I am looking forward to a year of learning and fun with your child as we explore kindergarten together. During the first few weeks of school your child will learn our school and classroom rules. These rules will help keep us safe as we work and learn in our school environment. I am excited about the materials we have to enhance our kindergarten learning.
Our phonics program is SRA Imagine It. It provides all students with a solid, successful introduction to literacy. The student is introduced to the alphabet and how it works. It teaches phonemic awareness and connects sounds with letters. SRA develops print and book awareness and provides early reading experiences. It helps the child focus on the importance of learning and the joy it can bring. Through this program we will explore concepts in science, social studies, literature and the arts. It teaches thinking through story making and participative listening.
Along with the SRA Imagine It, ICCS uses the Phonics First program and Handwriting Without Tears handwriting program. Phonics Firstreading system, developed by Brainspring, is a multisensory, systematic, structured, sequential, phonics-based, direct-instruction approach to teaching beginning, at-risk, struggling, learning disabled, dyslexic and ELL readers. At our “From Your Students Desk” night we will go into detail about the phonics and handwriting. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you supervise your child’s writing.
- Our adult handwriting will be different from what your child is learning.
- Their names contain only one capital letter at the beginning.
- Letters and numerals start at the top or middle, never at the bottom of the line.
This is the second year we will be using the "Handwriting Without Tears" in kindergarten. We will begin by reviewing the skills introduced in Pre-K and move into the multi-sensory lessons and activities for Kindergarten. Handwriting matters now, next year, and for years to come. We want the children to write with good habits automatically.
In Math we use McGraw-Hill, “My Math”. This program is filled with a variety of exciting learning opportunities. Lesson by lesson, students explore and build their understanding of mathematics concepts. Learning centers, games, finger plays, and other learning activities support the core instruction. Early reading skills and strategies are integrated with math skills to build print awareness and to help the child navigate the printed page. There will “homework” pages that will go home in the "homework" pocket. Please help your child complete the page and return to school.
In Science we are using a new curriculum called Amplify Science. This curriculum takes a hands on, project- based learning approach to teaching not only science skills, but reading and writing skills, as well.
The Kindergarten religion series is RCL Benziger’s, Blest Are We. Each chapter will begin with scripture; we will explore the scripture message through prayer, songs, and activities that will involve the children and their families. In addition, each month the students will be introduced to character building values. With practice, these values will become a way of life. Another program that we utilize at ICCS is Circle of Grace. This program is to educate and empower the child to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others. We will attend school Masses and later in the year we will prepare to lead the school community in a liturgical worship service.
School begins at 7:50. Drop your child off at the loading dock, they will proceed to the gym and sit in the class designated space until the bell rings. If you arrive after the bell, you should check your child in at the front office and obtain a tardy slip. It is very important that every effort is made to arrive on time for the beginning of the school day. Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with the teacher and classmates. Therefore, it would be hard to make up this experience.
If your child will be out of school because of serious illness or for reasons other than illness, you must notify the office. Then missed work will be requested and put together for pickup.
Kindergarten children who do not have older siblings and are not in a car pool will dismiss at 2:50pm on the Park Avenue loading dock. All other Kindergarten students will dismiss at 3:00. We will dismiss the children at their designated pickup areas. Last names beginning with A-K will use the Wilson Street loading dock. Last names L-Z will dismiss on the Park Avenue loading dock. If your child will go to extended care or is in a car pool, please let me know. If your child’s transportation procedure changes, I must have a note to be able to allow your child to leave with someone else.
The children have an opportunity to eat a snack before rest time. Each child that wishes to eat a snack should bring one daily. Please send the snack in a small container. Some snack examples are: crackers, pretzels, pudding or Jell-O packs (send a spoon), fruit, vegetables, or cookies. If you send a fruit or vegetable, please peel or prepare it for your child. A small juice box or water can be sent in the snack container. Water is available at the water fountain. **Important: we have students with nut allergies; therefore, we will be nut-free in our lunches and snacks.
Your child’s work and notes will go home in a binder. Please check the binder each day and return it to school the following morning. If you send notes, money, or order forms to school; send them in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and who is to receive it. The “Important Paper” pocket is where you will find important papers, newsletters, and notes about class activities. You should use this pocket to send your important papers and notes to school.
When removing your child’s work for the day; this is a good time to go over the activities. This will help reinforce the skills introduced and give your child practice with recall and verbalization.
The homework will include reading to and with your child each night, learning the high-frequency words assigned, the “letter of the week” homework journal, and math worksheets. Occasionally, there will be other home learning activities; these assignments will help strengthen the school, home, and child partnership. This is also an important way to help your child be successful in school.
Cafeteria Juice or Water
The cafeteria offers juice with the lunch for an additional 50 cents and water for a $1.00. If you wish for your child to get juice or water with their lunch, please send the money in the “important papers” pocket of the folder. Milk will come with the lunch.
Each child deserves to learn and play in the best environment I can provide. We have classroom and school procedures. These procedures help us work together and keep us safe. They will be practiced until they become routine. The goal is to create problem solvers, who will learn valuable social skills, develop self-discipline and self-control. As we go about our school day we will encounter “teaching moments”. If a time arises that I feel together we can help your child practice a skill, I will communicate with you by a note, email or phone call.
- Follow directions quickly!
- Use inside voices.
- Use helpful hands and words.
- Raise your hand to talk.
- Make smart choices.
- Keep your dear teacher happy :)
Once our classroom and school rules and procedures are learned and become routine, I will start to implement our classroom management and discipline plan. Through this plan, I will mainly be rewarding and reinforcing positive behavior from the students. The students will have the opportunity to earn rewards by demonstrating good behavior and following the rules daily. Students will have two verbal warnings before they start to lose the opportunity for these rewards. If the misbehavior is continued after warnings, more severe consequences will be put into place, such as a note or call to home, missed recess, etc.
I will communicate with you about your child's behavior on a calendar that will be placed in his or her binder. I will use different colors to indicate how your child's behavior plays out daily.
Blue = Exceptional Behavior
Green = Good Behavior
Yellow = I need to work on a few things.
Any information I have for you concerning your child’s behavior will be on the designated form in your child’s binder (Incident Report on back of calendar). If a note is on the Incident Report; please initial that your read the report. If you want to ever meet to discuss incidents; please email or send a note.
You may keep extra clothing in your child’s red bag in case of a bathroom accident. Please put it in a ziploc bag. You should always mark your child’s name on sweaters, coats and sweatshirts.
8th Grade Buddy
Each Kindergarten child will have an 8th grade buddy. We will have special activities with the buddies during the year. Please do not send seasonal gifts to school for your child’s Buddy. We will make gifts that we will give to all of the 8th graders.
Field trips are a great way to extend the classroom learning. When there is a trip scheduled, be sure to sign the permission form and return it by the date indicated. The signed form must be on file for your child to attend a trip. For most field trips, I will need a few family volunteers. If you attend a trip, you will be supervising a small group of students. Due to the limited space on the bus, the helpers follow the bus to the destination. The school rules regarding field trips states: that for safety reasons, siblings cannot attend.
I will work to keep you informed about our kindergarten learning and other activities through notes, the “Week in a Peek”, phone calls, and parent-teacher conferences. Please feel free to communicate with me. You can send me a note or e-mail me at email@example.com
Your Partner in Education,