Dear Kindergarten Parents,
Welcome to Kindergarten at Marvin Avenue Elementary! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Ellison and I have been teaching at Marvin Ave for almost 20 years. I am very excited to be teaching Kindergarten and I am looking forward to having a wonderful year getting to know you and your child.
As an educator, I have a strong passion for teaching and providing all students with the ability to achieve individual excellence and academic success. I have the commitment to help each student grow and mature to their fullest potential in all areas, and I strive to encourage a willingness to assume challenges and responsibilities, to develop self-confidence and a positive self-image, and to be sensitive to the needs of others. I believe that learning must offer meaningful experiences, happiness, and a firm desire for future learning as the foundation for the learning process.
Here is some helpful information for a great school year:
Curriculum: Our Kindergarten curriculum will include an exciting reading program which consists of award winning literature, direct and systematic phonics, explicit skills and strategies, routine, accountability to build independence and to ensure that every student succeeds. This reading program is cross-curricular which combines Reading, Phonics, Handwriting, Spelling, Art, Technology, Social Studies, Math, Music, Health, and Science. In our Kindergarten classroom, we will explore and learn all of these subjects to enhance our individual knowledge.
Our Daily Schedule: Our daily schedule is as follows:
7:55 SCHOOL BEGINS
8:00-8:25 Breakfast in the Classroom
8:25-8:45 Morning Routine
9:55-10:15 Snack and Recess
1:40-2:10 Science/Social Studies/Health
2:14 DISMISSAL (TUESDAYS 1:14)
***Please be aware that our schedule may vary from time to time to accommodate special holidays, projects, curriculum, and field trips.***
Behavior Management: There are three school wide rules that I will be using in my classroom which include the 3 BE’s: BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE. During the first weeks of school, we also will develop classroom rules that apply directly to our kindergarten family. The rules will be posted in our classroom.
If any of these rules are not followed, there will be consequences as a result. Next to the door in our classroom is Our Behavior Signal Light. Every student will begin each day on the green light. If a rule is not followed, the student will be given a warning. If the behavior continues or another rule is not followed then the student will have to be moved to the yellow light as a warning. At this time, the student will be removed from the situation and a time out will be given. If the behavior still continues, the student will have to be moved to the red light, and possibly go see the principal, Ms. Banuelos, about his/her behavior. Majority of the time, I will attempt to handle the situation in the classroom.
Teacher/Parent Correspondence: Please be sure to read all school flyers, notes from me, and the cover sheet to the Homework Packets that are sent home with your child. These are usually found with your child’s homework inside their HOMEWORK FOLDERS. Most of the information about current events and upcoming activities at school are addressed in these newsletters and flyers.
Contact Information: I can be reached at the school office 323-938-3608 and a message will be taken, or you may contact me by e-mail at email@example.com. I can almost always answer all e-mails the same day.
School Supplies for Home: In addition to supplies at school, children will need to have some supplies at home to do some of the homework activities. Please be sure your child has glue sticks, crayons, pencils, and scissors in a convenient place. Children should also have a safe place to put their sight words and familiar reading books. When children bring home these literary aids, they should practice reading them to someone. Keep practicing each evening. Remember patience and positive reinforcement; always tell your child how proud you are of them for learning to read!
Homework: Homework is sent home every Monday, in a folder labeled with your child’s name. Please take care of this folder as it is purchased by the school and your child will not get a replacement if it is lost or damaged. The homework for the week will need to be completed and due EVERY FRIDAY! Please return homework in the homework folder provided for your child by the teacher.
Student of the Month: Children will be able to earn the distinction of “Student of the Month.” To earn this award your child must meet the category requirements for each designated month.
Parent Helpers: I love to have parent helpers whenever possible and really rely on them to enrich our learning. In Kindergarten, volunteers are an essential part of the classroom management. We depend on our parent help and realize that without them, many special projects and fun activities are not possible. Some of the responsibilities that a parent volunteer may have are working with small groups, copying, taking down or putting up papers, filing papers, painting and art projects, cooking, portfolios, homework, journals, reading, and working very closely with the teacher. If you can volunteer, please come see me about being involved in our classroom!
Student Information and Getting To Know Your Child Questionnaire: Please complete the attached forms and return to me as soon as possible. This information is for my use in the classroom, in helping me get to know your child, and in case I need to get a hold of you for any reason.
Kindergarten is your child's first formal experience and I want it to be an extraordinary one! If you ever need to talk with me about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. I want to work together with you to make sure your child has the best possible education! If you feel there is ever a concern, please come straight to me so that we can take care of it. Again, welcome to Kindergarten and our classroom, Room K63. I look forward to the exciting and successful year with you and your child!