Attendance – Regular school attendance
is essential for your child to make the most of his/her education. Please make every effort to have your child
at school on time, every day.
Absences – If your child is absent, you must
call the school. School guidelines
require that you notify us on the very same day that your child is absent or
send a note to the school when he/she returns. Include your child’s name, my
name, date(s) of absence and the reason.
Allergies – If your child has allergies please
note it on all forms where indicated.
Substitutions for specific food allergies (e.g. milk, peanuts, citrus)
will be made by the cafeteria, but only after submission of a doctor’s note. It is VERY important that we are aware of
specific allergies so that we can also make accommodations in the classroom
during times of special snacks, cooking activities and classroom parties.
Alphabet Knowledge – We will learn the
upper and lower letters of the alphabet and the sounds that the letters make as
we begin our journey toward reading. We will assess your child’s alphabet and
sound knowledge regularly during the school year.
Assessment – We use several instruments to
assess our students’ progress in Kindergarten throughout the year. These include the Florida Kindergarten
Readiness Screening (FLKRS), Discovery Education Assessments (DEA) which are
given three times during the year, unit tests and individual work assessments.
Awards – We do not participate in the
awards program held each nine weeks grading period. Your child will have the opportunity to earn
awards in 1st-5th grades.
Backpacks – Your child’s backpack
should be big enough to hold a 1” binder, class work, library book and a daily
snack. Do not send a backpack that is on
rollers or is too big for your child to carry.
Behavior Management – Our behavior
management system in Kindergarten consists of simple classroom rules and
procedures, appropriate consequences and a reward system. (See the Behavior Management in this packet).
Birthdays – We love to join in
celebrating your child’s special day! If
you would like to bring treats for the class on your child’s birthday, we will
be happy to serve them at snack time.
Please contact us in advance to let us know of your plans.
Breakfast – Is a very important
meal! If you would like for your child
to eat breakfast at school, it is served prior to school each morning from 8:30
–8:55 in the cafeteria and it is free for our students.
Bus – Students are supervised as they travel
down the hall to the bus loading area each day.
If there are changes to your child’s bus transportation, please contact
the school immediately and prior to 2:30.
Calendar – A monthly school newsletter
with calendar will be sent home to let you know all of the activities that will
take place at our school. The Wakulla
County School System’s calendar is included in this packet.
Clothing – Dress your child in
comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and follows the dress
code as stated in our school’s Parent Handbook.
Label all coats and jackets.
Conferences – We will give you the opportunity
to schedule conferences throughout the school year. Conferences are highly suggested as a
positive way to discuss your child’s progress and educational needs. If you feel at any time that you would like
to schedule a conference, please contact your child’s teacher at the school to
Computers – We have computers in our
classroom designated for student use.
Your child will be taught basic computer skills as well as how to use
kindergarten appropriate websites on the internet. Your child will work at the computer during
center time each week.
Communication – Frequent and positive
communication between school and home is integral for your child’s success in school. We provide several ways to communicate during
the school year:
P.A.W.S. Books (see
explanation under the letter “P”)
School and classroom
websites (see explanation under the letter “W”)
Call us at the school at
926-3641. If you leave a message, we
will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. Remember, our main priority during the day is
the safety and instruction of your child; therefore phone calls are kept to a
Email us: Email addresses are on Crawfordville
Dropping Off/Picking Up Students – If
your child does not ride the bus and gets here before 8:55 a.m., he/she is to
go to the cafeteria. If you pick up your
child at the end of the day, please wait out in front of the school. Kindergarten students will be released at
3:10 p.m. and escorted to the front of the school. Make sure that you have your Dash Pass in the
passenger side of the front windshield.
Dash Pass – If you intend on picking up your
child from school on a regular/daily basis, you will need to obtain a dash pass
from the front office to display in your vehicle. You can obtain more than one dash pass for
your family and they can be used until the end of the school year.
Early Release - There are some days in
the school year when students will be dismissed early. On these days dismissal time is 1:15
p.m. (See attached school calendar for
Emergency Contact Information – At the
beginning of the school year you will be asked to complete forms that indicate
which family members should be contacted if we cannot reach you. If any of the information you provide on the
forms changes, update us and the school office as soon as possible.
