Classroom Handbook

Welcome To Full-Day Kindergarten At YakeElementary!

Kindergarten Guide 2012-2013

 

Dear Parents and Kindergartners,

Welcome to Yake Elementary School!  I am delighted that you have decided to become a member of the Yake Elementary community. 

 

My name is Mrs. Chlipala and I will be your teacher this year. I am excited to learn about you and your family and I would like for you to learn about me and my family.

I have two sisters and a twin brother.  My siblings and I are very close and are special people in my life.  My daughter Brooklyn is 2 years old and a very busy little girl! She loves running outside and going to the park.  Hopefully she will be able to meet you very soon!

I enjoy watching movies and taking long walks outside to enjoy the weather and nature.  We will also take walks outside to learn about nature around our school.

On your first day of kindergarten, we will become explorers and discover fun and exciting places in our room as well as places such as the music room, art, room, library,computer room, gymnasium, lunch room, the office, and say hello to our fellow kindergarteners in Ms. Herbst class. There are so many wonderful teachers and helpers in the building that I would like you to meet and get to know. We will also read a book called ­The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  The story is about a raccoon your age that is also going to school for the first time.  We will learn about feelings we may have and what we can do to feel happy and excited to be at school to make friends and learn lots of fun information. 

We will also be eating lunch in the lunch room for the first time!  I will be eating lunch with you for the first couple of days so we can get to know each other and for me to be available in case you have any questions about our lunch room routine.

Throughout our day, we will be talking about good choices we can make to help keep us safe outside and inside of our classroom. Some of our good choices include:

Indoor Good Choices

  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Walk,don’t run, in the classroom and hallways
  • Listen when someone is speaking
  • Raise your hand if you have something to share or have a question to ask

Outdoor Good Choices

  • Climb up ladders
  • Slide down slides on your bottom
  • Keep pebbles on the ground
  • No use of the high monkey bars
  • Don’t jump off the swings or playscape

I am excited to hear your thoughts and ideas, so we will create more good choices together to help make our community safe and a fun place to be!

 

Healthy Snacks and Lunches

Please provide your child with healthy snacks and lunch items. Our district is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating.  Suggested guidelines for choosing healthy snack and lunch items include:

  • Contains 300 calories or less
  • Contains 1 or more grams of fiber
  • Has at least 10% of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A or Vitamin C

 

Items that follow these suggested guidelines are:

  • Fresh fruit or veggies
  • Animal Crackers
  • Low fat Popcorn
  • String Cheese
  • Granola Bar

 

Please place healthy lunches in a lunch box with your child’s name written in permanent marker on the inside.  Place a snack in a separate zip-lock bag with your child’s name written on the outside of the bag.  It is very important that you label the snack that your child will be bringing.  We don’t want any snacks to be mixed up.  If your child forgets to bring a snack to school, I will provide them with a snack for the day.  Snack donations are always appreciated. 

Please visit Tips and Tools to Help Implement Michigan’s Healthy Food and Beverage Policy for further information regarding snacks and lunches.

          www.tn.fcs.msue.msu.edu/toolkit.pdf

 

Medications

If any medication needs to be administered at school, the teacher cannot do it.  If your child needs to take medication while at school, you will need to provide a note from your doctor specifying dosages and times for the medication to be given. The office will administer the medication at the requested time with your permission and signature on a form. Please drop the medication off in the office.  Do Not send the medication in a backpack with your child to school.  I will provide band-aids in the classroom, but if there is an injury that requires more attention, your child will be sent to the office for further assistance.  I will call you at the telephone number that is best to reach you at if an injury has occurred.

Birthday Treats

We love to celebrate birthdays!  Your child is welcome to bring in a treat to school to celebrate their birthday, but it is certainly not required.  Birthday treats may include:

  • Goodie bags (erasers, stickers, pencils, etc.)
  • Class book
  • Food treats are welcomed, but NO CUPCAKES

 

Please contact me ahead of time to discuss a day to celebrate a birthday

Footwear and Clothing

School dress code prohibits backless shoes being worn to school. Socks must also be worn to school at all times.  Please send your child to school with comfortable shoes.  We are going to be very active and want to be comfortable as much as possible.  Please also remember to send your child to school with comfortable shoes for gym.  If your child has a bathroom accident you will be called and will need to come to the school to help your child change and clean up.

