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12 months ago
By Traci Branch
Welcome to Kindergarten!
I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. My name is Traci Branch and I will have the privilege of being your child’s kindergarten teacher this year.
Kindergarten is a new time of beginnings for your child – new surroundings, new friends, new skills & new challenges.
My assistant, Ms. Riggen's and I are eager to get to know and work with your child. If you ever have any comments, questions or concerns, please let us know. Together, we all play an important role in the success of your child’s education.
My contact Information
You may also contact me via the Remind App at the link below
I also have a kindergarten Facebook fan page, Ms. Branch’s Kindergarten Classroom.
I do not accept friend requests on my personal page however you may communicate with me through the classroom page.
Below you will find important information about our classroom.
Communication between home and school is essential for your child’s success in school. To keep you informed of what’s happening in our classroom, a newsletter will be sent home monthly, weekly or as needed.
Your child’s daily folder will be the primary means of communication between school and home. This will be a folder that is provided by the school. It is important that it be brought to school each day. All correspondence sent home – notes from the teacher, school forms, homework, etc. will be placed in your child’s folder. The folder should be checked and emptied each day. Likewise, any correspondence sent to school – notes to teacher, lunch money, completed forms etc. should be placed in the folder. Following this procedure will reduce the likelihood that correspondence will be misplaced.
In the morning we are encouraging students to develop independence, therefore we ask that you allow your child to enter the classroom independently.
It is very important that your child arrive at school on time each day (7:25 AM). Late arrivals results in missed instructional time for the student and can cause distractions for the entire class and should be avoided whenever possible.
Checking Students In & Out
If your child is late (after 7:35) you must check into the front office. If your child leaves early (before 2:35), you must sign him/her out in the office. Written permission will be required for a student leaving with anyone other than his or her parent/guardian. For safety reasons parents/guardians must check the child out using the computer system in the office. The office will then notify the teacher and the teacher will send the child to the office.
Changes in Transportation
For the safety of your child, any change in your child’s transportation home MUST be submitted in writing to the teacher or a direct phone call to the main office. DO NOT send an email or leave a message on our voicemail, as there is a possibility the message my not be read or heard until after the end of the school day.
Daily attendance is extremely important for your child’s success in kindergarten. If your child is absent from school, you MUST send a note with your child the day he/she returns to school stating the reason for the absence. If a note is not received the day he/she returns to school, then absence will be recorded as unexcused. When writing an excuse please include your child’s name, date of absence, reason for absence, your name and the teacher’s name. An email will also be acceptable. As per board policy, there is a 16 day absence maximum for the school year. If a student misses more than 16 days, he/she could be at risk of being retained the following school year.
When it is necessary for your child to bring money to school ALWAYS send it in a sealed envelope or baggie labeled with the following information: your child’s first & last name, teachers name, purpose of the money (lunch, book fair, field trip, etc.) and the amount. I cannot express this enough. If money is just placed in the folder or put in a pocket, it could be lost or the child may not remember what the money was for.
We will have snack at approximately 9:15 am each day. You will be responsible for sending a snack for your child. We encourage healthy snacks. Some ideas would be cheese sticks, crackers, fruit snacks, fruit, veggies, cereal bars, trail mix, yogurt, etc. If you would like to send a snack in labeled with your child’s name on a weekly or monthly basis, we will put it in the cabinet. Sometimes this is easier than trying to remember to pack something each day.
Classroom teachers will not provide snack on a daily basis. Water is available to students, but you may send a drink if you wish. NO SODA or glass containers. If your child packs lunch, please pack or label the snack separately. Many times children have eaten their entire lunch during snack time! J
We do acknowledge students birthdays throughout the school year and allow children to share a treat with the class. However, school policy PROHIBITS serving food that was prepared at home. All treats for the class must be store bought and sealed in the package in which they were purchased. We will share your child’s birthday treat at lunch. If you would like to send a treat for your child’s birthday, please send a note a day or two in advance so we can make arrangements. When dropping off treats, you can bring them to the classroom prior to the bell ringing in the morning or you can leave them at the office.
If you would like to volunteer in the classroom or go on a field trip, you must submit a background check. Please visit our county webpage or the front office to locate the online link to submit your background check.
Tennis shoes must be worn each day for recess. Students will not be permitted on playground equipment without appropriate shoes for safety reasons. Tennis shoes are also required for P.E. You may leave an extra pair at school in your child’s cubby if that would be easier.
Our classroom temperature seems to be somewhat inconsistent. Often times the room is chilly. I would suggest that you have your child leave a lightweight jacket or sweater/sweatshirt in their cubby to worn as needed.
Doors Open at 7:05 am
Breakfast: 7:05-7:25 (Breakfast is optional)
First Bell: 7:25
Classroom instruction begins at 7:35
Snack: 9:15 – 9:25
Please note, recess and snacks are approximate times. We are flexible due to the needs of the children.
Tuesday: Media (Library)
Wednesday: Computer Lab
Friday: P.E. (1st Quarter), Media (2nd Quarter), Computer lab
(3rd Quarter), Music (4th Quarter)
Dismissal begins at 2:35 pm
Homework for kindergarten will consist of reading, writing practice and math review. We believe that time spent with family outside of school is more important than daily homework struggles. If you would like your child to do more than we provide during the after school hours, feel free to supplement as you wish. (Games provide great learning opportunities.)
This homework should be only about 5-10 minutes with the exception of reading. Spending 10-20 minutes daily reading with your child and listening to your child read is one of the best activities you can do to help your child succeed in kindergarten.
Individualized homework will be given as needed to help your child practice skills needed for grading proficiency.
With your support I’m sure this school year will be an enjoyable learning experience for your child. The skills we practice daily in kindergarten are the building blocks for your child’s future success in school. Let’s make each day count!
Mt. Energy Elementary School
Granville County Public Schools
“Committed to Excellence and Achievement for ALL!”