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If your child is ill, please call the office (281-585-2531) and inform us of your child’s absence and the reason for it. This is for your child’s safety. If a student must leave early for a doctor’s appointment, go to the office to sign him out and they will call him/her to the office. If another person is to pick up your child, they must be on the office emergency contact list. If your child must be absent, please send a note explaining why he/she was absent upon his return to school so the absence can be marked excused.
A successful school experience is the responsibility of the child, the parent and the school. Your child's progress, both academically and socially, is influenced to a great extent by daily participation. Regular attendance without tardiness is a key.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students should arrive by 8:00 AM. Tardy bell rings at 8:01. Students should not arrive prior to 7:15 AM (unless they are riding the bus) since supervision by the school staff is limited at that time. No child or parent should be in the building before this time. Students will go to the cafeteria for breakfast or sit in their pod. Parents MUST enter the building through the office. School begins promptly at 8:00 AM and afternoon dismissal is at 3:05 PM. Car riders will be dismissed after the bell rings from the hallway, at which that time they will walk together to the assigned seating area on the porch. They will wait there with the teachers on duty until their name is called and their driver drives through the line. If you are late (after 3:45), look for your child in the office. All changes in transportation must be made in writing or through the office by noon on the day of the change.
The children will attend a 45 minute Art class once a week with our wonderful art teacher, Ms. Quinn.
To help your child carry messages and information to and from school, you are asked to provide a backpack. Students will use a take home folder to carry notes and papers to and from school. Please remove the notes and papers each day from their backpack and their take home folders. Please do not send rolling back packs.
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring a special snack for the class to eat at the end of the day. Please take into consideration any possible peanut or red dye allergies there might be in your child’s class. Please do not bring any decorations or balloons. We will celebrate summer birthdays during the last few weeks of school. If you choose to bring a special snack, please let me know that morning with a note or email. If you decide to bring invitations, please bring one for everyone in the class and make it as easy as possible for the teacher or your child to pass out.
We are collecting Box Tops (the pink labels found on Kleenex, General mills, etc… boxes) to raise money for our school. We would love your help collecting these throughout the year to raise money for our school. Just cut them out, send them in, and WAA-LA you have helped raise money for our school.
Every month I will send home a Scholastic Book Club Catalog for you and your child to look over. These clubs offer wonderful books at reduced prices---what a great way to build your home library! If you choose to order, please make the check payable to Scholastic Books. It is also a great way for me earn points so I can add to our own classroom library.
A school breakfast is served every morning from 7:15-8:00 AM. The cost for this meal is $1.25.The breakfast menu generally consists of cereal, toast, eggs, and meat with juice and milk. Students who want to eat breakfast can enter the cafeteria at 7:15. Please have your child arrive early if they plan to eat so they can make it to class before the tardy bell.
Each week books from the school library will be sent home with your child. Please read these books with your child. Your involvement by reading at home is an important aspect of our school’s reading program. Please help your child return his/her book by Friday.
Bullying is repeated behavior that is meant to hurt someone. A bully is a person who has intent to threaten, scare, or hurt other people so they will do what the bully wants. Bullying also causes an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim. Whitcomb Elementary does not tolerate any form of bullying. If your child is being bullied, please notify your child’s teacher.
A calendar of events and the monthly school breakfast/lunch menus are available online at www.alvinisd.net. A calendar listing events specific to our class can be found in our monthly calendar that is in our planners.
We are fortunate enough to have two computers in our classroom. We use a variety of age-appropriate programs that reinforce math, readiness and reading skills. Children will have the opportunity to work on these computers when it is their turn during literacy stations. In addition we will visit the computer lab as a class occasionally. We will also be getting Chrome books to use in the classroom.
Communication & Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences are held after school (subject to change per teacher) or during our planning period from 1:30-2:15. Please feel free to schedule additional conferences at any time throughout the year if the need arises. Make sure that you have made an appointment with the teacher prior to arrival. Please look through your child’s take home folder daily for important information.
School Phone: 281-585-2531
*Teachers will return all phone calls and emails within 24 hours.
Our classroom is a small community where teamwork and good relationships are expected. We will spend time learning class procedures and practicing them. Each student is expected to act within our standards of behavior. To establish good order and help the children learn self-control, they will be guided to respect themselves and their companions through specific directions, positive reinforcement, suggested new activities and responsible actions.
Each teacher tailors our discipline plans to meet the needs of our classroom. Therefore rules, consequences, and rewards vary per teacher.
Please dress your child appropriately for school and the weather. We try to go outside every day, so appropriate clothes for your child is essential. On P.E. days, all children are asked to wear tennis shoes. Girls should also wear shorts under their dresses. Please follow district dress code guidelines. Additionally, it is helpful to include a change of clothing in your child’s backpack should the need arise.
