ABCs of Kindergarten

The ABCs of Kindergarten

Our Classroom Handbook

 Welcome to Dragon Country!

 

 Mrs. Langston and Mrs. Brown

 Whenever questions arise concerning our policies and procedures, please feel free to refer to this classroom handbook throughout the year.  

A

  Absences

If your child needs to miss school, please remember to write a note explaining the reason why he/she was absent. **Without a note, this will automatically result in an unexcused absence. Any child, who is absent 20 days or more, could possibly jeopardize his/her chance of being promoted to the next grade level for the up-coming school year.

  Administrators

Our Principal is Wendy Hooks and our Elementary Curriculum Specialist is Karla Smith. Both of these individuals are here to help meet the needs of you and your child. 

 AlertNow System

This is an automatic telephone system that makes the families and staff of MLE aware of any events such as school closings, early dismissal, etc. Parents may sign up for this wonderful (free) service by contacting the school. Notices will be mailed out to all families.

 Attendance

Attendance is very important! Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is greatly influenced by daily classroom participation. Let’s strive for perfect attendance this year!

  

B

 Behavior Management

 Students thrive on positive recognition and praise; therefore, we will strive to create an environment of friendship and respect within our classroom. We will teach our students that life is about choices and help guide him/her to make appropriate choices. We will also strive for consistency and will start the school year with clear expectations. We strongly believe that all children have the right to learn in a safe and productive environment. When problems arise, they are dealt with naturally and logically. To help implement this approach, our classroom has adopted “Vision Management,” a comprehensive, research-based behavioral program. This discipline plan has proven to be successful in helping students to take responsibility and to manage their own actions. Initializing self-discipline is one of the key components of this program. Vision Management helps to  instill appropriate behavior within a structured environment. Students take an active part by establishing what their appropriate behavior should be. The students do so by creating their personal goals and decisions about their achievements, accountability, safety, as well as behavior.

 In place of “Rules,” “Expectations” are enforced within our classroom:

1.    HFBO—Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to self.

2.    Wait and Think—When someone is speaking, do not speak.

3.    Stay with your class—Do not leave without permission.

4.    FMD—Follow my directions (Listen).

Classroom Rewards:

1.    Verbal Praise

2.    Classroom Cheers

3.    Celebrations

 Classroom Consequences

1.    Verbal Redirection

2.    Refocus Area

3.    Parent Contact

4.    Office Referral

Birthdays

We have many birthdays to celebrate this school year! Please contact us prior to your child’s birthday so arrangements can be made if you plan on doing something special. Because our school schedule is full with instructional time, we ask that all birthday celebrations be acknowledged during the class's lunch time in the cafeteria.If this is a problem for you, please let me know. Please be aware that some children are prone to food allergies such as peanuts, chocolate, and dairy products.

 

 

Book Bag

 

Part of the excitement for a kindergartener just starting school is being able to select his/her school supplies! Book Bags are greatly welcomed. Please make sure that you write your child’s name on his/her book bag with a permanent marker. (At times, we have had two-three Dora or Spiderman book bags that are identical.) We do ask: please do not purchase book bags with rollers. These tend to be too large for the children’s hangers.

 Breakfast and Lunch

Research shows that children who eat breakfast learn better than those who do not so please be sure your child is eating breakfast daily. Breakfast is served in our cafeteria every day from 7:50-8:20 a.m. All  students (grades K-4) will eat breakfast in the cafeteria on an individual basis. The cost of breakfast is $1.25 for students who pay full price; $0.30 for students who pay at a reduced price. Lunch is priced at $2.25 for students who pay full price; $0.40 for reduced pay students. 

Send check (payable to Meadow Lane Elementary) or money in a sealed envelope to either the cafeteria or to Mrs. Langston and Mrs. Brown on Monday mornings. Write on the outside of the envelope the student’s name, homeroom teacher’s name, and the amount enclosed. Online payment is also an option you may like to take part in.

 Applications for free/reduced meals will be sent home with students during the first week of school. At other times, they may be picked up in the office. Applications must be completed yearly.

