The ABC’s of Pre-K

 

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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 or EMAIL the school to let us know. Upon returning to school, please send a note explaining the reason for your child’s absence.

Arrival: Arrivals, as well as dismissals, are a very organized process at TCE. The children start learning the routine from the first day. 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. However, it is much harder for the child if you start out one way and switch a few weeks into school. A teacher or paraprofessional will be waiting at the bus and parent pick up areas to walk them to the classroom. They will never be expected to walk alone. 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 open at 8:00.

B Birthdays: Birthdays are a special time for children, therefore small, simple treats that are easy to distribute, like brownies or cookies are welcome. (Please no birthday cakes, juice boxes, balloons, or goody bags). We prefer the students eat them during our snack or recess time. Please notify us in advance if you would like to send in a treat for your child’s birthday so we can schedule accordingly as well as notify the parents’ of the students who have dietary restrictions. We want to ensure all our students can celebrate this special day with each other.
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Clothing: In Pre-K we make messes and play outside. Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes (sneakers included). You will also need to send your child with an extra set of clothes (including underwear and socks) in a plastic bag with their name on it. (Labels on student clothing is also helpful)

Communication: 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  our class website, your child’s daily report, emails and phone calls. If your child receives secondary or related services such as Speech, Language, Occupational Therapy, etc. communication with these therapists is also vital to ensure your child is progressing towards benchmarks. Therapists will communicate with you regarding home activities as well as what is happening during therapy time.

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. We will have a scheduled conference day in October where we will discuss your child’s first quarter and any other assessments. We are also available to meet at other times in the year as needed.

Cooking: The children will be participating in cooking activities related to our study. We will be making everything from gingerbread cookies to green eggs and ham, as well as other Pre-K friendly snacks.

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Daily Folders: A communication folder will come home with your child daily. You will receive a schedule, lunch menu, daily communication log, your child’s completed work, and any other important information from the school. You can use the folder to communicate with us and we will use it to communicate with you. Please initial the communication log each night.

Developmentally Appropriate: Our program is individualized to best meet the needs of each child. We will not ask your child to learn something that they are not developmentally ready to learn but another child in the class may be at that stage of development so your child will be exposed to the concept. Remember that we have different expectations for each child.

Dismissal: Dismissal, like arrivals, is a very organized process. We want to remind you that it is important to let your child ride the bus home beginning the first day of school, if this is your mode of transportation. All children are escorted to their bus, parent pick up, or extended day by a teacher. *******If your child has a change in the way he/she goes home you will need to notify us in writing prior to noon the day of, or call the front offices. Emails will not always be read prior to dismissal. Early dismissals are handled through the front office.

E Early Dismissal: Every Wednesday school dismisses at 1:50
F Fun: The main goal of our program is to have fun. We want the children to gain a love of learning that will stay with them for a lifetime.
G Grades: We do not give grades in Pre-K.
H Homework: we do not give homework in Pre-K; however we may assign some family projects from time to time. Please ask your child about their day and check their backpacks daily for work that they bring home. Talk to them about their work and remember to read, read, read. We do ask that you work with your child to find appropriate theme-based show-and-tell items and encourage participation in SPIRIT Week/Days.
I Injuries:  Preschoolers run, jump, and play hard. Banged knees and scraped elbows will be treated in the classroom with water and band-aids. If your child needs an ice pack or more medical attention we will take them to the nurse and stay with them while they are treated. We will notify you of their injury and you may receive an accident report. If your child becomes ill and needs to go home we will call you to come and pick them up. We will make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of until you arrive. Please keep the office and classroom up to date with current emergency phone numbers.
J Join: Join PTO and SAC! Also, please join us for in classroom celebrations and activities throughout the year. A volunteer sing-up will be available.
K Keep in Touch: Email is the best way to communicate with us. We check it several times a day. (Please call if transportation changes before noon, day of)
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Labels: Please mark all your child’s belongings. It is surprising how all socks, underwear, jackets, backpacks, etc look alike. This will also help your child to learn to recognize their name.

Lunch: We eat lunch in the commons area. Your child may bring a lunch from home or purchase a lunch from the cafeteria. A lunch menu goes home at the beginning of each month. Lunch is $2.45. Breakfast is $1.25. Please send all lunch money in an envelope clearly labeled with your child’s name and “lunch”. If you have any questions about the menu or lunch account please contact Kathy Argitis at [email protected]

Please visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/debts/business/food/free if you need information for free/reduced lunch

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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. This includes any creams (diaper or sun) that need to be administered and kept in the classroom.

Money: Please place money in an envelope marked with student’s name, teacher’s name, and purpose of the money. We do not want any money to get lost.

Music: You will hear your child singing a lot of new songs that they learn at school. We love to sing in Pre-K! If you would like a copy of our songs please send in a blank CD to be burned 🙂

N Notes: Please make sure that any notes you send to school (including to your child’s teacher) has your child’s first and last name written clearly and is in the zipper pouch so as to not get lost.
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.
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Para-Professional: We are fortunate to have wonderful Pre-K paraprofessionals that will be assisting us in the classroom. They each bring various talents and expertise to our group.

Playground: We are lucky to have a fenced play yard which we share with ESE K-5 students. We visit our playground daily for about 20 minutes. Small bodies need to run and climb to develop their growing muscles and bones.

PEANUTS: Pre-K is a PEANUT free zone! In order to keep our students with allergies safe, we ask that you do not send in any peanuts or peanut products to school.

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Questions: Feel free to ask questions at any time.

Quiet Time: We will have a quiet/nap time every day. We will send home the items on Friday to be washed and returned on Monday.

R Resources: Pre-K participates in resource (art, music, PE, computer, and library) just the same as the rest of the school .Please dress your child in sneakers daily to prevent injuries during PE and playground.
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Snack: we eat a small snack each morning and afternoon. Every week a different child will be responsible for providing snack for all of Pre-K. Please let us know of any allergies your child has we will accommodate accordingly.

Supplies: Supplies are necessary to ensure that your child is prepared for the lessons which will be taught in class. A list of these supplies is located in your child’s folder. Please do not label your child’s supplies, as many of the items will be used as community supplies.

Show-and-Tell: We will have Show-and-Tell every Wednesday related to themes. We will send reminders J

T Toys:  Please do not send toys from home. We do not want tears from broken toys. (The exception is special show-and-tell days).
U Understanding: Communication is very important between home and school. Our daily folder is just one way we try to stay in touch with our families. If you have a concern, please ask about your child’s program. We want to promote understanding of your child’s needs and we can only do this through communication. We are here to meet the needs of all the children.
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Visitors: All visitors to the school must sign-in at the front office and get a sticker.

Volunteers: We will have many celebrations for you to participate in your child’s classroom. Please make sure you have filled out a volunteer form in advance and have been approved by the county. Visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/volunteer/ to complete the access form.

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Website: Please visit our website regularly teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/tce-prek/ for important updates and information regarding our program.

Wish List: Please check out our wish list online to see if there are any items you would like to donate to our classroom. Periodically, in our communications, we will have additional “wishes”.

X Expectations and Excellence: We have very high expectations and strive for excellence in all we do
Y You: You are your child’s most important teacher.
Z Zippers: and fasteners such as, snaps and buttons are difficult to manipulate when you have little fingers, but we work on all these skills in Pre-K. Please help us by working on self-help skills at home with your child. As with all learning, if we work together as a team, your child will succeed.