Important: Please write your child’s name in all sweaters, jackets, gloves, hats, etc. Thank you!
DRA is what is used to assess the students reading levels. Students will be tested in the Fall and Spring. DRA tests the students comprehension, concepts about print, fluency, etc.
You can contact me via email:
We TRY checking our email daily, however; if you need to discuss something urgent, please call the school instead (281-585-2531). Changes to your student’s transportation CAN NOT be made via email and MUST be made to the office by noon of that day.
Please complete and return the emergency card promptly (if you did not complete it during registration). If your home or work phone number changes, inform the office so you can be located quickly if an emergency occurs.
If schools are closed for a snow day or any emergency, radio stations or the local TV stations will make an announcement, generally by 7:00 A.M.
By the end of Kindergarten, your child should recognize all letters and sounds, writing sentences in a story, reading on a level 4 (according to the DRA), counting to 100, and more. All of these skills and other skills that are expected will be included on your child’s report card.
We plan one field trip that is both fun and educational for the children. Parent drivers are generally not permitted, so buses will have to be used for transportation. We always need parent volunteers/chaperones on the field trips. Please return permission slips as soon as possible after they are sent home.
Safety drills are held throughout the year. All students will participate and are expected to walk quickly and quietly to their designated exit. We will practice and become familiar with procedures before our first scheduled drill.
Our class will have two 45 minute gym classes each week with Coach Aaron and Coach Schoen. The children are required to wear sneakers on gym day and girls should consider wearing pants, shorts, or having a pair of shorts on under their dresses on PE days.
Guided Reading is a form of small group instruction that uses leveled books to help build the reading level and self-esteem of each child. We will use guided reading in our classroom, and your child will meet in his/her group regularly.
Gifted and Talented
All Kindergarten students will participate in a screening for GT. Those students that perform well on this screening will be notified by mail for permission to test for GT. Parents may also request testing in writing. If you are interested in information on the GT program, please contact Mrs. Hammer (the GT Teacher). Children may only be tested twice during their elementary school years.
We feel that the best way to help children learn is to make learning fun. Important concepts can be learned by doing meaningful hands-on activities. There are times when seatwork is required and necessary, but for the most part, our classroom will be an active learning environment.
Please let us know of special circumstances which may affect your child. These include medication that may make him sleepy, a death in the family, etc. Also, please let us know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies. We sometimes cook or do food activities to complement lessons in kindergarten and it would be helpful to know when we plan our activities. All medication MUST be sent to Nurse Nesline in the office and distributed BY Nurse Nesline.
Help at Home
Your child is expected to know these readiness skills:
•Full name •Address •Telephone number
•Parents’ names •Basic colors •Counting to 10
•Printing first and last name. The beginning letter should be a capital letter and the rest lower case letters.
When time permits, work on these skills also:
•Reciting the alphabet •Shape names
•Birthday (month & date) •Identifying numbers to 10
•Identifying letter names •Tying shoes
Your extra help at home really makes a difference!
We will be sending a monthly homework packet home with each child. Homework will be checked once a week, either on Friday or the following Monday depending on the teachers preference. This should take no more than 15 minutes to complete each night Monday through Thursday. If you wish to do multiple nights at a time or get the next weeks assignments done on the weekend that is completely up to you. We are not sending these assignments home to make more work for you or your child, but to help reinforce classroom learning and begin developing good school behaviors and routines. It is also important for children to be read to, or read to someone frequently to help with reading readiness.
The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. All students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Because children learn to read by reading, they need plenty of opportunities to read independently. Sufficient time and appropriate materials are necessary to develop and strengthen reading abilities. By giving the children time to read both at school and at home, we can work together to provide a literature-rich environment and a life-long love of reading.
One strategy that will be used to help convey the vital concept that “print conveys meaning” is the frequent use of journal writing. Students will combine their emerging writing skills with their drawing abilities. As children are exposed to a variety of phonics and reading experiences, journal entries will move from drawings and “inventive” spellings towards more conventional writing. Students will also be using a Science journal in the classroom to record our scientific observations. All journals will come home at the end of the year.
Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Bothering others, bullying and interrupting learning will not be permitted.
Your child’s take home folder will be the place for passing along information between home and school. This folder will include a calendar which will show the behavior for each day, along with notes and papers from school. If you send money, put it in a baggie or envelope with your child’s name and what it is for. Please make sure to check the folder each night, sign it, clean out, and then send back every day.
The children go to the library every week. Once we start visiting the library Ms. Rooth will provide the class with a book lesson every-other week. Every week students who have turned in their books will have a chance to checkout a new book. All library books must be returned on Friday, (Monday at the latest) or students will not be able to check out another book.
