Friday, July 23, 2021

Welcome to Kindergarten

I hope you are having a great summer! I am so excited that we are very close to school starting. It is great to get in contact with some of you again and introduce myself to others. Below is the information I sent to you. Check here in the future for Kindergarten News!

Important Information and Things To Do:

1. Letter

It was so great meeting some of your students in May! I would love the chance to get to know your child even more before the school year starts.  Please email me a short letter letting me know about your child.  This can include interests, favorites, hobbies, any concerns, information about them both socially and academically, and how they will get home at the end of the day (Parents walk up to the dismissal door, bus, car loop, etc.).  Please also attach a picture of your child with your email.  This really helps me associate their name with their face.  If your family is able, please email your letter and picture by August 6th . 

2. Balanced Beginnings and Picture Day

Kindergarten students have a transitional start to the school year referred to by the District as Balanced Beginnings. Kindergarten students will meet with a small group of students on August 9th, 10th or 11th for two hours. Parents will drop their child off at their classroom's exterior door. Students will get to know a few classmates, take a few assessments and partake in engaging activities. Classroom teachers will begin to build community and learn individual children's social, emotional and academic strengths and needs.  Students will take their picture with their parents between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on their identified day. Please  click here  to sign up for Balanced Beginnings. Times are designated on a first come first serve basis.

3. Kindergarten's First Day of School
Kindergarten students’ first full day of school is Thursday, August 12th. A staff member will meet students at their classroom's exterior door between 8:20-8:35 AM. Kindergarten parents are invited to a Tears and Cheers Breakfast in our cafeteria at 8:40AM on August 12th.

4. Back to School Night
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 25th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 4:30-5:00 PM & 5:10-5:40 PM. The principal will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 4:15-4:30 PM. We hope you will join us for these informative sessions.

5. Arrival and Dismissal
Gold Rush has had tremendous success with our rolling start! If you are returning to Gold Rush, you are aware that all students enter the building between 8:20-8:30 AM and head directly to their classroom. Grade levels/classrooms are assigned a specific entrance and all entrances are monitored starting at 8:20 AM by GRE staff. Classroom teachers will show students how to enter the building and proceed to his/her classroom on the first day of school. Additional adults will be present to support students our first week back. It is imperative that students are not dropped off prior to 8:20 AM unless they have a previously scheduled meeting or activity as supervision is not available.

We also had great success with our staggered dismissal times for primary and intermediate students. Please see GRE’s dismissal schedule below.
3:20 PM   Students in grades K-2 are dismissed
3:25 PM   Students in grade 3-5 with siblings in grades K-2 are dismissed
3:30 PM   Students in grades 3-5 without siblings are dismissed and buses for all students are dismissed
**Rolling carloop begins

Students in all grade levels will exit the building using the same door they used during arrival. Teachers in the primary grades will walk their students out and wait at their identified locations until all students have been picked up. Older students with younger siblings who walk home will meet at their youngest siblings’ class designated meeting area.  At 3:30PM all teachers will walk students to the shade structure on the front blacktop for our carloop.  Parents can park and meet their child at their teacher's identified location or use the rolling car loop. The car loop for all students will begin at 3:30 PM.

6. Supply List
Here is the link to our kindergarten supply list:  Supply Link

7. Classroom Website
The link to our classroom website is in my email signature below so you can always access it. I will update the website often with different information, pictures, resources, and more! 

8. Communication
If there are any other email addresses you would like me to add to our class contact list please let me know. Those email addresses will receive my weekly update emails.

I appreciate you taking the time to look through this information. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a fabulous last couple weeks of summer!

~Ms. Marchese