WOW! It is hard to believe that we just completed our first day of kindergarten together! I so much enjoyed our ILP meetings, and was thrilled to greet your students today! :)
Our day was filled with stories, songs, dancing, and guided exploration. The students practiced transitioning with us to the playground, cafeteria, music, and spanish! We began our day with a read aloud, titled I’m a Good Friend, and shared what it means to be a friend. I explained to the students that, though we may not be brothers and sisters in Room 47, I hope they come to know one another as family — a family of friends. Tomorrow will bring completion to a few activities, as well as the introduction to many more classroom learning tools and spaces.
As you are aware, our afternoon dismissal and transportation routines did not go exactly as planned today. I am so very grateful to each and every one of our AMAZING team members who helped make a very stressful situation go as smoothly as possible. I would also like to thank YOU, our kindergarten parents and siblings, who remained flexible and understanding through it all. Due to a facility emergency, our classrooms were cleared and (as a preventive measure) students relocated to the Media Center shortly before dismissal. Again, our flexibility and patience paid great dividends. For those of you that felt concerned, surprised, or perhaps frustrated, please know that this was an unforeseen circumstance and the best interest of your children will ALWAYS our first priority.
Please also know that you may expect to hear from me at least once more this evening. Our directors are working hard to finalize important plans to remedy today’s facility concerns and an action plan going forward. As soon as I receive that information, I will be sharing it with you.
Finally, students were sent home with a manila envelope containing helpful information and forms required by the front office. Students were also sent home with a short behavior sheet/communication log, with no homework assigned. Next week, documents such as this will be transported in a two-pocket folder.