During literacy stations, children practice reading and writing skills while the teacher works with individual children or small guided reading groups. Station activities are designed to strengthen letter/sound knowledge, listening skills, oral language expression, rhyme, letter formation and cooperation. This is not free time, play time, or the centers that we grew up with in elementary school.
Children may bring a packed lunch from home or eat a school lunch. The school lunch can be purchased for $2.20 daily or in advance via their lunch account online or in the cafeteria. Everything you need to set up your student’s lunch account, you can find at: www.alvinisd.net or www.parentonline.net .
Each child has been assigned a lunch pin number that will follow them through their school years in AISD. Please have your child practice their lunch pin, until they know it by heart. When your child’s account is negative or below $2.20, he/she will get a balance reminder. Please be sure to go online and put more money into their account or send in cash or check in a sealed envelope with their name on it. You can make checks payable to AISD Food Services. If you would like to join your student, great! There are family tables located in the cafeteria so that you can sit and eat with your student. The students are not allowed to invite other classmates to eat with them and their guests due to safety and security procedures.
Lunch time 10:55-11:25
Kindergarteners get an hour and a half of math every day. This year, your child will learn numbers, shapes, counting to 100, and more. Please feel free to ask your teacher what you could do at home to help support your child with math skills.
Our music teacher will be teaching the children the basics of music education and will be sharing many wonderful songs! We are scheduled to have music for one 45 minute period weekly. Of course, we will be singing and enjoying music with the children daily.
From time to time, you may be sending money to school for things like pictures, field trips, book orders, etc. When you send money, please place it in an envelope with your child’s first and last name, my name, and what the money is for. Checks should be made to the specific company unless otherwise indicated. Please place all money in your child’s daily take home folder so his/her teacher can easily locate it.
If your child needs medication, it must be given through the school nurse, Mrs. Nesline. Please send the medication in the bottle that has the prescription clearly labeled on it. Please send directions on the amount of medication to be given and the time. Cough drops are considered medicine and must be kept in the nurse’s office until needed. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions regarding medication.
We are very fortunate to have a wonderful nurse, Mrs. Nesline, at Alvin Primary. She will tend to any cuts, scrapes, medications, as well as any sudden illnesses. For more serious injuries, she will contact you. Please be sure to send in any change of contact numbers in case she needs to get in touch with you. Minor bumps and scratches will be cleaned and bandaged in class.
We love to spend our recess time, weather permitting, outside enjoying our wonderful playground. This time allows the students to play freely with their classmates as well as other kindergartners. There will always be one or more teachers supervising this time. The children will play outdoors for 20 minutes each day (unless it begins to rain). Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing for the day. If your child is too sick to play outside, he is too sick to come to school. There is not supervision available for children to stay indoors. Additional morning or afternoon recess will be at my discretion.
Be optimistic! Please remember that your child is learning and will make mistakes. Please be positive and supportive with his/her learning process.
Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school! We are always happy to have your help for special activities in the classroom. We will try to let you know at least a week ahead of time if we need help. We hope that you can come and join in the fun! There is always work to be done in our class, if you would like to lend a hand during the day or take home projects, please contact me about your availability.
Please check your child’s take home folder daily.
Parties & Celebrations
There are several class parties this year. The room parents usually organize these events and coordinate volunteers and donations. All are welcome to participate in the festivities! We will have some other celebrations that will be organized such as the 100th Day of School celebration.
Please review these playground rules and safety procedures with your child:
1. Always follow the directions of the teacher on duty
2. Follow class rules (respect each other, be safe, etc).
3. Walk quietly to recess so that other classes aren’t distracted while we walk by.
4. Do not jump off any playground equipment.
5. Always make sure you can see the teacher on duty.
7. Stay away from the parking lot.
8. There will be no football or any games involving tackling, or fighting.
9. You may only go down the slide on your bottom.
Since so many of you are new to Alvin Primary School this year, I’m sure that you may still have some unanswered questions. Please feel free to call me at school 281-585-2531 and ask the office if you can leave a message on my voicemail. Or you can always write a note or email me at:
Mrs. Royles - firstname.lastname@example.org
Report cards are issued every nine weeks. These reports reflect the progress your child has made toward various kindergarten objectives and using a grading system that reflects the developmental nature of kindergarten learning. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email your child’s teacher to set up a conference.
Have your child use the restroom shortly before coming to school. We will go both as a class and individually as needed throughout the day. These breaks will be more frequent at the beginning of the year and gradually be limited to as needed individual trips. Individual trips are time away from classroom instruction and need to be AS NEEDED not more often than that. Please make me aware of any medical problem that might require more frequent restroom trips.
The room parents' job is to be available for any number of things: to help coordinate parties and activities; to seek volunteers for field trips and events; and to help with various classroom needs (cutting, coloring, copying, laminating, etc). Being a room parent is a great way to be involved in your child’s school life. If you are interested in becoming a room parent, please let me know!