Car riders:

Parents/guardians may drop off students at school between 7:50-8:25 a.m. Remember:Arriving after 8:25 is considered a tardy. Pick-up time at the end of the day is at 3:20 p.m. Staff members will be on duty to supervise car riders as they arrive and depart.

There is no supervision for your child before 7:50 a.m.      

 Bus riders:

Students will abide by school and bus rules. Remember: It is a privilege to ride the bus! If there is a need for students to ride a different bus other than what is assigned to them, the parent or guardian MUSTsend a written note granting permission for this change to be made. The new address must appear on the note, as well as the duration of time the child is to ride the bus.

**For the safety of your child, permission will not be granted by telephone!! (with the exception of office approval)

 C

Centers

Centers and hands-on activities will play a large part in our classroom. Research has shown that children, at this developmental age of their life, learn best through means of actively exploring as well as acquiring personal experiences by participating in cooperative groups and hands-on activities.

 Change in Student Information

It is important that the school office and myself be notified immediately of a change of address; home, place of work, or cell telephone numbers; place of employment, or emergency information during the school year. This is in the event your child should be in need of immediate medical attention or due to illness.

 

 Communication

Communication between home and school is vital to your child’s success. It is very important to us that you are aware of everything that is happening at Meadow Lane Elementary School and in our classroom as well. To keep you informed, there will be a routine class newsletter/calendar, and a “Homework Folder”  to keep you updated. You will also receive a weekly progress report on your child’s academic growth. You may reach us at school at 751-7150 or by email atkimberlylangston@wcps.org or dianabrown@wcps.org

 Conferences

It is necessary at times, to meet over your child’s accomplishments, strengths, and academic progress. Please make every effort to make these appointments.

 

D

Differentiation

Because all children display different abilities, learning styles, and experiences, they may require different levels of instruction. Since it is my responsibility to take each child from where they are to a higher level, students may be learning concepts different from his/her peers. With this type of teaching in the classroom, you can be sure that your child’s individual needs will be met.

 Dismissal

We dismiss students at 3:20. Car riders should be picked up on the side of the school, where staff members will be on duty. Please be prompt when picking up your child. Bus riders are dismissed at the front of the school.

 Dress Code

Students are required to comply with Board Policy 4305 established by the Wayne County Board of Education. Disciplinary action will be taken for any violation of the dress code in accordance with AR 4305 and Policy 4300.For example,students are not to wear tops without sleeves, haltertops, or shirts that show the midriff section or any part of the stomach (No armpits should be revealed). Shorts should fall BELOW the student’s fingertips when arms are placed at their side.

 

 

E

 Early Dismissal

Throughout the year, designated days have been set aside for early dismissal. These days has been selected for staff development workshops. The early dismissal time is 1:20 p.m. Dates for early dismissal can be seen on the Wayne County Public School website or on the school calendar. MLE will also let you know through notices as well as through our automatic alert system.

 Early Sign-out

If your child needs to leave school before regular dismissal time, you must go to the office to sign him/her out. The office will call for your child to meet you. An early sign-out is counted as a tardy.

Email

 I check my school email 3 times a day. Feel free to email me or Mrs. Brown at kimberlylangston@wcps.org or dianabrown@wcps.org.  If there is a message that you need to get to me before school or one of urgency, please call the school at 751-7150.

 

F

 Field Trips

We will be going on a couple of field trips during the school year that are both fun and educational for the children. In advance, permission slips will be sent home informing you of all the details regarding the trip. Please make sure that the necessary information like the Medicaid or insurance policy number is listed. Please return permission slips and money as soon as possible.

 Fire Drill

 Fire drills are held on a monthly basis throughout the year. All students will participate and are expected to walk quickly and quietly to our designated area outside. To prepare the children, we will practice and become familiar with procedures before our first scheduled drill.

