Be sure to watch for Newsletters from the office. It contains miscellaneous information that you need to know regarding the entire school. Every month, your child will receive Kindergarten News via email. In it you will find news about our class, birthdays, student of the week, Math, Phonics, and Reading information as well as any other happenings in the school that will affect our class! Please take the time to read both newsletters. They can provide answers to questions that you may have. I will also email frequently in between newsletters to keep you up to date.
Arrival and Dismissal
Kindergarten begins at 7:50. All students are to report to the gym.
Dismissal is at 3:10. If you are picking up your child, you will need to follow the car line on the south side of school (playground area). Please make sure to send a note to school about any transportation changes.
We work and play hard in Kindergarten and we do get messy! Please dress your child in play clothes. Of course, on special days like picture day, we will be extra careful with their special clothes. Please be sure to put your child’s name on clothing like coats, hats, or sweaters which the child may remove. No one seems to know nameless clothes!
Breakfast is $1.30 and Lunch is $1.95. Please send breakfast and lunch money in a sealed envelope marked with the child’s name. You may also pay by the month, semester or year. Money goes into a lunch account that is debited when a child purchases a meal or an extra milk using his/her lunch account number.
Mrs. Gehlhausen’s Library Day is on Tuesday afternoons. Be sure to have library books returned to school on that day. It helps to just keep them in the backpack at all times when you are not sharing them at home. Our kindergarten librarian is Mrs. Welp. Any questions regarding late/lost books or the library should be directed to her.
Please make sure your child comes to school with tennis shoes, socks and comfortable clothing on P.E. day. P.E. will be on Friday for Mrs. Gehlhausen’s class.
If your child is going home a different way than what is usual, he/she MUST HAVE a written note stating the new route. We cannot allow any student to go home on a different bus or with a different person without proper written permission.
There may be times when your child needs to bring money to school...please label it appropriately. Kindergartners sometimes forget what the money is for and spend it on the wrong items.
Students are welcome to bring a snack from home that does not require refrigeration. They will eat their snack at recess time. Our rule is ‘no sharing snacks’ because it usually causes problems.
The Kindergarten trip will be in May. Details will be sent about 3 weeks before the scheduled date. All parents will be invited to join us. (no siblings) The corporation policy is that parents drive separately for field trips.
Students will receive a “Birthday Notice” to let you know what day we will celebrate his/her birthday or un-birthday (summer birthday). Kindergartners are welcome to bring treats in to school to celebrate their special day!
Star Student of the Week
Each week we choose a different student to be featured on our “Star Student” board. We will send a notice home with the student before his or her week. You will need to fill out the information on the form and return it with your child. There are questions like favorite color, food...etc.
We have a 9 week grading period schedule. Your child will receive a total of 4 report cards during the school year. We will also let you know mid-way through the grading period if your child needs extra help in an area.
Our class will have a mascot! The mascot will be sent home on weekends with a student. Along with the mascot, a binder will be included for you to write about your weekend with him. You can attach a picture from his adventures, or have your child draw one by hand.
If your child is ill, please notify the school before the session begins. Kindergarten work that we do during the day can be made up when the child returns. We rarely send work home to a sick/absent child.
Once we focus on several letters of the alphabet, the students will be bringing home a "Words to Know" sheet. If they get a sticker on the list, that means they did a good job and don’t need to return the sheet. You can just keep it and continue to review it with your child. If it says “Practice and Return” then you need to go over the words with your child and return it when he/she is ready to read it to us again.
Children are asked NOT to bring toys from home. We have enough to keep us busy in our Kindergarten classroom. Items brought in are very distracting and most toys are not made for large group use. We can not be responsible for broken toys or hurt feelings caused by them. Thank you for your cooperation.
You are welcome to visit us at any time. We welcome and encourage family involvement. Please give us the first 2 or 3 weeks to get to know your child and for your child to learn the school rules before coming to visit. Pine Ridge’s policy is that ALL GUESTS (including familiar faces) are required to check in at the office and wear a guest badge. The presence of a guest badge will help identify visitors to all faculty and staff. It is important to remember that while this may seem inconvenient to frequent visitors, it is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment.