• pencil                                                       Welcome!!
     
                         Mrs. Schmidt's Kindergarten  
     
        Your child's first day in kindergarten has arrived!  I understand the excitement and apprehension you and your child may have.  I hope this packet will help answer some common questions you may have.  I am looking forward to being your child's teacher and having a great year!

    Parent/Teacher Communication and Relationship
        I believe that a good home/school connection is necessary for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through newsletters, notes, telephone calls, parent/teacher conferences, and report cards.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. 
         Contact info: 738-9600 or rschmidt@nhart.org

        Your child will have a "VIP" (very important papers) folder that he/she must bring to and from school each day.  This folder will have any notes, daily work, or newsletters from school.  Please be sure to check and empty this folder daily.  Each morning, students will bring their folders to their tables and I will check them for any notes or lunch money.  Please be sure that notes or lunch money (in labeled bag or envelope) are placed in folders and not loose in backpacks. 
    Parents may be asked to support special classroom activities or celebrations by volunteering or sending in needed supplies or treats.  Parents are strongly encouraged to join our PTA, as there are many exciting activities and committees to become involved in, school wide as well as in our classrooms.  Parents interested in becoming a room parent, helping parent, or chaperone on field trips must contact the PTA.

    Schedule
        Our school operates on a six-day schedule.  Our schedule for the year is as follows:

    Day 1:  Library
    Day 2:  Music
    Day 3:  PE
    Day 4:  Computer
    Day 5:  Art
    Day 6:  P.E.

    Classroom Management
        Positive behavior is promoted and rewarded through verbal praise, encouragement, special privileges, stickers and treats.  Rewards are given to the children individually, as table groups, and as a class.  Children also receive consequences for negative behavior.  If a negative behavior continues after verbal warnings and redirecting, the child will be removed from the activity and will sit in a “think it over" chair for a few minutes.  The child will then rejoin the group.

    Transportation
        If transportation arrangements need to be changed on a given day, the student must have a written note.  If your child is being picked up instead of riding the bus, they must be signed out in the office.
     
    Outdoor recess and gym
        The children will be going outside for recess everyday, weather permitting.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day.  In the winter, children are strongly encouraged to wear snow pants.  If you have an extra pair, please feel free to keep them at school.  Please label all extra clothing that is kept at school.  It is also very important that your child wears sneakers on PE day, or leaves a pair at school.

    Snacks and Birthdays
        Children are permitted to bring a healthy snack for mid-morning.  Due to some food allergies, children are not permitted to share snacks.  Because there is a water fountain right in our classroom, I ask that children do not bring water bottles.  Children may use the water fountain whenever they wish. 
        Birthdays are special for young children.  If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class.  Please send a note a few days in advance, so I can set aside time for the party.  Please do not have your child pass out birthday party invitations at school.

    Show and Tell
        Beginning in later fall, each child will be given a specific show and tell date (schedules will be sent home).   Show and tell gives the student an opportunity to speak to an audience and gives the class practice in asking questions. 

    Book Orders
        Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home book order forms.  If you wish to order, simply fill out the form and attach a check made out to Scholastic. 

    Helpful Reminders;
        Please have your child wear their bus tag for the first two weeks of school.  Help your child learn their bus number. 

        Please help your child to feel success by not dressing them in clothing that they have not yet mastered independently.  Items such as belts, shoelaces, and buckles, for example can sometimes be frustrating for young children at school.  Also, please keep this in mind with packaging of snacks.

        Please label everything your child brings to school.

        If your child is absent, please call the office and report the absence.

        Everyday, please empty your child's backpack and take time to look at your child's work.  Ask questions about his/her school day.
    Thank you very much for your support!

                                                                                                                       Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                    Mrs. Schmidt