WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey that was recently sent to you. This was really helpful and know that many of you had the same questions, concerns, and wonderings. This newsletter houses A LOT of information related specifically to Kindergarten and also more general information related to Rose Glen. Some information you may need right now and some might be good for a little later in the year. Many of you have signed up for the Kindergarten Jump Start on August 17th. This will provide your child with the opportunity to experience Kindergarten with the teachers. Additionally, we would welcome families to join us at 11:30 for an informal Question and Answer time with the teachers and the principal. We know there are always questions and we want to be able to offer time to ask any questions and get to know the Kindergarten staff.
General School Information
The first day of school is Wednesday, September 1st! School starts at 8:40 AM and ends at 3:40 PM.
The link below has the School District of Waukesha calendar. In the weekly school newsletters we will also be sharing Upcoming Events for our school. This will always be at the end of the newsletter and available for your reference. This will include the dates of PTO Meetings, Professional Development Days, and other upcoming events.
Cathe is our extraordinary Administrative Assistant here at Rose Glen! She is always more than happy to help and will be able to answer the majority of questions that you have regarding all things Rose Glen. If she doesn't know the answer she will find out or direct you to the person that can provide you with the information. She responds promptly to both voicemail and email.
Phone Number: 262.970.2405
Jean is our Health Assistant at Rose Glen. She is most likely the one who will be calling you if your child is sick or gets injured at school. Jean is also more than willing to assist with any health concerns that you might have. If your child has food allergies then please contact Jean so that we ensure that we have the correct plans in place to support your child. Also see information health information below related to medication forms and procedures. Jean is also responsible for attendance.
Phone Number: 262.970.2415
It is an honor to serve as the principal of this building and it is a privilege to land in such a wonderful community. Rose Glen is truly a special place and I just love being here. If you have any concerns, ideas, questions, etc. throughout the year then please feel free to reach out and I am more than happy to listen and problem-solve as needed. If you have any specific information you would like to share regarding your child before the start of the school year then please reach out as I am more than happy to connect!
Phone Number: 262.970.2410
Rose Glen Kindergarten Teaching Staff
Hello! I am so excited to be back in kindergarten! Last year I taught second grade virtually for the district. In my 20 years at Rose Glen I have taught many grades, but kindergarten has always had a special place in my heart. Being a part of these little learners growth throughout the year is truly an honor. I look forward to getting to know all of my new students and their families. My own two children attend Rose Glen as well. Kylee will be a fifth grader and Owen a first grader. Rose Glen truly is an amazing place to be! Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.
Phone Number: 262.970.2453
Hello and welcome to kindergarten at Rose Glen! My name is Beth Anne Krahn and I have been a kindergarten teacher here for many years. I truly enjoy guiding my young learners in their learning, growth and independence throughout the year and am looking forward to meeting our new kindergartners and their families. In addition to being a teacher, my husband and I are the parents of 4 boys. Our oldest is heading off to college this month, so I understand and am feeling the mixed emotions that come with 'sending your child off' on a new adventure. Please always feel free to reach out at any time.
Phone Number: 262.970.2451
Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Kaitlyn Meier. You may have heard of me as "Ms. Miszewski" around the streets of Rose Glen, but I was finally able to get married this past Spring so you can now call me "Mrs. Meier" (which is a whole lot easier to say anyways). This will be my 8th year teaching at Rose Glen. I have taught 1st & 2nd grade in addition to Kindergarten. This school year will be filled with lots of learning, lots of fun, and lots of new experiences! I cannot wait to get the year started. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.
Phone Number: 262.970.1408
Weekly Smore Newsletter:
You will receive a school newsletter each week via email. This is why it is critical to ensure that your email is updated within IC. We want to make sure that you receive this newsletter with important information. Starting in August you should receive an "Eagle Update" each Monday. If you are not receiving the newsletter then please contact the office. Grade levels also have a newsletter that will be shared with families on Friday. The grade level newsletters will come out approximately two times per month. Again, you will receive an email with all of the grade level newsletters.