 

Classroom Policies

Throughout the school year, the class and I will be creating good choices to make regarding being a kind member of our community.  We will practice how to be kind, polite, and share with others.  We will also learn how to self-regulate our emotions through various breathing techniques and yoga postures.  Your child will be able to use these techniques if they feel they are having a difficult time.  If a child is aggressive physically towards another child or teacher, they will be removed from the classroom to sit with the principal.  The teacher or the principal will call the guardian to notify them of the offense.  Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for children to enjoy learning.

Folders

I will provide your child with a folder.  It will be sent home each day.  Please return the folder back to school everyday.  Please place any forms or notes in the folder. I will check the folders every morning as your child centers the classroom. 

 

Lunch Money

Please place lunch money in the folder as well. It is very important to place lunch money in a sealed envelope with a first name, last name, and teacher name on the envelope.  This will help clear up any confusion for the kitchen.  If you have any questions about payment or billing regarding your lunch account, please contact the kitchen. 

Karen Cumming - Director, Food Services
Woodhaven High School, 24787 Van Horn Rd.
Brownstown, MI 48134-9232
(734) 789-2088 Phone~ (734) 783-3342 Fax

The following website providesmore information regarding our food services.

http://www.woodhaven.k12.mi.us/food_services.htm

Supply List

Your child does not need a personal crayon/pencil box.  We are a community and our class is going to work together to take care of our community items.  If each child could bring in the following items it would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Backpack with your child’s name marked inside (no backpack with wheels.  Needs to be big enough to hold a folder.)

 

6 glue sticks

 

$5.00 for Scholastic News

 

2 Spiral Notebooks

 

Box of Kleenex

 

1 container of Chlorox wipes

 

1 package of 4 dry erase markers

 

1 box of crayons(8 or 16 count)

 

2 folders with prongs

 

2 folders without prongs

 

Daily Snack(granola bar, crackers, pretzels, fruit, etc) 

 

****Please put your child’s name in their lunch boxes, coats, backpacks, etc****

         

We will ask for these items to be replenished as we run out and may ask for additional items throughout the year for special activities.

Yake P.T.O.

I highly encourage your family to become part of Yake’s wonderful Parent Teacher Organization.  The Yake P.T.O. sponsors fundraisers that pay for our transportation costs for field trips.  They also pay for educational performers and assemblies to come to our school. 

P.T.O meetings will be held in the Yake Media Center on the following dates:

September 13th- 6:00pm

November 8th- 6:00 pm

January 10th- 6:00 pm

February 7th- 6:00 pm

March 7th- 6:00 pm

April 11th- 6:00 pm

May 2nd- 6:00 pm

 

*Dates are subject to change, but a notice will be sent home if changes are made.

 

School Events! 

August 2012

 

29

Popsicle with the Principal starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Media Center for all entering Kindergartners

September 2012

 

4

Students’ First Day                                                                              
Open House
from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. *Coffee & refreshments will be served in the cafeteria from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

6

Market Day orders are due by 5:00 p.m. (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

12

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

13

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center *The 2011/12 Annual Report will be presented at this meeting

20

WATCH D.O.G.S. Dads & Kids Pizza Night starting at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria for “Dads” who would like to sign up to be Watch D.O.G.S. for the 2012.13 school year and/or for those “Dads” who would simply like to learn more about the program.

23

Fall Festival from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the Yake grounds

26

QSP Fundraiser kick-off

27

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

28

QSP Fundraiser postcards are due & prizes will be passed out

October 2012

 

3

Count Day!                                                                                          
Picture Day!

4

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

9

MEAP Testing – Reading Day 1 (grades 3-5)

10

MEAP Testing – Reading Day 2 (grades 3-5)                                        
Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

11

MEAP Testing – Writing Day 1 (4th grade)                                                             PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

16

MEAP Testing – Math (grades 3-5)

17

MEAP Testing – Writing Day 2 (4th grade) and Science (5th grade)

25

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

26

Monster Mash at WHS from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

November 2012

 

1

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

6

Election Day/Professional Development Day for Teachers (No School)

7

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

8

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

9

Picture re-take Day

21

Half-Day – 12:18 p.m. dismissal to start Thanksgiving Break

22 & 23

Thanksgiving Break (No School)

27

American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

29

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Half-Day for students (12:18 dismissal) with    conferences running from 1:00 until 4:00 and from 5:00 until 8:00 PM                     
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences

