Kindergarten 2015-2016 Welcome Student Arrival and Departure • • • Student arrival- Children will be supervised outside of our classroom from 8:258:45 a.m. Children may come into the room at 8:45 a.m. Tardy bell rings at 8:50. If a student is late he/she has to get a pass to enter the classroom. Departure from schoolStudents are dismissed at 3:25. • • If there are changes in your child’s departure schedule please send a note that morning or email the night before. This is a school policy. In case of an emergency (a change during the school hours) please contact the office at 299-4411 ext. 5615, and they will notify teachers of dismissal changes. Lobby Guard Safety is very important to Jenks Public Schools. Please sign in at any Lobby Guard any time that you are leaving the main office areas. You can sign out at any location. You can drop your child off at their child’s classroom in the morning, but you do need to sign in at lobby guard. After the tardy bell rings (@ 8:50) you will be asked to not walk your child to the classroom. If needed, a staff member may walk your child to the classroom. Supplies • • Personal belongings: all coats, jackets, lunch boxes and school bags should be clearly labeled with your child’s name. Backpacks: please send a backpack with your child each day. This provides a place to put important notes or items that must go home with your child. • All school supplies such as pencils, glue, crayons, etc. are considered “community property”. These items should not be labeled. Notes for Dress • • • Flip flops can be a hazard on the playground. Please try to refrain from letting your child wear them due to safety concerns. Please make sure girls wear shorts under their dresses. Friday- Show your school spirit. Wear spirit wear, go Jenks Trojans! Birthday • You are welcome to bring treats for your child’s birthday. All treats must be purchased not homemade. Please send to school in the morning with your child or you may drop off treats at the office. • Please do not pass out birthday party invitations at school unless you will be inviting all students in our class or if your child is a boy all of the boys and vice versa for the girls. In the past too many children have had their feelings hurt by not being invited and seeing others opening invitations. Snacks • • Kindergarten families will be asked to send either a daily individual snack or a monthly class snack. Please send healthy snacks. Individually wrapped snacks are preferred. Your child may also bring a water bottle with a sports lid to keep in their backpack. Lunch • Parents/grandparents are more than welcome to eat with us! Lunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Meet us at building C (the cafeteria) after getting a visitor tag from the office. Communication • • • • • • Monthly newsletters Weekly emails Thursday Folder Homeroom parents Classroom Website Facebook Group • If it is information we need to know by the end of the day please call the office at extension 5615 to ensure that we get the message. • We are in the process of developing our web pages. Please look for updates soon! Quiet Activity • “Quiet Activity” is a time for our students to rest briefly. The activities will vary from quietly drawing, writing, reading, math tubs, books on tape and quiet play. Homework • • • • Please read with your child daily! Library Book We will send home three books in their take home book bags (once students have been assessed). You can also go online to Raz-Kids. • • • Letter Cards/Sight Word Cards Optional Homework Activities Practicing skills at home is important for reinforcement and for parent-school connections, it is not ever intended to be stressful or time consuming. Raz-Kids Just Right Reading is a term that we use to refer to your child’s independent reading level. This means they can read the book on their own. Your child’s teacher will determine their Just Right Reading level. Library and/or classroom books in backpacks are also part of the Just Right Reading. You will find your child’s Just Right Reading level on RAZ. Your child’s reading level is preset by your child’s teacher. Your teacher will send home your child’s user name and password. What do I do if I do not have internet at home? All Tulsa County Libraries have computer access you can utilize a RAZ for an hour. http://www.raz-kids.com/ Secret Stories • You will hear your student talking about Secret Stories. These are stories that help students learn sounds that groups of letters make (phonics). This helps build our balanced reading & writing program. Report Cards • Report cards: these are sent out each quarter. In the 1st and 2nd quarter there will be skills with an X that are not assessed until 2nd semester. You can view our kindergarten report card at www.jenksps.org. • Grading: in kindergarten we do not give letter grades. On the report cards we will be using a number system. Scoring System The 3-2-1 scoring system shows your child's learning progress during a nine week period. 3-A child who attains a score of three (3) is consistently successful, 85-100% of the time. Your child works independently and consistently demonstrates an understanding of concepts taught. 2-A child who attains a score of two (2) is showing progress. Your child demonstrates an understanding of concepts, 70-84% of the time, yet still needs some teacher direction and explanation. 1-A child who attains a score of one (1) is unable to demonstrate an understanding of concepts taught. Your child needs consistent teacher assistance and direction. This score is an area of concern because your child demonstrates success less than 70% of the time. The asterisk (*) denotes modifications for students receiving services i.e., identified gifted, IEP, 504, Title I, RSA, ELL. Conferences • • • Please sign up tonight for a fall conference. Spring conferences will be student-led and sign-ups will be 2nd semester. I would be happy to meet with you if you have any questions or concerns at any time. Just send an email or note and we will set up a time to conference. IB-International Baccalaureate West Elementary is proud to share that we are in our third year of candidacy to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). This is a multi-year journey with some exciting opportunities for our students and community. So what does it mean for your child in my classroom this year? Organizing our work into 6 broad themes (Our first theme is Who We Are.) Engaging in and developing understanding of central ideas (For this theme, we are going to be exploring that making balanced choices about daily routines enables us to have a healthy lifestyle.) You will continue to see inquiry experiences just as you have the past few years. You can still expect