ABC’s of Kindergarten
Absences - Please be sure to send a note when your child returns to school. Notes should be sent in your child’s binder. Notes should include the date of the absence, your child’s first and last name, your name, and the reason for the absence. PLEASE SEND A SEPARATE NOTE FOR THE ABSENCE (DO NOT WRITE IT IN THE AGENDA, AS THESE NOTES MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE.)
Assessment – Easy CBM testing, ongoing assessments, Spelling and Reading Tests
Arrival/Attendance - Students should have time to arrive to our classroom by 7:45. If you plan for child to eat breakfast at school, please allow time for this.
Binder- Your child will bring this binder home from school each day. Inside the Binder, you will find:
1. The Front Pocket: The front pocket of the notebook will be used to send home notes, newsletters, and homework. Please be sure to read the notes sent home. Periodically, you may be asked to sign and return field trip notes, permission slips, etc.
2. Sight Word List: Your student will be tested on these words. Please practice at home. This list includes all sight words for the school year.
3. Skills List: These are the skills tested for the report card for each nine weeks.
4. Money/Notes Pocket: This is the clear pencil pocket in the Binder!! Please put any money and transportation/dismissal notes in this pocket. Please be sure money is in a labeled envelope.
5. Agenda: Inside you will find your child’s conduct grade for the day. Please review and discuss this with your child and initial this daily. You are welcome to write any note or concern in this.
6. Daily Work pocket - The back pocket of the binder is where you will find your child’s work from the day. You may remove and keep this work. Please be sure to look at this work to see what we are currently practicing in class and to review it with your child.
Birthdays - You are welcome to send goody bags or other items for each student (pencils, erasers, etc.).
Change of Clothes - Please send an extra change of clothes for your child, just in case an accident happens.
Communication - Please refer to the weekly newsletter to help answer any questions. You may write a note in the Binder, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call/leave me a message at school. I will respond to you as quickly as possible. Email is the quickest and easiest way for me to respond during the school day. However, do not email changes of transportation to me during the day. This must be completed in the front office.
Conduct - Your child’s conduct will be located in the appropriate dated section of the Agenda (located in the Binder). Each night have regular conversations with your child about his or her behavior. Happy Face is an S, if your student receives a S-, N, or U the rule broken will be listed. Please remember for a child to receive anything other than a Happy Face, they have been warned throughout the day.
Donations - Please see our wish list on our class newsletter and website. I appreciate any donations you make to our classroom!
Early Dismissal - We will dismiss early a few days this school year. Dismissal times will be listed in the newsletter.
Emergency Dismissal - Weather conditions may dictate that we dismiss early. PLEASE KNOW THAT, WHILE WE MAY TRY TO CALL YOU TO ALERT YOU OF EMERGENCY DISMISSAL, IT IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
Keep Reading - This is a very important time in your child’s life. He or she will soon begin reading! Think about setting aside a time each night to read for about 10-15 minutes. At first, this may be a time where you read to your child. But, soon he or she will be reading to you!
Learning Stations - While I teach reading or math small groups, the other students will be actively learning at another station. These other stations are varied to keep students excited about learning. They often include art and writing, housekeeping, listening/reading, reading /math games, seatwork, learning puzzles, LeapPad, computer games, and others.
Lunch – If you plan for your child to purchase school lunch, you are encouraged to send checks or cash to school to cover your child’s lunch cost for the week or month. Please write your child’s name and lunch number on the envelope in which you send the payment. Also, please be sure you make a note in your child’s agenda of the day you send lunch money and the amount you sent so that you may use this as a reference if needed. Lunch is $2.25 each day. Administration asks that lunch visitors not start until after Labor Day. If you would like to join your child for lunch, please sign in at the office and meet us in the cafeteria.
Math - Just a few skills include number recognition and ordering numbers to 30; counting by ones, fives, and tens; counting to 100, identifying 2-D and 3-D shapes; and understand concepts of addition and subtraction.
Newsletter - A weekly newsletter will be sent home. Please be sure to read the news to find out what we are up to in class and about any special days or events.
P.E. - In addition to library, music, art, health, and computer classes, your child will participate in P.E. You will be notified of our P.E. days. Please be sure your child wears tennis shoes for P.E.
Recess - Based on our schedule and weather, we will have either outside or inside recess daily.
Sight Words - Please take a look at these words that must be mastered in your child’s Binder and newsletter.
Snack - We will have a short snack time each morning. Please be sure to send a nutritious snack that can easily be opened by your child. If you wish, you may also send water or a juice drink. Snack time will last about ten minutes. No sodas please.
Toys - I ask that students do NOT bring toys to school. It is possible that toys from home may be lost or broken and a distraction if brought to school.
You - You are your child’s first teacher. Encourage your child to practice his or her new skills in real life (noticing that you use a clock at home, watching you measure while cooking, identifying letters and words in a book as you read together, etc.).
ZZZ’s - Please be sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night.