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Friday, October 2, 2020


October 2020

Dear Parents,

The first month of school has gone by so quickly!  The children are beginning to adjust to the kindergarten routine and seem to enjoy our time together.  I look forward to teaching the children so many new things!

I always look forward to hearing the children read.  Thank you for your efforts at home to practice the reading. The reading books should be returned daily until I write “Finished” on the back.  I might not read with each group every day, so keep practicing even if I don’t get to put a sticker on the back. Be sure to look over the reading guide at the front so you know how to help your child.  Have your child practice the “words at work” page located at the back.  Be sure to have them point to the words as they are learning to read.

It is very sad that we will not have our usual Grandparent’s Day event. However, we will be working on a poem and a song to share virtually.  Please look for the link later this month to pass along to the special people in their lives!

          I am so happy that we are able to go the Milburn Orchard despite the many COVID restrictions.  Thank you so much for your willingness to drive and attend.  Pray that the weather is good!  I will be sending you an address to put into Google maps so that you park in the group parking place and we can all meet together.  Don’t forget to send in your money for any additional tickets needed.

Please work with your children at home on these very important skills:  holding a pencil correctly, opening packages of food, putting on jackets and tying shoes with a double knot.  We encourage the children to try on their own before they ask for help.  They get very excited about demonstrating independence in these areas.

Our warm fuzzy container is starting to fil up! We will be planning a special activity as a reward.  I will let you know when the time comes.  Your children are working hard to earn warm fuzzies. They are gaining self-control and learning to be good listeners.  It is fun to watch them spend the tickets they earn at the class store every other Friday.  Some children are “buying” a special lunch visit with a friend to Mr. Fry’s office.  He loves to have kindergarteners visit for good behavior!!

We welcomed a new student to our class the first day of October.  Alex brings our number of boys to seven now and our girls stay at two!

Happy Birthday to our two September Birthdays!

  Connor -28th and Charlie- 21st

And a Happy Birthday to Gracie on October 30th

Just a reminder that the children do not have school on Monday, October 12th and we are having a full day on October 9th.

Don’t hesitate to send an email or a note if you have a question or concern.  Let’s continue to have a great year!



Mrs. Dowd


Thursday, September 24, 2020


September 2020

Welcome to Kindergarten

Dear Parents,

                I am so glad that you have chosen to partner with us this year in the education adventure!  My name is Trish Dowd and I began my teaching career as a third grade teacher here at Bethany.  I taught four years and then took an eight year break to be at home with my children.  My two sons are both graduates of Bethany.  My oldest son, Hunter, is 19.  My younger son, Conor, is a junior at Avon Grove High School.  This will be my 13th year teaching kindergarten!

                I am delighted that another school year is about to begin and that I will be with your child in the classroom.  Kindergarten is an exciting time in a child’s life and I am blessed to be a part of that!  God has called me to this very special ministry and I will do my best to show the love of Jesus to your child and help them succeed in school.

Please join our Class DoJo:

Add the app to your phone to receive messages from me through our Class DoJo.  You will be able to communicate with me using this platform from 6:30 am until 8:00 pm.

Access to my Blog:

                I will have a monthly newsletter and other information regarding our class available through the school website.  Once you go to the website click “About Us”, and then go to “Teacher’s and Faculty”.  The next step is to click “Elementary Faculty” and look for my name.  Finally, click where you see the word “blog”.  You can sign up for email notifications when I update information.

My email:

                Please do not hesitate to call or contact me if you have questions or concerns.  I check my email daily and will respond in a timely manner.  I pray for God’s peace, joy and protection over all of us in this coming year!



Mrs. Dowd


  October 2020 Dear Parents, The first month of school has gone by so quickly!  The children are beginning to adjust to the kindergarten...