The ABCs of Mrs. Nation's Class

ABC’s of Mrs. Nation’s Kindergarten Class

West Central Elementary 2012 - 2013


Absences - Excessive absences hinder a child’s progress.  If your child is absent, you must send a note to the school when he/she returns.  Please include your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.  These notes are reported to the office and kept in the student’s file.


Attendance-Regular school attendance is essential for your child to make the most of his/her education.  Please make every effort to have your child at school everyday.


Alphabet Knowledge-We will learn the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make in Kindergarten.  Your child will be assessed for alphabet knowledge each nine week grading period. 

Arrival-Your child should come to school no earlier than 7:30 A.M.   Your child should be dropped off at the back door of the school and then he/she walks to the cafeteria.  If there is not a teacher or administrator at the door, please do not leave your child.  Students are dismissed to classes at 7:50 A.M.

Agendas – Your child will receive a Rome City Schools academic calendar/agenda on the first day of school.  You may keep this at home.  It lists important dates and events for the Rome City School System.


Behavior Notes- will sent on an as needed basis. You will only receive notes if your child demonstrates inappropriate behavior in the the classroom.  This year we will use a clip chart which promotes positive reinforcement for appropriate school behavior.

Bus-Students who ride the bus will ride the bus everyday, unless the office or myself is otherwise notified by a parent (note or phone call).  Riding the Rome City Transit buses is a privilege and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Birthdays-Birthdays are very important to children.  If your child would like to bring treats for the class on their birthday, we can pass them out at lunch or recess.  Please limit treats to small cookies or cupcakes that can be eaten rather quickly. We do not have time for large cakes and drinks to be served.   

Book Orders-I will send home Scholastic book orders each month for you and your child to look over.  If you want to place an order, please make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs.  I place all orders online.  It takes about a week for the orders to come in.

Backpacks-Your child’s backpack should be big enough to hold a pocket folder.  Backpacks help your child carry folders, notes, and books to and from school.  Please check your child’s backpack DAILY

Breakfast-Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 A.M. each morning.  Breakfast is FREE to all students.


Clothing-Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that is appropriate for Kindergarten.  We will have Physical Education class at least once or twice a week, so comfortable tennis shoes or sneakers for the gym are a must.

Conferences-Elementary parent conferences are scheduled for October and March.  See your child’s Rome City Schools agenda for specific dates and times.

Computers-We have two computers in our classroom for student use.  Both of the computers have Internet access.  Your child will be taught the proper way to use a computer and then be taught to use the educational software in our classroom.  Your child will have weekly computer time in Kindergarten.

Classroom Homepage - Our class has a classroom homepage.  You can access this webpage at

Communication- Communication between home and school is very important.  If you feel the need to talk to me, please call the school 706-235-8836, send me a note, or email me .  I will get back with you as soon as I can.


Dress Code-Students should be dressed in accordance to the Rome City Schools dress code. 

Dismissal-Dismissal begins at 2:35 P.M.  Please do not come to the classroom to pick your child up.  Wait in the car line in back of the school.  If your child is a car rider he/she will be dismissed by the bell and will go to the cafeteria with the teachers on duty each day.  If your child ever has to go home a different way, please send a note with your child or call the school before 2:00 P.M. to let me know.


Email-I can be reached by email at my school address: .

Early Dismissal-On parent conference days in October and March, we will have an early dismissal.  You will be notified by a note letting you know the specific day and time of the dismissal.

Emergency Phone Numbers-Your child will have an emergency pick-up list on file in the office.  At least two working phone numbers are required in order to contact parents in case of illness or emergency.


Field Trips-We try to take at least one educational field trip during the year.  A permission slip will be required anytime that we will be taking a bus for a field trip.  If we do not receive a permission slip, your child will not be allowed to go with the class.

Fire Drills-Your child will participate in frequent fire drills throughout the year.  We will practice the procedures before our first fire drill so that your child will be prepared.

Fund Raisers-Our school participates in fund raisers during the year to raise money for various things for our school.  We hope that everyone can participate, but it is not required.



Graded Papers – Your child’s graded weekly class work and homework papers will be sent home each week in his/her take-home folder.  Please keep all graded papers at home.  Do not send them back to school.


Guidance-Our school counselor is available each day to provide guidance for students when needed. 

GKIDS - Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills - This will be the instrument used to assess your child's progress througout  the year.



Handwriting-We use Zaner-Bloser handwriting at West Central Elementary.  This is the regular block-style handwriting.  Handwriting practice will be sent as homework as needed.


Illness-Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever or is vomitting.  If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to come and get your child.  We need at least two working phone numbers at all times in order to contact you in case of illness or emergency.


Jackets – When cooler fall & winter weather arrives be sure that your child wears a jacket or sweater to school.  Make sure that your child can easily put it on and take it off on his/her own.


Kindergarten Kids-Kindergarten is a special time for your child.  I want to make this experience the best possible.  “Kids come first!”


Library-We have a scheduled library time every other week.  Kindergarten students check out their books in their teacher’s name.  Therefore, they are not allowed to take library books home.  They will have access to library books each day in the classroom.

