I hope you are all enjoying the conclusion of a successful first day of Kindergarten! We had a fun, eventful day in Room 47, and I hope your student came home with lots to share. Mrs. Davis is looking forward to an early bed time to prepare for tomorrow!
Our day included learning our new friends' names and a bit about their families, singing new songs, practicing new classroom cues and transitions, exploring some classroom materials, sharing a couple stories, and making our first day crowns! In addition to classroom activities, we learned procedures for using the restroom, enjoying snack, and taking water breaks. We enjoyed our first lunch together in the cafeteria, visited the playground, and met our Music Teacher and P.E. Teacher. Whew! What a day!
Tomorrow will bring much more, and here are some helpful notes from your teacher. 😊 (Please know that you will not be receiving emails this long on the regular - just lots to cover in the first days!) Going forward, you can also refer back to these messages on the classroom website, on Mrs. Davis' Blog.
Message from School Administrators
- All ASU Prep families should have received a Memo from the desk of Mrs. Munoz, Director of Business & Community Outreach, regarding ASU Prep and our partnership with PESD. Please know that our faculty has received the very same information, and we are 1000% focused on making this school the very best it can BE. We have great hopes and expectations for the future of ASU Prep, and I encourage all families to attend the Director Meeting outlined in Mrs. Munoz's message.
- Tomorrow, Mrs. Davis will be sending students home with dashboard signs that should be displayed in your vehicle when picking your student up on the Kindergarten sidewalk (west curb, under the covering, outside of the Media Center).
- Any sibling picking up a Kindergartner MUST meet us in this same spot. Older siblings will not be permitted to enter the Kindergarten classroom and leaving without signing out with me curbside. Thank you for your helpful reminders as we implement these new procedures!
- Students riding the bus, waiting for a HS family member, or attending the YMCA after school program are given color-coded bracelets. These can be washed and worn again, so please feel free to leave those on for the first days of school.
- We had our first fire drill today. All of our students did an AMAZING job lining up and exiting the building quickly and quietly. Unfortunately, due to timing, there was very little time for us to debrief as a group.
- Please talk with your student about this experience, as it can cause anxiety. I will be reviewing this with the whole class tomorrow, providing context and additional teacher-led practice to help minimize this stress.
- Our day began with small group tours of the classroom bathroom and behavior expectations.
This included group practice of how to ask, "May I please use the restroom?" or the use of sign language.
- There were a few toileting accidents today. This is very normal, and to be expected. We are all building independence, confidence and self advocacy. Many students are not used to seeking the support of a "new-to-me" adult. This will steadily improve as we continue to review procedures and build rapport with one another.
- If your student had such difficulty, please know that it is my priority that all feel safe, nurtured and supported. It is important to me that students feel comfortable coming to any member of our teaching team for help, and never fear punitive action. Please emphasize this in your talks at home!
- If sent home with a set of soiled clothing, please send your student to school with a new cleaned set as soon as possible. Thank you!
- Many students have difficulty differentiating between what is a snack and what is a lunch.
If at all possible, when labeling with your student's name, please also label a "snack" bag versus a bagged "lunch". Thank you!
- Please be sure to send your student to school with a refillable water bottle daily. Our classroom does not have a water fountain in it, and I am not at ease sending our little ones down the hallway at this point of the year. Thank you for your support and understanding!