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Sometimes paint and other messy art materials have a way of getting past protective smocks and aprons. In order to make keep your child’s special outfits are kept clean and tidy, please leave them at home. Instead, on the days that your child has art, consider sending them to school in clothes that wouldn’t mind getting a spot of two of art materials on them. I thank you in advance for your cooperation!

How Is My Child Being Graded?

SAS uses standards based report cards. Each project that your child completes addresses the standards and benchmarks that have been assigned for that semester.  The standards and benchmarks for Kindergarten are as follows:

Practicing and applying media, techniques, and processes

  1. Demonstrates beginning skills in the use of basic tools and art-making processes

  2. Demonstrates early skills in the use of art media

  3. Develops an awareness of safety in the art room and the proper handling of tools

  4. Works cooperatively in a classroom setting

Using knowledge of structures and functions

  1. Demonstrates simple understanding of various visual structures and functions

  2. Uses visual structures and functions of art to communicate personal feelings and experiences

Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

  1. Identifies the elements of art in objects in nature, in the environment, and in works of art

Relating the visual arts in relation to history and culture

  1. Begins to develop an appropriate appreciation that art objects come from various periods and cultures

  2. Identifies and discusses how art is used in various cultures, past and present

Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and that of others

  1. Discuss works of art created in the classroom, focusing on selected elements of art

  2. Uses simple art vocabulary to discuss their work and the work of others


  1. Listened carefully and followed  directions

  2. Focused and effective work habits

  3. Did not distract others

Each standard and benchmark is assessed by using a variety of sources. Sources include classroom observations, one on one conversations with students, sketchbooks, final projects, and student self evaluation sheets. Grades are based on a 1 to 4 scale.

1-Area of Concern


3-Meeting Expectations

4-Meeting Expectations with Excellence

If you have any questions, you can email me at [email protected].

Thank you for your support and cooperation!