Our fabulous PTO maintains our Facebook page. They are highly responsive and pro-active. Our Facebook page will also include our school and grade level newsletters. Therefore, this is another great place to check and see if you are receiving the newsletters as they will be posted on Facebook. PTO also pulls critical information from the newsletter and will post frequently. This is also a great place to check for upcoming events, snow cancellations, etc. You can find us at Rose Glen PTO Facebook.
Another resource for families is our school website. Lots of information for you on our website. Be sure to take a look so that you become familiar with what resources are available to you on the website. Rose Glen School Website
SDW & COVID-19
We hope you are having a wonderful summer. We wanted to provide you with an update on how the School District of Waukesha will address Covid-19 in our schools during the 2021-22 school year.
On May 12, 2021, the Board removed most of the Covid-19 mitigation measures that it had previously implemented on July 30, 2020. As a result of this decision, the District did not experience an increase in the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases among students or staff. As of the drafting of this letter, vaccines have been available for educators for nearly four months, and nearly a month for students aged 12 and over.
Going forward, the District will follow a mask optional approach to Covid-19. Students will not be required to pre-screen in the mornings, we will not limit classes moving from one room to another, elementary students will have specials (art, music, physical education) in their designated classrooms and visitors/volunteers will again be allowed in our schools.
We will continue to clean our schools daily to ensure students are returning to school each day to a clean learning environment. Further, we will continue to monitor Covid-19 spread in our schools and community and we will update our website to show the number of students and staff who test positive for Covid-19. In January, 2021, the Board approved a set of transition criteria that would trigger a board meeting should 6 of 8 benchmarks be met. At such a meeting, our administration would provide an update to the Board on the status of the criteria and would make recommendations to the board regarding possible mitigation measures that the District could implement to address. This process will continue for next school year.
At the District Policy Committee meeting on June 15, 2021, the topic of vaccinations and testing were discussed. At this meeting, administration shared that we would not be requiring vaccinations for participating in in-person learning or any activities that are district sponsored. Further, the administration shared that we will not be providing on-site Covid testing or providing on-site vaccination clinics for eligible students. As with all vaccinations, we hold that this is a family decision, not a District decision to be vaccinated or to be tested for Covid-19. If families choose to vaccinate, the summer months provide an excellent opportunity due to the two-shot requirement for the vaccine.
To support families in their choice to have a learning environment suitable for the family’s beliefs or needs, we are offering face-to-face instruction at all of our schools. We have expanded 4-year old kindergarten at eAchieve so families who prefer virtual learning will have access to a robust learning opportunity in grades 4K-12.
As always, it is the priority of the School District of Waukesha to provide a comprehensive education to your children and to maximize our time together. We know that last school year had disruptions and inconsistencies. The 2021-22 school year brings many opportunities for us to come together, extend the learning of our students and reestablish the great culture in our schools that includes parents and volunteers being present throughout the week.
Have a great summer,
Dr. Joseph Koch Dr. James Sebert
Deputy Superintendent Superintendent of Schools
Infinite Campus (IC)
Tuesday, August 17th :
4K and Kdgn. Jump Start / Supply Drop Off for 4K & Kdgn only - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24th:
Picture Day for All Students and Supply Drop Off for All Students - 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 25th:
during Open House/Meet Your Teacher - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Please label all of your child’s personal belongings such as backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles and jackets.
We strongly encourage you to also label each individual crayon, pencil, colored pencil and marker. When supplies are found on the floor (which as you can imagine, is quite often) it is much easier to return them to the owner when items are labeled with a name. Labeling each of your child's items may also help cut down on the number of times you will need to replace your child's supplies throughout the year. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.
Lunch time is a fun time for our kindergarten friends! They really enjoy the social part and the opportunity to be with new friends. In the beginning this can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge for kindergarteners because they get so caught up in the fun that they forget to eat! The adults supervising will continue to encourage students to eat but do not be surprised in the beginning if your child is coming home with food that you pack.
