Welcome To Room 8 Kindergarten!
Morning ArrivalKindergarten students line up east of the primary playground, off of Wilmot Road, when the first bell rings at 8:33 a.m. Students enter the building at 8:35 a.m. when I or another staff member picks them up to walk to our room, so that classroom routines can start at 8:40 a.m. When weather is inclement, students enter the GMA from the primary playground and line up by 8:33 a.m.There will be a staff member helping bus riders to this spot!
DismissalKindergartners will be dismissed according to the plans parents shared on the Kindergarten Information Form. Students who are being picked up will be dismissed through the main entrance of the school, facing Deerfield Road. Please inform me if you prefer to have your child walk to the carpool line alone, instead of being met by a caregiver at the door. If your child will be picked up by a sibling, siblings should be instructed to meet at the water fountains near the main entrance. Bus students will be walked, with a staff member, to the bus lines.*Please email me if your child's dismissal plans change. If it is after 3:00 please call the office to ensure I get the message.*
Specials and Recess
Kindergartners attend special classes according to the table below. Please have them wear gym shoes on PE days. Please help them remember their library books on Book Exchange day.
Monday: Art, PE, LMC Tuesday: PE, Music Wednesday: Art, PE Thursday: Music, STEAM Friday: STEAM
Weather permitting, kindergartners go outside for recess every day. Please help them be ready by sending boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens when needed. Also practice zipping zippers and tying shoes at home; children who can do these things for themselves have more time to play.
Water, Snack, and Lunch
Please stock your child's backpack every day with these refreshments:
1) a full bottle of fresh water (to be re-filled in the afternoon, if necessary),
2) a morning snack of fresh or dried fruits and/or vegetables only (NO canned fruits, applesauce, or pickles); this should be packed separately from the lunchbox for easy retrieval,
3) a healthful lunch that your child can manage as independently as possible (including a drink, since kindergartners' water bottles stay in their cubbies). Please note: lunches are not kept in a refridgerator so send ice packs at your discression.
BirthdaysBirthdays are special in Kindergarten, and we enjoy celebrating them as follows.1) The birthday child receives a crown, a special gift, and a card from Ms. Epstein, as well as a birthday book from Dr. Brett.2) He or she sits in a special chair, so the whole class can sing "Happy Birthday" to him or her. We will also participate in a birthday "Go Noodle".3) While parents are not able to visit on birthdays, we do take a photo of the child and post it on Seesaw (see below).4) If your child's birthday falls during summer vacation, we will celebrate on or near the half-birthday.
Homework in Kindergarten helps provide skill practice and contributes to learning success.
1) Reading: Sight Words (a.k.a. High Frequency Words) are words that appear frequently in text and often defy decoding strategies. Memorizing them contributes greatly to reading fluency. Sight word baggies will be prepared in class periodically and sent home for flash card style practice. You also can help your child learn our Kindergarten sight words by using the ideas on our Sight Word Practice Games page.
2) Math: Homework opportunities will be tailored to learning needs of students in this year's class. More information to come!
3) Projects: Occasional projects will be assigned with adequate time to be completed at home and returned to school.
Parent volunteers make a difference in Kindergarten! Watch your email for more information about these opportunities:
1) Guest Readers present a pre-selected book to the class. Click here to see our Guest Reader sign up!
2) Choice Time Leaders may plan and lead a unique one-time experience for all kindergartners.
3) Field Trip Chaperones supervise small groups of students during field trips, and on the bus to and from.
4) Classroom Volunteers may be invited from time to time to support other instructional activities.
Star Student and Flat StanleyStar StudentEach student will be assigned a week to be our special star of the week. We enjoy learning about each of our kindergarten Friends! Ahead of time, your child will receive an "All About Me" poster to prepare and present to the class. On this day, your child also may bring a Show and Tell item that will help us learn more about him or her. The schedule for star students will be sent out in the next few weeks.Flat StanleyDuring your child's Star Student Week, they will be bringing home our traveling "Flat Stanley" and a journal to record their adventures. We will be reading various books from the series "Adventures of Flat Stanley" throughout the school year during rest time. Stanley will be sent home the MONDAY of your child's star student week and should be returned to school the following Monday. Enjoy your time with Stanley!
Seesaw is an online journal service, designed for schools. Each kindergartner will have their own journal. Ms. Epstein and your child will periodically add entries from school, such as photos, videos, drawings, and notes. Parents will be able to create an account for viewing their own child's journal entries from a personal electronic device. Ms. Epstein also will use Seesaw to send out class-wide reminders, so please consider using this app.
Ipad InformationYou will hear a lot this year about being T.R.U.E with our Ipad devices. Each child has a special iPad "license" which they earned by completing ipad training. This license stays in the back of their take home folders and students will earn stickers as they advance levels in their ipad training and care.APPS We can use at Home-Kids A-Z-Reading Eggs-More will be added as we learn to use our iPads!***ST MATH CANNOT BE USED AT HOME. Data collected through the program can be misrepresented if students login to their accounts at home. Thank you!
Scholastic Reading Club
We participate in the Scholastic Reading Club to help families find compelling books to read with their kindergartners at home. Scholastic also rewards our classroom with additional books when we make purchases. Participation is not required but if you are interested, please visit Scholastic Reading Club (copy and paste this Activation Code: QB3TP )