The ABC's of Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a big year for both you and your child. It is a huge transition year for most. Communication will be the key to the success of your kindergartner this year. Please do not hesitate to ask us anything!
Below you will find the ABC’s of Kindergarten.
Arrival- Students arriving by bus will be released at 8:35 to their classrooms. The official start of school is 8:40. If you are bringing your child to school, it is encouraged that you arrive at 8:30 so that your child can go to their classroom with the majority of students.
Art- We go to Mrs. Clementson’s room every week. It is important that every child have a big, old t-shirt for a smock in order to protect clothes while creating wonderful artwork.
Absences- If your child has to be absent, please send in a written note the day before or call the office the morning of the absence.
Breakfast- This is the most important meal because it gets your child fueled for the busy day.
Birthdays- Birthdays are special occasions for young children. We are happy to celebrate birthdays by having “birthday treats”. We celebrate birthdays at the end of the day. We will celebrate summer birthdays during the last month or so of school. Please do not send in birthday invitations to our classroom. (See the Center School Handbook: page 18)
Behavior- We will spend a lot of time learning class procedures and practicing them. Each student is expected to act within our standards of behavior. To establish good routines and help the children learn self-control, they will be guided to respect themselves and their companions through specific directions, positive reinforcement, suggested new activities and responsible actions. Our classrooms are small communities where teamwork and good relationships are expected.
Book Orders- We will be sending home Scholastic book orders from time to time for you and your child to review at home. These clubs offer books at a discounted rate. What a great way to build your home library while your child is learning how to read! You are under no obligation to order. If you choose to do so, please make a check payable to the book club. It takes about two weeks for the orders to arrive.
Box Tops- Help our school raise money by turning in your Box Tops.
Centers- Young children learn through active play. The children will have the opportunity to reinforce math, fine motor, reading, listening, and language arts skills through the use of learning centers.
Clothing- Kindergartners are active throughout the day! Be sure to dress your child in comfortable clothing that is appropriate for Kindergarten. It is a good idea to label coats, hats, gloves and sweaters with your child’s name. Please make sure that your child can independently remove and put on their clothing. (Buttons, snaps, buckles, laces and all)
Conferences- Conferences will be held officially in the fall and the spring. However, you may schedule a conference with us at any time throughout the year.
Email: This is a great way to contact us. We check our email periodically throughout the day.
Folder: Notes may be sent in your child’s folder, which we check every morning.
Phone: We can’t take calls during instructional time. However, you may leave a voicemail message for us. We check our messages each day, typically at the end of the day.
Discipline- In our class, it is our ultimate goal to use positive reinforcement at all times (stickers, high fives, hugs, etc.). However, there are times that consequences must be used. In these cases, the following are examples of consequences that are used in our class: a break in the ‘reading corner’, to his/her seat to think about what was done, missing a few minutes from free centers, phone call home, etc.
Dismissal- School dismisses at 3:15 for pick-ups and walkers. Buses leave shortly after.
Extra Change of Clothes- Please make sure that your child has an appropriate change of clothes at school at all times in case your child has an accident. If your child should have an accident and wears their extra clothes home, please be prompt in sending another set of clothes back to school.
Folder- Please check and empty your child’s communication folder every night and be sure to send it to school each day. It’s very important to our routine.
Gym- We will have Physical Education with Mr. Parker. On Physical Education days it is very important that your child wear appropriate shoes.
Handwriting-We use 'ball and stick' handwriting in Center School. Please practice the correct strokes with your child. (See 'Literacy at Home' for an example sheet.)
Illness- Though your child’s presence at school is very important, so is the health of your child and the rest of the students in our class. If your child is running a fever or has recently vomited, please take precautions and keep them home from school. REMEMBER, YOUR CHILD MUST BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS (WITHOUT MEDICATION) BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
Just keep smiling!
Kindness- Students in our classrooms are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our classes as well as others with kindness and respect.
Library- We visit the library once (sometimes twice) per week. Mrs. Moore shares a story with the children, then does an activity and checks out books. Books are due back for the next library class.
Lunch Money- Lunch money can be sent to school daily or in advance to be put on your child’s lunch account. You may send cash or checks (made out to Education Connection). It is very helpful to put your child’s full name on all checks or bags/envelopes sent to school.
Missed Work- Kindergarten is a year of exploration and discovery. We do a lot of activities that are hands-on rather than multiple worksheets. Therefore, when your child misses school it will be difficult to send home make-up work.
Music- We will have Music with Mrs. Marshall. Ask your child what new songs they have learned.
Names- Make sure your child’s name is on EVERYTHING that they bring to school!
Nurse- We are very fortunate to have a wonderful nurse, Mrs. DeFiore, at Center School. 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 Door- You are ALWAYS welcome in our classrooms. Please be sure to set this up ahead of time with us.
Projects- Throughout the year, your child will be asked to complete a few projects at home. These projects will require assistance from an adult.
Quick goodbyes leave dry eyes!
Routines- Routine guides everything we do in our classroom. Your child will come to know the routines of our classroom as we progress throughout the year.
Report Cards- Report cards are issued three times per year. These report cards reflect the progress your child has made toward various Kindergarten objectives.
Snack- We will have snack every afternoon. Snack Calendar is sent home each month listing the date your child is scheduled to bring snacks. Every child should bring in a snack to share with the entire class. This should be a healthy snack that is quickly eaten, such as a box of crackers, pretzels, popcorn, graham crackers, fruit snacks, raisins, etc. Individually packaged snacks are easier to serve.
Star Student- Each child will have a turn to be the Star Student. We will begin in alphabetical order. The Star Student is the snack person. She or he will be the line leader, calendar helper and overall special helper for the day.
Toys- Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school because they distract the children from learning. The only exception is if we send a note home requesting your child to bring in a toy.
Unique- Kindergartners learn that they are special and unique. Kindergartners have opportunities to describe how they are alike as well as different from others.
Volunteers- We love volunteers to help with tasks around the room or to prepare things at home. Volunteers are also needed to chaperone our field trips.
Website- Please visit our website often to stay updated!
eXpectations- We have high expectations for all students in our classroom. We expect them to learn, always try their best, and to follow directions in order to be successful students. Children are always encouraged to be their personal best! Kindergarten is a place where all children develop at different rates and become the best they can be!
Year- We are going to have a busy and fun-filled year -- an amazing journey into learning!
Zzz's- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest, especially at the beginning of the year. Children will get very sleepy adjusting to Kindergarten. Setting and keeping a reasonable bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child! It will help him or her to be alert and ready to learn each day! Don't forget a bedtime story!