Kindergarten is the very first step for many students as they start on the lifelong path of learning. Important new skills are introduced, friendships are made and life lessons are learned. Please keep in mind, that it sometimes takes a month or so to make a solid transition from Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten expectations. This is normal and to be expected. Be patient with us as we move to routines and rituals for Kindergarten.
It is important that we have open communication concerning your student. Fulbright students are required to have a take home folder which will contain homework and other important information. The folder and writing journals may be purchased in the school office. This folder should be checked each night.
E-mail is really the best way to reach me with any concerns. I will contact you at my earliest convenience. Additionally, if a note is placed in your child's communication folder, please remind him to place it on my desk.
A learning environment will be established which encourages students to respect and to interact with others in positive ways. Children are taught to consider the feelings of classmates at all times and to respect the belongings and personal space of their friends. Sharing and working together to reach solutions helps children learn to be good students, as well as, good citizens. Through examples and learning activities, cooperation, kindness, and respect for the opinions of others will be emphasized.
Our activities and lessons will be developmentally appropriate and when possible, allow for differentiation of instruction.
A prime example of this is small group guided reading. Students are grouped according to reading levels. Groups will not be larger than six students and will provide a directed approach to comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, phonemic awareness and fluency which will be tailored to the students in that group. Small group writing instruction will be part of this block, also. In whole group, all students will have the same literacy skills presented and writing will be taught to the whole group, as well.
CLASSROOM MONEY POLICIES
When you send money to school, it should be in an envelope marked with your child's name and where the money should go.
It is best to use the online method to pay for lunches. However, when that is not possible, send the envelope clearly marked.
Children are upset when there is no money in a lunch account. Please be aware of this and assure your child that this will be addressed properly and quickly.