2018-2019 TK Handbook
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to Transitional Kindergarten!!
I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you
throughout this school year!
Here is your official Transitional Kindergarten packet of
information. In the packet you will find information about
our class schedule, procedures, goals, and more.
I am more than happy to talk with you regarding any
concerns you might have about our class or your child. Please
feel free to stop by at school or call me personally.
I can’t wait to begin this year with your child and family!
8:00-8:30- Morning Job/Play and Explore Time
8:15-8:45-Stream Lab (F)
8:40-9:00- Devotion/Calendar/Number of the Day
9:00-9:30- Jesus Time
9:45-10:15- Spanish (M/Th)
10:00-10:30- Zoo Phonics & CLIME Handwriting
10:30-11:00- Saxon Math
11:00-11:30- Reading (M/W/F), Art (T/TH)
12:25-1:15- Rest Time
1:15-1:45- Writing (M/TH), STREAM (T),
Scientist of the Week (F)
1:45-2:30- Interactive Centers
2:30-2:45- Snack & Story
2:45-3:00- Free Time (M/F), Story Time (T/TH)
3:00-3:15- Clean up and Dismiss
**Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on the time activities take to complete
School Starting/Ending Time: Students will be allowed into the classroom at 7:50am. If they arrive earlier they will have to sit in the gym on the bleachers until 7:50am. Class starts at 8:00am. The children will have time to explore the classroom and to interact with their classmates until 8:30am. We will be beginning our daily academic schedule at this time. If your child is only staying half of the day, please pick up your child at 11:30am unless other arrangements have been made. If you are not here to pick up your child by 11:40, they will be taken to the office to wait for you to arrive then. Full day students are dismissed out front at 3:15pm.
Discipline: Please review the St. Paul Handbook for the school wide policy on discipline. In Transitional Kindergarten we will work on our main rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. This rule does a great job of covering the basic rules by reminding us to listen to others, be kind, and speak nicely to all. If a child is struggling to follow this rule a note will be sent home or a parent phone call will be made depending on the scenario. As the first month is completed, discipline procedures will be enforced more often as the rules are expected to be learned by this point.
Snack Time: Please send a morning and afternoon snack with your child in their lunchbox. We will have snack time each morning and each afternoon. If your child does not stay for lunch please send a snack in their backpack. I will have extra snacks in my classroom in case a child is without a snack, but please try to send your own snack each day because my choices aren’t always their favorite. We have a peanut free classroom in TK, please make sure you avoid sending any foods that contain peanuts: peanut butter sandwiches, trail mix, certain granola bars, etc.
Birthdays: We will celebrate each child’s birthday at school. If your child has a summer birthday we will celebrate their birthday at the end of the school year. It is optional to send birthday treats, but if you would like to bring treats for your child’s birthday please notify me via email or in person at least one day before hand. Due to allergies, any foods containing peanuts are not allowed to be served.
Clothing: Please identify your child’s outer clothing (including boots) with name tags. When weather permits, the children will spend some time outside each day. Dress your child according to the weather please. Note that we do walk on Wednesday to the church for chapel so students should have hats and mittens come winter time. For the Transitional Kindergarten students there is no dress code besides having closed toed shoes.
Child Health: Staff will give or apply no medication, either prescription or nonprescription, without prior written permission and instructions from the parents. Medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled for the specific child.
Any child who has any illness associated with fever or any communicable condition such as diarrhea, ringworm, impetigo, head lice, pink eye, and scabies will be excluded from school until such time that the problem is rectified. If a physician’s statement is sent which states that the child’s illness/condition is not communicable the child may continue to attend TK.
Fire Evacuation Procedure: In case of fire the children will proceed through the east door and turn north and proceed across the street. If need be the children will be taken to the St. Paul Church basement. In case of a tornado we will proceed to the southwest corner in the basement of St. Paul School. We will have periodic fire drills and tornado drills to prepare.
Chapel: Chapel services take place on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Our chapel consists of singing praise songs/hymns, prayers, special message speakers, and worship to our Lord. Offering will be taken because giving back to God is an important Christian skill to learn. Offering for our Lord is not required but strongly encouraged.
Newsletters: A weekly newsletter will be sent home each week.
Remind App: I will be using this app that you are able to get on your phone and through remind.com. With this app I will be able to communicate quick announcements to you. Whether it be a reminder about a field trip, a class reward, etc., I will be able to send a message to you and you can receive it straight to your phone! If you have any questions on the instructions to join please let me know!
Lunch: Each child will need to come with their own lunch for the day. Please remember that our classroom is a peanut free classroom so no peanuts or peanut butter products are allowed. It works best if each child brings their own drink for lunch as well. We have a microwave in our classroom to heat up food if need be.
Nap Time: We have nap time each day in TK. I don’t require the kiddos to sleep, but I do want them to lie down and turn off their brains during nap time. Our daily routine is exhausting for these little ones and they need some rest time to regain their brain power and physical strength. For nap time each child will need a crib sheet to cover their mat (that the school provides) and their favorite nap necessities: blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, etc.
Goals of Transitional Kindergarten:
-To provide opportunities for Christian learning of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through formal classes, devotions, and an informal living-learning environment.
-To provide opportunities and activities to help the child have a healthy self-concept which includes accepting themselves, their limitations, and their talents as God has blessed them with.
-To provide experiences and activities which will fulfill the child’s basic individual needs (spiritual, emotional, psychological, intellectual, and physical).