Silverdale Baptist Academy

May 4, 2016

Top Questions for Kindergarten Parents

Is there a Kindergarten phase-in?

Yes, there is a Kindergarten phase-in so that teachers and students get to know each other in a small group. Parents will be notified as to which day their child is to report for phase-in. It takes 3 days to complete phase-in and then all Kindergartners report on the 4th day of school.

What are Kindergarten school hours?

School hours for Kindergartners are the same as all elementary grades (8:00 - 2:40). Students can arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 and we dismiss from 2:40 - 3:00.

What does a typical day in the life of a Kindergartner look like?

During the course of the day, Kindergartners move in and out of the classroom to special classes, recess, break times, and lunch. During the week, the class goes to music twice, physical education, computer or science lab, library, and art. Most academics occur in the morning hours while recess and rest time take place after lunch. No matter what Kindergarten is doing, it is fun-filled and hands-on. We know that children learn best when they are active, so movement and exercise is a very important component to our program.

How do we determine what class a child is placed in?

In Kindergarten, we look at boy/girl ratio and preschool teacher recommendations when possible.

What is the average class size in Kindergarten?

Our class sizes run on the average of 15 students per classroom. The students have 5 extra-curricular teachers also.

Do the Kindergartners go to chapel?

Our Kindergartners love going to chapel weekly with our elementary student body. They participate in our active and exciting worship time and each class writes and presents a chapel program on our selected theme of the year. Parents are always invited to attend and participate.

Do we follow Common Core standards?

We make sure our curriculum covers the Tennessee State Standards but we do not use the Common Core curriculum. We believe our curriculum exceeds both Common Core and Tennessee State Standards.

What method is used to teach Kindergarten mathematics?

Our Mathematics program is Saxon Math. It is a traditional spiraling curriculum, which means the students are always reviewing past concepts as they go deeper into each math discipline.

What method is used to teach Kindergarten reading?

Our reading program consists of a strong multi-sensory phonics program (Wilson Phonics) and a guided reading approach where students are reading on their level and progressing at their own pace.

What skills are expected of a child entering Kindergarten?

The most important readiness skill is a child’s maturity. We are proponents of “better late than early” and making sure that a child is ready for this next step. It is helpful if the child has been exposed to their letters and numbers and has some general knowledge of one-to-one correspondence.

What kind of discipline policy is in place for Kindergarten?

Our discipline policy is spelled out in detail in our student/parent handbook. However, parents and teachers form a partnership in every area but especially in the area of discipline. If there are any issues at school, the teacher will contact you for help in working through those issues. Communication is key!

Is there a nap time for Kindergarten?

Wouldn’t we all be better off if we could take a quick rest in the afternoon? There is a 30 minute Kindergarten rest time but the children do not have to sleep - just rest. However, it is not uncommon, especially early in the year, for the children to take a nice long snooze and that’s okay too.

What does drop off and pick up look like?

Elementary carline enters the campus from Silverdale Road and progresses around the building in front of Entrance #7 and ends past the back portico. Morning carline runs as one line and afternoon carline is a double line. Carline rules and regulations for safety will be published on our website and we will go over them during our orientation.

What are our security measures on the campus?

Our security involves both proactive and reactive measures. Our doors are pass coded. The classroom doors are locked at all times. The students participate in monthly and regular fire, tornado and lock down drills. We have over 60 cameras throughout the buildings and grounds. We follow a crisis management policy manual.

What are our bullying policies?

We deal with aggression and bullying, both proactively and reactively. We use a faith-based bullying curriculum in Grades K-5 where we teach both conflict resolution and how to deal with this issue as a victim and bystander. We have multiple ways to be informed by students, teachers and parents. Each school level has specific disciplinary measures that they take when dealing with bullying issues. Parents are an integral part of the process as we seek to deal with all parties involved.

How often are parent/teacher conferences?

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice per year. However, consistent communication is what is needed to form a school/home partnership.

How will I be informed of my child's progress and how often?

Graded papers come home weekly for the parent’s information. Progress reports are issued during the middle of each grading period. Report cards are issued every 9 weeks. Again, these documents should not contain surprises for parents if good communication has been maintained.

What are teacher/staff requirements?

All teachers must maintain certification with the Association of Christian Schools International and/or with the state agency. Teachers and staff must have a clear Christian testimony and involvement in their local church. They must feel a call to christian ministry and maintain a moral lifestyle along with passing a background check. They must pass the interview process that is conducted by teachers and administration. Those applying for teaching positions are asked to teach a sample lesson while being evaluated by our staff. They must also abide by standards set forth in our policy manual.

How can parents get involved?

There are multiple ways for parents to get involved at the Academy - from assisting teachers with paperwork or supervision to serving on school committees. Parents are welcome and appreciated at SBA!