Kindergarten Orientation

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION


     Our kindergarten program is designed to help children learn to enjoy school and feel positive about themselves and their abilities.  The program is largely a hands-on experience.  Play and socialization is an integral part of the learning process at this level.
We follow the Common Core State Standards.  These standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world.  We have goals in all curricula areas including; reading, writing, math, motor skills, communication, life skills, social studies and science.  Music and art are also part of our daily program.

Here are some questions most often asked by parents of incoming children:

  1. Who will work with my child?

Each class has a teacher and an instructional assistant.  Teachers and assistants will be responsible for academics, art, music and gym.  
Librarian- Ms. Small
Computer Specialist - Mr. Donoff
Guidance counselor - Ms. Zanotti
School psychologist - Mrs. Perry
ELL- Mr. Lord
RTI Literacy Tutor- Ms.Horton and others
Additionally, other teachers and specialists will be in to help us including staff from the Science Center, occupational therapists and physical therapists.




  1. What should my child wear to school?

“Play clothes” and comfortable shoes are appropriate dress for kindergarten.  Your child should feel comfortable working on art projects, sitting on the floor, playing outdoors and in the gym. Pants and belts they can manage themselves are also important so they can be independent in the bathroom. We tend to discourage flip flops and sandals as it is difficult for the students to manipulate play structures  and mulch areas while wearing them. You are welcome   to pack a spare outfit to leave in the backpack just in   case there is a toileting accident.

  1. What supplies does my child need?

Your child will need a school bag or backpack. Your child will use the backpack to bring home important notices, homework assignments and school projects. Backpacks should also be big enough to hold your child’s lunchbox and snack.

Water bottles are strongly recommended.  There are water fountains down the hall, but it is recommended students have a water bottle at school every day so they may easily and quickly access a drink as needed.

We go outside to recess for approximately 25 minutes everyday unless it is raining. Occasionally, we will do other activities outside as well. The playground and fields may have little to no shade. You may want to apply sunscreen to your child before he/she leaves for school. Sunscreen should not be brought to school.

We ask that toys and school supplies stay home. Our classroom is full of great materials! This will prevent special items from getting lost or broken.  Also, please remember to send your child’s GREEN communication folder to school every day- even on field trip days!



  1. When should parents write notes to the teacher?

Your child needs a note whenever he/she goes anywhere other than the designated bus stop.  We cannot put a child on a different bus without a note.  In addition, your child needs a note when he/she is being dismissed and when your child is being picked up by you or anyone else.  Important messages regarding last minute dismissal changes should be called into the office directly by 10:00.  Please call the office at 781-270-1712.

  1. How will my child get to and from school?

Kindergarteners will ride the neighborhood bus to school in the morning.  A special kindergarten bus will bring your child home. Kindergarten or P.M. buses have different numbers.   Please fill out the enclosed nametag (both sides) and put the tag on your child’s backpack. Check the bus list to make sure you know your child’s A.M. and P.M. bus numbers and fill out the enclosed form. Please make sure that I have this information before you leave today!

A parent needs to be waiting at the bus stop for students living on a cul-de-sac or at the front door of your house everyday.  We will need a note if another adult is to greet your child.  The bus drivers will not allow a kindergarten child to get off the bus if there is no parent (or designated adult) to greet your child.  Be aware that for the first few days, buses may be late. The phone number for the A&F Bus Co. is 781-229-0111.

Note: School hours for kindergarten
                  Arrival 8:20 - 8:35a.m.
                  Dismissal 1:10p.m.

        School hours for grades 1-5
           Arrival 8:20 - 8:35
                  Dismissal 2:40
Parent drop off is through the side parking lot and around the horseshoe.  Teachers are on car duty at 8:20 a.m. Parents need to wait in the car with their child until teachers are on duty and the door is open.  Parents should pull all the way up to the top of the horseshoe and wait for cars behind them to stop before allowing their child out of the car.  Having your child exit the car from behind the driver is the safest for your child.

If you are picking up your child you should park in the front parking lot or the cafeteria side parking lot and walk to the map of the USA and your child will be walked to you at kindergarten dismissal.

  1. What about birthdays?

We will have a simple acknowledgement of each child’s day.  Summer birthdays are celebrated before we leave for the summer break.  We do not distribute party invitations in class.  However, we will send home a class list with addresses and phone numbers for parents to contact each other directly.  Please sign the permission slip if you would like your contact information to be included.
Note: Due to school department policy, we do not allow food to be sent in to celebrate birthdays.


