Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome to School!

Dear Families,

            Welcome to a new school year!  Mrs. Stone and Ms. Jones will be your child’s teacher this year.  We wanted to welcome you to the classroom and make you aware of some of the things that will be taking place at the start of the school year.
            We are excited to get to know the new children starting in our classroom and hope they are excited to start school!  We have lots of new materials in the classroom for the children and hope that this will make for an easy transition to the room.  Transitions can be difficult at the beginning of the school year until the children get accustomed to the routine.  We recommend parents establish a drop off routine with their child at the beginning of the year.  A consistent routine helps the child transition easier to the classroom.  When first arriving, your child will have a cubby to put backpacks and personal belongings into.  Lunches for children staying all day should be given to an adult to put into the refrigerator.  Please remember to sign your child in for the day.  We ask that children wash hands in our bathroom with their parents when they come into the room.  The children are then welcome to come and explore the materials around the room.  When parents are ready to leave, be very matter of fact and remember to say, “goodbye” to your child.  This helps the child to know you are confident in leaving them with their teachers in the classroom.  If your child cries we will do our best to engage them in activities around the room, sing with them, and console them until they are ready to explore.  You are welcome to call the front desk to check on your child throughout the day and at pick up time we will be honest with you about how your child’s day went.  We are excited to get the children used to school and can’t wait to get to know them individually.
            We wanted to make parents aware that there are several allergies in our classroom this year.  For this reason, we ask that breakfast and snack from home be finished before your child enters the classroom.  We want to ensure the safety of all of our children, so thank you for keeping our children healthy.  Lunches from home for full day children will be stored in the refrigerator.  Snacks made at school have each child’s allergies taken into consideration when preparing.
            We have a few things still on our wish for the classroom this year.  If you are able to bring in any of these items, we would appreciate it!  We are interested in: white icicle lights to hang inside, non-toxic indoor plants, packaging materials (bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, etc).
            Again, we are looking forward to getting to know the children and can’t wait for the school year to begin.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to ask!

Catie Stone & Julianna Jones