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Dear Parents/Caregivers:

Here we are at the start of a new school year. Already the children are getting accustomed to the classroom and school routines.

“What’s in a name” is our theme for September. Your child will learn songs, fingerplays and poems about names. I will send an activity for you and your child to share at home.

As I’ve explained to some parents, there will be a “room parent” for our class. If I need help for a particular activity or trip, the “room parent” will phone other parents/caregivers to ask for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer for this position, please contact me.

One of the students suggested that we celebrate birthdays with “Birthday Cupcakes.” Parents/Caregivers will be asked to send cupcakes for their child’s special day. We will eat the cupcakes as a special treat on the days closest to their birthdays. I will request that you please attach a list of ingredients you used since some of the students have food allergies.

Included below are some questions that many parents/caregivers commonly ask.

1. How often does my child attend Kindergarten?
Your child will attend Kindergarten everyday. A calendar regarding this years days off was sent home the first week of school. Please keep it posted at home.

2. What are the school hours?
Morning - 8:40 - 11:05
Afternoon - 11:45 - 2:15
What time may my child arrive at school?
Children may arrive a school at 8:30 a.m. At this time they wait outside, or in the entrance way if weather is cold, until 8:40 a.m. Playground supervision is provided at 8:40.

3. May my child stay at school during the lunch time?
No, our present Kindergarten program is half-day and lunch is not provided to them.

4. What is the procedure when my child is sick or unable to attend school?
Please phone the school at 652-8884, be prepare to give the clerk or secretary your child’s name and room number. Or send a note to your child’s teacher with one of her/his classmates or siblings.

5. May my child stay after 11:05?
No, Kindergarten teachers are given 40 mins. to have their lunch and prepare the classroom for the afternoon group. Most times I run late in dismissing the class because some children take longer to dressing themselves. May my child stay after 2:15?
On some occasions (assemblies, after school movies, teacher discretion) children are allowed to stay after 2:15 (permission slips will be sent home.)

6. May I speak with you before/after school?
Yes, I usually get to school by 7:30 a.m. and leave by 4:00. If these times are not convenient for you please talk to me, we can work something out.

7. I would like to help volunteer, but I work during school hours. How may I help?
Please call me and we’ll discuss ways you could help outside of school hours. Some possibilities are sewing, cutting, coloring, gluing, collecting, and yes, shopping!

8. Are snacks required/allowed?
No, because of the time it takes to prepare to, eat, and clean-up children are not allowed to bring “snacks”. But, I do provide “treats” to all on occasion and to some as an incentive.

9. What is the procedure if I should be late in picking up my child?
After waiting with the child, a reasonable amount of time, the teacher will escort the child to the office area where the child will wait. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to call the school if your going to be late.

10. Is there a Kindergarten fee?
Yes, I request $10.50 for the year. This will cover your child’s weekly magazine “LET’S FIND OUT’ ($5.50) and a $5.00 activity fee which will cover material not available in the school, such as, cooking and baking supplies, special art and crafts supplies, and a hot dog party.

11. What supplies does my child need for school?
Please refer to the supply list that was given to each parent at the time of registration. Note: Because of the elimination of one Kindergarten class some students have the wrong supply list. If your child was originally in room 108 p.m. please see me.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns, questions, comments or suggestions.
Thank you very much.
Julia Berrios

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