We HIGHLY encourage you to pack a cold lunch the first couple of weeks of school. This allows your child to get into the groove and the expectations of lunchtime. After the first two weeks we will introduce the school lunch process. We also understand that we will have students who take school lunch right away. This is not a problem and we will make it work! We have just found it to be an easier way to transition at the start of the year if students bring a lunch from home.
School lunch is $2.55 per day which includes milk. A single milk is $.40 and reduced lunch is $.40. Lunch payment can be made by check sent to school with your child or paid electronically through your parent portal in Infinite Campus.
In order to access your child's bus route information you need to login to your Waukesha School District Infinite Campus parent portal account. You would have set up a user name and password when you registered your children for Kindergarten.
BUS ROUTE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN YOUR PARENT PORTAL.
*please note that this will not be in Infinite Campus until closer to the start of the
school year when the district's transportation plans are complete.
To find your child's bus route information:
- Log into your Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal.
- Along the left side (black background), click More.
- In the middle section (white background), click Transportation (you will not see a Transportation section at this time; it will not be available until closer to the start of the school year)
- Under Bus Detail you will find the morning bus # , pick up location and pick up time as well as the afternoon bus #, drop off location and drop off time.
There is a form available on the Rose Glen website (link: Transportation to Alternate Location Request Form) if you need to change your child’s bus due to child care. This is needed even if your child will be attending the Lawrence Center for before or after school care. Please complete the form and send it in as soon as possible because at the beginning of the school year, changes can take up to 14 days to take effect due to the large volume of scheduling. If you can submit it prior to school starting there is a much better chance that your child’s schedule will be set by the time school starts.
Before and After School Care
Cool School Program Link:
Before and After School Specifics for Kindergarten
Our goal is to ensure a smooth transition for your child as he/she enters the building at the beginning of the day and exits the building at the end of the day.
Beginning of the Day - Bus: If your child will be a bus rider this year, we highly encourage your Kindergartener to take the bus the first day of school. This allows your child to get into a groove right away and know what to expect moving forward. We will have multiple adults helping to assist our new students for the first weeks of school and we will make sure that our kindergarteners get to the right spots as they exit off the bus.
End of the Day - Bus: At the beginning of the year we spend a lot of time with our kindergarten friends getting them ready to board the buses at the end of the day. We intentionally load the 4K and kindergarten students first so that we can make sure the students are all on the correct bus and ready to leave at the end of the day. Eventually they become more independent and know how to get to their bus.
Drop-Off: See below for specific information related to drop-off for those who will not be taking the bus. For those who are not in 4K or do not utilize the bus we have Walkers' Circle on the side of the building. Students should not arrive at school prior to at 8:30 AM as there is no supervision. We recommend dropping your child off between 8:30 and 8:40 AM. You may not drop your child off before this time. If you would like to walk your child up the hill then please park on the road and not within the circle. We understand at the beginning you may want to ensure that they get up the hill. It is quite a big hill for some of our littlest learners!
Pick-Up: See below for specific information related to pick-up for those who will not be taking the bus. Please know that we have an adult who walks the kindergarten students down the hill at the end of the day. We try to walk the kindergarten students down first at the beginning of the year so that they get use to the process. We have noticed that many kindergarten families will come a little earlier, park on the road and meet their student on the grassy area along the hill. This is ok as we want you to feel comfortable with the process. Please do not park in the circle if you wish to wait in the grassy area for your child. This will cause a lot of honking of horns and traffic hold-ups in the circle. There will be at least two adults down there and a child is never left down at the hill. If you are running late we will simply walk your child back up the hill and they can wait at the office until your arrival. There will always be supervision. It will probably be a little confusing at first. It will get easier and your will get in a groove quickly as the year continues!
Park and Recreation "Cool School" Before and After School Care:
At the beginning of the day Park and Recreation will make sure that your child gets to their classroom. At the end of the day the kindergarten teachers will make sure that they get to Park and Recreation. The meeting spot is in the school gym.
