Keeping your kindergartener safe and happy at school
Change of Clothes
Even if your child has never had an accident, we strongly recommend a complete change of clothes be provided and kept at school. We do not keep extra clothing on hand for accidents, and they do happen. All articles should be clearly labeled with your child’s name. You may wish to keep the clothes in a Zip-Loc bag in their cubby at school or in their backpack.
Wide-eyed and Bush-tailed
Did you know that five and six year olds need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night? Your child is still growing and developing, playing hard and learning new things each day; help them be successful by getting to bed early and waking early enough to be fresh for the new school day.
Your child needs to eat breakfast everyday. Little children have small tummies and burn a lot of calories quickly. That’s why they refuel so often! Even if you are not in the habit of having breakfast, help your child feel well and energetic all morning by providing a nutritious start to each day.
At school your child will run, jump, climb, sprawl, skip, hop and sometimes even sit in a chair. Closed-toe, flat shoes are the safest for school wear. They will help your child perform and feel comfortable, as well as avoid falls and injuries to self or others. Boots, flip flops and sandals are often hard to run and play in.
Overalls, Snaps and Zippers
Consider how challenging clothing can be to unfasten when you select attire for school. Your child should be able to remove clothing to go to the restroom independently and quickly.
Hand washing is the most effective measure to prevent spread of illness. We will encourage your child to wash their hands before eating and after using the restroom. Please reinforce healthy habits, including blowing runny noses, covering coughs, brushing teeth and keeping hands away from mouth and face.
Please review the guidelines in the DISD Handout about when to keep your child home from school or refer to section labeled: Should my child stay home from school. Attendance and punctuality are so important, but staying home to recover from illness is a greater need. Children who come to school sick will spread their illness to others.
All of us at McNair Elementary are looking forward to introducing your child to school and to an exciting year of learning and growing together!