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Mrs. Jill Sypnicki » About Me

About Me

I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Alta Sierra. I look forward to combining all of my experiences to ensure this is a great Kindergarten year!

I attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I worked in the preschool field for 15 years before taking time to raise my children, during which time I owned and operated an at home Daycare and Preschool. I began working again as a substitute teacher in the Pleasant Ridge School District in 2003. I completed and obtained my teaching credential during this time.  I taught in First, Second and Third Grades as a long term substitute within the district.  I taught Fourth Grade for two years outside of the district.  I was thrilled to return to the Pleasant Ridge School District as a Sixth Grade teacher in 2014.  Last year, I was able to teach Transitional Kindergarten at Alta Sierra Elementary, a school that truly became a place of joy for me as all three of my children graduated from here.  I am so excited to be moving up with my TK students and teaching Kindergarten this year!   

After meeting my husband and getting married, we moved to Alta Sierra in 1995. Our oldest son is now in his third year at University of Nevada. Reno, where my husband and I both attended college. Our daughter is a senior at Bear River High School and our youngest son is in Sixth Grade at Magnolia Intermediate School. Outside of school we enjoy camping, hiking, running, gardening, and attending various sports activities our children play. We also love raising and breeding Labrador Retrievers, our favorite dogs!

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Upcoming dates to remember:
4/12- Storybook night 6pm in the MPR
4/19- Aide appreciation day- bring something special to celebrate Mrs. Gobert
4/23- NO SCHOOL- Professional development for the teachers
4/26- Incoming Kindergarten screening- if you know someone with an incoming Kinder, let them know to call the school office
5/11- Mother's Day Tea- Come from 10:45-11:30 to celebrate Mother's Day with your student
5/17- Open House
5/28- No School- Memorial Day
6/1- Bus Driver Appreciation Day
6/6- Kindergarten Awards Ceremony and Luau
6/7- Last day- Minimum Day 

Our annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Performance will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:15 p.m.  Students should arrive to Room 2 at 6:00 pm.  The students will stay with the teachers and parents can find a seat in the MultiPurpose Room and get ready for our show.
Students can wear their Thanksgiving best!  
A DVD of the event can be purchased at the door for anyone who would like one.  The DVD's are compiled by the students of Magnolia Intermediate School and proceeds benefit all of the computer labs.  
Make sure you arrive on time.  If your student will not be there, please notify me as soon as possible.
Thanks so much!

We completed our first week of Kindergarten and we are learning so much!  Hopefully you all took the opportunity to gather with our school community at the Movie Night on Friday night!  These events are a great opportunity to connect with all of the students and parents in our school.  
We completed our first Reading Unit, Step Into School.  We learned the sound for M and the sight word "a".  Please continue to practice these sounds and letters with your student, as well as the sight words.  We are beginning our Unit 2, My Family and Me where we will discuss our families and learn the sounds for S, T, P, and C and the sight words my, see, the and I.  If you have not brought in a book box for your student, please complete them at home and turn them in by Monday.
In Math, we are concentrating on making 5.  Remember to help your student by counting items in their world and recognizing numbers around them.  We are continuing to work on Unit 1 in our Math book and will have a number book coming home soon.
In Handwriting, we have been concentrating on using our "Pinchy Grip" and began learning our Frog Jump Capital letters, beginning with the letter F.  We will keep working on the Frog Jump Capitals this week and we continue to improve our fine motor skills each day.
In Second Step, we are focusing on Unit 1, Learning to Listen.  Remember this is an essential skill in a group setting, and we are really focusing on listening the first time a direction is given.  We have improved in this skill through our Listening Rules game and we will have our first homework in Second Step on Thursday.
Homework will be sent home each Thursday.  It needs to come back to class the following Wednesday.  Please send your child's folder in their backpack each day.  They should put it in the important papers basket when they arrive.  We have improved at getting snacks and lunches in the basket.  Again, please ensure the snack arrives with a name on it ready to go to snack.  It is quite time intensive to make sure each child's snack is labeled and packaged for snack, especially if it is multiplied 18 times!  This takes away from academic time with your children.
If your child will be absent for 5 or more days, please notify the school office as soon as you know so that we can compile an Independent Study packet for your student.  This ensures that the missed days do not become lost instructional time.  The advanced notice is required in order to ensure we have time to gather materials.
If you are volunteering in class, please get an information packet from the school office.  We require that the volunteer application is on file in the office and a TB test is required for you to work in class.  These need to be completed and returned as quickly as possible!  Thanks!
This week we will be going to Music and Computers.  We have Library on Thursday, so please make sure the borrowed book from last week is returned by Wednesday so your child can pick out a new one on Thursday.  
Looking ahead:
September 11-14- Regular days, 2:00pm release
September 15- Early release 1:05 release
September 18- NO SCHOOL- Students do not come this day, teachers have Professional Development
September 29- Jog A Thon (Color Run), with information to come!