Changes in Pick-Up: A consistent dismissal schedule is beneficial for all. Please remember that your child's teacher is responsible for ensuring that approximately 25 students go to the right place at the end of the day. We also know that life happens and an occasional change might need to take place. Please notify your child's teacher with as much advance notice as possible if there does need to be a change. Additionally, if a change in your child's dismissal comes up during the school day, please call the office prior to 3:00 to notify us of the change. When the change is made the day of, it is very important that you notify the office. A teacher may not get to their voicemail or email prior to the end of the day and we want to make sure that your child gets where they need to go at the end of the day. We request that you contact us prior to 3:00 if possible because the office becomes a very busy place at the end of the day!
Rose Glen is a relatively large elementary school. Each year we typically have 11 busses bringing our students to and from school each day. Unfortunately, we have a relatively small parking lot to handle the before and after school traffic that is present daily. Therefore, it is critical that we all work together to follow the established procedures for pick-up and drop-off. When we all follow the established the procedures everything flows really well and safety is maintained! Most students at Rose Glen take the bus to and from school each day. If your child is being dropped off and picked up each day then below we have the following procedures. Also know that our procedures will always be available to you in our weekly Smore Newsletter.
To ensure that we are creating the safest environment and procedures possible for morning drop-off.
To ensure that all Rose Glen community members are aware of the current drop-off procedures.
CIDER HILLS CROSSING:
A crosswalk has been added to provide a safe pathway for families from Rose Glen to the Cider Hills neighborhood. Additionally, STOP signs have also been added to slow cars down and to ensure that families are able to cross without having to worry about on-coming traffic. These STOP signs will be activated from 8:25-8:40 and 3:30-3:50.
General Drop-Off Procedures:
Walkers' Circle is the horseshoe shaped entrance and exit located on the side of the building. All cars should enter through the ENTRANCE ONLY of Walkers' Circle to drop children off.
There is NO PARKING IN WALKERS’ CIRCLE. It is intended for fluid drop-off of children. Please exit quickly and cautiously. Be mindful that others are waiting to drop-off and unnecessary stopping causes delays and interferes with the purpose of Walkers Circle.
Cars can exit and turn left from the left lane or turn right from the right lane. NO U-Turns, no Y-Turn, no backing up and out through the entrance, or using the neighborhood cul-de-sac. Traffic either goes right or left out of the circle.
Children should use the sidewalk of Walkers’ Circle to walk to the hill. No children should be seen leaving the car from the driver’s side of the car. All children exiting the car should leave from the passenger side of the car.
Cars should pull up on the right side of the Walkers’ Circle.
- No cars should use the left lane of Walkers’ Circle to park or drop-off children. This lane will be open so that cars can safely pull into the left side for left turn exiting purposes.
- If you want to walk your child up the hill in the morning please do not park in the circle. Please pull ahead and park on the road. This will allow Walkers' Circle to keep moving.
- No parking on Brookhill Drive that runs parallel to Walkers’ Circle (the grassy part of the Walkers’ Circle). This will allow cars turning both left and right to have a clear view of oncoming traffic. Cars that park next to grass area closest to the Walkers’ Circle create a blindspot. Therefore, moving forward we would like to reduce this risk and make this a No Parking Zone.
To ensure that we are creating the safest environment and procedures possible for afternoon pick-up.
To ensure that all Rose Glen community members are aware of the current pick-up procedures.
CIDER HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD CROSSING!
A crosswalk has been added to provide a safe pathway for families from Rose Glen to the Cider Hills neighborhood. Additionally, STOP signs have also been added to slow cars down and to ensure that families are able to cross without having to worry about on-coming traffic. These STOP signs will be activated from 8:25-8:40 and 3:30-3:50. If you live in the Cider Hills neighborhood a teacher or staff member will escort your child and cross them to the neighborhood. Please contact us prior to school starting if your child will be utilizing the Cider Hills crosswalk . This will allow us to connect with them prior to the end of the day and ensure that we have all the students that we will be walking across to the neighborhood. We want them to know the plan and be comfortable with the end of the day procedures.
