~ABC’s of Kindergarten~
Kindergarten students will be picked up and dismissed
outside the West doors (in front of classroom windows).
Your child’s attendance is crucial to his/her success in
school. Most of our learning experiences will take
place within the classroom environment. Therefore, it
is important for your child to attend school.
Absences and Tardies:
If your child is going to be absent, please contact the
office at (303) 428-2161 or if your child is late,
please report to the office and obtain a yellow tardy
slip for your child to give to me.
Please let the office staff and I know if your child has
any allergies. (See attached sheet)
If your child will be riding the bus, please be sure
that he/she wears his/her gold bus tag to school every
morning (for at least the first few weeks of school).
This will help to ensure your child’s safety and make
sure that he/she is boarding the correct bus.
Birthdays will be celebrated in our classroom. If you
would like to send a small treat, please let me know in
advance – please no cakes, candles, balloons etc.
Flynn will be providing a small pre-packaged breakfast
for each student. This is not a complete breakfast.
Because of breakfast being served, there will be no A.M.
snack. (Further information for a P.M. snack will be
sent home soon.) Please do not send individual snacks,
juice etc. with your child each day.
Please send your child to school with his/her backpack
everyday. It needs to be large enough to hold a
An individual and classroom behavior system will be
discussed with your child.
“Spotting Good Behavior” - whole
class behavior system –when the entire class is making
good choices (lining up/walking down the hall quietly,
cleaning up the classroom, listening and following
directions, waiting quietly during bathroom/drink break
etc.), we will put a spot on Harry the Dirty Dog. When
Harry has 20 spots, the whole class will earn a special
reward (extra recess, movie, popcorn party etc).
It is extremely important that you and I maintain
ongoing communication to ensure the success of your
child’s kindergarten experience.
PTA helps Flynn classrooms celebrate Holiday parties.
Please keep an eye in your child’s Friday folder for
Every child is expected to do their personal best.
A weekly folder will come home each Friday with your
child’s schoolwork and other important information.
Please look through the folder and return it (empty) on
Monday of the following week.
We will be going on two field trips this year.
Permission slips will be sent home approximately two
weeks in advance, which will need to be signed in order
for your child to attend the field trip. You will also
be notified of the cost of the field trip and bus fee.
Get ready for a great year!
I will be sending home a monthly homework calendar and
response journal, which will be due at the end of each
month. The first one will be sent home in September.
Also, on occasion your child will bring home other
homework assignments that involve a family project,
handwriting, or other skills that we have been
practicing in class. In addition, students will be
participating in the Book-It Reading Program.
Although I strongly encourage your child to be at school
everyday, there are times when he/she may be ill with a
fever, bad cough, or vomiting. If your child
demonstrates any of these symptoms, please
keep him or her at home. Call the office to report the
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Each child will have the opportunity to be our “Mystery
Helper” throughout the month.
Check your child’s Friday Folder for our classroom
newsletter to keep you updated on activities, upcoming
events, and other important information.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or note to
schedule a time to meet if you have any questions or
Your involvement at school is important to your child’s
academic and social/emotional success. It also models
how much you value education. I strongly encourage you
to become a member of Flynn’s P.T.A. to help create a
positive learning environment for students, parents, and
After lunch we will have some quiet time.
Report cards will be sent home once per quarter -four
times throughout the year.
When students go out to recess, teachers have
supervisory duties at these times so there is no one in
the classroom to be with the students. It is expected
that all students who are well enough to attend school
will be able to go out for recess. Please make sure
your child is dressed appropriately for our changeable
Kindergarteners begin their day at 8:10. Our morning
friends will go home at 12:15. Ms Palmer’s afternoon
friends begin their day at 11:05. All afternoon friends
and all day Kindergarten friends will be dismissed at
We will have a “Share Time” every day to encourage oral
language development. It is also a time to practice
good listening skills.
The children will alternate going to Physical Education
(P.E.) and Music every other day. Students are required
to wear appropriate shoes on PE days. Students will also
visit Art, Library, and the computer lab once a week.
There will be a snack calendar sent home each month. On
your child’s specified date, please send a healthy snack
for the whole class. We have 24 students. Examples of
appropriate snacks include, raisins, string cheese,
pretzels, Goldfish crackers etc. Please do not send
anything with nuts, or any sweets such as cookies or
In addition to learning academics in kindergarten, your
child will also be developing social skills - how to
make friends, share, take turns, get along with others,
and solve problems appropriately. I have very high
expectation in my classroom for using appropriate social
skills and will support your child in learning healthy
ways to communicate and build a strong sense of
community in our classroom.
Educating a child is only accomplished by parent and
teacher team work. By working together, we can give your
child the best possible start in school. Open
communication is the key. Be sure to keep me posted on
any changes or happenings in your child’s life that
could be affecting schoolwork or behavior.
Traveling Book Bags:
Throughout the year we will be making many class books.
These books will be traveling home with the students to
share with their families. Please feel free to write
positive comments to the children about their work as
authors and illustrators.
Many of our classroom activities are planned around
literature and themes (The Kissing Hand,
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Apples, Pumpkins, and bats,
space, dinosaurs, etc). Instruction of reading and
various language experiences, phonics, math, writing,
science, and social studies are integrated in the
themes. Children are immersed with literature and a
variety of other language materials to support learning.
“U” are very important in your child’s learning.
This year is a very important year for your child, you,
and me. Thank you for working at home with your child
and reinforcing letters/sounds taught at school.
I strive to create meaningful, hands-on learning
experiences in the classroom, therefore will not be
sending many worksheets home in your child’s Friday
Folder, unless it has a significant, purposeful
connection to your child’s learning (not busy work!)
Because most of our learning activities take place in
the classroom environment, it is difficult for me to
send home “make-up” work if your child is absent.
Therefore, it is extremely important for your child to
attend school every day if possible.
Please refer to the District 50
website for important
upcoming dates and events. My personal website will
include our daily schedule, announcements, special
themes and activities that we are doing in class, as
well as educational and parental support resources.
The students will become meaningful writers through
daily writing experiences.
I am looking forward to an eXciting year!
Are you ready for a great year?
– Your child will be learning their letters and sounds
through our Zoo phonics program called “Zoo Phonics”
that involves singing, movements, and animal characters.