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 info and things to do...

1. Letter:

It was so great meeting so many 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 worries, 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 favorite recent picture (or quick snapshot) of your child with your email. It will help me remember which names go with which faces! Please email your letter and picture ASAP (but definitely by August 3rd)

2. Snacks, Lunch, and More:

Please be sure to read through the attached Welcome Packet for all of the info needed on lunch, snacks, procedures, etc.  As far as I know right now...there are no food allergies in the classroom. This can always change, and we do share recess time with other classes who do have kids with allergies. Please be cautious on what you send to school in order to keep every child safe. Mostly, tell your kids that they may not share their snacks or lunches. Thank you for your understanding! 

3. Balanced Beginnings, Picture Day, and the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:

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 8th, 9th or 10th for two hours. You will drop off your child and pick them up for this at our classroom's exterior door. 

Students will get to know classmates and partake in engaging activities. We will begin to build community and learn individual children's social, emotional and academic strengths and needs.  Students will take their picture with you between 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on the day you have signed up for. 

Parents will need to sign up for Balanced Beginnings if you have not yet done so. 

Kindergarten students’ first full day of school is Thursday, August 11th. I will meet students at our classroom door at 8:20.  You are then invited to a Tears and Cheers Breakfast in our cafeteria at 8:45AM.

4. Back to School Night:
Classroom teachers will provide parents with an overview of the school year on Wednesday, August 24th, during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 4:30-5:00 PM & 5:10-5:40 PM. Dr. Brown will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 4:15-4:30 PM. I hope to see you there!

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 our classroom exterior door between 8:20-8:30 AM. Our classroom will be dismissed at 3:25. 

6. Supply List:
Here is the link to our kindergarten supply listPlease send all supplies with your student when they come to Balanced Beginnings. Thank you! If you purchased a supplies kit through the school, it will be delivered directly to our classroom. 

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! Please take a look and be sure to check back often!  

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.