We have a school attendance policy. Please refer to your school
handbook for specific information. I would like to add how important it
is for your child to attend school every day if possible. We do a
variety of activities throughout our day. Many of them involve
materials that cannot be sent home easily or made up. Please let
me know by calling or e-mailing the school if your child will not
be attending that day. Occasionally there may some work to be
completed at home following an absence.
Students are welcome to celebrate their birthday with us at school.
Please let me know in advance when you would like to do so. I would
like to have the parties at the end of the school day, around 3:00 p.m.
Most of the time parents supply a snack and treat bag. You may
supply a drink or we can drink our milk.
Please do not send invitations for birthday parties to school unless
everyone in the class is going to receive one. If your child has a
summer birthday, you may want to celebrate a half - birthday or you
may choose to do it at the end of the school year.
Students recite a school pledge before school every morning. We
discussed the five things we do to be a good listener. Here are a few
rules that we discussed at the beginning of the school year:
1. Follow directions.
2. Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.
3. Respect others. Be kind with words and actions
4. Respect personal and school property.
5. Work and play safely.
If a discipline problem does arise, I use time-out. The student will be
removed from the group or activity for a short time (usually just 2 or 3
minutes) so that they learn that their inappropriate actions have
consequences. Students at this age do not want to miss anything
and are usually very eager to get back with the group. I have found
this to be a very successful discipline technique. Most of the time a
gentle reminder from the teacher is all that is needed. However, I will
contact you if I feel that a specific discipline plan is needed for your
I use a more structured system with the Kindergartners. Each
student will start the day on Ready to Learn.
If they break a school rule or act inappropriately in some
way, they will be moved to Think About It. This is a warning and a
reminder. Hopefully no further action will be required. If the student
continues to misbehave then they will be moved to Parent Contact.
The student will be taking a note home explaining their misbehavior or I will
contact you in person, by phone or e-mail.
A student will always have the
opportunity to move their person back to Ready to Learn if they
correct their behavior and act accordingly. I want them to learn that they
are in control of their behavior and that there are consequences to misbehavior.
Kindergarten students will have homework assignments after the first
couple of weeks of school. I will send home one language arts
(reading or phonics) paper and one math paper on Thursday. The
assignment will be a practice sheet for a skill that has already been
taught in Kindergarten. This gives your child the opportunity to show
you something that they have learned and should be able to do
independently. All homework is due back in school on Monday.
Students will receive a homework star for each time they return their
homework on time. I hope that this will begin to instill in the students
a sense of responsibility and pride in their work.
I will take all of the students to the library to check out books together
the first time. After that whenever you are finished with the books,
send them back to school and I will try and get your child to the library
to check out more books to take home. We have so many great
books in our library and I don’t want to limit the students’ ability to
check out more books if they are reading them or being read to on a
regular basis. They may check out two books at a time. Read them
and send them back as soon as you can. I hope this will give the
students an opportunity to have lots of books read to them at home.
You are not obligated to order books. I just want you to have the
opportunity to do so if you wish. Many times they offer great bargains
on kids’ books. By ordering, we can accumulate points and receive
free items for our classroom. We usually have a Scholastic Book Fair
sometime during the school year. This is another excellent
opportunity to get great books!
I call this Sharing Time. If your child has something
that they would like to share with the class, they may bring it to school
on any day. During our Morning Meeting session, for Kindergarten
and during the
afternoon session for Preschool, I will ask if anyone has something to
share. If your child has brought something to school then they will
opportunity to show us and tell us about their item. Please help limit
the number of items that your child wants to bring. They are only
allowed to share something once a week. You can choose the day or
they don’t have to bring anything that week. It helps if you discuss a
few things about their sharing item before they bring it to school. I
really appreciate those items that are educational and not just toys.
Remember – We cannot have any guns or weapons for Sharing-
We will go to recess outside on most days unless the weather is
prohibitive. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately
for the weather. Even just a little bit of fresh air can be invigorating
on a cold day. That may mean sending mittens, hats, or gloves as
needed. We will follow the rules as listed in the school handbook for
extremely low temperature days. If your child should not go to
recess, please notify me in writing or call the school. We have a
morning and afternoon recess.
You will have the opportunity to order pictures. A note will be sent
home prior to that day explaining the cost. All money must be
received before pictures are taken if you wish to order. It is nice if
you can order exchange pictures for the students to give their
classmates. I also take a lot of pictures of the students throughout
the year. Some of them will be used in the district yearbook. Please
let me know if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s
pictures. Each student will receive an album of pictures from me at
the end of the school year.
Please look for the folder each day. Take a moment to remove the
papers and praise your child’s work. I will put all notices in the folder
along with your child’s schoolwork. Please return any messages you
may have for me in the folder also. This also helps the students be
more responsible and provide better communication between home
The school secretary will give me a note to send home with your child
if they need lunch or milk money. Send the money to school in their
folder. I will make sure that it is turned in to the secretary. Please
contact her at the Middle School if you have any questions about
Please help our school earn some extra money by collecting box
tops. These can be found on many grocery store items. We have a
collection box in our classroom. You can send them in at any time.
This is something we used to do years ago and is back by popular
demand. I will ask the Kindergarten students to tell me their “news”
on Monday morning. This can be about anything that they did over
the weekend-someplace they went, visitors they had, etc. I try and
censor anything that I think would not be appropriate to publish. You
may want to discuss certain things with your child if you don’t think
they are news worthy. It is always fun to hear what their little minds
We will have scheduled conferences twice during the school year,
once in the fall and once in the spring. Please know that you do not
have to wait until conference time to discuss concerns or check on
the progress your child is making. I will be happy to meet with you or
discuss any concerns that you may have at any time. You can
contact me in one of the following ways:
School phone: 620-836- 2182 Ext. 1506
Home phone: 620-364- 2288
Cell phone: 620-364- 9208
You can even find me on Face book if you prefer!
Thanks again for your continued support! It’s going to be a great
Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher
Gridley Elementary School