Ms Jourdonnais

  • Mary Beth Jourdonnais

    Mary Beth Jourdonnais has been teaching at Hawthorne Elementary since 1992. She has taught 3rd and 4th grades, Title Reading and for the last 13 years, Kindergarten. Mary Beth has a BS in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement from the University of Montana, Western. She also holds a Master's degree from the University of Montana in Integrated and Fine Arts in Education.
    Mrs. Jourdonnais believes that Kindergarten is a place for nurturing the physical, social, emotional and academic skills in children and to create happy school memories. She values the importance of play through learning. In her classroom you will see dramatic/imaginary play, block building, dance and movement, and literacy play through poems, songs and nursery rhymes.
    In Mrs. Jourdonnais' classroom, the children are active learners, yet disciplined and creative thinkers. They learn to make good choices, to work cooperatively and to be kind and responsible.
    When Mary Beth isn't teaching Kindergarten, she is spending time with her family.
    "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
    ~Fred Rogers
    Class Schedule: use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to view schedules for Hawthorne Elementary
  • Gym is every Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear; especially during snow boot season. On that note, children need to have regular shoes to wear in the classroom every day. 

    Library is every Thursday. Please return library books in the blue bag before or on Thursday of each week. 

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  • Book Envelope! Your child's book envelope will come home on Friday and should be returned every Thursday. Inside the envelope are 2-3 books at your child's reading level that they have selected to read. Also included in the envelope is a letter- naming and letter-sound fluency page, heart word cards, and a reading level card. Have your child practice the heart words and letter names and sounds each evening along with reading the books. The reading level card shows you the level and current skill your child is working on in class. Thank you for your support at home! 

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  • Scholastic Book Orders Order online at My online order code is HHQBC. 

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  • Calling on volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, either in the classroom or on a field trip, please complete the online background check found on the MCPS website: here:  

    If you are not able to complete the application online, you can visit Megan Meyers in the FRC and fill out a paper copy.

    Once on the MCPS website, hover over the “Departments” link until you see a list, then click on “Volunteer Resources”. The site will instruct you from there. The district requires all volunteers to register. There is a nominal fee ($6.00). See Megan Meyers (FRC) for a scholarship for this fee.

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