English as a New Language- Grades: Kindergarten-Third

Mrs. Diana Kalina

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Mrs. Diana Kalina

Hello! My name is Diana Kalina and I am the English as a New Language (ENL) teacher for students in grades kindergarten through third. I work with students who speak another language at home and need support in English. Students are selected to be in ENL based on their home language questionaire and the NYSITELL exam. I believe that knowing another language is an amazing skill and my goal is to make students comfortable in English while maintaining their native culture and language. I speak both Portuguese and Spanish so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns! 

 

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***English language learners in grades kindergarten through second grade can acccess work in the assignments for emergency closings tab during this extended school closure. I have included speaking questions for different levels as well as some reading and writing activities. Please check back frequently as I will be adding new activities every week. You can send me a picture of your completed work at my email dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org. Websites and other online resources can also be found in the discussion tab. These resources include videos, read alouds and flashcards that can be used to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help with any of the assignments at dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org. I will also be available online Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 1:30. If you speak Arabic and would like some assistance, you can contact Amal Sayegh at asayegh@yonkerspublicschools.org****

***03/25- I have created a new tab called Learning Together At Home located under the Assignments for Emergency Closing Tab. Here you will find ENL activities that can be completed with just notebook paper! These activities are for ENL students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade but can also be done by native speakers as well! This resource is available in Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and other languages. Just click on the pdf link to get started!****

***04/01- I hope you are all safe and well! I have created a new tab called Reading and Writing with Bookflix. Bookflix is an online reading resource with free books to read with your child.  Most of the books are available in both English and Spanish. I have included the link to help guide you straight to the website. In addition I have put some recommendations for you. There are speaking and writing questions at the bottom of the book list as well as a writing checklist to help guide your child. I would love to see your writing, so please send me a picture of it at my email: dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!!

***04/03-Hello! Please check the photo tab for a message from me. I hope you are all safe and well!***

***04/06- Good afternoon! There will be a webinar for Spanish speaking parents on how you can help your children at home on Wednesday April 8th at 7:00 pm. Please click on the discussion tab to view the flyer and get more information. ***

***04/09- Good morning! Tired of looking at a screen? There are definitely some fun activities you can do at home that don't require a computer or tablet! Please check the discussion tab for some non-screen activities. Also in the discussion tab you will find a student work log to keep track of the ENL activities you have completed. This log is available in both English and in Spanish. If you have any questions about this please email me at dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org. Stay safe and well!!****

***04/14- Hello to all my ENL students and parents! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. I have added a new tab called Virtual Field Trips Around the World, located on the left hand side of this page. Here you will find some virtual trips to different places around the world! Click on the tab for more information as well as a link to get on. Have fun exploring!!***

***04/15-Good morning! I have created raz-kids accounts for all of my ENL students. This is a website where students can log on to listen to and read different books. They can get points and it is a really fun website. Here are the directions for students to get into their account:

1. Go to raz-kids.com in google

2. Click on the green box (Kids Login)

3. Type in the teacher name: dkalina1

4. Find your name and click it

5. Click on the picture of the fish and press go

6. Have fun listening and reading the stories! Make sure to answer the questions at the end. Remember you can listen and read the stories as many times as you want!!

***04/22 Hello ENL students and parents! Happy Earth Day!! Please click on the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl3zgcL0Tv8 to watch a video about this day and what you can do to help our planet. Make sure to check the Assignments for Emergency Closing tab, every week for new assignments. Remember to send me a picture of your work at my email: dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org and keep track in your student logs. Stay safe and well!!****

***04/27 Good afternoon! I hope you are all continuing to do well! I just wanted to share a new free website for kindergarten and first grade students: uniteforliteracy.com. This website has different books that are narrated in multiple languages including Spanish, French and Arabic!! Please check out the Unite for Literacy Tab on the left for more information and how to select your language.***

***04/29 Good morning!! Just wanted to let you know you can now message me and send pictures of your work on Class Dojo, by going to your main teacher's page. Just make sure to send it in the private message and not in the portfolio, so it goes directly to me. Also you can still email me at dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org. Take care and stay well!! ****

***05/05- Hello ENL students and parents and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Please click on the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Jj_KhAiGU&t=193s to watch a video about this holiday and the culture that goes along with it. Stay safe and well and enjoy this beautiful day!!****

***05/12- Good morning ENL students and parents. Just wanted to inform you that there are adult English classes online available for free! This is a great opportunity for parents who want to learn English. It is open to all Yonkers residents. Please go to the Discussion Tab to see more information about these classes and how to sign up. ****

***05/19- Hello ENL students and parents! I hope you are all continuing to do well! I am posting a link to a list of the 10 best websites for kids to learn English. These websites have really fun activities that can help your child practice their English skills. Alot of the websites are mobile friendly so you can use your phone, tablet or desktop computer! Click on the Discussion Tab for a link to the websites and have fun exploring them!!***

***05/22- Good morning ENL students and parents! Assignments for next week are all based on Memorial Day, which is Monday May 25th. Please click on the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8_G8YyzHHc&t=4s to watch a video and learn more about this holiday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!***

***05/29-Hello ENL students and parents! For the week of June 1-5, assignments for all of my students will be based on using the website bookflix. This is a great free website, with many different books that are available in English and Spanish. The website is mobile friendly so you can access it through your phone! Click here: https://www.yonkerspublicschools.org/Page/39118 to see the assignment. You can send me this assignment through a private message in class dojo or to my email dkalina@yonkerspublicschools.org. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!***

***06/04-Good afternoon ENL students and parents! There is going to be an online livestream event for students of all ages with author Julia Alvarez! This will take place on Wednesday, June 10th from 12-1. You can go to my discussion tab to see more information about this event as well as how to access it. Enjoy the rest of your day!***

***06/15- Good Morning ENL students and parents! We are finally in our last week of distance learning! Your last assignment will be based on your time at school. Also check out the National Geographic Kids: Destination World tab, for some cool videos about different places around the world! Have a great day!***

***06/18-Hello ENL students and parents! I just wanted to wish you all a happy and healthy summer! Please feel free to use all the available resources on this page and practice your English. I hope to see you all again soon!!****