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 two Kindergarten classes at St. John Fisher: 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! You are welcome to send in a treat to share with the class if you wish! Please remember no peanuts or peanut butter! Also please do not send cakes or cupcakes.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 25th
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 Word Wall Words and read together every 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 each day. The Hot Lunch Program will begin on Tuesday after Labor Day . 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!
Please join us for Open House on September 4th .
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 was included in your Book Day folder.
Times and Locations
The start of the school day is 7:50. Children should line up at the corner of the Courtyard off Washtenaw rectory driveway/ next to Mrs. Fanjoy’s Classroom windows. Dismissal is at 2:25 at the same door!
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 (PLEASE!) 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!