We hope your child is excited about Kindergarten - we will have such a great time as we start learning our routines and making friends to enjoy throughout the year. I am sure you have many questions about your child’s kindergarten year, so we hope to answer as many of them as possible on this website.
The best thing you can do with your child is READ with them everyday. We will be spending the majority of our day reading and learning the importance of reading. To help build up your home library, we will be sending book orders home. These book orders have great selections for reasonable prices and are a great way to develop and foster the love of reading in your child.
We are very anxious for our “team approach” concerning your child’s education. We all have the same goal - for your child to be happy, challenged, comfortable and secure at school. We need to work together in order for your child to reach maximum success. We ask that you please review the things we have learned at school on a daily basis. Have fun... read daily, play word games, review letters, sounds, numbers, etc. We will have homework weekly. You may need to help your child, but please remember - it is their homework. This website will be updated regularly so please check back often!
Below are some of the policies and procedures for Kindergarten. Please let us know if you have any further questions! Thank you!
Establishing good classroom expectations is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For these reasons, we develop the expectations as a class where every student has a voice using the guidelines that follow. First, the children will learn the purpose of classroom expectations and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing, and becoming friends. As a classroom community we will introduce the school-wide ROAR expectations:
We will build our classroom expectations matrix from the school wide R.O.A.R.
The second facet of the expectation plan is that children will be made aware of logical consequences that will occur when class expectations are not followed. We may discuss with the child what the consequence may be. The idea is for the consequence to be related to the behavior and act as a solution or restitution for the problem. We will try to redirect the action and discuss it to resolve it first with the child. If classroom expectations are severely or persistently broken, parents will be contacted by note (to be signed and returned) or by telephone. A visit to the principal’s office is a rarely used practice and only as a last resort. Resolve within the classroom is what we favor and strive for. Self correction and understanding of what made it not right is our goal.
In addition to our R.O.A.R., we follow these basic classroom rules:
1) Follow directions quickly.
2) Use helpful hands and words.
3) Use inside voices.
4) Make smart choices.
5) Raise your hand to talk.
6) Keep your dear teacher happy!!
Parent/Teacher Relationship and Homework
We believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Parent participation in “homework” is key to the child wanting to learn and securing a teacher-student relationship also. Parents showing interest and the importance of the student doing their job, only solidifies and embraces a great work ethic. There will be homework sent home at the beginning of the week and to be finished by the end. There will be daily suggestions but does not need to be turned in unless otherwise specified. If there is any confusion on the homework, please give us a call, send an email or a note in the planner and we will try to clarify as soon as possible. Throughout the year, we will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, e-mails/ newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school (322-1787) or send me a note in the planner. In addition, I have an email address that I check throughout the day. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, all urgent communication should be sent in your child’s planner or by school phone.
Throughout the school year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. We encourage you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies or treats. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school. When helping in the classroom, please leave siblings at home unless we are having a family activity. This is a special time for you to focus on your kindergarten student. When siblings do visit the classroom during family activities, please keep them by your side and do not allow them to explore the classroom as that may take away from the activity at hand. Thank you.
Changes in Transportation
If you plan to have your child change their transportation home in anyway, you must send a written note or call the school to let us know. We will send your child home their usual way without some kind of written notification or called in. We cannot and will not go by the word of the child.
We believe in the power of food when it comes to performance in the classroom. Without nutritious food intake, students can become sluggish and are sometimes unable to focus. In order to create an optimal learning environment for our students, we will again be participating in the school snack program, as well as having a snack before we start our day. If you are able, we would appreciate it if you could send some kind of snack once in a while or once a month. We do not put up a schedule, just ask that everyone participate once a month (or as often as you can) throughout the year. Some suggestions include; first of all, nothing with peanuts as there may be peanut allergies, goldfish crackers, graham crackers, at least 12 apples, bananas or pears (as we will cut them in half), boxes of healthy cereal kids love, or any other healthy snack you can think of. Please send enough for 25 students. Each student should bring a small water bottle from home with their name on it in permanent marker to use in the classroom daily. They will bring them home for washing. Having their own water bottle will help curb the spread of germs.
The children will be going out for recess everyday unless it is raining, extremely cold or extremely hot. Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day. Also, we are fortunate to have a variety of playground equipment, including several pieces for climbing. Please keep this in mind when selecting shoes. Cowboy boots and little girls dress shoes are less than ideal if your child chooses to play on this equipment. Also, these shoes tend to be slippery on days when the blacktop is wet. Please remember that flip flops are not safe or allowed at school. For the most part, if your child is well enough to be at school, he/she is well enough to participate in outdoor recess. In fact, the germs that cause colds thrive more readily in the heated indoor air and it is beneficial to go outside and get some fresh air.
Clothes for the Weather
You may wish to keep a light sweater or jacket in your child’s backpack as warm days turn into cool days quickly. Our classroom has also been known to be chilly at times. Dressing in the proper gear for the weather is a part of your child’s success at school. We plan many learning experiences outside and being prepared makes the learning more fun. We love being outside to learn. Thank you!
Notes / Money
The folder you provided for your child will be used to transport daily papers and information to and from home. We ask that all money sent to school be placed in a Ziploc baggy or sealed envelope with the following information written on it:
1. Your child’s first and last name.
2. Amount of money.
3. The purpose for the money (lunch, book orders, parties, etc.).
4. Teacher’s name: Mrs. Goethe, Room 15
This information helps keep track of the money if it is left on the bus or dropped in the hallway and reduces the likelihood of errors.
All parent notes, school information, and papers will be returned to you in the folder. Please make sure you check and clean out your child’s folder EVERY afternoon. Please return the folder daily. Thank you!
Birthdays/ Special Days
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. We encourage parents to provide a simple, special treat for that day. Miniature cupcakes are usually a good idea. Birthday celebrations will take place in the afternoon during snack time. All treats for parties, snack, holiday, etc. must be store bought, no home-baked goods are allowed at Jackson School. Please do not send birthday party invitations to school unless the entire class has been invited. Although it may seem convenient to distribute invitations this way, it can result in hurt feelings for those not invited.
We have many class events throughout the year. We will be recruiting a room “parent” and “co-parent” to help coordinate these events. All parents will be asked to contribute. Please know that your phone numbers will be given to this person for the sole purpose of calling for your support. Thank you (in advance) for your help. Without you, these special times would not be possible!
Thank you and we are so excited to get to know you and your child this year! Together we will make your child’s kindergarten year the best ever!!