Guide and Handbook
Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School
Boerne Independent School District
Kindergarten Team 2012-2013 Contact Information
Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary
Ursula Crosby: Room #103
Phone number: 830-357-4833
Brittney Kerr: Room #104
Phone number: 830-357-4834
Kathy Stewart: Room #105
Phone number: 830-357-4835
Stacey Walker: Room #106
Phone number: 830-357-4836
Kindergarten Daily Schedule
7:35 Enter classroom from cafeteria
7:40 Tardy Bell rings
7:40-7:50 Morning routine and announcements
8:15-8:45 Language and Literacy block
8:45-9:45 Literacy Stations and Guided Reading
10:15-10:30 Lunch preparation and clean up
10:30-11:00 Lunch in the cafeteria
11:00-11:25 Story time and character education
11:25-12:10 Specials (PE, Art, Computer, Music)
12:30-1:00 Intervention, snack time, rest time
1:00-2:00 Math Block
2:00-2:30 Science, Social Studies, Free Choice
2:30-2:35 Pack up and prepare for dismissal
***Keep this on the fridge to refer to when scheduling
appointments. Afternoons are the best time, if your child must miss
*Label your child’s backpack, jacket, and other items.
*Send a child-size towel to school for rest time. (labeled)
*Be sure that your child’s backpack is large enough to hold a towel, large folder,
book bag, and a lunch box.
* Send your child to school in rubber-soled shoes every day. (Tennis shoes are
best for playing and PE.)
*Dress your child for comfort and safety at school.
*Become involved with PTO.
*Become a workroom volunteer or room parent.
*Return all office forms in a timely manner.
*Read all communication from your child’s teacher and
check their website weekly.
*Email your child’s teacher with any questions or transportation changes.
*Check the daily folder every night.
*Have conversations with your child about school. Ask him/her what they learned,
read, and did at school each day.
*Read each night with and to your kindergartener. Talk about letters, words,
sounds, and rhymes.
*Count objects, point out numbers, play games with cards, dice, and dominoes.
We Love our PTO!!!
What to expect the first few weeks
LOTS OF PAPERWORK TO FILL OUT
There will be many required forms sent home by the office, PTO, and the teacher within the
first few weeks. Please be patient with us and try to return the completed forms to your child’s
teacher as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for your support.
It takes several weeks for kindergarteners to adjust to a long school day and settle into a
routine. We appreciate your help in keeping them well fed and well rested as we adapt to our
To assist with our transition, we will allow students time to rest after their snack. Each child
will need a small bath towel to lie on. We DO NOT have room for blankets, stuffed animals,
pillows, mats, etc.
Due to our early lunch time (10:30), we will have a snack in the afternoon. Because of food
allergies to nuts, please try not to send peanuts or peanut butter products. Your child will need
to bring a pre-packaged, dry snack each day. A water bottle can be sent daily. Please do not
send a sugary drink, anything messy, or a sugary snack. (ideas: fresh fruit/vegies, raisins,
crackers, granola bars, dry cereal, muffins, etc.) Please send their snack in a separate pocket of
their backpack and avoid putting it in their lunch box, as this can be confusing to kids and
teachers. Remind them daily whether they are “lunch box” or “tray.” Each morning, we will have
the children place their snack in their cubby.
Kindergarten Classroom Management
In order to guarantee your child and all the children in our classroom the excellent learning
climate they deserve, we are utilizing the following plan. As you know, good behavior and
learning go hand in hand. Simple class rules will be established to ensure your child has a
positive and safe learning environment.
OUR CLASS RULES:
1. Follow directions.
2. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
3. Small voices inside, tall voices outside.
4. Work together.
5. Be safe, be kind, be honest.
This year we will be using colored clip chart to reinforce good behavior and positive classroom
choices. (See the following page for more details.) Your child will have a clip that they will
physically move up or down the chart, depending on their choices. Please keep in mind that your
child may not move every single day. In order to move up, students must consistently make
Each day, your child’s conduct will be marked on his or her behavior calendar that is found
inside their Daily Folder. We will simply mark the color that your child has ended the day on in
the correct date on the calendar. If your child moved their clip down, the reason will be briefly
noted on the calendar.
We ask that you check your child’s behavior calendar each day, and reinforce good behavior
We are hoping that this system will be successful this year. We spend lots of time at the
beginning of the year modeling and practicing positive behavior and helping the students
understand the rules of our classroom. Of course, if there is a pattern of behavior that is
concerning, we will want to meet with you to discuss and solve the problem together. The chart
on the following page explains how the clip chart works.
Purple Students who reach the “Above and Beyond” level for the day
Above and will be rewarded for their positive choices with a special drawing
Beyond from the prize box that day.
Blue Students who make positive choices will receive recognition as
Super Star they move up to “Super Star” for the day.
Everyone starts the day “Ready to Learn!” Students can move
their clip up or down throughout the day depending on their
Ready to Learn
Students who receive a warning will move to “Stop and Think”.
This serves as a reminder to students to think about the choices
Stop and Think
they make and a chance to improve.
Students, who struggle to improve their choices, will move to 5
minutes of time out.
Students who continue to receive reminders, and struggle to
show appropriate behavior will move to 10 minutes of time out.
*Students who have ended their days on green, blue or purple all week will draw from the prize
box on Friday.
We look forward to establishing the best possible learning environment for your child. With
teamwork and cooperation among parents, teachers, and students, we will have a terrific year!
We will be in close contact with you regarding your child’s progress in our classroom this year
and appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
***We appreciate any donations of small toys for our prize box.
Hopefully it will be emptied often due to excellent behavior.
Toys at school
Please do not allow your child to bring anything to school that is not on the supply list or
specifically requested by the teacher. Toys get lost or broken, and often become a distraction
in the classroom.
