- Students need to be in school as much as possible. We
are building language, working on auditory development, and
using hands-on materials to enhance our learning. These
activities cannot be duplicated for students who are missing. If
your child is sick or must be out of school, please call the
front office (516-992-7500) and leave a message. Upon
return to school your child needs to bring in a signed
note from home explaining the absence. I
need to keep accurate records for each child.
- Our school doors open at 8:55 am. Students who arrive early should
join children playing
outside or wait by the Kindergarten doors.
- Please send a backpack with your child every day. Put your child's
name on it. Please provide a sturdy two pocket folder for
correspondence to be kept in the
backpack. Check the folder in your child's backpack for papers and remove
- Birthdays are highly anticipated by most kindergartners. I try to
make each student's birthday special. For more specific
information please read the section "Birthday Celebrations" on the
home page of my website.
- Please do not send birthday invitations to school unless you are
inviting the entire class. If all the children are invited, I
will gladly allow your child to hand out invitations in class.
Book Check Out
- Your child will be checking out books regularly from our
school library. I cannot express to you often enough the
importance of reading to and with your child every day begin
with 5-10 minutes and build to 20-30 minutes per day.
Book Orders - I will send home a Scholastic book order
bi-monthly and you have the option to purchase books or not.
Scholastic offers many quality children’s books at reasonable prices
so you may expand your home library. Scholastic also gives the teacher
a certain amount of bonus points for each order placed. This allows me
to get free materials for our classroom such as books, cassette tapes,
video tapes, puppets and other educational materials. Please be aware that you do not need
to purchase books every month or at all unless you so choose!
If you find books that you would like to order, fill out the order
form and return it with the amount due. Checks should be made out to
Scholastic Book Club.
For safety, it is best if your child rides to the same after school
address every day. If this is not possible, please clarify in writing any changes
about the way your child is transported to and from school. This is
important information regarding the safety of your child. Make sure
your child understands his or her mode of transportation each day. You
may choose to safety pin a note
to your child or include one in his or her folder when he/she is to ride to an alternate address or wait
for you at the school.
Celebrations -We will have various parties throughout the
year. Our class parent will contact you to volunteer and help with our
Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that is appropriate
for Kindergarten. I also recommend that you send in an extra set
of clothes in a ziplock bag, labeled with your child's full
name. In case of any spills or bathroom accidents your
child will be able to quickly change into a new set of clothes
without any fuss or embarrassment.
Communication - Communication between home and school
is very important. If you feel the need to talk to me, the
fastest way to reach me is through my email account,
I check my school email several times a day. You can also send me a note
in your child's folder, or in an emergency call the front office. I will get back with you as
soon as I possibly can.
Computers -We have a computer center in our classroom
which your child will have access to on a rotating schedule. We
also will visit the John H. West computer lab each week. Your child
will be taught the proper way to use a computer and then have access
to a variety of educational children's software to explore.
Conferences - I will be scheduling several conferences
throughout the school year. If you feel the need to contact me at any
time, please send a note, or email me to make
arrangements for scheduling a conference.
School ends at 2:50 pm for Kindergarten students. The children are
dismissed five minutes before the older grades at the Kindergarten
classroom outside door. This allows families with older children to be
able to pick up their Kindergartner first and then proceed to the
blacktop area in time to meet their older children.
ELP (Early Literacy
Profile) This is a school required indicator or test for early
literacy skills and reading given
to students in the fall, winter, and spring.
Emergency Cards -Your child will have an emergency card
on file in the Nurse’s office. At least two working phone numbers are
required in order to contact parents in case of illness or emergency.
There will also be a form indicating other adults that are permitted
to pick up your child from school.
Field Trips -We take several educational field trips
during the year. A permission slip will be required anytime that we
will be taking a bus for a field trip. If we do not receive a
permission slip, your child will not be allowed to go with the class.
Fire Drills -Your child will participate in frequent
fire drills throughout the year. We will practice the procedures
before our first fire drill so that your child will be prepared and
will know exactly what to do in case of such an emergency.
Fund Raisers -Our school participates in several fund
raisers throughout the year to raise money for various things for our
school. We hope that everyone can participate, but it is not
We take note of holidays, and always include time for a special
celebration. Many of our learning activities focus on different
holidays and often include learning about traditional ways that people
celebrate all around the world.
It is important for children to establish a responsible homework
routine at this age. Starting a homework routine in Kindergarten can
lead to responsible homework habits in the future. I will usually send
a monthly homework calendar and an occasional daily assignments home
in your child's folder. Please keep the homework until it has been
completed and return on the stated return date. Review or re-do pages
that challenge or frustrate your child at a later date.
Invented Spelling/Sounding Out Words
Journal Writing -We spend time everyday writing
in our journals. Journal writing is a process that begins with
scribbles. You should see a growth in your child’s writing
throughout the year.
- Try to encourage your child to eat healthy snacks in school by
avoiding sending in junk food. Healthy nutritious snacks
will keep those brain cells working hard for a longer amount of
Kindergarten Children -Kindergarten is a special
time for your child. I want to make this experience the
best it can be!
Labeling - Label all
personal items that your child brings to school, especially his or her
lunch box, snack, backpack and outerwear.
Library -We have a scheduled library time every week. Kindergarten students may check out books from
the library. Library books are due the following week.
Students may not take out another book until the original book is
- Kindergarten children will get to experience lunch in the cafeteria
with their schoolmates. If your child is bringing lunch to
school: Please send it in a lunch box or brown bag labeled LUNCH
with his or her name to avoid confusing it with snack. Again, please
continue to send in a juice box, or water bottle. If your child is buying lunch:
Money being brought to school should be in a sealed envelope with your
child’s name on the front AND his or her choice of lunch for the day.
