This page covers the nuts and bolts of kindergarten, our needs, expectations and suggestions for a smooth experience in school.

==
Kids-going-back-to-school.png

==

Attendance

  • It is very important that every child come to school every day that he or she is well. (We certainly do not want them to come to school if they are sick.) Now is the time to establish the importance of regular school attendance. Please be sure that children are here and ready to enter the classroom at 8:55. After 9:00 students will be marked tardy and must be signed in at the office. Late students take time from the whole class and we really don't want to miss a moment of Kindergarten!!


Arrivals and Departuresk-bus-color.gif

  • Adults are on the playground for supervision beginning at 8:40. You may leave children to play and they will line up to enter the class at 8:55. Kindergarteners enter through the doors in the garden. If you know in advance that your child will be out, please notify us in writing or email. If there is an unexpected absence, please call the school office that morning. You are urged to pick up your child on time. If you know you are going to be late, please notify us at 720-4240-3930 so that we can reassure your child. Consistent late pick-ups without valid cause will be referred to Social Services. Kindergarteners are dismissed at 3:40 out the doors facing Peach Street. We will walk them all the way down to the sidewalk by the brick wall and expect them to tell us when they are leaving and with whom. Please be careful at 3:40. It is very crowded and parking can be difficult. We do not want to see children running through traffic to get to you. We will have them wait for you to come get them. Please let us know in writing if you wish for your child to ride a bus home. If you let us know, we will be sure that he gets on the right bus! The bus driver will not let them off unless there is someone at the bus stop to get them.


Changes

  • If there are any changes in the Kindergarten or DPS schedule we will let you know as soon as possible. If there are any changes in your address or phone number at home or at work, please let us know immediately. It is important that we be able to reach you during the day in case of emergencies. If you have arranged for someone different to pick up your child after school, please let us know in writing. You can send a note with your child that day. We dont want to lose any children!!


Medications

  • Any medicines that children might need to take during the year

  • must be kept in the office. They must be in the original

  • containers and accompanied by a doctor's letter or prescription.

  • This applies to both prescription and over the counter medicines.

Please let me know if your child has any food allergies!



Clothing

We will take the children outside for a few minutes every day unless it is raining or snowing. Daily outdoor activities are part the Kindergarten curriculum. Please make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather. Sunscreen is a good idea. Each child should have a change of underwear and pants in his backpack every day. Children occasionally become so involved in kindergarten activities that they just forget to go! Tennis shoes are best for running and climbing on the playground. Slip-on shoes and flip-flops are not a good choice for active students and heels are dangerous on the playground. It is not safe to be barefoot inside or outside the school. Please have names clearly printed on; coats, hats, mittens, books, backpacks, and anything else that your child brings to school. Names should be in books the children bring to share with the class. Please do not allow your child bring toys to school. We have plenty in the classroom!


  • Lunchlunch.jpg

  • Lunch is at 11:40. We will not stop for a snack during the morning, so children will need to eat a good breakfast! A child's lunch costs $1.40. Milk alone to accompany lunch from home is $.40. If you want your child to have hot lunch it is best to send a check to the lunchroom or you can add to your child's account online. They will keep an account for each child. Students are assigned a lunch account number. As soon as we have these we will send them to you so that you can help your child memorize his number. Your child will have a barcoded lunch card (which we will keep here at school) to access his account for lunch or milk when needed. Sometimes the lunchroom needs to change the menu. If your child is an especially picky eater, you may want to plan cold lunches. Please do not send anything that needs to be warmed. There is no microwave available for student lunches. Our paraprofessionals make every effort to make sure each child eats something. We cannot guarantee that they will eat everything.





Birthdays

  • We will celebrate each child's birthday in class with a birthday crown, and by singing Happy Birthday. We will not have birthday parties in class but if you would like to bring a special snack such as a cookie for each child. (We have 25 students this year.) Snacks must be store bought. Do not plan to bring large cupcakes, cake, or drinks.

  • PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE. This is particularly important as we have some dangerous food allergies! We will celebrate summer birthdays during the child's Star Student week. (more on Star Student later) If your child does have a food allergy, we need to know that on or before the first day of school. You may send a personal supply of treats for your child for us to keep in the classroom and give your child when birthday snacks arrive.


Volunteers

  • Volunteers Parent volunteers are a truly valuable asset in the classroom. At Southmoor we are very fortunate to have many volunteers. Please do not plan to volunteer in kindergarten for the first month! Children need time to learn the routines and rituals of Kindergarten, and to learn that school is for children, not parents, before they are really ready to have parents in the classroom. Parents are invited to volunteer in the classroom as often as once a month. We will discuss volunteering further at Curriculum Night.

==

==

Communication

  • We will send a weekly newsletter in the Southmoor Thursday Folder to let you know what is going on in the classroom. The news will also be posted on this website. If you would like us to send you the news each week in email, please send us an email and we will add you to the distrubution list! Please be sure your child brings a backpack everyday. This is the best way to be certain that notices from school get to you. If you have sent us a note, remind your child to give it to us. We hope to have as much contact with parents as possible. It is difficult to visit during class time when we need to be nteracting with the children; however, we are always available after school. We will have conferences scheduled at the same time as the rest of Southmoor classes and can schedule a conference whenever you would like to meet and discuss your child's progress. If you have questions or concerns, please call or email us and we will return your call as soon as possible .

    • preschool-clipart2 small.PNG