Monday, August 3, 2015

My Parent Letter Welcoming Them to Sneak Peek

Every year before school begins, parents bring their children to class for Sneak Peek to meet with the teacher. Also at this time, they ask about routines, lunch, supplies, etc. Below is the letter I use every year. You're welcome to cut and paste to use it. Also note that everything emboldened means you'll need to insert your own information to make it relevant to your needs.

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to Sneak Peek!

This is going to be a year of discovery for both you and your child. And you're going to get to watch your child grow and learn, and be surprised by how much they accomplish as the year progresses.

Because we Kindergarten teachers push our students to exceed, we are asking for a few extra supplies from each student, in addition to what the school district already suggests. As soon as possible, please send the following with your child:

2 spiral theme books
1 bag of uncooked rice or beans

My conference period is from 9:00 - 9:45 if you ever need to contact me. And our lunch period is from 10:40 - 11:10 if you want to come to school and have lunch with us.

You are welcome to come to school at any time, but for safety's sake you must check in at the office first.

If you need to pick up your child after school, we dismiss at 3:30 and take them to the front of the school. You may pick your child up there, as parents are not allowed inside the school building during dismissal.

The first day of school, you may bring your child directly to the classroom. But after that day, leave your child in the cafeteria. Kinder teachers pick up their classes from the cafeteria at 7:45 each morning. So if you get to school after that time, take your child to the front office where they will be escorted to class.

Sometimes separating child from parent can be traumatic. If your child begins to cry and doesn't want you to leave, take your child to the office and leave immediately. Please do not stay or linger. I promise that once your child is in the classroom setting, it won't be long before your child will become involved in what the rest of his friends are doing.

If your child has a medical condition, or takes medication, or is under a doctor's care, please let me or the office know.

Yes, your child may bring a small pillow and/or light blanket for nap time, but those objects must be able to fit in the backpack. This is a health measure, and those items cannot be left at school.

We have snack time every day at 1:00. Please send a healthy snack with your child. There is no fridge or microwave for you child to heat something up or keep something cool. We have a water fountain. But if you wish to include a drink, have it in a thermos or other container. No sodas are allowed.

Your child will have homework. As our reading progresses, he will have reading homework Monday through Thursday. Please do not do your child's work for him. I need to see his progress, even if it doesn't look "perfect". And help your child to get into the routine of Homework First Before Play. 

If your child is absent, he will have to make up lost work. Any work not done will be completed during center or play time.

Have your child get into the habit of putting his backpack in the same place every day. And once their homework is done, to put it in the backpack. That way they'll always know where it is during that morning rush for school. My advice on where to put it? On their bedroom doorknob.

Thank you for entrusting your child's education to me. It's going to be an exciting year. And by June, your child will be ready for the challenging world of First Grade.

Sincerely yours,

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