Casey Gillan

Welcome To Kindergarten!!!

My name is Ms. Gillan and I will be your child’s teacher for the next two years!! I have 8 years of teaching experience and this will be my 6th year here at River Mill. I have a daughter named Catherine who is 2 ½ years old. I am excited to start a new loop with all of you!

This letter is to share some helpful information about what to expect as we start the yearJ

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please make sure to turn in all forms as soon as possible so that we can put together a contact log. I also send out weekly emails and will need that information as well.  Email is the BEST way to reach me. I check it regularly and use it to keep you guys updated on what is happening in our class each week.  If your information changes at any point during the year, please send the new info in your child’s homework folder.

TAKE-HOME FOLDER

Your child will bring home a folder each day. This will hold papers that need to go home, completed class work, turn in money/permission slips, etc. The front pocket will be labeled “Return to School” and the back will say “Keep at Home.”  Please check the folder and return it to school daily.

SCHOOL HOURS

Please do not drop off your child before 7:30 unless they are enrolled in our Before School Program. Teachers may not always be in the room before 7:30.  School dismisses at 2:25, however, Kindergarten usually leaves around 2:20 to avoid congestion in the hallways.

MONEY

If you are sending money, it will need to be in a sealed envelope labeled with your child’s name and with what the money is for.  Please do not send any loose money to school with your child.

LUNCH

Our lunch will be from 10:50 to 11:15 each day.  The first ten minutes of our lunch is silent so that kids can focus on eating and not talking.  This helps cut down on the likelihood of them not having enough time to eat their lunch.  On Fridays, parents or other family members are allowed to bring outside food (McDonalds, Wendys, etc.).  This is the ONLY day that outside food is permitted on campus.  Parents are allowed to come and eat lunch with their child any day they’d like. However, please meet your child in the cafeteria and not in the classroom.  We will have designated tables for children and their “lunch guest” because our regular lunch tables only seat 24 students.  We do ask that you avoid eating lunch or coming to school for the first few weeks of school. This can be a hard transition for kids and it makes things easier if we can establish a routine before having visitors. If you plan to purchase lunch for your child please make sure to order it online by the Thursday BEFORE.

 

 

ICE CREAM

Fridays will be designated as our “ice cream” day.  It is $1.00 and will serve as their afternoon snack. If you do not want your child to participate, please make sure to send me a note on Fridays and a snack with your child for the afternoon.  This year they are implementing a new policy regarding ice cream.  Money must be in your child’s lunch account before ice cream days.

SNACK

Snack time will be each afternoon at 2:00. If you send snack in your child’s lunchbox, please make sure they know what it is. We have had incidences where they accidentally eat their snack during lunch and then don’t have anything for later in the day. Snack ideas include chips, yogurts, fruit cups, jello, crackers, etc.

SPECIALS

Below is our specials schedule for the first half of the year

          Monday: 9:30 to 10:00 PE

          Tuesday: 9:30 to 10:00 Art

          Wednesday: 9:30 to 10:00 PE

                          10:00 to 10:30 Spanish

          Thursday: 9:30 to 10:00 Music

          Friday: 9:30 to 10:00 Media

  • Please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes on PE days. We do have recess each day and SUGGEST that they wear appropriate shoes for that as wellJPlease avoid flip flops.

 

EXTRA CLOTHES

All students will need a change of clothes to keep in their bookbag.  I will remind everyone during the year when they need to be switched out, especially when the weather changes.

BEHAVIOR

This year our class will be using “Dojo” as a form of tracking our behavior. Students earn points for positive behaviors and lose points for negative choices. You will receive a notification once your child earns, or loses, a point along with a brief description of what they did.  If your child loses a point and I feel that more detail is needed on the incident (other than the description given) I will contact you through Dojo.  You may also contact me via Dojo, but be aware that my response time might not be immediate.  I will do my best to respond to you in a timely manner.

Students will work towards a daily goal of 3 points. If students earn those points they will get a trip to the prize box.  Each day we will log their points in their take-home folder until they get to 100 points. Then they become members of the 100 points club and have a special prize box with extra special treatsJ The consequences for losing points are walking laps at recess, phone calls to parents, or being sent to the office.

 

GRADE PARENT

Each class has a grade parent that is responsible for helping the teacher with planning parties, attending PTT meetings and sharing the info with parents, or anything else that might be helpful during the school year.  Once one has been selected for our class, I will let you know who he or she is.

BIRTHDAYS

We celebrate birthdays once a month in my classroom. It is usually the last Friday of the month that we will have our monthly birthday celebration for all the children in that month who have a birthday. The grade parent will be in touch with those parents whose child has a birthday to provide cupcakes, plates, drinks, etc. for the celebration.

 

          I think this covers everything, however, as new information arises, I will contact you through email. One thing you need to know about me is I love to send emailsJ  This is this fastest, easiest way for us to stay on top of things and communicate with one another. Please, please, please make sure I have correct email information for you at all times.

 

          As the year gets started, it is important to establish rules and procedures within the classroom.  In order to do that, we must work together to know that students know what is expected and what is and isn’t acceptable behavior at school.  No day will be perfect, but please know that I always have your child’s best interest at heart.  When they are here, I will love them like my own and treat them like my own. There will be days they love me and days they might not like me so much, and that’s ok.

          I’m looking forward to getting to know, not only your kiddos, but you as well.

          Sincerely,

          Ms. Gillan