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Franklin Elementary School

Last modified: September 17, 2020

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

August 22, 2019

Welcome to our kindergarten class! This year will be an exciting one for your child at Franklin. I am very happy to have your child in my class and with your help I believe that we can make this a successful year.

I am committed to keeping you informed about what is going on in our classroom. You are always welcome to come visit the classroom and can find helpful information on our class website. Please visit us at franklin.provo.edu to view class information and access additional resources to help your child at home. Progress reports and newsletters will be sent home regularly to let you know how and what your student is doing. Please come to SEP Conferences to stay informed on your child’s progress.

School Schedule:

We are excited to have an assistant working in our classroom this year! She will be a great asset to our class as she will be assisting in teaching small groups, working one-on-one with students, monitoring at recess, etc…

How Parents Can Help This Year:

We will have centers (students rotate in small groups to different learning activities for both language arts and math), parties, field trips, and other events that will greatly benefit from your help and support. I would appreciate any time and resources you may be able to provide to our class and feel free to stop by whenever you are able. Having parent volunteers come each week at a consistent time to help with centers would be extremely helpful. Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.

Make sure that your child arrives to school on time. Please do not send them earlier than 8:10 a.m. as that is when the playground will be monitored. I will pick up the students when the first bell rings at 8:35. The tardy bell rings at 8:40. Tardiness negatively impacts your child’s learning and is not acceptable at our school. If there is a problem please send a note with your child to explain the problem. The office will be keeping a record of every child’s tardies and absences, and you will be contacted if there is a problem.

Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the kindergarten playground each day. A fence encloses this area. Please make arrangements to have someone meet your child after school if they do not ride the bus. This can be an older brother or sister.

For security purposes, if you need to pick up your child early from school, please check in at the front office and they will send for your child. Any time that you come to the school, you must enter through the front doors, check in at the office, and get a badge.

Pets are not allowed in the classroom. If you want to bring a pet for show and tell you must let me know in advance and the animal will have to be shown outside.

Curriculum:

Language Arts: There will be letters, sounds, sight words, comprehension skills, and vocabulary words for each week that we will be learning. Through read aloud books, students will practice listening skills. We will be working on rhyming, telling the sounds in words, and reading 3 letter words. Students who are ready for a challenge will also be working on additional words.

Writing: The basic skills of writing their names and letters will be practiced. Students will start by learning how to write a sentence, including sound spelling and correct directionality, capitalization, spacing, and punctuation. Then they will move to writing paragraphs. Different genres will be studied: opinion, narrative, and informational.

Math: By the end of the year, the students will need to be able to count to 100 by ones and tens. Other counting skills include counting up to 20 objects and counting on from a given number. Students will need to be able to recognize and write numbers from 0-20. They will learn how to add and subtract within 10. Both 2- and 3-Dimensional shapes will be taught.

Science: The following topics will be studied: animals, plants, rocks, day/night cycle, weather, health, insects, seasons, senses, and food. We plan to go on a science related field trip!

Social Studies: The topics of study will be: family, friends, citizenship, holidays, community, and transportation. We also plan on going on a field trip related to social studies!

Character Development: Our school participates in a program called Character Counts, which focuses on the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Students will also practice skills to become good learners.

Computer Science: The following concepts will be studied: types of computing devices, messages can be sent and received, patterns tell messages, predictions can be made using patterns, and algorithms are instructions. Students will also learn basic coding skills using the program Scratch Jr.

Art: Students will attend classes with specialty teachers, including: music, P.E., library, and art. Visual art, theater, music, and dance will also be integrated throughout the school day.

Academic Awards

Language Arts: Throughout the year, students will be tested on the letter names, sounds, and sight words that they have been taught. Once they have passed off every letter name, sound, and sight word they will be a part of the “lunch club.” Those who have joined the “lunch club” will get to eat their lunch with the teacher! Also, all students who make progress on early reading skills will be invited to a super hero and princess party at the end of the year!

Math: At the end of the year we will have a water party. All of the students who make progress on counting to 100 by ones and tens, counting objects to 20, naming shapes, naming and writing numbers to 20 by the time the party starts will get to come!

Discipline:

Our school participates in a program called Character Counts, which focuses on the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Our school has three rules: be respectful, be responsible, and be safe. Our classroom rules include: follow directions quickly, listen to the speaker, raise your hand to speak, be a caring friend, and make good choices. If a student follows the expectations then they will earn points. If they do not follow the expectations then they will lose points. On Fridays, each students’ points will be counted and redeemed for prizes! If a student has negative points when recess or playtime starts, then they will spend one minute for each negative point sitting out of the activity. Each minute that they sit at recess for will erase a negative point so they can start back at 0 when they come back in. Time outs will be taken if needed. After redeeming their points on Fridays, students will begin each week with zero points.

Toys are not allowed at school unless a student has earned the “Show and Tell” or “Bring a Buddy” bag. If toys are brought to school, I will not be held responsible if they are lost or stolen. This will also include playground equipment. Because these items distract from student learning, if they are brought to school I will collect them. The students may get their items back at the end of the day, but it is their responsibility to ask for them.

Homework Policy:

Homework folders need to come back and forth from school to home each day. As part of school policy, each student is required to do 30 minutes of homework each night, Monday-Friday. This time can include being read to, being read with, and reading by themselves. Letter, sound, word, shape, and number flashcards that will be sent home can also be practiced during this time. Any GoMath books that we finish within class will be sent home. You may use them for homework practice, but that is not required. If your student needs practice on a specific skill, please work on that with them for homework time. Record your students’ homework time on the monthly homework calendars in their homework folder. They will be collected at the end of each month. At the end of each month, prizes will be given to students who turn in their homework sheets and have completed 80% or more of their homework time for that month.

More Helpful Hints

Book orders will be sent home often. You are not required to purchase books. I will not be collecting money for book orders as all book orders will be processed online. Go to scholastic.com/readingclub to purchase books. Enter your orders under my name or use our class code (MGTXX) to help our class earn points for free books!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me before or after school at 801-374-4925 ext. 3170. You can also reach me on my cell phone before or after school at 801-928-4458. My email address is kendrad@provo.edu.

Thanks for your support! I am excited to be working with you and your child this year.

-Miss Kendra Davis