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									               The ABC’s of Kindergarten

                                    Important Phone Numbers
                       Crestview Elementary                       677-2780
                       Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Wilson              677-2789




                                            E-Mail Addresses
                       Mrs. Johnson           rjohnson@canyonisd.net
                       Ms. McCoy              cmccoy@canyonisd.net
                       Mrs. Meador            emeador@canyonisd.net
                       Mrs. Taylor            tstephenson@canyonisd.net
                       Mrs. Parker            sparker@canyonisd.net




                                             CISD Website
                                        www.canyonisd.net




ABSENCES: If your child is absent, please call the school (677-2789) to let Mrs. Wilson
(attendance clerk) know. A note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school
as soon as possible to avoid an unexcused absence.
ARRIVAL TIME: Please drop your child off before 7:55 a.m. in the cafeteria. Kindergarten has
a special place to sit (on the black line by the east wall.) (For safety purposes, please do not
wait with your child inside the doors of the school.) Please make sure your child has a book in
his/her backpack everyday to read while waiting for the 1st bell to ring. The tardy bell will ring at
8:00 a.m. If your child is not in his/her classroom before the tardy bell rings, your child will need
to go the office to get a tardy slip.




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. You may drop your child’s birthday treat off in the classroom
first thing in the morning or drop it off in the office during the day. These treats will be eaten
during our snack time. (Please do not forget to send napkins, plates, forks, etc... if needed.)


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Birthdays are recognized during our calendar routine as well. We will recognize summer
birthdays at the end of the school year. Please do not send birthday party invitations to be
distributed at school unless all children receive an invitation.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast is served in the cafeteria every morning. It is so important that your
child have a healthy breakfast every morning. If your child eats breakfast at school, please
make sure he/she is here at school in plenty of time to eat his/her breakfast.




CLOTHING: Please make sure your child can put on and remove clothing by him/herself.
Check to make sure there are no troublesome zippers, buttons or belts. They’ll do nothing for
your child’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment if he/she cannot get out of them in time
to use the restroom. Slip-on tennis shoes and Velcro shoes are great for your child to wear to
school while you are teaching him/her to tie laces.
COMMUNICATION: Communication is important. Feel free to contact me whenever you
have a question or concern. You can reach me by phone (677-2780), in person, by email (Ms.
McCoy: cmccoy@canyonisd.net , Mrs. Meador: emeador@canyonisd.net , Mrs. Johnson:
rjohnson@canyonisd.net , Mrs. Taylor: tstephenson@canyonisd.net, Mrs. Parker:
sparker@canyonisd.net ) or by note in your child’s folder.
CONFERENCES: Parent and Teacher conferences are held during the year. Please look for
notes coming home. If you would like to request a conference, please feel free to contact me.




DISCIPLINE: Discipline is simple. We work hard as a class to make the classroom a positive
and safe place for all. Our discipline follows the Character Counts Program.
*Please see “Kindergarten Color Rules and Character Counts” on our website.
DISMISSAL: The dismissal bell will ring at 3:00 p.m. Bus riders will be dismissed by 2:50 p.m.
The kindergarten pick-up zone will be east of the front school entrance (in front of the small
playground.) When picking your child up, please enter the school driveway from Lindsay Lane
and exit onto Hunsley Road. If your child has an older sibling at Crestview, the older sibling will
be going out with the younger sibling at dismissal. If your child is getting home a different way
than usual, please call me (before 2:30,) send me an email (before 2:30) or write a note in your
child’s Take Home Folder.
D’NEALIAN: Kindergartener’s will be taught how to write letters using D’Nealian handwriting.
D’Nealian handwriting helps students to easily and quickly make the transition from print to
cursive later on. Please help your child to write his/her letters using D’Nealian when completing
handwriting homework.




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EARLY RELEASE DAYS: Please see district calendar for early release days on website. On
Early Release days, students eat lunch at an earlier time.
EMAIL: Each teacher has a school email address. (Ms. McCoy: cmccoy@canyonisd.net ,
Mrs. Meador: emeador@canyonisd.net , Mrs. Johnson: rjohnson@canyonisd.net , Mrs. Taylor:
tstephenson@canyonisd.net, Mrs. Parker: sparker@canyonisd.net .) We check our email
daily. If you have an email address that you’d like me to be aware of, please let me know.




