Elizabeth Motto – Kindergarten



Welcome to Kindergarten! 

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Week 6: Parent Letter April 27-May 1

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Week 3:  Parent Letter April 6-10

Week 2:   Parent Letter March 30- April 3

Week 1:  Parent Letter March 23-27

Remember children learn best through play, so have fun with the activities!  Happy Learning!


Thank you for picking JFK for your child’s Educational Adventure! We are so excited to start the year with your little ones! Mrs. Casillas and I look forward to meeting each of you and helping your children learn to LOVE learning! We like to have a lot of fun in the classroom and sometimes we even get a little silly, but we are learning the whole time! My philosophy of education includes having fun and working hard to achieve our learning goals. I have high expectations for your students and myself!  In Kindergarten “We Work Hard, Play Hard, and PRAY HARD!”


I am so happy that we can included Jesus Christ in everything we do inside and outside of the classroom! I make it very clear that Jesus is with us everywhere we go and and it’s OKAY for us to call upon Him in our times of need or distress! Kindergarten is a big step not only for the kids but for us parents as well! I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with not only your children, but with the parents. PLEASE if at anytime you are confused, concerned, or just worried, contact me, express your concerns, let me know what is being said at home, I will help you understand and even clarify something for you! We are a team in this adventure, no one has to do this alone!


This year we are using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys Series.  We will be doing a lot of learning with the interactive whiteboards and we will be doing a lot of hands on learning during our kindergarten journey! I will try to post monthly what we will be working on and sending home a parent letter from the series that gives you helpful ideas of things to work on at home. I have also spent a great deal of time preparing and purchasing ELA and MATH Centers to be used within the classroom during our protected ELA and MATH times. I think in the schedule I have, I made the last 45 minutes of most days ELA/MATH center times. These center range from identifying numbers, letters, colors, to counting, matching, building words, and so much more! I just can’t wait!!



YES we do have homework in Kindergarten. I usually send homework, Monday-Thursday. I like to send Reading work on Mondays and Wednesday and Math work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will have opportunities for some at home online learning as well.


We attend mass every Wednesday from 8:00-8:40.   We sit with our 6th grade buddies during mass, who help us to sit still, hold our music and song books, and pretty much anything else we need. The sixth graders are great examples of how we need to behave while we are in the church.  Because of Mass being the first thing in the morning on Wednesdays we ask that you make sure you little has used the restroom BEFORE they come to school.  THANKS!!

We will also attend mass on any Holy Days of Obligation and Adoration on the first Friday of each month that school is in session.   You may check the olvjfk.com website to see when those days are going to be.

Scholastic Book Orders:

Please be sure to check all the books that are offered through Scholastic. You can order online any time through out the year and have them sent to school and I will then send them home via backpack mail.

Keep in mind that Scholastic offers books from Pre-K all the way up to juvenile reading books. They also have great online tools to help learning at home and even e-reading book that can be downloaded directly to your computer.

Also by you purchasing books for home you are helping us build our classroom library here at school, for every book you order we get points to help purchase books! Its a win-win for everyone! Together we can build life long readers!

Please copy and paste the link below to be directed to our scholastic website.


Mrs. Elizabeth Motto
Kindergarten Teacher
John F. Kennedy Catholic School
563-391-3030 Ext 129

  Kindergarten Sight Words:

I, like, the, and, see, we, a, to, come, me, with, my, you, what, are, now, is, of, so, where, many, how, find, from, this, came, but, on, will, be, into, that, your, who, go, for, here, they, soon, up, make, play, them, say, give, new, said, good, was, ate, then, could, she, when, all, her, over, some, he, no, away, by, most, there, do, down, went, little, just, only, have, help, one, every, ask, walk, look, saw, very, put, their, out, off, take, our, too, day, show.

Mission Statement

John F. Kennedy Catholic School, as the Roman Catholic School of Our Lady of Victory Parish, partners with families in accepting and loving children as unique gifts of God. Through our caring and nurturing parish community, we will help all children identify and share their gifts and talents and develop a Christ-centered character, live their Catholic faith, and achieve academic excellence as they become disciples of Christ.


I joined the JFK staff in August 2006, prior to coming to JFK I taught preschool for Early Head Start in Davenport. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2002. I then went on to earn my Teacher Licensure from Iowa Wesleyan in January of 2006. I received my Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Southwest in July of 2014.  I just recently received my Special Education Consultant endorsement for Morningside College.   My husband and I have two daughters, Madalynn and Genevieve.  Madalynn is a JFK graduate and attends Assumption High School and Genevieve attends JFK.  We are members at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Blue Grass. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I love the ocean and sharing that with my students!  Most importantly I love being a mom and teaching Kindergarten.