Degrees and Certifications:
BMus, Northwestern University MA, University of Warwick Cert. of Adv. Study, National-Louis University
Sara Rosheger has been teaching in Deerfield since 2010. Her classes have included third grade, half-day kindergarten, extended day kindergarten, and now full-day kindergarten. She also has worked for Ravinia Nursery School, Avoca School District in Wilmette, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Mrs. Rosheger holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University and earned her masters in Arts Education from the University of Warwick with a British Marshall Scholarship. As an undergraduate student of musical theater and music education at Northwestern, Mrs. Rosheger developed her interest in using the arts to enhance learning across the curriculum. She loves teaching kindergarten because of the joy she and the children find in learning together.
Kindergarten students line up east of the primary playground, which is on Wilmot Road, when the first bell rings at 8:33 a.m. Students enter the building at 8:35 a.m. when Mrs. Rosheger or another staff member picks them up to walk to our room, so that classroom routines can start at 8:40 a.m. When weather is inclement, students enter the GMA from the primary playground and line up by 8:33 a.m.
Kindergartners will be dismissed according to the plans parents shared on the Kindergarten Information Form (see IMPORTANT below). Students who are being picked up will be dismissed through the main entrance of the school, facing Deerfield Road. Please inform Mrs. Rosheger if you prefer to have your child walk to the carpool line on their own, instead of being met by a caregiver at the door. If your child will be picked up by a sibling, siblings should be instructed to meet at the tables near the main entrance.
IMPORTANT: Anytime your child will leave school in a different way from usual, please send a written note to school with your child that morning. It will be added to the Dismissal Chart for the day. For occasional last-minute changes in how your child will leave school, please call the school office. Mrs. Rosheger is busy working with children during the school day and may not get a last-minute email or voice message in time.
Special Classes & Recess
Kindergartners attend special classes according to the table below. Please have them wear gym shoes on PE days. Please help them remember their library books on Book Exchange day.
Mondays: STEAM, P.E.
Wednesdays: Art, Music
Thursdays: STEAM, Art
Fridays: P.E., Music, Book Exchange
Weather permitting, kindergartners go outside for recess every day. Please help them be ready by sending boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens when needed. Also practice zipping zippers and tying shoes at home; children who can do these things for themselves have more time to play.
Water, Snack, & Lunch
Please stock your child's backpack every day with these refreshments:
1) a full bottle of fresh water (to be re-filled in the afternoon, if necessary),
2) a morning snack of fresh or dried fruits and/or vegetables, or applesauce in a squeeze pouch (NO canned fruits, pickles, or applesauce cups please); this should be packed separately from the lunchbox for easy retrieval,
3) a healthful lunch that your child can manage as independently as possible (including a drink, since kindergartners' water bottles stay in their lockers).
Things to Keep at School
Each kindergartner should have a full change of clothes to store in their locker. Please pack these items in a large ziploc bag, and send them to school during the first week of classes.
Each student needs to bring an old sock to keep in their chair pocket and use as a white board eraser.
Students are welcome to store a pair of shoes and snow pants in their locker, if parents prefer to have these kept at school. Snow pants and boots are needed for outdoor play when snow is on the ground. Shoes are worn in the classroom.
Parent volunteers make a difference in Kindergarten! Watch your email for more information about these opportunities:
1) Guest Readers present a pre-selected book to the class.
2) Choice Time Leaders may plan and lead a unique one-time experience for all kindergartners.
3) Field Trip Chaperones supervise small groups of students during field trips, and on the bus to and from.
4) Classroom Volunteers may be invited from time to time to support other instructional activities.
Seesaw is an online journal service, designed for schools. Each kindergartner will have their own journal. Mrs. Rosheger and your child will periodically add entries from school, such as photos, videos, drawings, and notes. Parents will be able to create an account for viewing their own child's journal entries from a personal electronic device. Mrs. Rosheger also will use Seesaw to send out class-wide reminders, so please consider using this app.
Birthdays are special in Kindergarten, and we enjoy celebrating them as follows.
1) The birthday child receives a crown and a gift from Mrs. Rosheger, as well as a birthday book from Dr. Brett.
2) They sit in a special chair, so the whole class can sing "Happy Birthday" to them.
3) While parents are not able to visit on birthdays, we do take a photo of the child and post it on Seesaw (see above).
4) If your child's birthday falls during summer vacation, we will celebrate on or near the half-birthday.
Practice makes progress! Homework in Kindergarten helps provide skill practice and contributes to learning success.
1) Reading: Sight Words (a.k.a. High Frequency Words) are words that appear frequently in text and often defy decoding strategies. Memorizing them contributes greatly to reading fluency. Sight Word baggies will be prepared in class periodically and sent home for flash card style practice. You also can help your child learn our Kindergarten Sight Words by using the ideas on our Sight Word Practice Games page.
2) Math: Homework opportunities will be tailored to the learning needs of students in this year's class. More information to come!
3) Projects: Occasional projects will be assigned with adequate time to be completed at home and returned to school.
Person of the Day
"Person of the Day" is how we enjoy Show & Tell in our classroom. Each round of "Person of the Day" will have a theme and special directions for selecting an object to bring to school. After Show & Tell, each Person of the Day pulls the name of the next day's Person. Parents are notified through a note in the Take Home folder. Follow the simple directions, which may include writing some clues, and send the selected object to school the next day.
Each student will be assigned a day to be our special Featured Friend. We enjoy learning about each of our kindergarten Friends! Ahead of time, your child will receive an "All About Me" poster to prepare and present to the class. On this day, your child also may bring a Show and Tell item that will help us learn more about him or her.
Scholastic Reading Club
We participate in the Scholastic Reading Club to help families find compelling books to read with their kindergartners at home. Scholastic also rewards our classroom with additional books when we make purchases. Participation is not required but if you are interested, please visit Scholastic Reading Club (copy and paste this Activation Code: L9636 )