As your child’s kindergarten teacher,
I look forward to getting to know both you and your child. Each school year is new and exciting for me
as I am sure it is for your child. New
friends and experiences await us all!
This packet is designed to acquaint
you with the policies of the kindergarten classroom. The kindergarten classroom is “ours” as it
belongs to you, your child, and to me, the teacher. Each of us will have a special role to play
in order to make this year a valuable experience.
Encourage your child to do their best
work. Please make sure you go over the
papers that come home with your child. If there are any errors, please go over the mistakes.
To see Kindergarten Common Core
Standards, visit the Ohio Department of Education website or go to
and Forms –
You will be filling out your child’s
paperwork during their orientation appointment time as the office needs the
forms as soon as possible for emergency situations. Please bring in your
child’s supplies at their appointment time. Your child will put their supplies
away at this time as a way to get to know their classroom and teacher a bit
Your child should be able to take care of
toilet needs by themselves. This includes buttoning and snapping of their
children will be tying their own shoes (or attempting their best). Please help them at home as they develop this
As cool weather sets in, many children
will be learning to zip and snap their jackets. Please make sure they practice this skill at home as well.
Your child will be writing their name
on just about everything they make. Providing your child with paper and writing utensils will help them to
become strong writers. Writing their
name from left to right with one capital and the rest lowercase letters is
what we are targeting this fall.
We work hard in kindergarten on
appropriate school behavior. Rather than
interrupting the flow of discussion or instruction to constantly re-direct
individuals, the children in our class will participate in a “clip chart”
behavior program. This helps each child
gain more self –control. It is
very important for your child to develop control of his/her own behavior.
In Kindergarten we will
be using the “Clip Chart” as our behavior management system. The Clip Chart allows for movement in both
positive and negative direction for all students. Each student will have a clothespin that
travels up and down the chart based on his/her daily behavior. All students begin their day on the green,
“Ready to Learn” section of the chart. If they decide to make bad choices, they will move down the chart. They may clip down early in the day, but they
can change their behavior and clip back up the chart. They always have the opportunity to make good
choices throughout the day and rise to a better level! Teachers may also use awards for making good
choices in the classroom.
You may notice that as
the year goes on your child may remain on green the majority of the time. This is due to the fact that children have
learned routines and expectations, and we, as teachers do not need to rely on
the chart for children to demonstrate expected behaviors. Remember green is good! It means you are
“Ready to Learn!”
This behavior system gives the students that opportunity to always work harder to achieve their very best! If you have any questions, please let us know.
For your child’s
birthday, we want to recognize him/her on their special day. He/she will receive a birthday sticker and
lots of good wishes. If you wish to send
in birthday treat, ONLY take-home
treats will be permitted. THEY WILL
NEED TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE OFFICE BY A PARENT. The student CANNOT
bring them into school. Ask your child’s teacher for the number of students in
the class. Take home treats are an easy
option, as well as non-food items such as pencils, stickers, or very small
Please do not have your child pass out invitations at school for a
birthday party unless the entire class is invited.
Homework is given in
kindergarten to provide a connection between school and home. Doing these activities will help your child
practice the skills that are learned at school. We do expect these activities to be completed. We will be sending home “popcorn” sight words
weekly, and as they come up in our lessons throughout the year. Math and Grammar homework will be given
nightly. More information will
follow. In addition, each week your
child will get a decodable reader to practice sounding out words and
recognizing “popcorn” words. Use the
books to practice reading fluently.
Thank you in advance for
taking the time to help your child be a successful kindergartener!
Procedures/Office Info –
You must notify the office and teachers of any changes in bus
routes, addresses, phone numbers, medicines, etc. You
must sign your child in and out of the office if they are tardy or leaving
You will need to obtain a Planned Absence form from the office (at
least five school days in advance) if your child will be missing school for an
extended amount of time (e.g., vacation). Planned absence will be authorized by the principal.
The First Weeks of
All children are at very different levels. The first few weeks of kindergarten are VERY
routine. Please do not panic if you
think the work is too “easy” for your child. Our lessons will include various levels for all children to be
challenged. For example, when we brainstorm
and write all the “Aa” words we can think of, some children will be learning
what the letter “Aa” looks like. Others
will identify how it sounds in different words, while other children will watch
as I write the word and see how to put letters together to form a word and read
it. All levels are very typical for a
kindergarten class. Your child will
learn a lot this year. All children are
at different levels.
Report cards will be sent home quarterly. Parent-teacher conferences are held in November
for all students and March if needed.
Also look for a paper to
come home to sign up for an app (like Bloomz or Remind) that lets us
communicate happenings in our classroom. This app will also allow you and the
teacher to communicate privately. We are currently using Bloomz. Please sign up
when you receive this paper.
If you wish to become a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) volunteer,
make sure you sign up during Open House or during your child’s appointment
time. If you want to be a volunteer, you
must be a member. Membership forms will be coming home with your child. The PTA
is a great way to become involved in your child’s school career. If you missed
any of the sign ups, please send a note and your name will be added to the
Snack and Lunch
We will provide a “working snack” during our day. We will send home a note asking for monthly
We are using a point-of-sale system that you can
use to put money on your child’s lunch account. Information will be sent home
with your child to explain this procedure. Milk is included with a school
lunch. Milk can be purchased for anyone who packs a lunch.
Your Children At School –
You are welcome to eat lunch with your children. We ask that you do not attend lunch for
at least the first three weeks of school. It will help all the children get used to
school and not be saddened seeing other parents.
Book Bags –
I will remind all of the children to check their bags for any money,
papers, or notes as they come into the room. The children will be learning to be responsible for their
things. (It is impossible for the
teacher to check every book bag.) Responding to notes found at the end of the day as the child is packing up
their belongings is nearly impossible. We look forward to seeing their responsibility grow.
If your child is a bus rider, he/she should take the bus the first day of school. It can be a difficult separation to watch your
child get on that bus but the best thing that you can do for your child and
their classmates is to let your child begin the routine from the very first
day of school.
The bus tags given to
your child at their appointment time should be worn the first few weeks of
school. It is VERY IMPORTANT for your
child to learn what bus number they ride home.
Children will be escorted
to their buses after school by 4th Grade helpers for the first week. Soon they will be doing this
independently. Make sure your child
knows their bus number. It will be
parked in the same spot after school. (Depending on a friend to guide your child is not always a good idea as
they may be sick, etc. Your child needs
to be confident in their ability to get to their bus.) Teachers and the principal will be around to
help your child every day throughout the year.
Please do not bring any extra toys to school. We have plenty of learning items in our
classroom and the playground is for running around and having fun. This is a school-wide policy.
We will be having three
holiday parties (Halloween, December holidays, and Valentine’s Day). The room parents will call you in advance
asking for donations of food or paper products. They will also do their best to rotate the parent helpers at these
PTO will provide a form during
Open House and your child’s appointment time asking for any interest in helping
out with these events.
The Development of
Use of initial consonant
to represent an entire word
M for monster
G for grass
C for class
Initial and final
consonants serve as word boundaries
Inclusion of medial
consonant; awareness of blends; may divide blend
Initial, final, and
medial consonants and vowel place-holder. Vowel is incorrect.