to see intense work with reading and writing workshop, EDM, our science units, social studies and Spanish. Our classroom and site newsletters will reflect our continued work with IB. At JWE, all of us strive to be: ★ Inquirers ★ Thinkers ★ Communicators ★ Risk Takers. ★ Knowledgeable ★ Principled ★ Caring ★ Open-minded ★ Balanced ★ Reflective Workbooks • • We have workbooks in handwriting and math. These workbooks will not be completed at the end of the year, but can be a great tool for summer learning. JWE Media Center Available Resources Over 10,000 age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction print materials in each library (Bldgs. A & D) Online database of the entire collection and other available resources accessible from home: Bldg. A Media website— wamedia.goalexandria.com Bldg. D Media website— wdmedia.goalexandria.com Additional media info: K students check out 1 book at a time 1st & 2nd students check out 2 books at a time— 1 ‘just right’ book on their reading level and 1 free choice book Books are due back every week Students must return overdue books or replace them before checking out additional books Lost or damaged books can be replaced with a new, hard cover book of the same or similar title Jenks West Counseling Services Bldg. A-Amy LaGere x5610 Bldg. D-Claire Domeck x5659 Bldg. B-Dana Darden x5628 Bldg. F-Julia Wood x6118 • Classroom Guidance- addressing topics such as bullying, friendship, and personal safety. • Small Group Counseling- offering support for children dealing with a divorce, social skills, friendship skills, positive behavior choices. (notes will go home to those referred.) • Support for needy families- helping with school supplies, clothing, holidays, “food for kids backpack program”* • Support for School Success-working with principals, teachers and parents to create plans for children to be successful in school. • Positive Behavior Recognition- recognizing students who make positive choices each quarter. Jenks Public Schools Bullying Policy “Bullying is when a more powerful person hurts someone’s body, feelings or things or scares someone on purpose, again and again.” It is not bullying when two students with no perceived power imbalance fight, have an argument, disagree or engage in conflict. If you feel like your child is a victim of bullying, based on the definition above, contact your building principal. Bullying is taken very seriously at Jenks Public Schools and is handled confidentially. Bldg. A- Jazzman Peaden x5651 Bldg. B-Suzanne Lair x5600 Bldg. D- Angela Hobson x5621 Bldg. F- Kim Kittleson x6100 Let us know if your child is in need of food for the weekend! Contact your child’s building counselor, or let your teacher know you would like your child to participate. Snacks will go home on Fridays. Project Westly Tree Families in need during the December Holidays may participate in the Project Westly Tree at West Elementary. More information will come soon but families may contact the school counselor in your building with questions. As we partner together to serve our children, a requirement for the Project Westly Tree is attendance at your child/children’s Fall Parent Teacher Conference. Applications will be available at Fall Conferences. Volunteer training can be done online and must be completed to volunteer in any way We must log volunteer hours, forms can be found at: jenksps.org under “Quick Links – Volunteer Information.” RECESS BEFORE LUNCH This year K-4 students will attend recess before lunch. Students will purchase lunch with their Student ID numbers instead of cards and we will supply bracelets with those numbers on them to assist students. We are excited about this change! D-CURBSIDE PARENT PICK-UP UPDATE Building D Curbside Families, We need your help! We have added five PK classrooms (132 cars) to our campus this year, thus increasing traffic. As a reminder, PK arrive/dismiss earlier than elementary. Please help us allow PK families access to our oval before adding elementary traffic by adhering to the following: 1. Please help us by arriving no earlier than 3:20 p.m., if possible. 2. Please enter Adams Street off of Main Street and stage in West D Curbside or Intermediate loading zone (from 8:00-8:15 a.m. and 2:40-3:15 p.m.)----NOT ON ADAMS STREET. We need PK families to have full access to Adams Street during these time frames. This will also allow our buses entering Adams Street from 91st Street to access the oval. 3. Please consider utilizing our kindergarten-second grade bus system. Thank you for your patience and keeping traffic flowing! Homeroom Moms Kalissa Stimson and Genny Gonzalez for Mrs. Novotny Melani Johnson and Stephanie Briggs for Mrs. Hopkins Parent Teacher Action Group - PTAG PTAG is a volunteer organization of parents, teachers, and administrators who work together to promote quality education for our children. JWE PTAG fundraisers include Box Top Collections, Scholastic Book Fairs, Spirit Nights, Family Bingo Night, Square 1 Art, and the JWE Jog-A-Thon! Please Join Today! A $10 annual membership is required per family. Look for the HOT PINK membership form! Jog A Thon – OCTOBER 1st • Jog A Thon will be October 1st in the morning! • Students will be soliciting donations beginning September 17th – October 1st and donations are a flat donation, no “per lap” pledges. • All students will receive a free Jog A Thon t-shirt to wear at the event! • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We will need 2 parents per class to help during the class jog time. This is a short 1 hour commitment. • We also need event volunteers. Event volunteers will set up before and breakdown after the event, and will also work at the snack table, checkin/check-out, directing classes through the Jog-A-Thon activities, dotting hands as kids run, etc. All-day volunteer jobs are outside. FREE T-shirt & Lunch! • More information will be coming from the class Homeroom Parent. District Policy On Classroom Parties To promote student health, student’s will not be provided foods of minimal nutritional value with the exception of two events per school year in which healthy options are also available. -Nutritional Guidelines under Wellness policy 1.53 PK- 4th grade students will be celebrating two parties. Students could be offered a healthy and sweet option. Winter Party Valentine Party Principal Contact Angela Hobson [email protected] 918-299-4411 ext. 5621 Counselor Contact Claire Domeck [email protected] 918-299-4411 ext. 5659 Curriculum Resource Instructor Tara Day [email protected] 918-299-4411 ext. 5943 Thank You • We really appreciate your time in attending tonight. We are a team in your child’s education. Please let us know if there is anything we can answer or do for you and your student.