Ms. Urrutia has a love for children and teaching. She believes that it is essential for children to learn in an environment where they feel happy and secure. Ms. Urrutia attended Cal State Los Angeles and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development as well as her Teaching Credentials. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia University. She has taught Kindergarten for eleven years and she loves it!


Kindergarten Curriculum


Upcoming Event

August 23rd – School Begins (Early dismissal – 11:30 a.m.)




 This week your child will complete one of the most important milestones in his/her life – the first day of school! I understand that you and your child may have met this day with excitement or apprehension (or a little of both) and I hope that this message will help you to know what to expect in kindergarten this year and answer any questions you may have. I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Ms. Morena Urrutia. I graduated from Cal State Los Angeles and received my Bachelors of Art in Child Development as well as my Teaching Credentials. I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, through Concordia University. I have worked here at Salem for 14 years but I have worked as the Kindergarten teacher for 12 years.

I am excited about beginning a new year with your child. Kindergarten is a special time for children. This is time when children learn to become independent from parents. As the school year goes by we will work of social skills, on literacy skills, and math readiness skills. We will work on these skills naturally throughout the year, not isolated and in drill. It will be fun and play like!

I develop my lessons around themes. These are the themes for the first weeks of schools and for the months of September and October. The theme for Language Arts is about school. We will be reading books that talk about school settings and the children will also learn to identify print and book features. They will also learn how to use comprehension strategies of asking questions and predicting.

The theme for science is about watermelon. We will be planting watermelon seeds and doing art projects. For Bible we will begin learning how God created the world according to His perfect plan and the children will learn their memory verse together as a whole class. The theme for social studies is about woodland animals and their environment. We will be doing art projects around this theme. Along with the social studies lesson I teach about Johnny Appleseed and apples. We also do activities around these lessons.

I also have a lesson on manners and I continue this throughout the year reminding children to be kind, polite, to learn how to share etc. For math the children will be exploring pattern blocks, teddy bear counters, graphing etc.

I hope that this gives you an idea on what your child will be learning for the first month and a half. I will be sending you a weekly newsletter, which it will be more in depth.

I am looking forward to working with your child this year and helping him/her to achieve his/her full potential!




Important things to remember:

Parent/Teacher Relationship

I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school at 818- 243-8264, send me a note, make an appointment and if it is a small matter please feel free to talk to me before school or after school. Also, you can e-mail me at


Tardiness/Arriving Late

 Please make sure that your child is here before the bell rings. The classroom door opens at 8:20 a.m. and closes at 8:30 a.m. In case your child is late, he/she needs to go straight to the office to pick up a tardy slip. A valid reason why your child is late will be excuse (such as a doctor’s note) but he/she still needs to get a tardy slip. If your child receives three (3) tardies, a registered letter from the school office will be sent to the parents requesting and immediate improvement of this behavior. A fourth (4) tardy will cause the student’s Citizenship grade be downgraded to Unsatisfactory for that grading period; and the fifth (5) tardy will cause a letter to be mailed from the school office to the parents requiring a mandatory parental meeting with the principal to address the problem.


Attendance/Make-Up Work

Salem understands that regular school attendance is preferred but is not always possible due to student illness or other family commitments. Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success as well as being on time for class. Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it is next to impossible to make up work at home. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency.

Students are expected to make up all missed school work. All work is due at the end of an equivalent number of days to the duration of the absence (for example, three (3) days absent = three (3) school days allowed for make-up) unless other arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher may or may not choose to extend the due date at the teacher’s own discretion. Failure to observe this policy in absence of an extension may affect the child’s grade.

Planned absences such as travel are discouraged. Families are encouraged to use the scheduled weeks of vacation time included in each school year. In addition, each child is allowed 2 personal days per year of excused absence.

Under special circumstances families may request an excused absence in advance. Such a request must be submitted to the school office in writing and approved by the principal. Non emergency requests must be made ahead of time, giving minimum five (5) school days notice. It should be expected that some missed work may be available ahead of time and some will not be available before the absence, and that there may be additional make-up work assigned when the child returns to school. (These additional assignments are due at the teacher’s discretion.) Furthermore, any work given ahead of time is absolutely due the day your child returns to school.

All discretionary absences not pre-approved will be recorded as unexcused. All missed work/tests due to the absence is not eligible for make up and will be recorded as a zero.


Uniform/Dress Code

Student clothing must be neat, clean, and properly fitted. Our uniform supplier, Dennis Uniform, has the complete Salem uniform components in stock. The attire can be combined to allow for variety, individual taste, and budget considerations.



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