WELCOME to Readiness Kindergarten!
I hope this booklet will help you know what to expect in Readiness K this year and answer some of the questions you may have.
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Suzie Askins. I am beginning my 32nd
year of teaching. (Where does the time go?) I graduated from Roberts’s Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. I received a master’s degree from Geneseo State College and I graduated from Brockport State College with an advanced degree in Educational Administration.
I am looking forward to working with your child this year and helping him/her grow and learn. I have many great activities planned so that my classroom will be a wonderful place where your child will bloom and leave with wonderful memories. We are very fortunate to have Mrs.O’Dell as our full time aide again this year.
I believe that a good parent/teacher relationship is important for your child to have a successful, positive year. As your child sees you involved, they will get the message that school is very important. Throughout this year, I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, almost weekly newsletters, report cards and parent/teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
You can contact me at school 698-4225 ex. 1135 or at home 698-2737 before 9 p.m.
My e-mail address at school is : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am available for conferences regarding your child’s progress by appointment on school days.
The children’s schedule is:
Monday: music, gym
Wednesday: library, gym
Our lunch time is 11:32-12:12
Please have your child either wear sneakers every day or keep a pair at school. (They have to wear sneakers in the gym and on the playground).
Children walking to school must use the MAIN entrance to the school building. If you are dropping your child off, you will use the front parking lot. Children are not allowed in the classrooms until the morning bell rings.
When you come to our building during the day you will press an intercom button near the entrance. Office personnel will let you in. You will then need to stop in the main office to sign in and get a visitor’s pass. Although this can be inconvenient at times, it is for the safety of your children.
On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school. Special envelopes are sent home for lunch and afternoon milk money. Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information:
1. Your child’s first and last name
2. The amount of money
3. The purpose for the money (book order, ice, cream, etc.)
4. My name
Lunch, milk and ice cream money is sent directly to the cafeteria first thing in the morning so this information is important and saves me time. Also, if the envelope is left on the bus or dropped in the hallway, this information will help the money to be returned to my classroom.
Ice Cream/snack .65
Each child has their own account and an ID card that gets scanned each day. You can pre-pay as far ahead as you like.
We try to have a small snack every morning and one with our afternoon milk. The children really enjoy this time (and are usually hungry!). If you could occasionally send in a box of animal crackers, pretzels, graham crackers, etc. it would help out a lot! I will send home a note when our snack cupboard starts getting bare.
You will be given several days notice as to holiday dates and party needs throughout the year. (We love to have parties!). You are welcome to send a treat in celebration of your child’s birthday. Please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly.
Please be aware that I do not always have cups, plates, or silverware in the classroom so if you send in punch or cake for your child’s birthday, please send in the needed supplies.
The children have a green folder known as their “Zebra Folder”. It comes home daily and must be returned each day. All my notes and all school papers will be put in this folder. Please put all your notes and your child’s money in this folder. Please initial daily.
Please note that I only check your child’s folder. I do not look through their backpack for notes or lunch money.
V.I.P.-Very Important Person
We like to celebrate each other in our classroom. Each week a child will be chosen as our V.I.P. They will have special privileges that week and you may send in a special treat to celebrate you child. I will be sending more information to you about this.
Very Important Family
This is a very special part of my program and one of my favorite activities. The week your child is V.I.P., your family will be our V.I.P. Family. Someone in your family (it could be you, grandma, grandpa, an aunt, uncle, etc) has to come in for a “Family Share” time that week. Maybe someone in your family is a truck driver and can bring a truck in for us to “investigate”. Someone may do crafts and may want to do a special craft with the children. Maybe your family is Irish and someone knows how to do an Irish dance-come and teach us!!!
The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination.
No one will be allowed to get out of this assignmentJ-so start thinking!!!!
This is a very special time for your child!
Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success. Most of our activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates or using manipulative materials that are in the classroom. Therefore, it is difficult to make up the work missed at home.
The children will be going out for recess every day unless it is raining or extremely cold. Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing for the day. We are fortunate to have a beautiful, new playground with a variety of equipment pieces, including places for climbing. Boots and dress shoes are less than ideal for your child to run or climb on the playground. Children are not allowed to play on the playground if they do not have sneakers on. This is to protect your child from injury. Please feel free to keep an extra pair of sneakers at school.
I believe that Readiness Kindergarten is a place to learn how to interact appropriately with others. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently.
The children will learn the purpose of making good decisions and develop the idea that we are a “family” with the common purpose of learning, growing, and becoming friends. Our motto is: “Do the right thing.” Children will be redirected with questions like” “What is the right thing to be doing right now?” “Are you doing the right thing?”, “What could you do so that you are doing the right thing?”
There will be logical consequences that will occur when our class rules are not being followed. Some examples of logical consequences include time away from the carpet for class disruptions and bothering other children, time out during center time for wasting the class’s time, etc
Your child will receive a monkey stamp each day in their “Zebra Folder” to indicate to you what kind of day they have had. This gives your child an opportunity to monitor his/her own behavior. Please use this to discuss your child’s day, not as a means of punishment. I use the “Zebra Folder” to communicate with you and give you an opportunity to discuss behavior/choices with your child. I want your child to know that we have a home/school relationship.
You will receive a note or a call from me if there is a problem that you need to address with your child.
Your child has an opportunity to earn a “homerun” each day for making good choices. Whenever they have earned 10 homeruns they get to go to the “treasure box”. When they have earned 100 homeruns they will be entered into the “100 Hall of Fame” and get a special certificate.
I am looking forward to a GREAT year working with you and your child. Thank you for entrusting your child to me. I work very hard to create an environment of love and fun for your child so that they will be excited about learning and coming to school each day. I love teaching this age group! I get the handsomest boys in town in town wanting to hold my hand and the most precious girls imitating me. I get to sing my heart out, paint, dance, create, color and discover. Where else could that take place but in Readiness Kindergarten!!!!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern:
School: 698-4225 x1135
A very important part of your child’s success is the support he/she receives at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families has been developed by the state to help parents understand how education is changing today. The toolkit is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families support their child’s learning. This toolkit can be found at
Below are the shifts:
English Language Arts/Literacy Mathematics
• Build skills across grade levels • Learn more about less
• Learn about the world by reading • Use math facts easily
• Listen to/read more challenging material • Think fast AND solve problems
• Talk about reading using “evidence” • Really know it, really do it
• Know more vocabulary words • Use math in the real world