Info For Parents



Here are a few things you need to know before you send your child to school on his or her first day!!


Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success.  Most of the learning activities that we do are hands-on and group oriented.  Please see to it that your child attends every day except in case of illness or emergency.  If you know that your child will miss school ahead of time, please send a note or give me a call (712) 246-9100 so that I can plan activities accordingly.   


Please label everything your child brings to school.  This includes backpacks, jackets, folders, supplies (except pencils and erasers), boots, mittens, hats, etc.  This will help me greatly throughout the year! 


Please check your child’s take home folder daily for any notes.  This is my primary source of communication.  I would also love to hear from you, so please use it to send notes to me as well.   

Show and Tell

Please have your child pick one item to bring for show-and-tell. We will have show and tell every Friday.  Also please inform your child that the item they bring must only be out during show-and-tell. I do not want toys causing hurt feelings or problems among the students. Once again to avoid problems please make sure that the item is labeled! If at any time your child would like to bring a person, pet, or other large item for show and tell, please contact me, and we’ll pick a time when that will work. We are always open for anyone who wishes to come and read to the class as well. We love visitors!! 

Changes in Transportation

If your child is going somewhere different after school, please send me a note or call the office.  If no note or phone call is received, your child will be sent home by their usual method of transportation.   


Please do not send birthday invitations to school unless you are inviting the entire class.  Although it may seem convenient to distribute invitations this way, it may result in hurt feelings for those not invited.  We celebrate each child’s birthday or half-birthday in class, and he/she may bring birthday treats for the class if you wish!  Plan on sending enough for 23 students. 

Water Bottles

Your child may keep a water bottle at school.  Please use a water bottle with a pull top lid so that it will be spill proof.  Water bottles without a pull top lid will be sent home.  

Outdoor Recess

The children will be going out for recess two times a day unless it is raining or extremely cold.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day.  If your child is ill and you feel it is best for your child to stay indoors, please send a note to school and they will be allowed to stay inside.   

Book Orders

Your child will be bringing home two forms to order books once a month.  If you wish to place an order, simply fill out the form on the back of the flyer (taxes do not apply) and send the correct amount of cash or a check in an envelope, along with the order form.  Please make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs.   


We have a snack and milk break every afternoon.  I would like you to send prepackaged snack items to school with your child whenever you would like.  Ideally, families will send a snack approximately once a month.  I will store these snacks in a cupboard and using them as needed.  If our supply gets low, I will send a note home.  I have had great success with this system in the past, as opposed to a specific schedule.  To get the cupboard stocked, it would be great if each family could send something within the first week of school.  Please send enough for 23 children.  Some examples of possible low-cost snacks are crackers (animal, graham, snack), granola bars, raisins, popcorn, fruit snacks, Little Debbie’s, etc.  Thanks for your help with this! 

Student of the Week

We will be having a “Student of the Week” every week starting in September.  When it is your child’s turn to be featured, he/she will take home a special backpack labeled “Student of the Week Pack”.  In it will be a note requesting some pictures of your child and the people (or animals) that are important to him/her.  I will also ask you to send your child’s favorite book from home or the library so that we can read it as a class, as well as do a few activities with your child prior to the week that he/she is “Student of the Week”.  The pictures and book will be returned the following week.   

Our “chilly” room

We are very lucky here at IPS to have an air conditioner that works very well!  This will feel wonderful when your child returns from recess, but he/she may be cold after being in the classroom for awhile.  Because of this, I strongly recommend sending a sweatshirt with your child (with his/her name on the tag) that can stay in his/her backpack or locker.  This way your child can put it on whenever he/she is feeling cold.    I am looking forward to a great year with your child!  If you have any questions or concerns (or you’d just like to chat), please feel free to contact me here at school between 3:45 and 4:45 at 712.623.6635 or via email at  I do not have a land line, but if you need to call my cell phone the number is 712.246.9100.   

Thank you!! 

Miss Laughlin