ABCs of Pre-Kindergarten
St. Pius X Catholic School
About Me – My name is Kim Jamieson and I am so excited to be your child’s Pre-K teacher this year! This will be my fifth year teaching Pre-K and my third year at St. Pius. I grew up in Dallas and attended St. Paul and Bishop Lynch High School. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Aide – We have one teacher’s aide in our classroom and her name is Jenny Fierro (Ms. Jenny). This will be her third year with us in Pre-K at St. Pius. She also grew up in Dallas and attended Bishop Lynch High School. She has 7 years experience working with children and is currently attending school to receive her degree in Early Childhood Education.
Attendance – When you enroll your child into SPX, you are making a commitment to your child and his/her learning. Your child should be in attendance everyday unless he/she is sick.
It is important to understand that pre-kindergarten is not daycare with flexible hours and attendance. Your student’s day is structured to provide learning experiences. If your child is not in attendance, he/she misses out on these important learning opportunities.
Arrival – Please be sure that your child arrives to school on time. School begins at 7:50am when the bell rings.
Allergies – Please inform me personally of any and all allergies that your child has, as well as any other medical conditions that I should be aware of.
Behavior - A large component of pre-kindergarten is learning how to function in a classroom environment. I will spend a considerable amount of time teaching procedures, routines and expectations through stories and role-playing activities. In general, pre-kindergarten children are expected to be safe, respectful of others with their words and actions, and responsible for their own actions. As each child is an individual and has individual abilities and needs, I may elicit your help in teaching your child how to adjust to the school setting.
Birthdays – Actual birthday parties may not be given during school hours. However, birthdays will be celebrated by each child having a chance to be Star of the Week. I will try to make it as close to their birthday as possible. See “Star of the Week” for more information.
Backpacks – Please send your child’s backpack every day. This should prevent loss of important work and important notes. Your child’s backpack should be big enough to hold a regular pocket folder and their lunchbox/snack.
Bloomz – We will be using an app called “Bloomz” to communicate with each other and also the other parents in our class. There is a separate sheet (part of this packet) that you will need to fill out and return to me so that I know you are participating. This is the best way to talk to each other and also send tons of pictures of your kiddos privately!
Box Tops for Education – SPX participates in Box Tops for Education collections each year. When you use a package of something that has a Box Tops for Education coupon, please cut it out and send it to school. The school receives money for each Box Top collected. For more information, you can check out their website at: www.boxtops4education.com/.
Contact Information – Please keep your child’s information up-to-date in the office regarding address, phone numbers, e-mail, emergency contact numbers, and student release information. This is important should there be an emergency and we need to contact you. Students will only be released to persons that are listed as an alternative or emergency contact for student pick-up.
Conferences – We will have a scheduled Parent/Teacher conference to review your child’s progress during the year. If you ever wish to meet with me outside of the scheduled conference time, please email me so we can set up a time.
Dismissal – Dismissal begins at 3:15pm. Please be prompt in picking your child up from school. If your child’s transportation plans change, please email me before 2:00pm if possible. We ask that you use the carline and do not park and walk in to pick up your child. Make sure that you have your car name plates in the correct spots to make this quick and easy.
Discipline – I believe that the best discipline I can provide for your child is teaching him/her to be self-disciplined. Each child will take responsibility for his/her actions and the consequences that may occur from those actions. The majority of my discipline techniques are based on Love & Logic. I also believe in natural and logical consequences (i.e.- if you dump sand on the floor intentionally, then you will clean it up). Most daily discipline issues are common mistaken behaviors and are handled in the classroom and without parent contact or notifying the principal. However, I will definitely notify you about any serious behavioral issues.
E-mail – You can email me anytime as I have access to my email at home as well: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Dismissal – We will have a few early dismissal days throughout the school year so please plan accordingly. Make sure to check the school calendar for these dates.
Extra Clothes – Please make sure that we have an extra set of season-appropriate clothes labeled with your student’s name in our classroom for those little accidents that many pre-kindergarten children have. These accidents involve not only bathroom accidents, but spilled milk, food, paint, etc. Our clinic does not any clothes to fit our smaller children. I will be sure to remind you to replace these accident clothes as the weather changes or as you notice that they’ve been used. The extra clothes do not need to be uniform clothing since they will be staying at school in their cubbies. Please send shirt, pants, underwear, and socks labeled with your student’s name in a gallon size baggie.
