Kindergarten Orientation

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
Pine Glen Room 101

Our kindergarten program is designed to help children learn to
enjoy school and feel positive about themselves and their abilities.  The program is largely a hands-on experience. Play is an integral part of the learning process at this level.
Massachusetts follows the Common Core State Standards.  These
standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students
are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need
to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and
relevant to the real world.  We have curriculum goals in all curricula
areas including; reading, writing, math, motor skills, communication,
life skills, social studies and science.  Music and literature are also
part of our daily program.

Some questions most often asked by parents of incoming children:

  1. Who will work with my child?

Each class has a teacher and an instructional assistant.  Teachers
and assistants will be responsible for academics, art, music and
gym.

From September 3rd- October 31st- Mrs. Marsha Fallon will be
the instructional assistant in our classroom. Marsha taught
kindergarten for many years at Fox Hill. She has been retired
from full teaching for a few years and she has been a permanent
substitute teacher at Pine Glen. We are very fortunate that
Marsha will be spending the first two months with us. 

November 1- end of the year- Mrs. Kathleen Kearney will return
to Room 101. This will be Kathleen’s and my fourth year teaching
together. Kathleen is covering a maternity leave in first grade to
start off the school year. Kathleen will try to spend some time in
our classroom to get to know the kindergartners and we will see
her at lunch and recess some days. We anticipate that we will
have a smooth transition.
  
Librarian- Ms. Small
Computer Specialist- Mr. Danoff  
Guidance counselor - Ms. Kendall
School psychologist - Mrs. Perry/Mr. Shout
ELL- Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Leslie
Special Education Teachers- Mrs. Groom & Ms. Pierce
Additionally, other teachers and specialists will be in to help us
including staff from the Science Center, occupational therapists,
physical therapists, speech pathologists, RtI Literacy and Math
Tutors and staff from the Developmental Skills Classroom. 




  1. What should my child wear to school?




“Play clothes” and comfortable shoes are appropriate dress
for kindergarten.  Your child should feel comfortable working
on art projects, sitting on the floor, playing outdoors and in
the gym. Pants and belts they can manage themselves are
also important so they can be independent in the bathroom.
(We tend to discourage flip flops.  It is difficult for the students
to manipulate the play structures while wearing flip flops.)
You are welcome to pack a spare outfit to leave in the backpack
just in case there is a toileting accident.




  1. What supplies does my child need?

Your child will need a school bag or backpack. Your child will
use the backpack to bring home important notices, school
projects and homework. Backpacks should also be big enough
to hold your child’s lunchbox. 

Water bottles are strongly recommended.  There are water
fountains down the hall, but it is recommended students have
a water bottle at school every day so they may easily and
quickly access a drink as needed. 

We go outside to recess for approximately 25 minutes everyday
unless it is raining. Occasionally, we will do other activities
outside as well. The playground and fields may have little to
no shade. You may want to apply sunscreen to your child
before he/she leaves for school. Sunscreen should not be
brought to school.

We ask that toys and school supplies stay home. Our classroom
is full of great materials! This will prevent special items from
getting lost or broken.  

Also, please remember to send your child’s GREEN
communication folder to school every day- even on
field trip days! 


  1. When should parents write notes to the teacher?

Your child needs a note whenever he/she goes anywhere
other than the designated bus stop.  We cannot put a child
on a different bus without a note. In addition, your child
needs a note when he/she is being dismissed and when your
child is being picked up by you or anyone else. 
Important messages regarding last minute dismissal
changes should be called into the office directly by 10:00. 
Please call the office at 781-270-1712.




  1. How will my child get to and from school?

Kindergartners will ride the neighborhood bus to school in
the morning.  A special kindergarten bus will bring your
child home. Kindergarten or P.M. buses have different numbers.
  Please fill out the enclosed name-tag (both sides) and put
the tag on your child’s backpack. Check the bus list to make
sure you know your child’s A.M. and P.M. bus numbers and
fill out the enclosed form. Please make sure that I have this
information before you leave today!

A parent needs to be waiting at the bus stop for students
living on a cul-de-sac or at the front door of your house everyday.  We will need a note if another adult is to greet your child. The bus drivers will not allow a kindergarten child to get off the bus if there is no parent (or designated adult) to greet your child.  Be aware that for the first few days, buses may be late. 

Note: School hours for kindergarten
Arrival 7:55-8:10 a.m.
Dismissal 12:45 p.m.

School hours for grades 1-5
Arrival 7:55-8:10 a.m.
Dismissal 2:15 p.m.

Parent drop off is through the side parking lot and around
the horseshoe.  Teachers are on car duty at 7:55 a.m.
Parents need to wait in the car with their child until teachers
are on duty and the door is open.  Parents should pull all the
way up to the top of the horseshoe and wait for cars behind
them to stop before allowing their child out of the car.  Having
your child exit the car from behind the driver is the safest for
your child.

If you are picking up your child you should park in the front
parking lot or the cafeteria side parking lot and walk to the
map of the USA and your child will be walked to you at
kindergarten dismissal.

Bus questions:  www.burlingtonpublicschools.org/parents/transportation
Dispatcher  781-222-5522






  1. What about birthdays?

We will have a simple acknowledgement of each child’s day. 
Summer birthdays are celebrated before we leave for the
summer break.  We do not distribute party invitations in class.
However, we will send home a class list with addresses and
phone numbers for parents to contact each other directly. 
Please check your information on the class list and sign the
permission slip if you would like your contact information to
be included. 

Note: Due to school department policy, we do not allow food to
be sent in to celebrate birthdays.

An optional birthday poster is something you can create with
your child and they will be able to share it on their special day
during our Morning Meeting. (Please see separate sheet about
the Birthday poster).  




