Kindergarten Parent Information Packet
Welcome to Kindergarten! We are so excited to begin this journey with your child. Please take time to read through this packet and refer to it throughout the year. We hope it will answer some of the questions you may have about your child’s first year at Elder Grove.
Attendance is crucial to your child’s success. Unforeseen circumstances may arise, but students need to be in school every day. This cannot be emphasized enough! Most Kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve explicit instruction. Therefore, it is next to impossible to make up all work at home. Interaction with classmates promotes social growth and learning. Please try to schedule appointments after school or during breaks.
If your child is unable to come to school due to an illness, please call Elder Grove’s attendance line 656-2893 (option 8). Your child’s teacher will be informed your child is safe with you. School policy requires children to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Access to Building
All doors on campus will remain locked throughout the day. Visitors must go to the main office door, press the button, and check in at the main office.
Please be sure your child arrives no earlier than 7:45 a.m. Supervision will be provided at this time. Students are to remain outside and participate in our morning walk until the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Students will line up at their designated area when the bell rings. Kindergarten’s area is on the east side of the playground in front of the steps. If your child arrives late, please check them in at the main office. Children are counted tardy at 8:05 a.m. and children arriving after 8:30 a.m. will be considered absent for ½ a day. Please have your child to school on time. Many of our greatest learning opportunities happen right away in the morning. Having your child here on time is very important.
Breakfast is offered beginning at 7:45 each day in the lunch room. Student breakfast costs $1.40. Children will need to be finished eating by the time the bell rings at 8:00 in order to get to class on time. Please allow adequate time each morning if your child is eating breakfast at school.
Kindergarten is dismissed at 2:15 p.m. It is vital your child’s means of transportation is on time.
Be sure to inform your child’s teacher how students are to get home each day.
If your child is to go home by another means other than their normal routine, please send a note or call. DO NOT count on your child to convey this information to the teacher verbally.
A note or phone call is important for the safety of your child.
Students riding the bus and attending the YMCA program will be dismissed accordingly.
If picking up your child, you may wait outside the building in the designated kindergarten pick-up zone. This is located on the west side of our building near the playground. (Standing by the classroom door or in the hallway is a distraction for the children during dismissal.) Your child will be dismissed once they check out with their teacher and inform us their ride is here. If you are not here on time, your child will be waiting for you in the main office.
If a child needs to leave school early, parents must sign them out at the school office BEFORE coming to the classroom.
**Notice to Bus Students
If riding the bus home, please know, kindergarten students cannot exit the bus without either an older sibling or adult at the stop assigned to pick them up. If no one is there to meet the bus, the bus driver will not let your child off and will bring him/her back to school.
Kindergarten through second grade teachers will not be available after school until 3:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. After our 2:15 p.m. classroom dismissal, we may be tutoring, involved in small group instruction, having team meetings, or covering other teacher’s classrooms. Please know we are here for you and are willing to meet with you. It may be easier to set an appointment to meet before school or after 3:00 p.m. Email and phone calls work as well.
Approximately every other week, we have an early out. Dismissal will be at 1:00 p.m. on those days. Please check the school calendar for these dates.
Elder Grove School Website
Please be sure to check our school website throughout the year for upcoming events and special announcements. http://www.eldergrove.k12.mt.us
Kindergarten classes go to lunch at 11:40 a.m. and lunch recess begins at 11:55 a.m. If you want to meet your child for lunch, please send a note with your child or call the school office by 9:00 a.m. Adult lunches are $3.25. Student lunches cost $2.35. Please see Mrs. Copeman in the main office to set up an Infinite Campus account in order to pay for lunch online.
Students will have morning and lunch recesses. Please make sure to always dress your child for all appropriate weather conditions, as we do go outside every day and our weather may change quickly.
Classroom Rules and Consequences
Rules: Be Respectful
Each classroom uses a variety of management strategies to help monitor students’ behaviors throughout the day. Students may be given a warning for any inappropriate behaviors. If the behavior is not corrected, the student may possibly lose recess or class activity privileges. Students may receive a disciplinary form for parents to sign and return the following day.