 

G

 Goodbyes

On the first day of Kindergarten, saying goodbye at school can be very emotional for both you and your child. Try to send your child off with a smile and a wave along with the reassurance that you will see them after school. Remember, even distressed children settle down very quickly once you have gone, so please make your leave, loving but brief. If they cry, it usually lasts no more than a couple of minutes after you have gone! Please resist the urge to return if you leave your child crying---this will only prolong the situation. Please don’t feel guilty about leaving your child with us if he/she is upset. Just trust that he/she will be shown lots of love and compassion from the moment they enter our classroom. Our main goal is to make your child feel comfortable right away. At your request, we will be happy to call you during the day with an update on your child’s “emotional progress.” We want to put both, you and your child, at ease.

 

H

 Health

Please notify the school and myself of any special circumstances that may affect your child such as medications, death of a loved one, illness, etc. Please let us know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies, seizures, or asthma.

 Homework

Homework will be assigned Monday thru Thursday. The majority of these assignments will initially consist of your child tracing letters and numbers as well as learning sight words and writing his/her name. Once the class has become more accustom to writing, they will be assigned more complex assignments. Homework should not exceed more than 10-15 minutes each evening. Please make sure that your child packs his/her homework in their folder each evening. If your child is having a problem with the homework, please let us know.

Please make it a habit of reading  to and with your child for about 10 minutes every night. Make this a special time for you and your little one! No one can read like you in the eyes of your child!! If your child sees that you enjoy reading, he/she will want to read too. Readers will start to go home in October! :)

Homework Folders

During the second week of school, your child will be given a Homework Folder that will travel with him/her to and from school every day. This folder is VERY IMPORTANT because it will serve as your #1 means of communicating with us this year. Any notes, transportation changes, lunch money, book orders, etc, should be sent to us inside the folder. We will check the folders each morning for money or correspondence from home. Please ask your child for this folder everyday as it may also contain notes from us, completed classroom work that your child has done, homework, information from the office, etc. Please empty the folder every day (your child’s class work, old flyers from school, etc) and return it to school. This is a great tool that we utilize everyday to aid in your child‘s success. **Please take the initiative and remind your child to give his/her folder to you. By October, your child should be taking the responsibility of giving the folder to you without be reminded. He/she should also be reminded to pack the folder in the book bag. Please make sure your child takes care of their folders-these are very expensive! Folders will not be replaced.

 

I

Illness

The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when the decision may interfere with your work schedule and alternate arrangements may need to be made. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is sick. This helps them to feel better quicker and prevents others from becoming ill as well. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. Children are not permitted to be at school if they are running a fever. Your child may return to school when he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.

 Independent Reading

Young children can read in several ways: picture walking, memorization of their favorite story, or mimicking adults after observing them read. Children need plenty of opportunities to read independently. By giving your children time to read both at school and at home, we are providing them with a literature-rich environment and a love for reading in the years ahead. Remember: For a young child, reading is just not saying the words that are printed on the pages; allow your child to be creative in their own style of “reading.”

 

J

Journey

 The year of Kindergarten is sure to be an incredible journey for your child! How blessed we are to share this journey with you, your child, and family. Together, we will cross many milestones and face many new challenges. Hopefully, we can make this year a journey that your child will cherish for the rest of his/her life!

 

 

 

K

  Kindergarten Health Assessment and Immunization Record

 Remember: Kindergarten Health Assessment and your child’s immunization record should be current and up to date. Parents have 30 days after the first day of school to get the necessary information turned in to the office. If, after 30 days your child is considered to be non-compliant, suspension of the child will be implemented until the matter can be resolved. Please keep in mind that this is not a malicious act, but one of safety and health.

 

L

  Library/Media Center

Our class will visit the library weekly to have story time as well as to check out our very own library book! Please make sure that your child shares his/her library book with you. These make great “bedtime stories!” Please make sure that your child returns his/her book every week so they may check out another one. Take note that if a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee for the book will be expected from the parent.

 Lost and Found

We have a Lost and Found in our school. Please encourage your child to check it regularly for any missing items that he/she may have. Please label your child’s clothing, book bag, lunch box, coat, and other personal items by using a permanent marker.

