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Pre-K Handbook

This week your child will complete one of the most important milestones in his/her life–the first day of Pre-Kindergarten! It can be exciting and a little scary, too. I hope that this handbook will inform you of what to expect in Pre-Kindergarten and answer some questions that you or your child might have.
In pre-kindergarten, we will do beginning, middle, and end of the year assessments to measure student’s progress. The teacher will discuss the results at the parent/teacher conferences.
A successful school experience is the responsibility of the children, the parent, and the school. Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is influenced largely by daily participation. Regular attendance without tardiness is a key. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or emergency. Also, please make sure your child is to school on time so that they don't miss out on important insruction time. It is important to establish good habits early! (See school handbook for more details.)
Arrival and Dismissal
School begins at 8:00 A.M. Students should arrive to the classroom at 7:55. Students need to eat breakfast before coming to the classroom. There is no supervision at the classroom before 8:00. At 8:00, I will let the students in to put their things away. The first bell rings at 8:05 and the tardy bell rings at 8:10. Pre-Kindergartners are dismissed at 2:55. Please notify me if there are any changes in the way your child goes home, with a note or a phone call from you. This is the only way to let your child vary from the regular routine.
Please let me know of any food allergies your child might have. We sometimes cook in Pre-Kindergarten and it would be helpful to know this when planning our recipes.
Backpacks/School Bags
Each child will need some sort of bag to bring home their folder, papers, artwork, notes, etc. each day. Please have your child share the contents of the backpack with you daily.
Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:10 every morning. You may drop off your child at the cafeteria and a teacher on duty can help him/her to the classroom when they are finished.
We work and play hard in Pre-Kindergarten and we really do get dirty. Please send your child in clothes that they can play and be comfortable in. Be sure to put your child’s name in coats, hats, sweaters, or anything that he/she may take off.
In pre-kindergarten, the students will take home a folder daily. Please check your child’s folder everyday for daily notes, their behavior chart and daily work. Please make sure to sign and return the folder each day so your child can get a stamp to promote responsibility.
Hands-On Learning
I feel that the best way to help children learn is to make learning fun. One way to do this is with hands-on activities. In Pre-Kindergarten, we do lots of hands-on learning along with some additional seatwork to reinforce what is being taught. Children learn in the early years through play. In Pre-K we have learning centers where the children play everyday.   In each center they are learning important life skills.  
The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to keep them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. If you take your child to the doctor, be sure to get a doctor’s note to turn into the office, so that it will not count against your child’s attendance.
Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be permitted.
Mrs. Wooley is the librarian. The students will get to go to the library once a week to have a story read to them.
Pre-Kindergarten lunch time is from 10:00-10:30 I will send a monthly lunch menu in you child’s folder. Your child may bring lunch from home if desired. You will get a monthly bill and it will be sent home in your child’s folder. You may send the money back in the folder and we will take it to the cafeteria to be recorded.
Mr. Hays is the music teacher. Pre-k goes on Thursdays of each week.
There are three main parties each year. They are Halloween, Christmas, and Valentines. All parents will be asked to contribute to these parties. If there are any volunteers that would like to help with the parties please let me know. All parents are welcome to attend the parties.
Physical Education
The P.E. teacher is Mrs. Combes. The students will go to P.E. two times a week. It is best that your child wear comfortable shoes and clothes on P.E. days. It is hard to run and participate in boots, dress shoes, flip-flops, etc.
 We go to recess after lunch. The children will be going outside for recess everyday unless it is raining or extremely hot or cold. Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing and coats for the day. If your child is well enough to be at school, then he/she is well enough to participate in outdoor recess, if properly dressed. In fact, the germs that cause colds thrive more readily in heated indoor air and it is good to go outside and get some fresh air.
It is required that your child be potty trained before coming to school and able to take care of their personal bathroom needs. We understand that accidents do happen at this age but it should not be a regular occurrence. If your child has an accident the parent is expected to take care of it. During the school day the children have the opportunity to go to the restroom about every hour. If your child has a condition, diagnosed by a doctor, and needs to go more often, please let me know. I encourage them go when we are on bathroom break and at recess.  
The students are expected to lye quietly during rest-time. I will play quiet music and stories to help them relax. On some Fridays, the students that have good behavior during that week will watch a movie during rest-time.
On your child’s leader day, they may bring something for Show-N-Tell. Good things to bring for show-n-tell are pictures, books to be read to the class, something that they have received for their birthday or something else that is special to them. If they do not have anything to show, I will encourage them to tell us something exciting they have done or want to do. I feel that this is a good time for children to work on their oral language skills.
Snacks will be provided by the school this year. We will go to the lunchroom about 2:30 for an afternoon meal.
In pre-kindergarten will we teach themes from the Frog Street curriculum every 4 weeks. With each of these themes, we will do activities that work on various skills that will help prepare your child for kindergarten. 
Children are asked NOT to bring toys from home. They are very distracting and many are not made for large group use. I cannot be responsible for broken toys or hurt feelings caused by them. (Unless it is for show-n-tell, then it is to stay in their backpack until show-n-tell time.)
Web Page
Tishomingo Public Schools has a web page full of information including the lunch menu, the school schedule, sporting events and classroom home pages, including ours. Please visit our school website at
Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child. It will help them to be alert and ready to learn all day!
Anytime you have questions or concerns please feel free to come by or call at 371-2548 or email me at Working together, I believe we can make this a fun and exciting year for your child.
Thanks- Kristi Bradley