The focus of the kindergarten science curriculum is on developing an awareness of the world in which we live. Through scientific inquiry, concepts will be presented in the life and earth sciences, including the study of animals and plants, the five senses, general health and the four seasons. These areas will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach.
Shared reading is an interactive process used with the whole class. As the teacher reads a story, children join in on phrases or words that they know. During subsequent re-readings, children read more and more of the text, until they are able to read the story independently. Shared reading is an opportunity for the teacher to model conventions of print and the use of reading strategies.
Students at this age generally get hungry during the day so we will provide time for them to have a snack. Therefore, if you would like for your student to eat a snack, please send one each day with him or her. We will also have some extra snacks at school that some of our parents have donated. This should be a healthy snack that is quickly eaten, such as a box of crackers, healthy cookies, fruit snacks, cheese, raisins, apples, etc. We will get a drink of water before or after our snack. If you would like to send bottle water, that is fine, just make sure the bottle has a seal tight lid. Because of nut allergies, please do not send any peanuts or peanut butter snacks. This needs to also be a snack that can be eaten quickly. Please do not send lunchables, yogurt, or fruit cups.
The kindergarten social studies curriculum focuses on the students and how they relate to others in their families, classroom, school, and community. Holiday celebrations will also be highlighted. Activities will help the children engage their natural curiosity for the world around them.
The children will need the following supplies for kindergarten:
*Backpack (to carry home those important papers)
4 boxes of crayons (24 count - standard size - Crayola brand)
1 package of #2 pencils (12 count)
4 bottles of white school glue (4 oz. - no gel or glitter)*
*one bottle is for Art class
4 glue sticks
1 Fiskar scissors (5” blunt end)
3 boxes of facial tissue
1 package of dry erase markers (4-count)
1 package of markers (8 count - classic colors)
2 packages of 9” x 12” assorted color construction paper (50 count)
2 packages of 12” x 18” manila paper (50 count)
1 package of 12” x 18” any solid color construction paper (50 count)*
*for Art class
5 plastic pocket folders with brads (solid colors only)
2 MEAD composition books
2 single subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks (70 count)
1 box of sandwich size Ziploc bags
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
**These supplies will need to be replenished throughout the school year. Watch for a note home from your child's teacher.**
Bringing toys to school is prohibited because they distract the children from learning. If a toy is accidentally lost or broken, feelings will be hurt and we are not responsible for these items. Students may bring in books that are clearly marked with your child's name.
Children arriving after 8:01 a.m. will be counted tardy and must go to the office for a tardy slip before coming to class.
Our school day is from 8:00-3:05 each day. Walkers and car riders should not arrive before 7:15 a.m. Please make sure your child knows his/her method of transportation. It is helpful if you can remain consistent in transportation, and not change the way your child goes home. However, if plans change, please be sure to send a note or try to call the office by noon.
Kindergartners learn that they are special and unique.
Kindergartners have opportunities to describe how they are alike as well as different from others. They share their culture and learn about different cultures within the class.
Alvin Primary has a policy that ALL GUESTS (including familiar faces) are required to check in at the school office. Alvin Primary welcomes and encourages family involvement. 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.
We LOVE our volunteers and they are greatly appreciated! Some things to help with include: making copies, party helper or supplier, reading to the class, and field trip chaperones. Even if you are not able to make it to the school, help from home is always appreciated. Help from home may include cutting, tracing, gluing, and coloring. Let your teacher know if you are able to volunteer in the classroom or help out by having things sent home.
www.alvinisd.net- Check in regularly to find information about curriculum, special events and school news.
www.starfall.com –a great site to work on literacy skills and we will use a lot in class
www.pbskids.com – another great learning tool
Throughout the year we sometimes need supplies above and beyond our classroom materials (such as treasure box treats, and extra glue stick or erasers.) Please check my teach web site, or I will send home a letter in your child’s daily folder. Extra items that you think we might be able to use are always welcome!
Our writing program builds on what each child already knows. Writing begins with scribbles and proceeds to lines and circles, random strings of letters, words and spaces and eventually sentences. Your children will be encouraged and praised for all attempts and accomplishments in writing. Providing a risk-free environment is paramount to your child's progress in writing. If possible, please provide your child with writing tools, such as pencils, crayons, markers and paper at home.
We have twenty three children in our class. Please keep this in mind when sending in things to be distributed to the whole class.
(Okay, okay, so this “x” word is a little silly and a bit of a stretch, but there are little X words.)
We will have many wonderful experiences this year. I am looking forward to an exciting learning adventure with your child!
You are a very important part of your child’s success. We will share in your child’s education for one year, you will be present for it ALL. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, concerns, or suggestions. 281-585-2531
Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give to your child. It will help them to be alert and ready to learn each day!