Kindergarden Orientation 2012

Hollingworth Elementary School
A California Distinguished School
A No Excuses University
School of Inquiry, Imagination, and Individualized
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and
Kindergarten Orientation
Pathways to
Dr. Hoon, Principal
Ms. Dorado, L.D./P.S. Help Every
Hollingworth TK/ Kindergarten Teachers
Ms. Fonseca, rm. K-1
Ms. Martini, rm. K-2 (TK)
Mrs. Gutierrez, rm. K-3
Ms. Radford, rm. B
Dr. Rideau, rm. C
We practice a Team Approach.
Community of Caring
Trust, Family, Respect
Integrity, Responsibility
Character Education is integrated
throughout the curriculum with
1. Trustworthiness 4. Fairness
2. Respect 5. Caring
3. Responsibility 6. Citizenship
Parent Involvement
is Important to us!!!!
There are great opportunities to become
involved at Hollingworth!
School Site Council, Morning Break Club,
Hollingworth Parent Teacher Organization,
Help in classrooms (more to follow), Assist on
fieldtrips, Watch DOGS!, and more!
TO VOLUNTEER: Application, TB, Megan’s Law Ck
Kindergarten Academic Goals
Write a three sentence story
 Read at or above a level of proficiency
 Retell a story
 Read 20 or more high frequency words
 Produce rhyming words
 Write numbers to 30 or higher
 Understand simple addition and subtraction
Communication is key!
 We will meet twice to discuss student progress in midOctober and, if necessary, March.
 Three report cards and CASE, California Academic
Standards Evaluation, are sent home at the end of each
Students are assessed formally and informally on a
regular basis.
 You will receive on-going information about your child’s
progress. You may always contact the teacher for more!
Attendance is Important!
Please bring your child to school, on
time, every day!
We use a tardy free clock as an incentive to reward punctuality.
Students who are tardy must check in at the office.
We reward with popsicles or free dress the class with 12 tardy free days.
Any absence requires a note upon return
call the school to report an absence at (909) 598-3661.
Kindergarten classrooms open at 8:00am.
Pick-up Policy.
Students will be released from the inside their classrooms at 1:25 pm
(Tuesdays and any other early day is 1:00pm dismissal)
Teachers will call each child’s name and give a “Hi-5” to dismiss.
Your child will only be released to persons listed on the emergency card
unless you notify the school of any changes.
Students may not be released to minors.
Students not picked up by 1:45p.m. will be escorted to the office.
Bussers will be escorted to their bus by staff.
Update the school of any changes in telephone
numbers, emergency contacts or address listings.
Notify your child’s teacher of any events that may be
affecting your child’s learning and/or behavior.
Your child’s teacher is available for brief notices before classroom
doors open and after school when all students have been
We can arrange a time to meet with you if more time is required.
Written notes are very effective.
Health Information
Students will have a hearing and vision screening by a
Inform your child’s teacher
of any health issues regarding your child:
allergies (bee stings, peanut butter, etc.)
taking medication
frequent restroom use
Parent Volunteers
All parents are needed to help on a regular basis:
Student special projects
Student reading
Student skill reinforcement
Small group work
Clerical assistance
Take home prep work
Computer assistance
Library assistance
Special events
Become familiar with your child’s peer group.
Notify teacher in advance of when you plan to help.
Sign in and out at the office
***Birthdays are celebrated through book donations, not parties!
TK/K Extended Day Schedule
6 hour day
(5 hour day on Tuesday, 8:00am -1:00pm)
7:45 - 8:00
Students Line-up
8:00 - 8:15
Opening/Oral Language Development
8:15 - 9:30
English Language Arts
9:30 - 9:40
Snack Recess
9:40 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:10
11:10 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:00
English Language Development (Mixing)
12:00 - 12:50
Science/Health/Social Studies/History
12:50 - 1:20
Computer Lab/Library/Learning Centers
1:20 - 1:25
Home Support
Read to your child at least 20 minutes a day.
Discuss what you’ve read.
Have your child retell a familiar story to you.
Have your child read to you.
Build interest in books at the library or bookstore.
Review a completed page of homework each day.
Use a pencil only for written work (no pens or markers).
Check for accuracy in name writing.
Extend math concepts at home (find shapes, count fruit, etc.)
Homework Packets will be distributed each Monday
beginning mid-September.
Return Homework every Friday.
Student Folders
Send the student folder to school with your child every
Friday. Write communication, if necessary.
Check for papers requiring your signature.
Look for school information including breakfast/lunch
Review work and empty the student folder at home.
Classroom work need not return to school unless noted.
Have your child hand deliver notes to teacher rather than
leaving them in the folder.
 Backpacks must be checked and maintained by parent
Dress Code
Label clothing such as sweaters and jackets
Safe closed toed shoes
Collared shirt or blouse (no words, stripes or graphics)
Fitted pants and shorts
Solid colored pants, shorts and skirts
Clothing should allow child to use restroom
Girls are highly encouraged to wear shorts under skirts
for both inside sitting and outside play.
Hats may be worn during recess.
Provide jackets on cold days.
Halloween costumes are not permitted.
Complete the free/reduced lunch application ASAP.
You may pre-pay lunches.
The cafeteria staff may send a collection envelope home
with your child if lunch money is owed.
A modified lunch will be served if lunch money is owed.
Cafeteria staff is on duty during lunch and lunch recess.
It is helpful if your child learns his or her first and last name
for quick lunch verification.
Pack a nutritious snack for A.M. snack recess (not shared).
Basic Expectations
Keep your hands to yourself (no hitting,kicking)
Raise your hand before you talk
Use an inside voice in the classroom
Share classroom materials
Walk in the classroom and in the halls
Be a good listener
We practice being peacemakers.
We model, practice and reinforce the desired behavior.
Classroom rules will be developed with students based
upon the Six Pillars of Character.
Behavior System*
Move the name clip up to
green or gold and receive
a prize ticket. Return 10
tickets for a prize!
Move the name clip down
to yellow or red. Expect
Lose a recess
Line leader
Teacher talks to parent
Reflection time/letter
Chair stacker
Sit at peace table to
resolve conflict
High Flyer raffle ticket
Thinking/Reflection chair
Certificates of Achievement are awarded at monthly assemblies
*Individual Behavioral Contract may be used
Voluntary Donations
3 Tissue Boxes
4 Dry erase markers (blue, black, red, green)
3 Glue sticks, Crayola brand (sold at Michaels)
1 Box of Ziploc bags (1 gallon size or quart
1 ream of white copy paper
1 container of hand sanitizer to share with class
Care Package Recommendations
Write child’s full name on large Ziploc bag
Solar Blanket
Non-perishable Snack Foods
(foods should have expiration date after July 2012)
Family Photo
Child’s Book
These emergency, care packages are “just in case.”
Upcoming Special Events
NEU Kick-off
Back to School Night
100th Day of School
Sports Jersey Day
Crazy Sock Day
Hat Day
Field Trip
International Day
Open House
Theatrical Performance
Kindergarten Carnival
Kindergarten Field Day
Earth Day
Dr. Suess Day
What does
your family
First Week Memories
Arrive at school early and avoid the rush.
Make the morning as calm as possible.
Give the message to your child that s/he is in a good
and safe place.
Avoid showing any hesitation about leaving your child.
Take cues from the teacher on what to do if your child is
Build your child’s confidence by telling him/her how
proud you are that s/he is going to kindergarten.
Ask your child about his/her day and build excitement
for the next day.
Make great kindergarten memories!
Together we will make your child’s TK/K experience a
great one! We will Create Pathways to Help Every Child
Thank you,
Hollingworth TK/K Team