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Mrs. Gaertner

Howdy!  My name is Kara Gaertner, and I'm so excited to have joined the Shady Grove family this year.  As you may have guessed, I'm a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.  I have years of experience teaching third grade and first grade; now it is a joy to be the first, official, classroom experience for my students as my students begin preschool!  My greatest hope is for each of my students to leave my classroom with an excitement for learning and understanding of their unique ability to contribute to this world!  


When I'm not at school, you will most likely find me spending time with my family.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for sixteen years.  We have four amazing children who are in 6th grade, 3rd grade, 3rd grade, and 2nd grade.  We have a puppy who keeps us busy and laughing.  As a family we enjoy hiking, watching movies, playing soccer, spending time at the lake, or traveling together.  


Welcome to our class webpage.  I am so glad you decided to visit and see what all is taking place as our little minds grow.  

Recent Posts

April Showers will bring...

April is here!  Can you believe there are ONLY two more months of school left?  Let's finish strong and make this first year of school the very best possible.  Here are some upcoming events you will want to be aware of:
April 13 - Early Release Day
April 20 - Field Trip to the Zoo!!!
April 23-27 - Our class is responsible for Morning Announcements
April 24 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup (Share this with your friends!)
Thanks again for all you do to support your child's learning and success here at school.  It is an honor to work with you!
Mrs. Gaertner

Coming in March...

Not sure about you, but I'm hopeful that SPRING is just around the corner!!  I'm looking forward to warmer weather, our tulips blooming (we have seen some growth so watch for them), and still crossing my fingers the bluebonnet seeds we planted will grow this year. March will definitely bring some important events for you to take note of:
  • MATH & SCIENCE NIGHT - February 27th (Tuesday)
  • SPRING BREAK - March 12-16th
  • Easter Rotations & Egg Hunt - March 29th (Thursday)
  • EASTER HOLIDAY - No School March 30th (Friday)
Thanks again for all you do!
Kara Gaertner

February brings lots of fun activities...Be ready!

We are so excited to be packing so many fun experiences for your child into February.  Here's a list of the upcoming events:
  • Send your child's box of Valentine's to school for labeling! (This week)
  • Field Trip to the Burnet Public Library (Thursday, February 1)
  • Groundhog Day: Be a shadow and wear GRAY OR BLACK (Friday, February 2)
  • Valentine's Day Exchange (Wednesday, February 14)
  • Student Holiday (Monday, February 19)
  • Math and Science Night (Tuesday, February 27, 6-7 pm)
February will be full of the LOVE of learning!  Please continue to sign your child's ARC Log in the blue book pouch each night.  They are so excited about earning medals and learning to read.  Also, don't forget to be checking your child's folder and celebrating his or her awesome conduct  and hard work.  Thank you for partnering with me in growing your child as a learner!
Mrs. Gaertner

Welcome back! 2018 is here!!

I hope you each had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready to start the new year running!  Often parents ask, “What can we be working on at home to support our child’s learning?”  Here’s a few things we’ve been working on at school for you to reinforce at home:

  • Recognizing the following letters and the sounds they make: Ee, Ff, Ll, Hh, Tt, Ii, Cc, Oo, and Qq.
  • READING out loud to your child and recording all books in their logs. (This allows us to celebrate your work in school.  We do appreciate all you do!)
  • Counting to 20 and recognizing those numbers.
  • Making sets. (Counting out five spoons; making a group of 12 toothpicks)
  • Playing Rhyming games in the car. (“If I say star, you say _____”; child answers “car!”  “Let’s think of all the words we can that sound like ball.)


In pre-k the growth a student makes in all areas is amazing.  Each day is a new day!  It is a privilege to work with each of your children!!  I can’t wait to see all they accomplish!

Our Schedule

7:20 – 7:50  Breakfast (cafeteria)

7:50 – 8:00  Backpacks Unloaded

8:05 – 8:55  Activity

                 (conference period)

            MONDAY: PE

            TUESDAY: PE

            WEDNESDAY: Library

                       & Computer Lab

            THURSDAY: Art

            FRIDAY: Music

9:00 – 10:45 ARC/ELA

10:50 – 11:20 Lunch

11:20 – 12:15 Calendar & Math

12:15 – 12:45 Recess

12:45 – 1:15 Science/Social Studies

1:15 – 2:15  Rest Time

2:15 – 2:30 Snack & Pack-up

2:30 – 3:00 Pre-K Lab

3:00 – 3:10 Dismissal Prep

3:20 Dismissal