ABC's of Kindergarten

               

 
 
 

Absences - Excessive absences hinder a child’s progress.  If your child is absent for any reason, you are required by WCPS policy to send a note to school within three days.  Please include your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.  These notes are kept on file.

Administrators – Our principal is Kelly Capps and our assistant principal is Shonise Jacobs.  Both of these individuals are here to help meet the needs of you and your child.

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 every day.

Alphabet Knowledge – We will learn the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make in Kindergarten. Students will also learn basic phonics skills to apply letter and sound relationships.  These skills help to foster independent reading skills. 

Assessment – We use several strategies to assess students in Kindergarten.  The NC Kindergarten Literacy, Dibels, and Math Assessments are used throughout the year to test mastery of Kindergarten objectives and to measure ongoing progress. Parents will be informed of progress.

Arrival – Students may come into the classroom at 8:00 in the a.m.  If they arrive before this time, they are expected to go to the cafeteria and wait.  The tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m.

Art – Kindergarten students have class with the Art teacher once a week.  They will also participate in classroom art projects throughout the year.

 

 

Bus – Students are eligible to ride the bus if they live with-in the Eastern Wayne district.  All students must be registered to ride the bus.  Riding the school bus is a privilege and improper behavior will not be tolerated.

Birthdays – Birthdays are very important to children. If you would like to bring treats for the class on your child’s birthday, you may pass them out at lunch. We ask that you please be aware that some children are prone to food allergies such as peanuts, chocolate, and dairy products.  We will be happy to distribute birthday invitations at school if the entire class is invited.  Otherwise, please mail invitations from home.  You may also celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book of their choice to the class.  I will read the book on their birthday, and write a special birthday message inside.  Then it will be placed in the class library for everyone to enjoy.

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 Club.  I place all orders online.  It takes about a week for the orders to come in.  These books are very inexpensive and age appropriate.  Your purchase will also help provide free materials for our class.

Backpacks – Your child’s backpack should be big enough to hold a one inch binder.  Backpacks help your child carry folders, notes, and projects.  Backpacks with wheels do not fit in our cubbies, so they will not be allowed.  

Behavior Plan – Our class uses a positive behavior chart to allow students to move up or down throughout the day.  This plan is described in detail at the beginning of the handbook.  Please refer there for questions regarding our behavior plan.  Please help to reinforce our behavior plan.

 

 

Centers – Centers and hands on activities will play a large part in our classroom.  Research has shown that children at this developmental age of their life learn best through means of actively exploring as well as acquiring personal experiences by participating in cooperative groups and hands-on activities.

Clothing – Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that is appropriate for learning and hands-on activities.  WCPS has a dress code that will be enforced.  A copy of the dress code is in the back of this handbook.  It is a good idea to label all coats and sweaters.  Remember to send a complete change of clothes to school with your child in case of an accident.

Conferences – I will be scheduling conferences for all students after January report cards.  I am also available throughout the year if you would like to meet.  The best way to schedule a conference is to send a request note in your child’s S.T.A.R folder, or e-mail me at sheripabst@wcps.org.

Computers – We have two computers in our classroom.  Each computer has Internet access.  Your child will be taught the proper way to use a computer and then be taught to use the educational web sites in our classroom.  We will also visit the school computer lab at least once a week.  Students will use the Internet with adult supervision.

Classroom Website – Our class has a classroom website.  It can be found by going to the Wayne County Public Schools website.  You then click on select a school at the top and select Eastern Wayne Elementary.  You will then be brought to our school web page. From there you select teachers at the top.  A list of grade levels and teachers will appear.  You can access my site by clicking on the name Sheri Pabst under Kindergarten.  I update the site weekly. 

 

 

Dress Code – Students should be dressed in accordance to the WCPS dress code. A complete dress code policy is included in our school handbook.  Please read it very carefully!

Differentiation – Because all children display different abilities, learning styles, prior knowledge, and experiences, they may require different levels of instruction.  Since it is my responsibility to take each child from where they are to a higher level, students may be learning concepts different from his/her peers.  With this type of teaching in the classroom, you can be sure that your child’s individual needs will be met.

Dismissal – Dismissal is at 3:15.  Please do not come to the classroom to pick up your child during the school day.  Go to the office and have your child called up there.  By walking to the classroom, it is a disruption to the educational day.  Your child will be dismissed by me at the end of the day and will go to the designated pick up locations with a teacher or assistant.  Car riders should be picked up in the front of the school.  They will be dismissed at 3:15.

 

 

Email – I can be reached by email at my school address:  sheripabst@wcps.org.  This is the fastest and easiest form of communication with me.  I check my e-mail at least twice each day.

