The ABC's of Kindergarten

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Absences - Please let the office know if your child will be late or absent.  Please limit doctor or dentist appointments to after school hours when possible. Remember, learning cannot take place if your child is not at school.

AM Class Arrival – Supervising teachers and/or assistants will be on duty from 8:05 a.m. until school begins. Students may begin arriving at school at 8:05 a.m. but no earlier. Teachers and/or assistants will supervise the unloading of students from buses and cars. Buses will unload in front of the building. Parents and guardians are to unload car riders at the designated area beside the building and then proceed back to the access road. 

PM Class Arrival - The afternoon kindergarten students will need to be dropped off at the kindergarten playground.  A duty will be available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11:45 am.  On Wednesdays that are early release days, the duty will be available at 11:05 am.

Art – Your child will typically have art on Friday each week.
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Behavior Ladder – Students will move up our behavior ladder for positive choices and move down for negative choices they make. Students will earn rewards for moving up, and face consequences for moving down. However, a child is never “stuck” in a particular place on the ladder. They may always move up if their behavior improves, and they start out on green (Ready to Learn) every day.

Birthdays – If you’d like, you may send cupcakes, cookies, and juice boxes in celebration of your child’s birthday. Please let me know in advance.

Book Orders - I will send home Scholastic book order forms for you and your child to look over every month. Book clubs offer books at reduced prices. It's a great way to build your child's home library and it earns books for our classroom at school as well! Always make checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs. If you order from two separate clubs, add the totals together and write a check for the final total.
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Checking Out - If your child needs to be checked out of school early for any reason, please report to the office. The school secretary will assist you in securing the proper release of your child. Students will need to be signed out of school before they can leave the building.

Computer Lab – Your child will have computer lab each week.  Our class is scheduled to be in the lab on Wednesday.

Conferences – Parent-Teacher conferences will be held twice a year. If you need to meet with me at any other time during the year, send a note, call me, or email me and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and discuss any concerns you may have.

Counselor- We have a wonderful school counselor!  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our school counselor. 
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Discipline – Students who move down the behavior ladder will first receive a warning and if the behavior is severe enough, they will have a note sent home, a phone call home, or be referred to the office. Please discuss your child’s behavior with him/her every day and reinforce good behavior at home.

Dismissal – The dismissal times are as follows:
2:53- Dismissal Bell – M, T, Th, F
1:30 - Dismissal Bell – Early Release (most Wednesdays; see school calendar if unsure of which weeks do not feature early release)
 

Donations – see Wish List
E
Email – My email address is: Misty@teachingkiddos.com or taylorm@d93.k12.id.us . I will return your email as soon as possible! I check my email multiple times daily.  If you have an email address that you’d like me to be aware of, please let me know.

Environmental Learning/Print - Please use the print around you to help your child learn.   Environmental print can be found on billboards, cereal boxes, signs, packaging, etc. Make use of these valuable resources which are right at your fingertips. The use of every day materials will show your child how learning relates to their own lives and their world.

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Field Trips - Information about field trips will come home in your child's daily folder so please make sure to check your child’s folder or backpack every day. 

 G
Good Behavior - Your child is responsible for making good choices in the classroom. They are held accountable for their actions.  Good behavior will help your child to be able to learn important concepts more easily. 

H

Homework - Students will have homework in kindergarten.  Reading homework will begin in January right after the winter break.  Other homework assignments will vary and will be sent home in your child's daily work folder. Unless otherwise noted, please return the homework the following day. Students should read a minimum of 15 minutes at home each day with a parent.

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Independence - Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-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 self-help skills at home with your child: zipping, tying, dressing, etc.

 K

Keep Updated - Keep updated by reading the classroom newsletter every week and checking your child’s folder every day for other notes and information.

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Library – Your child will have Library with Mrs. Horrocks in the morning class and with Mrs. Borg in the afternoon class every Wednesday. Make sure your child keeps library books in a special place at home so that finding them when it is time to return them is not difficult.  Your child should return their book every Wednesday so that they are able to check out a new book. 