 Book Fair tomorrow!
Our class will be visiting the Book Fair at 10:30 tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30th.  It is your choice if you would like for your student to purchase a book at this time.   The proceeds of this book sale are used to fund our school library.  If your student would like, they can bring money with them to purchase books.  Please put the money in an envelope and label it with your child's name.  You can also include a list of desired books from the Scholastic Flyer that was sent home last week.  The money will come to me in the morning and I will give it back to your students at Book Fair time.  Any parents who would like to join us at this time are welcome.  Please make sure you sign in at the office.   

 We will be going to the Book Fair on August 30th from 10:30 to 11:00 as a class.  Picture Day will be September 6th at 11:05am.

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow we will go to the Book Fair at our regular Library time.  If you would like for your student to purchase books, please send the money in an envelope labeled with their name.  I will collect the money in the morning and give it back to students in the afternoon at library time.  They are more than welcome to purchase a book at this time, but please know it is not a have to.  We will go from 1:00 to 1:30 tomorrow.  If anyone is available to help, that would be much appreciated!
Tomorrow is our Open House from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see our classroom filled with all of the special projects your student has worked hard to complete.  The Book Fair will be open beginning at 5:00 pm, so you can purchase books if you choose.  Also, food from local food trucks will be served beginning at 5:30, with vendors including The Dive and Sweeney's Weenies along with Lazy Dog Ice Cream.  Remember, all of the classrooms will be open at this time, so feel free to visit classrooms as you like.  The students love to show off their school work!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us in our special Mother's Day Celebration in our classroom on Friday.  It was so nice to see the children host everyone and enjoy their company.  We all truly enjoyed.
We have 16 days of school left!  It is hard to believe how fast it is going.  
This Friday is our Aide Appreciation Day.  I would love if all of us could take a moment to let Mrs. Gobert know how special she is to us!  
Please join us for Open House from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 25th.  We are so excited for you to see our classroom.  This is also a wonderful time to visit all of the classrooms in our school.
Friday, June 2nd, we will have an appreciation day for Mr. Mike and Mr. Ronnie, our custodians, and for our wonderful Bus Drivers as well. 
We will have Primary Fun day on Tuesday, June 6th from 8:15-11:30.  If you would like to volunteer to help us at that time, please email me.  
Finally, Wednesday, June 7th, we will have the Kindergarten celebration and Luau.  If you have not signed up to bring something, please look at our Sign Up Genius as we still have many spots available!
Our Busy Bee Book Reports will continue for a couple of weeks.  If you need more, students know they are in a bucket in the classroom and I will email them as well so you can print them at home.  Five students have already been able to pick a book and for each 10 they can pick another book to keep at home.  There is also an award for the top readers in each class!

As I write this email I find it difficult to believe there are only 26 days remaining in the school year! It has really gone fast and the students have grown so much! I wanted to make sure you knew all of the upcoming events from now through the end of the school year as it will come very fast.


