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Welcome to Kindergarten! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer! I am very excited about working with your child in Kindergarten. It will be a wonderful year full of learning and social and physical growth.
This is the first of many letters. Below you will find some important information about our classroom and daily routines in Kindergarten.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES – Please take special note of the attendance policy in the student handbook. Please contact Carol in the office and Mrs. Goossen with any reason your child may not be at school. It is important that your child is at school daily. We will be learning many new things every day and it is difficult for children to catch up on missed lessons and work. However, if you know ahead of time that your child will be absent or if your child is sick, please call the office and send me a quick email.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT – Our classroom uses a clip chart behavior system. The system promotes positive behavior choices and encourages students to self-monitor their behavior. How it works… Each student has a clothespin labeled with their name, and begins the day clipped to the center of the chart (Ready to Learn). During the course of the day, students have the opportunity to move their clothespins up or down the chart according to their behavioral choices. Positive behavioral choices allow the student to move his/her clothespin up; inappropriate behavior causes the clothespin to move down. Rewards and consequences are based on each level. EVERYDAY your child will come home with a report on their behavior in their travel folder. Please initial next to each day they have colored for the week.
TRAVEL FOLDER - These are the folders that we will use to communicate back and forth. All important notes and your child’s behavior sheet will be located in this—SOMETIMES EVEN HOMEWORK. These are very important and your child needs it EVERYDAY.
READING A-Z - Your child will be giving a book according to his/her level of reading. These books will be in a gallon sized zip lock baggie with a reading log. We will use these EVERYDAY. Please practice these books with your child. Your child can even read with an older sibling.
SHOW AND TELL – I will be sending home a canvas bag that your child will use to put their show-n-tell in. Please make sure that they know what they are brining, where they got it from, why is it important to them. Please make sure this bag comes back to school the next day.
BIRTHDAYS – Birthdays in kindergarten are FUN! If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday with a special snack, please try to let me know in advance. It is not mandatory to send a treat for a birthday. If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate their half birthday. No invitations for home parties will be distributed at school unless the entire class is being invited. Children’s feelings can be easily hurt if they are not included.
REST TIME – For the first nine weeks, we will have rest time daily after lunch recess. Please do not bring in blankets, pillows, etc. as our classroom storage is limited. Your child is not required to sleep during rest time. I do ask that they lay quietly and rest their minds and bodies from their busy day as they listen to soft music or a book on tape.
TOYS – Please keep all toys at home unless it is your child’s turn for Show and Tell. These items are better left at home because they quickly become too large a distraction at school. However, donations for the treasure box are appreciated! ☺
TRANSPORTATION – For your child’s safety and well being, please let the office know of any change in his/her schedule to go home. (620-846-2283)
SIGHT WORDS - I will be sending home each student a ziplock bag with sight words to practice. Each child will go at his/her own pace. Sight words are the foundation of reading. When you feel that your child is at mastery level on their current set, then you can send them back to school to test with me. When they pass a set, they will then be given a new set. If they don't pass, I will send the same set back home. There will be a variety of rewards when each unit is complete.
SHOE TYING - Shoe tying is an important fine motor skill. After the first nine weeks, I will be testing your child to see if he/she can tie their shoes. If your child can do this, they will be rewarded with a party. Your child must have mastery level. I will not be able to help them in any way, shape, or form. T THIS IS AN AT-HOME PROJECT, as our schedule in school is very busy. We don't have tons of time to practice; please make this a PRIORITY at home. I will do what I can when I can.
I hope this letter has been helpful…many more will follow throughout the school year! I suggest that you keep this first one for future reference. During the school year, please feel free to call the office, write a note, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) me with any questions or concerns that you may have. I will contact you as soon as possible.
Together we will make your child’s kindergarten year the best ever!