Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by wannateachintx, Aug 3, 2009.
Aug 3, 2009
Wondering what you put in the Beginning of School Packet.
Woot! Another Kinder teacher with the same question I have. I'll stand by for the answer along with you. I am thinking of making a brochure but I'm not sure what to put in it yet. Otherwise, I don't have a clue.
These are things that I put in their folders for the parents.
Our daily schedule
Behavior chart and explanation
Explanation of BEE folders
ABC's of Kindergarten - each letter stands of something, like A is for absent and I explain that the child will need a note when they return to school.
Explanation of our Priority Mail books and Homework Calendar
I feel like I am leaving something out. HTH
Aug 4, 2009
I don't give my parents a packet on Meet the Teacher night. I just give them a short introductory note that explains the most important things they need to know immediately-where to drop off/pick up, start and end times, breakfast and lunch info, reminder to send a towel for rest time and an extra set of clothes...
We have a curriculum night the second or third week of school. That is when I give them the other things-class handbook, reading log info, Thursday folder explanations-so that I can over each one in person.
This is what I have put in their for the past two years. I usually put in quite a bit because a lot of my parents are new to all of the school procedure:
birthdays (I also add that if they their child is having a birthday party and they want their child to pass out invitations, they must invite everyone in the classs because it causes a lot of hurt feelings. If they don't want to invite everyone, they can give the invitations to the parents)
time to drop off students
that month's lunch menu
I explain our holiday parties and how room mothers are picked
how scholastic books orders are handled
what to do when their child is absent
how to send money or checks to school with their child
That's all I can remember right now. My copy is saved at work.
We have a Welcome to Kindergarten letter that is given to each parent when they register that covers alot of the basics, so my packet isn't too big. One thing I like to put in is a handwriting sheet, showing the correct way to form the letters and a sentence strip with their child's name written correctly. This is a big help, since so many parents have no clue! A copy of our schedule, my discipline plan, and a basic K curriculum guide (from our county).
Spunkyteacher - What are your Priority Mail Books?
That is what we call our leveled books that they students take home to practice reading. We use the priority mail folders you can get at the post office (for FREE) as the book's envelope. We just call them Priority Mail Books to give them a special name.
Aug 5, 2009
Hmm...I'm going to have to check that out!!! FREE is ALWAYS good!:thumb:
What a fun idea! Thanks!
Separate names with a comma.