I am hopeful that this year will be a rewarding one for all of us as we work together to provide enriching experiences for our children.
The months of September and October are a time for adjustment.The children will be working on playing together, learning the classroom rules, and staying at an activity for a certain amount of time.Remember that play is an important part of learning.It takes a while to become acclimated to a new school, new room, new teacher, and a new routine.We want school to be fun and we want your child to feel safe and comfortable.
In order to make an easier kindergarten transition for the children, parents and myself, I offer the following procedures to you.
Label all personal items (backpacks, lunchboxes, coats, etc.) with first and last names.
I have provided a folder for each child as a means of communication.Please be sure that you check it each night and return it to school EVERYDAY.
Children will be given a daily snack break in the classroom.They are encouraged to bring a small healthy snack and drink.
NEVER send money to school unless it is in an envelope with your child’s name on it and what it is for.Money will not be accepted unless it is in a marked envelope.
We have a daily rest time in the afternoon.Please provide a SMALL blanket or towel for your child to use.
LUNCH:children can bring their own lunch from home or purchase a lunch from the lunchroom.If children bring their lunch from home they can also purchase milk or snack from the cafeteria.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL: All students will arrive through the front door of the building, through the doors closest to the library.I will be meeting the students out there for the first week of school.Bus students should wear their bus tags to school every day until September 10th.Some children do cry when separated from a parent but usually stop within minutes of entering the room.Although it is heartbreaking, the best thing to do is just say goodbye and go.This strategy has been successful in the past.Dismissal is at .Walkers will be dismissed through the front of the building and a teacher will walk them to the Flood parking lot loop.
·If you need to pick up your child before dismissal, you must go to the office to sign him/her out.I will need to be notified, IN WRITING, of any changes in your child’s dismissal routine.Please remember that our arrival and dismissal procedures are in the best interest and SAFTEY of your child.
DISCIPLINE:Each student has a cup with their name on it.This cup is for earning sticks.When students follow the rules and work cooperatively, they get a stick in their cup.Sticks can also be taken out if students are misbehaving.When students earn 10 sticks they can pick a prize from the prize box.You can follow through at home with rewards and consequences too.A child receives the best education possible when we work as a team.Remember, you are the most important person in your child’s life.(A list of classroom rules will be sent home soon).
BIRTHDAY’S AND CELEBRATIONS:Due to food allergies the Stratford Public Schools have adopted a NO FOOD policy.I would be happy to acknowledge your child’s birthday at circle time.You can send in pencils or stickers for your child to pass out but we cannot share food items.As far as holiday celebrations, I will ask you to send in a special snack for your child ONLY, in a bag we decorate in school.We will also do special centers, art projects or extra recess.
SUPPLIES:Please see link.
If you feel the need to discuss any issue with me I am available before and after school.Please put a note in your child’s folder to let me know of any matter you wish to discuss.I cannot discuss issues with you during school hours or in the morning while children arrive.I need to give my full attention to the students and our conversations are confidential.The best way to reach me is through a note in your child’s folder.I also have email, which I check daily.You can reach me though email at [email protected].
I hope this will answer some of the questions you might have.Please keep this notice to refer to during the school year.