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ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL Students should arrive at school between 7:35 and 7:45am. Students who arrive before 7:35 should go to the cafeteria. Students who arrive after 7:35 may go to their classrooms. Students may also go to the cafeteria during this time for breakfast. Breakfast prices are: Reduced - 30 cents, Regular - $1.25. Students are tardy at 7:50am. Please make sure your child is in class on time. In the afternoons, buses will begin loading at 2:45. Car-riders can be picked up at the classroom door at 3:00. Please do not enter the room or knock on the door. Teachers will dismiss students when the day’s activities are over. All students must be signed out. If your child will be riding a bus home, please make sure the teacher knows which one. If there are any changes in transportation, please send a note. Students will not be allowed to change modes of transportation home without a note from the parent. BIRTHDAYS For your child’s special day, you may send or bring cupcakes for snack time, but they must be store bought and preferably sugar-free. Please make arrangements with the teacher ahead of time. CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT If your child must check-in late or check-out early, this must be done through the office. Please do not come to the room without the check-in or check-out slip. DISCIPLINE One very important part of Kindergarten is learning how to get along with others, listen and behave in a school setting. Inappropriate behavior distracts from learning, which is why we go to school. Students are expected to RESPECT their teacher, the other students, property and themselves. Your child will bring home a note if he/she has had behavior problems on a particular day. Please discuss it with your child, sign it and return it to school the following day. ENTERING THE ROOM When your child arrives at school, he or she will need to enter the room by themselves and unpack his/her own backpack and binder. Please say good-bye outside the door. FUND RAISERS In order for our school to have what we need and to serve our students the best we can, we occasionally have fund raisers. When we do, please remember that this is for your child and always do your best to help us. Also, please be sure to turn in money by the appropriate deadlines. GIFTS TO YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL Sometimes on special occasions, parents like to send flowers or balloons, etc...to your child at school. If you send something like that to your child at school, please be prepared to come to school to pick up your child that day. The balloons and glass vases are dangerous and not allowed on the school buses. HEAD LICE Kindergartners are prime candidates for head lice. We do everything we can to prevent it, but sometimes our best efforts are in vain. If you get a letter saying your child has head lice, you not only have to get rid of it on your child’s head with the special shampoo, but all bedding, stuffed animals, clothes, etc...must be washed in HOT water and dried on HOT to kill the nits. If every nit and bug is not removed, the eggs will hatch and your child will be re-infested. Please do not take this as an insult to you. It can happen to anyone. INCLEMENT WEATHER Anytime there is a threat of bad weather, please stay near a radio. It may not be possible for us to call each parent if school is going to be dismissed early because of severe weather. If you hear that school is dismissing early, please come to pick up your child or arrange for someone else to pick him or her up as soon as possible. Phone trees will be sent home with car-riders so parents can help us in contacting other parents. JEWELRY AND CLOTHING Please send your child in appropriate clothing for school. The children go to the playground almost every day and they do get dirty. They also need comfortable shoes. Please do not let children wear nice jewelry to school. It often gets lost. Also, please print your child’s name in any clothing that will be taken off during the day. It, too, may be lost. Also, please don’t let your child wear perfume or after-shave to school. Some people are allergic to it. KIDS LEARN BEST THE HANDS-ON WAY Your kindergartner will not be bringing home a lot of worksheets this year. That’s a good thing! All research shows that children learn better by doing hands-on activities, not worksheets. LUNCH & LUNCH MONEY Regular price for lunches is $2.00 per day. All kindergartners must pay this price until approved for free or reduced priced lunches. The price for reduced lunches is 40 cents. Lunch money should be paid on Mondays for a week or more. Lunch accounts can accept up to $99.00. All lunch money should be sent in a sealed envelope with the child’s name, teacher’s name, your child’s account number, amount of money and what it’s for clearly labeled on the front. Students have a choice of purchasing lunch in the lunchroom or bringing lunch from home. If they do bring their own lunch, please don’t send sodas. All children who buy a plate will have to drink milk unless you have a