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Dear Parents,

My name is Yamilka Van Ihsem.  I graduated from one of the best universities in education, Kean University. I want to assure you that I will do anything it takes to make your child succeed. I am very excited and honored to have this opportunity of being your child’s Kindergarten Spanish Dual Language teacher. I hope to make your child’s learning experience a fun and exciting one as well as instilling a love of learning that your child will carry with them throughout their life.

Be assured that I will do my best to make this school year an enjoyable time for your child, but also a time filled with real learning. Please do not think your child will be just "playing" all day! The skills we practice daily in kindergarten are the building blocks for your child's future success in school and in life! Your child will be studying about many aspects of life including, self, home, family, and community throughout the year. 

With regard to behavior, your child will be expected to act in a manner that will ensure safety and consideration for the feelings of others. Attendance is also very important.  Your child should only be absent if she/he is not feeling well. If your child is not in school it is impossible for him/her to learn.

Please be sure your child brings a book bag with the folder to school every day.  Please clean out their folders every night and return important papers promptly.

I believe strongly in parent-teacher communication.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You may call me at 732-376-6270 and leave me a message or send in a note with your child and I will get back to you as soon as I am available. In addition, you may email me at