Students are rewarded for showing appropriate behaviors. Students showing positive behaviors may be given a “Caught Being Good.” Upon receiving a Caught Being Good, students get to make a special trip to the principal’s office.
The mornings can be long, so it is nice to offer students a small snack. We will ask for snacks throughout the year as needed. To get our snack supply off to a good start, please send two large boxes or bags of snacks (crackers/pretzels/cereal/fruit snacks, etc.) of your choice at your earliest convenience. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PEANUT PRODUCTS. Check this carefully please. We have children at Elder Grove that are very allergic to peanut products.
Birthday treats are welcome, but please keep them simple. *Please remember, no peanut products. Please provide napkins if needed. Birthday invitations can be handed out at school, only if all students in the class receive an invitation. If only inviting a select few, please be sure to mail them from home.
A “red” folder will be going home every Tuesday or as needed for special announcements or reminders. We encourage you to go over these weekly papers with your child. It is a great way to engage in simple conversation as to what your child is learning each day in school. Please return the emptied folder the following day with your child. This folder is a great way to communicate back and forth. Feel free to send any correspondence such as special notes or lunch money in this folder.
Scholastic Book Order Forms will be sent home periodically. If you are interested in placing an order, simply complete the enclosed form and return it in your child’s red communication folder or place the order online using the classroom code. Additional information on this process will be sent home at a later date.
Please let us know if you would be willing to volunteer your time during the school year. It is nice to keep a list of parents that are willing to help out if needed. Please know all volunteers need to have a background check before working with the children. Contact Mrs. Copeman in the main office for more information.
Class field trips may be taken throughout the school year. A parent signed permission slip will be required for all classroom field trips.
Specialists and Staff
Kindergarten students will have Computer, Library, Music, Health, and P.E. throughout the week on a rotating basis. Due to PE rotating weekly, please plan to keep a pair of P.E. shoes here at school if your child has the tendency to wear boots, sandals, or flip-flops. For safety reasons, your child will not be able to participate if they are not wearing appropriate shoes. If your child is not yet able to tie his or her shoes, please send ones with velcro. Library books need to be returned each library day in order to check out new books.
Response to Intervention…. Walk to Read and Walk to Math
We as educators try many approaches to prepare children for our ever changing world. Elder Grove School has adopted an approach to learning called RTI (Response to Intervention). We have seen positive outcomes with this method. Small group instruction is very beneficial to students.
With RTI, children are closely monitored for progress made in reading and math. Throughout the day, students may be sent out of the classroom to work on a specific skill. Sometimes this will be with us, while other times it may be with other qualified staff. Children are rotated in and out to maximize learning styles and to provide equal opportunity to succeed… You may hear this referred to as “Walk to Read” or “Walk to Math.”
Walk to Read and Walk to Math are leveled classes and students are grouped together based on their various educational needs. Students will be assessed throughout the school year to determine placement in these classes. Your child may periodically be placed into a different group according to his or her individual progress on various skills.
Your child may see a variety of teachers throughout the school day in order to meet their educational needs. Teachers at Elder Grove School feel strongly that it is a team effort to prepare our students for the future. We all work together for one common goal…“Educating all children to the best of our ability.” If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.
Parents will be informed of their child’s progress throughout the year. It is important to remember students learn at their own rate. Some students learn very rapidly while others may need further review. Retention may not be determined until later in the year.
Items from Home
Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. They often become a distraction to the students and can easily become lost.
If you are interested in viewing the standards we follow for our Kindergarten curriculum, please visit the following website: http://opi.mt.gov/
Kindergarten Teacher Contact Information
Mrs. Dailey 656-2893 ext. 205 email@example.com
Mrs. Olson 656-2893 ext. 204 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Patch 656-2893 ext. 206 email@example.com
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. We’re excited to start our new journey and look forward to a great year!