School hours are from 7:40 until 2:40. Children may arrive at school, beginning
at 7:00a.m. During the first week only, we will line the students up in the
kinder hallway outside of their classroom. After this week, all students will
wait in the cafeteria before school. Your child will be supervised by a teacher at this time. All
students need to have a book or two in their backpack to look at while waiting in the cafeteria.
After the bell rings at 7:30, kinder students will be escorted by a teacher to their classroom to
begin their busy day. By the time, the second bell rings at 7:40, all children should be in the
room, unpacked, and ready to learn.
Any students that arrive after this 7:40 bell, are considered tardy, and will need to be taken to
the office to be signed in by the parent.
Birthdays are very special in kindergarten. You may send invitations to your child’s party at
school only if everyone in the class is invited. This avoids hurt feelings. If you are only inviting a
few students, please use the school directory for addresses and send them through the mail.
We DO NOT have parties at school, but you may bring a treat to celebrate their special day.
Contact your child’s teacher to arrange a birthday snack. All birthday treats must be pre-cut or
individually wrapped for easy distribution.
A state mandate limits schools in Texas to only three parties a year. Our party dates are:
*PTO Fitness Fundraiser in October
*Christmas December 21st
*End of the year June 4th
These parties will be planned and coordinated by the room mothers, PTO, and
volunteers. We appreciate any help you can provide with crafts, food, or your time.
We go outside EVERY day, unless it is raining or below 40 degrees. Please send your child to
school in weather appropriate play clothes. Reminders:
*All students need tennis shoes for PE and recess. (Boots, flip flops, jellies,
and sandals can be dangerous when running and playing.
*Girls should wear shorts under skirts or dresses.
*Your child should not need any adult assistance with anything they wear to school. (Examples:
complicated buttons, belts, or other things that your child cannot manipulate independently)
*Please do not allow your child to wear any jewelry to school. It is easily lost, broken, and
serves as a distraction.
*Please send your child with a jacket/coat as the weather begins to get
cooler. (Label the tag with their name.)
Regular attendance is extremely important to your child’s success in school. However, according
to our school policy they must stay home until they are fever for 24 hours. We certainly don’t
want to spread any contagious ailments. According to our attendance policy, you must send a
written excuse for each absence.
Include: Your child’s name, date of absence(s), teacher’s name
These will be turned into our attendance secretary. Without a written note,
your child’s absence will be considered “unexcused.”
Our lunch time is from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. You are welcome to eat lunch with your child,
once you sign in at the office. You may purchase a lunch card at school or online with a pay pal
account through BISD lunch money now. (Lunch tray=$3, or milk .40 cents.) The menu is online
and will be sent home during the first week. All lunch money that is sent to
school needs to be in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name,
grade, and teacher. You may also send a lunch from home with your
student. Please be sure that they can open all items with very little
Please read to and with your child every night. Have them point to words, sounds,
and letters they know. Discuss what happened in the story including the
characters, problem, solution, setting, and the story events. This will build their
skills as readers through comprehension.
Reading books will be sent home later in the year as our skills increase. We will
also introduce 2 high frequency words each week. (total of 48) They are known as
our “popcorn words.” During class we will highlight them in books we read and
make. Be sure to review any work your child brings home and discuss what they
are learning at school. Have them show you what we do in stations, reading group,
and review stories we read in class.
Practice counting, patterns, writing numbers, drawing, identifying shapes,
measuring, and adding and subtracting objects up to 20. There are many games at
local stores that reinforce math and reading skills taught in Kindergarten. Any games
that involve cards, dice, problem solving, strategy, or play with words will enhance your
child’s school experience. Of course, there is the added benefit of enjoying time as a
family, talking and laughing.
There may be special homework assignments that your child’s teacher will notify
you about, from time to time.
All kinder kiddos will leave the room at about 2:30 to travel to our designated
Bus Riders will be dismissed from the gym, and escorted by a teacher to ensure
Day Care van students will be dismissed from the gym with the bus riders.
YMCA after school care students will be escorted to the cafeteria.
Chartwell Lane has a circle driveway in the front of the building
where you can pick up your child. (Please display the name of your student in the
Ralph Fair Road-You may also drive through the back of the
building to pick up your child. (Please display your child’s name in
***Please remember that it is against the law to be on your
cell phone in a school zone. Help us keep our kids safe!
Each child will be given a color coded tag that will be attached to their backpack
on the first day of school. Please leave the tag on throughout the year as a
precaution, to ensure that they make it safely to their designated area.
Any change is transportation needs to be communicated with the teacher, and or
the office as soon as possible. We do not always have time to check our emails
during the day. If we have not responded by 2:00, please call the office at 830-
357-4806 and have them notify us over the intercom.
All changes must be in writing. We cannot accept a verbal change from your
student. They might confuse the details or forget information. If you are coming
to pick up your child early for an appointment, please go to the office, and they
will call for your child. We will help them pack up quickly and send them as soon as
Kindergarten ‘s Volunteers!
There are many opportunities to volunteer at school. Please check any of the
following options to get started.
____ I would like to be a room mom or co-room mom.
____I would like to help in the work room with copies,
laminating, folders, books, etc.
____I would like to help cut, color, or make games at home.
____I would like to help chaperone field trips.
____ I would like to help with parties.
____ I would like to be involved with PTO volunteer
**We are sorry, but younger siblings are not allowed to come help in the work room, at
parties, or on field trips due to safety issues.
Volunteer’s name: ______________________________Phone #___________
Please sign this form and return it indicating that you have read the kindergarten
handbook/survival guide. Thank you so much for all you do to help us have a fabulous year.
Signature: __________________________________ Date:_____________
PLEASE RETURN THIS PAGE TO SCHOOL!!