Dear Parents, August 2019
Welcome to Kindergarten! I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher this year!
This will be a very exciting, fun filled year for you and your child as we start this wonderful life-long journey of learning together! The following information will ensure a smooth start to your child’s school year. Please read and retain this information for reference during the school year.
Backpack – Your child will need a backpack that is easy to carry. Please have it labeled with your child’s name and if he/she rides the bus, please attach the bus pass. No pull-behind wheeled backpacks.
Pocket Folder – I will provide a two-pocket folder for your child to neatly store notices and work for your review throughout the year. Likewise, all notes for absences, permission slips, change in dismissal or any notes from home should be placed in the folder.
Please check the folder every night with your child. Kindergartners are proud of their work and want to share it with you!
Special Area Teachers – P.E. - Sneakers must be worn in order to participate.
Library – Books should be returned within two weeks. A notice will be in your child’s
folder the first day of school with the schedule of “specials” to keep at home.
Small Blanket or Towel – All children will have the opportunity to take a short rest or quiet time break each day. Please make sure the blanket or towel is small enough so your child can easily fit it into their backpack. This item will go home every 2 weeks to be washed and returned on Monday.
Snack – Please send in a healthy snack each day. Make sure it is something that your child likes. We do not share snacks due to food allergies.
*It is very helpful if you would label the snack with your child’s name and the word “snack” and place it in a bag separate from lunch if you are sending lunch from home.
Lunch/Outdoor Recess – Lunch and outdoor recess take place from 11:50 to 12:40. Lunch aides will be there to assist the children every day during cafeteria time and recess.
* If your child is buying lunch, please make sure the money is in an envelope
with his/her name and K-Baliko written on it.
* Aramark, our cafeteria vendor, will assign a number to each child in the event that
you would be interested in setting up an account for your child. Daily/monthly
purchases can be accommodated.
* When your child is buying lunch, please make sure they know they are buying that
day and are aware of their selection for that day.
Morning Arrival – For the first few days of school, Kindergarteners will meet in the cafeteria. Teachers and support staff will assist the children to the cafeteria. I will be there to greet them! Make sure yor child is wearing his/her Kindergarten visor. You will receive this at the Scavenger Hunt which takes place on September 4th - Open House - 1:00 -2:00.
On the first day of school - Thursday, the 5th, *Please do not walk your child to the cafeteria yourself as parking at Liberty Corner School is difficult and problematic. We also want to establish a sense of independence right away. Thank you for understanding.
Dismissal – At the Open House-Scavenger Hunt, I will ask for all parents to indicate how their child should be dismissed. If you are unable to attend, please send in a note with your child on the first day stating the method of dismissal: Sibling pick-up, bus rider/bus number, cafeteria walker, Canterbury walker, car rider to the gym (any child riding with another child in 4th or 5th grade), car rider to the main office entrance (any child riding with another child in 3rd grade or lower), or attending LCS After Care Program or Children’s Corner.
Communication– Communication is essential for a successful year. Look for my newsletters on my website every Friday as my means of communicating with you. It will highlight the activities and skills worked on during the week and a reminder of upcoming events. It is important for us to work together to ensure that your child has a rewarding Kindergarten experience this year. I will be in contact with you personally if you need to be informed of anything I feel should be brought to your attention. Please feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a note in your child’s folder. I will always get back to you as soon as I can.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child at the KIndergarten Open House - Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, September 4th from 1:00 - 2:00
I hope you and your child can stop by and visit the classroom during this time. our kindergarten room is number 120. I would love to get a chance to meet everyone and answer any questions you may have. If you are not able to come in that Wednesday, I will meet your child on the first day of school, Thursday, September 5th. This will be a full day of school, beginning at 8:45 and ending at 3:15.
The school and the PTO have partnered to create a fun and exciting Scavenger Hunt so you and your child can become familiar with Libery Corner School. You will first come to our classrrom, meet me, pick up your Scavenger Hunt directions and off you go! The Scavenger Hunt must be completed before or by 2:00 so all other grades can attend Open House from 2:00 - 3:00. At 2:00 all Kindergartners and parents are invited to meet and greet on the LCS playground.
In order to promote a positive amd calm experience for our new Kindergartners, we ask that you do not bring siblings to this event.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child!
See you on Wednesday, September 4th, from 1:00 - 2:00 for the Scavenger Hunt!
We are going to have a wonderful school year together!
Mrs. Beth Baliko