Kindergarten Parent Information and Academic Focus
Mrs. Sparks Room 106
Daily Folder: Your child will have a folder that he/she brings to and from school. Please make sure to check your child’s folder daily and put it back into his/her backpack. This folder will include papers to stay at home and papers that may need to be returned. This folder will also include a behavior calendar for the month for you to sign daily.
Homework: Each week, a homework packet will go home with activities to practice during the week. These can be turned in on Friday. In addition to the homework, please continue to read with your child at home and practice the sight word lists. Each night please read 15-20 minutes to and with your student.
Sight Word Lists: I will be sending home a list of sight words for your child to practice each quarter, or earlier if your child is ready. There will be ideas on the list on how to practice these words with your child.
Monthly Behavior Calendar: There will be a monthly behavior calendar in your child’s folder. Each day, your child will have a green, yellow, or orange color for his/her behavior. Please sign this calendar nightly and discuss his/her behavior.
Family Projects: Each month, I will be sending home the Family Projects with your child. I’ll ask you to help your child decorate the shape for each month. Some months have specific ways to decorate, and some months allow for free expression. I will be sending the projects home with a direction sheet in the beginning of each month with a “due” date on the direction sheet, but your child is more than welcome to turn them in earlier.
Weekly Emails: Each week, you will receive an email with information from our classroom. This will include what we are learning as well as any important reminders. If you are not able to receive emails, please let me know and I will print a copy for you.
Water Bottles: Students may bring a bottle of water for school. Please do not let your child freeze it before bringing it to school. It causes a distraction during class time. It might be a good idea to cover the water bottle with a sock to keep things dry and write his/her name on the bottle as well.
Transportation: Please make sure the school office and I have the correct transportation information for your child going home from school. If there are any changes, temporary or permanent, please notify the office in writing. For the safety of your child, the office cannot release them to another adult unless the person is listed on your records in the school office. If your child is going home with a friend on a certain day or has any other temporary transportation changes, please send a note to the office and I stating this.
Label Everything: Please label everything your child brings to school with a permanent marker. This will help me return these “lost & found” items to the proper student.
Extra Change in Clothing: Please send a change of clothes for your child. Please place it in a Ziploc bag with his/her name written on the outside. This bag will stay in his/her backpack. This change of clothes can be used in case of an accident, spill at lunch, mud on the playground, etc.
Dress Code: Students need to dress in comfortable clothing for work or play. Please keep in mind that your child may be painting, playing with playdough, etc. during the day. No flip-flops please!
School Hours: School hours are 8:40 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please make sure your child is on time to school. Please contact the office to let them know if you child is going to be absent.
Volunteer Information: Volunteering can be anything from donating materials to copying for me! If you are interested in volunteering, I would love to have you! I am looking for one or two parents to copy on a weekly basis. Please remember that you have to take the Volunteer class before you may be a volunteer at our school. If you have already taken it, you do not need to take it again.