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The ABC’s of Ms. Cundiff’s


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A

is for attendance: Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial for his/her success. I can’t emphasize this point enough!!! Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it can be difficult to make up work at home. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency. If your child is going to absent please call the school office at 853-2933 in order to maintain an accurate attendance record for your child. When your child is absent please make sure to send a doctor’s note or reason for the absence. The school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:25. Your child will be marked tardy if they arrive after 7:45am. The school building does not open until 7:20; please do not drop your child off before 7:20 in the morning.

 

And for arrival: When your child arrives in the morning he or she will meet me in the gym for the first two weeks of school. After 2 weeks, we will transition students to finding the classroom independently in the mornings. We will let you know when to expect this change so you can talk to your child about what to do.

 



B

is for breakfast: Breakfast is FREE for everyone and will be available each day in the cafeteria. You may also pack breakfast for your child. We will go to breakfast as a class. This may change as the year progresses, but we will let you know if things change.

 

And for birthdays: Birthday’s are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class on his/her birthday. Pre-packaged treats are best and easiest. Please send a note or two in advance, so I can give you an exact number of children in our class and set aside some class time for the party. Due to allergies please avoid peanut products.

 

And for book orders: Your child will be bringing home a form to order books about once a month. If you wish to order you have two options: 1) simply fill out the form and send the correct amount of money (NO CHECKS please) in an envelope; 2) you may follow the directions included to order online. These orders are provided as a convenient way for parents to buy quality books for their child at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar that is spent on books, I earn bonus points that are used to purchase book for classroom use. This is a win-win situation because you get quality literature at a low price and you are helping provide quality literature for our classroom. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order.

 



C

is for communication: I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. We are a team working together for your child. Throughout the year I will communicate will you as much as possible. Students have a daily folder in which I will put any notes or reminders as well as your child’s work. This folder is to be reviewed and returned everyday and you may use it send me notes as well. Typically on Monday or Tuesday is when you will receive communication from the front office, flyers, calendars, important reminders etc. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can send me a note, call me at school 853-2933 or email me at kcundiff@rcps.info The quickest way to get in touch with me is by putting a note in your child’s folder, I check them every morning when students arrive!

 

And for conferences: Conferences are scheduled twice a year (November 4th and February 15th ). All parents are expected to attend. The dates will be announced in upcoming calendars. These conferences are planned to discuss you child’s progress and offer you ideas on how to help your child succeed. You are always welcome to schedule additional conferences by sending a note with your child or calling me.

 

And for calendars: A calendar with important dates and upcoming events will be sent home at the beginning of each month. It will contain information about school events and important events. The calendar will also help you keep track of what your child is studying each week so that you can reinforce these concepts at home.



D

Is for Dismissal: We have many students who have different ways of going home each day. Please make sure that you update any changes in the office and with me. Remember, I will always side with caution when it comes to sending your child home. After school, students who walk home must be met by a parent out side the front of the school building. Car riders will be called for by radio and escorted out to the parking lot side of the building. Those students who ride the bus are escorted to the buses by Kindergarten teachers. For the safety of your child and all the children at Monterey, we ask that you drop off and pick up students outside the building on the parking lot side where there is adult supervision. If for any reason you need to enter the school, we ask that you please enter through the doors by the office and pick up a visitor sticker. This helps alleviate any confusion between staff and visiting adults in the building. An adult must meet your child at the bus stop daily. If there is no one at the bus stop your child will be brought back to Monterey. Your child will only be released to the people you designate on the dismissal sheet or emergency card.

 

If you plan to pick up your child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you must send a written note. Please do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often get confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. Your child will only be released to the people you designate on the dismissal sheet or emergency card. So if these numbers change, it is very important for you to contact the school as soon as possible, in case of an emergency.

 

and class dojo: class dojo is a positive behavior system that will be used school wide this year. For Kindergarten, we will be introducing it by Sept. 14th. We will be sending more information home explaining Class Dojo before then. Please note it will be used a little differently than the other grades.



E

Is for Email: My email address is kcundiff@rcps.info You are welcome to email me at any time, but due to privacy issues I cannot respond about specific issues about your child. I can respond about upcoming events. But most likely I will respond via note or phone call.

