ABCs of Kindergarten

The ABC's of

Mrs. Johnson’s Kindergarten

kijohnson@nkschools.org

Welcome to Kindergarten! I’m sure you have a lot of questions. I hope the following will help. Please let me know if I forgot anything!

A is for...

Arrival:

Class begins @ 9:20. I open my door about 9:10. If your child is more than a minute or two late, please check in at the main office before coming to our room. Also there is no supervision for drop offs before 9:15, so please stay with your child.

Attendance:

Please plan to attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergency. Call the attendance line (396-3503) if your child will be absent.

Allergies:

Please let us know if your child has an allergy. This will allow us to have a health plan on file in case of an emergency.

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Backpacks:

Backpacks help your child carry folders and notes to and from school, as well as a daily snack and lunch. Please make sure the backpack is big enough to hold at least regular size paper, but not so big that your child can’t carry it. Please make sure everything has your child’s name on it and check his/her backpack daily.

Birthdays:

You are welcome to send store bought treats for your child’s birthday. I have found that the mini 2-bite cupcakes or cookies work well. Please make sure you send enough for every child. (Napkins are always appreciated.) Nonfood items are even better. School policy does not permit party invitations to be handed out unless everyone in the class is invited. If you have questions, just ask.

Book orders:

About once a month I will send home Scholastic Book Orders. You are under no obligation to buy, but it is a great inexpensive way to build not only your child’s library, but our class library too (orders earn points that I can use to get free books for our class).

C is for...

C.A.F.E.:

This stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary; important skills for readers. Watch for more info.

Change of transportation:

If you need to make a transportation change, please send a note. You may also call the main office (396-3500). Do not send changes by e-mail, as I often do not have time to read them.

Check in/check out:

If your child must be checked in late or checked out early, you must go to the main office. Please do not come to our room without checking in at the main office.

Communication:

The more we communicate, the better your child’s school experience will be. Please feel free to contact me by note, by email: kijohnson@nkschools.org, or before or after school by phone (396-3539). I try my hardest to respond within 24 hours.

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Daily 5 (Dailies):

This is how I structure our Literacy time. It consists of read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, word work, and work on writing. While students are working I work with individual students or with small groups. I will send home more info throughout the year.

Discipline:

I believe in setting a very positive tone in my classroom and rarely have “discipline” problems. We do have class rules and procedures that I expect all students to follow. If there is a problem, I will send a note home and/or call/email you.

Dismissal:

We dismiss at 3:50 on Mon., Tues, Thurs., & Fri. On “Wacky Wednesday” we dismiss at 3:00. Bus riders will be walked to their bus and then I will bring the pick-ups to the parent loop. Please meet us there.

Dress Code:

Students need to be dressed in appropriate clothing for school and the weather. For safety reasons, no flip flops.

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Early Release Wednesdays:

To allow for collaboration time, school will be let out early on Wednesdays (3:00). During this time, I work with other teachers to improve student learning.

 

Emergency Contacts:

If your phone numbers or address change please notify me and the office. Your child’s file will need to be changed.

Entering the room:

One of our main goals in Kindergarten is to teach students how to be independent learners. When your child arrives at school, please say good bye quickly and allow him/her to enter the room, hang up his/her things, and start learning by his/herself.

Expectations:

I have high expectations for all of my students and believe that learning should be meaningful and challenging. I believe that all students can learn if given the right tools.

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Folders:

I will provide your child with a “Kindergarten Folder”. This will be my way of sending home our monthly newsletter, info from the school and PTSA, finished work, and occasional homework. Your child should bring the folder back the next school day. Please keep an eye out for the folder (especially around the 1st of the month) and for other info that may be sent home. Sometimes I will send work or notes home without the folder, so please get into the habit asking your child if they have anything to show you.


G is for...

Get ready for a great year!

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Homework:

I do not send home printed “homework” kindergarten, but I do ask that you spend time reading to and with your child every day. Also help them practice counting to 100, review letter names/sounds & sight words, and give them opportunities to work on handwriting. I will occasionally send home a family projects or unfinished classwork to be completed at home. Watch for a weekly check off sheet that will remind you what to work on at home.

I is for...

Illness:

Although attendance is important, please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Do not send your child to school if he or she has been vomiting, had diarrhea, or has had a fever within the last 24 hours. If your child gets sick at school, we will call and ask that you pick him or her up. Remember to call the attendance line if your child stays home.

Inclement Weather:

NKSD has an automated phone system that will call each parent if school will be closed or needs to be dismissed due to severe weather. Please make sure the office has your correct phone number. You can also check the main district web page and local TV stations for closure info.

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Jewelry & Jackets:

Jewelry often becomes a distraction or gets lost and is better left at home. Please make sure your child is dress for the weather and label all jackets, backpacks, hats, mittens

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Kindergarten:

Kindergarten is a place where children are encouraged to learn through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experiences. It is a year full of memorable experiences and you will be amazed at how your child will grow!