- Using a pre-purchased lunch
card allows your child to buy lunch without bringing money to
school. Information on purchasing these tickets is available from the
Lock Down Drill
Is difficult for a child to
keep track of money. Please send in any money in a sealed
envelope or small change purse labeled with your child's name on
Notes - Look for notes from the office and from me coming home
in your child’s take-home folder.
Nurse’s Office -Nurse Smith is our school nurse. She
will take care of your child until you can be reached to pick him/her
up from school.
Outside -Your child will have outside time daily,
weather permitting. Please dress your child appropriately for
the weather and remember to label all of your child's
P.T.A (Parent/Teacher Association) -All parents are
encouraged to join the school’s P.T.A. There is a special
section on the John H. West website to tell you more about this
Pledge of Allegiance -Each morning we will stand to recite the
pledge of allegiance to the United States. During this time we
will also hear the morning announcements over the school loudspeaker.
Physical Education -The kindergarten children
participate in a 40 minute
Physical Education period twice a week. Please send your child
to school wearing his/her sneakers on this day. To see our daily
schedule, look on the home page or click here: Our Daily
Schedule of Events.
Parent Involvement -We love parent involvement! Please
be involved in your child’s Kindergarten year as much as you can.
We always need volunteers for class events!
|Questions - During the
school year please feel free to write a note or send
an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions or concerns that you have. I will
contact you as soon as possible. If there are any special needs that
your child has, please let me know.
-We are on a bi-yearly grading period. Your child will receive a
report card twice a year. Report cards are sent home in January
and in June. Please keep in mind that each child develops at his
or her own rate. Childhood is a journey not a race.
Restrooms -We have restrooms in our classroom and your
child is allowed to go whenever needed. Unfortunately accidents sometimes
happen and we will make sure that your child is sent to the nurse’s
office for a change of clothes.
- We have five rules in our Kindergarten classroom. You
can find the list of them on my home page under "Classroom
Your child’s safety is top priority. I take every precaution when
your child is in my care. Please send a note with your child or call
the school if he/she is to go home a different way.
School Website - John H West has its own website.
We hope that you visit our
school's website often so that you keep yourself up to date of all
that happens at West. We
can be found at
http://www.plainedgeschools.org/west/. WEST is the BEST!
Show and Tell
When your child is our Star Student, he or she will have an
opportunity to bring a special Show and Tell item. If you have something extra-special to share
with us (a new
baby, or other special event), please talk to me; we can always squeeze in
some extra time!
Sight Words or High Frequency Words -There are 50 basic
sight words that students in Kindergarten are required to know before
moving on to first grade. You can find them on my home page
under "Sight Word Soup."
During our busy learning day, the children will have an opportunity
to have a "nutrition break" in addition to lunch. Each day the
children will be given a brief time to have a small nutritious snack
and beverage. Send your child’s small snack, napkin and juice box in a
plastic Ziploc bag or brown bag labeled SNACK with his or her name.
Please send juice boxes only because thermoses, bottles or cans lead
to large spills for our little people and learning time is lost each
day cleaning up our room.
If you would like to send
snacks for the entire class, I encourage you to do so. Please only
send healthy snacks. Some examples are: Goldfish, animal crackers,
fruit, yogurt, and cheese/crackers.
If your child has any food allergies please inform me immediately.
Each student will be highlighted once during the school year. During the week, your child can bring
pictures, Show and Tell items, and a special activity. Wait until you
receive a Star Student information sheet before sending
pictures! For more detailed information, please read the section
"Star Student of the Week" on the home page of my website.
Success - There is nothing
more important than the success of your child. We’ll work together to
help your child do his or her best in Kindergarten. Please contact me
regarding any concerns you may have - at any time. After all,
"everything we ever really needed to know we learned in Kindergarten!"
You can find our school
supply list here:
Kindergarten Welcome Letter.
Toys - Please keep all toys
at home unless it is your child’s turn for Show and Tell. Also, try to
limit jewelry as it often breaks upsetting the child, or they misplace
it. These items are better left at home because they quickly become
too large a distraction at school. If they do appear, the items will
be put away until they can be returned to an adult.
If you would like to send a special treat for the children, please
contact me. I encourage you to send a treat when it is your child's birthday.
Under the Weather
Units and Themes
Please make sure that you sign in at the front desk and receive a hall
pass before you come to the classroom. I will be looking for your
sticker when you enter the classroom.
Writing Skills - Please see the section called "Beginning
Writing Skills" on the home page or
Exercises to Improve Handwriting
Skills and The Handwriting Without Tears Program under the
heading "What is
Kindergarten All About?" You may also click on the
links to go directly.
Yearbook Photos -
One of my hobbies is photography. I
enjoy taking pictures and making scrapbooks. I love sharing my photos
on a website called Shutterfly. You may choose to make "Kindergarten Memory Book" for
your child to have at the end of
the year. The site will include pictures from all of our classroom events
and even some pictures of our everyday routines. It is always a lot of
fun for the children to see and to remember their Kindergarten days!!
You - are your child's first and most important
teacher. No one can influence your child's life in the way that you
-Your child should get plenty of rest each night. Kindergarten
students require 10-12 hours of sleep a day. It is so important for
your child to be alert and ready to learn each day. Set a bedtime and
Sit back and watch your
child's skills take off! You will be amazed and surprised at the
changes this year.