The ABC’s of Kindergarten
A-Attendance- It is extremely important that your child come to school each day. If your child must be absent please send a doctor’s note or written note explaining the reason. Also refer to our student handbook for more information on attendance. If you do not send a note the absence will be unexcused.
B-Backpacks- Each child will need a backpack to carry to and from school each day. This will house the “take home folder” or “binders” as well as other important papers. No rolling backpacks are allowed. We ask that you place an extra change of clothing in the backpack in case of an accident. Please remember to check your child’s backpack daily.
B-Breakfast- If your child wishes to eat breakfast please instruct them to do so as soon as they arrive at school. Breakfast cost is $1.25.
C-Conferences- Two times during the school year we will have parent teacher Conferences. It is extremely important that we visit with you about your child’s successes and struggles during these designated times. Please make every effort to attend. We are available for private conferences as well.
D-Discipline- Discipline is simple. We work hard to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all. Rules are explained during the first several weeks of school and read and discussed daily. Problems are looked upon as just that--problems to be solved. Your child’s teacher will share the discipline procedures in her classroom with you.
E-Email- This year Kindergarten teachers will email all parent letters, newsletters, and important documents. Please give your child’s teacher your email address. Kindergarten teachers’ email addresses are as follows:
Julie Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
CC Burrell email@example.com
Kristin Davis Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Nash email@example.com
Lori Tibbit firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers check their email daily, unless our server has malfunctioned. Please do not email bus changes and/or car rider changes, but instead call our school office (653-2248) or send a note in your child’s folder.
F-Folders- Please initial the behavior calendar in your child’s folder/binder each night and check it for important information each day. Please do not remove the calendar.
G-Grading- Each nine weeks your child will receive a report card. This report card is performance based and will be an ongoing assessment throughout the school year.
G-Girls- Please be mindful when dressing female children that they will need shorts under their dresses or skirts. We often sit on the floor, hang upside-down, and tumble on the playground. Modesty is expected.
H-Happy, Happy, Happy!- We are so excited and happy to have your child in kindergarten this year. Each of us believe in a good, fun educational foundation. We will strive to make this the best year ever!
I-Illness- the question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially in the mornings. It is important to keep your child home if he/she is ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. They must be fever free (without fever reducing medicine) for 24 hours before they are allowed to return to school. If you have medications that your child takes during the school day, they must be hand delivered to our school nurse. Classroom teachers are not permitted to administer medications.
J-Jewelry- Please refrain from sending your child to school wearing jewelry. Things often get lost or broken on the playground.
K-Kindness- Kindergarten students are encouraged and expected to treat each other with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be permitted.
L-Lunch- Students are allowed to bring their lunch or purchase a lunch tray from the cafeteria. Lunch cost is $2.25. Make sure to fill out the “Free and Reduced” lunch forms in your packets even if you think you do not qualify. Every form filled out helps our cafeteria get additional “healthy” foods for our students. If your child brings a lunch box please note we are not able to heat their food. It is also suggested they can open all of their own items to insure they have enough time to eat all of their lunch.
M-Money- When you send money or checks to your child’s teacher it should be placed in an envelope or Ziploc bag with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and how the money is to be used. This is very, very important.
N-Newsletters- Each Monday a Kindergarten Newsletter is issued. These will be emailed as well. Newsletters contain important information about what we are learning and also notable dates of upcoming events.
O-Outside recess-We will have outside recess each school day as weather permits. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately so that he/she can play and have fun. Again, please no flip flops as it is difficult to run and enjoy outside play.
P-Parties- We will have two big parties this school year. The first will be Christmas and the second Valentines. Your child’s teacher will ask for volunteers to help with these events. If you are interested in helping, please sign up to be a “Room Parent”. We are not allowed to have birthday parties in kindergarten. Birthday invitations are not permitted to be distributed at school unless there is one for each child in the class. Invitations are to be given directly to the teacher for distribution. Please refer to our student handbook for more information.
Q-Questions- If you have questions at any time throughout the year please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. You may call the school office at 653-2248 at any time during the school day. You may also receive a faster answer to your question by emailing the teacher.
R-Rest Time- We will have a short rest time each day for the first 6 weeks. We ask that you do not send a rest mat or blanket.
Remind 101- This is s free app that sends a blanket text to remind you of important events throughout the school year. There will 2 set up for kindergarten. One will be for the entire grade level and the other for your child’s class.
S-Shoes- We prefer your child to wear shoes that enclose the whole foot. Running is hard to do in flip-flops or other backless shoes. We ask that your child not wear flip flops at all. In addition, you child is required to wear tennis shoes on PE days.
S-Snacks- Each class will enjoy a healthy snack in the afternoon. We depend on parents to provide these. A “healthy snack list” will be sent home with your child and also may be found on our school website. All snacks must be store bought and unopened. Please send snacks as often as you are able.
T-Toys- Children are not allowed to bring toys to school, with the exception of “Show and Tell” days.
T-Transportation- Beginning the second day of school, car riders will be walked in to the cafeteria each morning. Mrs. Reeves and other staff members will be on duty outside starting at 7:45 if you wish to drop your child off from your car. They will help get your child out of the car and into the building safely. Bus riders will exit the bus and enter the cafeteria with the help of older elementary students and staff. Kindergarten students will sit on the steps in the cafeteria in the mornings until their teacher brings them to their classroom.
If your child is a car rider you may pick them up in the cafeteria at 3:00. They must remain seated on the stage until the duty teachers release them to you.
If your child is going home a different way than usual, a note must be sent to the teacher in the daily folder. To ensure safety we must have all transportation changes in writing. Last minute changes may be called in to the school office at 653-2248. Please do not email your teacher about transportation changes.
U-Unique- At our school we recognize that each child is Unique. We look forward to getting to know every little personality in our class.
V-Visitors- When you visit our school, please check in the school office before entering your child’s classroom. This is to ensure the safety of all children. Non-authorized adults or teens pose a risk to our students.
W-Water- Each student will need a bottle of water each week. We ask that you send a case of water for our class as often as you are able.
X-eXtra Clothes- We recommend 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. Please know these clothes will stay in your child’s backpack since we have no place to store them here at school.
Y-You- Please remember that you are your child’s first and most important teacher.
Z-Zzzzzs- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. A kindergarten room is a busy place and you will find your child exhausted at the end of the day. Setting and keeping an early bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child. This will help them be alert and ready to learn each day. Research suggest that 4 and 6 year olds require 10-12 hours of sleep each night.