Important Info

Important Info

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Families,

Welcome to Kindergarten at St. Catherine’s. This year will be full of discovery, learning, and fun! I look forward to working with you and your child. Our teacher aide for Kindergarten this year is Mrs. Corcoran. We are so lucky to have her with us every day!

This letter includes information regarding the classroom procedures and expectations for the school year. If you ever have any questions or concerns, you can email me at asmith@scaoaklawn.org. You can also get information from our website at scaoaklawn.org.

Home Folders

Please check your child’s folder every night for papers and notes. Once a week, your child will bring home a “decodable”. Please practice reading this with your child, but this does not need to be sent back to school. If your child brings home a white envelope on Thursday, please return it to school on Friday.

Homework

Students should be reading (or read to) with an adult as much as possible. There will also be a language arts and a math paper for homework that will correspond with our daily lesson (except for Friday). Please help your child do both sides and send it back to school the following day. We also have monthly sight words that should be studied and can be found on our webpage!

Birthday Treats

Please send in items (bubbles, pencils, etc.) that are individually wrapped for a birthday treat. This is OPTIONAL! We will celebrate your child’s birthday in the classroom, but send the treats home at the end of the day to be enjoyed after school.

Behavior

Students are expected to follow school and classroom rules. We will have a Clip It! Behavior chart in our classroom. This clip chart is a great tool that will monitor behavior and allow students to be rewarded for positive behavior while discouraging negative behavior. Each student has a clothespin, or clip, with his or her name on it. Everyone will start on green at the beginning of each day, and clips can be moved up and down throughout the day based on behavior.

Pink “Super Student” this is reserved for outstanding behavior. A student who reaches this level will earn a special “bling” to be placed on his or her clothespin. They will also be invited to pick a price out of our classroom treasure box. After five jewels, or “blings”, clips will be retired to the Hall of Fame and a new clip will be given.

Purple “Great Job” Students can move to the “Great Job” level for showing that they are making the right behavior decisions. Ending the day on this level is great!

Green “Ready to Learn” Every student will start the day on the “Ready to Learn” level. As the day goes on, clips can be moved up and down, based on behavior. This level is a good one to be on!

Yellow “Think About It” a student will be moved to the “Think About It’ level as a warning about his or her behavior and a reminder to follow the rules. If a student ends the day on yellow, a note will be sent home that will need to be signed by a parent and returned the next day.

Orange “Teacher’s Choice” students who continue to display poor behavior can move down to the ‘Teacher’s Choice” level. Here, the teacher can decide what action to take. Partial loss of recess or free center time might be an appropriate choice. If a student ends the day on orange, a note will be sent home that will need to be signed by a parent and returned the next day.

Red ‘Parent Contact” When a student moves to the “Parent Contact” level, the teacher will notify parents via note or phone call. Students on this level may lose recess time, etc. If a student ends the day on red, a note will be sent home that will need to be signed by a parent and returned the next day.

Star Student

Starting in September, I will randomly choose one student each week to be our “Star Student”. This student will be given a poster sheet to complete over the weekend and bring to school on Monday. The Star Student may choose a guest reader (mom, dad, grandma, older brother sister, etc.) to come into our room and read a story. I will send home a paper to choose a day and time for the guest reader to come in. This is optional- if the student doesn't not have anyone to be a guest reader, I can always find a fellow teacher or office person who would love to be a special guest reader!

Scholastic Book Orders

I will be sending home order forms periodically as I receive them. My online code will be on the order form, as well as the due date. It is a great way to build an at home library!

Snack

We eat snack in our room every morning. You may send a healthy, peanut-free snack with your child along with a lunch everyday. Please encourage your child to only eat the snack he or she brought, and not to trade food with anyone or touch anyone ele’s snack. Also, please do not send carbonated beverages.

Questions and Concerns

Please do not hesitate to contact me throughout the year with questions or concerns. Parents are very important! If we work together as a team, this will be an awesome year for everyone! Thank you in advance for all of your support!

Sincerely, Ms. Ashley Smith