Informaiton about life in Kindergarten
 
Mornings

The first bell rings at 7:50 allowing children into their classrooms. If your child gets to school before 7:50 he/she may either go to the playground or to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Breakfast begins at 7:30. There will be a teacher supervising the playground beginning at 7:35.  Please do not drop off your child before that time. When the morning bell rings, all kindergarteners line up on the K on the sidewalk in back of the school by the orange play ground equipment.   If your child is tardy, please walk to the office and help them check in. If your child will not be coming to school on a particular day, please call the office and let us know at 387-7672.


Curriculum

In Kindergarten our main focus is on reading and math. In reading, we work on letter recognition, letter sound identification (phonics), identifying sight words, and comprehension. Your child will learn how letter sounds work together to make words. He/she will also learn to use inventive spelling as his/her form of writing. Inventive spelling is when your child communicates by writing the sounds he/she hears in words (the words are often not spelled correctly, but that is ok). In math, our curriculum is taught in whole and small groups in which we play partner games, complete activities, and hold discussions. We will also be studying content units in Social Studies, Science, and Health.
 

Reading Instruction
 
Research tells us that a combination of whole and small group instruction works best for helping children learn to read. For this reason, your child will partake in two kinds of reading instruction each day: Small Group Targeted Instruction (small ability-based groups) and whole group instruction using District 77’s reading curriculum: Benchmark Literacy.


Thursday Folders
 
Many Thursdays your child will bring home a folder containing letters, projects, and sometimes a newsletter from me. The newsletter will keep you informed of daily happenings in our classroom for the week/month. This is a great way for you to discuss the big question: “What did you do in school today?” There may be reading and math ideas for you to do at home with your child. Please look through the mail and return the folder the next day. 


Daily Schedule/ Dismissal Plan
 
Enclosed is our weekly schedule. If you need to pick your child up early or change the routine for a day please email, send a note, or call. Otherwise I will follow your initial plan for dismissal each day.  Please do NOT make it a habit of calling or emailing at the end of the day stating your child’s dismissal plan needs to change for that day.  Sometimes I don’t get those messages until the students have left for home.  Please contact the school earlier in the day if you know of a dismissal change. 


Early School Closure

One of the forms you filled out titled “Early Release” gives me instructions on what to do in case school needs to close early due to inclement weather.  I will follow these instructions.  If you need to change those instructions, please let me know as soon as you know.  Any changes need to come from the guardian/parent and not from the student.  You can call the district’s weather help line at 507-386-4777 to see if things are running on time.

IMPORTANT:  Rosa Parks always closes 15 minutes prior to when the district closes.  If school is done at 12:00 pm for Mankato Public/Private, then Rosa Parks will close at 11:45. 


Specialists
 
Your son/daughter will see a specialist for media, music, art, and physical education. The class will see the media specialist for 1- 50 minute period a week, the Music Specialist for 1 - 50 minute period each week, and the Physical Education teacher twice a week for 50 minutes each period. The class will also attend art with the Art Teacher for 1-50 minute period.


Picking Your Child Up After School

School is over at 2:30.  If you are picking your child up via car after school, please use only the lower loop.  Cars are to stay in line and pull all the way forward when possible.  When your vehicle gets next to the sidewalk and you have moved as forward as possible, your child will be sent to your vehicle.  Cars start lining up about 1:45.  The lines can be very long some days.  If you come at 2:40, there is hardly any line at that time.  A traffic director will be there to help moves things along safely.

If you show up after 2:45, students are brought up to the office where a phone call is made to insure some one is coming to pick up your child.  Please come to the office and get them there.



Label Everything

As the weather gets colder and the coats, hats, and mittens come out, please label all of these items with your child’s name or initials some where on the article of clothing.  Many families shop at the same stores and have the exact same items you have bought.  Stuff that gets dropped, misplaced, or lost is placed in our school’s lost and found and it is hard to get your items back to you if things come unlabeled.


Lost & Found

Is located by the cafeteria usually on a large coat rack.  At fall and spring conferences, items in the lost and found are placed on long tables on the 2nd floor in the hallway for families to claim their missing items.  Items like glasses, cell phones, house keys, etc. are turned in and kept in the office.


Book Orders
 
On the first Thursday of the month, I will be sending home a book order. If you would like to order books for your child, please return the book order and money by the 15th of the month. I will send each book order in on the 15th. If the 15th falls on a weekend, I will wait until the following Monday to place the order. Please make checks payable to Scholastic.  You can also pay on line using our classroom code located on the front page of the book order
 

Birthdays
 
On your child’s birthday, you may choose to send a special snack to share with the class. If you are not interested in the class celebrating your child’s birthday, please let me know so we can respect each family’s wishes. All snacks and food items must be store bought.  It is this district’s policy that we cannot accept any food that is homemade. Students who have birthdays in June, July, and August will celebrate their half birthday in school.  A note will be sent home letting you know what day we will be celebrating your child’s half birthday at school.
 

Lunch
 
Our class will be eating lunch each day at 11:00 You are welcome to eat with your child as a special treat starting in October.  Please notify the office the day you are coming so the cooks get an accurate lunch count if you plan on eating hot lunch. Adult lunches are $3.40.  Also, to deposit money into your child’s account, you will need their pin #. Your child’s pin # is ________________. Please practice this number at home with your child. They will need to enter this number in every time they eat or buy a milk. You can check the balance of the account by calling 388-7442 or online at www.pamslunchroom.com . A reminder will be sent home when the balance reaches $5.00 and less. You can send a check to school with your child or drop it off at the office.


How to Help at Home
 
1.Help your child eat healthy and get a good night’s rest.

2.  Read to your child at least once a day.  (15 minutes a day to meet 
           monthly reading goal.  More info to follow on this).

 
3.Keep a positive attitude about school.  This influences your child’s
          attitude.
 
4.Stress the value of cooperation and compromise rather than
         competition and winning.
 
5.Count with your child in a variety of ways.
6.Put magnetic letters on your refrigerator so he/she can use them to
   explore learning letters and making words.
 
7.Keep a special tub with paper, pencils, crayons, safety scissors, and 
        glue to generate an interest in writing and creativity.

 

Classroom Expectations
 
  1.  Be a good listener
  2.  Follow directions the first time they are given
  3.  Respect other people, their property, and ideas
  4.  Do your best work
  5.  Give put ups, not put downs
  6.  Share and take turns
  7.  Walk in the classroom while using an indoor voice. 

Each student has a right to be in a safe and happy classroom where learning can take place.