Early Dismissal – Several times a year we will have an early dismissal.  Please check with the enclosed WCPS calendar for scheduled early dismissal days.  Our early dismissal time will always be at 1:30pm. 

Emergency Cards – Your child will have an emergency card on file in class and in the office.  At least two working phone numbers are required in order to contact parents in case of illness or emergency.  Please list emergency contacts in case parents can’t be reached.  If you have any emergency information changes, please send a note to school immediately to update your child’s file.

 

 

Field Trips – We will be going on a couple of field trips during the school year that are both fun and educational for the children.  In advance, permission slips will be sent home informing you of all the details regarding the trip.  Please make sure that the necessary information like the Medicaid or insurance policy number is listed.  Please return permission slips and money as soon as possible.

 

 

Goodbyes – On the first day of Kindergarten, saying goodbye at school can be very emotional for both you and your child. Try to send your child off with a smile and a wave along with the reassurance that you will see them after school. Remember, even distressed children settle down very quickly once you have gone, so please make your leave, loving but brief.  If they cry, it usually lasts no more than a couple of minutes after you have gone.  Please resist the urge to return if you leave your child crying – this will only prolong the situation.  Please don’t feel guilty about leaving your child with us if he/she is upset.  Just trust that he/she will be shown concern and compassion from the moment they enter our classroom. Our main goal is to make your child feel comfortable right away.  At your request, we will be happy to call you during the day with an update on your child’s “emotional progress.”  We want to put both, you and your child, at ease.

Guidance Counselor – Our school has a guidance counselor that is available for character education and life skills lessons. She is also available to help students on a personal level as needed.

 

 

Health – Please notify the school, myself, or Mrs. Jones of any special circumstances that may affect your child such as medications, death of a loved one, etc.  Please let us know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies, seizures, or asthma.

Homework – Homework will be assigned Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.  The majority of these assignments will initially consist of your child tracing letters and numbers as well as writing his/her name.  Once the class has become more accustomed to writing, they will be assigned more complex assignments.  Homework should not exceed more than 15 minutes each evening.  Please make sure that your child places their homework in the green folder in their S.T.A.R. folder each evening.  If your child is having a problem with the homework, please let us know. 

Handwriting – Handwriting is a big part of Kindergarten. We teach proper letter formation for the entire alphabet.  When a new letter is introduced, your child will bring home a letter formation practice page.  Please work with your child at home to encourage proper and neat handwriting skills.

 

 

Illness – Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a temperature.  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.

Instructional Assistant – Mrs. Reagan will be our classroom Instructional Assistant.  She will be working directly with our class throughout the year.  She is the best!  

Immunizations – All students must be immunized against certain diseases in order to enter Kindergarten.  Proof of immunizations must be presented to the school within 30 calendar days of enrollment.  Failure to do so will result in suspension until proof is presented.

Independent Reading – Young children can read in several ways:  picture walking, memorization of their favorite story, or mimicking adults after observing them read.  Children need plenty of opportunities to read independently.  By giving your children time to read both at school and at home, we are providing them with a literature-rich environment and a love for reading in the years ahead.  Remember:  For a young child, reading is just not saying the words that are printed on the pages; allow your child to be creative in their own style of “reading.”

 

 

Journals – Students will begin writing in individual journals in January.  The first half of the year, we will have a class journal where I will model writing skills, and students will help me.  We spend about 15 minutes every day writing in our journals.  Journal writing is a process that begins with scribbles.  You should see your child’s writing skills develop and strengthen throughout the year.

 

 

Kindergarten Kids – Kindergarten is a special school year for your child.  I want to make sure this is a wonderful and fun learning experience.  I hope this year sets a positive academic foundation.

 

 

Library – Students will be allowed to check out one book at a time from the school library. Please make sure that your child shares his/her library book with you.  Please remember to keep the book in a safe place when taken home.  We will visit the library each week to exchange books.  Take note that if a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee for the book will be expected from the parents.  We will also visit the library weekly for story time.

Lunch – Breakfast and Lunch will be FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS this year!!!! Your child may bring lunch from home and a drink to school.  No glass containers or drink cans are allowed in the cafeteria.  Monthly menus will be sent home. There will be two entrée choices, as well as fruits and vegetables to choose from each day.  You are welcome to come and eat with your child or bring a lunch to him/her.  Please sign in at the office and wait for us in the cafeteria.  Please refer to the enclosed class schedule for our lunch time.  Also, please be advised that during the first ten minutes of lunch there will be “No Talking.”  This is to avoid choking hazards.  It also encourages children to eat first, and then talk if there is time left.  Please help to reinforce this rule at home. 

