WELCOME TO BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Kindergarten Room 2 With Mrs. Forcade Tonight’s Agenda • • • • • • • • • Attendance Typical Day Daily Work Folders vs. Thursday Folders Curriculum/Literacy/Math Enrichment Classroom Management/Behavior Communication Volunteers Birthdays Attendance • I want to see your child every day! • Please have your child arrive on time each day. • For absences, please email me or call our absentee line. • Absentee Number: 703-957-4391 A Typical Day in Kindergarten • Arrival/Morning Routine: unpack backpack, morning work for 15 minutes. • Morning Meeting: calendar, jobs, days of the week/months of the year, date, money, counting. • Shared Reading: big poem, sight words, choral reading. • Writing: writing names, sight words, building skills. • Literacy Stations: Independent work, small group enrichment work & small group reading focusing on: reading, writing, creativity, ABC’s, fine motor skills, and ability to work together. • Math: Investigation 1 or 2 times per week as a whole group lesson. Enrichment centers 1 -2 days per week, focusing on number writing, number recognition, and counting. A Typical Day Continued… • Science/Social Studies: 3-4 times per week, theme based. Whole group/individual/hands-on, etc. • Recess/Milk: 15 minutes-NO FOOD SNACKS! • Specials: • Mondays: Library Search (PM) (every other week) • • • • Tuesdays: Search (AM) (every other week) Wednesdays: Computer Lab (AM) Thursdays: Guidance (every other week) Fridays: Computer Lab (PM) Daily Folders vs. Thursday Folders • • • • Come home every day! Include daily work May be a note/reminder Empty all contents dailygreat job for your child! • Return with your child every day. • Come home only on Thursdays • Important papers from the school/county • Important weekly reminders • Please return with your child on Friday PATHWAYS TO LITERACY *Consistency in K-2 *Alphabet/Chunk Charts: students learn to make correct letter sounds – no “uh” after each letter sound. 4 Components: 1. Shared Reading/Big/Books 2. Daily Literacy Work Stations/Guided Reading groups 3. Writer’s Workshop 4. Daily Read Alouds Pre-Reading Skills There are many pre-reading skills: • Letter identification • Sound Identification • Rhyming • Recognizing words with the same beginning, ending, or middle sounds. • Syllables • Recognizing environmental print • Creating words based on known sounds • Left to right, top to bottom, identifying spaces, etc. MATH • • • • Investigations Student Discovery Hands-on Patterns, shapes, counting, time, money, measurement, addition, subtraction, data collections, graphing, tallying • Math Focus: 1-2 days per week • Math centers: 1-2 days per week ENRICHMENT • NO HOMEWORK IN KINDERGARTEN! • Enrichment Calendar: available online at kindergarten website. *Not mandatory* CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT/BEHAVIOR • • • • Positive Reinforcement Encouragement Logical Consequences What I expect from the children WHY? I believe this will assist your child in developing selfdiscipline and building social skills, which is essential to his/her success in both academic and social life. POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT Kindergarten Dragons ROAR: • Students will have an opportunity to reach higher levels of responsibility. • Students will receive a certificate on Fridays, if they ROAR. DRAGON BITES *Students can earn Dragon Bites by making good choices. *Dragon Bites are awarded by all school staff. *Class will decide reward when jar is filled with Dragon Bites. Consequences • Note home: “Oops Note” – Describes poor choices of behavior: • • • Date__________________ OOPS! Your child ______________________________ made some poor choices in their behavior today: • • • • _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Together, we discussed the rules of the classroom, and I know your child will come back “Ready to Learn” on the next day. Please take the time to discuss this with your child. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. Thank you! COMMUNICATION • E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org – Please be patient with emails. I will try to reply to you as soon as possible, but I rarely have an opportunity to check my email during the school day. – Remember, you can use the “Daily Work Folder” as a means of communication. – Please use the Arcola web page! It is a great resource for school information. VOLUNTEERS • ROOM PARENT(S): 1-2 per class. • CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS: need 2-3 times per week. You will help students build reading, writing, and math skills. • AT HOME VOLUNTEERS: creating things for the classroom, cutting materials for lessons, creating classroom directory, etc. • PLEASE FILL OUT FORMS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!! BIRTHDAYS • NO FOOD ITEMS ALLOWED FOR DISTRIBUTION WITHIN THE CLASSROOM PER RECOMMENDATIONS FROM LCPS. • FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES, PLEASE SEND IN INVITATIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS-NO EXCEPTIONS. • Ideas to celebrate your child’s special day: • Bring in treat bags filled with pencils, erasers, & stickers. • Donate book to class, OR have your child bring in their favorite book to read to the class. How Can I Help My Child Be Successful in School? • • • • • • • • • READ EVERYDAY!! You can read to your child, and encourage him or her to read to you…either way…READ!!! Create a consistent afterschool routine. Remind your child to unpack his/her backpack and show all work to you!! This is his/her chance to show off the hard work. BE POSITIVE!! Always speak in a positive tone about school, learning, and your child’s teacher. ENCOURAGE! Give your child the opportunity to excel in all areas of academics. Be sure your child is getting plenty of rest each night and is ready for school each day. TEACH PRIDE!! Teach your child to be responsible for his/her actions and take pride in all they do! STAY INVOLVED!! Make it a point to ask your child about his/her day at school! Ask what good or bad things happened at school. REMEMBER…your child is not you and will not have the same academic or social outcomes you did in school. COMMUNICATE…Please know you can contact me with any questions or concerns. My e-mail address: email@example.com THANK YOU!!! • Thank you for your time tonight! • Please remember to sign up for Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences and any volunteer opportunities.