Presentation on theme: "Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Orientation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Orientation Presented by: Giovanni Giancaspro, PrincipalJune 6, 2013WelcomeIntroduce staff
2 Interim-Superintendent of Schools Mr Interim-Superintendent of Schools Mr. John Petrelli Memorial Elementary School Principal: Mr. Giancaspro Memorial Elementary School School Secretary: Mrs. Pezzuti High Mountain Middle School Principal Mrs. Melissa Tait Supervisor of Special Services Mrs. Sharon CubicciottiWelcomeIntroduce staff
3 North Haledon School District’s PTO President Mrs. Michele Manning WelcomeIntroduce staff
5 Screening Categories Speech & Language Kindergarten Screening Skills ExpressiveReceptiveVoiceKindergarten Screening SkillsLettersParts of the BodyGross & Fine Motor SkillsPerson Identification SkillsFollowing Directions
6 Kindergarten Handbook Kindergarten Readiness Early Communication DevelopmentNorth Haledon Special ServiceParental PacketsMemorial Elementary SchoolSummer 2013
7 Kindergarten Philosophy Kindergarten is the start of an exciting learning journey. The kindergarten classroom offers a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all children.All children share common patterns of growth,Physically, socially, emotionally, in their ability to think, and in their ability to understand and use language, children move in similar ways through the ages of childhood and the stages of development.Yardsticks, Chip Wood
8 Children are active learners. They learn best when allowed to: playcreateinvestigateexplorepredictlearn from one another and their environment.
9 Kindergarten teachers promote discovery and self-awareness in all areas of development to meet the needs of each student.SocialEmotionalPhysicalCreative and Cognitive
10 The Kindergarten curriculum provides children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged by new experiences that engage emerging readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, and artists.We want our students to be confident, love learning, and be successful in a classroom community.
11 We begin your child’s journey together with one vision. Student Success!
12 Partnership: Home & School The Important Parent
13 Parents are the first teachers in a child’s education Parents are the first teachers in a child’s education. The partnership between families and school is critical to a child’s success. We share in your excitement as we embark on this learning journey together.
15 Preparing for Learning Read to your child for 10 – 20 minutes daily.Ask questions about the story.Help your child use the illustrations to predict story events.Practice counting objects to 30.Use mathematical language – more than, less than, fewer, greater, above, below.Use positional words – over, under, above, below, behind, in back of, beside, next to.Play games with your child – stand behind/in front of/next to, etc. them and ask them to describe where you are.
16 Read and discuss books that talk about starting school The Kissing HandBy: Audrey PennTom Goes to KindergartenBy: Margaret WildLook Out KindergartenBy: Nancy CarlsonI’ll Always Come BackBy: Steve MetzgerRead and discuss books that talk about starting school
17 Develop your child’s background knowledge Experiences in the real world give background knowledge that enhances reading, writing, and speaking.Use rich language to develop your child’s vocabulary. Explain words that may be new to your child.
18 Develop School Readiness Practice good hygiene habitsHelp build strong listening skills – teach your child to follow multi-step directions.Develop self-help skills:Putting on and zipping up jacketsPacking and unpacking backpacks and foldersParticipating in preparing and packing snack and lunch
19 Kindergarten, Here I Come! Letters and WordsLanguage SkillsMotor SkillsReading BooksNumbers, Shapes and PatternsGrowing Up
20 Literacy is so important! We strongly encourage you towork on the following skills withyour child over the next few months…
21 Letters and WordsRecognizes and names at least 15 of the capital lettersRecognizes his/her own first name in printWrites his/her own first nameRecognizes words/signs seen often (ie. McDonalds, Walmart, STOP, EXIT, etc.)
24 Family Literacy Activities Can detect rhyming words(ie. I want you to tell me if two words rhyme. Words that rhyme sound like each other at the end. Listen carefully to the words: hat, cat. Do these words rhyme?)Sorts groups of objects(size, shape, color, etc.)Tells things that go together(ie. Spoon and fork are for eating, fish and boat are in the water, cow and pig are farm animals)Recognizes & names at least 8 colorsUses words to express feelings(I’m happy. I’m sad.)
25 Language Skills Speaks in complete sentences Follows directions with at least 2 stepsAsks “what if” and “how” questions about how things workSays and/or sings familiar songs and nursery rhymesAnswers simple questions (who, what, where, when) in complete sentencesTells his/her first and last name and how old he/she is
26 Motor Skills Puts puzzles together Can draw a circle and square Draws pictures to express ideasRuns, jumps, hops, throws/kicks/ bounces a ballCuts with scissors
27 Reading Books Shows interest in reading and being read to Holds the books appropriately and understands that you read a book from front to back and left to rightRetells a simple story such as Three Little Pigs or other familiar booksAfter listening to a story, tells what might happen next
28 What You Can Do… “Reading aloud to your little ones helps their minds to grow strong. Reading to children on a regular basis helps them to develop the skills necessary to learn to read on their own … paving the way for success in school and throughout life!” Reach Out and Read, St. Alphonsus Medical Group
29 Numbers, Shapes and Patterns Counts from 1-20Recognizes numbers from 1-10Counts at least 5 objects
30 Growing Up Takes care of his/her own needs Toileting, washing hands, dressingAdjusts to new situations without family members being therePlays cooperatively with peersTakes turns, resolves problemsRespects the feelings, rights and belongings of others
31 The time you and your child spend together doing these activities will help your child say with confidence…“Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
33 Kindergarten Math Standards Counting & Cardinality Operations & Algebraic Thinking Number & Operations in Base Ten Measurement & Data Geometry
34 Kindergarten Language Arts Literacy Standards Reading Literature Reading Informational Text Reading Using Foundational Skills Writing Speaking & Listening Language
