Picone, Tara



WeLCOME TO MRS. Picone's Class!

Grade: Kindergarten

Contact Information
Email Address: tpicone@pway.org
Phone number: 732-752-1801 x5607
Best time to reach me: 8:30am-3:30pm
Best way to reach me: email 
If it is an emergency/urgent, please
dial extension 5645. 
    Due to the possibility that I may be absent and/or unable to check my voicemail/email, please send changes in dismissal and other matters via a hand written note or speak directly with someone in the office.  Use the above contact information should you have other concerns or questions during this school year.

                                            NOVEMBER NEWS                

We had a very busy October remembering to respect others, learning about fire safety and walking safely, participating in the Walk-a-thon, and of course the list does not end there.  It could not have been a lovelier October morning to pick pumpkins, see some goats, chickens, and rabbits, and enjoy apple cider from John and Joan’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand.  The weather was also fa-boo-lous for our annual Halloween parade, and our party was a monster of a hit!

Also, thank you parents for meeting with me during parent-teacher conferences.  It really was a pleasure to speak with you all, and I look forward to working with supportive parents like you during the remainder of the school year. 

 We are wrapping up our “trip” to Medieval Times.  After the students packed their “suitcases” full of knowledge about knights and castles, they listened to the Magic Tree House (MTH) book, The Knight at Dawn, as well as other fun, related literature.  Our next adventure this month will take us to ancient Egypt, and we will learn about mummies, pyramids, and Egypt.  We will then read MTH Mummies in the Morning.

We will also read books about Thanksgiving and discuss what we are thankful for.  On November 22, we will have a mini feast, a lot smaller but similar to the Pilgrims and Native Americans, to show our appreciation for one another.  



Congratulations to Carleigh and Zion, our class’ Eagles of the Month for October!  Based on the school wide characteristic, they showed a lot of respect.  The next characteristic for November and December will be Self-Control.  I'll be on the look out for two students using control with their emotions and actions.  



I have been reviewing each child’s homework as it has been returned, and I do see the effort and the difference it is making in the classroom.  It is absolutely amazing to see the month by month academic progress during the year, and not to mention the boost of confidence, for the students who routinely and correctly complete their homework, especially the checked items portion.  As always, please continue to support your child when needed, and do allow him/her to work more independently when possible as time goes on.



I am delighted to see the academic progress each child is making in the classroom thus far.  At this time, it would be appropriate for the students to write words using beginning and ending letters with some/minimal teacher assistance.  However, many students are already using their newly gained confidence and writing some middle letters and sight words all on their very own, and we can even understand the messages without them being read to us. That is SUPER and must mean that the best is yet come!!! Remember, it could not be done without a joint parent-teacher effort.

We are nearing the half way mark learning the correct formation of the letters in the alphabet and will continue working on penmanship for the rest of the school year.   Please encourage neat handwriting in pencil at home. 

                We will be primarily working with numbers 1-30 (counting, recognizing, writing, and number patterns), shapes, and joining (adding) numbers in Math this month.  Please encourage your child to form their numbers correctly.   Also, we plan to do some fun science investigations/experiments.  



                The October Book It! sheets are due.  I will be accepting all completed and signed sheets up until Friday, November 3, and then I will send home a Pizza Hut certificate in your child’s folder.

                The November sheet is going home on the back of this monthly newsletter.  Remember to color in the days you read to your child even if he/she is unable to read to you yet.  Reading to your child is a great way to bond, complete homework, as well as ask comprehension questions.  READ ON!!!    



  • 11/3 Picture retakes
  • 11/7,11/9 and 11/10 No School
  • 11/14 Family Fun Night 6:30pm
  • 11/17 Spirit Day Football Team Shirt Day
  • 11/20 Dine to Donate Texas Roadhouse
  • 11/22 is a ½ day for students and teachers, and school is closed 11/23-11/24
  • 11/27-12/1 Scholastic Book Fair