Expectations – SPX holds high academic and behavior expectations for all students, parents, and employees. We are expected to always do our best, in all things, on all days, treating each other with respect and kindness.
Field Trips – Early Childhood may be participating in “in-house” field trips (i.e. – petting zoo that sets up in the parking lot). I will let you know as soon as we have permanent dates for these activities.
Good-byes – Quick good-byes make for drier eyes! When you bring your child to school, please say a quick good-bye and send your child on his/her way to the classroom. There are school employees stationed throughout the school every day to make sure the children get where they need to go.
Hand washing – We encourage you to help your child practice proper hand washing at home, including the use of soap, and we will do the same at school. We also use hand sanitizer frequently, especially during flu season. Proper hand washing is the best prevention of the spread of illness.
Hitting – Children at SPX are expected to use their hands for helping others. We encourage children to solve problems with words, rather than their hands. We do not tolerate children hitting back if hit by another person. Please help your child understand that if another person hurts him/her at school, he/she needs to seek help from an adult.
Hours – Our school hours are from 7:50 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Students not in the classroom at 7:50 a.m. are considered tardy and must be signed in at the office. The school is open and ready to receive students at 7:25 a.m.
Hygiene Assistance – In an effort to provide the best learning environment for all students, it is our expectation that all students are potty-trained. However, we understand that with early learners, accidents may happen. On those occasions, we request that parent’s partner with the school in the following ways:
Illness – While good attendance is important to your child’s learning, staying home when ill is important to your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates and teachers. While medication may be used to control symptoms, your child may still be contagious so it is always best to keep children at home to get the rest he/she needs. If your child becomes sick at school, you will receive a call to come and pick him/her up. Please make sure your child has been fever-free and vomit-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Independence – Please help foster a sense of independence in your child by providing him/her with clothes that he/she can operate independently (as much as possible). You can also help foster independence by teaching your child to zip his/her own jacket, button buttons, and adjust belts.
Jackets/Sweaters – Unless it is raining or terribly cold, we will go outside daily. Please send jackets when the weather is cool. You might also want to send a sweater for your child to wear in the classroom should it be cooler than is comfortable for your child.
Kindness and Respect – Members of our learning community are encouraged and expected to treat all others with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name calling, and making fun of others will not be permitted. Please reinforce the concept of being a good friend to others in your conversations at home.
Learning – Your 3 and 4-year-old child learns by doing and watching. Most of your child’s learning experiences in pre-kindergarten will be through hands-on, active learning.
Lunch – If your child wishes to purchase a hot lunch, please make sure you set up their lunch account with Signature Services. If your child brings a lunch, make sure it is in a lunch box labeled with their name. NO PEANUTS PLEASE. We will be eating lunch in our classroom so please do not send any food that needs to be microwaved.
Manners – We will learn and practice how to use good manners (please, thank you, ma’am, sir, etc.) in our classroom at all times. We hope to see that your children are carrying that over into life outside of school as well.
Money – All money that is sent to school should be sent in an envelope or baggie labeled with your child’s name, the teacher’s name, the amount of money and the purpose. REMEMBER TO LABEL THE PURPOSE FOR ALL MONEY.
Newsletter – I will be emailing a weekly newsletter on Fridays with updates and information about what we did that week and dates to look out for. Please make sure I have your most up-to-date email address as I am not sending home paper copies, unless specifically stated or requested.
Outside – We will be engaging in outdoor play almost every day, so please make sure to dress your child accordingly. We will go outside every day unless it is raining, snowing, or if the temperature is below 32 degrees or above 100 degrees.
Play – Even though the majority of what we do in pre-k seems like play, everything we do has a purpose and is important to your child’s growth and development, whether it be physically, emotionally, socially, academically, or behaviorally. If you ever have any questions about what we do in class, please feel free to e-mail me.
Questions – When you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask for an answer. You can send a note to school with your child, e-mail me, or call the office at 972-279-2339. A good way to find out about your child’s day is to ask specific questions like: What center did you play in today? What story did you read? Can you tell me about the story? Did you sing songs today? Who did you play with today? What was your favorite part of school today?
