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Lafayette Kindgergarten Classes

Train-33.pngSchool Hours: 7:50-1:50 daily. School instruction starts on time. Make sure you child arrives to the school yard on time. Children are supervised on the yard after 7:30 am. Children should go to the cafeteria on rainy days and their teacher will get the children from the cafeteria and walk them to class. If your child comes late, they must go to the office and get a late slip before entering the classroom, so please try not to be late as it is very disruptive to the class.

Messages and Conferences: Your child’s teacher can be contacted before school in the classroom before 7:30 or after school hours. The school phone number is: 415-750-8483. You may leave a message in the office or email your child’s teacher. We have regularly scheduled parent conferences, once in the fall and another in the spring.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch are available at school. You can pay for school lunches on the SFUSD website. You will be billed for any food your child takes off the lunch counter. You will receive a lunch application which all parents must fill out, regardless of their lunch choice or income.

Students may choose to bring a healthy snack and lunch from home. Please make sure both your child’s snack and lunchbox are clearly marked, as your child will be putting the snack into a class snack bin for recess and the lunchbox into a lunch bin for lunch time. The San Francisco Unified District has a healthy food policy. Please provide only sugar-free healthy foods for your child (fresh fruit, vegetables). No Lunchables, Capri Sun drinks, sodas, cookies, candy, gum, Cheetos or chips please. Help your child develop healthy eating habits at an early age in order to grow into a healthy adult!

Attire: Please label all  your child’s clothing. We donate bins and bins of beautiful clothing from our school each year because the clothing is unclaimed! If your child has forgotten something, please come and check the bins under the central stairs to the cafeteria or the yard.

It is expected that you have fully toilet trained your child before s/he enters kindergarten. If your child does have an accident, you will be called to come and get your child from school. This is a school policy.

Backpacks: Make sure the backpack is large enough to hold a folder and a few books. Please label your child’s backpack. Empty your child’s backpack EVERY day. Please do not have your child bring any “toys” to school, unless it is an assignment. We will have a class guessing game on Fridays, starting in mid-September when you child will be able to bring in an item starting with the letter of the week. If you find toys or items in your child’s backpack that are not his/hers, please send them back the next day so that they may be returned properly.

Water bottles: Please have your child bring a well labeled water bottle to school. They must be able to fill the bottle independently at school. Water bottles will be taken home on Fridays for washing and brought back the following Monday.

 

Homework: Your child will receive specific activities each night Monday through Thursday. Please have your child read with an adult or sibling each and every night at home, in English or your family’s native language. Have your child play with letters and numbers often. Homework is to be placed in the homework folder and returned the next day. Homework usually takes 5-10 minutes or less per day. It gives children a chance to practice what they have learned in class. It gives you a chance to see what your child is learning. If your child is having difficulty you can:

  • Repeat the directions and help him/her get started.
  • Ask your child what is difficult about it. Encourage your child, with a little assistance as needed, to overcome the difficulty.
  • See if your child is too tired, and do it at another time. Have your child get into the routine of doing homework soon after school and not close to bedtime. Make sure your child gets enough sleep at night. School is hard work
  • Remember, you have passed kindergarten and no longer need the practice! Your child needs the daily practice. Do not do your child’s homework for him/her.

Remember to encourage daily “exercise” for your child. Pass the park on the way home and have them play a while.

Wednesday Envelopes: You will receive school news through the school email system on a weekly basis (usually Wednesdays) and any additional papers will be sent home in a large manila folder. Please take out all the papers, read them, sign the folder and return the folder the next day to the teacher. If the manila envelope is not returned you will not receive any school news till you purchase another manila envelope from the school office.

Field trips: We will be going on fieldtrips together. Your teacher will send home forms for you to fill out, sign and send back the next day. Please make sure to return these forms promptly, as it is a paperwork hassle to track down parents for forgotten forms. If your child has not turned in the form by the day of the trip, s/he will spend the day in another class or in the office. We need adult chaperones, so please volunteer and come without younger siblings for safety reasons.

Parent involvement: Lafayette strongly encourages parent participation. Kindergarten classes always need extra help preparing art projects, changing the bulletin board displays, stuffing envelopes, sorting and filing homework, etc. If you have a special talent (scientist, engineer, chef, etc) and would like to share a specific age-appropriate project with the class, let us know. When you come to visit, please always sign-in at the school office first. Volunteering in the classroom will begin by the end of September. You will also be asked to participate in our parent-let Art-in-Action program where parents are the teachers.

Progress reports: Performance reports are sent home in November, February and May. Informal testing is done throughout the year to monitor your child’s progress and help guide teaching. Parent teacher conferences are held in November and February.

Travel: Any absences that are not due to your child’s illness or a death in the family are considered “unexcused” by the school district. Parents will receive a truancy report from the district for 3 or more unexcused absences.

Illness: If your child is ill, please email the teacher or call the office. If your child is ill 5 or more days, a doctor’s note is required by the office upon returning to school.

Behavior: All kindergarteners are taught to respect all people, living things and property. Please encourage this concept at home as well. Please remind your child that hitting of any kind is not allowed in school, even “play hitting or fighting.” If they have a problem that they can not solve with words, have them ask an adult for help. Please remember that you are your child’s role model. S/he is looking at you for the “right” way to handle various situations. Your child will copy what they see and hear.

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