Kindergarten News You Can Use

August 25, 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are excited about our graduating class of 2030 and we feel honored to be a part of their learning adventure! We have had a wonderful first week of school meeting new friends, learning where to find the restrooms, cafeteria, library, gym, music class, nurse's office and the playground! We have learned new songs, read new books and made new friends. Learning expectations and rules were integrated into our classroom discussions and will continue to be a focus. We hope your child has shared some of their learning with you!


Our kindergarten newsletter will be emailed to you each week. Our goal is to keep you informed about the learning taking place in the classroom. We will use the email addresses provided in your child's Skyward account. If you would prefer to use an email address other than the ones provided, please send this information to your child's teacher. We are looking forward to working with you to help your child be as successful as possible! This is going to be a great year!

Events to Remember

Join Bransford's PTA

Our PTA is one of only eleven PTA organizations in Texas that was recently recognized for having a PTA member for every student enrolled at Bransford! We hope to reach this goal again this year! If you would like to join B.E.S.T. PTA, visit www.joinpta.org.


Every Friday of the School Year is a Bransford Spirit Day

Please encourage your child to wear a Bransford shirt or a mix of red, white and blue on Fridays.


Aug. 29

Bransford Spirit Night at Teddy's Burgers

Teddy's Burgers on Aug. 29 from 4:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.


Sept. 1

College Shirt Day

Students are encouraged to wear a college shirt or their favorite college colors.


Sept. 4

Labor Day Holiday

No School today!


Sept. 12

Bransford Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ

Spring Creek BBQ on September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bransford Elementary Daily Take-home Folders

You are off to a great start helping your child remember to bring back their Bransford take-home folder every single day! Please remember this folder is a communication link between home and school. We will place school approved flyers, PTA information, student work and things needing your attention. Items you might place in the folder include notes about changes in your child's transportation home, lunch money, signed field trip permission slips, notes about school absences and information you want your child's teacher to receive.


Any money that is sent to school needs to be in a sealed envelope or baggie with your child's name and the purpose for the money written on the outside. We appreciate your help with this!

Behavior Calendar

A behavior calendar will be placed in your child's folder beginning the first full week of September. This calendar is intended to keep you informed of the choices your child makes at school each day. You may find a sticker, a stamp, a smiley face or a happy note such as Great Day. Sometimes you may find a helping note that may say something like: Needed frequent redirection, Reminders about keeping hands to self, Practicing the use of an inside voice, or Please visit with your child about the note in the folder, sign and return it. Should you have any questions about the behavior calendar, please contact your child's teacher. Please sign or initial the behavior calendar daily.

Kindergarten Schedule

Use this link https://goo.gl/2DyuBH to view kindergarten's daily schedule. It includes our lunch time and our library days and times.

Specials

P.E., Music and Art classes are called the Specials. These classes take place from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. each day. Your child's class has assigned P.E. Music and Art days. Friday will be a rotating schedule. Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes or gym shoes on his/her P.E. days. Since Fridays are rotating days, please have your child wear these shoes on Fridays, too.


P.E. Schedule:

Mondays and Wednesdays - Mrs. Romo's class and Mrs. Ryan's class

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Ms. Allenbaugh's class and Mrs. Hendry's class

Volunteering at School

In order to volunteer at BES this year in classrooms, during school-wide event, or as a field trip chaperone, please review the new volunteer handbook and complete the required background check. Thank you for understanding that this process must be repeated each school year. Now is a good time to complete this process and encourage all family members who might want to volunteer to complete it, too. For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=474

Car Rider Dismissal Procedures

Kindergarten Car Riders

  • Kindergarten car riders will wait inside our hallway during dismissal.

  • If possible, use the right hand lane closest to the building when you come to pick up your kindergarten child.

  • Older siblings are encouraged to come and get their younger kindergarten sibling at the kindergarten door when their name is called for their car. This way, they can get to the car at the same time.

  • If you choose to park, please walk to meet your child at the kindergarten door.

  • Display the car tag sign in the front window with student name(s) and grade level(s).

    • Any person picking up a child without a car tag sign will have to park and walk to pick up their student(s)

  • If you arrive after 3:05 p.m., you must park and sign your child out from KidzU.

"Happy Birthday"

You can say "Happy BIrthday" to your child in a new way! You can have your child's birthday message placed on the digital sign from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on their big day. Complete the blue form sent home in your child's folder and send it to the office with $10 cash, at least one week before their birthday.

Bransford Kindergarten Teachers

Ms. Allenbaugh

Mrs. Hendry

Mrs. Romo

Mrs. Ryan