Welcome to Mrs. Mann's Kindergarten
During the school year I will be using Bloomz as my main form of parent communication.  Bloomz will allow me to send messages (group and individual), post photos, ask for parent volunteers, post a calendar, and create a portfolio for your child.  You will be able to receive messages through email, text message, or through the app you can download on your phone.

Here are a few tips for the school year:

Snack/Milk-  There will be a monthly snack calendar.  Each child will be responsible for bringing snack once or twice a month.  A list of suggested healthy snacks was provided at open house. Please bring enough for 12 students.

Parent Helpers- Parents will have the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom.  There are a variety of things you will be able to help out with including reading/writing, centers, computers, and chaperones for field trips. Please note that you must fulfill the Safeguarding All of God’s Family to do so. Volunteer opportunities will be posted in Bloomz in the calendar/sign up sections.

Usual Way Home: Most of you have already filled out the form online.  IF not PLEASE be sure to do so right away.  I will rely heavily on this schedule to determine which line your child should be in at the end of each day.  My main concern is the safety of all the children. If there is ever a change in this schedule, I need to have a note each and every time there is a change.  I will not be able to accept your child’s word or the word of an older sibling in order to make these changes.  If you forget to send a note, you will need to call the school office and let us know. Thank you for understanding.

Drop off/Pick Up: Students will enter the building in the morning through the playground entrance at 8:05 a.m. On the first week I will be there to guide them into the school. After the first week of school the Safety Patrol will bring the students into the school. If you are more than 5 minutes late a parent is to walk the child to the office and let Mrs. Sekeres know your child is late and then walk your child to their classroom.  Please do not use the front of the school for entrance on days you are not late.  Randolph street is strictly drop off and pick up, you must stay in your vehicles.  If you want to drop off and walk with your student to the playground you must park down the adjoining streets.  The parking lot in front of school is for teachers and staff only and the one in the back is for preschool parents, and staff only.

Pick up will be on the playground at 3:07 pm.  I ask parents in the beginning of the school year to let me know when you get your child, I will have all students not taking the bus stand by me and they can not leave until a parent or sibling comes to get them.  I do this for their safety and my piece of mind the first few weeks. Thank you for understanding.

Rainy Days: Students will be allowed to come into the building on rainy (or extreme cold) days before school.  A safety patrol will be at the door to let you in. Students will stand in front of their lockers until the bell rings.  When the morning bells rings, students may open their lockers and begin to unpack. There will be a teacher on duty in the hall to help with directions.

Rest Time: Each student will need a rest time mat.  We will have a rest time everyday for about 30 minutes through January. At the end of January we will have quiet reading time and the "rest" time will be phased out. Students may bring a small pillow, stuffed animal, OR blanket to use at rest time.  This will ONLY be taken out at rest time, it will stay in the locker or backpack the rest of the day.

TOYS: Kindergarten students do NOT need to bring toys from home to school.  There are plenty of items in the classroom to play with. The only exception will be on sound sharing days and star student items.

Reading Books:   The students will receive a book home each week beginning the 4th week of school  Please take two days to read, reread, and check for comprehension with your child. Asking questions that beginning with: who, what, when, where, how do you know.  We tell the students that pictures(illustrations) tell stories too and use them to help with your reading.

Homework: There will be no official homework for kindergarten.  On occasion, I will send home things to practice or to extend learning.  There also may be some family projects sent home throughout the year.

In Kindergarten we will be following the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)
Here are a few links to help you learn more about it:

How kindergarten has changed

How do children learn in kindergarten?     
Every child is a unique individual who comes to school with diverse levels of knowledge about how the world works. 
According to current research, these children have at least one thing in common; that is how they best learn.
Kindergarten children learn through a variety of approaches.
They include: 
 * through inquiry 
 * through real-life contexts
 * through exploration  
 * through explicit instruction  
With the exception of the last approach, these have something in common. 
They rely on play as the way to help children reach their learning goals.

There are many developmental and cognitive (thinking) skills that a child is expected to preform while in kindergarten.  These skills help a child develop into a successful student.  Some of these activities are:

·Getting into line when asked to do so.
·Taking care of personal belongings.
·Going to his/her seat quietly.
·Raising hand when wanting to speak.
·Following simple directions.
·Writing own name.
·Talking in front of other students.
·Walking in the hallways.
·Taking papers home to parents.
·Listening to the teacher and to other students when they are speaking.
·Bringing notes to and from school.
·Being able to copy words from the board
·Being able to answer questions when called upon.
 Encourage your child to perform these simple activities at school.  Once these skills become second nature to your child, he/she will encounter greater success in school situations.

 Wish List for 208
* Prize box items
* items for dramatic play  (old cameras, phones, wallets)
* bean bag refill
* wooden blocks
* dry beans
* alphabet stampers
* different types of paper for writing 
* playground balls
* Loving Family dolls



    SMS PBIS expectations:                                
      Be Respectful                                              
      Be Responsible                                           
      Be Safe