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2017 Welcome to Kindergarten

posted Aug 24, 2017, 12:11 PM by Communications Coordinator   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

Welcome Kindergarten Parents and Students!  This letter contains important information for the first week of school (and beyond.).   This year, Kindergarten students will be starting on Tuesday, September 5th, the same day as the “big kids!”


Crews have been working all summer to get our school looking great for the first day.  The floors are beautifully-waxed and our gym and foyer are getting the final touches of a complete paint job in our school colors of blue and white!   Teacher are working on setting up their classrooms and things are starting to “buzz” in the hallways.   We are almost ready to welcome your children!


This is how our Kindergarten Orientation days will look:


PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITH YOUR STUDENTS UNTIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH!  Please do bring send in a backpack if your child has one.


  • Tuesday, September 5th:   

    • Arrive between 8:20-8:25 and check in with the teacher who has the same color as listed on the top of this letter.   This will be your child’s color for the first three days of school.  

    • The teacher will check off your child’s name. Be prepared to quickly tell the teacher who will be picking the child up after school.  (If you have other children who attend Hallsville, please drop them off with their teachers first.)

    • When all/most of the children have arrived, the teachers, staff, students and you will file into the gym and have a seat on the benches for a quick welcome.

    • Your child will be given a name tag.

    • The students will then wave goodbye to you, then go to one of the Kinder classrooms for some scheduled fun activities, school tours, special recess, and other orientation-type activities.

    • They will participate in their scheduled Unified Arts class and lunch with extra adult support.

      • Please pack a nutritious snack and drink each day.

      • Your child can purchase or pack a lunch. (See below.)

    • The afternoon will hold additional fun Kinder activities in the classrooms.

    • Dismissal will be at the side door starting at 2:40.   Please line up on both sides of the little wall and ramp area.   The teachers will direct that dismissal.   Please, for your child’s safety, do not call him/her to come you until the teacher arranges the “hand-off.”  

  • Wednesday, September 6th:

    • Arrive between 8:20-8:25 and check-in with the teacher who is holding a sign with your child’s color.    Give your child a hug outside today!   The teachers will bring them in when most have arrived.

    • A similar morning and afternoon schedule will be held for students, but in the other Kindergarten classroom.

    • Dismissal at 2:40, as above.

  • Thursday, September 7th:

    • Same as above.

    • A permanent class placement letter will be in your child’s red folder on this day.

  • Friday, September 8th:

    • Drop off your child with your child’s permanent teacher around 8:25.  The teachers will have signs.

    • They will participate in activities to get to know their teacher and their classmates.

    • Parent Meet-n-Greet will take place in the classrooms starting @ 2:00.   This is a time to meet the teacher and view the classroom.    Due to confidentiality needs, teachers will not be in a position to discuss your child’s particular needs at this Meet-n-Greet.    Please wait at the side door until you are greeted and escorted to the appropriate classroom.

    • You may dismiss your child from the classroom by signing him/her out with the teacher or other staff member who is assisting.   

  • Monday, September 11th and forward:

    • Students will enter the side door of the building @ 8:30 with Grades 1 and 2.  They will be pros at finding the way to their classroom by then!  There will be adults to help any little person who is “lost!”

    • Dismissal will continue as usual.


Here is some additional general information that applies to all Hallsville students/families.


  • Arrival and Dismissal

  • The starting time for all MSD elementary schools is 8:30 a.m.   For the first few days, meet your child’s teacher outside along the fence.   Then, as before, the children will come in either the side door (K-2) or the front door (3-5).   

  • Dismissal is outside @ 2:50. (Kindergarten: 2:40 at the side door.) Please pick up your children on time and check in with the teacher before taking them out of line.  Remember, our staff is getting to know you and your students.   

  • If you have an older child who will be walking home without an adult, or if he/she will be going home with a neighbor, a note must be sent in and given to the teacher.

  • There are parking restrictions in place for the protection of your children.   If you must drive to drop off or pick up your child, please park in a legal spot and walk to the school yard.

    • There is no stopping or  parking in front of the school at any time--not even for a minute.   While we are a walking school, there are several buses/vans that stop at Hallsville and the front of the school is reserved for that purpose.  Please share this with relatives who may be picking up as well.

    • The City Traffic Office has decided that the opposite side of Jewett Street is now going to be a no-parking zone during arrival and pick-up hours.   Signs are expected to be put up soon.   This is new, and it is important to the children’s safety.  Please do not ask them to run over to you as you pull up, as this risks their immediate safety.   


  • If your child wants to have breakfast at Hallsville, they should enter through the side doors at 8:15 a.m.  This will give them plenty of time to eat before the 8:30 start.


  • Breakfast and Lunch are available for purchase.  The prices:  Lunch $2.30;   Breakfast $1.30.   Milk alone is $0.50.   Free and Reduced lunch forms will be sent home on the first day of school.  Thank you for returning them promptly.  Menus will be sent home on the first day, but may be viewed prior the start of school at www.mansd.org.


  • Hallsville children are offered a fresh fruit snack during the day.  This menu will be published when the program starts.


  • All communication will come home in your student’s red folder.   Much will come home the first week, so please work with your child to get into the habit of giving it to you daily and returning it the next day.   After the first week, the bulk of the important information will come home on Wednesdays, as before.   However, we will not have white envelopes this year, only the red folders.   Please communicate with your child’s teacher if your child has a problem with this process.   


  • Please watch for sign-up information for the 21st Century before and after school programs.  They often fill within the first few days, so return the completed paperwork in the red folders.    We have a new Coordinator for the programs -- Kristen Shimer.  Many of our students know Ms. Shimer from last year when she filled in for Kathy Scott, one of our teachers.


  • The Hallsville Handbook, along with my September Newsletter, will be sent home with your child the first week of school.  Your prompt attention to these important documents is really appreciated!    There are forms that will need your signature.


  • Just a reminder, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Johnson,  beginning on September 1st if you have any questions about medication forms, distribution of medication, physicals, or other medical issues.  She will be happy to assist you.


  • September can be a hot month in our classrooms.   Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to keep on or near their desks.   In keeping with the MSD Dress Code, shorts must be at least as long as the fingertips;  spaghetti straps, halter tops, and flip-flops are not permitted.   Children wearing flip-flops will sit out from gym class or recess for safety reasons.    


Thank you for attending to this important information so we can all get off to a great start to the 2017-18 school year!   Please feel free to email me at bskogsholm@mansd.org if you have any questions or if you want to set an appointment.  


We look forward to a tremendous year together at Hallsville School!


Sincerely,

Bonnie Skogsholm

Principal


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