Welcome to Kindergarten!
Kindergarten is an exciting time for students, parents and teachers as well. We have outlined a few things you should know as the Kindergarten year begins for you and your child.
There are three Kindergarten classes at St. John Fisher: Mrs. Caffrey Room 110, Mrs. Fanjoy Room 113, and Mrs. Foran Room 114.
The ABC’s of Kindergarten:
If your child is ill please report his or her absence to the school office at
773-445-4737 before 8:00
Birthdays are a special time for everyone! If your child would like to bring in a treat to share with their class there are 19students in Mrs. Fanjoy’s class, 19 students in Mrs. Caffrey’s and 20 students in Mrs. Foran’s class. Please remember no peanuts, peanut butter, cakes or cupcakes.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 19th and 20th
The stoplight method is used in each classroom. Each child starts the day on green. If behavior becomes a problem, he/she will be moved to yellow as a caution. They will be held from playtime for ten minutes. In the behavior continues to be a problem he/she will be moved to red and held from playtime for the day. Hitting, shoving, throwing things are all behaviors that merit an automatic red light.
Early dismissals are noted in the calendar and in our Monthly newsletters.
During the year we may take a few field trips. We will ask for Parent Chaperones. You must be Virtus Trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms can be found on our web site.
Kindergarten Report Cards are sent home at the end of each trimester. The grades are 1-Needs Improvement, 2-Satisfactory, and 3-Outstanding
Your child will receive a Monthly Homework Calendar. You are encouraged to complete the task with your child each night. Math homework will also come home in their folder. And finally, please practice their Word Wall Words each night.
If your child is ill or has a fever, please keep him/her home. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before they may return to school. Children sent home from school with a fever or throwing up, may NOT return to school the following day. Again, the 24 hour rule applies!
Your child will be writing in a journal to promote reading and writing skills and creativity.
Your child should bring in a healthy snack and drink each day. We have lunch at 10:30 so they are hungry in the afternoon. Please also send a snack on half days. Please put their snack in a separate bag from lunch.
Students should bring a lunch and a drink each day. Hot Lunch forms will come home each month. Forms are sent home for “Special Lunch” that is once a month from a local restaurant such as Barraccos, McDonalds etc.
If you send money to school with your child please put it in an envelope or baggie with your child’s name and room number.
We send home a Monthly News Letter at the beginning of each month. Look for it in your child’s folder!
Open House is August 30th
Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any concerns or questions through our email @ sjfschool.net.
There will be a daily “Brain Break” quiet resting time each day.
We stress the importance of showing respect.
A supply list is available on our website.
Times and Locations
The start of the school day is 7:50. Children in Mrs. Caffrey’s room enter and dismiss on the Fairfield side, south door across from the convent. Mrs. Fanjoy’s and Mrs. Foran's classes will enter and dismiss at the end of the rectory driveway off Washtenaw next to Mrs. Fanjoy’s Classroom windows.
Our goal is for each child to be able to understand and grasp the lessons taught to them. Each child is different; so many different approaches may be used to meet this goal.
Throughout the year we may need volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer you must be Virtus trained and have all paperwork on file in the office. Forms are available on our website.
Please dress your child appropriately for the weather.
Remember to take time each day to go through and empty out your child’s backpack and daily folder. Notes and important information will come home in their folders.
As your child’s parent, you are their first teacher. You know your child the best. Please use this knowledge in helping your child with his/her education. Please practice the letter names and sounds, sight words, counting, dressing skills (tying, buttoning, zippering, and snapping) and other skills we may be working on at the time.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night. Five and six year olds need a lot of sleep! A fully rested child makes a better and more eager learner!