• flower 1 Welcome to Mrs. Gilyard's Growing Garden

    Dear Parents,

    We are excited about the 2017-2018 academic year!  During these first weeks of school, we will be getting to know one another. Creating a community is a large part of the beginning of the new school year.  We know that teaching your child is a tremendous responsibility and we will do our best to ensure that each student has a safe and motivating learning experience. We will need your help and support because we are partners in the learning process. With your help, we will have a community of scholars, artists, musicians, and/or actors. We will have a group of students who are confident in their abilities to achieve. We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning!


    THE ABC’S OF Kindergarten

    The key to a wonderful, successful school year begins with open communication between school and home.  Here is some important information to start off the year:

    Please arrive at our school cafeteria.  The cafeteria is open at 7:45 a.m. First Grade teachers will pick up students from the cafeteria. Due to the safety of ALL children, please do not wait outside the classroom doors.  Any student that arrives later than 8:30 a.m. must get a tardy pass from the office before being admitted to class. 

    Attendance- Students must maintain regular and prompt attendance to ensure academic and social success. If students arrive late, they miss out on learning activities that begin immediately.  Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends every day except in cases of illness or an emergency.

    Absences- If you know of planned absences due to extended illness or appointments, please notify the teacher or office as soon as possible in writing.  We can work out an arrangement for missed schoolwork and activities so that your child does not fall behind.

    Birthdays- Birthdays are celebrated at the end of your child’s birthday month.  If you wish to bring in treats, please notify us in advance. Please do not have balloons and/or flowers delivered to the school. Balloons are not allowed on the bus.

    Communication Agenda- Each child will have an agenda book that he/she will bring home from First Grade each and every day.  Inside you will find homework assignments, newsletters, important school notes, and a daily behavior report.  We recommend you take time daily to review the agenda book with your child. Please be sure to initial the agenda book each day and return it to school.

    Dismissal- School is out at 2:50 p.m. each day. Students at Car Pick-Up must be picked up by 3:15 p.m. 

    Early Sign Out- If it is necessary for your child to be signed out early, parents are required to go to the office, present identification, and sign your child “out”.  The office will then call your child to the office.  According to district policy, parents MUST show ID before a child will be released to them.  This is not meant to inconvenience parents.  It is required in order to ensure the safety of all of our students. In addition, Early Sign-Outs count as Tardies.

    Field Trips- Our trips vary from year to year. A field trip information form will be sent home in advance with details of the trip. Permission forms for your child to participate on field trips are sent home the first day of school. Please sign and promptly return these forms.

    Grades- Assessments 70%, Quizzes 15%, Classwork 10%, Homework 5%

    It is important to keep your phone numbers and addresses current with the teacher and front office.  It is also important to update any changes in pickup information; i.e., additional people permitted to pick up your child.

    Join our ATMSA PTO!  Parent participation is so important and appreciated.

    Know that your child will have homework daily.  His/her homework each day is to READ.  Please read daily with your child.  Teachers will also send homework that reinforces skills taught at school.

    Students will go to the Media Center and be able to check out books weekly.  Books may be taken home, but if the books are damaged or lost, parents are responsible for payment. Students will be unable to checkout if they have an overdue or damaged book cost. Please encourage your child to be responsible for his/her books.

    It will be necessary, on occasion, for your child to bring money to school.  Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information written on it:

    ·      Your child’s first and last name

    ·      The purpose for the money (lunch money, field trip, etc.)

    ·      The teacher’s name

    Our school nurse is on staff to take care of any emergencies and needed medications.  Under certain circumstances, when it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the medicine must be delivered to the nurse by the parent and necessary paperwork completed for administration of medicine.  Cough drops are considered medicine and must be taken to the nurse. All medicine must be in the original package/container.

    Thank you for attending Orientation! If you were unable to attend, please be sure to touch base with your child’s teacher and complete necessary paperwork.

    ATMSA will continue the P.R.I.D.E positive behavior program. Please see the attached newsletter to learn the details of this exciting positive behavior system!

    If there are any questions or concerns at anytime, please feel free to call, email, or write a note to your child’s teacher.

    Reading is very important.  Please read with your child every day. 

    Remind App is a fantastic way that we can communicate. Using the app, you can receive text and email alerts about important school happenings. Please sign up through https://www.remind.com/join/atmsa.

    We will be having a daily snack “family style” in Kindergarten.  Parents are encouraged to support their child’s classroom by donating snacks for the entire class. Snack suggestions; crackers, pretzels, cereal, goldfish, or raisins. Due to peanut allergies, we are asking that no snacks with peanut ingriendts be sent. Soft drinks are not permitted for snack or lunch. 

    Transportation- Should your child’s form of transportation change, you must send a written note. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. Telephone calls with transportation changes must be followed up with a fax or email before 2:00 p.m.

    Uniforms- School uniforms are to be worn every day to school. Uniforms consist of the school uniform shirt and blue or khaki uniform grade pants, skirts, skorts, or shorts. On days when your child has Physical Education, your child may wear a school T-Shirt and basketball-length shorts or sweatpants as an alternative to the uniform.  There will be uniform-free days (Ex. Individual Picture Day) for students to be allowed to wear regular clothes (within the county dress code). Please find samples and order forms for uniform shirts in the office.

    In order to ensure the safety of all students on our campus, all visitors and parent volunteers must first check-in the office before entering campus.

    Water bottles can be brought to school.  Please label your child’s name on the bottle.

    Occasionally, students will need an extra change of clothes in the event of an accident. Parents will be notified if this needs to happen.

    Please remember that you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  No one can influence your child’s life in the way that you can!

    Z is for zoom!  Sit back and watch your child’s skills take off!  You will be amazed and surprised at the changes that occur this year.


    Mrs. Gilyard