ABC's of Kindergarten
A is for attendance & allergies.
Attendance - Our day begins at 9:05 and ends at 3:45, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. On Wednesdays we will begin at 9:05 and end at 2:45. Regular attendance is so important. This
helps your child establish routines and good work habits. If your child is absent, please send a note upon their return explaining the reason for the absence.
Allergies- If your child has any allergies, please notify the teacher & office with a note.
B is for backpacks, book clubs, birthdays & breakfast.
Backpacks - Please do not buy one that has wheels, they can be dangerous and do not fit in the cubbies. Backpacks need to be big enough for the Monday Folders (at least 12 inches by 15 inches). Backpacks help your child carry folders, notes, projects, and books to and from school. Please check your child's backpack DAILY.
Book clubs - I will be sending home book orders from Scholastic Books. You are able to buy great titles at a fabulous price. This is a great opportunity for you to build your
child’s personal library.
Birthdays - You are welcome to bring a treat for the class on your child’s birthday (we have 24 children). We celebrate in the classroom at 3 pm. Please let me know in advance if you are planning to bring a treat to share with the class.
Breakfast - is served beginning from 8:35 to 9:05 each morning. The cost of breakfast is $0.80. Parents are encouraged to pre-pay their meals by sending a check or money to the cafeteria.
C is for communication, conferences & computers.
Communication - A weekly folder will go home on Mondays. Please be sure to sign the behavior calendar and return any necessary papers. If you would like to communicate with me emailing is the best email@example.com or you can call 919-856-7676 and leave a message in the office. Please allow 24 hours for responses.
Conferences-I will be scheduling fall conferences during Open House in September. The If you feel the need to contact me at any time, please call the school, send a note, or email me to make arrangements for scheduling a conference. Once again email is the best way to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computers-We have 30 computers in our Computer Lab. Your child will be taught the proper way to use a computer and then be taught to use the educational software.
D is for dismissal, donations & discipline.
Dismissal – School dismisses at 3:45 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday and at 2:45 on Wednesdays.
Donations - It is not required to donate items to the classroom but we greatly appreciate items
donated during the school year. We do many activities and projects that we are always in need. I will list any current needs in the newsletter or you can check the website for a list.
Discipline - We will work as a class to develop “Classroom Promises” and we will follow the Hunter school wide rules as designated by Wake County Public School System. The children are expected to follow the promises and be responsible for their own behavior. Our classroom discipline is based upon a principles approach, which strives to develop students’ self concept by providing choices within limits and consequences based on individual circumstances. You will be notified if there are concerns regarding your child’s behavior. We will do a lot of activities the first several weeks of school to develop skills in working together, sharing, communicating, and listening. At the end of each day we as a class will discuss our day and evaluate how things have gone. Each day look for a stamp on your child’s hand. If the child has shown positive behavior, they will receive a stamp at the end of each day. If they don’t have a stamp, this would be a great time for you to talk with them about what they could do better tomorrow in order to receive a stamp. This enables me to communicate with you every day. We base our stamp system on the 1,2,3 Magic for the classroom. Your child will be given 2 chances to correct what they are doing before they are sent to take 5 minutes to think about the choices they are making. Instead of engaging in the behavior they are doing we simply count them by saying “Jimmy that’s 1”. If the behavior continues or another behavior happens we count them again by saying “Jimmy that’s 2”. Unfortunately if that behavior still is happening we say “Jimmy that is 3, take 5 please”. If they take 5 their stamp is taken. Sometimes things happen that can’t really be counted and their stamp would be taken right then. After lunch their slate is clean if they haven’t had to take 5. The behavior chart that is included in their Monday folders will have a 1, 2, or 3 with 3 being the best. This number is determined by the stamps they’ve received during that week. Four to five checks receive a score of 3 for the week. Three checks receive a score of 2 for the week, and one or two checks will receive a score of 1 for the week. At the end of the week each child with a three will receive a smiley face.
E is for emergencies, extra clothing & early release days.
Emergencies - Hopefully we will not need to contact you with an
emergency, but sometimes things happen. Please make sure all of your
telephone numbers are up-dated so we can get in contact with you easily.
Extra clothing - Please be sure to have an extra set of clothing in your child’s backpack in a Ziploc bag with their name on the bag. This bag is to stay in their backpacks. Be sure to change out the clothing when the weather changes.
Early release days – School will dismiss at 12:45 on September 23, October 21st, December 2nd, February 3rd, March 10th & April 21st.
F is for field trips.
