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Welcome to Kindergarten at Beck Elementary. Samuel Beck Elementary School Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Adjusting to the First Days of Kindergarten. Practice Routines: Beginning the school year is a perfect time to start routines.

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Welcome to Kindergarten at Beck Elementary

Samuel Beck Elementary School

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Adjusting to the First Days of Kindergarten

  • Practice Routines:

    • Beginning the school year is a perfect time to start routines.

    • Getting ready for each school day the night before: parent signing the daily folder, make lunch together, pick out your next school day clothes, bath, story, bedtime.

    • Arrive each day at 7:25am. The tardy bell rings at 7:45am.


Adjusting to the First Days of Kindergarten

  • Practice Routines:

    • As much as possible, try to keep your child’s transportation to and from school.

    • Should there be a change in transportation, please send a signed note in your child’s folder or email the change to [email protected] We must have your request in writing before 2:00 p.m.

    • Review with your child when you will see them next (at 3pm, after day care, at grandma’s house etc…).

    • Daily routines help reduce anxiety 


Adjusting to the First Days of Kindergarten

  • Starting School is Exciting:

    • Be supportive

      -Encourage making new friends

      -Strive for independence

  • Saying Goodbye:

    • Make your goodbye’s cheerful and brief.

    • Avoid coming back to the classroom after you have already said goodbye.

    • Some children respond well to a planned ritual (example: 2 hugs and a thumbs up).

    • “Quick goodbye’s leave dry eyes!”


Adjusting to the First Days of Kindergarten

  • Responding to Distress/Tears:

    • Avoid creating more distress or fear by scolding.

    • Remain positive that you will see them at the end of the school day.

    • Remind them how they will make new friends, play at recess, and especially how proud you are that they are in kindergarten now.

    • Avoid letting them see you sad , children of all ages can sense when adults are scared, worried, or upset.

    • Make it a positive farewell.


Home Ideas for Adjusting to School

  • Powerful Conversations

    • “You’re so lucky you get to go to a big kid school like Beck Elementary.”

    • “Who have you met?”

    • “What did you like best about school today?”

    • “What was the favorite thing you learned today?”


Academics and Curriculum

  • Foster independence in various areas:

    • Practice writing their name, knowing full name, address, phone number, teacher’s name.

    • Try to find age- appropriate responsibilities for your child to do each day such as tying shoes; snap, button, zip clothing.

    • According to the National Education Association, “giving young children tiny tasks will reduce your stress level (parents) and actually help your child to become a better student.”


Academics and Curriculum

  • Plan to attend the kindergarten curriculum night; date and time to be announced soon.

  • Review and practice daily skills as directed by the teacher.

  • The following is the Samuel Beck Elementary Bulldogs’ Plan for Success. Please discuss these with your child.

    • We will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat others.

    • If you have or create a problem, we will ask you to solve it.

    • If you have trouble solving the problem, or choose not to, we will do something.

    • What we do, will depend on each person, and the unique situation.


Academics and Curriculum

  • The Gift of a Good Book:

    • Try to read with your child every day.

    • Books help children build vocabulary, learn concepts of print, develop listening skills, and enjoy reading.

    • After you read a book, talk about the characters, your child’s favorite part of the story, new words they learned, and words they already know.


Ways to Get Involved with your Kindergartener

  • Find out the best way to stay in communication with your child’s teacher (emails, notes in folder, etc…).

  • Join the PTA-become a member and make a difference.

  • Volunteer around the school (library, book fair, special events, Watch D.O.G.S.).


We Are Here for You and Your Child 

  • Please contact any of the following staff members if there is anything we can do to make your child’s day at school even better 

    Classroom Teacher (should be contacted first for any questions or concerns about your child, as they know your child best)

    Deborah McCune-Principal

    John Booles-Assistant Principal

    Patricia Porter-Counselor

    Susan Stuebe-Office Manager

    Jennifer Allen-Receptionist

    Lori Walsh-Nurse

    We count it a privilege to serve you and your child.

    Welcome to Samuel Beck Elementary!


Last Minute Reminders

  • The building opens at 7:25 a.m.

  • Cafeteria serves breakfast at 7:25 a.m.

  • Students can go to their class at 7:25 a.m.

  • Learning begins and the tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m.

  • Dismissal is at 2:45 p.m.

  • Check teacher websites regularly for updates and information.

  • 2012-2013 Background Checks must be completed before any adult is allowed to volunteer in the classroom/school, field trips, Watch D.O.G.S. etc.

  • Transportation changes must be received in writing (parent note or email) before 2:00 p.m.

  • Drop off and pick up on time reduces stress on your child.


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