  1. What do I need to know about field trips?

Specific information and permission slips regarding dates,
times, etc. will be sent home in advance.  Please return them
to school ASAP. We prefer to receive cash when collecting
field trip fees but will also accept checks made out to
Burlington Public Schools. You may volunteer to be a
chaperone on our field trips. There will be a place for you
to sign up on each form.  All chaperones or classroom
helpers must fill out a CORI form, have it processed
at the Superintendent’s office and attend a
principal-led confidentiality meeting before volunteering
in the classroom or attending a field trip. (Siblings are not
allowed on trips).







  1. How will I be informed of my child’s progress?

Parent conferences will be scheduled two times during the year. 
The town of Burlington has Wednesday, November 13th as
conference day for elementary students.  The second conference
will be held in the spring.  Progress reports are sent home twice
a year, in January and the last day of school.  However, please
know that we are available to talk whenever needed. In fact,
it is not too late to request a listening conference. Please contact
Mrs. Parnell to schedule.

9) Can my child purchase lunch?

The Town of Burlington has a cashless lunch system.
There are two payment options for having your child
buy lunch at school
 
Option 1: 
Make Checks Payable to: Burlington Food Service 

Option 2: 
Go to this web site for cashless lunch https://paypams.com 
The cost for lunch is $3.00 for lunch or $.60 for milk. 

10) Special Events

Payments for special events in the classroom are
CASH ONLY.  We will collect money for these events
as they come up throughout the year. All money MUST
be in an envelope and clearly marked with your child’s
name, room number, teacher’s name, amount and
purpose. Payment will be coming back to school in
the communication folder and if the envelope falls
out we want to make sure we know who it belongs to.

Sample envelope:
Child’s name & Room number
Teacher’s name
Amount enclosed & Purpose (ex. Field trip)
11) Snack

We will have an optional snack time in the morning. If you decide
to send in a snack please send it in a disposable bag SEPARATE
from their lunch box with only one snack food item. Be sure to
include appropriate utensils and napkins if needed.  Students will
have access to their water bottles during snack time.  

Please keep in mind that we will be eating in the classroom.
Therefore, healthy and disposable snacks that require minimal
clean-up are best. In accordance with the district allergy policy,
snacks also need to be peanut and tree nut free. Acceptable
morning snacks may include crackers, fruit, string cheese,
raisins, etc.




12) What if my child needs to take medication during the
school day?

The school nurse must administer any medication that
needs to be taken during the school day. Please contact
Joanne Ferrick at 781-270-1713.  Also, health forms need
to be turned in by the first day of school.




13)  Will my child have homework?

     The kindergarten news and other optional enrichment
opportunities and suggestions for students to complete
will be sent home in red homework folders on Fridays
and are due back by the following Friday. Participation
in the homework process is strongly encouraged, but
optional.  Regardless of whether your child completes
any activities at home, please return the folder by Friday.
We anticipate homework folders will be sent home for the
first time on September 27.




14)   How can I contact my child’s teacher?

You can reach me here at school.  The classroom phone
number is 781-221-7788. The best time to reach me is
7:30-8:00 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m.  You can also reach
me by e-mail. My email address is parnell@bpsk12.org.
I check my e-mail at least once a day. Lastly, when you
sign up for the Remind app, you can text me through the
app. I will check the Remind app at least one time a day. 

15) What can you do at home?

Your child will be bringing home many books they write
and illustrate.  We suggest designating a special spot to
keep these treasures on hand. Students will take great
pride in their work and will look back at the books over
and over again.  They will memorize and eventually
read these texts. Many of the projects will become
treasures that you may want to keep for years.
We recommend purchasing a Rubbermaid tote to store
these items in.  (Mrs. Parnell still has the totes that her
children filled 12+ years ago!)

     16)  How can I be a classroom volunteer?

We welcome and NEED parent assistance in the kindergarten
program.  Please fill out the form in the packet if you would
like to be a volunteer. Opportunities include room parents who
coordinate communicating with other parents to gather supplies
from time to time, at-home prep work, field trip chaperoning,
special event assistance, serving as a classroom helper or
guest reader.  

Note: all chaperones or in school classroom helpers
must fill out a CORI form, have it processed at the
Superintendent’s office, and attend a principal-led
confidentiality meeting before volunteering in the
classroom or attending a field trip.





17)  What classroom donations are needed?

To start off our school year we would love a donation of: 
WET WIPES- antibacterial hand wipes
Kleenex/Puffs- tissues
Bounty/Viva paper towels
assorted Zip-lock baggies
hand sanitizer 
Leftover small birthday party favors for our prize bin

* We have found that if we wash hands often our classroom
environment and members stay healthier.  Throughout the
year we will be asking that our wipes and pump hand sanitizers
be replenished.  

* Check our class blog wishlist page for updates.

At various times of the year our Room Parents (volunteer
opportunity) may ask for donations to school events,
classroom celebrations or creative learning opportunities. 
We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.

 18)  Communication

Ways we communicate with parents:
  • paper notices
  • telephone-781-221-7788
  • Texting- please register with Remind.com- see sheet
  • in folder.
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19)  Forms we need filled out and returned TODAY!
(THERE ARE 8+ ITEMS- Please place forms in the marked bins)

  •    Bus Tag- please fill out and attach to your child’s
 backpack
  • Student Data Form 
  • Emergency Medical Information for nurse (pink)
  • Student Transportation Verification Form- for PG
  • Mass Health form (blue)
  • Transportation form for Room 101
  • Parent-teacher partnership/class list 
  • Social Media Permission Form 
  • Additional forms to return - Open House,
  • Listening Conference Form about your student,
  • All About Me homework, Reading Buddies
  • Guest Reader





We are looking forward to working closely with you to ensure
a successful year for your child.

Melissa Parnell, Marsha Fallon & Kathleen Kearney

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