Ashley Kusinski

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ashley Kusinski and I am going to be the new Kindergarten teacher here at St. Paul of the Cross. I come to the school as I approach my fourth year of teaching. I started my teaching journey at St. Francis Borgia Catholic School teaching Pre-kindergarten 4 for two years and this past year school I spent teaching Blended preschool for regular and special education at Salt Creek Primary. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I received my degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. When I am not teaching, I love to relax at home with my little family. I got married a little over a year ago to my husband John who is a Chicago Police Officer and we have 2 1/2 year puppy named Bailey. I love to cook and bake and work on my Etsy shop. I am so excited to start on this adventure in Kindergarten and I cannot wait to meet all of you! We are going to do great things this year!

Weekly Kindergarten Snapshot

Religion- We work on learning the Hail Mary and Our Father throughout the year. We go to 8:30 mass every Thursday. We read bible stories and incorporate them into our day as well as introducing and working on our Family Life curriculum during our religion block. 

Language Arts- We will be learning all 150 sight words. We also use the Fundations Phonics program. As the year goes on, we will bring in guided reading books at school and leveled readers to be done at home. We will also start the basics of writing through journaling. These journals will be kept at school and sent home at the end of the year. We will focus on writing sentences with punctuation as well as capital letters, spacing, and drawing pictures. 

Math- We use the Math in Focus program. This program is designed to give a strong foundation in number sense. We will incorporate many of these concepts into our centers throughout the week. 

Themes- Each week we have a different theme that we will incorporate into our day. We will be doing many projectst that go along with our themes as well as bringing science concepts that coordinate with our themes. We also have a food curriculum that we coordinate with the themes. 

Centers- We do centers 2-3 times a week in the afternoons in addition to guided reading centers in the morning. Our centers focus on reviewing concepts from the week, science, technology, writing and other activities. 

Below you will find our PFA schedule:

Practical Fine Arts Schedule 

Monday- Art

Tuesday- Music

Wednesday- Library/Computer

Thursday- Spanish

Friday- Gym















Continue working on sight word lists 1-30 with flashcards 

Continue working on IXL in math and reading 

Work on a book report