The start of school is an exciting time in a young person's
life. I am happy to welcome you to John H. West Elementary
School. My name is Mrs. Nale and I am
looking forward to having your child in my Kindergarten class
this September. The children's enthusiasm and energy offer great
challenges, and I look forward to my year with them and with
Below you will find a list of supplies your child will need to
begin learning in Kindergarten. There is no need to label any
loose supplies. Learning supplies
will be available at all times for your child to use. All
additional materials will be used to replenish the supplies as
necessary. A detailed list of necessary school supplies,
along with directions is on the bottom of this page.
When sending in supplies with your child, keep in mind the only
necessary items on the first day are your child’s backpack,
folder, and purple transportation sheet. The rest of the
supplies may be heavy, so try to divide them as best as possible
over the first few days of school.
Below you will find some important
our classroom and daily routines.
ABSENCES - Your child
must bring in a signed note when he or she has been absent or is
late. In your note state the reason for the absence or lateness
and the date of the occurrence. I need to keep accurate records
for each child.
Please clarify by note 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.
SNACK - 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.
LUNCH - Kindergarten
children will get to experience lunch in the cafeteria with
If your child is bringing lunch:
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.
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.
lunch tickets allows your child to purchase lunch without
bringing money to school. If you decide to do this, please send
in a note with your child's name and choice of lunch for the
day. Information on purchasing these tickets is available from
The school cafeteria
needs to have a lunch count first thing in the morning and your
cooperation with choosing the type of lunch your child would
like is a tremendous help!
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.
LABELING - Label all
personal items that your child brings to school, especially his
or her lunch box, snack, backpack and outerwear.
To read more about important topics such as "Helping Your Child
Succeed", "The Value of Play", or questions like, "Is My Child
Ready for Kindergarten?" visit my classroom website at:
During the school year please feel free to call the office or
write a note 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.
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. After all, "everything we ever really needed to
know we learned in Kindergarten!"
Please Do Not label the
3 boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons
6 LARGE glue sticks (not liquid)
1 box of sharpened pencils (Ticonderoga pencils
are the BEST)
1 box of THIN markers
1 box of markers
1 watercolor paint set
1 pair of child scissors (Fiskars Brand works
1 box of Kleenex tissues
2 rolls of Paper Towels
1 package of baby wipes
1 box of Gallon Size Ziploc storage bags
Please label the following with your child’s
1 backpack (No rolling backpacks, please)
1 lunch box and 1 snack container
2 marble notebooks
1 coloring book for rainy days in the cafeteria
(Please, no weapons and no
3 sturdy folders with bottom pockets
(pockets should go straight across the bottom)