Kindergarten Handbook

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our class.  Each new year is exciting and challenging, and I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child.The beginning of a school year is an exciting time in the lives of children, especially Kindergarten students.  I have prepared this booklet of information to answer many questions you may have concerning procedures in our room and in our school.  Please keep this booklet and refer to it when appropriate.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

I hope that you will be able to visit our classroom from time to time.  If your schedule permits, I would love to have you work in the classroom on a regular basis.  If not, I hope that you can join us for lunch or for field trips.I look forward to spending the year establishing a relationship with both you and your child. Again, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Absences:  Whenever your child is absent, you must call the office and let them know.  The phone number for Academy School is 254-3743 or 254-3744.  This is very important!!

Backpack:  I would like your child to come to school with a backpack each and every day so that they have a safe way to transport their mail folder, notes, snack, lunch, etc. to and from school.

Birthdays: Birthdays are special occasions for young children. We are happy to celebrate birthdays during the day. If you wish, you may send in a snack on your child's "special day." Please send a note if you wish to do this, so I can inform you of the number of children in our class. For children who have summer birthdays, we will have a special day just for them closer to the end of the year.

Book Orders: I will be sending home book orders on a regular basis throughout the school year.  This is an excellent way to purchase books at a reduced rate.  If you find books that you would like to order, please write a check to that specific book company, complete the order form and return it to me.  The book company does not take cash. You also have the option to order them right online.

Breakfast: It is important for your child to eat a nutritious breakfast everyday, either at home or at school.If you would like your child to eat breakfast at school…1.   If your child is eligible for free or reduced breakfast, please complete the application form I gave you and return to me ASAP.2.  If you will be paying for school breakfast, please send the money to school in an envelope marked with the appropriate information.

Changes in transportation: If you plan to pick up a child who normally rides the bus, or if your child is going home with someone they do not usually go home with, you must send a written note, speak directly to an adult in our classroom or call the office. If I do not receive this, then I must send your child home by his/her usual mode of transportation. This is a school wide policy that is strictly enforced for your child’s safety.

Class Celebrations: Generally, we have class parties for Halloween, Valentine's Day and at the end of the year. The room parent(s) will be organizing these events by calling families to donate healthy snacks baked goods, drinks and paper goods.

Daily Behavior: As you know, good behavior and learning go hand in hand. Academy Star behavior expectations will be established to ensure your child experiences a positive and safe learning environment. Even at the young age of 5, children need to learn the importance of accepting responsibility for their actions.

Extra Clothes: I am going to ask that each child have a set of clothes in a plastic bag in their backpack (or cubby) in case of small accidents.  Please keep them replenished and seasonally appropriate.

Field Trips: Periodically throughout the year I will schedule field trips to enhance our curriculum. Before each bus trip, you will receive a permission slip and trip information. I will be asking for parents to volunteer to be chaperones on some trips. Most of the trips we will be taking are either walking trips (fire station, post office, etc.) or by school bus.  In the past, have taken trips to Green Mountain Orchard, West Brattleboro Post Office, Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro Fire Station, and some others. 

Forest Kindergarten: Two mornings a week we will be going into the woods behind the school. We will be going outdoors in most weather, so please make sure to dress your child according to the weather.  We do have winter gear to wear at school as well as boots to wear in rainy weather.

Lunch:  The children will be eating lunch daily. The children may….1.   Bring their own lunch and drink from home  2.  They may buy lunch in the cafeteria. Milk is included in the cost of hot lunch, but may also be purchased separately  3.  If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch, please complete the application I gave you (same as for breakfast) and return to me ASAP.  If you have any questions about the lunch program and your child's lunch account, please contact the Café Services directly.

Mail Folder:  I will be sending home all mail and completed schoolwork in a folder on Fridays, unless something needs to come home sooner.  It is a good idea to check your child’s backpack each night just in case.  Please be sure to take time to read this information.  It is one of the best ways to keep informed about your child’s educational happenings.The mail folder is the first job I am giving your child.  It is a wonderful way for a five-year-old to assume responsibility.  S/he should: 1. Take the mail folder home on Friday  2. With your help, find a safe place to keep the mail folder  3. Bring the mail envelope back to school the following week.

