Kindergarten Connection

January 15, 2021

Welcome to Our School!

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From Mrs. Healey

Happy New Year! I hope all of you have enjoyed the winter break and found some ways to safely visit with family and friends. It's great to be back in a regular routine. Our students transitioned from full remote back to our increased face-to-face model with ease. Thank you for all your support with learning from home.

We are excited that we were able to purchase the Kindergarten Academy T-shirts for our students this year. This has been a standing tradition ever since the full day kindergarten program began in the 2008-2009 school year. Typically, these t-shirts have been used on special days and field trips. Unfortunately, we will not be going on any field trips this year. We are going to have a special "unity" day for our students coming up on January 20th where we will all wear our t-shirts. Since we don't have as much intermingling of classrooms during our social development times, we'd still like our students to be able to see themselves as part of our large learning community.

As we approach the midpoint of this school year, we will be doing some additional benchmark testing and screening of all our students. Teachers will be carefully monitoring student progress and will be reaching out to families to schedule conferences with a focus on students who might be experiencing some difficulties either socially, academically, or with remote attendance. Those contacts will be made over the next few weeks and will be held on February 10th.

How can I support the school during the pandemic?

We are holding our Parent Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday evening at 6:30. The link to the meeting was sent to your email. Right now, we are looking for at least one parent per classroom to put together the photos (which will be supplied) for their child's classroom. If you are able to help out, please contact your child's teacher or the office.

Also, on behalf of the entire staff, thank you to all the parents that made the Chocolate and Peppermint bar are wonderful treat for us! We truly enjoyed it!

How will attendance be taken on full remote learning days?

In order for a student to be marked “Present” for the class during synchronous experiences, he/she must:

● Attend the synchronous learning experience AND

● Demonstrate evidence of engagement in the learning activities assigned and connected to the learning

If there are any barriers to participating in any activities, please let the teacher or Mrs. Hiddemen, school counselor, know. We are here to help!

Also, please provide a written excuse or email if your child missed a "Zoom" remote Wednesday or remote weather day just like you would do if your child missed a face-to-face day. The state defines what is an excused vs. an unexcused absence.

When does my child attend school face-to-face on Wednesdays?

Anytime the district has a day off during the week (Monday or Friday), students will attend on Wednesday to compensate for the missed time. Please reference the attached calendar which is only the schedule for the Kindergarten Academy. Reference the website for all other schools.

Mark Your Calendars! (Attached is the District Calendar for December and January)

January 18

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (Day off)

January 19 (Cycle Day 5a)

  • 6:30 pm Parent Advisory Council Meeting via Zoom

January 20 (Cycle Day 5b)

  • Unity Day: Students Wear their KA T-Shirts

January 21 (Cycle Day 6a)

January 22 (Cycle Day 6b)

January 25 (Cycle Day 1a)

January 26 (Cycle Day 1b)

January 27

  • Remote Day

January 28 (Cycle Day 2a)

January 29 (Cycle Day 2b)

Kindergarten Academy Schedule