Kindergarten Homepage 2017-2018

August 28th, 2017

Dear Kindergarten Parents, 

Welcome to the beginning of your child’s school career. I am looking forward to being your child’s Kindergarten teacher. I know that some of the children (and parents) are a bit nervous about the first day of Kindergarten. I promise to make the transition fun and easy. 

Kindergarten is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is an important year of transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated. You will be amazed at your child’s academic growth!

During this year, your child will learn how to read, write, understand basic numeracy skills and so much more. I hope to make this year a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instil a love of learning that will last throughout your child’s years of schooling. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is capable and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority.

This is my third year teaching in Khalsa School Calgary and my fifth year teaching. I have taught Kindergarten and Grade 1 previously and I understand the academic, developmental, social, and emotional growth of children at this age. 

For this school year, I will be at school from 7:45 A.M. to 3:30 P. M. If you need to contact me, please feel free to call me or leave me a voicemail message if I am unavailable to answer your call. In addition, you may email me any questions or concerns. 

Please read through this package and read each section carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  

Ms.Jeshpreenia Kaur

Jeshpreenia.kaur@khalsaschoolcalgary.ca

School phone number: (403) 293-7712  Ext: 223

                           

Important Information

Drop-off by parents: 

Students are dropped off no earlier than 7:55 A.M. Please note that there will be no supervision available for students before 7:55 A.M. All drop-off students will go straight out into the playground using the doors near the south parking lot. Please use the south parking lot to park and do not park at the front parking lot for dropping off your child. Parents can accompany their child to the playground if they wish but once the bell rings at 8:08 A.M, parents will be asked to leave and not accompany their child to the classroom.


Pick Up by parents: 

If you are picking up your child, please wait at the south entry doors near the south parking lot for your child at 3:00 P.M. Your child will be accompanied to the south entry doors by me. 


Bus students:

When arriving, all bus students will proceed to the playground on the north side of the building along the fence. Students will have some time to play and will then be assisted with lining up when the bell rings. Students will be accompanied to the bus at the end of the day by supervisors. 


Communication Folder and Communication Notebook:

I believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to a successful parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. 


  • White Communication Folder: Your child will also be taking home and bringing back a “Communication Folder” every day. All the items on the side labeled ‘Take Home’ needs to be kept home and the ones on the ‘Bring Back’ side needs to be sent back. Please check that folder daily for important information. This folder must be brought to school every day.
  • Communication Notebook: Feel free to include notes and/or questions for me. I will do my best to respond on the same day. Notebook must be brought to school every day.


Extra Clothes: 

In the event your child has an accident or gets their clothes wet (like going down the slide on a wet day after rain), we ask that you please bring in a change of clothes to be kept in the classroom. This includes a change of socks, underwear, pants and shirt appropriate for the season. That way I don’t have to call you from your busy schedule and your child won’t miss any Kindergarten fun. Please put these items in a big Ziploc bag with your child’s name labeled on it. 


Snack and lunch:
Please send two snacks and a lunch for your child as their day is going to be long. Snack should be low in sugar and healthy. Some suggestions are yogurt, fruits, veggies, crackers, cheese, etc. Please remember to pack a water bottle as well. Just a reminder that our school is nut and peanut aware, so please avoid sending any items that contain nuts, such as peanut butter and peanut granola bars. As well, all items must be vegetarian. A microwave will be available, but items must be quick to heat up.

Show and Tell:
Friday will be our show and tell day. 4-5 students will present each Friday. You will be emailed a theme for the month and the date your child will be presenting. Please help your child prepare for this as they will need to bring in a specific item pertaining to a specific theme.

Birthdays:

Please let me know a week in advance if you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday in class.

Volunteer: 

I will be asking for a parent volunteer to help out in our classroom on a weekly basis (once a week) with prep work, such as cutting, organizing students’ work, helping out with small groups, etc. There will also be opportunities to volunteer throughout the year with events and field trips. 


Lastly, please remember that parent involvement is essential to maximize the benefits the child gets from his or her school experience.  Regardless of the experience and expertise of the teacher, research shows that the biggest and most important factor in a student’s school success is the involvement of the PARENT in daily school experiences. I urge you to become involved by helping your child with homework, joining our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee), attending school meetings and conferences, volunteering in the classroom, talking with your child about his or her school experiences, and participating in your child’s education daily. Together we will make your child’s Kindergarten year the best ever!




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Jeshpreenia Kaur,
Aug 25, 2017, 8:29 AM
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