ABC’s of Mrs. Bennett’s Class
Please call the attendance office at 480-812-6703 to report absences.
Activity fees must be paid in full before students will be allowed to attend field trips.
Please notify me immediately if your child has allergies or medical needs. It is important to talk to the school nurse as well.
Please send your child with a full size backpack to school daily. No roller backpacks please. It is important that you check and empty notes and completed work from your child’s backpack daily. Also look for any food your child may have brought home and remove it from the backpack.
School begins promptly at 8:25. The tardy bell will ring at 8:30. The dismissal bell rings at 3:00.
Students are not allowed to bring in food for their birthday treats. We have students with health issues and allergies. In addition, we are trying to promote healthier kids. Your cooperation is appreciated. If you do bring in treats, you will not be allowed to pass them out. You are invited to bring in other non-food birthday treats if you would like. This could include: a pencil, eraser, bookmark, stickers, etc.
Periodically throughout the school year a Scholastic Book Order will come home. This is a very inexpensive way for you to build your own library at home while encouraging a love for reading!
We will be using computers regularly for testing and learning. For sanitary reasons, we are asking students to bring in headphones or earbuds. The headphones or earbuds will be kept in a plastic baggie with your child’s name and kept in the classroom.
There are two district wide mandatory conferences a year. I am also available to meet with you at any time throughout the year. Whether in person, phone or email, communication between you and I is an important piece for the success of your child.
The best way to get a hold of me during the school day is by email. If you call during school hours, the call will go straight to voice mail, and you can leave a message. Should you need immediate assistance, please call the front office.
Classroom Phone: 480-812-6735
Front Office: 480-812-6700
Students are expected to follow this behavior program in kindergarten:
Green zone = student shows cooperation, good participation and follows directions
Yellow zone = student is not listening or following directions
Red zone = behavior is disruptive, unsafe or unacceptable
* Each student marks their behavior on a daily basis on the behavior chart inside their folder.
* Please check your student's behavior plan on a daily basis.
* I encourage & cheer "green zone" behavior throughout the day!
* Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Class donations are always needed and appreciated! Please refer to the web page and newsletters for our classroom wish list.
DROP OFF/ PICK UP
The school day at HSE begins at 8:25. Children are not allowed on campus until 8:00 when staff supervision is available.
The dismissal bell rings at 3:00 and students should leave campus immediately unless they are staying for a supervised activity.
Please complete and return the emergency card promptly. If you have a change in address or phone number, please let the office know as well as the classroom teacher.
Field trips are a great way to extend learning. Our class will go on several field trips throughout the year. Your child will not be allowed to go on field trips if the forms have not been signed, and the activity fee has not been paid. Students that can not act appropriately, will remain at school and will not participate with the class.
We may ask for volunteers for field trips. For safety reasons, siblings will not be allowed to attend with volunteers.
Your child will have a folder that will travel back and forth to school daily. This is an important part of the daily communication between you, me and your child. It is important that you check the folder daily and remove old papers. The folder will contain skill sheets and reading books that must be practiced at home daily.
Gum is not allowed in the classroom or on campus.
Homework will be given each week. In addition to completing the weekly homework, it is important for students to read for 15-20 minutes each night as well as practice sight words and addition and subtraction facts.
The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one to make first thing in the morning. It is important, however to keep your child home if he/she feels ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. A child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to the classroom.
One strategy that will be used to help convey the vital concept that print conveys meaning is the frequent use of journal writing. In these journals, students will combine their emerging writing skills with their drawing skills. As children are exposed to a variety of phonics and reading experiences, journals entries will move from drawings and inventive spelling towards more conventional writing.
Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat everyone with kindness and respect. Bothering others, bullying and physical harm are not permitted.
Students will have recess/lunch from 10:30-11:15.
Math in kindergarten focuses on number sense. The students will practice counting in order and writing their numbers. We will spend a great deal of time making certain the students know that each numeral has a quantity value.
When students understand numerals have value then we will begin to do simple operations with numbers, i.e adding and subtracting. We will also learn sorting, simple graphing and more/less than.
Newsletters will come home once a month. The letter will give you information about upcoming school and classroom events, as well as inform you on what students are working on academically.
OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION
I have an open door policy! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me before or after school when I do not have students in the classroom.
Progress reports will be available online four times a year.
Please let me know if you ever have a question about anything!
It is important that students spend at least 15-20 minutes a night reading. As part of the reading routine, sight words should be practiced daily as well. Students are expected to know at least 50 sight words by the end of kindergarten.
Reading in kindergarten focuses phonemic awareness where we learn the letters sounds and how to blend the sounds together to form words. We will also work on beginning and ending sounds, rhyming, word families, and counting syllables.
As the year progresses we will learn story elements; which include characters, setting and identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Report cards reflect the progress your child has made towards various standards. They will be available online at the end of each quarter.
Please have your child use the restroom shortly before coming to school. Restroom breaks throughout the school day are limited.
Students are expected to master 50 sight words by the end of kindergarten. It is important that students practice these sight words daily so they do not fall behind. Sight word recognition improves reading fluency and automaticity, allowing students to focus their efforts on the more mentally demanding task of reading comprehension.
Each week students will be participating in P.E., Music, Library and Tech. Lab. They will be on a 6-day rotation schedule. Please make sure students have on proper attire on the days they have P.E.
If your child is tardy, they must stop by the front office before reporting to the classroom. Attendance is taken immediately after the bell rings. It is important students arrive on time to avoid missing important instruction.
Toys are not allowed at school. Please do not bring them to school, even if they are kept in the backpack.
HSE dress code is strictly enforced. Should your child be in violation, they will be sent to the nurse’s office and you will be contacted.
Please let me know if you are available to volunteer in the classroom or at home! Students’ love knowing a family member is able to help out! All volunteers must report the office before helping in the classroom.
Please have your child bring a water bottle to drink to school each day. Make sure your child’s name is printed on the bottle.
Each student is eXtra special and unique! I am eXtra excited to be teaching them this year!
Younger siblings are not allowed when you are helping in the classroom or on a field trip. Thank you for making child care arrangements prior to volunteering.
Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night. It is important to set and maintain a consistent bedtime each night. Our day is filled with lots of learning and it will help your child be alert and ready to learn!