The ABC’s of Kindergarten

 

The ABC’s Of Kindergarten

 

 

A

Arrival-Arrivals, as well as dismissals, are a very organized process at TCE.  The children start learning the routine from the first day they start kindergarten.  Therefore, it is extremely important that you let your child come to school and go home the way they will be going all year.  We know how hard it is to put your little one on a bus (we’ve been there). However, it is much harder for the child if you start out one way and switch a few weeks into school.  Please arrive at school on time.  School begins at 8:30.  If your child arrives after 8:30 he/she is tardy and will have to be checked in at the front office before coming to class.  The school doors will open at 8:05.  If your child arrives at school after 8:05 but before 8:30 he/she will report to their designated spot.

 

Attendance-Please have your child attend school each day unless he/she is sick.  Children should be kept home if they have a fever, diarrhea or have been vomiting in the last 24 hours.  If your child is absent, please call the school to let us know.  Upon returning to school, please send a note explaining the reason for your child’s absence.

 

 

B

Birthdays-We enjoy celebrating birthdays; however we will celebrate with a “BIRTHDAY in a BAG” for only the birthday child.  More information will be sent home at the time of your child’s birthday.

 

Book Orders- Every month we will send home a Scholastic Book Club Catalog for you and your child to look over. These clubs offer wonderful books at reduced prices—what a great way to build your home library! If you choose to order, please make the check payable to Scholastic Books.

 

 

C

Communication is an essential part of a successful year for your child.  We will be corresponding with you in many ways throughout the year.  These include newsletters, your child’s daily folder, email and telephone calls.

 

Conferences-Having a conference with you is very important to us, but to serve you and your child better, we ask that you make an appointment.  Our school has designated conference days scheduled during each of the 4 nine weeks.  We are also available to meet at other times in the year as needed.

 

Class Events- Please understand, younger siblings are not allowed in the classroom during school hours

 

 

D

Daily Responsibility Folder- Each child will have a daily responsibility folder. Your child needs to bring his/her folder to school EVERY day. This lets us know that you have seen your child’s folder for that day.

 

Dismissal-Dismissal, like arrivals, is a very organized process.  We want you to know that we highly encourage letting your child ride the bus home beginning the first day of school.  We color code all our buses and place colored tags on your child’s backpack to match the bus he/she will ride.  All children are escorted to their bus by a teacher at the beginning of the year.  If your child has a change in the way he/she goes home you will need to notify us in writing.  Early dismissals are handled through the front office.

  E Early Dismissal Wednesdays-every Wednesday school dismisses at 1:40 pm.

 

  F

 

Field Trips- We will be planning two curriculum based field trips for this year.  You will have the opportunity to volunteer as a chaperone, but you must visit http://www.keepntrack.com and be approved by the county prior to chaperoning.  Younger siblings are not allowed to join us on field trips.  Permission slips will be sent home prior to each field trip and must be signed and returned with the proper fees.

 

Fire Drills-We will have fire drills monthly during the school year.  We also have periodic tornado drills.

  G

Grades– The grades we use on the kindergarten report card are:

M-Meeting Standard    P-Progressing    I-Improvement Needed

 

 

 

H

Homework- We will send home a grid each month for you and your child to work on. Your child will choose activities to complete from the grid. The homework packet will be due at the end of each month.

Help at Home- These are great skills to practice at home: Full name, Address, Telephone number, Parents names, tying shoes, Birthday (month & date).  Your extra help at home really makes a difference!

  I Illness- If your child becomes ill while at school, it is important that we have current phone numbers.  If this information changes during the school year, please let us know.  Please know your needs to be Fever Free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  J Join PTO!  Help our class earn 100% participation. J
  K

Keep in touch– One of the quickest ways to let us know you have a question, concern, or would like to talk to us is to send an email.  We check our email frequently throughout the day.  [email protected].

 

 

  L

Lunch-Our lunch time is 11:15-11:45.  Please feel free to come and join your child for lunch.  Student lunches cost $_________.  Your child will receive a lunch number.  Please be sure to help your child practice and learn his/her lunch number.  Please send lunch money in a sealed and labeled envelope. (child’s name, lunch number, teacher’s name, K)
 M Medication-Any prescribed medication that is to be given at school must be housed in the clinic and have the proper forms filled out.  No medicine (cough drops, Tylenol, etc.) can be kept or taken by your child in the classroom.
 N Newsletters- We will be sending a newsletter home weekly. The newsletter will keep you informed about what is happening in our class—the skills we are learning and special activities and upcoming events.   The Resource schedule will also be in the newsletter.
 O Open House-Our open house is called “Curriculum Chat”.  The date will be given at a later time.  This is an informational meeting for parents only to come into the classroom and learn about the curriculum your child will be using this year.
 P

Parent Involvement- We are always happy to have your help for special activities in the classroom.  We will have many opportunities available.  Please note that siblings are not allowed to accompany you while helping in the classroom.

 

 Q Questions- Feel free to ask questions anytime.
 R Resource- Our resources are Art, Music, Media Center and PE.  The children also receive enrichment activities including Guidance Counseling lessons, cooking activities, and Character Counts lessons. Our resource schedule will be posted in our Weekly Newsletter.

 

 S

Snack- Students need to bring a snack to school each day.  Please pack a snack separate from their lunch.  Please do not send juice boxes or sports drinks for snack.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles daily.

School Access– in order for you to enter the school during school hours, you must register on the following website. http://www.keepntrack.com

 T Toys-Please do not bring toys to school unless we have sent a note asking for a special item to be sent for a special occasion.  We do not want them to get lost, broken, or distract from the learning process.
 U Units-We teach science, social studies, and health through thematic units (themes) during the year.
 V Volunteers-We have many volunteer opportunities.   Please make sure you have filled out a volunteer form and have been approved by the county. Please note that siblings are not allowed to accompany you while helping in the classroom.
 W Wish List-Please check out our wish list to see if there are any items you would like to donate to our classroom.  Periodically, in our newsletter, we will have additional “wishes”.
 X Expectation and Excellence-We have very high expectations of our students and strive for excellence in all we do.
 Y Your role-You play an important part in your child’s education.  Help your child become a responsible learner and encourage independence.  Please sign your child’s folder each day, review your child’s work and discuss it with him/her.
 Z Zzzz’s-We do not nap in kindergarten.  We do provide a quiet time near the end of each day.  We will listen to quiet music, listen to a story, or look at books.

Kindergarten is an exciting time for you and your child. We are looking forward to beginning a rewarding school year!  If you have any questions regarding the procedures, we will be happy to discuss any concerns.