Lunch- Our lunchtime is (TBA)  Thursday is Parent Luncheon Day.  Please sign in at the office and wait for us in the cafeteria. No outside food (e.g. food from restaurants) is permitted in the school cafeteria.  You may bring a lunch from home, however.

Learning Centers-We use learning centers in the classroom for active play. When we are in learning centers, we are learning to cooperate with others. 

Literacy Centers-Literacy centers are where students work while I meet with small groups of children for guided reading.


Math Workshop– Students will be taught the Georgia Performance Standards for math in a workshop format. This includes a mini-lesson, work time, and share time.


Newsletter-A weekly newsletter will be sent home each Monday.  It will contain information about our classroom activities, announcements, and upcoming school events. 

Notes- Look for notes from the office and from me to come home in your child’s take-home folder. 

Nurse’s Clinic-We have a part-time school nurse.  She will take care of your child until you can be reached to pick him/her up from school.  She also administers all medications to students during school hours.


Outside-Your child will have outside recess time daily, weather permitting.  Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.


Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence-Each morning we will recite the pledge of allegiance to the United States observe one minute of silence. This is lead by 6th grade students on our closed-circuit West Central Morning Show.

Parent Involvement-We love Parent Involvement!  Please be involved in your child’s Kindergarten year as much as you can.

Parties-We will have 2 parties during the year—Christmas and End of the Year.  Our room parent will contact you to help with our celebrations. 

PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)-All parents are encouraged to join the school’s PTO. 


Questions-Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.  I will make every effort to meet with you and discuss your concerns.


Reading Logs- All students are required to keep a reading log of books read at home during the school year.  K – 2 students are required to read at least 1 million words by the end of the year.  Reading logs will be kept in the front clear pocket of your child’s take-home folder.  Reading goals will be established each grading period.  Be sure to help your child record the date, title & author of the book read each time he/she reads a book at home.  Celebrations are held at different times throughout the year for those who have met their reading goals.

Report Cards-We are on a nine grading period.  Your child will receive a report card each nine-weeks. Your child will also receive a mid-term progress report at the mid-point of each nine weeks.  

Recess-Your child will have a 15 min. recess everyday.


Rules-These are our classroom rules:  In Mrs. Nation's Class I Will:

Listen when the teacher talks.

Raise my hand when I need to talk.

Use a soft voice inside.

Keep my hands and feet to myself.

Be kind to my friends. 

Room Parents-If you would like to be a room parent, please let me know.

Read-Read to your child daily and let your children see you reading daily. 

Restrooms-We have restrooms in our classroom and your child is allowed to go when needed.  We also take scheduled bathroom breaks to the big bathroom in the hall before lunch and recess.  Unfortunately accidents will happen and we will make sure that your child is sent to the nurse’s office to call home for a change of clothes. Keeping a change of clothes in your child's book bag will save you a trip to school on these occasions.

Rest Time-We will rest each afternoon. The time will get shorter as the year goes on.  Your child needs to bring a blue & red vinyl rest mat to rest on.  These can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Fred’s, or Dollar General.  If your child needs a blanket for rest time, the blanket must fit in his/her backpack.  We do not have room in the classroom to keep blankets at school.


Safety-Your child’s safety is top priority.  I take every precaution when your child is in my care. 

School Supplies-You can obtain a copy of the kindergarten supply list in the office. All supplies except rest mats will be treated as community supplies in my classroom.  This means I will store the supplies and use them as needed throughout the year.  When supplies run low I will send a note requesting that more be sent.   Thank you.


Schedule-Our daily schedule will be posted on the wall outside our classroom door.

Shoes-It is very important to wear comfortable shoes.  I suggest closed toed sneakers for all of our Kindergarten activities. 

Sight Words-There is a list of basic sight words that students at West Central are required to know before leaving Kindergarten.  You will receive this list in your child’s take home folder.  Please make practicing the words a part of your daily homework routine.


Transportation-If your child will be going home a different way than what I have in my files, you MUST call the school by 2:00 P.M. or send me a note.  I will not let your child go with another adult or a different way unless a parent has notified me.

Take-Home Folders- Notes from the school or from me will come home in these folders. Homework sheets and behavior calendars are also sent in these folders daily. Be sure that you check the folder daily, your child completes his/her homework, & that you initial the behavior calendar on the box of the current date.  

Tardies-Students late to school (after 8:10 A.M.) are considered tardy.  I keep a record of these tardies and will document them on your child’s report card.

Toys-Toys from home are NOT allowed.


Units – Your child will be learning according to units of study that were created from the Georgia Performance Standards.  A copy of the standards that your child must meet in kindergarten can be found at the following website:



Visitors-When you are visiting the school, please make sure that you sign in at the office before you come to the classroom.  I will be looking for your sticker when you are in the building.


Writer’s Workshop – Our school began teaches writing through a workshop model.  Your child will receive writing instruction daily through mini-lessons, independent writing time, conferencing with the teacher, and sharing his/her writing with others



Yearbook-You will have a chance to buy a yearbook this year  What better way to capture those elementary years than with a West Central yearbook!


ZZZZ’s-Your child should get plenty of rest each night.  Kindergarten students require 10-12 hours of sleep a day.  It is so important for your child to be alert and ready to learn each day.  Set a bedtime and be consistent.