Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Pre-K! We are very excited to be your child’s teacher and look forward to working with you and your child throughout this school year. We will have so much fun together! Pre-K will be a year full of many new adventures and learning experiences. Our objectives this year is to help better prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, socially, and academically in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.
Below you will find some of the skills focused on in Pre-K:
- Reading Readiness: listening to and following directions, left to right progression when reading and writing, letter identification
- Math Concepts: patterning, sorting, one to one correspondence, shapes, size sequencing, number recognition
- Fine Motor Skills: manipulating small objects, tracing, painting, coloring, pencil grip, correct letter formation (writing), and cutting;
- Science: measuring, weighing, open exploration;
- Awareness of self: respect of self and others as well as our school community, waiting ones turn to speak and play, and completing daily tasks.
Here are some important reminders:
Morning Drop Off: Please note that the Pre-K entrance (Exit 5) will open at 8:10 AM. Scan the morning arrival QR code to sign child in for attendance
Afternoon Dismissal: Dismissal is at 2:30PM at the Pre-k entrance (Exit 5). Please sign your child out using the Dismissal QR code. Your child will be asked to wait to greet you until after they have been signed out. This will help ensure their safety.
Change of Clothes: Please send in an extra set of clothes, including socks, to keep at school in case of an emergency. Please send clothing in a large Ziploc bag, with their name on the outside of the bag. If your child does need to be changed, please make sure their extra clothing gets replaced by their next school day.
Sneakers: We will take rest time after lunch each day. Students will be taking off their shoes during rest time and putting it back on. To build student independence and their self help skills we recommend that children wear sneakers with Velcro straps to school. We are extremely active each day, shoes with laces can pose a hazard to student safety as we exercise and move throughout the day. In addition, dress shoes, open toed shoes or flip-flops are not appropriate for many of our activities.
Blue Card & Emergency Contact: Each student should have a completed emergency contact card (blue card) on file. Blue cards are currently completed and housed in our OPEROO APP. If there are any changes to parents’ contact information please notify us so it can be updated accordingly. Please update all emergency contacts on your child’s blue card in the event that you are unable to pick up your child. If the person picking up your child is not listed on the blue card we are unable to release your child due to safety protocols. Bring ID for verification purposes.
Snacks: We will have snack time each afternoon. Please send foods that are easy for your child to eat such as apple slices or goldfish crackers, and water in a spill proof water bottle. We want to encourage healthy eating at PS 896, so we respectfully request that you only send healthy snacks with your child.
Cot: Our Pre-K students will be taking rest time directly after lunch each day. We ask that all families send in a cot sheet and blanket for their child. We will send the sheet and blanket home each Friday for cleaning and you will need to return it back each Monday.
Toys: Please do not allow your child to bring in toys from home to school. We want to avoid the risk of personal items being misplaced or broken.
Every child has a birthday, and with birthdays come parties. In order to ensure that instruction is not disrupted several times during the week for parties, all birthday celebrations will be held on one day during the week. All birthday celebrations will be held on Friday afternoons during period 8.
We celebrate the birthday of our students in different ways at our school. We ask that birthday parties celebrate the child in ways that are not food related due to dietary restrictions, food allergies and the current safety protocols for COVID-19. Some possible ways to celebrate a birthday include:
- Reading the child’s favorite story to the class
- Sending a craft activity that the class can complete together.
- Sharing baby pictures of the child and telling the story of the day they became part of their family.
As for the distribution of small goody bags, we ask that parents not send prepared food or snacks. Parents can choose to include small items like notepads, pencils, erasers, etc.
We look forward to working with your child and am excited to be a part of their growth and development. We are a firm believer in having open communication between home and school. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year
Let’s work together to make this year full of fun, learning, and personal growth for your child!
Ms. Cao & Ms. Li