FIELD TRIPS: Information about field trips will come home in the Take Home Folder and will
be detailed in the weekly newsletter. Please make sure your child dresses accordingly on field
trip days (comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and a jacket)
FOLDER: The Daily Take Home Folder is your child’s behavior folder that will come home
every day and needs to be returned every morning. The behavior sheet inside needs to be
initialed by a parent everyday. I will send important information and notes home in this folder,
so please look through it every night. If you have a note for me, you can write on the behavior
sheet or place a note in the folder. A color that coincides with your child’s behavior will be
placed on your child’s behavior sheet every day. This will let you know how your child’s day
went.
                                           Green: Good
                                       Yellow: Consequence
                            Orange: Parent Contact (note or phone call)
                                  Red: Removed from Room
*Please see “Kindergarten Color Rules and Character Counts” on website.




GIRLS: Girls need to wear shorts under their dresses or skirts everyday for P.E.
GYM: Our class will have a 30 minute gym (P.E.) class everyday. It is very important that your
child wear (or bring) tennis shoes everyday to school. Our P.E. teacher is Mrs. Hampton.




HOMEWORK: Students will have some homework in Kindergarten.
Red reading folders will also go home with your child. Please see “Take Home Readers.”




INDEPENDENCE: Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-

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confidence. Kindergarteners are very 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.




JOURNALS: Writing takes place every day in kindergarten. One way we accomplish this is
through writing in our journals and through writer’s workshop. Encourage your child to write at
home for a variety of purposes. For example, have your child label a picture, write a note to
someone, make a grocery list, etc...




KEEP UPDATED: Keep updated by reading the classroom newsletter every week and
checking the Take Home Folder every day for other notes and information.




LIBRARY: Our class will visit the library once a week. Our librarian is Mrs. Rhoten. Your child
will check out a book when we visit the library and return it the next week. If your child forgets
to return the book, he/she will not be allowed to check out a new book until it is returned.
LUNCH:                             LUNCH TIMES
                          McCoy & Taylor ~ 11:10-11:40
                          Meador, Johnson & Parker ~ 11:15-11:45
You are welcome to eat lunch with your child during this time. There will be a special table for
parents and children to eat at in the cafeteria. (Sorry parents! For safety purposes, we ask that
you not go out to recess with your child after lunch.)
LUNCH EXTRA: Kindergarteners will be allowed to buy one extra snack on Friday’s during
lunch. Examples of extra snacks are ice cream, chips, granola bars, etc… The cost of most
extra snacks are around 80 cents. You will need to fill out the “Kindergarten Lunch Extra
Permission Form” and return to school before your child will be allowed to purchase an extra
snack on Friday’s.
LUNCH MONEY: If lunch money is sent to school, please send it in the Take Home Folder.
Please place the money in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name and what the money is
for. I am not responsible for any lost money. You may also deposit money into your child’s
cafeteria account yourself in the cafeteria. You can check your child’s account balance online
by setting up an account on www.mynutrikids.com . (You will need your child’s school I.D.
number.) There is also a link to this website on the Canyon ISD website, www.canyonisd.net .
*Please note that it may take several days for the money to show up on your child’s
account if you deposit money this way.




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MATH: The kindergarten math curriculum provides students with mathematical experiences
that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics that will
continue throughout their school career and lives. Many of our math concepts are covered
through our daily calendar routine.
MEDICATION: ALL medication must have a parent/guardian note and be kept in the nurses’
office (even cough drops and throat lozenges.) Medication must be in the original, properly
labeled container. The note for medication must have the date, student’s full name, name of
medication, the dosage to be given and the time medication must be administered.
MESSAGES: If you call to leave a message for your child before the day is out, please make
sure you do so before 2:30.
MONEY: Money can be very difficult for Kindergarteners to keep up with. If you send money to
school, please place it in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name, the amount, and what
the money is for.
MUSIC: The children will have music class everyday for 30 minutes. Ms. Carter is our music
teacher.