  1. What do I need to know about field trips?

Our field trips take place during the school day.   Specific information and permission slips regarding dates, times, etc. will be sent home in advance.  Please return them to school ASAP.   Payments for field trips are CASH ONLY.
You may volunteer to be a chaperone on our field trips. There will be a place for you to sign up on each form.  All chaperones or classroom helpers must fill out a CORI form, have it processed at the Superintendent’s office and attend a principal-led confidentiality meeting before volunteering in the classroom or attending a field trip. (Siblings are not allowed on trips).

  1. How will I be informed of my child’s progress?

Parent conferences will be scheduled two times during the year.  The town of Burlington has Thursday, November 30th as conference day for elementary students.  The second conference will be held in the spring.  Progress reports are sent home twice a year, in January and the last day of school.  However, please know that we are available to talk whenever needed.  In fact, it is not too late to request a listening conference. Please contact Mrs. Hoyt to schedule.

9) Can my child purchase lunch?
The Town of Burlington has a cashless lunch system. There are two payment options for having your child buy lunch at school
Option 1:
Make Checks Payable to: Burlington Food Service
Option 2:
Go to this web site for cashless lunch https://paypams.com
The cost for lunch is $3.00 for lunch or $.60 for milk.


  10.) Snack
We will have an optional snack time in the morning. If you decide to send in a snack please send it in a disposable bag SEPARATE from their lunch box with only one snack food item. Be sure to include appropriate utensils and napkins if needed.  Students will have access to their water bottles during snack time.  

Please keep in mind that we will be eating in the classroom. Therefore, healthy and disposable snacks that require minimal clean-up are best. In accordance with the district allergy policy, snacks also need to be peanut and tree nut free. Acceptable morning snacks may include crackers, fruit, string cheese, raisins, etc.


11) What if my child needs to take medication during the school day?

The school nurse must administer any medication that needs to be taken during the school day. Please contact Joanne Ferrick at 781-270-1713.  Also, health forms, if not already completed,  need to be turned in on the first day of school.

12)  Will my child have homework?

    The Kindergarten News and other optional enrichment opportunities and suggestions for students to complete will be sent home in red homework folders on Fridays. Participation is encouraged, but optional.  Regardless of whether your child completes any activities at home, please return the folder every Friday.


13) How can I be a classroom volunteer?

We welcome and NEED parent assistance in the kindergarten program.  Please fill out the form in the packet if you would like to be a volunteer. Opportunities include room parents who coordinate communicating with other parents to gather supplies from time to time, at-home prep work, field trip chaperoning, special event assistance, serving as a classroom helper or surprise mystery reader.  

Note: all chaperones or in school classroom helpers must fill out a CORI form, have it processed at the Superintendent’s office, and attend a principal-led confidentiality meeting before volunteering in the classroom or attending a field trip.




14) What classroom donations are needed?

All classrooms are provided supplies for the year.  However, we never turn down additional donations and seek your help for a few special items:

To start off our school year we would love donations of:
WET WIPES- antibacterial hand wipes
Kleenex/Puffs- tissues
Bounty paper towels
hand sanitizer
assorted Zip-lock brand baggies (gallon, quart, sandwich and snack)

* As our storage space is limited we will inform you when we need additional donations. Thank you!

At various times of the year our Room Parents (volunteer opportunity) may ask for donations to school events, classroom celebrations or creative learning opportunities.  We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.  Here are some unique things we are collecting at the moment:
Tennis balls
Left over small birthday party favors
Old stationary
Sidewalk chalk
Check our class blog wishlist page for updates.

15)  How can I contact my child’s teacher?

Email and phone messages are checked at least once a day but in general I am not available while with students. The best time to reach me is 7:45-8:15 A.M. or after 1:15 p.m.
   



  
16)  Communication

Ways we communicate with parents:

                   text @8cbefd to the number 81010
  • Kindergarten News! - Students will help create a class newsletter that they will bring home to read and review with you each week.  
  • Monthly newsletters  - Will be posted on the blog.
 
We love to share all that is happening in school.  Our blog will be updated as frequently as time allows.


We are looking forward to working closely with you to ensure a successful year for your child.
Karen Hoyt & Emily Miliano






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