Welcome letter!


Welcome to Kindergarten Welcome! I am thrilled to have your child in my class this year!  I look forward to getting to know him/her and your family! This is sure to be a fantastic school year filled with fun and lots of LEARNING!  As you will find out (hopefully), I am an organized teacher that tries my best to keep a flow and routine in the classroom.  Here are a few things you and your child should know about “school-life” with Ms. Cruz. Uniform Policy: Kindergarten will have this year two different uniforms. One for everyday usage, and one for special events. If your child is out of uniform, they will be sent to the office where, you will be called to bring the necessary items. Making sure your child is in complete uniform each morning will alleviate any problems, or missed work. Uniforms:  The zippers on the new uniform pants are usually stiff.  It would help your son, if you practice at home and he has a chance to zip and unzip the zipper a few times before he wears them to school. Girls need to wear shorts under their uniform skirts so they can play comfortably at recess.  Shorts should not show below the uniform hemline. Birthdays: Birthdays are certainly something to celebrate, if your child would like to share his/her birthday festivities with the class, please contact me prior to your child’s special day and we will set something up.  If your child has a summer birthday, we can celebrate ½ birthdays or whatever is most convenient for you and your family. Your child may bring a special treat for his/her birthday. Please bring in birthday treats during lunch time 12:00, or at the end of the day 2:10.  The class will make a Birthday Book for your child. NO nuts please because of allergies. Snacks: We will have snack time during the morning and one in the afternoon.  Please send a small snack (two items preferably) for your child each day.  Please put it (along with a napkin) in a plastic ziploc bag that is labeled with your child’s name.  We encourage you to send something nutritious.  No NUTS please because of allergies. Items that are not required, but greatly appreciated: ?   Lysol Spray (helps keep our class free of germs?)?   Hand cleaner?    Napkins?    Bathroom paper Class Pet:  I know students love animals but due to allergies, I will not be having a live pet in class.  In lieu of a live pet, each child will have the opportunity to take our stuffed class pet home with him/her for the week to care for.  There is a catch your child must take good care of our pet and complete a journal of their activities with our special pet.  Forms will be sent home during the semester. Star of the Week:  I think every child deserves time to shine.  In our class, we will have a weekly “Star of the Week”.  The Star of the Week may bring a Show & Tell item for every day of his/her week. These items can be brought in a special bag or box and left for the week. If your child is the Star, they will also be bringing home our class mascot for the whole week. They will also have a chance to draw a picture about the activities with the mascot.  Please make sure to return the mascot on Friday. Identification: Please label your child’s backpack and lunch box on the OUTSIDE to help us in matching belongings to the right child. Don’t forget to label sweaters, jackets, and sweatshirts. Illness: Please do not send your child to school when they are sick. Not only is it unfair to them, but also the rest of the class.  We do everything in the classroom to prevent the spread of germs. Keep in mind, your child must be fever/vomit free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Attendance: The school day begins promptly at 8:00 am – however students are allowed to enter the class at 7:50 am.  Being tardy is a major distraction to the entire class.  If you child will be absent, please call the school or teacher to inform.  Parents are responsible for the class materials during the absence period. Our school day ends at 3:00.   Homework Folders: Homework folders will be sent home almost daily.  Please make sure you are checking these folders daily and returning them the following day.  Each day I will be checking the folders, if you need to write a message for me please do so in the message area.  Reading fifteen minutes a night I consider homework and should be done daily.  Reading daily will improve your child in all subject areas. Volunteer Needs: look for the list inside the attendance sheet file. Signers will be notified during the year for the different activities. Items to stay at home: All toys, and chewing gum should stay home.  These are not allowed in classroom Early dismissal: When it’s necessary to pick up your child early, please send a note ahead of time. You will need to go the office to sign your child out.  Attached is an emergency card, please fill out and return to school by the first day of classes.  I look forward to a wonderful and productive school year!!!Sincerely,Ms. CruzTeacher: Irma CruzEmail : miss_icruz@hotmail.com