Emergency Drills – Your child will participate
in emergency drills throughout the school year.
We will practice the procedures with your child so that he/she will feel
prepared in case of a real emergency.
Extra Clothing – Your child will need
to keep extra clothing and underwear on hand during the year in case they need
it. Send items in a clear Ziploc bag
labeled with your child’s name. Remember
to send in appropriate clothing as the seasons change during the school year
Field Trips – Field Trips provide
wonderful opportunities to explore the world outside our school campus and
apply concepts that we have learned in the classroom. If a field trip is planned during the school
year you will receive advanced notice and a permission slip will be required
for your child to attend.
Grading Scale – (subject to change)
89-70 Satisfactory (S)
60 Needs Improvement (N)
–below Unsatisfactory (U)
Handwriting – We use Handwriting
without Tears. A letter formation card
as well as a laminated sentence strip of your child’s name will be included in
your child’s P.A.W.S. Book. Please use
them to practice with your child at home.
Homework – Homework provides a great
opportunity for you to reinforce the skills that we are working on in the
classroom. We will assign simple, developmentally appropriate homework on a
weekly basis. We will send a homework
packet home on Friday and ask that it be returned on Friday of the following
Illness – Do not send your child to
school if he/she has a temperature, is vomiting, has diarrhea, ringworm or
conjunctivitis (pink eye). If your child
becomes ill at school you will be called to come and get them. Mrs. Rollins is our School Health Aide and
will help to take care of your child until you can get here.
Labeling Items – Label all of your
child’s personal belongings including backpack, lunch box, coat, jacket and
Lunch –Your child’s class will attend
lunch each day in the cafeteria. Lunch
is free for our students, however they can purchase ala carte items (items may
vary from cheese sticks, yogurt, cookies, bottled water, ect.) If you send your child’s lunch, please make
sure that he/she knows to inform us that they have a lunch box to take to the
cafeteria. Do not send candy or junk
food items for lunch.
Learning Centers – We use learning centers in
the classroom for active play, socialization and exploration. Individual
centers include: Reading, Writing, Art,
Blocks, Manipulatives, Alphabet Center, Math Center, Puzzles, Dramatic Play,
Discovery Center, Listening Center and Computers. The items found in these centers will change
during the school year to support new concepts that we are learning and to keep
the centers interesting to the children.
Medication – If your child needs to
take a particular medication during the school day (including nebulizers,
epi-pens), you must deliver the medication to the front office and complete a
required form. Do not send
medicines to school with your child on the bus.
Money – A clear pouch is provided in
your child’s P.A.W.S. Book. Use it to
send in picture money, yearbook money, field trip money, etc… Label all monies so that we will know
what they are to be used for.
Newsletter – You will receive a weekly
classroom newsletter. It will include
important dates to remember, homework assignments, and learning highlights from
Number Knowledge – Your child will learn to
recognize and write numbers 1-20 readily this year and become familiar with
numbers up to 100. We will assess your
child’s number knowledge regularly during the school year. Number knowledge includes both recognizing
the number and associating it with a set of objects.
Parent Night – You are encouraged to
attend special Kindergarten Nights to be held during the first nine-week
grading period and during the second semester of the school year. Specific information on these events will be
sent to you in advance.
P.A.W.S. Book – Your child will be provided
with a binder that will be used to communicate the following:
from the school
an area for you
to send notes to us
a pocket for
lunch money, etc….
The binder will go home with your
child each day and will need to be reviewed and returned to class with your
child the next morning. It is very
important that the binder be returned each day so that we can effectively
communicate with you.
Pictures – School Portraits of your child will
be taken during the school year.
Information on the exact day(s) they will be taken as well as the cost
will be sent home to you in advance.
Parties – We will have various classroom
parties throughout the year. We will
communicate with you in advance to request your help in making these special
events happen. If you do not wish for
your child to participate in the parties, please let us know.
PTA – We have a very active Parent
Teacher Association here at Crawfordville Elementary and you are encouraged to
take part in it! Notifications of
meetings and events of this organization will be sent home to you.
Recess – Your child will have outside
recess every morning and afternoon, weather permitting.