General Pick-Up Procedures:
All cars should enter through the ENTRANCE ONLY to pick children up.
There is NO PARKING IN WALKERS’ CIRCLE. It is intended for fluid pick-up of children. Please exit quickly and cautiously. Be mindful that others are waiting to pick-up and unnecessary stopping causes delays and interferes with the purpose of Walkers Circle.
Cars can exit and turn left from the left lane or turn right from the right lane. NO U-Turns, no Y-Turn, no backing up and out through the entrance, or using the neighborhood cul-de-sac. Traffic either goes right or left out of the circle.
Children should use the sidewalk of Walkers’ Circle to walk to enter the car. No children should be seen entering the car from the driver’s side of the car. All children entering the car should be seen entering from the passenger side of the car.
Do not park in the neighborhood cul-de-sac. There are already signs posted and we need to adhere to these posted signs out of respect for our neighbors.
Cars only use the right side of the Walkers’ Circle.
No cars should use the left lane of Walkers’ Circle to pick children up. This lane will be open so that cars can safely pull into the left side for left turn exiting purposes.
No parking on Brookhill Drive that runs parallel to Walkers’ Circle (the grassy part of the Walkers’ Circle). This will allow cars turning both left and right to have a clear view of oncoming traffic. Cars that park next to grass area closest to the Walkers’ Circle create a blindspot. Therefore, we would like to reduce this risk and make this a No Parking Zone.
As you use Walkers Circle, it is important to be mindful of keeping the flow going. Drive forward as cars exit. With the left lane open for traffic, then cars should be able to navigate safely and easily out of the Circle. No student will be allowed to enter or cross the circle to get in a vehicle if the vehicle is parked in the left lane.
It is important that cars do not park at the entrance of the hill on Brookhill. This is critical to keeping flow into the circle moving. If a car cannot get into the Circle because another car has chose to park, then the whole flow of the Circle is stopped or slowed down. With these changes we should anticipate that there might be a longer line up Brookhill to get into the Walkers Circle. As kids are picked up in the Circle, then cars will be able to enter from Brookhill to also pick up.
Anticipate that it might take a few extra minutes. A lot of thought has been put into how we can create the safest pick-up possible. Remember that the ultimate goal is child safety. Patience is key during this time of day.
My child has special health concerns. What should I do?
Please discuss the concerns with your child’s kindergarten teacher. It is important for her to know about allergies or any other health issues that may affect your child’s school experience. The teacher may direct you to discuss the problem with the principal, health room assistant, or our school district nurse. A health care plan may be completed to address specific needs.
Will my child need to pay any fees?
Yes. You will receive an email from the school district over the summer when online registration is available through our Infinite Campus system. Parents are able to complete all necessary forms and pay fees online. Fees for 20-21 will be $60.00 for K-5 school fees and $25.00 per student (K-5) for a technology fee for the iPad use.
Do children bring a daily snack?
Please send a small, healthy, easy to eat snack with your child each day. This snack should also be peanut-free and nut-free for at least the first week of school. Your child’s teacher will send home more information about snacks once school begins. (Some classrooms may be peanut-free and nut-free all year long.)
*If your child has any food allergies, please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible.
Your child is also encouraged to bring water (in a reusable water bottle) to school each day. Send ONLY water, no other beverage please.
What if I have other questions?
Just ask. We’re to help you and your child. Contact us whenever you have a question, suggestion, or concern. Communication with you is very important. Let us know how we can help.
Kindergarten Curriculum & Resources
Additionally, your child will go to Art, Music, and PE class. Kindergarten students also go to recess two times a day for approximately 20 minutes. Play is also critical to kindergarten and is built into the daily schedule as well.
To support Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) we implement the Second Step Curriculum. Below is a link to the Second Step Program and what your child will be learning throughout the school year. We will also be developing a school goal around Second Step and Social-Emotional Learning so stay tuned for more information!
