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Pearson Parent/Student Handbook
What Does Kindergarten Look Like?: The Kindergarten day will be filled with experiences to encourage a positive attitude toward school and enrich learning. We will take advantage of “real-world” opportunities to count, write, solve problems, use language, and think critically as part of our curriculum.
A look at our schedule: Students arrive at school between 9:05 and 9:20 each morning (students arriving after 9:20 will be marked absent). If your child will be purchasing and eating breakfast at school, please ensure that they arrive as close to 9:05 as possible. All breakfast must be finished by 9:30. From 9:10-9:45 students will unpack, eat breakfast if necessary, complete their ‘morning work’ or entry activity, use the bathroom if needed, and complete all classroom routines and prepare for the day. Our school day ends at 3:50. Kindergarten students will be put on the bus, or waiting with me at parent pick up, at 3:50. On Wednesdays, our school day ends at 3:00.
*If your child’s transportation arrangements are changing you MUST call the office during the school day, or send a written and signed note with the changes. I can not change your child’s transportation based on what they recall the changes to be. Transportation changes may also be made only by adults listed as having permission. To add friends or family members to this list please call the office.
Appropriate Clothing: Kindergarten is your child’s job. Please make sure that he/she is dressed appropriately for that job. We will be doing a lot of hands on activities including painting, coloring and gluing…not to mention recess! We don’t want the students to be worried about getting dirty. Please send appropriate coats, jackets with your child everyday. We do play outside at recess 2-3 times per day and yes, we do play outside in the rain, snow and sun. Everyone will need to wear pants or shorts and tennis shoes on P.E. days.
*Pearson’s dress code includes the following policies:
Folders: Your child’s folder is an extremely important piece to their success at school each day! In Kindergarten, student folders are sent home every day and are expected to be returned the following morning. Folders should be emptied of any unneeded papers each weekend. Here are some of the things you can expect to find in your kiddo’s folder :
>Behavior calendar – a behavior calendar will be placed in your child’s folder each month and should remain in their folder every day. This is where your child’s “color” will be recorded for you to see. Please initial the calendar each night to let me know you have checked their folder.
Lunch: Your child may purchase their lunch at school or pack their own. If your child will be purchasing school lunches you can access and pay into their lunch account via the school website. If your child is bringing their lunch from home please ensure that they have a well rounded lunch with many healthy options. Students packing their lunch still have the option to purchase a milk if needed, or get water from the lunchroom for free. Please make sure that lunch boxes are labeled and students can independently open and close them. Also, please help your child practice opening/closing any containers or packaging in their lunch.
Snacks: Kindergarten students should bring TWO small snacks to school each day. We will have one snack in the morning, before lunch, and one snack in the afternoon. Please make sure to write your child’s name on the bag, container, or packaging of your child’s snacks each day. Also make sure they know where to find their snacks in their backpack/lunch box. Later in the year, usually around January, we switch to only one snack. Keep your eyes peeled for info in my newsletter to know when to switch to only one snack.
Birthdays: This is a special time for students and I want to make sure everyone is recognized on their birthday. My goal is to celebrate a student's special day in a manner that is not distracting or hurtful to others.
Birthday Invitations: It is Pearson’s policy that we may not pass out any birthday invitations at school, even to the entire class. You will receive a class contact list with names, phone numbers, and email addresses. This is the best way to schedule play dates and birthday parties with classmates. If you have any questions about this policy, please let me know.
Birthday Treats: We have students with allergies, so prior planning is mandatory. If you would like to send a birthday treat to school to celebrate your kiddo’s birthday please email me beforehand to confirm that treats are being sent to school. I must have AT LEAST 24 hour notice. In Kindergarten we allow students to share mini cupcakes only with the class. The cupcakes must be store bought and still sealed in the packaging. Cupcakes must be the mini size, not full size.
Homework: Kindergarten students will receive homework once a month.
Personal Items: It is my policy that students do not bring personal items (such as balls, Gameboys, cell phones, trading cards, stickers, etc.) to school. Personal items are best left at home to avoid the hurt feelings and conflicts that they may cause. We have PLENTY to do in the classroom and on the playground, so personal toys shouldn’t be needed.
Parent Involvement: The first step of parent involvement is to check your child’s Folder daily and talk to your children about what happened at school that day. Questions to ask if they reply “nothing”: What books did you read today? Did you go to PE/Music or Library? What was something new that you learned? Tell me about the story Mrs. Girouard read today! What did you count today? Can you share any songs you learned? What were you proud of today?
Another way to be involved is through volunteering. Volunteers are a very important part of my classroom!. Some of you may be interested in becoming an art docent, or lending extra hands during the day. For those of you who are unable to come in during the day, I will also have opportunities for you to volunteer your time at home or after-school....just let me know. Volunteering will start in the beginning of October. Don't forget to fill out and submit your Volunteer Packet. Background check can take up to three weeks.