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Kindergarten - Mrs. Ali Fried & Mrs. Lauren Bottani

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Mrs. Ali Fried

I was born and raised in the San Mateo – Foster City school district and I have been teaching in this School District for 20 years.  I taught at North Shoreview Montessori for the first 10 years, then came to Beresford.  I absolutely love teaching at Beresford.  I have an 18  year daughter who is attending  Chapman University as a Freshman. I also have a 15  year old son who is a  Sophomore at HHS,  Both of my children are alumni of Beresford.  I have been happily married to my high school sweet heart for 23 years.  Some of my favorite past-times are scrapbooking, hiking, working out and hanging out with my kids!

Mrs.  Lauren Bottani

This is my 10th year teaching at Beresford Elementary school.  I am currently teaching Kindergarten , but have have been very fortunate to be able to teach both 1st and 2nd grade as well!
I began my college career as a math major but later went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Human Development with a minor in Education, as well as my Multiple Subject Credential and Masters in Education, all at UC Davis.  While I love all curriculum areas, my favorite subject is math.  Most children who enter my class  leave with math being the favorite subject!!  I believe that learning should be fun, engaging, and accessible to all students.  I attended school in this very district and have loved giving back to the community in which I grew up!

I live in San Mateo with my husband, son, daughter, and dog TJ.  When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. 

Mrs. Fried will be teaching on most Mondays and Mrs. Bottani will be teaching the rest of the week.  Please feel free to email us with any questions.


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What we're  learning:

• Please make sure to attend the Monday morning announcements in the LGI

What we're  learning:


Fiction (false) VS Non-Fiction (not false, or true) 

Fairy Tales typically start with "Once upon a time."

Informational Text: teaches us about something

Poems: have rhyming words, typically at the end of sentences

Main Characters can be: an animal, person or a thing

Noun: person, place or thing

Verb: action

Questions start with: Who, what, where, when , why, how, what

Question mark : ? (needs an answer)

Exclamation point: ! (loud communication)


Difference between a letter, word and sentence

Begin sentence on the left of page..write to the right. Upper case letter begins sentence.

Spaces between words,( students have been given a spacer that they have learned how to use)

Period at end of sentence. 

Continue using available space to write before moving down page. (return sweep)

Illustrations match writing/topics

Commas: ,   make a short pause in your reading/writing


We've now covered all the letters and their corresponding sounds in the alphabet: practice DAILY USING YOUR ABC CHART

Sight Words: I, a, like, the, we, go, can, see, she, is: practice writing these at home. Use them in sentences. Use flashcards!


Re-tell Key Details

 Identify and Describe the Sequence of Events

 Make Connections Between Illustrations and Events in the Text

Use illustrations and titles of text to make a prediction

Form/state an opinion of a text

 Listen and Retell: Text Features

 Identify Author’s Reasons

Quotation Marks: " " change your voice, a character is talking

Compare and Contrast Two Texts on the Same Topic


Read daily and use your BEAR Card questions



Life Cycle of Pumpkins: seed, sprout, flower, green pumpkin, orange pumpkin -what can we do with a fully grown pumpkin? (make food, carve it, replant seeds)

Plants and Animals have needs:  water, food, shelter, sun. air


We have identified and practice writing numerals 1-10

Shapes: 2d: Recognition and formation (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, octagon and trapezoid) 3d; (sphere, cube, cone, cylinder)

Graphing: start bottom and record up

Counting Collections: counting  miscellaneous objects to 100. How can we count?  Make a plan. Would sorting make it easier?  How will I keep track of the items I've already counted (move them aside? put in a cup? ) Group by 10's, group by 5's..Record what you have counted onto a recording sheet. Draw a picture representing how you counted. Does the drawing match the actual items counted? Can you write the corresponding number correctly?


Thank you, as always, for your support!

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Mrs. ali Fried & MRs. Lauren Bottani


afried@smfcsd.net    lbottani@smfcsd.net

Our Daily Schedule

8:20 morning phonics work

8:45 Calendar/Agenda/Question of the  Day

9:00  Phonics/Readers Workshop

9:40 PE/Reading

10:40 K-Pals

11:00  Snack/Recess

11:30 Writer’s Workshop

12:00  Math

12:30 Independent reading

12:45  Pack up

12:55  Read Aloud

1:05   Dismissal: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

12:40 Dismissal: Wednesday

Weekly Activities

Monday: Library

Wednesday: Art

Thursday:  Music

Friday:  Computer Lab

*Book Bags due back every Friday*


 September 25-29-Book Fair

September 27-Science/Family Night

October 9-22-Fall Break

October 27-Arata Farms Field Trip

October 31-Fall Faire/Early Dismissal @12:40pm

November 6-9-Parent Conferences-Early Dismissal all Week @ 12:40pm

November 10- No School-Veteran's Day Holiday

December 22-Jan.8-No School/Winter Break

January15-No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday

February 7-LIFESKILLS Day #2

February 9- Walking Field Trip to Post Office

February 19-No School-Presidents' Day Holiday

February 26-March2-Literacy Week

March 16- San Jose Discovery Museum Field Trip

March 28-Fun Run

March 30-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @ 12:40pm

April 2-15-No School-Spring Break

March 28- April 8-Spring Break

May 9-Founder's Day/Talent Show

May 17- Elkus Ranch Field Trip

May 23-Art Show

May 28-No School-Memorial Day Holiday

May 29-June 1-Student Led Conferences-Minimum Day Release all Week @ 12:40pm

June 8-Dance Party

June 21- Last Day of School-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @12:40pm

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