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June 18, 2020 | Kate Streelman

First grade students need practical and comfortable clothing and shoes for the activities that take place during school hours. Encourage your child to wear clothes that will allow them to climb stairs, run, jump, walk, and work with materials such as paint, water, and clay. Your child should come prepared to work hard, play hard, and get a little dirty. Children are also expected to wear shoes that will allow them to run and walk safely. (Shoes with “high heels” or with no heel strap are not appropriate for our activities.) The shoes known as “Crocs” are not appropriate for school as they slip off easily while running and using stairs.

On Fridays, first grade children will typically spend much of the day outside in all types of weather as part of our new “Field and Forest Fridays” program. We will explore the ecosystems around us in Hoboken and farther afield: rivers, parks, gardens, “forests”, and more. Please note that your child should be well-prepared for being outdoors in all types of weather each Friday, even rain and snow! Rain boots and a rain coat or poncho are essential for rainy days, snow boots, gloves/mittens, and a winter coat for snowy and cold days.

And….remember, we may go outside during all kinds of weather for our daily gross motor play sessions. Only extreme cold (below 20 degrees Fahrenheit), icy conditions, or heavy rain will keep us indoors. Therefore, please do dress your child in appropriate outdoor clothing EVERY day.

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, Fourth Grade

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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