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Learning:

Kindergarten has changed a lot in the past few years. Your child will be learning to read and write and you will be amazed at the mathematicians and scientists they will become.

Lunch:

If your child will not be purchasing lunch at school he/she will need to bring one from home. Please send a healthy lunch that they can eat independently. Practice opening containers/baggies at home.and please put their name on their lunch box/bag.

M is for...

Medication:

Medication is not allowed in school. If you have a special circumstance, please contact the school nurse through the main office to set up a health plan.

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Newsletters:

I send home a monthly newsletter around the beginning of the month. Please check your child’s folder. It can also be found on my school webpage (nkschools.org//Domain/460)

O is for...

Orca:

The Poulsbo Elementary mascot is an Orca.

P is for...

Parent Conferences:

I hold formal parent conferences near the end of October and the end of March. If I or you feel we need to meet at another time we will make arrangements to do so.

PBIS:

This year, our school will be a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports). Our school wide “rules” are Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.

PTSA:

We have an amazing and dedicated Parent Teacher Student Association. They host many fun events throughout the year. I hope you will consider joining.

Purposeful Play:

Children learn so much through play. This year we will have 3 outdoor recesses and daily discovery time where students are free to choose activities they are interested in. We also play many learning games throughout the day.

Q is for...

Questions:

Ask your child to tell you about his/her day. We read, write, and learn about math every day. Ask what we did in each area and don’t worry if they sometimes say “nothing”. I guarantee we did a lot that day!

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Reading:

We will be learning to read this year. The way I teach reading allows me to meet every child’s unique needs. You can help by reading with your child every day.

Recess:

We go outside every day, so please make sure your child is dressed for the weather and for playing.

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Science Notebooks:

We will be using science notebooks throughout the year to record and write about our observations and conclusions, just like real scientists.

Sight words:

Sight words are words that show up a lot in the English language. We sometimes call these heart words (we need to know them by heart), popcorn words (they keep popping up), or Rainbow words (we use a rainbow in class to keep track of the words we learn). I will send home more info later.

Sign Language:

I will be teaching the alphabet using Nellie Edge & Sign2Me’s ABC Phonics Sing, Sign, and Read. This is a wonderful multisensory way for students to learn their letters & sounds. You may view the song at www.nellieedge.com/abc-phonics.htm or www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPMp5A_U2ek

Snack:

Kindergarteners get hungry! We have a short snack time every day. Please choose something healthy (apple slices, carrots, crackers, etc.) that your child likes, can open, and can eat independently. This year we will be having 1st lunch with a snack in the afternoon, so students may choose to finish any leftovers from lunch. Remember we only have a few minutes to eat (about 5 minutes), so please pack accordingly. I do have extra crackers if your child forgets and we have a water fountain for drinks. It is also important that your child eats a good meal before coming to school.

Spelling:

I encourage students to use phonetic “kid” spelling, but as the year progresses we will be learning how letters work together to spell basic words. Watch for more info.

T is for...

Toys:

Please keep toys, trinkets, etc. at home or in the car. These items take up valuable space in back packs and can become a distraction.

U is for...

Unique:

Every child arrives with individual talents, skills, learning styles, and modes of intelligence. I will celebrate your child and nurture him/her so that he/she will shine. I incorporate a lot of multi-sensory activities and strive to make learning meaningful. Many activities are differentiated to meet the unique needs of my students.

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Volunteers:

I am lucky to have many wonderful Aides who work in my classroom throughout the day. It does, however, mean that it can get a little crowded and I don’t often have the room or need for parent volunteers. I do occasionally need help prepping materials, filing, or updating our bulletin boards, and there are several opportunities throughout the year that we will need volunteers (Jog-a-thon, field day, etc.) All volunteers will need to have a background check approval on file. Please see the main office or district website for more info.

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Wacky Wednesday:

Please remember that we have early release @ 3:00 on Wednesdays.

Water Bottles:

You are welcome to send a spill proof water bottle for your child to use in class. Please make sure it is labelled with their name and only contains water (not juice, milk, etc.)

Website:

Visit www.nkschools.org for district info. Don’t forget to also click the link under schools for Poulsbo Elem. From there you can find my page under staff sites.

X is for...

Excused Absences :

Please make sure to call the office (396-3503) if your child will be absent.

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Yippee! It’s going to be a great Year!

You will be amazed at how much your child will learn this year. Some things will be easy for them, while other things might challenge them. I never ask my students to do things that they are not ready for and I am always there to help and encourage them. Don’t forget to praise and encourage your child for all their hard work.

Z is for...

Zippers, buttons, snaps, and laces, oh my!

Please work with your child to make sure they are confident and able to fasten and unfasten things without assistance. It takes a lot of time away from learning if I have to help everyone with zipping, buttoning, or tying.

ZZZZZZ:

Being a student is hard work. Make sure your child gets to bed on time.