Literacy Work Stations – These are where students work while I teach small group differentiated instruction.  Students use these stations to practice skills that have been previously introduced in class.

 

 

Medication – Students needing occasional medication for colds, earaches, and sore throats are to take these types of medications at home if at all possible.  This includes medication like cough syrup, Tylenol, cough drops, etc.  However if medication MUST be given at school, the following steps must be taken:

1.    The school must be provided with an “Authorization for Medication to be Given During School Hours” form that has been signed by parent and physician.

2.    Medication must be delivered and picked up in person by the parent or guardian --- NOT THE STUDENT.

3.    Medication must be in the original container with the name of the student, the name of the drug, the frequency of administration, and the possible side effects.

4.    If the physician changes the medication the parents are responsible for informing the school by submitting a new form and medication to the school. 

Music – Students will have class with the Music teacher once a week.  We will also use music throughout the day in our classroom.

 

 

Notes – Look for important notes from the office and from us to come home in your child’s S.T.A.R. folder or agenda book.  Please read school notes carefully and reply if needed.  You may also send notes to me inside your child’s S.T.A.R folder or agenda book.  Please be sure to put a date on notes that require your child’s transportation to change. 

Nurse – We are very fortunate to have a nurse at school several days a week.  Mr. Kornegay is available to assist our students in dealing with problems that could interfere with his/her health and ability to be successful in school.

 

 

Outside – Your child will frequently have outside activities, weather permitting.  Please dress your child appropriately for outside activities each day.

 

 

Physical Education – Students are required to have 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Students will have class with the PE teacher twice a week (Monday & Thursday).  They will have outside recess on the other days.  Students are required to wear tennis shoes on PE days.

Parent Involvement – We love Parent Involvement!  Please be involved in your child’s Kindergarten year as much as you possibly can.  You are welcome to visit our class.  We hope that you can join us for special events throughout the year. Parent involvement is a major link to student success.

Popcorn Words – Research shows that students should be able to read at least 40 sight words by the end of Kindergarten in order to become a successful and independent reader.  After the beginning of the school year, I will begin teaching sight words. I will teach three popcorn words a week and they will be sent home with your child at the beginning of the school week.  The list of popcorn words is in the student’s S.T.A.R folder.  Students will occasionally have homework that works with these particular words.  The popcorn word activities are fun and developmentally appropriate activities that help students master sight words.  I encourage you to review popcorn words at home, and have your child find these words in the environment (in books, newspapers, brochures, magazines, signs, labels, advertisements, etc…) A sample of the popcorn activities are listed below.

·    Rainbow Words – Write each word in pencil.  Trace it with three or more different colors.

·      Magazine Words – Use an old magazine or newspaper and find your words.  Cut it out and glue it on paper.

·      3D Words – Use modeling clay/dough rolled thinly to make each word.

·      Action Words – Use actions while spelling your words orally five times each. 

       Build Words – Use magnetic letters, letter tiles, or letter cards to build each word.

·       Dirty Words – Write words in mud or sand five times each.

·       Practice Words – An adult should call out words orally.  Write or say the spelling of each words three times.

·       Back Words – Using your finger, write the word on a partners’ back.  Then have them say the word you spelled.

·      Delicious Words – Write each word three times in something you can eat.  (ex. Whipped cream, pudding icing, etc.)

·       Choo-Choo Words – Write each word end-to-end as one long word.  Use a different color to write each word.

·      Cheer Words – Chant each word three times to a partner by saying “Give me a ______, Give me a ________, etc.

·       Ransom Words – Use a magazine or newspaper to find the letters in each word.  

·       Paint Words – Finger paint each word three times each.

·       Manipulative Words – Write each word.  Glue household manipulatives to each word.  

·       Clean Words – Write words in shaving cream on a counter or baking pan five times each.

·      Doodle Words – Use a magnadoodle, chalkboard, or dry erase board to write each word three times.

PTA (Parent/Teacher Association) – All parents are encouraged to join the school’s PTA.  We are blessed to have a fabulous group of PTA officers that donate their time to help our school.  You will receive dates of the meetings at a later time.

 

 

Questions – Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s education.  I will make every effort to answer your questions promptly.  Please keep in mind that class time is reserved for instruction.  If you have questions, please e-mail me at sheripabst@wcps.org or send a note in your child’s S.T.A.R. folder.  I will respond during my scheduled planning time.

 

 

Report Cards – Kindergarten students receive a report card each nine weeks.

