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Welcome to Highcroft Drive Elementary’s Kindergarten Orientation. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”. Philosophy of Kindergarten. Kindergarten means “ a garden where children grow”

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welcome to highcroft drive elementary s kindergarten orientation

Welcome to Highcroft Drive Elementary’s Kindergarten Orientation

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

philosophy of kindergarten
Philosophy of Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten means “ a garden where children grow”
  • We focus on the individual child - meeting them where they are and taking them as far as possible
  • Child’s development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, etc.
  • Each child’s self-concept is very important
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Curriculum“Provide developmentally appropriate activities that nurture the child’s physical, mental, social and emotional growth.”
  • Common Core Standards
  • Unit approach, integrated themes
  • Comprehensive introduction to all areas of learning

* Reading * Developmental Centers

* Writing * Whole group

* Math * Small group

* Science * One-on-one instruction

* Social Studies

* Arts and Technology

social development
Social Development
  • Listens without interrupting
  • Follows directions
  • Shows self-confidence
  • Carries out responsibilities
  • Follows the school rules
  • Shows respect for others and their work
  • Takes care of classroom materials
  • Displays good manners
  • Self care- from zipping to personal care in

restroom

character traits
Character Traits
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Kindness
  • Self-Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Good Judgment
a day in kindergarten
A Day in Kindergarten

Arrival activities Recess

Group time Snack

Language Arts- Social Studies

Reading/Writing Science

Developmental Centers

Lunch

Math

Specials: Art, P.E., Music, Spanish

Technology, Media,

Reader’s Theater

staggered entry july 28 29 30 31
Staggered EntryJuly 28, 29, 30, 31
  • Your child will attend just one day the first week of school
  • Teacher gets to know the children; allows for a more gradual adjustment to kindergarten
  • Initial assessments will be completed
  • Create heterogeneous classes
getting to know you
Getting to Know You
  • Meet the Teacher will be Aug.1 from 1:30-3p.m.
  • First full day of kindergarten will be Aug. 4
arrival and dismissal
Arrival and Dismissal
  • Children may enter the building at 8:45a.m. First bell rings at 9:10a.m. Announcements and pledge begin at 9:15a.m.
  • School is dismissed at 3:45p.m.
  • Walkers enter and leave the building by the side doors.
  • Carpoolers enter and leave the building by the front doors. Carpool tags can be picked up in the cafeteria on “Meet the Teacher” days.
  • Before & After School Program is

available through the YMCA

bus transportation
Bus Transportation
  • All new students must register between May 30, 2014 and June 6, 2014
    • The link to the online registration is: www.wcpss.net/parents/transportation
  • To register you need:
    • Student name, parent name, address, email address, Student ID number, phone number
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New students will mirror older sibling’s service

  • If you wish to add bus transportation and did not have it last year, you must register online
  • THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION IS ONLY TO AND FROM YOUR HOME ADDRESS GIVEN AT REGISTRATION
helpful information
Helpful Information
  • Be positive about school; children will follow your lead
  • Bring supplies on “Meet the Teacher” Day – Aug 1st
  • Send children in clothes that they can manage (no zippers, etc.)
  • Each child needs a full-sized backpack (large enough for a folder) – no rolling bags please
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Write your child’s name on every personal item
  • Send checks or pay online to cover the cost of lunch
  • Notify us of any transportation changes in writing
  • Child must be “fever-free” for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Please send a note or email when your child is absent
  • Join the PTA, get involved, volunteer
  • Read, read, read to your child
dates to remember
Dates to Remember
  • Staggered Start: July 28, 29, 30, and 31. Your child will attend for ONE full day this week.
  • Friday, August 1-Come by and “Meet Your Teacher” from 1:30-3p.m. This is also the best time to drop off school supplies.
  • Monday, August 4-First day for all kindergartners
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Questions and Answers
  • If you have questions about registration: contact Jeanette Acker at 460-3527.
  • If you have questions about the kindergarten program:
    • please contact the kindergarten grade chair:

Jennifer Butler: jbutler1@wcpss.net