Hello Kindergarten Families!

    I hope you are enjoying this last bit of summer! In preparation for the upcoming school year, I have the following information to help you plan. 

    On the first day of school, kindergarten parents escort their child to his/her classroom.  Kindergarten students are scheduled to arrive at 10:00AM, one hour after the upper grade levels.  Please do not send your child to school on the bus on the first day. Instead, please bring your child to school and walk your child to the classroom where we will get to meet, and you will help your child get settled.  Orientation will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. During this time, I will review school and classroom procedures and have you double check important information.  After my talk, it is time for you to say goodbye to your child (at about 11:00 a.m.).  Your child and I will spend the remainder of the school day settling into our new routine! 
    ***Please make sure to bring your photo ID to the building and be prepared to show it to our greeter in order to obtain access to the school.  This is for the safety of the children!***
    PLEASE NOTE: Half of the class will come to school on Tuesday, September 4th.  (The following day these children have NO school).  The other half of the class will not have school on Tuesday but will come on Wednesday, September 5th.  ALL kindergarten students report to school on Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th.  You will receive a letter in the mail from the school office telling you if your child is scheduled to come on Tuesday or Wednesday.
    There is a list of supplies that all kindergarten teachers ask you to provide for use throughout the school year.  You will probably want to bring these items on the first day, as it is a lot for a kindergartener to carry alone!    
    On the first day, your child will be coming home with a "bus tag" around his/her neck. It will have vital information (your child's name, classroom number, teacher name, etc.) It is EXTREMELY important that your child wears his/her name tag TO school EVERYDAY especially during the first few weeks.  One thing this tag does is alerts our staff that your child is a kindergartner so we can provide him/her with help in getting to the classroom.  It also helps us get all of the children to the correct place at dismissal time.  YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS MY UTMOST PRIORITY!  Thank you for your cooperation with this! 
    PLEASE pack 1 HEALTHY SNACK for your child daily.  We have a snack break each day in addition to a lunch period.  We do insist on "healthy" snacks.  If you are not sure what constitutes a healthy snack, please click here for ideas!  Snacks must be sent from home, however students do have the opportunity to buy lunch at school.  If your child is bringing a lunch from home, we have found that labeling foods with an "S" for snacks and "L" for lunch is helpful!  You can also place a sticker on the snack items to help your child figure out which items are meant for snack, rather than lunch.  Some parents also prefer to place the snacks in the school bag and lunch in a lunch box.  Since the lunch routine can take a little getting used to, I do suggest that you pack your child's lunch until they are comfortable with the routine.  
    Dismissal begins at 3:20 PM and your child will be escorted to his or her bus line, with their bus tag on. PLEASE REVIEW WITH YOUR CHILD HIS/HER BUS NUMBER. If you plan on picking up your child by car, we have a "valet pick up" procedure. Cars begin to line up in front of Pine Road at 2:45/3:00 PM.  Please allow extra time if you are planning on picking up your kindergarten student by car.  Also,the buses can be slow during those first few days. Please be patient. Keeping your child's dismissal routine as consistent as possible benefits your child tremendously! You will be amazed how quickly everyone adapts to the new school routines!  
    If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at efahy@lmtsd.org!  
    I look forward to meeting you on the first day!
    Erin Fahy