29 - Dec. 6

Scholastic Book Fair

30

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

December 2012

 

6

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

10-14

Santa’s Secret Shop

12

Half-Day – 12:18 p.m. dismissal - Professional Development for Teachers                   
Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center           

20

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

22 - Jan. 6

Winter Recess (No School)

January 2013

 

7

Students return from Winter Recess

10

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

17

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

21

No School for Students – M.L.K. Day

23

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

25

WATCH D.O.G.S. Donuts with Dads from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. in our group room for “Dads” who would like to have a donut and sign up to be Watch D.O.G.S. for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year and/or for those “Dads” who would simply like to learn more about the program.

31

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

February 2013

 

2

Kids Against Hunger at Bates (8:45 a.m. until noon)

7

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

14

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

15

Half-Day – 12:18 p.m. dismissal Professional Development for Teachers

18

Presidents’ Day (No School)

20

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

22

Winter Carnival from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Yake

26

Spring Pictures

28

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

March 2013

 

1

Half-Day – 12:18 p.m. dismissal for Record’s Day                                            
Reading Month kick-off
                                                                                   
Reading Across America Day! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (March 2nd) (Activities TBD)

4-8

Reading Month Spirit Week – Activities & Events TBD

7

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

8

BINGO for Books 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

14

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Half-Day for students (12:18 dismissal) with conferences running from 1:00 until 4:00 and from 5:00 until 8:00 PM                      
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences                           
Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

14-21

Scholastic Book Fair

20

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

28

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

29 - April 7

Spring Break (No School)

April 2013

 

8

Students return from Spring Break

11

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

18

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

24

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

25

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

May 2013

 

2

PTO meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

9

Kindergarten Orientation (Class of 2026!) starting at 6:30 p.m.

10

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum sponsored Family Fun Science Night from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Yake Elementary School (free for all families)

16

Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

20-24

5th Grade Camp to the Clear Lake Outdoor Adventure Center near Battle Creek, MI

22

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

24

Half-Day of School – 12:18 p.m. dismissal

27

Memorial Day (No School)

30

Coffee & Conversation at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center

June 2013

 

5

5th Grade Skateland Party

6

5th Grade Graduation starting at 2:00 p.m.                                                        
Market Day orders are due (internet orders are due by 11:00 p.m.)

7

Field Day

10

Market Day pick-up at 3:30 p.m. in the media center

11

Half-Day of school for students for Records Day – 12:18 dismissal

12

Last Day of School Half-Day of school for students – 12:18 dismissal

 

Rest Time

After a busy morning full of activities, we will be taking a 30 minute rest time in the afternoon.  I will read to the class for10 minutes and the children will rest for 20 minutes on their own. 


Pick-Up/Drop Off

Children taking the bus will wear a bus tag with their address and bus number the first two weeks of school.  I will place the bus tag on your child at the end of the day and they will wear it home.  Please pin the bus tag back on your child in the morning and send them to school wearing it. If you will be picking up your child at the end of the day, please wait in the main lobby.  I will walk your child down to the main lobby to meet you. In the morning, all students will be dropped off and wait indoors by the lunch room until the morning bell rings. I will pick them up every morning. If you are picking your child up before school ends, please stop in the office and sign your child out.  If your transportation plans change for any reason, please write me a note or call the office.  Your child will only be released to a parent or any individual that is listed on the emergency contact form. 

 

Kindergarten News

I will send home a newsletter at the beginning of every month to inform you of important concepts we will be learning and to keep you posted on any up coming events.

 

Classroom Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom throughout the school year, you will need to complete a background screening application which is attached to this packet.  Once our friends have learned our classroom routines, I will be asking for volunteers on a weekly basis.  We need volunteers that are able to come on a consistent basis to help with centers and student learning.  Please do not bring any siblings because we would like to focus all of our attention on helping our children learn in our classroom.  I will send a note home during the first weeks of school specifying days and times.

Contacting Me!

Parents/Guardians:  You may contact me via email at anytime

School E-mail:  chlipam@wbsdweb.com

School Information:

Yake Elementary

16400 Carter Rd.

Woodhaven, MI.48183

 

Main #734.692.2230

Attendance #734.789.8513

I look forward to working together and making it a great year!

Thanks!

Mrs. Chlipala