The ABCs of Kindergarten
In Room 108
Arrival- Students may enter the room at 7:40 am to prepare for the day. Students who arrive prior to 7:40 am need to go to the cafeteria. School will be dismissed at 2:20 pm. Car riders will be walked to the car rider area by a teacher.
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. Please include the date that your child was absent and sign the note.
Allergies- Please report any allergies, especially if your child has food allergies and/or insect bite reactions.
Birthdays- If you would like to send a birthday treat with your child on or near his/her birthday, please contact me. We serve birthday treats at lunch time. Because of time, we will not be able to serve and cut cakes, scoop ice cream, cut cookie cakes or cut brownies. Please send individual snacks (pre-cut) for the children. Some things the children love are cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, mini cupcakes with light frosting, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles or individual ice cream cups.
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.
Communication- Communication is important. Feel free to contact us whenever you have a question, comment, or concern. I am unable to accept phone calls during the school day. You may leave a message with the office and we will return your call as soon as we can. We check our email in the mornings, during specials, and after dismissal. Our emails are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send a note with your child. Every Tuesday afternoon, a "Tuesday Packet" will come home in your child's book bag. These packets will contain information from school, communications from the teachers, the student's work, homework, etc. Review all materials in the packet, remove items that can stay home and return items that have been requested for return. Place the black folder inside the yellow envelope. SIGN the envelope and return the packet to school the NEXT DAY.
Conferences- Conferences are held at the end of the first quarter. Look for upcoming dates and times.
Dismissal- Dismissal is at 2:20 pm. Please do not walk to the classroom to get your child. We will walk your child to his/her designated area.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Trips: Information regarding upcoming Field Trips will be sent home in the Tuesday Packets.
Gym- Please have your child wear tennis shoes on PE days.
Homework- Homework assignments will be sent home in a green homework folder inside the Tuesday packets. Homework is due on Friday of that week.
Independence- Independence builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Kindergarteners are capable of doing many things on their own, and we 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.
Join: Please join the PTA.
Kindness- Students in our classroom are expected to treat others with kindness and respect.
Lunch- Our lunch time is from 10:40-11:10. You may prepay through the cafeteria manager, online, or send money with your child. Packed lunches from home should include healthy items, as well as child friendly containers, and packets that can be opened by the child if at all possible.
It is very important that we give the children time to adjust to school before visitors come to lunch. After a month of school, you are welcome to come to school to eat with your child. Please limit your lunch visits to no more than twice a month. Mrs. McIntyre requests that no fast food be brought to the cafeteria. Students may sit with their parent(s) in a booth and invite ONE friend to eat with them at the booth. Jefferson Elementary has a school-wide policy of 10 minutes of silent lunch to begin the lunch time. The teacher will let the class and visitors know when talking is allowed.
Meetings- Due to staff meetings, staff development trainings, committee work, supervision duties, etc., teachers are often not available to meet before or after school unless you have a scheduled appointment. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Newsletters- Class newsletters will be sent through email in an effort to save paper. Let us know if you do not have an email address, and we will provide a paper copy.
Nightly Reading- Nightly reading is essential for future success. Take home readers will begin in a few weeks. Please read nightly to your child or have your child read to you.
Office Staff- The office staff is very helpful!! They will take phone messages; deliver forgotten items brought in by parents to the classroom, and assist with students who feel poorly.
Parent Involvement- There are many opportunities for parent involvement. On Tuesday, September 15, we will have a Parent meeting prior to the Curriculum Night activities. Details regarding this meeting will follow in the Tuesday Packet closer to time.
Questions- Please feel free to email or send a note in with your child. We will do our best to respond quickly to any questions you may have.
Report Cards- Report Cards are sent home after each nine weeks.
Reading- Read to your child daily and let your children see you reading.
Recess- Our class will go to recess daily. Please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes or sandals with straps each day for play. School policy states that flip flops are not allowed. This is to ensure the safety of your child.
1. Practice self-control at all times.
2. Keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
3. Talk quietly in the room and honor the Quiet Zones in the halls.
4. Be kind to everyone.
Snacks- We will have a class snack each day. Parents will be asked to periodically over the course of the school year to provide snacks to feed the class. Suggestions are: goldfish, animal crackers, cheese crackers, pretzels, etc.
Tardies- Students who arrive to school after 7:55 am are considered tardy and will have to sign in at the front office. If you sign your child out prior to 2:10, it will be recorded as an "early dismissal" 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.
Understanding: It is important for all of us to be understanding. Please let us know if you have a concern as soon as you have one. We must remember that perceptions are not always the reality.
Visitors- WSFCS has a policy that all guests/visitors are required to check in at the school office and wear a visitor's pass. Parent visits to the classroom must be pre-arranged. It is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment.
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 your child's book bag.
Walk- Children can walk to their classrooms without parent accompaniment shortly after the school year begins and the child has learned the location of their room. There are safety patrol students and staff members in the hall to assist students if needed.
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!
Year- A positive attitude by parents, students, and staff makes for a great year!!
Zzzzz's- It is important for your child to be rested and ready for each day. Set a bedtime and be consistent.