Kindergarten Information

Helpful hints

If your child will be absent from school, please call the school office at 860.684.3181, and send a note the day they return.  Please refer to the School Guide for more detailed information regarding the attendance policy.

Back to School Basics
​Your child will be given a folder for daily home/school communication.  Please watch for newsletters which will inform you of our classroom themes, activities and special events.

Things Your Child Needs
A large backpack to hold the daily home/school folder, lunch box and other belongings. Please check your child's folder daily for important notices.  Please try to get a backpack with a zipper, not a drawstring, as the ones with a drawstring and snap are hard for the children to manage independently.

    A lunch box or bag to keep your child's meals organized.

    Name labels on all belongings – coat, hat, backpack, mittens, boots, etc.

    Children will not need to bring pencils or crayons

We love to celebrate birthdays at school.  We celebrate birthdays in kindergarten by singing Happy Birthday to your child, making him/her a birthday hat, and recognize him/her with a special classroom activity.  Stafford Schools are committed to the federal standards of healthy foods, so birthday treats are not allowed to be brought into school. Thank you for understanding.

Bus routines
Your child will receive a bus tag when he/she starts kindergarten.  We will tie your child’s bus tag to their backpack. Please be sure that your child’s bus tag remains tied to their backpack for the first 2 – 3 weeks of school. This provides us with information to ensure that your child gets on the correct bus at dismissal time.

If there are any bus changes, or you are picking up your child from school, you must send a note or call the school.  Bus changes require a 48 hour notice, otherwise your child will be sent home on the bus to their usual stop.

It's Time to Eat!
Lunch will be served at school.  Students may bring lunch or purchase it from the cafeteria.  In addition, there will be a 10 - 15 minute snack time during the day.  Please make sure your child is aware of what they are to eat for lunch and what they should eat at snack.  We ask that you not put money in your child's lunch box because it may be missed.  Instead, place money in a labeled envelope and put it in their folder.  Milk and lunch may be paid for daily or on a weekly basis.

Lunch is $2.25/day or $11.25/week.
Milk is $0.60/day or $3.00/week.

How will I know how my child is doing?
Formal parent-teacher conferences will be held in December and March.  Written report cards will accompany these conferences, and an additional report card will be send home in June.  Informal notes, newsletters, phone calls, and e-mails will be ongoing throughout the year.  You may contact school staff members by note, e-mail, or telephone during the day (you may leave a message and if your child's teacher is unavailable your call will be returned as soon as possible).

​When asking about your child’s day, ask specific questions:  What book did you read today?  Did you do an art project?  What centers (Block center, dramatic play, writing center, library, etc.) did you work at today? You will find that you get a better response than if you just ask: What did you do today?

What if my child becomes upset about attending school?
It is natural for children to experience a variety of emotions when placed in a new situation away from their caregivers.  Discussing what school is like, visiting the school, and reassuring your child that he/she will come home each day may help alleviate some stress.  Some children may require more help and time making the transition to school.  Individual situations should be discussed as soon as possible if a problem is occurring.

What is a typical day at school like?
Each day will begin with morning work time while we wait for all of the children to arrive.  Our day continues with many activities including: morning meeting, reader's workshop, math centers, writer's workshop, snack time, lunch, quiet time, specials, and recess. Each classroom routine is designed to meet the learning needs of the students. The children participate in a variety of activities in order to develop their reading, writing, and math skills.  They have opportunities to learn in large and small group as well as one on one as necessary.  There are teacher-directed activities as well as well as child-directed activities that require the children to practice skills more independently.  The children have specials each week – art, music, P.E. and library. Each day is very busy with many opportunities for fun, learning, and sharing!  Don’t be surprised if your child comes home tired!

What will my child learn at school?
Our curriculum is designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten. These standards guide our instruction and learning expectations.  Please refer to this link,, for more information on the Common Core State Standards.

However, each child is a unique person with their own pattern and time of growth, as well as, individual personality, learning style, and background.  Our kindergarten curriculum and personal interactions with each child are responsive to these individual differences.  All areas of your child’s development are addressed through activities that are concrete, real, and relevant to the lives of young children.

Learning for young children is the result of exchanges between a child’s own ideas and interactions with classroom materials, other children, and adults.  Our classroom environment is prepared for children to learn in their own way, with many opportunities for interaction, play, and discussion.  Our program activities are designed to develop your child’s self-esteem, positive feeling towards learning, self-monitoring behaviors, and their own learning style.  Therefore, opportunities for growth and exploration are offered in many different ways; the children make choices based on their interests, background, and motivation.


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