Dear Pre-K Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Hamburg Public School. We are very excited to have your Pre-Kindergartener in our classrooms. This year is going to be a unique adventure for us all, and open lines of communication are going to help us ensure that everything runs smoothly. The Pre-K years are an important time in a child’s life as students learn not only the foundational skills for academic success, but also build a love of learning and form friendships that often last a lifetime. This school year will be filled with wonderful experiences for all of our Pre-K friends.
On Thursday, September 2nd we will be hosting a Pre-Kindergarten Meet and Greet. We hope that you will be able to join us for this event, as students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. This will be scheduled on a rotating basis so that we limit the number of people in the classroom at one time. Please plan for only one parent or guardian to attend the Meet and Greet with your Pre-K child. Sign ups for this event will occur through Sign up Genius and can be found within Class Tag, which is the program we will use throughout the school year as our primary method of communication with you. For those of you with students who attended our Pre-K program last year, Class Tag will take the place of our Class Dojo. Information about how to join our class in Class Tag is enclosed with this letter. Also enclosed is an “All About Me” page that we are hoping you will bring with you to our Meet and Greet.
Your child is going to need a few supplies on hand for school. The supply list can be found on our Hamburg School webpage. Please note that there are some wish list items for the classroom listed on the website. This is because students will have their own set of supplies, and will not be sharing items. Your child will need the following items for school:
- A backpack large enough to fit an 8.5” x 11” folder inside
- A complete set of clothing, including socks and sneakers (In a ziploc bag)
- A healthy snack and drink (reusable, leakproof water bottle)
- 3 face masks (wear one, pack 2 extras)
- Any personal hygiene items needed by your child
Please make sure that ALL items are labeled clearly with your child’s name. It is also important that your child is wearing socks and sneakers or other secure footwear each day for safety reasons. We are very active throughout our day, including outdoor play (weather permitting) and gym class. Please note that sport sandals and boots are not permitted for gym class—sneakers only! If your child does not have proper footwear, he or she will not be permitted to participate in gym class activities. In addition, please have your child wear shorts underneath any dresses or skirts that are worn.
In accordance with our district’s school re-opening plan, all students must wear face masks while at school. Please send your child(ren) to school wearing a mask, along with at least 2 spare masks in their backpack in case they need to change to a new mask for any reason. In addition, please practice having your child wear a mask at home so that this will not be a new experience for them. We suggest having a baggie in your child’s backpack for clean masks, and one labeled for soiled masks that will come home for you to clean.
Drop off and pick up for your Pre-K student will take place at the doors in our Pre-K hallway, just before the main entrance of the school building. Following the protocols for re-opening schools, every person entering will have their temperature taken on the way in. Class times for Pre-Kindergarten are approximately 8 am to 12:30 pm. These times may vary slightly, as our administration will be staggering drop off and pick up times for all students in order to meet requirements for returning to school. Watch for more information to come from school administration containing more detailed class times.
Your Pre-K child(ren) will participate in PE (gym class), as well as Music class and World Language. Scholastic Book Club forms will come home allowing you to purchase age-appropriate books that can be read together at home. An option to purchase the school lunch is available for all students. Please note that purchased school lunches will be provided to your child to bring home to eat. The same applies to students who receive a free or reduced lunch. Students will not be eating lunch at school.
More information about these items as well as general school events and other information can be found on our school websites. A monthly newsletter will be avaialbe to you that outlines our general themes for the month. Should you need to contact us for any reason, there are many ways to reach us. We can communication through Class Tag, e-mail, by phone, or we can schedule meetings as needed. Open lines of communication are the key to student success. Also, don’t forget to check the school website www.HamburgSchool.com regularly for schoolwide information.
We are looking forward to a fantastic year. See you soon!
Mrs. Amy Breitenbach (Miss Amy) Mrs. Sharon Triolo (Mrs. T.)
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