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Classroom Info.:

Attendance:

Regular and prompt attendance is crucial to your child’s academic success.  Our classroom activities are group oriented and involve daily interaction with other students.  Please view school as a priority for your child and see that s/he attends school daily except in cases of illness or emergency.

Kindergarten students are expected to be on their playground ready to go to their classroom no later than 8:10am.  If your child must be absent, please contact our attendance clerk at 480-882-3520 and then press option 1 for attendance.  You may also email me if you wish.

When picking up early, please give me as much warning as possible. 

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Wednesday Schedule:

Wednesdays are early release days. Your child will get out of school at 10:15AM or 1:35PM. 

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Parent-Teacher Relationship and Communication:

Your child will be given a “orange” folder in which all written school communications will be placed (if this folder happens to get lost please let me know or replace with another folder of your choice).  You will see that one side of the folder will say KEEP (these items should be taken out each night and kept at home) and the other side will say RETURN. It is very important that the folder is brought to school with your child each day.

Affixed to the folder you will see your child’s monthly behavior chart, please review and initial NIGHTLY. 

NOTE:   students should come to school prepared on a daily basis (Backpack, Folder, Signed Behavior Chart, Water Bottle, etc.)

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Homework: 

Homework packets will be sent home in folders each Friday.

Packets are due the following Friday (Monday if there is no school on Friday)

If you need a replacement packet, please send a note or an e-mail.

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Honor Roll:

Kindergarten does not participate in the grading policy to award Honor Roll and Principals Honor Roll. Kindergarten students may earn an "Excelling Eagles Award" by meeting the following criteria:

1.        95% Attendance this quarter (no more than 2 ABS & 1 tardy/leave early)

and

2.      Great attitude

and

3.     Awesome Work Ethic

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Lunch/Snacks:          Lunch is for All-Day and Kinder Express Students ONLY

School Lunch-You will set up a lunch account through the cafeteria to purchase school lunch. Money can then be send to the classroom and I will pass it on to the cafeteria. (please send more than one day's worth of lunch; it will save a lot of time!)

Home Lunch-sack/box lunches from home are placed into the white bin until lunch.  Students may keep their snack in their lunch box (never in their backpack) 

Snack Time- 10:00 for AM students and 1:30 for PM students -almost every day; we do miss an Early Release Wednesday here and there!  For the most part, snacks will be kept in cubbies.  Please help your child select a "relatively" healthy/nutritious snack.

No chocolate, candy, etc. and please, no sharing.

Water Bottle- for your child's daily use. (please put names on water bottles) 

no soda or colored/sugared drinks please; water only.

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Personal Needs/Clothing:

Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing for school. Please refer to the Student Handbook for guidelines. 

We have a bathroom in our classroom (very helpful with Kindergarten bladders!)

You have the option to send an extra change of clothes (complete with undergarments) for your child that can be kept in school in case of an accident.  Please be sure to put your child’s name on all the clothing.

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Transportation:

All changes to your child’s normal mode of transportation MUST be sent in writing or called into the front office no later than 2:00 pm.  If no written note is received or no call is placed to the front office, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.  This rule is strictly enforced with your child’s safety in mind.

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Classroom Expectations/Discipline:

Ellsworth Elementary School has in place a school-wide discipline plan that is detailed in the school handbook.  In conjunction with our discipline plan, we teach “Character Always”, which is an education plan based on six pillars that teaches/reinforces the behaviors of being: Trustworthy, Respectful, Responsible, Fair, Caring, and a Good Citizen. More information on Character Education can be found at www.goodcharacter.com. A brief overview of how our discipline program is implemented in our classroom: Students displaying good overall adherence to our six character traits will receive a star sticker on our classroom chart and their monthly behavior chair will be noted with a star.  To help promote positive behavior in our classroom, when students have earned X # of stars, they will earn a trip to the Treasure Box!      

Special Privilege NOTE:  Please note that the requirement to earn rewards will be implemented on a progressive basis; meaning that once the five star benchmark has been reached the next reward level will be once six stars are earned, then seven stars, etc.  This is done to help your children always reach for more and realize their potential is endless!!! 

Classroom Rules:

1.  Be Trustworthy people can count on you to do the right thing.

2.  Be Respectful treating others the way you want to be treated.

3.  Be Responsible dependable and make good choices.

4.  Be Fair take turns, share, and listening when others speak.

5.  Be Caring truthful, sincere, helpful not hurtful.

6.  Be a Good Citizen obey the rules and work to make your community a better place.

First occurrence will result in a warning, classroom rule reminder, and/or reflection time. Second occurrence of bad behavior, your child’s behavior chart may be noted with the character trait infraction and student may lose a privilege. Third occurrence of bad behavior, parent or guardian will be contacted by teacher and/or student. Additionally any threatening, bullying, dangerous, aggressive or extreme behavior will result in an immediate visit to the principal's office.

If there are concerns with this site, please email Mr. Santor at dsantor@jocombs.k12.az.us 

Thank you! 

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