Dear K-1 Families, Welcome to Kindergarten! You and your child are about to begin one of the most exciting years in your child’s educational career. Kindergarten is a year filled with a tremendous amount of growth – physical, social/emotional, attitudinal, and cognitive. Together we will be an important part in this wondrous year. The information below provide you with some general information to help make the transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible.
Absence If your child is going to be absent, please make sure to call the Safe Arrival/Absence Line: 781-316-3753. The number is available 24 hours a day and there is an answering machine so please feel free to contact the school as soon as you know your child is going to be absent, even the night before. In your message, please include the following information: o Your name o Your child’s name o Your child's teacher o Reason for the absence Additionally, if you know in advance your child will not be in school please notify me, either by note or email, as well as call the safe line.
Arrival Our school hours are from 8:10-2:30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:10-1:00 on Tuesday. At 8:00am, the kindergartners may begin lining up outside the maroon doors to the Kindergarten wing, near the circle in front of the school, on Mountain Avenue. The first bell rings at 8:10 when kindergartners will enter the school with their class. Our day is a busy one and we start promptly at 8:15, which means that students are expected to be in their classroom ready and to go by this time. Please be on time for school. I will meet students outside and escort them to our room as a class for the first few weeks. After that, some assistance will be provided by the fifth grade safety patrol students. Please plan to wait with your child until the 8:10 bell, as students should not be left to wait on their own. In order to promote autonomy, please say goodbye to your child outside the kindergarten doors and allow them to enter the building independently. If it is raining, snowing, or the temperature is less than 20 degrees, all students will meet in the cafeteria and then be escorted to their classrooms.
Late Arrival If your child is late to school, please escort them to the office to be signed in and receive a late pass. For safety reasons the building is secured after the bell and everyone must enter through the front door.
Dismissal Dismissal is at 2:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesday dismissal is at 1:00. I will release students out onto the blacktop (the kindergarten doors that open out to the playground) please plan to meet your child there. Kindergartners will be dismissed when met by a parent or responsible adult and after they have high-fived me so I know that they were picked up safely. Dismissal locations and procedures do not change with rain or extreme cold. If you are going to be late to pick up your child, please notify the office as soon as possible. Please come to the main office, as all other doors will be locked in the afternoon. If your child has not been picked up by 2:35 they will be brought to the office to wait for you there.
After School Program If your child attends A Place to Grow, they will be escorted to the program. If your child attends an after school program outside of Stratton School, they will be escorted to the bus that will transport them there.
Change in pick-up procedure One of the first forms you will fill out is the “After School Pick Up” form. This details who I should expect to see each afternoon and the appropriate adult(s) you have given consent for your child to be dismissed to. If your child is being picked up by another adult who does not typically pick they up, even if it is a family member, or if your child is having a play-date, please send me a note or an email on the day that the change is occurring.
Early Dismissal Please email me or send a note indicating the time you wish to dismiss your child. This will ensure that they will be ready to leave at the designated time.
Birthday Celebrations On the day of your child’s school birthday, family is invited into the classroom to read a story aloud to the class. Families are welcome to read a special book from home or to donate a book to the classroom in their child's name. However, due to life threatening allergies, we no longer celebrate birthdays with food of any kind.
Health Concerns/Allergies Please let me, as well as the school nurse, know if your child has any health concerns or allergies. Due to life threatening allergies, our classroom will be nut free.
Snack Every morning we will have a snack in the classroom. Please send students to school with a simple and healthy, nut-free snack. Due to allergies, students are not allowed to consume snacks containing nuts in the classroom during snack time. However, foods containing nuts are allowed in the lunchroom. Please do not forget to pack your child utensils if their snack should require them. We do not have any in our classroom.
Lunch Money Students may purchase lunch or bring lunch from home. Lunch money should be sent to school in a sealed envelope or Ziploc bag labeled with the student’s name. Families may prepay for school lunch or send in money on the particular day your kindergartner wishes to buy lunch. Each month please review the lunch menu to ensure that your kindergartner will enjoy the available lunch choices on the days they plan to buy lunch. Each student will be assigned a 4-digit PIN to purchase their lunch that will remain with them throughout their time at Stratton School. Please help your child to memorize this number as it helps the lunch line move quickly and smoothly.
Prepay for Lunch By check: make the check out to “Town of Arlington” with your child’s name in the memo section. Send it to school in your child’s folder where it will be given to the Cafeteria Staff. Online: prepayments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com
Lunch is $3.00 (when purchasing lunch, milk is included in the $3.00). Milk purchased separately is $0.60
Recess Weather permitting, every effort is made to take students out to recess each day. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
Extra Change of Clothes Please send in an extra change of clothes in a labeled bag with your child’s name on it. The clothes will be kept at school in case of spills or accidents.
Home-School Folders The home-school folder will be sent home with your child on a daily basis. Folders are used to communicate many important happenings in kindergarten. Please check the folder daily and return it to school each morning. Feel free to include any notes for the teacher that day (early dismissal, upcoming absence, change in after school pick-up, etc.).
Newsletter Newsletters will be emailed home every Friday, unless you request a hard copy to be sent home in your child’s home-school folder. Our classroom website is another space where I will post our newsletter along with helpful information and links. Be sure to check it out at www.mrsnolanskindergarten.com. Additionally, I will be posting updates and pictures in "real time" on our private classroom Instagram account. You can follow us on Instagram (mrs.nolan.k1) to see what we’re up to!
Play-Dates If your child is having a playdate after school, please remember to send a note or an email giving permission for them to be dismissed to the other child’s family.
Gym Days Please make sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing on gym days. Sneakers are a must and comfortable clothing is recommended!
Volunteers There are many ways to volunteer in the classroom and opportunities range from weekly volunteers to special event helpers. Volunteers can sign up using the handle found on the “Volunteers” page of our class website.
Room Parents Room Parents act as a liaison between classroom teachers and the parents in the class. Each class typically has two individuals who work with teachers to find volunteers for classroom celebrations, field trips, etc. If you’re interested in becoming a room parent, fill out the form included in you child's home-school folder.
Progress Reports/Report Cards Kindergartners will receive a progress report twice a year, in late fall and late spring.
Parent-Teacher Conferences Formal parent-teacher conferences will be held in December and March. However, please keep in mind that if you have a concern or problem before, or between conferences, you can and should contact me so that we can make an appointment to meet.
Communication Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. I can be reached by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by voicemail, or by sending a note to school in your child’s home/school folder.
I hope this information is helpful as we begin the school year. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!