Welcome to the new school year! I want your child to have a fun and successful year in Kindergarten. Above I have listed the school phone number. Please feel free to contact me if there are situations that need to be discussed. The best times to reach me at school are from 7:30am – 7:50am and 3:15pm – 3:45pm. I am always willing to schedule a conference at any time!
School Hours: School begins promptly at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm. If your child is tardy, they must get a late slip from the office before coming into class. Your child is considered tardy if he/she is not in line once the morning announcements have begun. If your child is not picked up by 3:15, they will be taken to after school care and signed in.
Attendance: A successful school experience is the responsibility of the children, the parent, and the school. Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation. Regular attendance without tardiness is key.
After School Pick up: All parents must pick up their child from the alley behind the school or park your car and come into the school. The students will be waiting in the yard near the pre-school classroom. If your child is not picked up by 3:15, they will be taken to after school care and signed in and you will be asked to pay an appropriate fee.
School Work: Please look in your child’s folder each day. I send all school/classroom news by way of your child in your child’s folder. These folders will come home daily and are to be sent back each day. Please send all notes, money and other important things you want me to find to school in your child’s folder. I will separate those that need to be “returned to school” the next day from those that should be “left at home”. All the students’ folders have been labeled. Be positive and value the work your child has done at school. Your child will have a weekly file folder sent home every Friday. This folder will include all the class work that was done during the week. This work is for you to keep. Please return the folder (empty) the following Monday.
If you child is absent, I will send home any class work/homework that was missed the day he/she returns. I expect these assignments to be completed and returned. While I do not expect them to be returned immediately, I do expect them to be returned in a timely manner.
Full Day Kindergarten Curriculum: Our Kindergarten day includes the following subject areas: Language Arts, Math, Phonics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Spanish, Fitness/Wellness, Technology and Religion.
Snacks: We will have a small snack each morning.The snack should be a fruit, a yogurt, or something that will be nourishing and help your child make it to lunchtime. Cookies, doughnuts, chips, candies, fruit roll-ups, etc. are not allowed for snack or lunch. Please choose something healthy. It is also important that your child eats a good breakfast at home before coming to school.
Rest Time: We will have no nap time. We will rest/silent read for about 20 minutes each day after lunch recess.
All About Me: Your child will be recognized on an “All About Me” poster one week this school year. When it is your child’s turn you will receive an “All About Me” poster to be decorated and completed. Your child will get to present his or her poster and hang it in our classroom for a week.
Students will take turns bringing a book about Clifford and a Clifford doll home. A journal is also sent along for you to take a picture of your child with Clifford (photo can be emailed and I will print it out) and write about the exciting adventures with Clifford. I know the children are not writing on their own yet, but writing their words for them is a great way to introduce the written word. We will be drawing a name each day. Please remember to bring Clifford and the journal back to school the following day.
Word Wall Words-Sight Reading
The sight-reading words are words that your child should recognize and read as a picture, without sounding them out. We are going to review the word/words daily. The students will learn on average 3-4 new words a week. We will look for the word in books, while reading stories, clap as we say the letters, and write it in our Word Wall Journal book. I do not require it to be perfect or that the children know how to write the word from memory. This is a process that grades K-2 have adopted to learn sight words.
Pizza Hut Book It Program: Our Kindergarten class participates in the Pizza Hut Book It Program to earn free personal pan pizzas for the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. To earn a pizza each month your child needs to read 6 books or more with a parent. When the monthly reading calendar is completed, I will give the certificate at the end of the month. Have fun reading with your child!
Book Orders: Your child will have the opportunity to order books for your home library each month. The book orders are from Scholastic Books and will be sent home each month.
Behavior and Discipline: I believe in having high expectations of the children to follow classroom rules and to help them understand the reasons behind rules. I want all of the children to have the opportunity to learn and for no student to keep another student from being able to learn. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children in which we work and live as a team family in our classroom.
If a child is continuously having difficulty following room rules I will send home a report to communicate areas which need improvement. I will contact you by phone if there is ever a situation that needs to be discussed immediately. It is important to me that we keep our lines of communication open and work together to meet the needs of your child.
I have a “happy bowl” and a “sad bowl”. When a student is misbehaving, their stick will be moved to the “sad bowl”. However, the stick can be moved back with improved behavior. If the stick remains in the “sad bowl” all day, they will not receive a sticker at the end of the day. If the students stick is constantly spending time in the “sad bowl”, I will discuss their behavior and we will work on a solution. If your child does not come home with a sticker, please ask them why they do not have a sticker.
1. Verbal warning
2. Move stick to sad bowl
3. Thinking chair (quiet time)
4. Note home/phone call
5. Student Report/Principal
Room Needs/Volunteers: I will need volunteers for special projects and field trips. I will notify our room mom, Melissa Stone Mangham (Phoebe’s mom), when I will be needing volunteers. Her email is MStoneMangham@StyleNetwork.com
Your children are special and unique. It is my pleasure to have them in kindergarten this year. It is my hope that all of my students will leave kindergarten at the end of the year knowing the joy and value of learning as well as the power of knowledge. I want each of them to have a love of books and a desire to read for entertainment and to acquire information. They should be happy, feel good about themselves and school, and work cooperatively with others. To achieve these goals, I need the support and understanding of their parents. Let’s work together to create the best possible environment for your children. This is their time. It is the beginning of their future.