NEWSLETTER: A weekly newsletter will be sent home on Mondays to keep you informed
about what is happening in our class. The newsletter is on the bottom of your child’s behavior
sheet in his/her take home folder..
NO SCHOOL: Please see district calendar for no school days.




OPEN HOUSE: Open House will take place later in the year. More info. to come!




PICK UP: When picking up your child, please use the kindergarten pick up area and stay in
your car. We have a lot of kindergarteners, and it gets very busy. Please be patient and
courteous to all parents and students. If your child is getting home a different way than usual,
please let me know!




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QUESTIONS: Questions? Please feel free to call, email, or send a note.
                            Crestview Phone Number ~ 677-2780
                              Ms. McCoy ~ cmccoy@canyonisd.net
                             Mrs. Meador ~ emeador@canyonisd.net
                              Mrs. Parker ~ sparker@canyonisd.net
                             Mrs. Johnson ~ rjohnson@canyonisd.net
                            Mrs. Taylor ~ tstephenson@canyonisd.net




RECESS: Kindergarteners have morning recess from 9:45 – 10:00 and lunch recess from
11:55 -12:10. Please make sure your child comes to school dressed for the weather! (Sorry,
but parents are not allowed to go with us to recess for safety purposes.)
REPORT CARD: Kindergarten report cards will be sent home 6 times during the school year.
Please look over, sign, and return the report card in the envelope back to school each time.
You may view what the kindergarten report card looks like online at www.canyonisd.net .




SCHEDULE: Please see “Kindergarten Schedule” on the website.
SCIENCE: The focus of the kindergarten science curriculum is on developing an awareness of
the world in which we live. Science concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy
based, hands-on approach.
SNACKS: The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy states that snacks should be healthy and
not a Food of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV.)
*Please be aware that many children have an allergy to nut products.
SOCIAL STUDIES: The kindergarten social studies curriculum focuses on the students and
how they relate to others in their families, classroom, school, and community. Social Studies
concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach.
SUPPLY LIST: There are a few extra classroom supplies that we ask for each child to bring to
school.
*Note will be sent home at a later date.




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TAKE HOME READERS: Take Home Readers will go home with each child later on in the
year. Please have your child read his/her Take Home Reader three times, sign his/her Take
Home Reader folder and return the Take Home Reader in the Take Home Reader folder the
next day. Take Home Readers will not be sent home on Wednesdays or Fridays. If your child
is unable to read his/her Take Home Reader the day it is sent home, he/she must have a note.
(This note may be written on your child’s behavior sheet.)
TRANSPORTATION: If your child has any changes in his/her transportation please let me
know in writing, by email, or by voicemail by 2:30. We cannot let your child do something
different than usual unless we have been notified by a parent.



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VACATIONS: Family vacations are wonderful opportunities for your family, however, please
be sure to let us know that you are planning on taking a vacation (during school time) and fill out
a Parent Request Form, available in the school office.
VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS: Volunteers and visitors must register in the office and have
a visitor’s badge before coming to the classroom.



WEATHER: Watch the weather and please make sure your child comes dressed for recess. It
can still be very chilly at 9:50 in the morning ~ even on warm days!
WATER BOTTLES: Your child may bring a water bottle to school. (Water bottles help to cut
down on the spread of germs!) Please write his/her name on it. Water bottles will be sent home
on Friday to be washed and sanitized.
WEBPAGE: Your child’s teacher has a Webpage on the Crestview website. The webpage will
feature important information about your child’s classroom as well as important news. Go to
www.canyonisd.net select Crestview under “Select a School” (at top of page), select
“Academics” at top of the page and then select “Kindergarten.”




EXIT: Parents and family members may eXit and enter via the main school entry.




YOUR IDEAS: Your ideas…and suggestions are welcome!




      ZZZZZZZ’s: Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime
is a wonderful gift you can give your child.

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