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    WELCOME TO Pre K

    WITH

    MRS. ANDERSON

    2020-2021

     

             I am looking forward to a great year with your child! The following important information will be beneficial throughout the year. Please read it carefully and feel free to contact me with any questions.

     

    ATTENDANCE

               It is important for your child to be in school every day. Once enrolled, your child is required to attend school. Records are kept on excused and unexcused absences, as well as on tardiness, for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Please note that picking your child up early without a written excuse is considered an afternoon tardy. When your child is absent, please send a note in your child’s folder when he/ she returns to school. This note is kept on file for the TEA. In the note, please include the following: child’s name, teacher’s name, date and your signature. If your child goes to the doctor, please have the doctor write a note for your child to give to the school. 

     

    ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

    Students may arrive as early as 7:10 to eat breakfast. Breakfast prices are as follows: Student breakfast $1.35 and Reduced 30 cents. Any student arriving to school after 7:30 needs to have eaten breakfast prior to arrival. Visitor breakfast prices are $2.10.  The first bell rings at 7:35 and the tardy bell rings at 7:40. Your child must be in the cafeteria before the tardy bell rings. 

            School begins at 7:40 when the tardy bell rings. Any child arriving after that time needs to enter through the front doors and go to the office and get a tardy slip to bring to class. Promptness is very important; it is disruptive to other students when their classmates are late and we have begun our day.

         School dismisses at 3:00. If your child needs to be picked up prior to 3:00, please notify me in writing so I can try my best to have your child ready upon your arrival. With this being said, please avoid having your child miss important classroom instruction time.

          If you must check your child out early for an appointment or emergency, please go to the office and the office will call the classroom.  A student is considered to have Perfect Attendance when there are no tardys, absences, or early departures.   

    If your child is a pick up, please arrive on time to pick them up. A teacher will escort “pick- ups” to the cafeteria. You may drive your car through the line around the large parking lot at the side of the school. Please remain in your car, as your child’s name will be called and they will be escorted to meet you.  If you choose to park and pick your child up in person, please enter through the side door by the cafeteria.  You will be required to show documentation in the form of a "pick up pass".  This "pick up pass" is shaped like a car and has your child's name and the teacher's name on it.  It is fine to share this "pick up pass" with family and friends who you give permission to pick up your child.  A teacher will escort Daycare, Extended Day and Bus children to their appropriate areas.


                                                                                                  LUNCH

    Our lunch is from 12:00– 12:30 each day. At this time, parents are not allowed in our building due to Covid restrictions however, when the restrictions are lifted - you may come eat lunch with your child on any day. It does not have to be a special occasion. Please sign in before you go to the cafeteria. You must present your driver’s license to receive a badge. Also, please note that there are “visitor tables” in our cafeteria. We ask that you and your child sit at the visitor tables. Your child may not  invite a school friend to sit with him / her and you may only supply food for your own child. Lastly, per state regulations, no one may eat off of another person’s school lunch tray except the person for which the tray was purchased.

                             Student lunch prices are as follows: Regular $2.55 and Reduced 40 cents. Extra items are available from prices of
            50 cents and up. Visitor lunch prices are: $3.60. 
                             Please be on time for your child's lunch.  If you arrive 5-10 minutes late -- your child will have already gone
           through the line and purchased a lunch form our cafeteria.

     

    SNACKS

    I love it when parents send healthy snacks! This can be a bag of cereal, crackers, pretzels, etc.   Please do NOT send anything messy such as yogurt, pudding, etc…..only dry foods like crackers, cheese bits, dry cereal (no milk), pretzels, etc. Do not send anything to drink. Please do not send cookies, cakes, pudding, or candies for snack. By law, we cannot serve those items except on our pre-determined party days. Also, please do not send anything in a glass container and make sure you write your child’s name on everything.

     
    TECHNOLOGY / QUIET TIME 
             Please ONLY send a bath towel for rest time.  Please do NOT send blankets, pillows or stuffed animals for quiet time. 
            During afternoon technology time,  if your child prefers to rest during this time -- they may lay quietly on our carpet.