M

Math – Our school district has adopted Math in Focus as the elementary math curriculum.  It is a wonderful math curriculum which emphasizes critical thinking and helps to develop number sense which will help to make important math concepts easier to comprehend.

Medication - Prescription medication must be given through the office and not brought into the classroom. Check with the school secretary for a medication form. If your child has a medical problem of any type please let me know.

Medical Concerns - Please let me know of any medical concerns your child may have so appropriate accommodations can be made. These can include medications needed or a change in your daily routine that may affect your child. Please also let me know of any food allergies.

Money - Money sent for any reason such as field trips, picture money, or book orders should be sent in a sealed envelope with the child’s name, teacher’s name, and purpose.

N

Newsletter – A classroom newsletter will be sent home every Monday with your child. In the event your child does not make it home with their newsletter, a copy can always be found on our class website: www.teachingkiddoscom

No School/ School Closures - Please listen to the local radio stations for weather announcements. Please do not call the school office. You should also be able to find information on school closures on the local television news stations.

O

Open-Mindedness – Kindergarten is a whole new world! Your little one is really growing up now! There is a lot more work involved in kindergarten which may seem a bit overwhelming at times. We will be diving into reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and writing! So, please have an open mind and always come to me right away with any concerns.

P

Parties - There are three main parties each year Halloween, Winter/Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. We will also have a 100th day of school celebration. I will be looking for volunteers and donations for these parties.

P.E. – Your child will have P.E. every Monday. Make sure your child dresses appropriately on P.E. day with sneakers/tennis shoes.

Personal Items - Personal items such as backpacks, lunch boxes, and coats/jackets must be labeled with child’s name. Please do not send any extra items such as toys or valuables unless specifically requested. Also, remind your child to wear sneakers on P.E. days!

Progress Reports – Progress reports (report cards) will be sent home at the end of each quarter.

PTO – (Parent Teacher Organization) Our school has an amazing and supportive PTO.  Please consider becoming an active member of our school’s PTO. 

Q

Questions– Have a question? Remember you can always contact me at my email address: Misty@teachingkiddos.com or send a note to school with your child.

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Recess – Your child will have a 10 minute recess daily.

Report Cards – Report cards will be sent home at the end of each quarter.

 S

Severe Weather - In the event of weather so severe that there is a possibility schools may be closed, parents are asked to stay tuned to their radio or television station for information. In order to maintain open communication lines, you are asked not to call the school.

Spring Break – Please check the school calendar to see the dates for spring break.

 T

Tardy Bell – The tardy bell rings at 8:25 which is when school begins.  Please try to have your child to school on time each day so they do not miss important information.

Transportation - If your child has any changes in their transportation please let me know in writing, by email, or by voice mail. This includes riding the bus home with a friend, having a relative pick your child up, or riding the bus if your child is normally a car rider.

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Understanding - Parents of kindergarten students need to be understanding. Your child will be facing many new experiences, both academic and social. Letting your child know that you understand their feelings (we’ve all been there!) will help them to open-up and discuss their concerns and fears, as well as their joys!

V

Voice Levels – It is important that students use appropriate indoor voices while in the school building.  Please discuss what this means with your child.

Volunteers and Visitors - Volunteers and visitors must register in the office and pick up a badge. We love having classroom volunteers!  School district policy states that all visitors make arrangements with the teacher prior to visiting to ensure the educational process will not be hindered.

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Water Bottles - Water Bottles- Students are allowed to have water bottles in the classroom as long as they have pop up tops and not lids that have to be screwed on and are clearly marked with your child’s name. Only water should be in the bottles.

Wish List – I will keep a Wish List posted on our class website that includes items we could really use in the classroom. I may also include items on weekly newsletters that we are in need of. You are under no pressure to purchase any wish list items, but should you want to, it will be greatly appreciated!

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eXit - Parents and family members must eXit and enter via the main school entry. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of all the students and staff at our school.

Y

You! - You are the caregivers, the nurturers, the true teachers. You make this, and every year so special to your child. I look forward to meeting you and helping your child grow to be the very best student they can be!

Z
 
Zzzzzzz - Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child.  It will help to ensure they are ready to approach each and every day with a positive attitude!