 



F

is for folder: Each student is given a folder at the beginning of the year. Please check this folder daily! This is to be a communication tool between home and school. Students are to bring their folders home every night and return them to school every morning. Please write notes in it as needed. Show your child the importance of great communication! Please check it for your child’s homework, daily reading log, and any work we have completed. Items in the pocket labeled “Return to School” need to be filled out, signed, and returned to school as soon as possible in the folder.

 

is for fun: We have a lot of fun in Kindergarten including our daily specials. We have Guidance on Monday, Art on Tuesday, P.E. on Wednesday, Music on Thursday, and Library on Friday (we return library books on Friday morning). Please be aware that your child will NOT be allowed to participate in PE if they are not wearing tennis shoes, they may pack a pair in their book bag to change into)

 

and for Field Trips: We will go on approximately 4 field trips during Kindergarten. The pumpkin patch in the Fall (apx $10), the Taubman Art Museum in January (apx. $14), a play in February or March (apx $12) and the Transportation museum in May (FREE ). You are welcome to chaperone a field trip but be aware that there may be an additional cost. As soon as a field trip form comes home in your child’s folder, please return the form AND money ASAP! It helps makes everyone’s life easier the soon it gets turned in. Don’t forget that the form has a front and back and must be signed on both sides.



G

Is for great behavior: I have high expectations for your child and I know he or she will meet them. I use a variety of behavior management incentives in class. I will contact you if there is ever a concern about your child’s behavior. We want to set a good foundation for your child’s school years and one of the most important things your child will learn this year is what behavior is appropriate at school.

 

 

At the beginning of the day your child will begin their day on green, when I see them making great choices and being a model for behavior their clip can move up to blue and purple, rewards include extra computer time, prize box, being a special helper or positive notes home. If they are not making good choices and breaking our classroom rules I will give them 1 warning and then their clip moves down to yellow, orange and then red. Consequences include losing recess time, time out in or out of our classroom, silent lunch, notes or phone calls home, and visits to the office. An important part of your child’s year is learning appropriate behavior at school and so don’t be surprised if your child has yellow or orange days. You will hear from me either by note or phone call if your child is on Red and if they are consistently having orange days I will contact you. I have found that this color chart works as a good visual for the students. If you have any questions about our behavior plan, don’t hesitate to let me know.

 



H

Is for homework: Homework will be sent home nightly. This homework will be a brief review of what we are working on in class. The work is intended for them to complete by themselves, but you will need to be there to help them know what to do. If they struggle with it, then offer them help. If they continue to have problems please contact me. In addition to a quick nightly review your child will have sight words to review.

 



I

Is for Independence: Your Kindergartener is capable of doing many things on his or her own. Please encourage your child to always try his or her hardest, whether it be tying their shoes or learning new sight words. With 25 students in the class (referring to the last two years) it is impossible for me to do everything for everyone, so building independence is crucial. Let them try new tasks as it makes them feel proud of themselves and then they can help others. As parents and teachers we try to encourage and help, which is great, but remember to back away and let the students do the thinking. I will remind your child often that it is ok to make mistakes, that is what erasers are for!



J

is for Journal: We will keep daily journals throughout the year in reading. We will write about what we are learning, create our own stories and review books we read.



K

Is for Kindergarten of course! Kindergarten is a year full of milestones! You will see so much growth and change in your child this year. It is absolutely amazing to see how much they will accomplish this year. This huge growth is one of my favorite things about Kindergarten and I am excited to be on this journey with you!



L

Is for lunch: School lunch is FREE for every student. Your child may pack lunch or get school lunch. A monthly menu of hot lunches will be sent home. Children will be allowed to choose their own lunches from the offered selections. To help child in making this decision, you may want to review the selections with your child in the morning. You may pack both breakfast and lunch if you wish. Our lunch time is 12:05. You are welcome to eat with your child anytime, please stop by the office and sign in as a visitor before coming to the cafeteria.




M

Is for Money: On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school. Always send money in a sealed envelope or baggie with the following information written on it:

  • Your child’s first and last name
  • The amount of money
  • The purpose for the money (book money, lunch money, picture money, etc)
  • My name (Ms. Cundiff)



N

is for Newsletters: Each Monday you will receive a newsletter from me. It will tell you what we are learning about this week (this can be helpful with dinner conversations of “What did you do at school today?”), important reminders about upcoming events and a list of homework for the week. This is your weekly guide to what is happening in Kindergarten.


O

Is for Outside Recess; As long as time and weather allow it we will go outside for recess daily. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, including coat/hat/gloves in the winter and send your child in comfortable easy to walk in shoes. Tennis shoes are always the safest choice.




