The ABC's of Kindergarten
A is for Arrival, Absences and Allergies
Arrival- School begins at 8:20 am. Students may enter the room at 8:00 am to prepare for the day. Students who arrive prior to 8:00 am need to go to the cafeteria. School will be dismissed at 2:50 pm.
Absences- If your child is absent, a note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school as soon as possible to avoid an unexcused absence.
Allergies- Please report any allergies. Especially if your child has food allergies and insect bite reactions.
B is for BEE Books, Birthdays and Book Orders
BEE Books- These help keep us organized. The three-ring binder will contain the homework calendar and notebook, behavior report, money pouch, and other items that assist with communication between home and school.
Birthdays- If you would like to send a birthday treat with your child on or near his/her birthday, please feel free to do so. These treats will be eaten during our lunch time. Birthdays are recognized during our calendar routine as well. Please do not send in birthday party invitations to be distributed at school; it is against school policy.
Book Orders- Scholastic book orders will be sent home each month. If you want to place an order, please make checks payable to Scholastic. It may take up to two weeks for orders to be delivered.
C is for Communication and Conferences
Communication- Communication is important. Feel free to contact us whenever you have a question, comment, or concern. I can be reached by phone (924.3434), in person, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by note.
Conference- Conferences are held at the end of the first and third quarter. Look for upcoming dates and times.
D is for Dismissal
Dismissal- Dismissal is at 2:50 pm. Please do not walk to the classroom to get your child. We will walk your child to his/her designated area.
E is for Email
F is for Fieldtrips
Fieldtrips- Each year Kindergarten takes two field trips. Information about these trips will come home in the BEE book and will be detailed in the field trip permission slip and newsletter.
G is for Gym
Gym- Gym days will be listed in the online weekly newsletter. Please have your child wear tennis shoes on PE days.
H is for Homework
Homework- Homework is on an as needs basis. High Frequency words need to be studied each night. The words for the week will be listed in my weekly newsletter.
I is for Independence
Independence- Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Kindergarteners are capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. Please work on the following skills at home with your child: zipping, tying, dressing, etc.
J is for Journals
Journals- We write everyday in Kindergarten. Several times a week, the students, will be writing on a variety of topics in his/her writing journals. Please encourage writing at home.
K is for Kindness
Kindness- Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class, as well as others in the school, with kindness and respect. Bothering others and interrupting learning will not be permitted.
L is for Lunch
Lunch- Our lunch time is from 11:00-11:30. If lunch money is sent to school, please send it in the money pouch located in the BEE book. You may also prepay through the cafeteria manager.
M is for Meetings
Meetings- Due to staff meetings, staff development trainings, committee work, supervision duties, etc. we as teachers are often not available to meet before or after school unless you have a scheduled appointment. School policy is that you stop in the office and ask the staff to call our room to see if we are available to speak with you. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
N is for Newsletters and Nightly Reading
Newsletters- A weekly newsletter will be posted emailed to keep you informed about what is happening in our class.
Nightly Reading- Nightly reading is essential for future success. Take home readers will begin in October. Please read nightly to your child or have your child read to you.
O is for Office Staff
Office Staff- We at Meadowlark have the best office staff! The following are the names of those that you may need to contact at some time throughout the year: Principal; Dr. Neil Raymer, Assistant Principal; TBA, Secretary; Mrs. Kim Kendricks, Data Manager; Mrs. Gina Abshire.
P is for Parent Involvement
Parent Involvement- We love parent involvement! There will be many opportunities for you to volunteer in the classroom throughout the year. Please look for volunteer sign ups for everything from Friday readers to class parties, etc.
Q is for Questions
Questions- Please feel free to call, email, or send a note. We will do our best to respond quickly to any questions you may have.
R is for Report Cards, Reading and Recess
Report Cards- Report Cards are sent home after each nine weeks.
Reading- Read to your child daily and let your children see you reading. It encourages them to become good readers.
Recess- Our class will go to recess daily from 12:50-1:20.
S is for Snacks
Snacks- We will be having an afternoon snack each day. Please send in a snack for your child. Due to allergies, students are not allowed to share food.
T is for Tardies,Transportation and Toys
Tardies- Students who arrive to school after 8:20 am are considered tardy and will have to sign in at the front office. Also, students picked up after 2:30 pm will be counted as tardy.
Transportation- If your child has any changes in his/her transportation please let us know in writing.
Toys- No toys are to be brought to school.
U is for Unique
Unique- Each student in our class is unique and wonderful. We will learn about how we are unique and special, and we will celebrate our differences and similarities.
V is for Visitors
Visitors- Meadowlark has a policy that all guests/visitors are required to check in at the school office and wear a visitor's pass. It is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment.
W is for Wet and Dirty Clothes
Wet and dirty clothes- Wet and dirty clothes can be uncomfortable. Please send in an extra set of clothing (shirt, pants, socks, underclothes) in a Ziploc baggie marked with your child's name. These will be stored in the classroom.
X is for X-tra Special and eXciting
X-tra special and eXciting- Kindergarten is such an eXciting year! We consider each child eXtra special and want to thank you for sharing them with us!
Y is for Your Ideas
Your Ideas- Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!
Z is for Zzzzz's
Zzzzz's- It is important for your child to be rested and ready for each day. Set a bedtime and be consistent. It will help your child to be prepared to learn each day.