Kindergarten Handbook

Kindergarten Handbook



Copopa Elementary School

Mrs. Andrews

Mrs. Moore

Mrs. Ondrejko

Dear Parents,

          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.

Grading –

          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

Supplies 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 more.

Self Help Skills –

        Your child should be able to take care of toilet needs by themselves. This includes buttoning and snapping of their pants.

The children will be tying their own shoes (or attempting their best). Please help them at home as they develop this important skill.

          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.

Behavior Management

          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.


                                                          Mrs. Andrews

                                                          Mrs. Moore

                                                          Mrs. Ondrejko

Birthdays –

          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 trinkets.

Invitations –

        Please do not have your child pass out invitations at school for a birthday party unless the entire class is invited.

Homework –

          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!

Attendance 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 early.

Planned Absence –

        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 School

        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.

Parent-Teacher Communication –

        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.

Volunteers –

        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 list!


Snack and Lunch

        We will provide a “working snack” during our day. We will send home a note asking for monthly snack donations.         

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.

Joining 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.

Checking 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.

Buses –

        If your child is a bus rider, he/she should take the bus the first day of schoolIt 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.

Reminder –

        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.

Parties –

          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 events.

          PTO will provide a form during Open House and your child’s appointment time asking for any interest in helping out with these events.

Kindergarten Writing

The Development of Invented Spelling

Stage 1

Use of initial consonant to represent an entire word

M for monster

G for grass

C for class

Stage 2

Initial and final consonants serve as word boundaries




Stage 3

Inclusion of medial consonant; awareness of blends; may divide blend




Stage 4

Initial, final, and medial consonants and vowel place-holder. Vowel is incorrect.




Stage 5
Conventional spelling




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