Welcome to Peru Catholic Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten! I hope you and your child are as excited about our year together as I am.  I understand that you and your child may have met this day with excitement or apprehension (or a little of both). First of all, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Mrs. Beth Potthoff.  I have previously taught kindergarten at McKinley School in Ottawa for 11 years.  I also taught 2nd grade for 4 years at the beginning of my teaching career.  I stayed home for the past 3 years with our youngest child.   I obtained a Bachelor Degree of Education and Masters Degree in Administration from Illinois State University.

I hope that this letter will explain some of the procedures that we will use throughout the year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year and helping him/her to achieve their full potential.  

Parent-Teacher Relationships I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is important for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, emails, phone calls, weekly newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences.  I encourage you to send a note or email me with questions or concerns.  I will then get back to you as soon as possible.  You can also call me before and after school.   

Arrival and Departure Children are to arrive by 8:05 A.M. each day.  The doors will open at 7:55 A.M.  We will dismiss at 3:00 P.M. At dismissal, we will be coming out the front doors by the school office and I will have the students tell me when they see their ride before I send them out to you. Please be patient as I get through each child.

Snacks/Helper/Show and Tell Children will be asked to bring snacks for the entire class on a rotating basis.  You will be notified in advance by a monthly calendar when your child is to bring snacks.  At this time we have 26 students in our class.  Healthy snacks are best. This “snack” day will be your child’s special day.  This means they will be the teacher’s helper, line leader, snack person and show and tell person.  This is the one and only day of the month that they are able to bring a toy into the classroom. Please help your child to think of three things to tell us about their show and tell item.  They will share these three things at show and tell time. This will help to build conversation skills. Please check the snack calendar for your child's special day.

Birthdays Children may bring in a special treat, such as, cookies or cupcakes on their birthday.  Children with summer birthdays are welcome to celebrate their birthday on another day during the school year, perhaps on their half birthday.  Please fill out the Unbirthday sheet if your child has a summer birthday.  I will try my best to correlate your child’s birthday with their snack day for that month.

Parties There will be three special class parties during the year: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  

Water Bottles Water bottles will be allowed for your child to drink from throughout the day.  Please make sure they are in a container that doesn’t spill and put their name on it. We will not be filling them up at school, and they must be water only.

Rest We will be having a “brain break”.  We will take about 15-20 minutes around snack time.  

Labeling Please put your child’s name on all articles of clothing that will be taken off at school: gym shirt and shoes, paint shirt, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, winter gear, etc

Names If your child is trying to write his/her name be sure to instruct him/her to capitalize only the first letter.  Children this age tend to want to write in all capitals, but we will be focusing on proper form.

Absences It is important that you call the school and report your child’s absence.  

Lunch All children are required to bring a sack lunch until September 5th.  You should be receiving an email from the office with the menu.

Conferences Conferences are held to report your child’s progress in November.  We may want to meet as the need arises at other times throughout the year.  

Website and Email Please check the Peru Catholic website at perucatholic.org for a school calendar, lunch menu, important dates and information. I also have a classroom website   I will be uploading the weekly newsletter and snack calendar.  There will be other information shared on this website.  I will email the weekly newsletter to you on Friday.  Please make sure I have your email address.

The first year of school is very important in forming a good attitude toward the remaining school years.  I hope to make this year a fun, rewarding and positive experience for you and your child.  Again, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Beth Potthoff

Kindergarten Teacher