For safety reasons, it is school policy that children wear sneakers. (Please refer to the parent handbook for guidelines, the administration is very particular as to what qualifies as sneakers, and strict enforcement is upheld for playground safety). Girls should wear shorts under dresses or skirts. Do not send your child to school in overalls, or pants and shorts that require belts or difficult snaps: if you must help them in the morning, then they shouldn’t wear it to school. Cumbersome clothing interferes with your child’s ability to go to the bathroom independently and to change independently should an accident occur. Clothing should be comfortable “play clothes”. Please no jewelry that may get broken, lost, or become toys in the classroom. At this age, your child should be able to get dressed in the morning by him or herself. Your guidance should only be needed to determine what is weather and school appropriate. Mismatched clothing is fine; children sometimes have their own sense of style at this age. Please put your child’s name on all of his or her clothing, including sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, and anything else brought to school.
Pocketed Classroom Materials
If your child brings home small objects from school in his or her pockets, they are most likely classroom materials. While it is natural for children to covet these materials (after all the objects were selected to be appealing to children!), we will need them returned to the classroom. Sometimes they are a part of a set and can be very costly, as well as time consuming, to replace.
Show-and-Tell will be on Mondays. Children will be invited to bring a special object from home to share with the class. Items that pertain to the current theme being taught are of particular interest and I have made a schedule of topics to help guide you and your child on selections. Objects include those from nature, household items and souvenirs from trips, pictures and books. Please keep in mind that Show-and-Tell is optional and while your child may not have something to share every Monday they do enjoy sharing their treasures when they can. Show and tell preparation also gives parents an excellent opportunity to relate with their children on topics the class is exploring.
We celebrate each child’s birthday with a celebration of life. To prepare for the celebration please choose one photo from each year of your child’s life beginning with a newborn picture and ending with one that is rather current. You may choose to make a poster board for display or a book type format. During the celebration, the birthday child take a birthday walk around the sun showing the pictures while the story of his or her live is read to everyone present. (the child “orbits” around a symbolic sun for each year of his or her life). I am including a template for the story, but feel free to adlib. Parents are encouraged to attend this ceremony if possible. You are welcomed to bring low sugar birthday treats for the class to share such as muffins, health-minded cookies, yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, crackers, etc. Juice boxes and plates are also appreciated. To foster healthy eating habits at this impressionable age, foods such as frosting covered cupcakes, cakes, doughnuts, and candy are discouraged. A week or two before your child’s birthday, please contact me, so that we can make arrangements concerning the time.
You may visit the school website to find out about hot lunch choices, or you will need to pack your child a lunch (snacks are provided by the school). Children in the class need to pack a cloth napkin or small place mat with their lunches (in addition to the napkin they use to wipe their mouths). The placemat denotes each child’s eating space and encourages good manners. If your child is a finicky eater, I recommend giving your child choices by packing a variety of foods (i.e. small plastic containers filled with fruit (raisins), cut vegetables, nuts, cheese cubes, small crackers, pasta items, or whatever nutritious food s/he will eat). Having your child help pack his or her lunch also works for some families. Please do not pack any candy in your child’s lunch; we are trying to promote healthy eating habits. Also, please do not send food in glass containers. Spill proof drink containers, straws and necessary table ware are also helpful.
Please call and leave a message with the front office or send an email if your child is ill and unable to come to school. We would like to know how s/he is doing and when we might expect him or her back.
The classroom is greatly enriched when parents volunteer. There are many ways to volunteer. If you are interested, please fill out our volunteer sheet, so we can determine the best way to utilize your skills. Also, I will at times place sign-up sheets on the door if you would like to help by sending in needed consumables.
Please retain this packet to refer to as needed throughout the year. I welcome any comments or questions you have about the classroom and your child’s education. Ask any time!
We are excited about the new school year and are looking forward to working with the children and watching their growth.