Money:  On occasion, it will become necessary for your child to bring money to school (for snack, lunch, field trips, book orders, etc.)  When sending money to school, please place it in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the following information:Your child's first and last name and the amount of money enclosedThe purpose of the money  (lunch, snack, field trip, etc.) Teacher's name (Mrs. Parzych) and grade (Kindergarten)

Parent Conferences:  Besides our meet the teacher visit at the beginning of the year, we will also have a parent-teacher conference in November and then another one in March.  Other conferences can be scheduled, by you or by me, at any time during the year, if we feel it is necessary.

Parent Involvement:  Parent involvement is so important to the success that your child has in school. Parent volunteers are very important in the workings of a classroom community.  Their contributions of time and energy, however small, help to free the staff to do small group and individual work that is so essential in a child’s education.
My hope is that each of you will be able to volunteer in some way this year, in or out of the classroom.  There are many opportunities to volunteer in our classroom during the week.  As a working parent, I know that it is not always easy to get away from your job, but you would like to participate.  There are various tasks that can be done outside of the classroom (being a room parent, preparing materials/ games for classroom use, etc.) Also, talk with your child about school and their friends, reading to them, playing a game, doing a craft, etc. are all excellent ways of being involved and participating in your child’s education.Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this very important role.  If you are able to help out, please complete the parent volunteer form and return.

Parent-Teacher Relationships:  I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is important for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, newsletters, report cards and parent-teacher conferences.  I encourage you to call me or send me a note when you have questions or concerns.  I will then get back to you as soon as possible.  The best times to reach me at school are 7:45-8:15 a.m. and 2:45-3:15 p.m.  If we feel we need to have a longer conversation, we can arrange one at that time.  You can also email me at - I try to check my email a couple of times a day, so if you have a question, that is also a way to get in touch with me.

Recess:  We will be going outside at least twice a day for recess plus our time in the forest.  Your child should dress appropriately for the weather and season.  All children go outside each day with the exception of rainy or very cold days.

Rest Time:  The children will be given a rest period each day after lunch.  We feel that this is necessary to help the children "recharge their batteries".  The children may use this time to nap, relax and/or read.  I will also play soft music during this time.  Each child will be provided with a rest mat.  Rest time will be a quiet part of our day.  Children should bring in a small blanket or towel from home to put over their mat.

Report Cards:  Report cards are sent home two times during the school year.  The first one goes home in January and the other one goes home in June.

School Hours:  Students attend school from 8:18 a.m. to 2:40p.m.  Upon arrival to school, children should wait on the playground.   There is a sign that hangs in the office window that will say, “Go In” if the weather is not good enough to be outside.  At dismissal, children who are being picked up will be escorted out front of the building.  An adult escorts children, who ride the bus, to the gym where they wait for their bus.  Bus routes are listed in the newspaper.

Secret Reader: During the year we will have “secret readers” come into the classroom.  I will be asking you to think of someone special that could come into the classroom and read a story to our class.  This is such a special event and I hope that every child will have at least one secret reader who is important to them come in to read.

Sharing:  This year we will have one person share a day and that person will be the special helper.  Your child will know in advance which day they will be sharing.  They may bring in something from home, but it may not be a toy.  Photographs, something they made, collections, etc. are all great things to share.  This will help us find out what the children may have in common.  This is a great way to build a classroom community!!

Snack:  We will be having a snack time each morning.  Our class will be participating in the Healthy Snack program at Academy School.  You will be asked to pay a small amount per month for your child’s snack.  We will provide them with a healthy nutritious snack each day.

Visitors:  All visitors must stop at the office, sign-in and pick up a visitor’s pass to wear while at Academy School.  This is so the office can keep track of who is in the building at all times.

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