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Kindergarten is a time to grow and learn new things. Below are a few items to ponder to help make yours and your child's transition to Kindergarten successful.
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Kindergarten here we come! Below is the list of supplies your child will need to learn and grow this year.
*1 change of clothes in a bag - to include: shirt, pants, underwear, and socks. Please label these items. They will be kept at school for emergencies.
Hooray for homework! Please be sure that your child has the following items at home so that homework is successful.
We are dressed for success!
Baldwin County Board of Education has made uniforms mandatory for all Baldwin County Public Schools. The students will be expected to wear uniforms Monday-Friday.
Uniform colors: Red, white, blue, khaki,-black. All shirts must be tucked in and belts must be worn. No flip-flops or high heels allowed!
Class rules and consequences
To maintain the ultimate learning environment, rules and consequences are used. Although your child will help add rules he/she finds important at the beginning of the year, below are the rules to create and maintain a harmonious classroom.
Rules to a happy classroom:
Consequences to help maintain a happy classroom:
*Each student begins each day with an envelope with the following colored cards: green, red, yellow, and blue.
*Students who remain on the green card earn (play) money that can either be saved or cashed in each Friday in our class store (See below for details on our classroom economy-New!).
1. First time: Warning-Student will be reminded about the rules and redirected.
2. Second time: Student pulls his/her green card (Now on red) and loses 5 minutes of his/her free time (recess, icecream priviledges, and/or free workstations).
3. Third time: Student pulls his/her red card (Now on yellow) and loses 10 minutes of his/her free time (listed above).
4. Fourth time: Student pulls his/her yellow card (Now on blue) and loses all of his/her free time (listed above) and parent may be called at this point.
*Your child's behavior is recorded in a Behavior Log each day. The Behavior Log is sent home to let you know what kind of day your child had. To help ensure the line of communication between home and school remain open, you will be asked to view the log, sign it, and return it to school the next day (Please see the section below on Parent/Teacher Communication for further details).
"A happy teacher = a happy classroom!" To help promote a positive environment, below are just a few of the class wide rewards that can be earned throughout the day:
1. "Classroom Economy": Students can earn money for positive behavior & responsibility that can be cashed in on Friday at the class store. Also, the earned money can be saved for larger items. Click the "Money Train" icon for more details:
New! 2. "Green Club": Consists of students who remained on the green card for behavior for the whole week. The "Green Club" members will earn the following incentives on Fridays for becoming a member for the week:
3. Eaglet of the Month: Students that display exemplar behavior, work habits, and responsibility earn this priviledge of a school wide recognition. Click the icon for more details:
Other positive reinforcement used in class:
An open line of communication between home and school is crucial in a child's life. Below are just a few of the ways the family can stay connected with our class.
Classroom involvement is crucial in a successful year! Here are a few things you and your family can do to be involved in your child's education:
Check your child's Monday Folder, Behavior Log, and Homework Folder each time they come home.
Visit our class website each week for updated information, pictures of our learning, and Standard based links/games for your child to practice.
Become involved by helping out with one or more of the following:
There are many fun-filled events that will occur this year. Having you there is so important to your child. Please note that dates may change on the listed events. Additional events may be added:
Open House-August 3rd. You will get to meet your child's teacher, learn of class requirements, and see your child's classroom!
Grandparents' Luncheon-(September) We will honor our grandparents with a meal and conversations in class.
Halloween-(October) We will need donated items for a 'Spook'tacular snack
Thanksgiving luncheon-(November) Parents are invited to eat lunch with his/her Pilgrim or Indian.
Christmas Party-(December) Your child will exchange $5.00 gifts with a friend at our class party. We will need donated items for the event.
Valentines Day-(February) Your child will exchange cards with friends. We will need donated items for the event.
Author's Tea Party-(March) Your child will publish a book and this will be a special event where the book will be read to you.
Easter-(March/April) We will need donated hard-boiled eggs, individually wrapped candy eggs, and items for the celebration.
Kindergarten Recognition Program-(May) We will celebrate your child's accomplishments through the school year.
Additional events this year:*Eaglet of the month: The class representative will be honored for his/her accomplishments that led to being chosen.
*PTO performance night: The class will perform at one of the PTO meetings (TBA).
*Test improvement nights: Various strategies will be given to help your child with the Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Standards-There will be 2 Test improvement nights (One in the Fall and one in the Winter).
*Birthday parties: Your child can have his/her birthday party at school. If you plan to have your child's birthday party at school, please let me know and schedule it for after 1:00.
A successful classroom is one that is filled with love, laughter, and learning! The following is our class mission statement, goals/incentives used, Georgia Performance Standards link, and the Kindergarten curriculum.
Mission for our class:
I believe that all children can learn, if given the right tools. Our classroom will strive to be a place where all children will have the opportunity to show their individual strengths and build upon their unique differences. I believe that education and learning should be fun, exciting, and challenging. If young children develop a love for learning at an early age, that love will continue to grow as they do. Through the use of projects, hands-on activities, technology, and cooperative learning I will do my part to encourage and motivate each child to achieve at their highest level and develop into life-long learners. I know that education is a partnership between home, school, and community. Through working together, we can make Kindergarten an enjoyable and challenging experience.
Goals And Incentives Used:
New! Common Core Georgia Performance Standards: The state of Georgia has transitioned from GPS Standards to Common Core GPS Standards. The CCGPS, as they will be referred to, are standards by which teachers gear their lessons. Below are links to the Georgia Department Of Education Standards listings.
*Click the book that has the subject you are interested in, and it will link you directly to the site where the CCGPS Standards are described.