• Welcome to Kindergarten!

    Mrs. Schaffner’s Class

     

    • Kindergarten is going to be an exciting academic year for your child. It is the year where your child’s academic foundation is set and where growth can begin. Kindergarten will be the base of your child’s entire future learning. This year you will be amazed and proud of the rapid progress your child will make.  In order for this year to be a success, I need your help and constant support at home.  I hope the following information will help you to better understand how our classroom will be managed and make for a smooth and successful year. Throughout the year things may change and we work our hardest to make the transition to the new ways of work easy.
    • Currently our grade level is using the Split Model. We have all Digital Academy students grouped together as well as Brick and Mortar students.
    • PLEASE fill out the Student Information and return it to me electronically by FRIDAY 8/28!

    MORNING ARRIVAL

    • Students arriving in a car or walking will enter our school at the gate on the right side of the main building. This is the gate next to our playground. Students will need to have their mask on when they arrive at school. As students enter the gate, their temperature will be checked. They will then report to the classroom. They will eat breakfast in the classroom if they would like to eat.
    • Students arriving on the bus will enter school by the bus ramp. They will need to wear their masks while they are on the bus as well as when they arrive at school. They will have their temperature checked after they get off the bus. They will then report to the classroom.

    AFTERNOON DISMISSAL

    • You will be given two car tags for your family. These are required to pick up your child from car pickup.
    • There will be three departure locations this year: bus, car pickup and afterschool pickups.
    • Students who will be walking home will go to Car pickup. There will be no Room Waiters this year.
    • Students will move to car pickup at 2:40. Parents are encouraged to drive through car pickup. If you live close enough to walk, you will go to the designated staff member by the entrance to car pickup. Your child will be called to meet you.
    • Parents will not be allowed to walk down the car pickup sidewalk this
    • All students will be wearing masks during dismissal.
    • East Hill, Lafayette and Kate Sullivan Afterschool will meet their leaders at designated spots.

    BREAKFAST/SNACK/LUNCH

    • Please label all lunch boxes/paper bags with your child’s name and teacher name. If your chld would like to get a lunch from the cafeteria, you do not need to send in money. Lunch and breakfast is free to all children at our school. Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classroom or cafeteria. If the weather is nice, we will take our towels and sit outside to eat our lunch.  
    • You will need to provide a healthy snack for your child each day. Please remember this is a snack not a meal. (Sandwiches and lunchables are too much to eat at snack time.) You may send a snack and drink. Please refrain from sending in sugary drinks.
    • Please make sure your child can open all items in their snack and lunch independently.

    ABSENCES

    • If your child is absent, the State of Florida requires you to send in a note stating the reason for your child’s absence. Please send in the note the day your child returns to school. It is important that your child only miss school if her/she is ill.  I will work with you to make up any graded work that is missed. Not all work in Kindergarten is graded.

     

    TARDIES/EARLY DISMISSAL

     If your child is late for school, you must walk your child in and sign them in at the front office. Your child will be marked tardy if they enter the classroom after the late bell at 8:35.

    • If your child has to leave school early for any reason, if possible, please send me a message on Remind that morning, so that I may have your child ready and packed up in time.
    • If the nurse is sending your child home sick, you do not need to send in a note.
    • Tardies and early departures are recorded on your child’s permanent record.

     

    LABELING

    • Please label everything your child brings to school.
    • All items (jackets, backpacks, lunch boxes, snacks, water bottles, etc.) need to have your child’s name on them.

     

    CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR PLAN

    • The classroom plan is a set of rules for the classroom. I will be focusing more on the positive in my classroom so I do not have a behavior chart in the classroom. Most students just need a reminder to get back on track.
    • Students can earn a happy face, straight face or sad face throughout the day. Happy faces allow your child to do fun centers at the end of the day. You will receive a message in Remind if your child receives a sad face. Straight faces are okay behavior.
    • The rules that are in place in my classroom are:
    • Listen when someone is talking.
    • Follow directions quickly.
    • Always do your best.
    • Raise your hand to speak.
    • Be a caring friend.
    • Students who make poor choices will go through the following steps:
    • 1st time: warning
    • 2nd time: time-out/loss of privilege
    • 3rd time: time-out in another class
    • 4th time: parent contact
    • 5th time: office referral
    • Serious offenses: immediate parent contact and/or office referral.

