The ABC’S of Kindergarten
Absences: If your child is absent, please call the office at 940-369-1300. A note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school upon your child’s return to avoid an unexcused absence. If your child must leave early for a doctor’s appointment, please make sure to sign them out at the front office. Appointments in the afternoon are best.
Attendance: Please take special note of the attendance policy in the student handbook. Attendance is crucial to the success of your kindergarten student. Please make all necessary arrangements to get your child to school each day.
Arrival: Your Kindergarten student should arrive at school between 7:35 and 7:50 am. School begins promptly at 7:50. If your child comes in after 7:50 he/she will need to stop in the office and get a tardy slip.
Backpack: Each child will need a backpack to carry home his/her personal items, school papers, GO Folder and guided reading bag. Please make sure the backpack is big enough to carry these items and possibly a jacket in the wintertime.
Birthdays: If you would like to send a birthday treat with your child to share with the class near or on their birthday, you are more than welcome to do so. These treats will be eaten during our regular snack time. Treats may be dropped off at the front office. Parents are not allowed to come to the classroom during our snack time. We will recognize our summer birthdays at the end of the school year. Please do not send birthday party invitations to be distributed at school UNLESS ALL children in the class receive an invitation.
Book Orders: Periodically I will send home a Scholastic Book Club Catalog for you and your child to look over. Scholastic offers wonderful books at reduced prices.
Background Checks: If you are planning to volunteer in the classroom or attend our field trips you are required to fill out a background check.
Car Riders: Car riders will be dismissed at 2:50 each day from the cafeteria.
Conferences: Parent/Teacher conferences will be held at the end of the first six weeks. You will receive your child’s report card at this time and we will discuss your child’s accomplishments, strengths and overall progress. Please feel free to schedule any additional conferences at any time throughout the school year if the need arises. My conference period is 12:55-1:45 daily.
Communication: Communication is very important to me! Please feel free to call or email me at any time if you have any comments, questions or concerns. My number is 940-369-1324 and my email is email@example.com
Citizen of the Week: Each week, a child will be randomly selected to be our Citizen of the Week. Everyone will get a turn. The children love this special attention! When your child is the Citizen of the Week, they are encouraged to bring pictures of their family. These pictures will be posted on the small bulletin board outside our classroom door. I will return the pictures the following week. I will also send home an All About Me bag. Please help your child fill it with five things that represent themselves. This will give them a chance to be the center of attention, and share more about themselves with the class. They may also bring a favorite book for me to read during our Read Aloud and we will write about your child for their own Citizen of Week book. More information will come the Friday before they are to be Citizen of the Week.
Discipline: I use a Love and Logic approach. I encourage the children to grow and learn from their own actions. To encourage appropriate behavior, learn self-control, and build self-concept, they will be guided to respect themselves and their peers. We work hard as a class to make our classroom a positive safe loving environment. Our classroom is a small community where teamwork and good relationships are expected and encouraged. We will spend time learning and practicing class procedures. If a student is having difficulties following these guidelines, I might:
*ask questions to promote thinking and responsibility
*encourage students to solve their own problems
*offer choices within limits
*model problem-solving skills
*apply consequences that best fit these situations
*Possible consequences might include change seating, separation from group activity, partial loss of recess, a “think sheet,” communication home, or a visit to the office.
*In the event that our child’s behavior is interfering with his or her learning or the learning of others, you will be notified in the GO Folder, e-mail or by phone.
Email: A great way to keep in touch with me is through e-mail. My e-mail address at school is firstname.lastname@example.org
Folders: Check those GO Folders nightly! Information from the school and/or PTA and completed student work will go home on Fridays.
Field Trips: Information about field trips will come home in the GO Folder. I will also include this information in my newsletters and website. We will be taking a field trip to the Frank Buck Zoo. If you plan on attending as a chaperone, you must have a Background Check on file.
GO Folders: GO folders –Get Organized, is home/school communication folder that will be sent home on a daily basis and returned to school the following morning. The GO Folder will help us get organized! The three-prong pocket folder houses take home papers, and other school items that assist with communication between home and school.
Grading: Every six weeks your child will receive a standards based report card. More information about the report card will be shared during our parent-teacher conferences in October.
Gym: Students will go to P.E. at least 3 to 4 times a week for a 20-minute period. The children are asked to wear tennis shoes on P.E. days and a pair of shorts to under their dresses or skirts.
Guided Reading: I will begin doing guided reading with your child when they are developmentally ready. For many of the students this usually begins in the second and third six weeks. I will work with students in small, homogenous groups using a variety of leveled fiction and nonfiction text that is at your child’s instructional reading level.
· Guided Reading books: Once we begin guided reading, your child will bring home a book bag with their guided reading book inside. They will need to read the book to you and return it the next school day.
· Sight words: Review all sight words (word wall words each week)
Illness: The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. Please also keep in mind that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If you have any questions please refer to the DISD student handbook or our school nurse.
Independence: Independence is a big goal in kindergarten. Independence builds self-esteem and self-confidence. I encourage the students to do as much for themselves in the classroom as possible and I would ask that you do so at home as well. So let’s start practicing tying shoes!!
Journals: We will be writing in Kindergarten. In the beginning the students will combine their emerging writing skill with their drawing skills. As the students are exposed to phonics, sight words, reading experiences, shared reading, etc, they will begin to use “inventive” spelling and eventually move toward conventional spelling.
