ABC’s of Kindergarten

A Parent Handbook

Attendance
A successful school experience is the responsibility of the child, the parent and the school. Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is influenced largely by daily participation. Regular attendance without tardiness is a key. If your child is ill, please call the office (586-2845) and inform us of your child’s absence and the reason for it. This is for your child’s safety. If a student must leave early for a doctor’s appointment, go to the office to sign him/her out and the secretary will call your child to the office.

Arrival
AM Kindergarten begins at 8:55 AM and will dismiss at 11:40 AM.
PM Kindergarten begins at 12:45 and will dismiss at 3:25 PM.

Early Out Wednesday

AM Kindergarten will begin at 8:55 AM and dismiss at 10:55 AM.
PM Kindergarten will begin at 11:30 AM and dismiss at 1:25 PM.

Students should not arrive prior to 8:30 AM since supervision by the school staff is not available before that time. After the session is over, please pick up your child promptly. If you are late, look for your child in the office. They will never be standing out by themselves – I promise!

Backpacks

To help your child carry messages, information and projects to and from school, you are asked to provide a backpack. It should be big enough for a pocket folder. Look for ones that would be easy for your child to get into – the less pockets the better. Please no extension handles or wheels – these are very difficult for young children to maneuver safely and they do get in the way.

Birthdays
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If you would like to send a small treat, please let me know in advance – PLEASE NO CAKE OR CUPCAKES. Thank you.

Book Orders
Every 4-6 weeks book order forms will be sent home for you and your child to look over. These clubs offer wonderful books at reduced prices—what a great way to build your home library! If you choose to order, please make the check payable to Scholastic Books.

Clothing
Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that is appropriate for Kindergarten. It is a good idea to label all coats and sweaters.

Computers
The children will attend a computer class every week for thirty minutes. Your child will be taught the proper way to use a computer and then be taught to use the educational software.

Discipline
Our system for discipline is simple. We work hard to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all. Rules are agreed upon during the first week of school and read and discussed daily. Problems are looked upon as just that—problems to be solved.

Emergency Contact Forms
Please complete and return the Emergency Contact sheets promptly (if you did not complete it during registration). If your home or work phone number change during the school year, please inform the Office so you can be located quickly if an emergency occurs.

Field trips
We plan several field trips that are both fun and educational for the children. We often need parent volunteers on the trips, chaperones will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. Please return permission slips as soon as possible after they are sent home.

Gym
Our class will have a 30-minute gym (P.E.) class every week. The children are asked to wear sneakers (rubber-soled shoes) on gym day.

Health
Please let us know of special circumstances that may affect your child. These could include medications that may make him sleepy, any allergies your child may have etc. It is important that I know if your child has any food allergies since we will be having snacks in class on a regular basis.

Homework Policy
Homework is an important part of a child’s education. It provides extra practice on the skills we have learned in class, teaches responsibility, improves fine motor skills and allows parents to see what their child is learning in class. Students will have a folder for their homework and school papers. Folders will be sent home every Monday and are due back on that Friday. If a school holiday falls on Monday, folders will be sent home on the first day of school that week. Some of the assignments will take approximately 5 minutes to complete while others may take 15-20 minutes.
Illness
The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill.

Journals
One strategy that will be used to convey the vital concept that “print conveys meaning” is the frequent use of journal writing. Your child’s journal writing will consists of their emerging writing skills and drawing skills. As your child is exposed to, a variety of writing and reading experiences their journal writings will move from drawings and inventive spelling towards more conventional writing.

Kindness

Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Bothering others, bullying and interrupting learning will not be permitted.

Literature Bags
I have put together several Home Literature Bags that each child will have the opportunity to take home. Each bag has its own theme and will include books and materials for several activities. I think you will find these bags to be very enjoyable as they contain many quality books and fun activities that the whole family will enjoy. They will also help your child develop reading, writing, and word knowledge. Please make sure that all materials are returned in the bag and are in good shape.

Math
The kindergarten mathematics curriculum provides students with mathematical experiences that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics that will continue through their school career and their lives. Many of our math concepts are covered through our daily calendar routine. We employ a hands-on, problem solving approach.

Newsletter
Our class newsletter, “Kindergarten News”, will be sent home on Mondays. This will keep you informed about what is happening in our class—the skills we are learning, vocabulary words, special activities and upcoming events. Please look for these and read them so you can keep up with what we do in class each week. These will also be posted on our classroom website.

Opportunities
Sit back and watch your child’s skills take off! Your child will have many fun and educational opportunities to grow both academically and socially.

Parent Volunteers
Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school! We are always happy to have your help for special activities in the classroom. You will be given the opportunity to sign up to help in the classroom on a regular basis.

Questions
Do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions or concerns. During school hours, you can call the office (586-2845) and leave a message for me. I will return your call as soon as possible. You are also welcome to e-mail me at holly.adams@ironmail.org.

Reading
Reading is very important. Please read to your child as often as possible. Don’t forget to turn in your child’s RAH (Reading at Home) reading log each month.

Snacks
Your children generally get hungry by mid-morning so I’m requesting that each family contribute a healthy snack. Every child should bring in a snack to share with the entire class (about 25 students). This should be a healthy snack that is quickly eaten, such as a box of crackers, cookies, fruit roll-ups, raisins, apples, etc. We will get a drink of water after our snack so no drinks are necessary. Please send these on the first day of school.

Supplies
The children will need the following supplies for Kindergarten:

• A 1” white, three ring binder with a plastic window front. (This will be used for our Calendar Binder)
• A 2 liter pop bottle (We will use these to make our “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom trees)

Take Home Library
Your child will have the opportunity to take home one book a night to read at home. This is wonderful practice to build reading fluency and to reinforce the vocabulary words they’ve learned. This is your child’s chance to “show-off” their developing reading skills to parent, relatives and friends!

Understanding
I what you to know that I understand how difficult it is to send your child (your baby) off to school for the first time. I want to reassure you that there is no place I would rather be than here with your child. I will do my best to provide a safe and loving learning environment. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help!

Visitors
North has a policy that ALL GUESTS (including familiar faces) are required to check in at the school office. Visitor Badges must be worn by all adults who come to work or visit us in our classrooms. North welcomes and encourages family involvement. It is important to remember that while this may seem inconvenient to frequent visitors, it is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment.

Website
Our class has a website which can be accessed at north.ironk12.org I will try my best to keep it current.

extra Special
Kindergartners are extra special!

Younger Siblings
It is in your child’s and the program’s best interest to have our parent volunteers available without younger children. This not only allows your full attention to be focused on the class, but also allows for some special time between you and your Kindergartner.

Thank you for making childcare arrangements for younger siblings at these times.

Zzzzs
Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give to your child. Children this age require 10-12 hours of sleep a day! It will help them to be alert and ready to learn each day!

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