     

    BIRTHDAYS

    You may send STORE BOUGHT cupcakes or cookies to school to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please do not send whole cakes for me to serve. They look beautiful but can be rather messy and take up valuable learning time to serve. Due to State laws pertaining to foods at school, items must be “store bought”. We cannot hand out anything homemade. Be sure to send enough for every child in our class. Please check with me ahead of time for our current number of students. Also please remember that this is not an “official school party day”; therefore, we will simply distribute the cupcakes or cookies during the last 10-15 minutes before the end of our day. We will serve only the cookies or cupcakes that you send; please do not send any other party items (like party horns J) or invite other family members.

    If you are having a birthday party for your child and would like to send invitations in folders, you MUST invite all students in our class, all boys or all girls or everyone. You may not invite certain students.

     

    BUS LANE

         The bus lane is the long circular drive in the front of the building. In order to keep all students safe, please do not use the bus lane to run in to pick up your child.  Often, you will block the busses or you will be blocked in by the busses.  Please just park on the side of the building.

     

    ABSENCES

                   If your child is absent, please send a note the first day they return to school so that the office can document the absence. If your child was at the doctor, please have the doctor provide a note for your child to bring to school

     

    WRISTBANDS

    All students who ride a bus home will receive wristbands to keep during the first three weeks of school. Your child MUST have the wrist-band every day to ensure that he/she arrives home safely. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the wristband either on their wrist or on their backpack strap!  Also, please ensure that your child brings the same backpack to school every day, at least, the first three weeks of school.

     

     

    NOTICE OF CHANGES

    Always send a note letting us know if there will be a change in the way your child will be getting home from school. Also, please document the change on your child’s folder. Please do not send a tiny note. Please make sure the paper is large enough for me to see when I open the folder. We cannot let your child verbally tell us of any changes. We will not change the way your child goes home without a signed note even if the child tells us otherwise. You may use the folder for this written documentation. If you must call the school to make an unexpected change for the day, please call the front office at 817-408-4500 before 2:30 p.m. to assure that we receive your message on time. This is for the safety of your child. Please send a note anytime during the year if your address, phone number, etc. changes, as we may need to contact you regarding your child.

     

                                                                   BEHAVIOR ISSUES

    I reward positive behavior and work habits; both individual and class but I do not punish the entire class for one student’s poor behavior.

    Negative behavior or work habits will result in loss of privileges. The consequences will affect how one spends his/her recess and additional free choice opportunities.

     

    SENDING MONEY

                   Please send ALL MONEY to school in an envelope marked with all the information needed. (Child’s first and last name, Teacher’s name, and reason for sending the money such as -- picture money, book fair money, etc.) This is to ensure that the correct money is credited to the appropriate child. We would suggest getting a box of inexpensive envelopes so that you will have them on hand.

     

     

     

     

    SCHOOL VISITS

    After restrictions are lifted -- All adults arriving at school must check in with the office and receive a Visitor’s badge before you come to the classroom. Please bring your driver’s license with you, as the office will scan it and use it to make your badge that must be worn at all times while in our building. This is for the safety of your child, as well as of all of our students.

     

     

     

    ASSESSMENTS

    We will assess your child periodically throughout the school year. When you receive information home about these assessments, please use the assessments to give you an idea of what skills you need to be working on at home to help your child improve the needed academics.

     

    REPORT CARDS

    Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed curriculum standards for Pre K students. The reports that you will receive reflect student mastery levels of those standards. Mastery is determined for expected development at each particular point in the year.

    Students enter Pre K at different levels. All students will be challenged and given the opportunity to grow; however, there are some minimal goals that each child is expected to meet. Once they have mastered those skills, they can immediately start learning their next challenge. It is vital to your child’s success that he/she receives support at home.  When you are waiting in line at Wal Mart, cooking dinner, or driving in the car, for example, please review skills we are learning. Talk to your child about letters, letter sounds, words and numbers wherever you go! As a team of family and teachers, we will do our best to send your child into Kindergarten with the knowledge necessary to be successful!! 

