to the 2012-2013 school year! I am so excited to begin working with
your children! Here is some information that will be passed out at
Kindergarten is such a special time for your child and I am
grateful for the opportunity to get to know this incredible person you have
raised for the past 5 or 6 years. So
much learning goes into this important first year.
Please remember…only a portion of your child’s learning this year
will occur within the framework of the Kindergarten day. The rest happens at home with you…your
child’s first and most important teacher. Talk to your child about what he/she
is learning at school, review papers that come home, read aloud to your child
each day and, if possible, volunteer in the classroom to develop a shared
learning experience. Together we will
make this a great year.
Our orientation session today is designed to provide a time for
you and your child to get acquainted with the school, classroom, and me!
Hopefully this letter will answer some questions as we move forward. I will send home a bi-weekly classroom
newsletter letting you know about upcoming events, what we’re working on in the
classroom, and answering common questions parents have about school.
I can always be reached by email, phone or in person. I do not always answer the phone during
school hours, so if there is an emergency, call the office and they will reach
me. I always check voice mail before
school and after school. I don’t always
get a chance to check email before school starts, but I check it every day
after school. If you would like to meet
in person, send me an email or call me so we can schedule a time that works for
both of us.
Voice Mail: 503-825-5312
Attendance Line (to report an absence): 503-825-6010
Getting to the Classroom / Dismissal
School begins at 8:00am.
Children may come to class by 7:45 AM. If your child arrives prior to that time they
will need to wait in the cafeteria until the duty dismisses the children to
come to class. The first week there will
be adults helping the Kindergartners find their way off the bus and to the
classroom. Informally assigning a
sibling or neighbor to do the job is fine.
School ends at 2:15. The Kindergarten teachers will share the duty
of getting the kids to the buses or waiting with the children who are picked up
or go to daycare. Please see the
attached note regarding dismissal procedures.
Students arriving after 8:00 AM need to stop by the office for a
tardy slip before coming to the classroom.
Change in Transportation
Please provide a written note or phone the office at least 30
minutes prior to release. Please do not
call the classroom as I may not receive the message before dismissal. As the year progresses, the children will
start having more play dates and going home with friends so this is especially
important. We do not want any tears
because we don’t have a note. If there
is an important note I need to see, please pin it to your child’s coat or shirt
(don’t laugh, it works!) I will not be
going through each backpack so this will be the best way to assure I see your
Snacks / Popcorn Friday / Birthdays / Food Allergies
There will be no daily snacks in Kindergarten except on Fridays. Popcorn is available (see next paragraph) and children are allowed to bring a small (nut-free) snack on Fridays (in addition to popcorn if desired).
Popcorn Friday is a school fundraiser provided by PAC. Each Friday kids receive a bag of
popcorn. Cost TBD. Kindergarteners pay in advance if they would
like to participate to prevent tears if they forget their money.
If you would like to bring a treat for your child’s birthday,
please let me know a few days in advance.
It is preferred that you bring the same exact treat for each child. Also, cupcakes tend to be quite messy and
another treat that is easier to eat would be wonderful. Food items must be store purchased. Don’t forget napkins! If you have invitations to pass out for your
child’s party, please send them in the mail or deliver invitations outside of
school. This will prevent hurt feelings
if not all kids are invited.
Please let me know if your child has any food allergies.
Please complete the volunteer and screening forms and return to
the office. It takes about 3 weeks for
the paperwork to be completed. Each
volunteer (even if it is a grandparent visiting from out of town) will have to
go through a screening process/security check before helping in the classroom
or going on field trips. I encourage all
of you to do this now to prevent problems in the future. I will bring in classroom volunteers as soon
as possible! It is a great help in these
first weeks of school. Parent volunteers
are in integral part of my classroom.
Look for details soon!
Friday Folders will be full of school and district messages, classroom
news, and homework. I use Ziploc bags for folders. Please remove papers and return the bag empty
on Monday morning.
All money sent to school needs to be placed in a sealed envelope
with your child’s name, amount, and purpose written on the envelope. This is
very important as several children will hand me things at the same time and I
need to know which child to credit.
It seems impossible…only a few hours earlier a child wore this
great coat into the classroom, and no one will claim it as their own! I could hold it up for the next 3 weeks and
it will go unrecognized! Please put your
child’s name somewhere on the garment so I can make sure it gets home again.
will be having specials (library, technology, PE, or Music) daily.
Look for information in my newsletters telling you the day of each
special. Make sure on PE days to have your children wear appropriate
Your child may come home with a little yellow slip of paper called
a Golden Horseshoe. These are given out
to reward positive behavior. Each week one person from each class who has earned a Golden
Horseshoe that week to come up to the office to receive a small prize. All
children will win at some point during the year! Periodically, we will have special dress-up
days at school when the whole school has earned a certain number of Golden
Horseshoes. (crazy hat day, beach day,
There are times when a child’s
behavior may warrant more than a gentle reminder or a small consequence. Think
Sheets are given to students who use inappropriate language, misbehave in a
way that may verbally or physically hurt another child, or do damage to
property. The goal of a Think Sheet is for the teacher to sit
down with the child, reflect on the incident, and talk about how behaviors will
be handled differently next time. If
your child comes home with a Think Sheet,
please sign it and return it to school the next time. Use this sheet as a talking point with your
child. In most circumstances, I will
email you or phone you about the incident.
If I have forgotten to answer something, please let me know! I want this year to be a great success for
you and your child and I look forward to developing a partnership with your