    REMIND

    • This year our main communication will be Remind. I will send messages through Remind. This is also a way for you to communicate with me.
    • It will be important that you let me know if you have placed any papers in your child’s Backpack Folder so that I know to check their folder.
    • It will be the fastest way to communicate with me. I am not able to check my email as often as Remind.
    • I am requesting that all parents have this app on their phone or be set up to receive emails through Remind.

    CLASSROOM NEWS

    I compile a weekly newsletter, which is sent home at the end of each week. It is very important that you read these.

    • The “Classroom News” contains important information about classroom and school events, etc.
    • I will also send out announcements through Remind.
    • I will post the newsletter to my website and if possible send it through Remind as well.

    BACKPACK FOLDERS

    • Each child will have a Backpack Folder that stays in their backpack at all times.
    • At the end of each Math Chapter, Reading Unit and Science or Social Studies unit, I will send home completed work in this folder.
    • Any absence notes, money, etc. should be sent to school in this folder. Please send me a Remind message if you place anything in this folder so I can make sure to check it.

    BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

    • Your child is welcome to celebrate his/her birthday in class with certain limitations. Birthday recognition is held at the end of the day. We do not hold birthday parties in the classroom.
    • At this time, parents will not be able to be in our classroom.
    • Please drop off the birthday goodies at the front office before school. Goodies need to be individually packaged and easy for students to open on their own. Summer Birthdays may be celebrated on your child’s half birthday or at the end of the year.
    • Birthday invitations should be sent in a bag and I will send them home in the Backpack Folders.

    FIELD TRIPS

     At this point there will be no field trips during the first semester. We have not been advised about the second semester yet.

    • We will be doing monthly Destination Days to help enrich our learning. These will be fun hands on themed activities to review skills we have been working on.

    VOLUNTEER/MENTORS

    • At this time, Leon County Schools has decided that we will not be able to have Volunteers or Mentors in our school.
    • This may change for the second semester.

    MASKS/SAFETY PROTOCOLS

    • Students will need to wear masks as they move around campus and the classroom.
    • While seated at their work area, they will be able to pull their mask down if they wish to.
    • We will be taking 2 fifteen minute mask breaks each day outside.
    • Students will need water bottles every day as we will not be utilizing the water fountains at this time.
    • Students will follow social distancing in the classroom, lunchroom, and in line.

    STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET

       Please go to my website on the Kate Sullivan Webpage. On the Student information you will find a link to this form. Please save it on your computer and fill it out. Please submit back to me by Friday August 28th. This form is needed before the first day of school.

    CLASS SCHEDULE

    • 8:20-8:45 Morning Bins
    • 8:45-10:30 Reading/Writing Block
    • 10:35-11:20 Special Area (we will have the same special area for seven days before we switch to a new one.)
    • 11:20-11:50 Snack/Movement Break
    • 11:50-1:00 Math Block
    • 1:05-1:35 Lunch
    • 1:35-2:00 Social Studies/Science
    • 2:00-2:20 Choice Centers
    • 2:20-2:50 Pack up/Dismissal

    HOW TO CONTACT ME

    • The best way to contact me during the school day is to email me at schaffnerd@leonschools.net or through the Remind App.
    • You can also call the Kate Sullivan office and leave a message and phone number where I can reach you. The school phone is 487-1216.
    • Remind messages are checked more frequently than email so it is the fastest way to reach me.

    Principal's Message

    Good afternoon and welcome to the 2020-21 School Year.  While there has been a great deal of uncertainty for the last several months, please know that the teachers and staff have been working hard for many weeks now to prepare for our students both on campus and at home.

     

    This year our theme is “Destination Learning” and while that centers on academic success, we know that there is no greater priority than student and staff safety.  To that end, we have put in place many, many new procedures well beyond simply wearing masks.  With the addition of our Digital Academy we are now in a very good place for social distancing with our brick and mortar students and all of our classrooms have hygiene kits that contain many items for keeping our classrooms safe and sanitized.  There are also very specific procedures for transitioning, for accessing the bathroom, for Special Area, and for eating lunch safely.  There are a couple of very specific ways you can help though if you are sending your children to campus.  Please send them with a full bottle of water and at least one to two masks each day.  It is also important that, if they bring their lunch that it contains items they can open on their own.  Finally, in spite of all of this, we want you to know that we fully appreciate that they are still kids!  In that regard, we have very deliberately put into place very safe “mask breaks” and other activities to help them adapt and cope with this “new normal” as we know all of this is hard on them too.

