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    WELCOME TO
    KINDERGARTEN!

    2022-2023

    Dear Families,

    This is such an exciting time, whether it is your first student or your third (fourth or fifth!) heading off to Kindergarten, the emotions are real!   We realize you have many questions!  Please know we will be communicating a lot as we get closer to August. For now, though, here is information on some of our most frequently asked questions to hopefully put your mind at ease! 

    The info below can be found in PDF form in English HERE.

    La información a continuación se puede encontrar en formato PDF en español AQUÍ.

    Kindergarten Parent Information

    When can I see the building?
    Your first opportunity will be Tuesday April 26 at our Kindergarten Open House.  After that you will receive communication from our PTO about Kindergarten playdates occurring over the summer.

    When will we know our teacher?
    We announce our class lists for K-5 on August 1 via email from your assigned teacher. We do not change classroom assignments.  

    How many Kindergarten classes will there be?
    As of right now, we are planning for 5 classes of Kindergarten .
    Class sizes do not go above 20 in Kindergarten.

     Who are the teachers?

    Our Kindergarten team for 2022-2023 consists of:

    • Mrs. Tina Milford
    • Ms. Lauren Nicholas
    • Mrs. Julie Pritchard
    • Ms. Maura Sawicki
    • Mrs. Alex Yahl

    School Day Logistics

    ARRIVAL
    The school day is from 8:40 – 3:35.  Students can enter the building at 8:25.  After 8:40, students are considered tardy and will need to be signed in at the office.  Kids walk into school independently ~ please plan on giving hugs and kisses before they enter the building. 

    DISMISSAL
    We ask that each parent tell us how your child will be dismissed after school. We will follow that routine each day unless we have changes in writing or a phone message. We love your children but cannot take their word on dismissal changes, we need official word from a parent on the phone or in writing.  We will check our messages in our classroom by 1:00. If you need to contact us after 1:00, please call the office instead of the classroom. 

    Our dismissal routines vary if your student is a walker, attends Adventure Club, is a  car rider or bus rider. More details will be shared at the start of school. It will be important that we know how your student is getting home everyday and that you let your teacher know of any changes.  

    Full details including videos and maps will be posted on the NG website! 

    For a preview, you can check out information from THIS school year.  There should not be significant changes. 

    LEAVE EARLY 
    Early dismissals are discouraged as our learning time is precious.
    If you need to pick your child up early, you MUST go to the office and sign them out. The secretary will call for your child to come to the office.  We will not call your student to the office until you are physically at school. 

    **We respectfully request that there are no early dismissals after 3:00**

    LABEL!
    Please label EVERYTHING your student brings to school:  You won't believe the things we find in lost and found! Please use a permanent marker and write full names (initials are hard for us to decipher!). This lets us return things to your kids ASAP. From years of experience, LUNCHBOXES are the first to get lost with our little ones. Label, label, label!

    CLOTHING 
    Please be sure to send your child to school in clothes that can be fastened and unfastened independently. His or her clothes may get dirty with markers, paint, or other materials. Tennis shoes are required for PE class.  It is in your child’s best interest to wear tennis shoes daily to fit the physical nature of our curriculum and play. 

    Extra Clothes
    Please keep a Ziploc gallon sized bag with extra clothes and underwear for your child in their backpack in case of accidents.

    COMMUNICATION FOLDER
    Please check your child’s communication folder each night for notes from school. We will be checking the folders daily as well. Please send them back and forth to school EVERYDAY. This will help children develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning. 

    School Wide and Classroom Expectations
    KSD and NG follows the Restorative Practices mindset when supporting students through any learning mistakes.  You will receive more information on this as we get closer to school starting.

    LIBRARY 
    Every student will be allowed to check out 2 books. If your child does not return their books on time, they will not be able to check out new books. If the books cannot be found or if they are damaged, you will be responsible for replacement fees. 

    LUNCH 
    You can enter lunch money into your child’s lunch account through the website myschoolbucks.com (preferable) or send money in an envelope to the office.  Kids can also bring a lunch from home. Please note that we are completely nut free school and we do have the ability to microwave or refrigerate any student lunches.

    Before and After Care: The KSD Adventure Club is a tuition based before and after care program. You can also watch the Adventure Club webpage for updates.

    NEWSLETTERS 
    A newsletter from your teacher will be emailed home weekly. You will also receive an all school newsletter every Sunday. These letters will keep you updated on our learning and events. Please check your email regularly for other communication and reminders.  If you do not have access to a computer or own an email address, please let us know and we will be happy to send home hard copy notes in your student's folder.

    REST TIME We have a scheduled 20 minute rest time. Your child will need a towel for resting. As the school year proceeds, rest time may be shorter, or eliminated depending on the needs of the group. We will be sending the towels home on a regular basis to be washed and returned the following day. 

    SNACKS 
    We will be having snack time.  Your child’s teacher will communicate their plan for snack time. All snacks must come from the snacksafely.com list.

    SPECIALS SCHEDULE 
    Each day your child will be going to either P.E., Music, Library or Art. We have a rotating schedule  which your teacher will share.  This rotating schedule will also be posted on North Glendale’s webpage. 

    TEACHERS 
    Your child will have other teachers for special classes,such as Art, Music, P.E., Library, etc. We also have other adults that will be working with your child daily or periodically. 

    Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Sisul
    Assistant Principal Ms. Amber Stewart
    Office:  Mrs. Monica Mercer & Mrs. Holley Feinberg
    Counselors: Mr. Keith Leonard & Mrs. Whitney Johnson
    Social Worker: Mrs. Tonya Ampey-Elong
    Educational Support Counselor: Ms. Tosha Pearson
    Nurses: Nurse Pam Duesenberg
    Librarian: TBD
    Art: Mr. Tom Butler
    Music: TBD
    P.E. Mr. Chris Scott and TBD
    Reading/Math Interventionists: Mrs. Julie Bielicki,  Mrs. Becca Guss, Mrs. Kim Kuchler

    Other people that may work with your children include our friendly Special Education Staff and lovely Teacher Assistants.

    TOYS 
    Students are not allowed to bring toys to school unless requested by your teacher. 

    VOLUNTEERS 
    We love to have parents come help and be a part of our learning!  We will develop a schedule for volunteers when the classroom community is established and the children are familiar with what’s expected from them so they can be somewhat autonomous amongst their peers. Stay tuned for more information on volunteering. 

    PTO: 
    NG has a dynamic Parent Teacher Organization! You will have many opportunities to get involved. The PTO will be reaching out as we get closer to August. 

    WEAPONS
    No weapons, pretend or real are allowed at school. 

    WEBSITE
    Please check the North Glendale website regularly.  You can access our staff phone numbers, the lunch menu, our specials schedule, and all of the important information that you need to know.  We try to limit our paper so it’s important to know that you can usually find what you need online. 

    NG ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Follow North Glendale on :

    • Facebook: North Glendale Elementary
    • Twitter: @NGSuperstars
    • Instagram: @northglendaleksd

    ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2022-2023

    First Quarter DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:

    • August 23: First day of school!
    • September 5: Labor Day ~ No School
    • September 26: No School for Students
    • October 20: End of First Quarter

    We will continue to add and update information as necessary.