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Welcome to Mrs.Umbarger's Kindergarten Class

Welcome to Kindergarten at Thurman Francis Arts Academy!  I am so glad you are here! TFAA is a great place to be! 
I want to let you know a little bit about me. I have a bachelor's degree from Belmont University in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education. I also have a master's degree in education from Tusculum University. This will be my 4th year teaching kindergarten at TFAA, and my 14th year teaching overall.  Most of my teaching experience is in kindergarten.
I am a native of east Tennessee and have lived in Murfreesboro for 10 years.  My husband Phillip and I just celebrated our 26th year of marriage, and we have 2 daughters: Rebekah, a 2019 graduate of Lipscomb University, and Rachel, a senior at Oakland High School.  We also have a family pet, Ginger. For hobbies, I enjoy biking, running, and spending time with my family most of all.
The first year of school is an important one in the life of every student, so this year will be a special one for your child. I am looking forward to getting to know your child and learning and growing together! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Class Dojo is a form of communication that I will use this year. You may also contact me via my email at I look forward to a wonderful year with your student!
Rhesa Umbarger

Kindergarten Daily Class Schedule

Time Subject Distance Learners
7:30-7:45 Calendar  
7:45-8:15 Math Whole Group  Live Lesson
8:15-9:00 Math Small Groups Independent Work
9:00-9:15 Reading Live Lesson
9:15-9:50 Independent Reading Activity Independent Work
9:55-10:45 Recess / Lunch  
10:45-11:05 Reading Skills Whole Group Live Lesson
11:05-11:45 Reading Skills Small Groups (Meet at assigned day / time)
11:50-12:10 Recess  
12:15-12:55 Related Arts Log on with assigned class of the day
1:00-2:00 Science / Social Studies Independent Work
2:00-2:30 Snack / Pack / Dismissal  
* Be sure to log on for Live Lessons at designated times each day.  Lessons will be recorded to view at a later time that day if needed.
A Day - Art (Mrs. Hartley)
B Day - Music (Mr. Thiemann)
C Day - PE* (Ms. Taylor)
D Day - Spanish (Mrs. Sparks)
E Day - Computers (Dr. Wise)
F Day - Dance* (Mrs. Reedy)
* Please wear (or bring) athletic shoes and socks for these Related Arts days.
Phase-In Days: Please watch the video here for an introduction to our Related Arts Team!
Clever Shortcut for Students
Office 365
Office 365 Portal for Students
Use Clever to access
assignments in Kiddom!
Check your grades regularly through Skyward using your assigned username and password. If you need assistance with your login information, visit or call our attendance office.
Contact me to obtain online textbook information for this class. You can access your Office 365 account by clicking here, the username and password are the same as your computer login at school.
ClassDojo Helpdesk
ClassDojo HelpDesk
 Essential Programs
Use this link to access your ClassDojo account!
Click here for help with any questions you may have about your ClassDojo account.
 RCS Essential Programs
Clever Nearpod flipgrid
Playposit seesaw Padlet
Distance Learners will be connecting to our class via Zoom. You will find a link to each live and recorded lesson on my TFAA web page. If you are unable to watch a particular zoom meeting live, you may check back for the recorded link later in the day.  
Phase-In Days:  Please watch the video on this link to meet all the Related Arts teachers!