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    Welcome to Basha!

    Mrs. Lee’s

    Kindergarten Class

     

    Welcome to Basha!  Below you will find helpful information about our school, school policies, classroom procedures, and curriculum. An additional curriculum outline can also be found on my website!  If you have any questions about the information below, please let me know.

     

    Kindergarten Hours: Basha school hours are from 8:30-3:00, with the first bell ringing at 8:25 and the tardy bell ringing at 8:30.  Kindergarten dismisses five minutes early at 2:55. With children this young, it takes a little longer to get all our little ones headed in the right direction.

     

    Kinder Quiet Start:  Kindergarten students will be allowed to enter the building and head to their classrooms as they arrive at school. Students will unpack and then start a quiet activity at their desks.

    * Keep in mind that per school policy, children are not allowed on campus prior to 8:05, as there is no supervision at this time. *Siblings of Kinders will line up outside of the school in their designated class lines.  

     

    Traffic Flow/Drop-off Procedures:  Safety patrol helpers and school aides are at the North side of campus by the Kindergarten playground to assist students out of their vehicles and into the building.  Children are not allowed on campus prior to 8:05. Please switch your kinder’s car seat to the back passenger side for easier drop off/pick up.

     

    Dismissal:  At dismissal time, parents who are picking up their child will meet us at the Kindergarten pick-up area which is located at the back of the school.  Kindergarten parents will receive a colored sign to hang from the visor of their vehicle. This sign allows you to by-pass the regular pick up line in front of the school and proceed in the far left lane to our Kinder pick up location, past the Kindergarten playground.    Older siblings must also meet their brother or sister at the Kindergarten pick-up area.  Kindergarten students will not be released to siblings at our classroom door per school policy.

     

    Children are not allowed to go with someone else, unless you have given written permission for your child to do so.  A faculty member will escort bus riders to their bus at the end of the day.  Children going to a daycare center will be walked to their daycare bus at the front/back of the school.

          

    *During the first week of school, parents will need to be patient as we individually match up children with the correct vehicle. This procedure takes extra time the first few weeks of school, but eventually everyone learns the routine and the pick up line will move along quickly. Thank you in advance for your patience!

     

    CHANGING PICK-UP PROCEDURES: Parents must notify me in writing or by email if a change is to be made regarding pick-up procedures. This is school policy and is necessary for the safety of your child. The only exception would be a phone call made to the office, and then the office staff will notify me of the change. If your child “tells” me he/she will not be riding the bus, I must send him/her on the bus if I haven’t received a written note or email. Please use the Daily folder to send notes to school. I check folders each and every day.

     

    Backpacks: Clearly write your child’s name on their backpack. Please have a backpack large enough to hold folders, art work, and daily papers that your child will be bringing home. Please no mini backpacksJ

     

    It’s a good habit to check your child’s backpack daily.  Going over your child’s daily work will help you understand what we are doing in the classroom, as well as give you and your child some special time together.  Children at this age are very enthusiastic about sharing their accomplishments.

     

    Daily Folders: These will be used to send home special notes, homework, behavior chart, reading logs & books, etc.  Please remove the important notes and have your child return the folder to school EACH day.    

     

    Newsletter:  During the year, I will be corresponding with you through weekly newsletters.  These newsletters will be sent to you through email every Friday, unless otherwise requested.PLEASE let me know if you do not receive the emailed  Newsletter  ASAP  It will contain academic information, snack information, specials schedules and important dates.

     

    Homework:  Kindergarten homework consists of nightly reading, and other activities that relate to classroom learning.  A monthly calendar will come home that will be turned in the last day of the month. A reading log to record nightly reading will be attached. Students who return their completed homework will receive a prize.

     

    *For parents who would like additional learning activities, there are several ideas linked to my website.

     

    Star of the WeekEvery child will have the opportunity to be the “Star of the Week.”  A poster will be sent home the Friday before so you can put pictures on it and fill it out.  They will be the helper for the week.  Their last day as the star, Friday, I  invite the parents in at 2:30, to read their child’s favorite story to our classon a googlemeet. I will send the link that week.

    Birthdays:  We will share in the celebration of your child’s birthday by singing to your child and presenting them with a crown, pencil and a lollipop.  If you would like to bring treats for your child’s special day, please notify me ahead of time so I can plan for it.  Treats must be store bought – such as mini cupcakes, cookies, or treat bags.

     

    Water Bottles:  I strongly suggest that your child bring a water bottle to school during the warm weather months.  On hot days the water comes out of the drinking fountain rather warm, so children prefer having their own water.  Please label the bottle clearly with your child’s name.  (Please, water only – juice and soda are not allowed.) I also have special trays in the classroom for water bottles. This keeps the water from spilling on desks, etc. We take several water breaks during the day to keep hydrated.

     

    Discipline Plan:  The emphasis in Kindergarten is BE POSITIVE & KIND!  I encourage good behavior constantly and look forward to spending each and every day with these bright and wonderful children.  The children are given lots of praise and positive reinforcement for following rules, as well as stickers, stamps, and PACK awards.  We will also collect Brag tags in class. These will stay at school and come home the last week of school.

    The rules are simple and fair.  They will also be discussed often to help the children adjust to their new classroom environment. Good character will be emphasized through P.A.C.K.  Positive, Achieving, Compassionate, Kids.

     

    We will spend the first week of school reviewing rules and classroom procedures.

     

    Class rules are as follows:

     

    • BE KIND

     

    • BE SAFE

     

    • WORK HARD

     

    • HAVE FUN

     

     

       These simple rules cover all the below in an easy to understand child friendly language.

