Welcome to kindergarten at Burroughs Community School! I hope all of you had a relaxing and fun summer! I am looking forward to being your child’s teacher this year. We have an exciting year ahead of us! Here is information about everything you need to know for our classroom and school policies:
Home-School Folder and Word of the Day
Each child will receive a “Home-School Folder” that we expect them to bring to school every day. Anything that is placed in the “Read and Remove” side of the folder can be taken out and left at home. The other side is “Sign and Return,” where I will put forms that need to be filled out and returned to school. Pease check your child’s backpack every day and return the folder to school. Any messages or flyers will be in the folder. On the first day, this packet is FULL of info! Please read carefully through this packet and keep it for reference.
In the back pocket of this folder will be a paper where the students will write their “Word of the Day.” The Word of the Day has two purposes, one for you and one for your child: 1) to give you an easy way to start a dialogue about what happened that day at school, and 2) for your child to work on handwriting every day. Please leave this paper in the folder for the entire week, and remove it each weekend
Absences/ Bussing or Pick up Changes
Every time that your child will be absent (whether planned or sickness) please communicate that to me and also to the school office (612-668-3280). If it is a planned vacation, doctor appointment, etc., please send a written note in the Home-School Folder. For planned vacations, you will need to complete the “Family Activity Form” and be approved for your vacation, if your student will be missing school. Also, if your child’s end of the day routine (bussing, pick-up, Spanish class, Minneapolis kids) changes, I need to know by hand-written note. We do not let students change their end of the day routine with verbal permission, it must be written permission. Also, we do not give bus passes for children to go home with friends. This is very important!!
We do not give homework every night. We highly suggest reading for 20 minutes with your child each night. We do send a homework packet every week, via email. The packet of pages will be a review of what we are working on in class, usually consisting of 5-6 pages. You may choose to do these pages however you would like, all in one setting or one page per day. Your child’s teacher does not require the packet to be turned in weekly, and we do not formally correct the packet. Our philosophy about homework is that it is meant to facilitate discussion about what we are learning and help parents extend the learning to the home. We believe it is extremely important to develop the routine of doing homework during the kindergarten year. We assume that you will help your child complete the packet, and that they will need some assistance, especially in the early months of kindergarten. Please fill out the email group form at the back of this packet to receive the homework packets and other important notices. If you do not have Internet access, we can send a paper copy in your child’s Home School Folder each week.
Food in Kindergarten
Breakfast is offered for free to every student. They may get a breakfast and bring it to our room in the morning. We do not have snack time in kindergarten. Also, due to concerns about allergies and special diets, we request that parents do not send in treats for any reason, including birthdays. According to Burroughs policy,no food items can be brought for any celebrations or birthdays at school. Food, candy and/or beverages will not be used for rewards.
Burroughs works very hard to fit specialist classes into the kindergarten schedule. Stay posted for the new specialist schedule with our full-day switch.
Volunteering in Kindergarten
To volunteer in our room, you must complete the following steps:
Burroughs Website and Classroom Websites
A great way to stay connected to the Burroughs community is to regularly check the Burroughs website and your child’s classroom website. There, you can find a school calendar, information about upcoming events, and much more. The website is http://burroughs.mpls.k12.mn.us/. Bookmark it for easy access! From the Burroughs website, you can follow the link to your child’s classroom site.
We want to be available to you during the school year and one important way of communicating with parents is through email. In addition to the weekly homework packets mentioned earlier, we will be emailing a weekly update every Monday. This weekly update will include the week’s homework packet, the weekly newsletter, the weekly phonics stories, and any other important notices. Email also is a great way for you to drop me a note if, for example, your child is getting picked up or will be absent. Please note, however, that I usually do not check my email during the school day. I only check it before or after school, so if you have an urgent message please call the school. This is especially important if your email is urgent or contains a change in bussing for that day. It would be better to just call the school with that kind of information (612-866-3280).
Birthdays in Kindergarten
We will celebrate each student’s birthday during the school year. If the birthday falls on a Saturday, we will celebrate on Friday, and Sunday birthdays will be celebrated on Monday. Those children who have a summer birthdays or birthdays during a school break can pick a day during the year to celebrate their birthday in school. We have decided NOT to have treats shared during our birthday celebrations due to all of the allergies and special diets of students. We thought that is would be a good time for students to share something that is important or special to them. We don’t call this show and tell and it is not the time to bring the latest toy, but something that is truly special to your child. For example, they could bring in a picture of family or a special event or a blanket or other object that has sentimental value to share in our circle. We will play a guessing game with the class around what they bring. It would be best to send the item in a grocery bag so it can be a surprise to the class until they have guessed what is in the bag
Dropping Off and Picking Up Your Child
At Burroughs, we have a great system in the mornings and afternoons for drop off and pick up. With over 800 students coming in and out of the building, it is important for the safety of everyone that you know the guidelines.
Dropping Off in the morning:
Picking Up Students During the School Day (For an appointment, etc)
Picking Up Students After School (for both AM and PM kindergarten)
Coming to School Late
Any more questions?
We hope this packet has been helpful to you! Please keep it for reference throughout the school year. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions about Burroughs Kindergarten procedures or policies. We are excited to get the school year started and look forward to getting to know your student and family!
1601 W. 50th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419
Telephone: 612.668.3280 | Fax: 612.668.3290