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Welcome to Mrs. Alfred's Kindergarten!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Kindergarten. I am very excited to start the 2017-2018 school year off. I just know that it is going to be a super year. I am even more excited to have your child in my classroom. This is an exciting time for your child, although he/she may be a little apprehensive about going to "real" school. This is also a time of mixed emotions for parents---joy that your child is ready for school, but sadness because he/she is no longer a "baby"! The first day of school will mark one of the most important milestones in your child's life. Be assured that I will do my best to make this school year an enjoyable time for your child, but also a time filled with real learning. The skills we practice daily in kindergarten are the building blocks for your child's future success in school and in life! You will be amazed at how much your child will learn in kindergarten. We will start with the sounds of letters and before you know it, your child will be reading sentences. If we work together, I know your child will be successful. I look forward to getting to know you more. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Kara Alfred


This week we are talking about Families. We are continuing to talk about letters of the alphabet and the difference between a letter and a number. Our sight words we are learning are "I" and "can." Please review these daily with your child. Also, have your child practice writing his/her first name at home. First letter uppercase followed by lowercase letters. Work on correct letter formation of letters in name. We are also continuing to talk about shapes. We will be comparing shapes this week using different  attributes. 

 

   

 


Our Classroom Schedule

 

7:35-7:45 Students arrive in the gym

7:45 Students are escorted to classroom

7:50 Tardy Bell Rings

7:50-8:05 Announcements, Attendance, Pledge

8:05-8:30 Whole Group Reading

8:30-9:30 Reading Work Stations

9:30-10:00 Reading Work Stations/ RTI Small Groups

10:00-10:15 Recess

10:15-10:30 Snack

10:30-11:30 Whole Group Math

11:30-12:10 Math Work Stations

12:10-12:30  Lunch

12:30-1:00  Writers Workshop

1:00-1:15 Restroom Break

1:15-2:00 Enrichment (Library, Computer, Art, Music, PE)

2:00-2:30 Social Living

2:30-3:15  Developmental Centers/ Wrap Up

3:15 Dismissal 


Classroom Wish List

bandaids

napkins

Scotch laminating sleeves

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

paper towels

Clorox wipes 

Ink (HP 61 Black and Color)

colored card stock

colored copy paper

Marvelous Tape

 


School- Wide Expectations:

 

Respect

Teamwork

Self-Control

 

 

Classroom Expectations:

 

  • I will follow directions quickly.
  • I will raise my hand to speak.
  • I will raise my hand to leave my seat.
  • I will make smart choices.
  • I will listen when my teacher is talking.
  • I will keep my eyes on the target.

 

        I use class dojo for my classroom behavior management. This is an online program that tracks your child’s positive and negative behaviors. You will receive an invitation for class dojo at the beginning of the school year. You can either go to www.classdojo.com or download the class dojo app. Once you have done this, you will be given a unique code that is specifically for your child. This will allow you to see only your child's behavior and messages from me. No one else can see this. Please check your dojo account daily. This is how I keep in contact with you concerning your child's behavior, both positive and negative. It is also a way for me to send messages and reminders to you.

        Your child will start each day with no points. Your child will earn/lose points throughout the day. Each time your child makes positive choices, then your child earns points. If your child is making poor choices, then your child will lose points. If your child is having a rough day, I will print out their tracked behavior for the day with an attached note that is to be signed and returned the next day.

 


SIGHT WORDS

These are the sight words your child must know by the end of kindergarten. These are in the order in which we learn the words. I would put these on index cards and study a few each week. It is ok to work ahead. Your child will be tested every few weeks on these words. 

 

I can the we see a like to and go you do my are he with is little she was for have of they said want here me this what help too has play look good who come does


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the best way to contact you?

Putting a note in your child's folder or by email is the best way to contact me. My email address is kbalfred@caddoschools.org You can also send a message through our class dojo account. I check this throughout the day. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.

 

How much is lunch money?

Lunch and breakfast are free for all children throughout Caddo parish this school year. 

 

Can I eat lunch with my child?

Yes! We do ask that you wait and not eat with your child the first couple of weeks of school so that your child can adjust to the new routines and procedures. Starting mid-Septemeber would be a great time to come have lunch if you prefer.

How much are school fees?

School Fees are $35. Please have your child's fees paid by mid September.  Checks can be made to Blanchard Elementary. If your child's fees are not paid, your child may not participate in pizza day.

 

How do I set up a conference?

My conferences times are from 1:15-2:00. You can send a note in your child's folder, call the school, send a dojo message or email me to set up a conference time. I would love to meet with you if you have any concerns at all.

 

Can I send birthday invitations?

Yes. You can send invitations if there are enough for the entire class.

 

Can I send my child's snack earlier in the week?

Yes! If you want to send your child's snack earlier in the week that is perfectly fine. Please put my name (Alfred) on the bag of snacks and place on the cart in the foyer of the school. Please remember to send only store bought items. Individually wrapped snacks and boxed juice drinks or small bottles of water.

 

What if I forget my child's snack day?

If you forget your child's snack, please send it the very next day. Kindergarten students rely heavily on these snacks everyday. Some days I do not have enough extra snack to pass out. Please try and get your snack to school by 9:00 on your child's snack day.

 

Does my child have homework?

Your child will have homework weekly. This homework will consist of working on skills we are learning throughout the week. You should ALWAYS work on sight words and letter identification on a daily basis. 

 

 When are my child's enrichment times?

Enrichment is from 1:15-2:00

Monday-Library

Tuesday- Computer Lab

Wednesday- Art

Thursday- Music

Friday- PE (Please wear velcro tennis shoes)