Friday May 5th- Robot Assembly 8:30 am in the MPR for K-3rd grades


Wednesday May 10th- First grade performance dress rehearsal- MPR


Friday, May 12th- Mother’s Day Tea 8:15 to 9:15 am


Thursday May 18th- Placer Nature Center comes to do TK, K workshop


Friday May 19th- Aide Appreciation Day


Thursday, May 25th- Open House 6:00 to 7:00 pm


Tuesday June 6th- Primary Fun Day - 8:15 to 11:30 am


Wednesday June 7th – Kindergarten Class Awards Ceremony beginning at 8:00 am followed by the Kindergarten Luau (Kindergartners are encouraged to go home with their families after the Luau at 11:30)


Thursday, June 8th- Last Day of School- Minimum Day- Students released at 12:00


You should have all received an invitation for our Mother’s Day Tea, which will be held on Friday, May 12th. Each child should have a Mom, Auntie, or Grandma in attendance with them from 8:00 to 9:00 am. If your child will not have someone in attendance with them, please let me know as soon as possible.


The Busy Bee book report forms went home in folders yesterday. This is another way we encourage our students to read at home, as we understand the importance of reading in conjunction with their academic success. Students completed 3 in class together. Please encourage your student to continue to read and write Busy Bee Book Reports at home. Once they have completed 10 Busy Bees they are able to choose a book to take home and keep from our school Library.   This program gets students ready for our Accelerated Reader program, which begins in First Grade.


We just completed another Math Book on 3 dimensional shapes, and now only have two more. Continue to count, skip count and make simple number sentences with your student. We are finishing up our Reading Curriculum as well. Continue to encourage reading and connection letters and their sounds as well as learning the sight words!


Hello all!  We are learning so much, we wanted to share with you all that we have been doing.
In Math, we are now looking at numbers up to 20 and beyond!  Keep counting with your children anytime you get a chance.  The more this is internalized, the easier all of the other Math concepts will be.
In Reading, we are sounding out words and beginning to blend letters.  Their reading is taking off and they are now able to spell many words on their own.  Keep reading the little books and all that they are interested in.  
In Handwriting, we are learning the lower case e.  Now that we know most of the lower case letters we are really reinforcing using them in everyday writing.  We have talked about names and the beginning of sentences needing a capital and using lower case letters for the rest.  They have all made great progress toward this goal!
I wanted to mention that Twin Day is tomorrow.  This can be fun for some students.  If your child would like to be a Twin but does not have another student to match here at school, I will be wearing school spirit clothing and they are welcome to wear that as well.  The spirit days are selected by our student council and we hope it is a fun way to show school spirit.
I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the wonderful volunteers from our class who helped a significant amount on making our school fundraiser possible.  Thanks to all parents who sent in donations and books for our class basket.  Thanks to our aide Mrs. Gobert who organized the adult with the members of Parents Club.  Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Alonso who coordinated all of the live and silent auction items along with obtaining donations and helping to coordinate the event.  Thanks to the Tellum family for helping to sell tickets and work at the event.  Thank you to Lori Long and Kim Sayer for putting together our beautiful class book and basket items.  Thank you to all who helped.  As you know these events couldn't happen without everyone working together.  In my 15 year history with the school I have seen trees planted on the field, new benches at the K playground, the garden installed, computer equipment, new playground structures and various other items added to our school thanks to the generosity of our school community.  
Speaking of our book, please contact me if you would like to have a copy of the class book.  If we have a number of people who are interested, we will look into the cost of having more books printed.  
Thanks for all you do!

