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Copy of Back to School Night 2013-2014

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Transcript of Copy of Back to School Night 2013-2014

Back-to-School Night
September 3rd, 2014

Welcome to
Ms. Harrison's
Kindergarten Classroom
Room 20

School Supplies
Homework Policy:
Email:
michelle.harrison@pgcps.org
(please allow 48 hours to respond)

Write a note and tell your child to give it to me in the morning/leave it in their folder.

Call the school and leave a message.
(301) 513-5911/5912

I am happy to set-up appointments to meet after school with prior notice.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
How can you reach me?
Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures
School hours
Attendance & Absences
Lunch (Cafeteria)
Personal Belongings & Attire
Backpacks
General Logistics
Children may arrive at school
no earlier than 8:50 am for drop-off and 9:00 am for breakfast
. Breakfast is from
9:00 am - 9:15 am
.

Please escort your child to the school lobby.
Wait to see someone on duty before leaving your child. Never leave your child unattended.
Children who come to school on the bus will walk down to the kindergarten classroom.
Please do not bring your child to the classroom before school starts. Parents and children must both wait on the lobby or school yard until the bell rings.

PLEASE BE ON TIME!
After 9:15 am, children are marked late.
Drop-off Procedures
Personal Belongings & Attire
Students will hang their backpacks and outer wear on the hooks inside.
The school is very chilly so bring a sweater or a jacket and leave it in backpacks (just in case).
Label all
coats and jackets with names.
Wear comfortable clothes & shoes (PE).
NO TOYS at school unless Mystery Bag day. Toys will be taken.
School policy states that there are to be no hats worn in the classroom (outside okay).
Please leave a change of clothes in case of emergencies!!
Large enough for folder, journal, papers, homework and lunch bag (if applicable).

Check backpacks daily for important notes and student work.

Clean backpacks of old papers and/or food.

Ask your child to share with you what's inside and take time to review items.
Backpacks
Send a healthy lunch in a lunch box/bag
Clearly label with child's name
No peanuts or nut products
(due to allergies).
Please remind your child if he/she is buying a lunch to practice their lunch pin numbers.
A monthly menu of nutritious lunches will be sent home. Review selections with your child and plan accordingly.
On
www.myschoolbucks.com
, parents can put money on their child(s) account in advance (PGCPS website).
If your child brings in lunch money, please place in a labeled envelope in your child's pocket.
Lunch Routine
Parent Involvement
Student of the Week
Birthdays
Kinder-Activities
Field Trips for the Year
Classroom Logistics
When school is over, you may pick up your child at the front of the building (near the Cafeteria).
Children who take the bus/van will be escorted to the Cafeteria and placed on their respective buses/van.
Children who attend Before & After Care will be escorted to the Gymnasium.
If you will be late picking up your child, please call the office ahead of time and we will take him/her to the office to wait.
Playing on the playground equipment after school is not permitted because there is no supervision.

PLEASE BE ON TIME!
Pick-up Procedures
School Hours
Please indicate your child's after school plans (pickup, carpool, bus, van) on the
dismissal sheet
to the best of your ability by the end of tonight.

If plans change
FOR ANY REASON
(even for one day),
please call or send a note
explaining the change. To ensure your child's safety, we will not deviate from your child's after school plans unless we have
written permission
from you.

Please have your child give the note to their teacher in the morning time.
After School Plans
We hope to see every child in school every day. By establishing good attendance routines now, you are instilling the value of school in your child. Please be on time every day.

If your child is absent,
please write a note and attach any doctor's notes to it to let the school know of an (excused absence)
.

Please take family vacations during
vacation times.
Attendance & Absences
Kindergarten hours are from
9:00 am to 3:15 pm
.
Lunch
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
15-min Recess
12:15 pm

The office is open from
8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Our
health nurse
is available from
9:00 am to 3:15 pm.
If your child takes any medications, please see her for more information.
Each week for eight months, one child will be selected to be the
"Student of the Week"
.
Privilege of being a leader, helper, and messenger.
Poster about him/herself to complete at home.
Please help!
Can bring in special items from home to share with the class that reflect his/her interests and personality (school-appropriate).
Kinder of the Week
Birthdays
We make each child feel special on his/her birthday.
Special class activity/song/card/sticker:
However, it is school policy that store bought
pre-cut cake/cupcakes
may be handed out to students in the Cafeteria during lunch time for birthday celebrations. Must be passed out by the
parents
.
Parents may donate store bought items only, in honor of birthday but remember food allergies.
Please no balloons, characters, party favors, and/goodie bags.
Please
bring birthday invitations
for
everyone
in the class in order to hand out. A class roster can be distributed for name purposes.
Kinder-Activities
Whenever you send notes, school forms, book orders, or any other written message to school with your child,
please make sure it is clearly labeled in an envelope
.
Parent
Communication
... and Homework!
I believe parents' involvement in their child's education makes a huge difference.
When your child feels the love and support you give, they can grow leaps and bounds. Each month, I plan to send home a short activity for parents to complete that will be displayed in the classroom.
Assignment #1
(All About Me Poster).
Look out for
Assignment #2
in Sept!
Parent Involvement
Classroom volunteers play a crucial role in our Kindergarten classroom.

