Things To Know About Our Class
Pupil Information Forms
Please be sure all forms from the school office are returned to school as soon as possible and updated when necessary.
When you drop your child off at school and pick him/her up please be aware that 83rd Street is a no parking zone. Do not leave your car unattended because it could be ticketed. Please do not drop your child off in any of the staff parking lots because not only is it prohibited, it is very dangerous. Buses use that area to drop off and pick up children. If your child is being picked up by someone other than the person that usually picks him/her up, please send a note to school letting me know of the change and for how long the change will occur.
If your child rides the bus home, please be at the bus stop waiting for them. Also, PLEASE write a note if your child, who rides the bus each day, will not ride the bus for ANY reason. In other words, if your child rides the bus, he/she will ALWAYS ride the bus unless I am notified.
Your child will be receiving a school ID very soon. Please make sure your child wears his/her ID to school every day. Please have your child wear the frog name tag to school each day until he/she receives his/her school ID.
All supplies stay at school. It is important to have all supplies at school as soon as possible. Please write your child’s name of all of his/her supplies. Your child should have pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue at home to complete homework as well.
I will send home a homework packet every Monday. It will contain the homework for the week. The packet of homework is due every Friday.
One of our ongoing homework assignments, which will be in your homework packet, is collecting pictures for our Alphabet Scrapbook. Please save your old newspapers and magazines so your child can complete this ongoing assignment. When we are working on a specific letter your child will have a paper in his/her homework packet with the letters we’ve learned that week. He/she will have to find 3 pictures that begin with the sound of the letter and glue them to the paper. Not only is this a great keepsake, but an excellent learning tool as well!
Popcorn Word Envelope
In addition to the homework packet that is sent home weekly, your child will need to practice his/her “Popcorn Words” or the sight words that the students are to learn to read by the end of Kindergarten.
In September, your child will receive his/her Popcorn Word Envelope. The envelope is to stay in your child’s Take Home Folder and travel to and from school. Inside the envelope are the flashcards that contain the words the students have learned so far. Each time we learn a new word, the students will add a new piece of popcorn to their envelope. Please practice these words with your child 3-5 times a week. The more often you practice the better. Each time you practice, you need to sign on the calendar that is stapled to the envelope, so I know each day that you have practiced these words. I will be checking your child’s envelope each week, so I know that you are practicing. I will also be marking this in my grade book. If you are not practicing, I will also make note of that. You will know that I have checked because I will have put a sticker on the calendar. If your child does not get a sticker, then you know you are not practicing enough. Please make sure your child has his/her Popcorn Word Envelope in his/her folder each day. I check the envelopes on different days each week and we are always adding new words so it is very important for your child to have the envelope with them at school at all times. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions about this activity.
Helpful Ideas to Start the Year
The following activities are on the Kindergarten report card. It is a good idea to practice these items on a regular basis.
- Name (first and last) –practice saying it and writing it
- Address, Phone Number, and Birthday-practice saying them
- Counting to 25 (100 by the end of the year)
- Alphabet-practice saying it
- Recognizing the letters of the alphabet and numbers
In addition, please practice tying shoelaces, zipping, buttoning, and snapping.
The school phone number is (708) 598-0515. If you call during the school day and wish to talk to me your call will be forwarded to a voice mailbox. Please be patient if your phone call is not returned immediately. I have attached the children’s Specials Schedule and the best time to reach me is during those times while I am on my planning period.
Please call the school to report your child’s absence due to illness. Also, please notify me of any upcoming absences due to vacation.
Kindernews is my weekly school/home correspondence. This will let you know what we are working on in the classroom and will include information on special activities and reminders. Your first Kindernews will be going home next Friday.
Class Rules and Behavior Management Plan
Our class has a big blue behavior chart on the board of our classroom. Each child has a pocket that contains a green, yellow, and red card. If your child moves his/her card to green that is the first warning, yellow is the second, and red is the third. It serves as a visual reminder for the students of their unacceptable behavior.
Each child will have a behavior chart that will also serve as a nametag on his/her table. Every Friday your child will bring home his/her weekly behavior chart. When your child follows our classroom rules he/she is rewarded a stamp for the day on the behavior chart. Your child will be given three warnings that will be shown to them on the big classroom chart with the green, yellow, and red cards. Your child will lose his/her stamp on the behavior chart when they flip his/her card to red. If your child flips his/her card to red and does not improve his/her behavior, he/she will take a brief time-out in our thinking chair. You will be contacted when this happens by note or by phone call. I discuss and make sure your child understands why he/she is sitting in the Thinking Chair and I hope you will talk to your child regarding his/her behavior.
Maddock School has developed a School-Wide Behavior Management Plan and Class Rules based on the work of Lee Canter, a behavior management specialist. The class rules that the children are to follow in each class are as follows:
1. Follow directions the first time given
2. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself
3. Use appropriate school language
4. Refrain from teasing, bullying, and putting others down.
5. Do not leave the designated area without permission
This serves as a visual reminder for the students of their unacceptable behavior.
1. Flip card to a green card
2. Flip card to a yellow card
3. Flip card to a red card- Students will get a time out in the Thinking Chair
4. Phone Call Home
5. Sent to the Principal
GOOD BEHAVIOR PUNCH CARDS:
Each child has his/her own Good Behavior Punch Card. They are displayed in a pocket chart in the front of the room so the students can always take a look at it. If your child does not flip his/her card throughout the day, he/she will get a punch in his/her punch card. When your child receives 10 punches, he/she will be able to pick a prize out of the prize box and get a sticker or certificate to reward them for their good behavior. Your child will then begin a new punch card the next day.
The School District has updated the Classroom Party and Birthday Guidelines. It states, “In an effort to promote student wellness, good nutrition and a safe environment for students with allergies or other medical conditions, District 111 is requesting that only non-food items be brought in by students for classroom parties or birthdays. Examples include pencils, coloring books, stickers, erasers, crayons, books, bookmarks, gift certificates, board games, and puzzles.”
If your child has a summer birthday, we will have a special day at the end of the school year where I will recognize your child’s birthday. If you need any more ideas of what you can bring in or have any questions about this new policy, please contact me or the school.
Student of the Week
Student of the Week will start in the middle of September. You will receive a note and packet to complete the week before your child is going to be the Student of the Week.
Children often have the same coat, backpack, lunchbox, boots, etc. Labeling all possessions will eliminate the confusion.
If your child brings a lunch to school, please make sure that his/her lunchbox or lunch bag is labeled. If you plan on dropping a lunch off for your child at lunchtime, please send a note to let me know, and bring it by 11:10. Kindergarteners get into the lunchroom a little earlier than the rest of the school.
Reading at Home
Maddock students participate in a School-Wide Reading Program each year. Every week beginning at the end of September, your child will bring home a weekly reading calendar. The students are required to read or be read to for 10 minutes each night for a total of 70 minutes per week. Each night you are to record the book you read and how many minutes you read for. At the end of the week, your child is to return the signed weekly reading calendar to school. If you lose the calendar sheet, you can just write on a piece of a paper from home and sign it. Throughout the year, the students will receive various prizes for their participation in the program.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information. I encourage you to contact me at anytime throughout the school year if you have any questions or concerns. Your care and concern contribute to your child's education.