Welcome to Kindergarten! Your child will spend the year in a joyful, positive, solution oriented classroom. In this letter I have attempted to answer any questions you may have or weren’t even aware you had. After reading, please ask me to clarify or address any questions you may still have.
9:05 Welcome! Hang Packs, Breakfast/Centers
9:25 Journeys Reading Program
10:30 Bathroom Break
11:25 Prepare for Lunch/Wash Hands
12:30 Wind Down/Story Time
12:40 Extended Literacy Time/Computer Lab
1:20 Bathroom Break
1:25 Specials (Music, P.E., and Library)
We have one of these every day, and it’s on a rotating schedule
2:10 Small Group Work/Centers/Snack Time
3:30 Dismiss on 2 positives (Ask your child about the great things they learned or accomplished today).
3:37 Parent pick-up in classroom/Get on bus
SPECIALS: At Library, your child will be able to select books to take home and read. Books can come back any day, but always be sure to have them back by their next library day so that new books can be checked out.
Your child may want to have a pair of non-marking shoes for P.E. School shoes are handy in the winter when students are wearing boots to school. It’s your call.
Your child will perform two concerts during the school year in the evening, generally in early December and April.
LABELING: When your child comes to school, make sure he/she has a labeled backpack large enough to carry papers, winter gear, etc. Have him/her bring it to school EVERY DAY so important papers will make it home.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LABEL COATS, HATS, BOOTS, MITTENS, SNOW PANTS OR SNOW SUIT, SHOES, LUNCH BOXES, AND BACKPACKS. SUPRISINGLY ENOUGH, THESE ITMES TEND TO GET LOST, ESPECIALLY ON THE BUS.
TRANSPORTATION: If you make a change in who will be transporting your child, please let me know with a written note or a phone call to the school office before 3:00pm. REMEMBER, YOUR CHILD MAY RIDE THE BUS TO AND FROM SCHOOL THIS YEAR. KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS NEED TO BE PICKED UP BY 3:37.
LUNCH: Your child may bring a lunch or buy one. Student lunches are $3.25. Breakfast is available for $1.75. Students who bring a lunch may buy milk for 75 cents. Lunch menus and forms for free or reduced price lunches are available in the office. Money can be put on the student accounts in the lunchroom or online.
BIRTHDAYS: If you would like to send or bring a treat for your child’s birthday, plan on bringing (or sending it in with your child) enough treats to feed 25 students. You may send cupcakes, cake, popsicles, ice cream, or just about anything else, though I prefer cheeseburgers. Let me know if you would like to send or bring in a treat for your child’s birthday, but don’t feel like you have to. We sing happy birthday, the birthday person then blows out the lights, we eat, and then get on with our day.
PARENT HELPERS: My parent volunteer policy is very casual, and I welcome you to come and join our class anytime it’s convenient for you. You need not let me know you’re coming and are welcome anytime, though Centers time and the beginning of the day is the best time to volunteer. If you’re more interested in take home work, please let me know. If you have no interest in hanging out with 25 Kindergartners, that’s also understandable and I won’t hold it against you. But again, when you have the time and inclination to come in, please feel welcome and appreciated. I’ll generally have you support me with a project, or have you read with students.
MONEY- When sending money to school with your child please put it in SOMETHING (baggie, envelope, etc.) and have it labeled with your child’s name and the money’s purpose. Loose change tends to get lost easily.
SCHOOL PAPERS-I will be sending home important papers and completed schoolwork/practice reading books home in a two pocket folder. Please check it daily, even though it may be empty some days. Please send any important papers/money to me in this envelope and remind your child to turn it in. It is labeled SCHOOL-HOME FOLDER.
SNACKS- During our afternoon Centerstime, children are welcome to finish their lunches, or eat a snack sent from home. We do not have a whole class snack time, as some children are not hungry at this time and some are. This way your child also eats the food you want them to eat.
I appreciate your support in getting our school year off to a great start. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. I can be reached at 861-5311 or by email at email@example.com during school hours, or at home should an important concern or question come up after hours at 746-7784. I am looking forward to a great year with your child.