Welcome to Kindergarten!
We are excited to have your child at La Jolla Elementary! We are hoping to meet with you personally to talk about our program. As soon as we get settled in our classrooms, we will invite you to share some of your time with us.
We would like to inform you about some of our procedures.
1. School begins at 9:00 and ends at 3:30 for all kindergartners. Wednesdays are half-days and dismissal is at 12:30. If your child is not arriving on the bus, please see that he/she arrives no earlier than 8:50 since supervision is not provided until then. All classes are to arrive through the kindergarten playground.
2. There are two scheduled meal times during the day. Your child will be hungry and ready to eat at both times. Please send a nutritious/sturdy snack and a separate lunch with your child every day. Fruit, sandwich, juice or milk, crackers and cheese are suggested. PLEASE no candy or gum. (Please be aware that some commercial containers are difficult for your child to open). Please also note, your child has the option to purchase a hot lunch at the afternoon lunch time. But, whether, you decide on the hot lunch option or send a lunch from home, you still need to send a sturdy snack for the morning snack time.
3. As styles and sizes of children’s sweaters, coats, backpacks and lunch boxes are very similar, please be sure to clearly label all of these items.
4. Due to the nature of the kindergarten curriculum which often includes painting, cooking, and other messy activities it is important to realize that clothing may not return home in the same condition as they did when leaving Thank you in advance for being so understanding!
5. To reduce traffic congestion, all kindergartners will be dismissed at 3:30. We will walk them down to the area in front of the office. Please let us know when you pick up your child so we know who picked up each child each day.
6. If you wish to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, cupcakes, cookies, or muffins are welcome. PLEASE make arrangements with your child’s teacher beforehand. THANKS!
7. In our program, children need to come to school ready to learn. Your child should have been exposed to:
a. Colors and color words
b. Shapes; circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, diamond, hexagon, trapezoid and rhombus
c. Recognizing numbers 1 to 10 and making sets of objects.
d. Counting orally to 20
e. Printing first name correctly (not all capitals) ex: Matt
f. Recognizing all the letters of the alphabet (upper and lower case)
g. Reciting the alphabet
h. Tying their shoes
i. Knowing their birthday, address and phone number
In keeping with the district homework policy, homework is to be done nightly. For the next three weeks please work on the previously listed nine skill areas. If your child has mastered these skills please work on the following:
j. Letter sounds
k. Reading simple sight words; I, go, a, we. will, see, you, not
l. Identify and name the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and a quarter.
m. Fractions (identify 1/2, 1/3, 1/4)
n. Adding and Subtracting
o. Rhyming words
*Please note that reading to your child every night is required by the district and imperative for the success of your child.
Your child will need these items at home to complete their homework: glue, scissors, crayons, and paper. Homework is a special time for you and your child. Please make a time and space for your child to complete their homework. A special tub for storing your child’s homework each day will be helpful. The children will be bringing home a folder daily with their homework, school bulletins, and notes to you. If you could read these, share your child’s work with them and return the folder each day with any “return mail” it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your interest in your child’s education!!!
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