Read – It is extremely important to read with your child often. I would suggest at least 10-20 minutes of reading every day.
Report Cards – Report Cards detailing your student’s academic and behavioral progress will be sent home at the end of the first semester and once again at the end of the year.
Rest Time – Our Pre-K students still need to rest in the afternoon. We will have rest/quiet time after lunch for an hour. Rest mats will be provided to your student and they may bring one blanket to sleep with. Blankets will be sent home every 2 weeks to be cleaned. Toys cannot be brought to school.
Restroom Use – We have a restroom in our classroom to use as needed. We also take whole group restroom breaks once or twice daily. It is expected that each student have the ability to go to the bathroom without any assistance (See hygiene assistance policy). We will emphasize bathroom etiquette including washing hands after going to the bathroom.
Snacks – Your child will need a snack every day (even on early dismissal days). Please be sure to pack a drink with their snack. I ask that you pack your child’s snack labeled in a bag that is separate from their lunch box. NO PEANUTS PLEASE.
Signing In/Out – For the safety of our SPX children, all parents are required to sign in and out at the office when visiting the school for any reason. Please read the SPX Parent Handbook for details. Sign your child in at the office anytime he/she is tardy (after 7:50 a.m.) or returning from an appointment. If you need to pick your child up early from school, you will need to sign him/her out at the office.
Star of the Week – Each child will have a chance to be “Star of the Week” and this will be based on birthdays. I will try to make sure it is as close to their actual birthday as possible. Summer birthdays will be celebrated at the end of the year. When it is your child’s turn to be “Star of the Week”, I will send home a poster for them to decorate and bring back. They are also allowed to bring ONE show-and-tell and ONE book for me to read to the class. We will designate a day to bring a “special snack” (cookies, cupcakes, donuts, etc.) for the class during this week as well. I will send home a reminder note the Friday before it is your child’s turn!
Tardies – Students not in the classroom at 7:50 a.m. are considered tardy. We start our day as soon as the children enter the classroom at 7:50 a.m. Tardies are disruptive to our class and your child’s routine. Please have your child at school on time everyday in order to provide a positive role model of responsibility. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. and school personnel are on duty to supervise them until class starts at 7:50 a.m. Do not leave your child outside of the school building unsupervised before 7:15 a.m.
Transportation – Please let me and the office know if, for any reason, you need someone else to pick up your child or if they are going to Extended Day instead of carline.
Toys – Our classroom is brimming with fun educational toys and manipulatives for the students to use in their play and learning. Unless your child is asked to bring a toy to school for a class lesson or show and tell, please check to make sure your child is not bringing toys to school and not taking our toys and manipulatives home.
Understanding – Your child is important to us. We will always treat your child with love, respect, and understanding. We can serve your child better if we know if he/she is happy, sad, sick, or frightened about anything. Changes in family life such as loss of a pet, death in the family, a new baby, or exciting upcoming events can affect a child’s behavior at school. We would appreciate a note, an e-mail, or a phone call if there is anything that might affect your child.
Volunteers – We love volunteers in our classroom and at our class parties! Please feel free to email me if you would like to volunteer and I will also let you know opportunities coming up in our weekly newsletters. You must have completed Safe Environment Training in order to volunteer.
Websites – Please make sure you always check the SPX website for updates: www.spxdallasschool.org. Also, I will be posting pictures to our class account on Snapfish.com and I will send out the link to you all in an email whenever I post pictures.
Experiences – Your child will have many great experiences at school this year. We hope you will take the time each day to allow your child to share his/her experiences with you. Daily communication enriches receptive and expressive language which is an important part of their development.
You – You are your child’s most important teacher. Please be sure you read with your child and talk with your child daily.
Zippers, buttons, and snaps…oh my! – Learning to zip/unzip, button/unbutton, snap/unsnap clothing is something we’ll be working on this year. Please help your child practice these things at home as well. Don’t forget to start practicing tying shoes as well!
Zzzz (rest) – Your child’s day at school is a very busy day. Please see that your child gets adequate rest each night.