35 Kindergarten Curriculum Mathematics: Envision Math SeriesLanguage Arts: Balance Literacy Program
36 What does a full day kindergarten program look like?
37 Sample Full Day Schedule Morning Routines: UnpackingMorning Meeting: Greeting, Share, Activity, Morning MessageLiteracy Instruction (Reading: Phonics, Word Study, Reader’s Workshop,Mini-Lesson, Read- Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Whole-Small-Whole Learning, Conferencing) Making Text to Text, Self, and World ConnectionsLiteracy Instruction (Vocabulary, Writer’s Workshop, Mini-Lesson, Modeled Writing, Guided Writing, Independent Writing, Conferencing)SnackLunch/Recess: Kindergarten Classes OnlyLearning Centers: (Literacy, Math, Social Studies, Science, Fine Motor, Social Skills)Mathematics: Envision Math (Interactive Math Mats, SmartBoard Technology, Center Activities, Differentiated Skills)Specials (Art, Music, Library, Computer Lab, PE, Whole Class Enrichment)Themed Activities: (Science, Social Studies, Holiday, Character Education)Choice Centers Free Play: Developmental PlayPack Up/DismissalThis is only an example.
38 School Supplies Large, sturdy backpack (no long straps) List mailed in AugustSturdy shoes everyday! (Playground)Sneakers for gym (no flip-flops)Clothing for art classEasy to open containers for snack/lunch
39 Snacks and LunchTwo healthy snacksBring or buy lunchMaschio’s Food Service/ Café Prepay
40 Volunteering In the classroom: Centers Mystery Readers Classroom ProjectsRoom ParentsJoin the PTO!!
41 Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures Drop-Off: 8:15am - Upon arrival, students in Kindergarten will proceed through the front doors of Memorial School and proceed directly to their classrooms were they will sit outside of their classrooms where a Kindergarten teacher will be on duty.Pick-Up: 2:59pm - Car pick-up via car line, 2:49pm - Bus students will be brought to black top dismissal area, and 2:59pm - walkers line up in front of the school with car pick-up students to be delivered to parent/guardian.Little Steps To Learning: 2:49pm Students will be dismissed to Little Steps Personnel inside Memorial School and brought to aftercare location.Beginning of school transition plan – Kindergarteners will come to school for half days during the first few weeks.First full day for kindergarteners – probably Tuesday, September 13thLunch in schoolDismissed at 12:40Buses homeIndividual appointments will be scheduled with teachers – approx. 30 minutes – appointment times will be mailed home in mid-August
42 Safety on the Bus All Kindergarteners are met upon arrival at school Kindergarteners sit in first two or three rowsStudents will receive bus safety rulesBus Aide on buses in the afternoonParents can help by:Discussing and reinforcing rules
43 Kindergarten Safety Town 5 sessions:9:30 – 12:30August 13th – August 17thSign up now!!!Learn about school safetyChildren will see the school and a Kindergarten classroomWonderful way for students to meet their Kindergarten peers and start friendships.Confidence builderSign up on the chart stand outside the Cafeteria – 16 students per groupMembers of our PTA Board will be in our Library, to chat with parents:- PTA membership- volunteer opportunities- answer any questions
44 During the Spring/Summer Sign up for Safety TownTurn all registration paper work into the office.Complete health paper work return to Mrs. Linde our school nurse. (Children need to have a physical completed by a doctor, prior to the first day of school.)
45 Late summer families will receive… Class Placement Letter (Mailed In August)Details About The Beginning of SchoolBus InformationPTO InformationSchool DirectoryPick-up/Drop-off ProceduresStudent/Parent HandbookBeginning of school transition plan – Kindergarteners will come to school for half days during the first few weeks.First full day for kindergarteners – probably Tuesday, September 13thLunch in schoolDismissed at 12:40Buses homeIndividual appointments will be scheduled with teachers – approx. 30 minutes – appointment times will be mailed home in mid-August
46 Important Dates Safety Town: Monday, August 12th-16th, 2013, 9:30 a.m. First day of school: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 (Students)Back-To-School Night: Wednesday, September 24, :00 – 8:30 p.m.Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 18th-22nd, 2013, (Single Session Days)School hours: 8:35a.m. – 2:59p.m.Also:- New Family Welcome – Tuesday, August 23rd at 10:15 (right after Bus Orientation) – meet the new Princiapl- Open School Afternoon (Meet the Teacher) – Tuesday, August 30th– PTA Ice Cream Social – Thursday, September 1st
47 Thank you for coming to our Kindergarten Orientation. We look forward to having you at Memorial Elementary School.