Bradley Elementary School

Michaele Sommerville

My name is Michaele (pronounced ‘My-kul,” like Michael Jordan) Sommerville, and I will be your child’s kindergarten teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share this very special time in your child’s life!

 

This is my twenty-third year as a kindergarten teacher, having taught in Alaska, New Mexico, and Kansas (Geary County Schools and Ft. Leavenworth). I graduated from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and have actively continued my professional development while raising three children with my husband, a retired Army SGM. I am an advocate for children and for developmentally appropriate practice, maintaining professional memberships in NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) and SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education). I was honored to be selected as our district's nominee for the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award.

 

I believe in building respectful, caring, and joyful relationships full of humor with my students and their families, as working together creates a wonderful kindergarten experience for all!  To support learning and make our classroom the place where students want to be, I facilitate multi-sensory learning activities that integrate math, science, social studies and language arts concepts, encourage students to creatively express their thoughts, feelings, and questions, and provide engaging literature for communication, literacy and comprehension development. With encouragement, guidance, patience, friendship, sharing and many opportunities for students to increase their intrinsic motivation, our Super Stars spend their kindergarten year exploring the world around them and developing the skills essential for their continued success. 

 

I communicate with parents via weekly newsletters, a monthly activity calendar, e-mail, notes, phone calls, in-classroom conferences, and via our Twitter account: @KNGSuperStars.  Thank you for being my partner in your child's education!  Make sure to subscribe to our Super Stars' activity via the link to the right.

 

Please check your email for a link to an invitation from me to complete an online class information form.  It might have inadvertently been delivered somewhere other than your "in" box, so search your "junk," "spam" or "clutter" folders if this is the first time I've contacted you digitally.

 We are going to have a great year! 

 

M. Sommerville

Email: msommerville@usd207.org

 

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Sommerville Star Calendar AUG 2018

Parents, attached is our August calendar.  Events, special dates and curriculum content information is included.  A paper copy will be sent home with you in your child's yellow "parent communicator" folder on Monday during the "Meet the Teacher" visit.
 
The yellow folder should be checked by you each evening and returned to school the next day in your Star's backpack.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and our Super Star kindergartners next Monday!  Please label your child's resting mat, backpack, and paint (all other school items can remain unmarked) and bring them with you when you visit Bradley and our classroom from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
 
I will remain *seated* at our reading table during this visit in order to reduce your child's nervousness or anxiety as s/he helps you tour our classroom and sort school supplies into tubs and desk trays. If your student would like to introduce him/herself to me, I'm happy to chat, but if your little one prefers to watch me from afar (or from behind you!), please allow our Star to do so.  Gentle starts are a great way to begin our learning adventure.
 
Parents will be able to sign up for August's parent-teacher conferences during the first week of school.  A tutorial for accessing my conference schedule can be found by clicking here.
 
We've had a wonderful kindergarten year together!  Thank you, Super Star Families, for being such supportive partners in education with me!  I hope all of you have a wonderful summer full of time spent with those you love, enjoying whatever adventures come your way!  If you're moving, travel safely and take some time to stop and smell the daisies, and if you're remaining at Ft. Leavenworth, enjoy all that Kansas has to offer during the summer.
Hooray! Bradley Yearbooks will be available for PARENT PICK UP on both Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 & 17 in the Bradley foyer from 12:30-3:40 p.m. Make sure to add your student's name to the inside cover before his/her class' signing day.

May Star Helper Calendar

Here is our last Star Helper Calendar for the year!  Make sure to refer to it daily so you don't miss any of the special events planned for this fun conclusion to our kindergarten adventures.
 
Thank you for being such wonderful partners in education with me!  

Our class will visit the book fair tomorrow, Tuesday, during our regular Library time, 12:55-1:40 p.m.  If you'd like to help your child select a book, sign in at the office and meet us at the auditorium at 12:55.

If students bring money later in the week, they will visit the Book Fair individually and be helped by parent volunteers who are running the fair. Please make sure your child's money is in a clear baggie labeled with his/her name and "Sommerville/KNG."

Families may come and visit the Book Fair near dismissal any day this week as well!  If you'd like to join your Star and search for books for other family members, sign in at the office around 3:10 and I can send him/her (packed up for home) down to you.  The book fair is taking place in the auditorium.

100th Day of Kindergarten Celebration: Young at Heart

What would we look like as "meemaws" and "papas" when we're one-hundred years old? Watch and find out!

Just a quick reminder that our Super Stars may wear Kansas-themed clothing on Monday, January 29! 

Sunflowers are the Kansas State Flower, so I'll be wearing a sunflower t-shirt.

Buffaloes are the Kansas State Mammal, making your Star's Bradley Buffalo shirt a terrific choice too!