 Lunch Time

We will eat lunch at  10:50-11:20 on regular school days. We encourage parents and grandparents to come eat with us! The only rule we have at lunch is “No talking for the first 10 minutes.” However, this rule is exempted when you come to have lunch with your child. This is a special time! You will be asked to have lunch with your child at the lunch tables set up in the back of the cafeteria.

 

M

  Mailing Address

     The address for Meadow Lane Elementary School is as follows:

                 3500 East Ash Street,

                 Goldsboro, N.C. 27534

 

Medication

Students needing occasional medication, such as penicillin, etc for colds, earaches, and sore throats are to take these types of medications at home if at all possible. This includes medication like cough syrup, Tylenol, cough drops, etc. However, if medication MUST be given at school, the following steps must be taken:

1.  The school must be provided with an “Authorization for Medication to be Given During School Hours” form    that has been signed by both the parent and the physician.

2.  Medication must be delivered and picked up in person by the parent or guardian---NOT THE STUDENT.

3.  Medication must be in the original container with the name of the student, the name of the drug, the frequency of administration, and the possible side effects.

4.  If the physician changes the medication the parents are responsible for informing the school by submitting a new form and medication to the school. Telephone calls cannot be accepted for this purpose.

 

N

 Newsletter

Classroom newsletters will be distributed monthly. It is very important that you read the newsletter so that you can keep your child prepared for upcoming events. It will contain information about our classroom activities, schedules, and events for the weeks ahead as well as an overview of lessons learned.

 Nurse/Social Worker

We are very fortunate to have a full time nurse and social worker on staff at MLE. "Nurse Jessica" and Mrs. LaTosha Cox are available to assist our students in dealing with problems that could interfere with his/her health and ability to be successful in school.

 

O

  Orientation

The Kindergarten team will host a Parent Orientation or what we call, “Curriculum Night” during the month of September and/or October. You will be notified of the date. I encourage you to attend because we will be discussing EVERYTHING you will need to know about your child’s academic role, the curriculum, and the goals and objectives your child will be and is expected to learn.

 

Office Staff and Support Areas:

                 Principal:  Wendy Hooks

           

                 Assistant Principal:  Karla Smith

                 Bookkeeper: Charilee Khaler

                 Power School Data Manager: Udana Bevins

                 Chill-Out/ Disciplinarian: Sharon Rollins

                  Guidance Counselor: Michelle Gurley

                 School Social Worker: LaTosha Cox

            

                 School Nurse: Nurse Jessica

     

 

P

Parental Involvement

 According to No Child Left Behind,parental involvement consists of the participation of you, the parent, in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication, which involves your child’s academic learning and other school activities. This includes:

1.    Assisting in your child’s learning

2.    Becoming actively involved in your child’s education at school

3.    Serving as a full partner in your child’s education by being included in decision-making, and acting on advisory                                      committees to assist in the education of your child.

 You can make a difference!

·        Be an example

·        Attend meetings

·        Support school rules

·        Be available whenever possible

·        Interact with your child at home

·        Develop a partnership with the school and with your child’s teacher

·        Remember, you are your child’s FIRST teacher!

 Parties

There will be two celebrations this year. Our winter celebration will be held on the last day of school before Christmas break. The second celebration will be held on Valentines Day. If your family has a problem with your child participating in celebrations, due to religious beliefs, etc, please let us know. We do not wish to offend anyone.

 Progress Reports

Quarterly progress reports are sent home three times during the school year; in the fall, winter, and in the spring. The progress reports are designed to reflect the progress your child has made in accordance with the Kindergarten standards. Weekly progress reports are sent home on Mondays to reflect on your child’s academic progress and behavior from the prior week. Please make sure to sign the reports and return to school the following day.

Q 

Questions

  Since some of you are new to the MLE family, I am sure that you have some unanswered questions and/or concerns. Please feel free to contact us anytime. We are here for you!

 

R

Recess

Our class will have indoor/outdoor recess (depending on the weather) for approximately 30 minutes every day. If for some reason your child should not participate in recess or P.E. at some point, please send a note to school stating the reason why.