    • Walk on the sidewalks and in the hallways
    • Respect one another, use kind words
    • Be kind to one another.  Hands to yourself.
    • Use a soft voice inside the classroom.  When I am talking to the class, I ask all of the children to be respectful listeners.
    • Always clean up
    • Follow directions when they are given
    • Do your personal best…ALWAYSJ

     

    Class Discipline Procedures:  A behavior chart will be in the folder.  Students will earn a stamp everyday for following directions and being a respectful student.  After 2 warnings, your child will not receive a stamp and a note will be written on the chart or an email/phone call will be given to the parents.  This a learning process for most students. 

     

    1. First Verbal Warning S-Satisfactory noted in folder
    2. Second Verbal Warning I-Improving noted in folder if behavior is able to improve sign and return grow note
    3. Lose a portion of recess N-Needs improvement noted in folder sign and return grow note
    4. Time-out/think time in our room a classroom behavior note is sent home and must be returned signed.
    5. A misconduct ticket might be necessary, depending on the severity of the action. The misconduct ticket must be returned signed. After three misconduct tickets a trip to the front office is warranted.

     

    VIOLENCE- THREATS- FIGHTING-PROFANITY are NOT tolerated at Basha.  Those responsible will be sent directly to the principal, and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  Parents will be notified immediately. 

     

    Toys/Electronic Games:  Toys and/or electronic games are not allowed at school per school policy. During the school year there will be special days when your child is allowed to bring a toy from home (ex: SHow and Tell).

     

    Snacks:  Please send an individual snack every day.

     

    Breakfast: FREE: served in the cafeteria 8:05-8:25. Please let me know if your child will need school breakfast. I have them escorted to the cafeteria.

    Lunch:  FREE

    Cafeteria menu

     

    Thematic Units:  During the year we will be working on a variety of Thematic Units through our ELA adoption Journeys.  Thematic Units let students learn new concepts by integrating all curriculum areas: math, reading, language, science, and social studies.  Through these fun Thematic Units students will become cooperative learners, develop self-esteem and enjoy working in a positive classroom environment. 

     

    Curriculum:   Please go to my website and view the curriculum power point! For additional information refer to our district/school website. Common Core Standards have been adopted and implemented, and all lessons are based on these standards!

     *Individualized Instruction/Assessments: Each child will be assessed and receive work in reading groups according to their instructional level!

     

    Language Arts: In my classroom, Language Arts will consist of whole group instruction, Literacy Stations, small reading group instruction, writing, and a print rich reading environment! Common Core Standards focus heavily on reading, questioning, and learning from informational text. Therefore, our language arts program will integrate science and social studies.

     

    Individualized Small Group Reading Instruction:I will advise you when these begin @Oct/Nov: I meet with students during the  week in small groups excluding assesment times. Each group receives instruction on their level. Some groups might be working on learning letters and sounds, while others may be reading books. The book will come home in the plastic sleeve of the daily folder.  Please have your child read the book to you 2-3 times.

    *Please be patient, as it takes a few weeks to learn classroom routines, and assess student levels prior to starting small group work.

     

    Writing: In Kindergarten, students start with pictures, then add words, and then sentences to communicate thoughts, ideas, and stories. This is a process that develops over time, but at the end of the year you will be amazed at your child’s progress. Our district handwriting program is based on Ball & Stick writing.

                                           

    Math: In Math, we will do both whole group and small group work. Many of our activities are hands on, so you will not always see daily worksheets coming home. Common Core math standards want children to investigate and discover math outcomes! This will be done in class, guided by the teacher, and recorded in math journals.

    Science/Social Studies: As mentioned above, science and social studies will be integrated into our language arts program. We will also do many investigations and record our findings in journals.

     

    Volunteers: TBD

     

    School Colors/Logo:  Our school colors are Navy Blue & Tan/Khaki, and our logo is the Bobcat (Zoomer).  Friday we wear blue or our school shirt.  I recommend getting a school shirt as we wear them on our field strip as well. The PTO sells them at Kinder Orientation ($10) and you can always order one from a form located in the front office.

     

    School Supplies: School supplies are provided by the district for all students. 

     

     Donations: The items below are the items your child will need for use at school.  These particular items are for their personal use. Check your email for a  SIGNUP GENIUS link to visit to sign up to make donations for our classroom.  The idea this year is for you to make a couple of larger donations instead of buying many little things totaling up to way much more.

     SUPPLIES:Extra set of clothes in Ziploc baggie labeled including socks and underwear

    • Water Bottle labeled(Please, water only – juice and soda are not allowed.)
    • Full size Backpack: labeled 
    • Child size Headphones in a labeled baggie NOT EAR BUDS.

    If your child wants other items, it’s always a good idea to keep them at home in a special place to use for homework and school projects.

     

    Throughout the year, we do many special projects that require extra supplies. I will send out a sign up genius link closer to project dates. 

     

    Wish List:

     

    • AMAZON Wish list
    • extra child size headphones
    • Boys underwear size x-small and small
    • Girls underwear size small and medium
    • Gallon, size Ziploc bags
    • Fun Band-Aids
    • Treasure box items (bouncy balls, mini notepads, small toys, etc.)

     

    Our domain is www.cusd80.com  If you have any questions regarding the above information please feel free to contact me at lee.arwen@cusd80.com. You may also contact me through voicemail at 480-883-4434. However, email is the most convenient form of communication for me. I check my email at 7:45 am, 11:30 am, and after school at 3:15 pm.  

     

     Thank you and I look forward to a fabulous year!

     

    Smiles,

     

    Mrs. Lee