    Of course, there are other lessons for your child to learn in Pre K. Learning to get along with their peers, learning to follow directions, and becoming more independent are all very important! We will be working on nurturing these skills, as well.

     

    GRADING

         At the end of the first grading period, Pre K students receive behavior grades only.  At the end of the second grading period, Pre K students receive both behavior and academic grades on their report card.

                                                                                                                          + = skill is mastered; 90 % or above
                     / = making progress on a skill but not mastered; 89 - 70%
                         -  = student needs intervention with this skill; 69 % or below 
     

     

     

    TAKE HOME FOLDERS

                   Your child will have a folder for you to initial daily as this is a way for us to communicate with you. Your child will

               receive a stamp in their folder the next day after you sign the folder, and you will be able to see, on a daily basis, your child’s school
               behavior. A GREEN face indicates that your child made mostly good choices, YELLOW means “slow down and think about choices”,
               and RED indicates the inability or unwillingness to maintain self-control.

                   Our entire school, from Pre- K through 2nd grade, has folders to sign. Please form the habit of asking your child for the folder

              each day. The folder may contain important notes that require your immediate attention. Notes should be reviewed and

              removed from the folder unless otherwise stated on the note.  Also, please place any notes that need my immediate attention

              in the folder, as I will not be checking backpacks, only folders.  Please make sure the note is large enough for me to see when it

             is in your child’s folder. Please use the folder as a tool for us to stay connected.

         Work that your child has completed will be in the folder and will be yours to treasure. Please remove these daily to make room for more. All items left in the folder will be thrown away on Monday as I check for Friday signatures. This is a great way for you to communicate with your child about what happened during his / her school day. If you would like to speak with me personally, I urge you to contact me anytime you have questions or concerns; however, the best time to contact me is during my conference time 11:35 - 12:35 Monday through Friday. You may contact me via email or by phone, and we can schedule conference appointments as needed. My school email address is Sue.Anderson@granburyisd.org.  My home email is anderson2006@windstream.net.  Refer to the information sent home at the beginning of the year for my personal cell number.  Email anytime. It is helpful if you email to both addresses J

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                                               SCHEDULE 
     
    7:10 - 7:40 - 000 restroom; get name badge; hang backpack on hook
    8:00 - 8:30 Breakfas
    8:30 - 9:45 ELA, Math,  and restroom
    9:45 - 10:30 Specials
    10:30 - 10:50 Recess
    10:50 - 11:00 Restroom
    11:00 - 11:30 Lunch
    11:35 - 12:35 Specials -- wear or bring tennis shoes EVERY day of the week                   
      Monday (rotation varies)
      Tuesday - computer lab / library
    0 Wednesday - AIM (Academic Instructional Movement)
      Thursday - Music
      Friday - P.E.
    12:45 - 1:10 Technology time / Quiet  time
    1:10 - 1:50 Integrated studies
    1:50 - 2:30 -- 000 Stations
     
     
     

    SPECIALS

        Our Specials schedule is as follows: 9:45 - 10:30 every day.

                                                          

    Monday – Academic Instructional Movement (AIM) - wear tennis shoes

    Tuesday – P.E. - wear tennis shoes

    Wednesday – Art

    Thursday --  Music

    Friday – Library ( bring library book)

     

         For safety reasons, Coach  Sanchez requires that all students wear tennis shoes to P.E. class and that they have FUN !!! Students’ conduct grade is marked down if they do not remember to wear tennis shoes on P.E. day. So, PLEASE on P.E. days have your child wear / bring tennis shoes. If they need to change before P.E., it is their responsibility to remember to change into them.  Tennis shoes are required on AIM days also.

     

               I cannot wait to begin our year, and I look forward to many wonderful and exciting days!! If you would like to schedule a conference or have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to call the school at 817.408.4500 or you are welcome to call my personal cell phone.  Please do not call my cell phone during the school day. You may, however, text me during the school day.

    You may call, text or email me as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 10:00 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your child with me; we will work together to provide your child with whatever is needed to promote success.

              Regards,

    Sue Anderson

    Emma Roberson Elementary

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Last Modified on March 4, 2021