Please fill out the
Volunteer Sign-up Sheet
.
This can be a monthly commitment. If you cannot be at your scheduled time, please contact the teacher in advance.
You can share the volunteer time by alternating weeks with another parent.

Important!
Volunteers must have a
Commercial Background Check by the School Board
to work in the classroom (pick up an info sheet from the main office).
Volunteers must
check into the office
and receive a button/sticker before coming in.
Balanced Learning Approach
Focuses on social, emotional, and academic success with small & whole group instruction
Process as well as product is valued
Choice and self-direction is taught
Cooperative Learning Activities
Diversified Instruction

Common Core
Language Arts
Themes
Nursery Rhymes
Poetry/Informational Texts
Complex Texts to teach Comprehension, Decoding, Close Reading Strategies
Weekly focus on letters and sight words
Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
Shared/Guided Reading & Writing
Spelling (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant words)
Writing
Opinion, Informational, Narrative pieces using dictation, pictures, and words
Sorting in more than one way
Patterns
Numbers
Count to 100 by 1's and 10's
Write & recognize numbers to 50
Geometry
Identify/describe 2D and 3D shapes & positions
Analyze, compare, create, compose shapes
Measurement: length, weight, capacity
Time
Days of the week
Time to the nearest hour
Simple addition & subtraction (0-5)
Problem solving
Mathematics
Five Senses
Needs of living things
Where plants and animals live
Weather patterns
Earth Materials and their forms
Science Inquiries/Observations
Science
Identify school and neighborhood community helpers and describe their jobs/roles
Compare and Contrast: Past and Present
Study and Observe Maps, globes, and the Earth
Identify American Symbols and Celebrations
Learn about various cultures and lifestyles
Social Studies
Grading Policy
9:00 - 9:15 am
Breakfast
9:15 – 11:30 am
Reading/Writing
11:30 – 12:00 am
Lunch
12:00 – 12:15 pm
Bathroom/Recess
12:15 – 12:45 pm
Science/Social Studies/ Health
12:45 – 1:30 pm
Specials
(Music/P.E.)
1:30 – 3:15 pm
Math
3:15 – 3:20 pm
Dismissal

Class schedule
Email:
michelle.harrison@pgcps.org

If we work together as partners, your child's academic growth will reach new heights.
Have a good night and please turn in your forms!

THANK YOU!
Questions?
How Can Parents' Access Class DOJO:

Field Trips:


Kindergarten
Students need these items available to them in the classroom:
1 large book bag (no wheels)
36 pre-sharpened #2 pencils (regular size or 4 large size)
4 Composition books (primary journal)
6 glue sticks and 1 glue bottle
2 boxes of 16-24 crayons
1- 8 pack of washable markers
2 pairs of safety scissors (left handed scissors for lefties)
2 pink erasers
1 pack 3x5 index cards
2 tissue boxes/paper towels
2 Clorox Wipes

*Appreciated Donations:
Copy Paper
Ziploc Bags
Hand Sanitizer/Hand Soap/Baby Wipes
Dry Erase Markers
H
omework will be sent home in a green communication folder. Please check folders daily for notes, updates, information and/or completed work. The homework should be completed daily throughout the week and returned on Friday. If the week ends early, send the homework on the last day. Students will receive a menu choice of reinforcement activities to choose from and completed items should be returned to school. In addition, a record sheet for our daily 20 minute reading will accompany it. Please plan to spend a total 10-15 minutes each night doing homework with your child. In order to complete the homework, your child will need these materials at home:
Pencils
Crayons
Scissors
Glue
Paper
Books
A Helpful Parent

Kindergarten is a fun grade to experience because we do lots of cool things:
Family Themed Projects
Movie/Storybook Pajama Days
Quarterly Awards Celebrations
100th Day Celebration
Holiday Arts and Crafts
Kite Day & Earth Day
Themed Parades (Teddy Bear & Story Book Characters)
Readers Theatre Performances

Reading and Language Arts Standards
R.F.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print. (Print Concepts)
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize and name all upper-and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
R.F.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). (Phonological Awareness)
Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

Writing Standards
W.K.1 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book.

W.K.6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

L.K.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
Understand and use question words (interrogatives- who, what, where, when, why and how).
L.K.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Math Standards
K.G.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

K.G.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Class DOJO
A Short Film Showing How It Works...
Pumpkin Patch/Farm- October
In-House Activity- November
Susie Snowflake- December/January
Port Discovery- March
National History Museum- April
National Zoo-May
Breakfast






Breakfast will be served everyday from 9am - 9:15 am promptly (Instruction will start @ 9:16 am).
Students have a choice of milk and/or fruit juice.
Fruit will be served.
Late bus students will be served after 9:15 am.
Parents must have a background check/or be finger-printed from the PGCPS School Board in order to attend a field trip with the class.
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