P

Is for Patience: Kindergarten can be rough the first few weeks at school. Everything is new and sometimes scary. Please be patient as we get our Kindergarteners trained on the rules and procedures for school. We will learn and grow together.

 

And for PTA: Our PTA does a great job supporting our students. They plan lots of fun events throughout the school year including the Pizza Pumpkin Palooza and the Spring Carnival. The cost to join the PTA is $5.00 per person, parents, grandparents etc can all join the more people that join, the more our PTA can do for our students. The PTA is always looking for parents who are able to volunteer at events, if your schedule allows please consider helping this great organization.

 



Q

is for Questions: If you ever have any questions about what is happening in school or something you child says has happened at school, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 853-2933. Please be aware that it can be difficult for me to return phone calls during the day, but I will return your call as soon as possible.

 

and quiet time: At the beginning of the year we will have a short “quiet time” as students adjust to our long and busy day! As the year progresses we will phase this time out of our day and fill it with learning! We will not be taking naps, please do not send blankets or pillows with your child.



R

is for READING! We will read, read, read and read some more! Your child will be working daily in small group at his or her own instructional level, reviews with independent reading practice centers, write to reinforce more reading skills, learn LOTS of sight words, learn to sound out and spell simple words, and by May you will see your child reading independently. You can help this process by reviewing sight words each night with your child and reading each night with your child. ( I will be sending home a list of sight words) Please return you child’s weekly reading log each day, and I will send home a new book. Your child will earn special prizes for all the books he or she reads.




S

Is for snack: The kindergarten schedule has a morning snack time built in. Our lunch time is later (12:05) and the morning is long. Please send a small snack with your child daily. Ideas include snack crackers, pudding cups or fruit. DO NOT send in candy or a soda, these are not great things to have at 9:45/10:00 am in the morning and I will send them home. Please send your child’s snack in a clearly labeled baggie with their name on it. In order to avoid confusing snacks with lunches, please send the snack in a separate bag or lunch box clearly labeled “snack”. Please check to make sure your child can open the things you pack, it can be difficult for me to get around and open 25 juice boxes in a 15 minute snack time. If you happen across a good bargain at the grocery store we can always use extra snacks in case someone forgets!. Any help is always appreciated!

 

And sight words: During our Kindergarten year we will be working to learn 100 sights words. Sight words are words that typically cannot be sounded out and your child should learn to recognize and read instantly. This will make beginning reading so much easier. Please make sure to review sight words nightly (they are a part of their homework packet). At the end of the year students who know 100 sight words will participate in an ice cream party.

 

 




T

Is for Teacher- that’s me! My name is Kirsten Cundiff and this is my third year at Monterey. I attended Radford University. In my free time I love to cook, bake, travel, and spend time with family and friends. I love my job and can’t wait for a great year at Monterey.



U

is for unfinished work: There are times in class when we will not finish our work. Sometimes we just don’t have time to complete everything in class. Please finish at home. If you are ever concerned with the amount of unfinished work you see coming home please feel free to contact me. If your child does not finish work because of behavior I will send it home with a note and ask that you return it, completed, the next day.



V

Is for Volunteering: If you are interested in volunteering to assist in the class with parties, go on field trips, help with prep work (cutting, making copies etc) please let me know. We can always use volunteers.



W

Is for work: We will work hard and play hard in Kindergarten. I expect your child to listen and follow directions when it is time to work so that we can enjoy ourselves when it is time to play. Please help your child understand how important it is to listen while the teacher is talking!



X

is for eXperience: Kids come to Kindergarten with many different experiences. Some have preschool and some don’t. Some know their alphabet and some don’t. This is OK and expected, so please don’t worry about if your child is ahead or behind. I will set high expectations for your child and he or she will work hard to meet them. You will be amazed at how much you will see your child change this year.



Y

Is for your child: Thank you for sharing your child with me each day, I hope that we can work together to give your child an incredible year! You know your child better than anyone; please do not hesitate to call or send a note if you have questions or concerns. It is also helpful if you keep me informed about changes going on at home or with your child. Stress at home, new siblings, illnesses in the family, even changes in after school care can all lead to behavior problems in class very quickly. Keeping me informed helps me keep your child happy, healthy, and safe.



Z

is for ZZZZZ’s: Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night to be productive the next day. We have a very busy schedule and a lot to learn and your child will not be napping during the day.