     

    Aside from all of the obvious safety measures that must be put in place, the teachers are working hard on lesson plans that will fill the gaps left from last spring and that will also move all of our students to new academic heights.  And please know that many steps are being taken to make sure our digital students feel connected to Kate Sullivan Elementary while they are at home.  Additionally, we are also developing ways to offer meaningful interventions and enrichment so that we can meet all of our students’ needs.  Our “Destination” really is “Learning” and that includes all of us.  It’s going to be a great year!

     

    Finally, as always, please, please sign up for our school listserv as well as your teacher’s Remind account.  If you need to sign up for listserv, please visit our website: https://www.leonschools.net/sullivan  and click the listserv link.  I am looking forward to what the new school year holds for all of us and if you have questions please do not hesitate to call or email me.  Go Crocodiles!

    Mr. Bryan, Principal

     

    Who is attending Digital Academy?

    uIn a word: EVERYONE.  In the event that any of our Crocodiles need to be learning from home we want to ensure that they are comfortable and confident using the Canvas Learning Management System.  Additionally, this will provide us the opportunity to begin exploring Blending Learning as an instructional approach.

    What is Blended Learning?

    In a nutshell, Blended Learning is a research-based instructional approach where students learn partially online, partially in a brick and mortar location, and along a more individualized path designed to provide a more integrated learning experience.  NOW, given the many challenges presented to us this year, we will not be able to fully operationalize a Blended Learning model but this well-established instructional approach does provide us with a wealth of information that will assist our teachers as they plan and prepare for instruction.  If, ultimately, Blended Learning is a chance to reinvent what learning looks like for our students, then we see this next year as an opportunity to develop some ways-of-work that will sustain us in the future.  The 1:1 commitment made by our district ensures that our students will have blended learning experiences for years to come.  We all know what they say about life, lemons, and lemonade….we are going to approach the 2020-2021 school year as chance to make some lemonade!!

     

    How will our children be learning?

    Students will use our new learning management system, Canvas, to access everything!!!  Canvas will be accessible to all students through their ClassLink accounts.  Once in Canvas, our students will be able to link with learning modules, assignments, and more. Canvas will also be where they will turn in completed work and receive feedback from their teachers.  Students will have moments of live instruction, independent work, small group instruction, and BREAKS.  Any students who receive services will continue to receive those services LIVE.

    What will our children learn?

    Our students will still be receiving Florida Standards aligned instruction in all core academic areas:  English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  They will also receive P.E., Art, and Music.  We will continue to use vetted curriculum resources such as, but not limited to, Canvas Digital Modules, Wonders, Go Math!, Fusion’s Science, etc.

     

    uAt-home Student Expectations for Digital Students

    All students are expected to go LIVE at 8:30 a.m. for their Morning Meeting.  Daily attendance will be taken at this time.  Students who are not present during this meeting will be marked absent or tardy.  If you are late, please contact your teacher as soon as you are present.  If you have an appointment, please provide the appropriate documentation so that the tardy/absence can be excused

    Students are expected to access daily schedules, assignments, due dates, etc. through Canvas

    Students are expected to complete all assignments in a timely manner; assignments are graded work not just evidence of participation

    Students (and/or parents) are expected to contact their teacher with all questions and concerns about assignments

    Parent Expectations

    Parents are expected to sign up for Parent Portal in FOCUS in order to keep up with student grades

    Parents are expected to sign up for Parent Canvas in order to keep up with assignments and other posted information; this information should be kept up with in the same manner as the agenda book and other school-to-home communications

    Parents are expected to help students stick to their daily schedules

    Parents are expected to make sure students are completing work as assigned

    Parents are expected to assist their child in creating an at-home learning space designed for maximum success, parents are expected to offer encouragement, parents are expected help students remain on-task and on schedule

    Parents are expected to help students learn ON THEIR OWN….a moment of guidance, words of encouragement, a quick clarification or restatement is absolutely okay…teachers do this all the time…however, we need our students to show us what they are capable of doing independently in order to provide them with the most appropriate instruction.

     

     

Last Modified on August 25, 2020