 Report Cards

 Report cards for kindergarten students are distributed 4 times a year, at the end of each 9 week quarter. Please note that quarterly progress reports are sent  home to inform you on your child’s academic growth.

 Restroom

As a class, we will go to the restroom twice in the morning time, after lunch, and once in the afternoon. Children will also be granted permission to go on an individual basis as needed during the day (as long as this does not prove to be a time for getting out of class). Please let us know if your child has any medical problems that may require frequent trips to the restroom.

 

S

 

 

Scholastic Book Club         

At times, your child will be able to order books from the Scholastic Book Club. This is a great way to help foster your child’s love for reading! The books are at a wonderful value; most are at below retail. If you would like to order books, please follow the guidelines listed below. This makes it simple for me to submit the order form without an error. Books are guaranteed to be back within 2 weeks from the date ordered.

 

Instructions:

1.            Do not send cash—please send checks made payable to “ Scholastic Books.” (If this is a problem, let us know.)

2.            Make sure your book orders are clearly marked on the form.

3.            Double check your money total before sending your order in.

4.            Please send the order back to school inside an envelope labeled with your child’s name and “Scholastic Book Order” on the outside.

 

T

Tardiness

Your child will be counted tardy if he/she arrives after 8:25 a.m. After this time, you will need to walk your child to the office to sign him/her in. Please do not allow your child to go to the office alone. Three unexcused tardies are equal to one absence

 Transportation Lanyards

If your child rides a bus, he/she will be given a lanyard. It will display his/her name, the address of his/her destination, the bus number, and the teacher’s name. Like the Homework Folder, this item is also very important, return it daily as well. This necklace helps assure everyone that your child will successfully reach his/her destination in the afternoons. You may return the necklace in the pocket of the Take Home Folder or you may let your child wear it. This necklace will be used at least until October or until your child knows his/her bus number.

Lanyards for car riders will also be created for them as well.

 

U

Unique

Each child is unique and special! They enter our classroom door with different ability skills, personalities, attitudes, experiences, backgrounds, and learning styles. Our goal is not to make each child alike, but to foster their individual strengths and help him/her to develop to their fullest potential, academically, physically, emotionally and socially. The two most important elements that we hope to instill in your child is a positive self-concept and a zest for learning.

 

V 

 Visitors

All of our visitors, including our familiar MLE faces, must sign-in at the office and obtain a visitor pass. MLE welcomes and encourages family involvement, but for the safety of our children at school, please follow this rule. You must provide photo identification when visiting as well as picking up children from school. It is important to remember that while this may seem inconvenient to  frequent visitors, it is the school’s responsibility to create a safe learning environment for students and staff.

 Volunteers

We love having volunteers at MLE as well as in our classroom! We believe that your involvement in your child’s education is essential. By expressing an interest in your child’s education, you are encouraging their success in school. If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom or in the school, let us know!! All of our volunteers must have a background check prior to their volunteering.

 

W

 Website

     Visit our website at www.waynecountyschools.org

 Wish List

 Throughout the year, I will post requests for items we need in the classroom. The majority of these items are things that you may already have at home. Such items could include things like old magazines, scraps of materials, buttons, craft odds and ends, newspapers, old socks, old children’s/adult clothes, etc.

 

X 

X’tra Clothes

You will need to send an extra set of clothes (socks, underwear, and pants) inside a zip-lock bag. Please label the bag with your child’s name on it using a permanent marker. Occasionally, children have accidents and it becomes necessary for them to have a change of clothes. Please make sure that your child has this extra set of clothes here at school.  Please do not place your little one in an embarrassing situation by not supplying him/her with the necessary clothing items. In the past, we have found that when these accidents occur, we are unable to get up with the parents.

 

Y

You!

 Please remember that you are your child’s first and foremost, important teacher! No one can influence your little one’s life the way you can!

 

 

Z

 

 Zz Zz Zz Zz

Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest each night. Keeping a consistent bedtime and schedule helps him/her to be more alert and ready to learn each day.

 

 

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