Mrs, Sarah Dininny » Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Hello!  My name is Sarah Dininny, and I am a kindergarten teacher at Richland Elementary! I am so proud to be teaching at my alma mater! I went to Richland from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and I graduated in 2008.  After graduating high school, I went to Pitt-Johnstown and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2012.  After graduating, I taught sixth grade at St. Andrew’s School for 3 years, first grade at Conemaugh Valley Elementary for 2 years, and then I started my career at Richland as a kindergarten teacher. In this district, I have taught kindergarten and first grade. I also graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in December 2017, earning a Master's degree in Education with an Early Childhood concentration.  


I am SO excited to get to know your child this school year!  We will have a lot of fun in kindergarten, and I know you will be amazed at the academic, social, and personal growth you will see in your child!  We will work hard to become good readers and writers by the end of the year.  We will also learn various concepts in Math, Science, and Social Studies.  I believe that children learn best in a classroom community that is nurturing, warm, and inviting, and I always want my students to feel safe and happy in their educational environment.  I strive to make every child feel special and supported.  I know we will have a wonderful year! :)


Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you!  #RamPride 


-Mrs. Dininny



Tomorrow is Picture Day! :)  Photo forms were sent home in the students' folders.  Don't forget to bring your photo form and a happy smile!! :)

I miss you, kindergarten friends!

Hello my kindergarten friends!
I am missing you SO much!  I hope you are enjoying some fun time with your families, but please know that I think of each of you every single day and that I can't wait until we are together again! :) 
Please use this time to, most importantly, stay safe and healthy.  I know it can get boring, but I want you to think about all of the fun things we do in school each day, and try to incorporate them into your daily life!  First of all, READ, READ, READ!  Imagine you are finished at "Ms. Shelley's Center."  Grab a pillow, get cozy, and read a book--maybe even to a brother or sister, a pet, or a stuffed animal!  :)  Also, think about all of the writing we do in our classroom!  Draw a picture and try to write sentences about it!  Remember that we always sound out words and write the letters that we hear.  If it's not spelled perfectly, that's okay!  Remember that we also always think about using capital letters at the beginning, finger spaces throughout, and a period or ending mark at the end of our sentences.  Also, think about all of the fun things we do on the iPads during centers!  ABCya has so many fun learning games that you could show to your families!  You could make them proud by showing them how you can identify coins, count, and add numbers together.  I would be so proud to see you play the learning games--they help us to get smarter every day!  Take time to create, move, and make every day fun!  
Finally, I have attached the link to our Elementary Librarian, Ms. Latoche's website.  She has many online resources for reading that would be extremely beneficial for families to use at this time.  These resources are very user friendly, fun, exciting, and educational!  
I can't wait to see you again, my friends!  Please know I miss you so much and I think of you every single day!  Stay safe and happy! :)
Mrs. Dininny