We take several educational, fun filled field trips during the year. We love for our
parents to come and chaperone. If you sign up as a chaperone, keep in mind,
no siblings are allowed. You must also be cleared as a Wake County volunteer. Be sure to register early (clearance takes awhile).
G is for going home.
We need to know how your child is going home. If you are changing your child’s mode of transportation we will need to receive a written note in the morning. In emergencies you can call the office before 3:00 in order to let us know of a change. Emails will not be accepted.
His for homework.
Your child will have homework to read 20 minutes daily. In addition, your child will receive a homework calendar at the beginning of each month.
I is for illness & independence.
Illness - Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a temperature. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to come and get him or her. We need at least two working phone numbers at all times in order to contact you in case of illness or emergency.
Independence - is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Kindergarteners are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. Please work on the following skills at home with your child: packing and unpacking backpack, tying shoes, buttoning and snapping pants, etc.
J is for journals.
K is for kindness.
Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Bothering others, bullying and interrupting learning will not be permitted.
L is for lunch time.
Lunchtime is 12:15 to 12:45. If your child is going to buy lunch, please put money on an account. This alleviates the problem of children losing money (yes, it is lost between the classroom and the cafeteria). Lunch costs $1.75. Lunch numbers will come home within a week of school beginning. All students should memorize this number as soon as possible. You can put money in your child’s lunch account by going to: www.mylunchmoney.com/index.aspx. Thank you for your assistance.
M is for medication.
Any medication that needs to be dispensed during school hours must be given to
the school office (not the teacher) along with the appropriate forms filled out by the physician. Your child will be sent to the office at the appropriate times.
N is for newsletters.
A weekly newsletter will be sent home every Monday in your child’s folder. This
newsletter will include current projects, class activities, supply needs, and
O is for open-door policy.
Parents are always welcome in our classroom. Be warned! We will put you to
work. If possible, please let us know when you can come so that we can make
good use of your time. We do ask that you let your child come to the
classroom on his/her own in the morning (please do not follow the class to the classrooms in the mornings). Letting your child walk into the room,
put away his/her belongings, and settle into morning routine will help your
child’s sense of independence. This will also stress to your child that you
trust her/ his abilities.
P is for playground.
The students look forward to recess on the playground. We are on the playground daily from 1:45 to 2:15. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately. All children go to the playground.
Q is for questions.
I can be reached at 919-856-7676 or be emailing me at email@example.com. I will respond within 24 business hours.
R is for report cards & rules.
Report Cards - You will receive report cards 2nd & 4th quarters.
Rules - During Open House, we will go over classroom rules and will send a copy home with you. We also have them posted on our website. I believe the children should help set
the rules for the classroom. I usually “guide” the discussion but if the
children set the rules then they do a better job of following them. This also
gives them ownership as well as builds classroom community.
Sis for snacks.
Snack is offered daily while we are at recess. There will be sign-up sheet at Meet & Greet for parents to sign up to send in group snacks monthly.
T is for toys & transportation.
Toys - Toys from home are not allowed.
Transportation - We need to know how your child is going home. If you are changing your child’s mode of transportation we will need to receive a written note in the morning. In emergencies you can call the office before 3:00 in order to let us know of a change. Emails will not be accepted.
U is for understanding.
Our Kindergarten team is the most caring, understanding group in the world! Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions you may have.
V is for visitors & volunteers!
Visitors- When visiting Hunter Elementary for any reason, please remember to sign in at the front office. You will be given a visitor badge. Safety for our children and school is very important! If you are not wearing a visitor badge, you will be asked to go back to the office and sign in.
Volunteers - We love our volunteers! We always can use an extra hand. The PTA always needs your support as well. You can help in the classroom one day a week reading with
students, you can help me by getting supplies ready for projects, or you can
help by doing something at home. If you cannot come into the classroom, you
can send supplies in when they are needed. You must register as a volunteer through the Wake County volunteer system in order to volunteer in the classroom, attend field trips, or work with a child or small group. Please do this early in the year as it takes some time to be cleared. You must reregister yearly.
W is for website & Wednesdays.
Website - Please check out our website weekly (www.pamfosterclass.com). We will have general information posted, pictures of students,
student’s work, field trips and special occasions.
Wednesdays will be different for us this year. We will begin class at 9:05am and ending at 2:45pm.
X is for exit.
If a child moves during the school year, all current fees due (lunch fees, lost library books,
field trips, etc.) must be paid in order to complete the transfer form.
Y is for yearly activities.
You will receive be advised through the newsletter and website regarding upcoming activities.
Z is for ZZZZZs at night.
We do not have a naptime in kindergarten so it is very important that your child
gets a goodnight sleep. Your child needs to be bright eyed for a day of
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