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 20  year daughter who is attending  Chapman University as a Sophmore. I also have a 17  year old son who is a  Senior 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 11th 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.

 Feel free to visit our site as well to make a donation to our classroom projects!

What we're  learning:

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


  • 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


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

*Book Bags due back every Thursday*


  • September 24-28-Book Fair
  • September 26-Science/Family Night
  • September 27- Music Starts
  • October 3-Lifeskills Day and Walk to School Day
  • October 8-19-Fall Break
  • October 26-Arata Farms Field Trip
  • October 31-Fall Faire/Early Dismissal @12:40pm
  • November 13-16-Parent Conferences-Early Dismissal all Week @ 12:40pm
  • November 12- No School-Veteran's Day Holiday
  • November 21-23 No School- Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20- Reading in a Winter Wonderland
  • December 21-Jan.7-No School/Winter Break
  • January21-No School-Dr. Martin Luther King Holida6
  • February 7-LIFESKILLS Day #2
  • February 9- Walking Field Trip to Post Office
  • February 18-No School-Presidents' Day Holiday
  • February 26-March 1-Literacy Week
  • March 29-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @ 12:40pm
  • April 1-12-No School-Spring Break
  • May 8-Fun Run
  • May 27-No School-Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 30-Student Led Conferences-Minimum Day @ 12:40pm
  • June 7-Dance Party
  • June 20- Last Day of School-Minimum Day Early Dismissal @12:40pm

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