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The AB "Seas" of Kindergarten
The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. If your child needs to be picked up early or is tardy (after 8:30), then parents must go to the office to sign their child in or out. For children leaving early, the office staff will notify me, and then I will send your child to the office to meet you. For children arriving late, the staff will send your child to the classroom with a hall pass. This procedure must be followed; there are no exceptions. This is for the protection of your child.
Please be advised of the following changes to our attendance procedures for the 2012-2013 school year:
If you have any questions, please contact our attendance secretary,Charlotte Simmons, at 488-5007.
Abridged Version of the Attendance Policy (2012-2013)
Home to School Notes
I would like to alert parents to a situation that could endanger the lives of some of our students. Buck Lake has several students with severe peanut allergies. In some cases, the residue of peanut products left on a table could cause a life threatening reaction. For this reason, the school will not provide peanut products during lunch. I would like to ask all parents and students to be sensitive to this issue and to help by limiting the number of peanut products coming into the building. Please remind children to not share their food with others at school. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to help us make sure all of our students remain safe and healthy.
Peanut Free Snack Ideas
All general education children in the district are assessed in reading and math three times per year, using the AIMSweb program. For kindergarten, this is completed one-on-one with an adult who enters the answers on a computer. There are four one-minute subtests in each subject, though not all subtests are given each time. Children identified as performing below the 25thnational percentile in certain areas are then given extra practice and progress monitored and charted to document their progress.
“AIMSweb is a web-based assessment, data management, and reporting system that provides the framework for Response to Intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered instruction. Designed specifically to universally screen and progress monitor, AIMSweb uses brief, valid, and reliable General Outcome Measures of reading and math performance for Grades K-8 that can be used with any curriculum.”
It is acceptable to send in treats for your child's birthday. Please contact me to set up the date and time. I will distribute birthday invitations in notebooks only if every student in our class is invited or all students of the same gender. Please do not send them in for just a select few, as kindergarteners can easily have their feelings hurt.
Birthday Treat Ideas
Leon County Schools Calendar
Buck Lake School Calendar
Our Class Calendar
Please contact me any time you wish to discuss your child’s progress. We can communicate by e-mail, telephone, a note in the KID Notebook, or an in-person conference. I look forward to meeting with families at the end of the first nine weeks to look at and discuss your child's portfolio of accomplishments and to answer any questions you may have.
Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended because children work and play hard. We will be going out to recess on fair weather days. Please dress your child accordingly.
I am unable to regulate the temperature in our classroom. Your child may keep a lightweight jacket in his/her cubby to use if necessary. Please label all clothing with your child's name.
Daily Schedule (2012-2013)
The Extended Day Enrichment Program is an after school program that provides participating Buck Lake children with quality, well-supervised activities that stimulate new interests, encourage creativity and build self-confidence.
Extended Day Website
Leon County Schools gives the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) to students in kindergarten in the fall each year. The test is given individually to students by their classroom teacher. The test gives teachers information about how students are progressing in reading. Students are given screening tests on letter identification and phoneme segmentation. Students having difficulty are given further diagnostic tests to determine in what areas of reading they may need remediation. Teachers can then plan specific activities for students to help them make progress. Information from these assessments will be shared at your first parent-teacher conference.
Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener is a program for assessing kindergarten students in Florida. Teachers observe students to determine their school readiness. This information is gathered during the first 30 days of kindergarten on all Florida students. Studies using this information help educators determine the effectiveness of state sponsored pre-kindergarten programs.
I love having guest speakers! If you or someone you know would like to come and speak to our class about an occupation, hobby, travel or other special interest - that would be wonderful. Let me know so we can schedule a time for the visit.
The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is 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.
When to Keep Your Child Home Parent Letter
Join the Listserv!
BUCK LAKE IS GOING GREEN
We are going paperless! Please join our listserv so you can get important dates and the school bulletins that used to be sent home on paper. All you do is visit the following link and follow the instructions.
Click here to join the Listserv!
Keeping Informed Daily
Learn About KID Notebooks
Lunch Information and Menu
When students arrive in the morning they place their backpacks outside of our classroom along the wall. They then proceed to play on the playground until the bell rings. When the first bell rings, the children will form a line next to my name in the breezeway. I will pick them up and walk them to our classroom. In the case of rain or extreme cold, the children are to report to the cafeteria for supervision.
At the end-of-the-day dismissal, parents may park in one of the eleven parking spaces located at the back of the school near the cafeteria and walk to meet their child at the gathering place that is located near the baseball field/basketball court. For parents who want to meet their child, school policy requires that you go to the gathering place rather than wait near the classrooms. Parents will be able to park in the overflow parking area next to the baseball field for the first two days of school only!!! Parents may choose instead to go through the car drive-thru line located at the back of the school. In the drive-thru line, an adult will assist your child when entering the car as you pull up. Please hang the Buck Lake family name plate on your rearview mirror for easy identification. If there is a change in the method your child will use to go home, you must submit a note to me. Last minute changes can be made by calling the front office at 488-6133.
Access the Leon County Schools Transportation Web Query to find out if your child is eligible for school bus transportation. The site will give you your zoned school, route number, bus stop location, distance to closest stop from your house, a.m. pickup time and p.m. drop off time.
If your home address, e-mail address or phone numbers change throughout the year, please inform me promptly.
We love volunteers! Moms, dads, grandparents... you can volunteer in class or work on things for class at the Volunteer Cottage or at home. Please let me know if you are interested and we will find a classroom job for you! All volunteers must complete a volunteer application form that can be found below or is available in the front office. This form and background check must be completed if you plan to volunteer this school year. This includes chaperoning field trips. After you submit the completed volunteer form, you must register on PTO Manager.
2012-2013 Volunteer Application
All persons, parents or volunteers, must sign-in at the main office and obtain a name tag to wear before going anywhere on campus. Please remember that you must present identification such as a driver's license with a photograph, when signing your child out early or to speak to your child for any reason.
Website (Kinder-Darden Kids)
I will update my website regularly. Please check the "Information Train" and "newsletters" sections every Monday. If I feel there is a need, I will send an e-mail newsflash through this site. It is imperative that I have your e-mail address for this to be successful. If you do not have an e-mail address, please let me know so that I can provide hard copies in your child's notebook.
I am eXcited to work with You and Your child this year! Make sure he/she gets plenty of Zzzz's each night as we have exciting days planned for this year!