Arrival and Dismissal

Children should arrive to school no later than 7:50 when the final bell rings.  Students who arrive after that time will need to check in at the office.

School ends at 2:05 every day except Thursday(see below)  If you are late picking up your child, they will be taken to the office to wait for you.  I will dismiss the students from the classroom.  It is helpful if you phone the office if you know that you will be late or have made other arrangements.

Thursdays are our Minimum day with a 12:15 dismissal time.  Make sure all day care providers are aware of this change in schedule.


Attendance

Parents are encouraged to make every effort to have their children attend school daily.  Continuity is very important to children's learning.  If on occasion a child is unable to come to school, please notify the office to let us know the reason for the absence.

Family vacations and trips should be planned with our school calendar in mind. Please refrain from taking these during school days.


Academics

I am a firm believer that every child has the ability and the desire to learn.  In our classroom, I use make different methods to reach students in ways that will encourage a curiosity and a love of learning.  Our curriculum consists of Common Core Literacy and Math. Writing is done throughout all curriculum areas.


Discipline

Children are expected to be courteous, considerate and respectful.  I encourage confidence and a love of learning.  Our class has created and agreed upon a set of rules and expectations.  These will help guide us to the best learning environment for all.  Classroom and school rules are established in order to keep everyone comfortable and safe.  These rules are discussed and reviewed often.


If a classroom rule is broken, children are always given a verbal reminder.  If a problem persists, they are asked to sit away from the group within the classroom.  For example, I might say,"You need to sit at the table and come back when you are ready to be a kind to your friends."  This allows the child to correct behavior with dignity and control.  You will be contacted if your child continues to have behavior problems that disrupt learning.  It is important for children to know that their home and school work together as a team to provide them with the best opportunities to grow.


Classroom Celebrations

Students will receive birthday recognition and we will celebrate each child on their special day.  You may bring small goodies bags for the students but no food items due to allergies.  Some nonfood treats are small erasers, stickers, pencils etc.  Please do not feel you need to bring these for the class, your child will be recognized and celebrated regardless.


Volunteers

Volunteers are welcome to work in the classroom or prep work at home.  To work in the school site and with students, all proper paperwork and TB tests must be filed with the school prior to working on site. 





Parent/Teacher Communication

Progress reports are sent home three times a year.  The first Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the middle of November.  Good communication between parents and teachers is vital.  Please do not harbor any concerns. We are a team!  There is almost always a logical explanation for problems or concerns and can be handled when brought up quickly.


Your child will have a Daily Take Home Bag that will include class and school correspondence and classwork to share at home.  Please work to instill responsibility to show it to you every day and bring it back to school.  I check the bags daily for notes you may send to school. 


We are fortunate to have a PTA and the Friends of Ericson Foundation.  Please make the effort to support these programs to help them continue making Ericson a great learning community.


Homework

Homework is not required in TK.  However, I know that many of you would like some assignments to do at home.  Therefore, I will send home a monthly packet.  It is designed to build responsibility, a love of learning and good work habits.  Students will take homework home at the beginning of the month and  return it at the end of the month.  Classroom books and special projects will be coming home throughout the year. 

The most important things parents can do at home are reading with your child every day and giving them lots of opportunities to write.

As the year progresses, you will find that children will become more independent with their work and will require less assistance.  Encourage independence and pride in their work.  Work should be turned in neat and complete.


If you would like to supplement your child's work at home, please do so. Keep in mind that we want the kids to work at their own pace and learn independence in their work.  Make sure the work is age and developmentally appropriate for you child.  Also, see the link to websites that are age appropriate for the students.


​PLEASE REMEMBER, ASSIGNMENTS ARE OPTIONAL.


Student Recognition

In our classroom, students can be acknowledged for many positive behaviors.  I think it is important for students to know that their hard work, great attitudes and good social skills are essential to our classroom success and are appreciated by the teacher and classmates.


Starting in November, one student will be chosen each week to be our Star Student.  This will be randomly selected and the children will have the opportunity to share about themselves and their family.


Throughout the school year, there will be Recognition Assemblies focusing on students who show exceptional academic and social strengths. 


In class, we use a number of positive reinforcements to encourage teamwork and good work and social  habits.  We work on the pride and feeling of accomplishment, not behaving to receive a treat or prize. (although sometimes they do receive that!)



Ericson Elementary

11174 Westonhill Drive San Diego CA 92126

+1.8582710505 x135

mpearson@sandi.net

Welcome to Room 35

Mrs. Pearson's Transitional Kindergarten Class

Be respectful. be responsible.