Kindness: Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be permitted.
Lunch: The school will provide lunch and breakfast for the children who wish to purchase one. Breakfast is served from 7:20-7:50 every day. For convenience, you may pay online by going to the following website: https://www.parentonline.net. I encourage you to create a lunch account for your child even though they may not always purchase, you never know when a sack lunch will be left at home on the kitchen counter. Checks can be made payable to Adkins Cafeteria. You are always welcome to come and eat lunch with your Kindergarten student and outside food is permitted. You must sign in at the office and receive a lunch slip to give to the teachers in the cafeteria. Our lunch time is from 11:00-11:30 daily.
2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR:
Mathematics: The kindergarten mathematics curriculum provides students with mathematical experiences that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics. We employ a hands-on, problem solving approach in a workshop model. During our Math time, the students will be exploring ways to solve a problem, working in collaborative groups and justifying how they solved the problem. While they are working in collaborative groups, I will meet with small groups of children. These groups will be flexible, changing from week to week or day to day, based on the needs of the students.
Materials: Being prepared makes everyone more successful. Please make sure your child brings his/her backpack to school every day along with their Go Folder. Once guided reading bags come home they need to be returned to school every day.
Newsletter: A weekly newsletter for the next week will be emailed on Friday to keep you informed about what is happening in our class. If you would like a paper copy please let me know.
Nurse: We are very fortunate to have wonderful nurse- Nurse Kay. She will tend to minor scratches and scrapes, as well as sudden illnesses. For more serious injuries, she will contact you. Please be sure to send in any change of contact numbers in case she needs to get in touch with you.
Open line of communication: Please let me know if you have ANY concerns or questions regarding your child throughout the year. I feel that it is our job to work together as partners to help your child have a successful first year. If you have an urgent message and you want to be sure that I get it before school is out, please call the office, 940-369-1324, and speak to one of our wonderful secretaries.
Parties: We will have three parties. We will have a Holiday Party, Valentine’s Day Party, and an End of the Year party. The room coordinator will organize the food and activities for the parties. They will also coordinate volunteers. All are welcome to participate in the festivities! We will have some other celebrations that I will organize such as Thanksgiving Feast and the 100th Day of School.
Questions: If you at any time have any questions please feel free to contact me. You can contact me at school at 940-369-1324 or email me at email@example.com. My conference period is from 12:55-1:45 daily. This will be the best time to reach me, by phone. If there is an emergency and you need to speak to me immediately, I urge you to call the front office at 940-369-1324 and they will contact me ASAP. You and your child are important to me and I think of us as a team.
Report Cards: Report cards are issued every six weeks. These reports reflect the progress your child has made toward Kindergarten objectives.
Recess: The children will play outside each afternoon from 10:35-11:00. Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day.
Room Parents: The room parents’ job is to be available to help coordinate parties and activities, and to seek volunteers for field trips and events. Being a room parent is a great way to be involved in your child’s school life.
Snacks: We will have snack time everyday at 1:45pm. I am asking that each child bring their own snack. Due to food allergies, I will not keep any snack in my classroom to hand out if a student forgets theirs.
Science: The focus of the kindergarten science curriculum is on developing an awareness of the world in which we live. Science concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach.
Social Studies: The Kindergarten social studies curriculum focuses on the students and how they relate to others in their families, classroom, school, and community. Social Studies concepts will be explored using a literacy based, hands-on approach.
Shared Reading: Shared reading is an interactive process used with the whole class. As the teacher reads a story, children join in on phrases or words that they know. During subsequent re-readings, children read more and more of the text, until they are able to read the story independently. Shared reading is an opportunity for the teacher to model conventions of print and the use of reading strategies.
Sight Words: Each week we will be focusing in on a new sight word(s). Kindergarteners will be required to be able to read and write these words by the end of the school year.
Transportation: If your child has any changes in their transportation, please let me know by sending in a note, calling me or the office. Please understand that I cannot send a student home via another mode of transportation without a phone call or written note from an adult.
Toys: Children are asked NOT to bring toys from home. They are very distracting and it is sad when they are lost or broken. The only exceptions are when your child is Citizen of the Week or we have a special day when you will be notified by note or email.
Unique: Kindergarten students learn they are special and unique. Kindergartners have opportunities to describe how they are alike, as well as how they are different from others. They share their culture, and learn about different cultures within the class.
Volunteer and Visit: Just do it! Just remember to check in at the front office for a visitor badge.
Walkers: Walkers are dismissed at 2:50. Kindergarten parents should be there to pick up their child at the door where walkers are dismissed and walk them home. Please let me know if your child will be meeting another adult that normally does not pick up your child. Please be aware of the moving cars in line for car pickup.
X-tra clothes: It is very important that you send an extra set of clothes in case of a bathroom accident, messy spill or wet and muddy playgrounds. This way we do not have to bother you at work or home. These clothes can stay in your child’s backpack or cubbie.
You: You are crucial to your child’s success!
Younger Siblings: It is in your child’s and the school’s best interest to have our parent volunteers available without younger children as much as possible (this includes any volunteer work, field trips, parties, etc). This not only allows your full attention to be focused on the class, but also allows for some special time between you and your kindergartner. Thank you for making childcare arrangements for younger siblings ahead of time.
ZZZZZs: Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. A kindergarten room is a busy place and you will probably find your child exhausted at the end of the day. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give to your child. It will help them to be alert and ready to learn each day!