Recess – Your child will have 30 minutes of physical activity each day.  Recess will be held outside on days that we do not have class with the PE teachers.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Rules – We have five rules in our class.  Please help your child to learn these rules.

1.    Listen when my teacher talks.

2.    Follow directions quickly.

3.    Raise my hand to speak.

4.    Keep you hand and feet to yourself.

5.    Be safe, be kind, be honest!

Read, Read, Read – Reading is the most important thing you can do with your child to help them succeed academically. Make sure to set aside at least 15 minutes a day to read a story to your child.  As the year progresses, your child will begin to show reading readiness skills.  Make sure to listen to them read to you each day as well.

Restrooms – The restrooms are located beside our classroom.  We take four restroom breaks a day.  Every child is required to TRY to use the restroom during each visit to cut down on classroom interruptions.  I will allow children to go to the restroom independently during class if they have an emergency.  However, sometimes accidents still happen.  Please make sure to send a complete change of clothes to school with your child to keep in their cubby in case an accident is to occur.

Rest Time – We will have 30 minutes of rest each day at the beginning of the school year.  As students become adjusted to our daily routines, we will transition away from rest time and more time for instructional time.  Each child will need a thin folding rest mat.

 

 

School Supplies – This is a complete list of school supplies for my class.  Sometimes students run out of certain items, and I may ask you to replace supplies during the school year.  Please only label the items with a ** beside it.  Other items are put in common areas to be used by all students throughout the year and replaced as needed.

·         Large backpack (No wheels allowed)

·         Complete change of clothes in a labeled bag (shirt, pants/shorts, socks, underwear)*

·         2 folders with pockets (1 with the prongs and 1 without the prongs)

·         1 pair of blunt tip children’s scissors (Fiskar’s brand)

·         1 large pink eraser

·         1 hard plastic pencil box

·         1 – 8-pack of fat primary crayons

·         1 – 24 pack of skinny crayons

·         12 pencils

·         6 glue sticks

·         2 packs of fat primary markers

Schedule – A complete classroom schedule is enclosed in this handbook.

 

 

Transportation – Parents are required to fill out a transportation form on open house night.  Children will not be allowed to change their afternoon transportation without a written note signed by the parent.  Children are only allowed to leave school property with adults listed on the emergency form.  Any adult that picks up a student will be asked to provide a picture ID.

Tardies – Students arriving at school after 8:15 are considered tardy.  They must be signed in at the office.  Please try very hard to have your child at school on time.  Class will start promptly at 8:15.  Tardies are a disruption to the educational environment.

 

 

Unique – Each child is unique and special!  They enter our classroom door with different ability skills, personalities, attitudes, experiences, backgrounds, and learning styles.  Our goal is not to make each child alike, but to foster their individual strengths and help him/her to develop to their fullest potential, academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The two most important elements that we hope to instill in your child are a positive self-concept and a zest for learning.

 

 

Visitors – We encourage visitors in our classroom.  Please make sure that you sign in at the office before you come to the classroom. 

Volunteers – We always need volunteers.  Volunteers are helpful for field trips, special events, classroom activities, preparing materials, reading with students, and tutoring.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know.  I will begin using volunteers after the first month of school.

 

 

Writing – Writing will be taught throughout the day in various ways.  The key to teaching children to become a good writer is by modeling.  I will model writing throughout the day during our morning message, daily news, writing mini-lessons, shared writing, predictable charts, integrated lessons, and class journals.  I will also encourage students to share their writing in class as they become more confident.  Please keep in mind that writing is a developmental skill, and each child is different.  We will work with each student to help them improve their writing skills. 

Wish List – These items are things that we use regularly in our classroom.  You are not required to buy them, but your help would be greatly appreciated.

·        Kleenex

·        Baby wipes

·        Clorox wipes

·        Hand Sanitizer

·        All size Zip-loc bags

·        Sandwich size zip-loc bags

·        Paper towels

·        Treats

·        Extra fat markers & crayons

·        Extra glue sticks

·        Small plastic cups

 

 
X’tra Special– Kindergarten is an X’tra special year.  This will be the beginning of their school career.  I look forward to being a part of this special time in your child’s life.  I hope this is an X’tra special experience that they will always remember.

 

 

 
You! – Please remember that you are your child’s first and foremost, important teacher!  No one can influence your little one’s life the way you canJ!
 

 

ZZZZZZ’s – Your child should get plenty of rest each night.  Doctors recommend that Kindergarten age students get at least 10 hours of sleep each night.  It is so important for your child to be alert and ready to learn each day.  I highly recommend that you set an early bedtime and be consistent.

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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