**You will not need to purchase any school supplies for your child or our classroom. From time to time I will send out a class wish list. Signing up to bring in a wish list item is completely optional.
Welcome to Kindergarten!
This week your child will complete one of the most important milestones in his/her life- the first day of kindergarten! I understand that you and your child may have met this day with excitement or apprehension (or a little of both) and I hope this letter will help you to know what to expect in kindergarten this year and answer any questions you may have.
Beginning School Jitters: It is natural for some children to experience a little separation anxiety. Most often, it is short-lived and can be soothed easily. The most helpful (and the most difficult) thing you can do is to keep good-byes brief and upbeat. Children will feel positive about coming to school if you model an encouraging, happy attitude. Although at the time it may not seem like it, even the most reluctant child can be redirected and engaged within minutes!
Bus Tags: Each child will need to wear their foot-shaped bus tag for two weeks. Wearing these tags to and from school each day will help the adults direct the children to the correct location, line, classroom, and bus stop.
Labeling: Please label everything with your child’s name (lunchbox, coat, backpack, etc.) The benefit of this small task is great. The children can’t always remember what belongs to them and more often than not, we have several of the same items. Also, seeing their name in print reinforces reading and writing concepts. Thank you in advance for this!
Folders & Backpacks: Folders will be sent home each day. Your child’s backpack must be large enough to hold the folder (larger backpacks are best). Please check the folder each evening for notices, homework, finished projects, etc. and return the folder in the backpack the next school day. You may use the folder to return anything that I need to see: homework, notes, money, etc. Please do not leave these items loose in the backpack. The children will learn to place their folders in the folder box each morning.
Extra Clothes: Please use the bag provided to send in a spare set of clothes for your child to keep at school in case of emergency. It needs to be a complete change of clothes (top, bottom, underwear, socks) that is weather-appropriate. Please remember to replace the spare set of clothes with a clean set if your child has used them.
Snack Time: In order to provide growing minds with enough energy to learn, we will have snack time each morning. Please provide a healthy snack and drink for your child each day. Milk may be purchased at school (50 cents) or your child may bring a drink from home. Please write “snack” on your child’s snack bag or container and pack it separately from the lunch. This helps us to know what is to be eaten at snack time and what to save for lunch.
Lunch: The monthly lunch menu is sent home in the school newsletter each month. Students may purchase a full school lunch (which includes milk) or lunch may be brought from home. Milk may also be purchased separately to add to a lunch brought from home. Free and reduced lunch forms (and menus) are available anytime during the school year through the office or online at southhadleyschools.org. You will be notified by the office if you qualify for free or reduced lunch once the forms have been received.
We strongly encourage you to set up an account and pay online.
Lunches may be paid for in advance through an account you set up at www.myschoolbucks.com.
You may monitor your child’s account on that website or by contacting our food services manager, Matt Hoagland at: 413-534-1995 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you choose to send money to school, please place all money in the little yellow envelope in your child’s folder. Please do not put your child’s money in a backpack pocket or a pocket in their snack or lunch bag.
If you are not enrolled in School Bucks, lunch and milk money for the entire week will be due each Monday. Checks are made payable to South Hadley School Lunch Program. Please fill out the weekly Lunch/Milk form and send to school each Monday as well. We will need a form from each child each week, even if your child is bringing lunch, paying with School Bucks, or qualifies for free lunch.
The price for a full lunch (including milk) is $2.25.
Milk is also sold separately during snack and lunch times for .50 cents.
Lunch is 12:00-12:30 daily.
Breakfast is also served from 8:32-9:00 am and is available for $1.50/day.
Outdoor Recess: The children will be going outside for recess every day unless it is raining or extremely cold. Please keep in mind appropriate clothing and shoes for playing and climbing. It is best to dress your child in layers.
*Physical Education: Children need to wear appropriate clothing for PE. Please send your child to school in sneakers on PE days.
**Library: Our class will visit the library once a week (Fridays). Children will be able to check out one book and keep it for one week. Please send the book back to school by the following Library day so that your child will be able to check out a different book.
Parent Involvement: A good parent/teacher relationship is necessary for maximum success. I will communicate with you through notes and newsletters, which will be sent home in your child’s school folder, as well as possible emails/texts/phone calls. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. We have Open House scheduled for September 24th from 6:00-7:30pm. This is a chance for your child to show you around our school. There will be an opportunity to meet with me to discuss your child’s progress in kindergarten at parent-teacher conferences October 22nd and 23rd (and then again in the spring on an as-needed basis). Report cards for kindergarten are sent home in December, March and June.
Dismissal: Adults who are picking up children at dismissal time will enter the building through the side door on the playground and meet their child in the cafeteria. We are not permitted to dismiss students from the classroom for safety reasons. Should there be any changes in the usual dismissal routine, we MUST have a signed note from the parent/guardian stating the change in bus number or stop or giving the name of the person authorized to pick up the child. Without a note, your child will be sent home by his/her usual transportation. If dismissal plans change during the school day, you can call the school office with the new dismissal information.
School Starts: 8:47 am (Drop off at the front door between 8:32 and 8:47)
School Ends: 3:25 (Enter through side door near playground and meet child in cafeteria.)
School Ends: 12:15 pm (No snack milk available and no lunch time on half days.)
School Ends: 2:25
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by note or email. You may also phone the school, but please know I often do not have an opportunity to check my voicemail/email until the end of the day.
My email: email@example.com
I am delighted to be working with you and your child. Here’s to a happy and healthy kindergarten year!!