothes? Even the best potty-trained child gets excited or may wait too long to use the restroom which results in accidents. 

    ADDITIONALLY GIRLS

    • 1 roll of paper towels

    ADDITIONALLY BOYS

    • 1 box Ziploc sandwich bags (that zip)

     

    Notes/Reminders: 

    DO NOT LABEL all of your student's supplies. Many items will be shared as a community. Items specific to your child (pencil box, scissors, etc) will be labeled by the teacher. 

    Students will be required to wear athletic/tennis shoes on gym days. A schedule will be given to you once school begins. However, you do not need to store extra shoes at school.