Our annual Alta Sierra Rocks fundraiser is Saturday March 11th from 6:30-10:30PM at the Alta Sierra Country Club.  It is always a great time to gather with the members of the school community for a good cause.  I hope you can all attend.
If you are willing to send in donations for our basket that will be auctioned off that night, please do so by tomorrow.  Lori Long has been so kind to put the basket together and is hoping for both books and money toward the cost of printing the book.  
We are really beginning to read and the enthusiasm is awesome!  Keep reading the little books and beginning readers with your students!  It really pays off.  Many students still need to master their sight words, so keep working on those too.
We are constructing and writing the numbers 11-20 in Math.  Look for them in your daily life and continue to reinforce simple addition and subtraction in the real world as well.  We hope by this time of year that your student is able to count to 100, so keep practicing.  This is a wonderful activity to do in the car.  Repeated exposure to counting helps increase math skills.
A notice came home for our Leprechaun Trap Family Project, so hopefully you are hard at work constructing traps to catch these tricky characters!  They need to come in to school by March 16th.  
I will be sending home an additional name practice sheet.  Please encourage your student to write their name like it is on the sample sheet, beginning with a capital and the remaining letters lowercase.  
Thanks for all you do to support your child in the classroom!
Upcoming dates:
Alta Sierra Rocks- Saturday March 11th
Leprechaun Trap due- March 16th
St. Patrick's Day- March 17th
Twin Day- March 24th (moved from the original date March 17th)
Spring Recess April 10-14th
Snow Day - April 17th

Alta Sierra Rocks!

Join your friends & neighbors for a fun filled evening of live music, food and fun Saturday March 11th from 6:30-10:30 pmat Alta Sierra Country Club. There will be a live and silent auction, live music, a photo booth and poker. All proceeds benefit the Alta Sierra Parent Teacher Committe as they support the school through field trips, art, garden, technology and much more.

Each class is asked to donate an item or basket with the proceeds benefiting that classroom. Our class will be doing a story book themed donation. Local photographer, Kim Sayre, donated her time and design work to photograph the students in Mrs. Sypnicki's class and create a custom ABC book. We are asking that each family send in a $5 donation to cover the cost of getting the book made as well as for a book bag. We are also asking you to send in a favorite book to be included in the bag. Please send these both in by Wednesday, March 8th. Thank you!

Lori Long (any questions email

Remember Valentine's Day is tomorrow.  Please bring in your Valentines for your classmates if you haven't done so already!

Just a quick date correction.  The wood project is scheduled for Friday February 24th.  Also, on the Child Safety Puppeteers, you need to sign and send in the form only if you would like to opt out for your child.

Hi everyone! We are enjoying all of our Kindergarten fun! Here are a few highlights.

In Reading, we are continuing our unit on seasons. We will finish with a Science journal about the weather each day. We are continuing to segment and blend words with the sounds we have learned and we are learning our sight words. A list of sight words came home today, so keep working on mastering them!

In Math, we are learning about subtracting or “taking away” from. Many of them are beginning to understand this concept so keep up the good work at home. You can give them opportunities for home practice by giving them opportunities to create their own addition and subtraction problems.

In Second Step, we are talking about how we are alike and how we are all different as well. This is a great thing to continue to reinforce as we encourage the concept of recognizing we are not all the same and that we can celebrate that.

Upcoming events:

Valentine's Party will be on Tuesday, February 14th. If you are not able to provide your child with Valentines for each classmate, please contact me and I can make arrangements to help them with that. Please help your children finish their Valentines. As they do so, please bring them in so we can begin to pass them out.

On Tuesday, February 21st, Child Safety Puppeteers will come to our classroom with a presentation. Please read and fill out the permission slips that came home today in order for your child to participate. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I am hoping to have volunteers for a wood project that a family has kindly donated for all of Kindergarten. We will be making the project on February 20th. It would be great to have 4 or 5 parents from 8:30 to 10:00am. If you are available, please contact me

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help with group time. We do groups from 8:30 to 9:40 and are in need of adults on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If you or someone you know is available to volunteer, please let me know.

Finally, we are running low on liquid glue and on water colors. If you would be able to donate either of these items, please let me know.

 Upcoming dates:

February 10- Super Hero Day

February 14 ~ Valentine's Day Party

February 17-20 ~ President's Day Weekend - No School Friday or Monday

May 30th- Snow Make day- School is in session that day