letter from a doctor saying they can’t drink it. They do have a choice of chocolate, strawberry, white or low-fat white. Students may also buy ice cream on Thursdays for 60 cents after Sept. 1. Please include this with your lunch money. Snack money will be totally separate. MEDICATION & ILLNESS We will not be able to call you every time your child complains, but if your child’s teacher feels like it is necessary to send him/her home, you will be called. Please don’t send your child to school if he or she has been vomiting or has a fever. If your child has to take medicine at school, you will need to get the doctor to give you or fax us a letter that authorizes our office to give the medicine. You will need to bring the letter and the medicine to the office yourself. Students are absolutely not allowed to bring any type of medication to school themselves. NOTES When you need to send the teacher a note, please do that on the first page of loose-leaf paper in your child’s folder. Do not tear it out, just leave it as the top sheet. The teacher will tear it out when she reads it. Teachers will do the same when writing notes to you. You may tear these out when you read them. ORGANIZATION Our students will be using folders to keep organized this year. The LEFT pocket is where we put things that should be “LEFT AT HOME,” like finished work, reminders, etc. Please empty this pocket each night. The RIGHT pocket is papers that need to be “BROUGHT RIGHT BACK.” Please put all money envelopes in the zipper-pouch. PARENT INVOLVEMENT Research has shown that students who have parents that are involved in their education do much better in school than those whose parents are not. We will have some type of homework on our newsletter every week night. This is something for you and your child to do together that will help with what we are studying. This is not homework that has to be turned in. Most importantly... Read to/with your child every night. Conferences - We want to keep you informed of your child’s progress and want you to feel free to talk to us, but please remember that our classes need our undivided attention from the time they arrive in the mornings until they leave in the afternoons. So please send a note or call the office to arrange a time for a conference rather than dropping in to talk. QUESTION AND UNPACK That’s what you need to do as soon as your child gets home. Ask what he or she did today and don’t accept “nothing” as an answer. Help your child unpack his/her binder and look over their papers for the day. RESTROOM Having only one restroom in a room full of children sometimes poses a problem. Everyone always needs to go at the same time and that’s impossible, so we have to wait our turn. Please remind your child to be patient and ask to go as soon as they need to go and not wait until it’s an emergency. ALL STUDENTS NEED TO GO TO THE RESTROOM WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. If your child has a “restroom accident,” you will be called to pick him/her up. SNACKS We will have a snack each afternoon. We have a variety of foods and drinks to chose from or you can send your child’s snacks if you prefer. If you want your child to buy his or her snacks, the cost is $1.20 per day for 1 food and 1 drink. Please send $6.00 on Mondays for the week. Snack money should be sent in a labeled envelope with the child’s name, teacher’s name, amount of money and “SNACK” on the outside. This is separate from lunch money. It goes to our office, rather than the cafeteria. TOYS Please don’t let your child bring toys to school unless we have asked them to bring something specific. UNITS Our Science and Social Studies in kindergarten usually revolve around a unit or theme like: Bears, Family, Farm, etc... At home, your child would benefit from reading, writing and talking about this topic. VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS Kindergartners are screened for vision and hearing problems near the beginning of the year. If there is a problem, you will be notified. WRITING It’s important that kindergartners learn to write correctly. We teach them to make each letter a certain way. We don’t want them to just make their letters LOOK right, we want them to MAKE THEM RIGHT, with each letter beginning where it should begin. So if you are working with your child on handwriting, please use the letter guide to help them do it correctly. EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES It is very important that students be at school each and every day. If your child does have to be absent, please send a Doctor’s excuse within 3 days of the time your child returns to school. We can also accept 2 handwritten excuses from you. YEARLY CALENDAR A yearly calendar is enclosed. Please keep it handy all year for reference. ZIPPERS, BUTTONS, SNAPS & LACES Students need to be able to fasten these things without assistance. The teacher just can’t do it all for everyone! That doesn’t mean everyone needs Velcro clothes and shoes, but please do help your child to learn how to zip, button, snap and tie. *Please keep this packet and refer to it as needed throughout the year. THANK YOU!