Too Sick for School
Too Sick for School Guidelines
Deciding when to keep a sick child home from school can be a difficult decision. To help identify illnesses in our schools, parents/guardians are encouraged to report their child’s specific symptoms when calling in sick to the health room at their child’s school. Voice messages can be left for our health room assistants 24 hours a day on a confidential voicemail.
A child with a temperature of 100.0 degrees F or higher should not be at school.
A child should be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication (Tylenol/acetaminophen, Aleve/ibuprofen) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
If your child has other symptoms such as a rash, skin lesions, sore throat or coughing are present, notify your healthcare provider to discuss the need for medical follow up.
Common Respiratory Illnesses
(these can include Influenza, Pertussis, Common Cold, Croup)
Children with cold symptoms such as minor throat irritation & stuffy/runny nose without a fever should not have to miss school.
If a child has severe cold symptoms (hacking/harsh cough, a very runny nose and/or thick, colored nasal drainage) may need medical attention. Contact your health care provider to determine if your child needs to be seen for evaluation.
A child with a very painful sore throat, white spots on the back of the throat, high fever, rash, stomach ache and/or headache should stay home from school and be seen by a health care provider to rule out a possible infection.
If diagnosed with strep throat the child must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours and be fever free without fever reducing medications before returning to school.
Hand, Foot and Mouth/Fifth Disease
A child with hand, foot, and mouth disease is most contagious during the first week of illness. Talk with your healthcare provider about when your child may return to school.
Ear Infection/Ear Pain
Children should stay home until fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours. Please notify healthcare provider to discuss the need for medical follow up.
Vomiting, Diarrhea, Stomach Ache
(illnesses may include gastroenteritis, salmonella, rotavirus)
If your child has had more than one episode of diarrhea or vomiting, please keep your child out of school until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours. An exception may be made if diarrhea or vomiting are associated with an ongoing medical issue diagnosed by a physician.
Contact your health care provider if your child has a stomach ache that is severe enough to limit or restrict activity.
If your child has an unusual rash (may or may not be associated with a fever), keep your child at home until you have discussed the rash with your health care provider to determine if medical care is needed.
Symptoms can include crusty, sticky, itchy, red eyes which may or may not have thick drainage.
Please contact your child’s doctor if your child has any of the following symptoms: eye drainage that comes back every 30 minutes (or more often) after wiping the eye clear, if there is swelling and redness of the area around the eye (below or above), or an eye that is stuck together in the morning. If these symptoms are present, follow up with health care provider is needed prior to returning to school.
These skin conditions can be contagious rashes in children and require treatment by a medical professional prior to returning to school.
These can look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage present.
Students should stay home for 24 hours and/or until area is not draining or can be covered safely.
Other skin conditions such as eczema, heat rashes, bug bites and allergic reactions are not infectious, and a child may come to school with them.
Other Contagious/Nuisance Diseases
If your child has been diagnosed with a nuisance infestation/disease such as head lice or scabies, he/she may return to school after treatment has been completed. Please contact your health care provider for instruction if you suspect your child needs treatment.
Handwashing - This link to Center for Disease Control (CDC) has many helpful tips for preventing spread of disease(s) through handwashing: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Regular handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Medications: If your child needs to take medications in school, including prescription OR over the counter remedies such as Tylenol or cough drops, the School District requires the following information:
For Prescription Medications: An authorization form must be completed and signed by both a licensed health care provider and a parent and must be on file in the health room before medication can be given. The following is a link to the form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A0pK-6vYP7ydUaWOdtcfE0MVghZoOaocukjgIQ7g9ao4S6_DyN1hEKc3vIyVZ-kcOsPJo4cvmDx8U7ny/view
For Over-the-Counter Medications: An authorization form must be completed and signed by a parent and must be on file in the health room before medication can be given. Medications that have exceeded their expiration date cannot be administered. The following is a link to the form:
Medications must be delivered to the school by an adult and in the original manufacturer or pharmacy-labeled container.
7/24/2018: Guidelines reviewed by District Medical Advisor