Report Cards – We operate on a nine-week
grading period. You will receive a
progress report in the mid-point of each grading period and report card at the
end of each grading period. You will
need to sign as designated and return them in your child’s PAWS book.
Rules – A very important part of Kindergarten
is learning how to behave appropriately in a school setting. Our behavior management system involves rules
from Whole Brain Teaching. (See Behavior
Read – Please take time to read to
your child each day, as well as letting your child see you read. The best indicator of a child’s early success
in reading is to have lots of positive exposure both at school and at home.
Restroom – We have restrooms in our classrooms
and your child is allowed to go when needed.
Sometimes with young children accidents do happen! Please make sure that we always have a change
of clean clothes and we will make sure that your child is changed if needed.
Relax and Read-Aloud Time – We will have a
short relax and read-aloud time in the afternoon. This will be a time to listen to stories
read-aloud and relax our bodies.
Safety – Your child’s safety is our
top priority to us here at Crawfordville Elementary. We will take every precaution when your child
is in our care. Please make sure that
the school is notified if he/she has a change in transportation or is to be
picked up by someone other than you or a designated adult.
Signing Out Students – If you pick up
your child during the school day, you must sign them out in the front
office. Regular after school pick-ups do
not need to sign their child out each day.
Snacks – We will have a short snack
time at the end of each day. Your child
will need a small, healthy snack and water or juice. Please DO NOT send candy or foods that we
will need to prepare (i.e. popcorn, cereal, etc….). If you send a pudding or yogurt, please
provide a spoon (preferably disposable).
We also ask that you not send anything in a glass container. We like to keep extra snacks on hand just in
case. If you would like to send snacks
for the entire class, we greatly appreciate it.
Contact us and we will be happy to give you some examples.
Supplies – The Kindergarten school
supply list is attached. You can also
find it on our school’s website and it is available in the front office. Sometimes we run out of items and we may ask
you to replace those during the school year.
School hours – Our regular school
hours are 8:55 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. unless otherwise indicated on Early Release
Schedule – Our classroom schedule is attached
for your information.
Shoes – It is very important that your child
wears comfortable shoes closed-toed shoes with backs on them for comfort and
Sight Words – There are basic sight
words that your child will need to know before promotion from
Kindergarten. A listing is included in
your child’s P.A.W.S. book for easy reference and practice.
Special Areas – Our class will attend
P.E. with Coach Camp, Music with Mr. Cooper, Art with Ms. Brooks and the Media
Center with Mrs. Burse on a rotating schedule during the school year. We will do our best to inform you of changes
to this schedule as they happen.
Tardies – Students late to school
(after 8:55 a.m.) are to check in at the office before proceeding to the
classroom. Please remember that learning
begins as soon as the morning bell rings!
When your child is repeatedly late, they miss out on our regular morning
learning activities as well as important socialization skills.
Team Teaching – We will use a team teaching
approach to teach your child this year. Your child will be assigned a specific
classroom and teacher, but he/she will visit the other Kindergarten classrooms
for Reading instruction and cooperative learning activities throughout the
Transportation – If your child will be going
home a different way than what is indicated in his/her file, you must call the
school or inform us in a note. Phone
calls should be made prior to 2:30 p.m. For your child’s safety, we will not
let your child leave school with another adult or on a different bus unless you
have notified the school.
Toys – Please do not allow your child to bring
toys or electronic devices from home.
They may become lost or stolen.
We will occasionally request that your child bring in a small share item
for special activities.
Volunteers – We love volunteers at
Crawfordville Elementary and have an active volunteer program. If you are interested, please let us know or
contact the front office for more information.
Websites –Here are important websites that we encourage you
Crawfordville Elementary http://ces.wcsb.us/
County Schools http://www.wakullaschooldistrict.org
Florida Department of Education http://www.fldoe.org
In addition, you will be provided with
a user id and password to gain access to our grading system, FOCUS.
Wish Lists - In addition to basic student
supplies, we maintain “wish lists” of special items that we would love to add
to our classroom during the year. Your
generous contributions are greatly appreciated!
Yearbook – You will have an
opportunity to purchase a yearbook in the Spring. It is a great keepsake for your child.
Zzzz’s – Your child should get plenty
of rest each night. It is so important
that your child be alert and ready to learn each day!